FDA Recommends Four-Step Plan for Senior Medication Safety

Mar 15, 2018 — The medications we take help us manage a variety of health conditions that become more common as we grow older, such as high blood pressure and cholesterol, diabetes, arthritis, heart disease and sleep problems. Yet we might take so many medications that managing them is a health problem itself! Our bodies process substances differently as... Read More

“I’ll Sleep On It”: Seven Great Reasons to Get a Good Night’s Sleep

Mar 1, 2018 — March 11 – 17, 2018 Is Sleep Awareness Week Sponsored by the National Sleep Foundation, this recognition week is a great time to learn more about the many health benefits of getting enough good quality sleep. Need some motivation? Here are several ways that adequate sleep keeps us healthier: Sleep may act as a “fountain... Read More

Warn Senior Loved Ones About “Free Trial” Offers

Feb 15, 2018 — Cheese samples at the supermarket, little packets of body care products at the makeup counter or that little tube of toothpaste your dentist gives you — marketers like to give away free samples in hopes that we’ll like their product and actually purchase it. Plenty of legitimate businesses are happy to let us try a... Read More

Five Health Tips for Your Super Bowl LII Party

Jan 29, 2018 — On February 4, people across America will be gathering at Super Bowl parties to watch the battle of the Patriots and Eagles, the halftime extravaganza, and of course, those commercials. If you’re going to a party or hosting one at your house, here are five tips that will let you be a health winner, no... Read More

Seniors and Epilepsy

Nov 15, 2017 — November is National Epilepsy Awareness Month. Each year, the National Epilepsy Foundation ( sponsors this recognition date to call attention to this brain disorder, which causes an interruption in normal function resulting in seizures. There are many types of seizures. In some types, a person might fall to the ground and experience stiffened muscles, jerks... Read More

Alzheimer’s Caregivers: A Call for Greater Support

Nov 1, 2017 — November is National Family Caregivers Month and National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month. We all want a cure for Alzheimer’s disease, but families who are dealing with the disease right now say that support for their needs is also greatly needed. Today, more than 5 million people in America are living with Alzheimer’s disease, and more... Read More

Are You Feeling Caregiver Guilt?

Jun 15, 2017 — Family caregivers are the bedrock of our nation’s elder care system. The AARP estimates that this care, if provided by paid professionals, would cost more than $470 billion dollars each year! Caregivers support the well-being of senior loved ones with hands-on help, healthcare management, transportation, dementia care and more—all while trying to keep up with... Read More

I Have Cataracts—Can I Drive?

Jun 1, 2017 — June Is Cataract Awareness Month, a great time to get an eye exam. During the exam, your doctor will check for the presence of cataracts, which are caused by the clouding of the lens of the eye. Cataracts cause dull, blurry vision and make it harder to take part in normal, daily activities. The bad... Read More

Exercising Your Brain Lowers Dementia Risk—And It Can Be Fun!

May 15, 2017 — For years, Mayo Clinic neuropsychiatrist Dr. Yonas Geda has been studying the effect of mental exercise on the brain. In 2009, Dr. Geda reported that activities such as reading books, playing cards or doing craft activities such as pottery or quilting could dramatically slow the rate of memory loss in older adults. (TV watching was... Read More

Before Your Cinco de Mayo Party, Check Your Medication Labels

May 1, 2017 — Planning a margarita party for Cinco de Mayo? The National Institute on Aging says seniors should review their medications first, to prevent dangerous drug-alcohol interactions. As we grow older, we’re more likely to develop health conditions that can affect our quality of life. The medications we take help us manage these conditions. But medications often... Read More