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Socialization is Good for the Brain

Oct 1, 2022 — Much recent research has shed light on what’s been called an “epidemic” of loneliness among seniors. A recent study from the University of Michigan found that 25% of older adults reported feeling lonely. We know that loneliness is a health problem—experts have called it “as bad for our health as smoking or obesity.” In particular,... Read More

Goodbye Summer—Hello Bunion Pain

Sep 15, 2022 — Autumn brings more cooler days – and more foot pain! Specifically, the pain caused by bunions.  Why? According to the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS), it’s because people, especially women, often wear sandals and other lighter shoes all summer. When the temperature drops, out come the enclosed-toe shoes—and with them bunion pain... Read More

Denial Isn’t A River in Egypt: Many Avoiding Talking About Dementia

Sep 1, 2022 — In 2019, University of Michigan experts polled people in their 50s and early 60s about their thoughts about dementia. The result, presented in a study titled “Thinking About Brain Health,” found that people worry about memory loss a lot.   Almost 50% of the people polled believed that they themselves were likely to develop serious memory... Read More

Nature is Good for Your Health

Aug 15, 2022 — During the pandemic, many people quarantined in their homes and didn’t go out as much. On the other hand, public health experts told us that socializing outdoors was much safer than inside. Events from weddings to family nursing home visits to church services migrated outdoors as weather permitted. If you or an older loved one... Read More

Airline Safety for Seniors

Aug 1, 2022 — During the pandemic, a large majority of older adults cancelled their travel plans. But, the AARP reports, many are planning to get back on the road—or in the air. Having skipped vacations during the first two years of the pandemic, they’re ready to travel for pleasure or to visit family. University of Michigan experts confirm... Read More

Are Your Eyes Feeling Dry?

Jul 15, 2022 — Air pollution, smoke, wind and dry indoor air can cause eye irritation, and it is especially bothersome for patients who have dry eye syndrome, a condition when the eyes can’t produce the amount and quality of tears to keep our eyes adequately lubricated. Symptoms include: Stinging and burning of the eyes A feeling as if... Read More

Controlling High Blood Pressure Is Good for the Brain

Jul 1, 2022 — Here is another important reason to learn more about hypertension. Why do older adults experience memory and thinking problems? For years, the assumption was that most dementia was caused by Alzheimer’s disease. But more recent research using advanced brain imaging and large collections of data has shown that it’s not that simple. A study of... Read More

Set a Good Example on Father’s Day

Jun 15, 2022 — June 19 is Father’s Day, and June 13 – 19 is Men’s Health Week, when men are urged to focus on their health, and to set a good example for the younger generation. How are men in the U.S. doing when it comes to serving as role models for the health of their children? A... Read More

8 Questions to Ask Before Hospital Discharge

Jun 1, 2022 — The American Academy of Family Physicians recently reported that during the past two years, many patients have put off their medical care—a “side effect of the pandemic,” they call this delay. Hospitals were often overwhelmed, as well, creating another reason some care was postponed. But now, patients are once again urged to schedule elective surgeries,... Read More

Men Get Osteoporosis, Too!

May 15, 2022 — May is National Osteoporosis Awareness Month. Osteoporosis is a condition where bones gradually thin and weaken. Many people mistakenly believe that the disease is only a health concern of women. While it’s true that more women than men develop the disease, men are not immune. This misconception can lead men to miss out on diagnosis... Read More