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Doctors Report Increase in “Broken Heart Syndrome”

Oct 15, 2020 — Every so often, we read a poignant news story about a couple, married for years, who pass away only a few days apart. “His wife died from a stroke, and he died of a broken heart,” the story might go. Though that is just a saying, there actually is something to it, report cardiologists. According... Read More

Studies Confirm Sensory Loss Raises Risk of Dementia

Oct 1, 2020 — Vision problems, hearing loss, and a diminished sense of touch, taste, and smell all become more common as we grow older. And so do Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia. Is there a connection? Scientists have long suspected that there is, and recent studies are helping to explain it. In 2019, the University of... Read More

Staying Positive During Challenging Times

Sep 15, 2020 —  If you’re like most people these days, you’re spending a certain amount of time fretting. Given what’s going on in the world right now, that’s understandable. But what if you can’t stop the bad thoughts that are going through your mind? In June 2020, a team of experts from the UK studied a group of... Read More

For a Younger Brain, Eat More Leafy Greens

Sep 1, 2020 — Many farmers’ markets failed to operate this year, and it’s been a little more challenging for us to get to the grocery store. If we go, we might feel pretty rushed, grabbing a few bananas and apples in the produce aisle, completely ignoring the colorful palette of leafy greens we can buy these days. But... Read More

Seniors Aren’t the Only Ones at Risk of Severe COVID-19 Illness

Aug 15, 2020 — At the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, there was much publicity about older adults being at highest risk of the serious effects of the disease—hospitalization, needing ventilator care, and death. Then, as some areas of the country loosened social distancing requirements, seniors were urged to continue to stay home. But many younger adults seemed to... Read More

Is It a Stroke, or Heat Stroke?

Aug 1, 2020 — Every summer, many Americans suffer from heat-related illness, and experts caution that 2020 will offer extra challenges. People who quarantine in a home without air conditioning can overheat quickly, and many of the traditional spots where we go to cool down may be shuttered. Seniors are at higher risk of heat-related illness, and should receive... Read More

Social Distancing Lures More Seniors Across the Digital Divide

Jul 15, 2020 — To find a paradox in senior well-being, we need look no further than today! We know that staying socially connected is vital for the mental health of seniors. And yet, social distancing is the key ingredient to help them avoid the coronavirus. Not long after social distancing began, we quickly saw news articles about older... Read More

Census 2020: Have You Been Counted?

Jul 7, 2020 — So many events have been affected by this year’s coronavirus outbreak. The 2020 election will be more complicated, the 2020 Olympic Games were postponed for a year, and countless planned events were canceled. The 2020 Census has also been impacted by the pandemic. Some of the dates have been extended, with the U.S. Census Bureau... Read More

Helping a Loved One With Dementia Manage Their Money

Jun 15, 2020 — When a senior is living with Alzheimer’s disease or a related disorder, family members often worry about their loved one’s safety. Will Dad go to bed, forgetting the tea kettle is boiling on the stove? Will Mom get lost? Will Uncle Chuck keep trying to drive, even though he’s not safe behind the wheel? Their... Read More

13 Ways to Beat Depression During the Pandemic

Jun 1, 2020 — When we’re experiencing an emotionally distressing time, so often we turn to others. But as the coronavirus epidemic continues, many of the traditional ways we seek comfort are unavailable to us. A hug from a loved one or stranger, a get-together to discuss our grief and worries over coffee, a spontaneous gathering to light candles... Read More