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Gout Is No Longer “The Disease of Kings”

Feb 14, 2021 — Gout is a painful type of arthritis that most commonly affects the joints of the big toe, but might also affect the ankle, heel, knees, wrists, fingers, or elbow. Like other joint diseases, gout can be painful and disabling—yet people with this condition sometimes fail to seek treatment due to misinformation. In previous eras, gout... Read More

Immunize Older Adults Against Fraud With a Dose of Information

Feb 1, 2021 — Con artists often take advantage of events in the news as they create bogus schemes to part us from our money. And what has been a bigger news story than the COVID-19 pandemic?  Scammers have been busy. They’ve been selling phony preventative and treatment cures, masks with impossible powers, and useless disinfection devices. As soon... Read More

Don’t Delay Reporting TMJ Symptoms

Jan 15, 2021 — Among the other side effects of COVID-19 and the accompanying quarantine, dentists say that more patients are calling with broken or cracked teeth—a result of the stress we’re experiencing, which we often take out on our teeth with clenching or grinding. But broken teeth aren’t the only oral health problem that’s increased. Many patients are... Read More

Talking to the Senior Men in Your Life About COVID-19

Jan 1, 2021 — There is exciting news these days about the beginning of the distribution of the vaccine targeting the virus that causes COVID-19, which has taken the lives of so many people worldwide. Older adults have been hardest hit by the virus, and it’s expected that they will be among the first on the list to receive... Read More

Seven Great Ways to Protect Your Immune System

Dec 15, 2020 — During 2020, prevention has been top of mind for many of us! Though we can and should be immunized against seasonal influenza (“the flu”), a vaccine for COVID-19 isn’t available yet. The tools at our disposal for lowering our risk include wearing a mask and practicing physical distancing. Many of us also are thinking of... Read More

Pandemic Precautions Challenge Those With Hearing Loss

Nov 30, 2020 — Audiologists recently shared some important warnings for people who are living with hearing loss. Audiologists are health care professionals who evaluate, diagnose, treat and manage hearing loss. They prescribe and fit hearing aids and other devices. The American Academy of Audiology (AAA) recently reported that seniors who use hearing aids are being negatively affected by... Read More

Pain Insights That Are Especially Relevant Today

Nov 15, 2020 — Pain isn’t “all in your head,” as some people dismissively say. However, the way we think about our pain can make a big difference! In August 2020, a research team from Penn State University Center for Healthy Aging published a study on pain “catastrophizing.” They defined “catastrophizing” as “feeling an exaggerated helplessness or hopelessness” about... Read More

Emergency Preparation Plans Need Adjusting During 2020

Nov 1, 2020 — Each year during National Preparedness Month, we are reminded of steps for keeping safe during natural disasters, such as hurricanes, tornados, wildfires, earthquakes, floods, and extreme heat—along with power outages, fires, explosions, and other man-made emergencies. In previous years, few of us paid much attention to another item that also appears on the list of... Read More

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