How Can We Avoid Spreading Health Misinformation?

— Along with the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve been experiencing another epidemic—this one of misinformation! Spreading unsubstantiated rumors is never a good thing, and in the case of health information, it can be life-threatening. For most of us, it feels good to know we’re sharing factual, accurate information—but how can we be sure we really are? “Health... Read More

Don’t Fall for the “Grandparent Scam”

— Shirley’s phone rang early one morning. “Grandma?” the caller said. “This is your grandson.” “Well hello, Mark! It’s good to hear from you,” said Shirley. It had been a long time since her college-age grandson had called her. “Grandma,” said Mark, “I need your help. I’m in the hospital in Mexico with COVID and I... Read More

Medication Myths

— Prescription and nonprescription drugs help seniors manage a variety of health conditions. They preserve both life and quality of life. Of course, they only work if we take them properly. How much do you know about your medications? True or False? If my doctor prescribes a drug, and then I start to feel better, it’s... Read More

Help Your Inner Caveman Exercise More

— The Flintstones had all sorts of humorous labor-saving devices—a dinosaur lawn mower, a mastodon vacuum cleaner and so forth. But in reality, our ancient ancestors worked hard to survive. Anthropologists tell us this might be why it’s so hard to get ourselves moving, even if we know that physical activity is healthy for us. Are... Read More

7 Reasons Older Adults Should Add More Music to their Lives

— Every human culture has a musical tradition. Why do we love music? If you think about it, isn’t it remarkable that among all the many noises in the world, we perceive certain tones, patterns and intervals as “music”? Brain scientists continue to study this uniquely human mystery, and now they are even using advanced imaging... Read More

5 Ways Hearing Loss Raises the Risk of Dementia

— Researchers from Newcastle University in the UK recently shared a startling statistic: Epidemiological studies show that untreated hearing loss is responsible for 10% of all cases of dementia. For some time, scientists have studied this connection. Research shows that certain underlying causes can cause both dementia and hearing loss. But in many cases, hearing loss... Read More

Anxiety and Memory Loss—Is There a Connection?

— Families whose loved one is living with Alzheimer’s disease or a related disorder often report that their loved one seems anxious much of the time. Anxiety can be a symptom of Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders—and recent research suggests anxiety also might hasten the progression of memory loss. The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA)... Read More

Have Questions About Your Medications? The FDA Says to Ask Your Pharmacist!

— You’ve heard of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration—the FDA. This agency is responsible for protecting the health of people in the U.S. by controlling and supervising everything from food to cosmetics, and they’re also the agency that regulates prescription drugs and other medications. But did you know that the FDA not only regulates medications,... Read More

May Is National Osteoporosis Awareness and Prevention Month

— Osteoporosis is a condition that causes bones to become weak and fragile, and is a leading cause of disability in older adults. Data from Medicare shows that 50% of older women will develop osteoporosis, and 25% of men. Today 10 million people are living with the disease, and with our increasing population of older adults,... Read More

During National Women’s Health Week, Learn About Women and Stroke

— May 9 – 15 is National Women’s Health Week, and the entire month of May is Stroke Awareness Month. This is a good time to look at some of the stroke prevention, diagnosis and treatment issues that are unique to women. A stroke occurs when the blood supply to any part of the brain is... Read More
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