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Tai Chi Helps Many Older Adults Stay Fit

October 21, 2019 — For many older adults, physical activity can be a challenge, due to a chronic medical condition or recent surgery. But one form of exercise that can get older Americans moving safely is the traditional Chinese martial art of tai chi. Tai chi uses slow movements which, when practiced over time, can improve balance, agility, coordination,... Read More

Parkinson’s Disease: Symptoms and Treatment

October 7, 2019 — According to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, nearly one million Americans live with the disease and another 60,000 are diagnosed with the disease each year. Men are 1.5 times more likely to have Parkinson’s disease than women. Despite extensive research on the subject, we still don’t know for sure what causes Parkinson’s disease. Many believe that... Read More

When Is the Right Time to Say Good-Bye?

September 20, 2019 — Harold Snyder, a lifelong smoker, had been diagnosed with fast-growing lung cancer. This was his third diagnosis of cancer in the last 10 years. He had a choice – treat the disease aggressively, which would cause numerous unwanted side effects, or manage the pain and focus on the quality of his life. Harold chose treatment.... Read More

The Importance of Fall Prevention

September 5, 2019 — Fall is just around the corner, which means Falls Prevention Awareness Day is almost upon us. Every year, on the first day of autumn, which this year falls on September 23, the National Council on Aging brings awareness to this important topic, which directly affects more than one in four older adults each year. According... Read More

Exercise Is a Critical Part of Aging Well

August 20, 2019 — Summer is beginning to wind down and many people use this as an excuse to stop getting the daily exercise they need. As colder weather sets in, people tend to stay indoors more and forego the many benefits of staying physically active. Exercise and physical activity are an important part of a well-balanced health regimen... Read More

How to Safely Manage Your Medications

August 5, 2019 — The older we get, the more likely we are to be taking prescription medications. As we mentioned in this post, more than a third of Americans over the age of 65 take at least five prescription medications and the typical 75-year-old takes more than 10 prescription drugs. This can making taking the right doses at... Read More

Dealing with a Diagnosis of Dementia

July 22, 2019 — Having to face an uncertain future where life’s most precious memories are no longer accessible is something many of us can’t even imagine. Yet, this is a diagnosis that millions of people around the world face every year. You will undoubtedly face a range of emotions after receiving your diagnosis and you may not know... Read More

Declare Your Own Independence this July

July 2, 2019 — One of the biggest fears people say they have about growing older is losing their independence, either due to illness, physical limitations, or simply an aging body that doesn’t perform as well as it used to. Freedom to live our lives the way we choose is part of the American dream. To ensure that we’re... Read More

Have Trouble Getting the Sleep You Need at Night? Take a Nap!

June 20, 2019 — Sleep is essential for optimum health, something we’ve discussed in this blog post. Numerous studies have demonstrated the importance of sleep for forming memories, reducing depression, and maintaining both emotional and physical health. And, as we grow older, sleep difficulties often increase. In a National Institute on Aging study of people age 65 and older,... Read More