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Nocturnal Hypertension: An Invisible Monster

October 25, 2022 — What goes thump in the night this Halloween season? Let’s hope it’s creatures of the night and not nocturnal hypertension! Nocturnal hypertension is high blood pressure that happens while someone is sleeping. These spikes can have deadly consequences, including heart failure and other cardiovascular diseases. The scariest part: people with normal blood pressure during the... Read More

National Physical Therapy Month

October 18, 2022 — More than one-third of the estimated 300 million physical therapy sessions each year are for seniors over 65. Nursing and residential care facilities employ 5% of all physical therapists and with good reason: physical therapy for short- or long-term residents can play an important role in overall care. What is physical therapy (PT)? Physical therapy... Read More

Losing Our Sense of Smell As We Age

August 25, 2022 — When we think of growing older, we often think about losing our hearing or vision. Visual impairment and hearing loss can have a major negative impact on the physical, emotional and cognitive well-being. But as we age, we can also experience changes in our sense of smell. In fact, sense of smell gradually starts to... Read More

5 Reasons to Get Vaccinated

August 16, 2022 — August is National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM)! This annual campaign  spotlights the importance of vaccination in protecting public health. From highly contagious and life-threatening diseases like measles to routine, yearly illnesses like the flu, immunization save lives. It’s estimated that Covid vaccines, for example, saved nearly 20 million lives globally. Here are 5 reasons to... Read More

Seniors Stay Fit For Games

July 29, 2022 — Disproving the myth that seniors should take it easy, the National Senior Games Association (NSGA) completed their eighteenth summer national championships in May. Established in 1985 and originally named the National Senior Olympics Organization, NSGA’s vision is to promote healthy lifestyles for adults through education, fitness, and sport. The first National Senior Olympic Games was... Read More

Once Upon a Time: Storytelling with Seniors

July 11, 2022 — Everyone loves a good story. From cave drawings to corporate marketing, storytelling helps people find purpose and meaning; it may have even helped with evolution by encouraging cooperation. Multiple studies have shown that  storytelling impacts the well-being of seniors. When an elderly person shares the story of their life, especially with someone from a younger... Read More

Learning to Talk About Mental Health

May 20, 2022 — Since the start of the pandemic, more and more people are talking about mental health. An increasing number of folks are starting to see it for what it is: one important component of your overall health and well-being, just like your physical health. But mental health conditions, resources, and conversations can still feel complicated and... Read More

Taking Care of Your Eyes as You Grow Older

January 5, 2022 — January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month. Glaucoma is a leading cause of vision loss and blindness in the United States. Unfortunately, it has no early symptoms — that’s why half of people with glaucoma don’t know they have it. The only way to find out if you have glaucoma is to get a comprehensive dilated eye exam. There’s no cure for glaucoma, but early treatment... Read More

This Holiday Season, Talk About (Health) History

November 22, 2021 — This holiday season, some of us will be able to spend time or share a meal with loved ones. After you’ve exhausted all the usual topics of conversation, consider asking about history – your family members’ health history. You may learn something that’s important for you to know. Why would you want to know about... Read More

The Role of Spirituality in Aging Well

July 20, 2021 — Several studies have shown that as we grow older, we benefit from thinking about higher things such as beauty, the meaning of life, the things that connect us, our place in the world—in short, the quality that is often called “spirituality.” As we age, the reality and inevitability of the end of life grows more... Read More