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How Doing Good Does Us Good

July 13, 2020 — Older adults possess a vast array of skills and experiences that can contribute to the greater good of society via volunteering. And those who do regular volunteer work benefit physically and mentally—even to the extent of lowering their risk of death, according to a new study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. The study... Read More

13 Ways to Beat Depression During COVID-19

May 20, 2020 — When we’re emotionally and/or mentally stressed, we tend to 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 and leave... Read More

Five Ways to Age Well

March 20, 2020 — The idea of aging can be a stressful one. Getting older inevitably means change, and adapting to change can be difficult, especially when those changes have big impacts on us. Perhaps our children move away, or we lose our parents. Perhaps an injury or health event means we lose some of our independence. While feeling... Read More

Living Well with Health Challenges

January 20, 2020 — As people live longer, the likelihood of developing a health condition increases. The American Geriatrics Society estimates that 80% of seniors have more than one chronic health problem. Some of the most common include high blood pressure (hypertension), high cholesterol, arthritis, diabetes and heart conditions – everything from atrial fibrillation to congestive heart failure. But... Read More

The New Year Is a Good Time to Adopt a New Attitude

January 6, 2020 — The dawning of a new year allows us to pause for a moment and take stock of our lives. For most of us, there are things that could use some improvement – such as our outlook on life! According to a study at Yale University, researchers discovered that people who had positive thoughts about aging... Read More

Aging Well Isn’t All Hard Work

December 20, 2019 — Whenever the subject of staying healthy as we grow older comes up, many people tend to tune out. No one wants to hear that they need to exercise more or eat more healthfully. They’ve heard it all before. The good news is that there are several things we can do to enjoy better health that... Read More

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

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

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