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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

April Is Distracted Driving Awareness Month

— The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) continues to warn that during the pandemic, there has been a sharp increase in traffic fatalities. For example, during 2020, though people in the U.S. spent substantially less time behind the wheel, an estimated 38,680 people died in motor vehicle traffic crashes—the largest projected number of fatalities since... Read More

Do “Anti-Aging” Skin Products Really Work?

— A celebrity hosts an infomercial, touting the miraculous “fountain of youth” properties of an expensive face cream. An ad pops up on Facebook claiming that “plastic surgeons don’t want you to know about this serum that would put them out of business!” Dramatic before-and-after photos in the back of a gossip magazine show an older... Read More

Year Three of the Pandemic Begins, and Experts Offer Advice for Older Adults

— We’ve just passed the second anniversary of the COVID-19 pandemic. Medical science has learned so much about this disease, and while things are looking up, it is still important to protect against the virus—not only for ourselves, but for others. But we shouldn’t forget our all-around physical and mental health either, say geriatrics experts. Here... Read More

While We’re Asleep, Our Brains Are Hard at Work

— March is National Sleep Awareness Month. We know we should get enough sleep to feel rested and energetic the next day. But did you know that good sleep is also closely tied with brain health? Our brains aren’t idle while we sleep. Sleep could be thought of as the “late shift” of memory. Here are... Read More

When Your Valentine Needs Care

— When a couple says their wedding vows, the words traditionally include “in sickness and in health.” But if the time comes when illness and disability touches one of the spouses, changed roles can have a profound impact on the marriage. Researchers have been looking at the issues of couples in which one is providing care... Read More

What Women Need to Know about Heart Health

— February is American Heart Month. Traditionally, heart health research and outreach has focused largely on men. But women are at equally high risk of heart disease—even though, we now know, the causes, risk factors, treatment and even symptoms of heart attack and other cardiovascular conditions can be quite different for female patients. Experts say most... Read More

Senior Health Updates

— What’s happening in healthy aging and senior care research? Brain Scientists Offer Tips for Communication While Masked Since the pandemic began, wearing face masks has been vital for protecting vulnerable older adults against COVID-19. Older adults and people with dementia are at high risk of serious illness from the virus. “Doing without masks to protect... Read More

Resolve to Improve Your Attitude About Aging in 2022

— Over the past decades, experts in the field of aging have seen a big change in the ways we think and talk about growing older. There’s been a movement toward empowerment, and toward helping all older adults remain as independent, active and engaged as possible, even as they face physical and cognitive challenges. In our... Read More

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