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

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
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