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Processing Your Grief After a Diagnosis

— A lot changes when someone receives a diagnosis of a serious health condition or disability. There may be changes to a person’s physical abilities, daily life, career, or long-term plans. There’s no wrong way to feel about a big change in one’s health, and complex emotions are expected. It’s important to acknowledge that people may... Read More

Are You Ready for an Emergency?

— Disasters such as hurricanes, floods, fires and other emergency situations are all too common these days. In fact, about 4 out of 5 Americans live in counties hit by weather events since 2007, according to disaster declaration data from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). That illustrates how these events can impact nearly everyone and... Read More

Ten Bone and Joint Health Resolutions for 2024

— Many of us pledge to take steps to improve our health in the new year. This might be a great one to focus on bone and joint health problems, which are among the most prevalent and debilitating health challenges Americans face. To get you started, check out these ten great resolutions from the American Academy... Read More

Resume Your Exercise Routine

— For many of us, the holidays are a hectic time! We put hours of preparation into selecting, purchasing, and wrapping gifts, decorating our homes, cooking, and baking, and perhaps getting ready for guests or traveling to our destination. This year, as in last year, many of us had to pivot a bit. If it wasn’t... Read More

Modern Sleep Patterns Mirror Our Ancestors

— With all the advances of modern medical science, it can still be useful to look at the health practices of our species over time. We evolved in a far different environment than most of us live in today, and our brains and bodies may not have caught up yet. Sleep has been deeply impacted by... Read More

How to Help Your Parents Downsize

— Are you taking on the insurmountable task of helping your parents downsize? As we age, we eventually need less space. But the task of moving your parents from a longtime family home (with years of stuff) to a retirement community, assisted living, or smaller home is time-consuming and overwhelming. Helping parents with this significant lifestyle... Read More

How to Cope with the End of Daylight Saving Time

— It’s a fall ritual that follows Halloween every year. On the first Sunday of November we “fall back” into standard time by setting our clocks back one hour. This gives us back the hour of sleep we lost in the spring when we “sprang forward” to preserve evening sunshine. An extra hour of sleep—sounds great,... Read More

Lower Dementia Risk by Exercising Your Brain

— “Use it or lose it” is the old adage, and it also applies to our brains. Numerous studies have shown that daily activity challenging your brain is good for your health and is associated with a lower risk of dementia. These studies—and a number of others like it—are a reassurance that we don’t have to... Read More

Preparing a Loved One for Long-Term Care

— Though most seniors wish to stay at home for as long as possible, health challenges often mean that moving to a skilled nursing facility is the best choice. If you are helping a loved one with this process, maybe you spent a lot of time making the decision, and finding a place that is the... Read More

You Can Always Learn Something New, No Matter Your Age

— Not so long ago, scientists thought we were born with all the brain cells we would ever have. But using modern brain imagery, neurologists now tell us that the brain can continue to grow new cells, even in our later years. This process, called neurogenesis, protects our memory. We can promote neurogenesis by eating and... Read More
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