THE FINE LINE BETWEEN LOVING CONCERN AND TAKING CONTROL

A disturbing parallel has developed in our society between parenting young children and parenting our aging parents. Although it goes without saying that adult children worry about the many risks associated with aging—falls and other injuries, dementia, chronic diseases and physical limitations—there’s a fine line between loving concern and taking control. As much as we […]

WHEN A HOLIDAY VISIT UNWRAPS MORE THAN GIFTS

The holiday season is full of wonderful surprises: unexpected visits from faraway family and friends, secret gifts tucked into sparkling packages, lights twinkling around every bend. But we may also be greeted by another type of surprise—one of concern when we discover the deteriorated condition of an elderly loved one. Staying in touch only by […]

5 WAYS TO ALLEVIATE CAREGIVING STRESS

If we could choose one perfect gift to bestow upon family caregivers, it would be a blanket of peace to relieve the stress and replace it with a sense of calm purpose. So, in honor of National Family Caregivers Month, settle in with a warm cup of tea and enjoy these peace-inducing tips! Identify stress triggers. What […]

THE BEST SLEEPING POSITION TO PROTECT YOUR BRAIN

Nothing feels better than waking up refreshed and invigorated after a sound night’s sleep. And now there’s one more benefit to chalk up to good sleeping—in particular, your sleep position—helping your brain eliminate buildup of harmful chemicals and the plaques associated with Alzheimer’s disease. Mice were placed in various sleep positions and scanned with MRIs […]

CAN INJECTIONS OF YOUNG BLOOD REVERSE AGING?

It sounds like something from a sci-fi movie: injecting blood from a young person into an aging, Alzheimer’s patient, and watching as renewed youth is awakened. But that’s exactly the outcome realized in studies of mice, which showed astounding brain cell growth in the area of the brain critical to memory and learning—the hippocampus. Perhaps just […]

THIS ONE SIMPLE TEST COULD PREDICT BREAST CANCER RELAPSE

Cancer survivors whose disease has gone into remission have so much to celebrate and be thankful for, and many are celebrating this October during Breast Cancer Awareness Month. But there may always remain a concern in the back of their minds: could the cancer return? For women who have survived breast cancer, there may at […]

IBUPROFEN AND NAPROXEN ALERT: FDA ISSUES ELEVATED WARNING FOR HEART ATTACK AND STROKE RISK

The latest findings from the FDA are in, and should make every one of us stand up and take notice: ibuprofen and naproxen, those seemingly harmless over-the-counter medications that we reach for so often for every ache and pain (Advil, Motrin, Aleve), have a confirmed hidden danger. Although the FDA has long warned that nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory […]

IS GIVING UP YOUR CAREER NECESSARY TO CARE FOR A LOVED ONE? READ THESE TIPS, AND THINK AGAIN

If you’re one of the 40 million family caregivers in the U.S. caring for an elderly loved one, it’s likely your time is so crunched that you can’t even read this article in full. And if you’re working outside of the home and caring for your own children and spouse on top of that, the […]

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FACT OR FICTION? DISCOVER THE TRUTH BEHIND THESE AGING MISCONCEPTIONS

It’s certainly no surprise that the aging population is exploding, and poised to increase exponentially over the next few decades. The statistics are staggering: 900 million adults age 60 and older currently worldwide, and expected to rise to 2 billion in the next 20-30 years. The twist in thinking, however, lies in the demographics. While […]

Dietary Tips from “Blue Zones” Increase Longevity

What do Greece, Japan, Sardinia, California and Costa Rica share in common? Those who keep an eye on dietary trends that promote longevity know: each of these locations has been given official “Blue Zone” status for their startling high numbers of centenarians. As Americans all too familiar with greasy fast food diets, it’s well worth our […]