“I’ll Sleep On It”: Seven Great Reasons to Get a Good Night’s Sleep

March 11–17, 2018 Is Sleep Awareness Week Sponsored by the National Sleep Foundation, this recognition week is a great time to learn more about the many health benefits of getting enough quality sleep. Need some motivation? Here are several ways that adequate sleep keeps us healthier: Sleep may act as a “fountain of youth,” protecting… Read More

Spring Cleaning Tips to Protect the Youngest and Oldest Family Members from Accidental Poisoning

March 18–24, 2018 is National Poison Prevention Week. This event has been held annually since 1961 to raise awareness of the dangers of unintentional poisoning from substances and environmental hazards. According to the American Association of Poison Control Centers, each year more than 2 million poisonings are reported to the nation’s poison centers—and 90 percent… Read More

Exercise For a Healthier Heart: It’s Never Too Late

February is American Heart Month—a great time to consider whether we’re doing all we can to support cardiovascular wellness. Most people today are aware of the heart health benefits of physical activity. Walk by a gym window or any urban trail, and you’ll note that young people today are likely to make regular exercise part… Read More

The FDA Recommends Four-Step Plan for Senior Medication Safety

The medications we take help us manage a variety of health conditions that become more common as we grow older, such as high blood pressure and cholesterol, diabetes, arthritis, heart disease and sleep problems. Yet we might take so many medications that managing them is a health problem itself! Our bodies process substances differently as… Read More

As Memory Fades, Emotions Live On

If you have a friend or loved one who has Alzheimer’s disease or a related condition, you might wonder whether the things you do with them have any benefit. “I took Mom out to lunch, and she doesn’t even remember,” sighed one daughter. But here’s some research that confirms what most caregivers sense: people with… Read More

Foot and Ankle Surgeons Offer Winter Weather Safety Tips

Brrrr! Much of the country has seen frigid and treacherous weather during the first weeks of 2018. It’s so important for seniors to take precautions to avoid cold-related illness and injury. Maybe you put on a warm coat and a hat—but what about your feet? Older adults are at higher risk of falling, and are… Read More


My last blog focused on the importance of quitting smoking at any age due to proven links with many chronic and debilitating illnesses. This past month I have been working with a new client—Bill, 67 years old and newly diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer.  He had no symptoms until 3 months ago when he… Read More

Quit Smoking at Any Age

Fewer Americans are smoking these days. That’s good news! But many older adults have smoked for most of their lives. Is it possible for them to kick the habit? A recent study from the University of California, San Francisco found that even people who have smoked for many years could quit with the right support…. Read More

What About Those New Blood Pressure Recommendations?

Hypertension (commonly called high blood pressure) means that the force of blood that pushes against the walls of our arteries is too high. Your healthcare provider measures your blood pressure with a special instrument, and records systolic pressure (your blood pressure during heartbeats) and your diastolic pressure (the pressure when your heart is resting between… Read More

Four Myths About Seniors and Oral Health

As we grow older, tooth and gum problems are more common. Some seniors think it’s inevitable that they’ll lose some or all of their teeth, or have chronic gum disease. But good oral hygiene and oral care lowers the risk of dental problems—so important because we know today that poor oral health is linked with… Read More