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Managing Diabetic Complications

— More than 133 million Americans are living with either diabetes or prediabetes. Diabetes is a chronic disease that affects how the body turns food into energy. Normally, the body breaks down most of the food we eat into sugar (glucose) and releases it into the bloodstream. Insulin is a hormone made by the pancreas that... Read More

Resolve to Exercise More

— The end of the calendar year has many of us thinking about the year ahead and the changes we’d like to implement for our physical and mental health. One excellent resolution that many people can use to improve their health is a goal to get more exercise! Numerous research studies have established that regular physical... Read More

Caring for Someone Who Hoards

— Lots of us have collections. Maybe you bring home a new refrigerator magnet from every vacation destination you visit. Perhaps you love jewelry and have a statement necklace for every occasion. Maybe rare baseball cards are carefully stored and organized in a box in your basement. But compulsive hoarding is different from an out-of-control collection... Read More

The Gift of Getting Older

— “It’s not how old you are, it’s how you are old.” — Jules Renard Conversation topics center on the weather or latest ailments. Getting up elicits grunts and groans. Birthday cards poke fun about impending death. Dinner after 6 p.m. seems tiring. Face it: you are getting older. While the adage that age is just... Read More

Meditation for Health: 7 Scientific Takeaways

— What do the Beatles, Oprah, and Stephen Curry all have in common? Meditation. All found meditation beneficial and helped make it mainstream. Today, meditation is popular, with over 14% of Americans practicing some type of meditation. In 2017, more than 5% of children aged 4 to 17 years were participating in mediation, with some schools... Read More

Understanding Lewy Body Dementia

— It would be understandable to have never heard of—or know much about—Lewy body dementia. It is a form of dementia that has only received global scientific attention in the last few decades. Scientists did not fully understand how common this form of dementia is until the 1990s. October was Lewy Body Dementia Awareness month, a... Read More

6 Ways to Model Good Health for the Grandkids

— During the past decade or so, evolutionary biologists have been looking at an interesting question: Why do humans, unlike almost every other species in the animal kingdom, survive long beyond their reproductive years? Despite the ageist stereotype that older adults are a “burden,” anthropologists agree that living in social groups that included older members was... Read More

Which Foods Are Good for Brain Health?

— A miracle brain power supplement? Superfood capsules? Herbal shakes with mysterious “cognitive health” enzymes? If you watch TV or go on the internet or read magazines, you are likely bombarded with commercials for products claiming to protect the memory and stave off dementia, even to “boost brain power.” Then there are nutrition “experts” who make... Read More

If a Relative Has Alzheimer’s Disease, Am I at Risk?

— Today nearly six million people in the U.S. are living with Alzheimer’s disease, and more than 16 million others are providing care for them. Most often, these caregivers are close relatives, and they often express concern about whether they, too, will experience memory loss as they grow older. They are right to consider this. Studies... Read More

Controlling High Blood Pressure Is Good for the Brain

— Why do older adults experience memory and thinking problems? For years, the assumption was that most dementia was caused by Alzheimer’s disease. But more recent research using advanced brain imaging and large collections of data has shown that it’s not that simple. A study of 1,100 older adults released by the U.S. Department of Veterans... Read More