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Aging Feature Articles


Healthy snacks for seniors

Seniors often lose some of their appetite or change their eating habits as they age. Nutritious “grab-and-go” snacks can help you maintain healthy eating habits even with a diminished appetite...more


Steam canning: A new option for seniors

The National Center for Home Food Preservation added steam canning to the list of approved methods for safe home food preservation. This could be a great option for seniors because steam canners are easier to handle, they allow you to preserve just a few jars at a time, and they cut down on expenses related to the process...more


Older family members and finances

Finances often bring up many different emotions and when someone loses control over financial decisions, they are typically losing independence. When roles are reversed and the adult child is now the one assisting with the parent’s finances, the situation can be quite difficult. Here are some important topics to discuss and tips for working through the process...more


Increase in fraud with older adults

In the span of two years, older adults have seen a 12 percent increase in money lost to financial exploitation and fraud. It is estimated that more than $2.9 billion was lost to those adults, age 60 and up, in home repair scams and other financial transactions...more


Prevent falls and maintain independence

Each year more than one-third of adults 65 years and older fall. Of these falls, 20 to 30 percent result in injuries that reduce mobility. But there are many things we can do to lower our risk of falling, to improve our balance and to remain independent longer...more


Traveling with an older relative

Traveling with your parents or an older relative can be a wonderful experience. Use the following tips to plan and prepare ahead of time to ensure that the trip is enjoyable for everyone...more


Helpful hints for eating well as we age

Tufts University’s USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging released a new version of the MyPlate nutrition guidance symbol, MyPlate for Older Adults, focusing on ways older adults can manage a healthy eating plan...more


Defining Alzheimer’s and Dementia

Alzheimer’s disease and dementia are not the same thing but they are related. It is important to know what Alzheimer’s disease and dementia are and how they impact a person...more


Reduce risks to prevent falls

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, falls are the leading cause of injury and death in adults age 65 and older. Learn who is most at risk and what you can do to reduce your risk...more


Older Americans Month

May is Older Americans Month and this year's theme is about injury prevention. Here are ways to prevent falls and lessen the risk for falling...more


Siblings should work together to help aging parents

Caring for aging parents can be a difficult situation. It is practical to have one person who takes the lead, but that person should still involve other siblings...more


Strength training beneficial for older adults

People often think that strength training is only for young people. However, studies show that strength exercises are effective for women and men of all ages, and it is never too late to start...more


Senior citizens should jog their memory daily

Virtually every day more research is focusing on issues impacting senior citizens. One recent example is a study that says keeping the mind active is a key to good health...more


Life after retirement

Retirement is a major life change. The transition from workforce to retirement is challenging and requires adjustments...more


Managing stress in golden years

Change in the later years can be stressful, and the losses and gains of new roles may not be what you expected. You can’t eliminate stress, but you can make choices about how you will manage stress and changes...more


Many options available for choosing elder care

It may be overwhelming to think about care for yourself or an elderly loved one. There are many long-term care options for the elderly...more


Tips to help prevent dementia

Dementia and loss of memory are concerns for older adults. Maintaining healthy habits is the most effective way for adults to keep their brains and memories strong...more


Food safety is especially important for seniors

Senior citizens need to know they are at increased risk for contracting a foodborne illness. The good news is they can decrease their risk by avoiding some foods and taking steps to keep other foods safe...more


Planning funerals in advance makes decisions easier

Consumers who make funeral arrangements in advance can compare prices and services so that the funeral reflects a wise and well-informed purchasing decision, honors the deceased and is meaningful to survivors...more


Reverse mortgages

Reverse mortgages allow older homeowners to turn part of the equity in their homes into cash without selling their homes or taking on additional monthly bills. Reverse mortgages sound like a great solution for many seniors, but costs can be quite high and there are some disadvantages to consider...more


Top 10 things every senior should consider

If a deal sounds too good to be true, it probably is...Use direct deposit for your Social Security payments...Check your credit report...more


Active Aging—Stay Strong and Stay Healthy

When people talk about being physically active, many think of aerobic activities, but it is also about being strong. Getting the heart and lungs working to full capacity has great health benefits...more


Being a grand grandparent

Becoming a grandparent for the first time is a wonderful experience. Having raised children, many grandparents may think they know everything; however, things have changed and there are many new things to learn...more


Medication is not the only option for treating arthritis
May is National Arthritis Month and a time when individuals and their families should be aware of misconceptions about the disease...more

Friendship is important to older adults
Many studies have shown the benefits of friendship on positive social, emotional and physical well-being. Having a strong circle of friends can be a good boost for aging hearts and can help the body’s autoimmune system resist disease...more

Sibling Relationships and Aging Parents
Adult children play an important role in helping to care for aging parents. The relationships among siblings can influence the help and support given to their aging parents...more

Transportation and the Elderly
Just because people are older does not mean they are unsafe drivers. However, the reduced vision, slower reflexes and stiffer joints of older drivers has an impact on their ability to drive. Older people tend to take more medicine and this could effect their driving ability...more

Which Foods to Avoid for a Colon Cancer Test
Your doctor gives you a little kit to collect tiny samples of fecal matter that will be mailed to a lab and checked for hidden blood - a possible sign of colon cancer...more

Nothing Tastes Good Anymore
"That recipe just doesn't have the flavor that I always remembered." You might hear that comment from an older adult. Maybe you've said it yourself...more

Nutrition and Fitness: What does it have to do with aging?
The fragility we see in the elderly is in large part the result of muscle loss known as sarcopenia. Although, many of us work at preventing chronic diseases associated with aging such as heart disease and diabetes, sarcopenia is a disease that is often overlooked. ...more

Does Getting Older Mean Alzheimer's Disease?
After shopping many of us have left the store and could not find our keys or our car. Does that mean you could have Alzheimer's? The answer is, "no" but if, you forgot that you drove the car or if you get lost going home, then you may have to be concerned...more

Dehydration in the winter: Elderly at risk
Dehydration is one of the most frequent causes of hospitalization among people over the age of 65. Worse, at least one study has found that about one-half of those hospitalized for dehydration died within a year of admission....more

Grandparents: The world's best gift
Expecting the family to visit during the holidays? Having the grandchildren come to visit is exciting, but it can also be a challenge. How do you get a toddler to warm up to you? What can you do to prevent your treasured objects from damage? A little advanced preparation can help....more

Don't Handicap Yourself With Traditions
One of the joys of the holidays is gathering with friends and family. For people with arthritis or other mobility problems, minimal changes to holiday preparations can result in maximum enjoyment of the season....more

Osteoporosis: The Silent Bone Thief
Osteoporosis is a "silent" deterioration of bone and a major health threat for more than 28 million Americans (80 percent are women). This disease can progress for years without the awareness of the victim. Bones become fragile and are more likely to break. In fact, the first sign of a problem may be a fractured bone or a collapsed vertebra....more


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