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When Seniors Lack a Sense of Purpose

Published in October/November 2017 Issue

We all want to make a difference in the world, and to feel that our lives have meaning. Yet as we grow older, life changes can make us feel adrift, without goals or purpose. We retire from our jobs. Our children are grown, maybe moved away. Disabilities might reduce our ability to take part in meaningful activities. And it doesn’t help that our culture routinely delivers ageist messages that older adults aren’t as important or valuable.

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"Old-Fashioned" Gout Is More Common Than Ever Today

Published in April/May 2017 Issue

Gout most commonly strikes the joints of the big toe. Other affected sites might include the ankle, heel, knees, wrists, fingers or elbow. And while some people think gout is an old-fashioned disease, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says gout is on the rise today.

Five Great Research-Based Resolutions for Happier, Healthier Aging

Published in December 2016 / January 2017 Issue

Do you make New Year’s resolutions? A Hand in Hand poll showed that many of our readers resolve to make lifestyle choices that promote healthier aging—including exercise, healthcare management, socialization and a nutritious diet.

Home Care in the Forefront as More Seniors Live Alone

Published in August/September 2016 Issue

September 18 – 24, 2016 is Unmarried and Single Americans Week

Immunizations Aren't Just for Kids

Published in August/September 2016 Issue

During August, National Immunization Awareness Month reminds us to get the vaccines that help keep us healthy.

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The Negative Impact of Ageism: It's Not Just About Seniors

Published in February/March 2016 Issue

People are more sensitive these days about making remarks about people based on gender, ethnicity and other forms of diversity. Yet many who wouldn’t make a racist or sexist remark will happily make a disparaging joke about “geezers,” “codgers,” “old coots” or “fossils.” It could be argued that ageism—biased attitudes and statements about seniors—is one of the last socially acceptable forms of negative stereotyping.

Female Heart Specialists Share Tips for Women's Heart Health

Published in February/March 2016 Issue

February is American Heart Month, and Friday, Feb. 5 has been named as National Go Red Day, a time to raise awareness of women’s heart health.  Many women are unaware of their risk of heart disease, ways to lower the risk, and the symptoms that are of concern.

What's Our Family's Risk of Diabetes?

Published in December/January 2015-16 Issue

The National Diabetes Education Program says holiday family gatherings are a good time for the older and younger generations to share information that can help us lower the risk.

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How to Keep a New Year's Resolution to Be More Active

Published in December/January 2015-16 Issue

Like most Americans, you’re probably aware that physical activity is important to one’s overall health and well-being. And, like many Americans, you may not exercise as much as you should. If you’ve made a resolution to be more physically active next year, here are some tips to get—and keep—you motivated.

Home Care Helps Seniors Avoid Unhealthy Weight Gain

Published in June/July 2015 Issue

When many people think of seniors and weight problems, they think of the problem of being underweight. It is true that being significantly underweight is a red flag for possible health problems in the elderly. But geriatrics specialists today are increasingly dealing with the opposite health challenge in the senior population.

"Planning for Long-Term Care" Wordfind

Published in June/July 2015 Issue


No one can predict the future…but everyone can plan for the coming years. Learning about senior living options is an important part of preparing for the future of every American.

Living at Home With Heart Disease

Published in Feb/March 2015 Issue

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States—but according to the National Institutes of Health, heart disease is also one of the most preventable conditions. With the aging of our population, our healthcare system is now putting increased emphasis on controllable risk factors such as inactivity, poor nutrition, obesity and smoking. A study that recently appeared in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology showed that the risk of heart disease decreases more with each positive lifestyle change an older adult makes.

The Amazing Health Benefits of Pets

Published in Feb/March 2015 Issue

Anyone who has owned a pet knows the joy an animal can bring to one’s life. You often hear enthusiasts describing their pets as their “children” and including them in family vacations and activities. Additionally, animals have been used in helping people with various disabilities get around in the world, helping them to navigate indoor and outdoor spaces. Florence Nightingale, a pioneer of modern nursing, noticed that animals served as “excellent companions for the sick,” especially those with chronic conditions.

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Wellness Resolutions for 2015

Published in Dec/Jan 2014-15 Issue

Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year to all our friends and families! This is a great time to take stock of our plans for 2015. Have you made your New Year’s resolutions yet? There is no shortage of research on aging and caregiving—findings that can provide motivation for making lifestyle choices to improve the health and well-being of elders and the loved ones who care for them.

Seniors Want to Age in Place—Are We Ready for the Challenge?

Published in October/November 2014 Issue

As we saw in the previous issue of Hand in Hand, U.S. Census figures show that fewer older adults are choosing to receive care in a nursing home. Yet the projections also shows major growth in the number of seniors who are living with chronic illness. It is clear that our population is aging, and providing quality care for our nation's older adults is already beginning to challenge our healthcare resources.

August is National Immunization Awareness Month

Published in August/September 2014 Issue

Aug. 24-30 spotlights vaccines for adults; what immunizations do seniors need?

Home Care Helps Seniors Manage Medications

Published in August/September 2014 Issue

The U.S. Census Bureau recently reported that the percentage of seniors who are living in a nursing home has dropped by 20 percent in the last decade—yet there are more seniors than ever, and the number is growing. Are seniors just healthier these days? The truth is, older adults need as much care as ever, but they are receiving it in assisted living communities, adult day centers—and for a growing number, in their own homes.

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June is Men's Health Month

Published in June/July 2014 Issue

June is Men's Health Month, and leading up to Father's Day we celebrate Men's Health Week (which is June 9 – 15 this year). This is a special awareness period first recognized by Congress in 1994 and celebrated around the world. The goal is to educate men, boys, and their families and friends about preventable health problems and to encourage them to be more actively involved in their own health care.

Give Your Home a Senior Safety Checkup

Published in April 2014 Issue

Give Your Home a Senior Safety Checkup

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Growing Older Leads to Greater Emotional Stability

Published in February 2014 Issue

It's a prediction often met with worry: in 20 years, there will be more Americans over 60 than under 15. Some fear this will mean an aging society with an increasing number of impaired people and fewer youngsters to care for them while also keeping the country's productivity going.

January is Glaucoma Awareness Month

Published in January 2014 Issue

Glaucoma is the leading cause of preventable blindness. According to Prevent Blindness America, glaucoma is a fast-growing health problem in the U.S. Today, over 2.7 million Americans have glaucoma—which represents an increase of 22 percent from only ten years ago!

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Another Great Reason for Seniors to Quit Smoking

Published in January 2014 Issue

You may have read that people who quit smoking can eventually lower their risk of heart disease and stroke. Previous research suggested that it could take up to 15 years for smokers to reach the same risk level of non-smokers.

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Resolve to Avoid Weight Loss Scams

Published in January 2014 Issue

Indulging in all those rich holiday treats packs on the pounds, which is no doubt why many of us put weight loss at the top of our New Year's resolutions.

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Hiring a Home Care Worker: The Agency Advantage

Published in October 2013 Issue

If you're not familiar with eldercare options and how to help an aging loved one, chances are you will be in the future! Today, 40 percent of Americans are already involved to some degree in the care of an elderly person. And when older adults prefer to stay in their own homes rather than move to a nursing home or other senior living facility, home care can be a real life saver for the older adult and family caregivers alike.

May is Osteoporosis Awareness and Prevention Month

Published in May 2013 Issue

Osteoporosis is a loss of bone density that can occur as we age. It is responsible for over a million broken bones each year, and is a major cause of fractures, back pain, spinal problems and loss of independence.

Sleep On It: How Snoozing Strengthens Memories

Published in May 2013 Issue

When you learn something new, the best way to remember it is to sleep on it. That's because sleeping helps strengthen memories you've formed throughout the day. It also helps to link new memories to earlier ones. You might even come up with creative new ideas while you slumber.

Caregiving in the Late-Blended Family

Published in April 2013 Issue

Late-life remarriage complicates caring for an ailing spouse, according to a University of Michigan researcher who conducted one of the first known studies to focus on the challenges facing older remarried caregivers—a growing segment of the older U.S. population.

How Much Do You Know About Seniors and Nutrition?

Published in March 2013 Issue

While the basic guidelines for a healthy diet are pretty much the same for people of every age, older adults have special needs and concerns. 

During American Heart Month, We Heart Health!

Published in February 2013 Issue

When it comes to your heart, it pays to be smart! Know the facts about cardiac wellness.

Update: Seniors and Vitamin D

Published in January 2013 Issue

Researchers from Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, NC, reported that seniors who do not consume enough vitamin D are at higher risk of becoming disabled and losing mobility.

2013 is Named the Year of Elder Abuse Prevention

Published in January 2013 Issue

Elder abuse takes many forms, including financial exploitation, physical abuse, neglect, and emotional abuse. The Year of Elder Abuse Prevention is an opportunity for Americans to take action to protect seniors by raising awareness about this serious issue.

Give Your Loved One's Home a Safety Makeover

Published in November 2012 Issue

Home for the holidays! Are you making plans to get together with family during Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah or other winter celebrations? Eldercare specialists know that this is the time of year when families often notice that their senior relatives are struggling to be safe and comfortable at home.

Protect Yourself and Senior Loved Ones from West Nile Virus

Published in October 2012 Issue

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently announced that we are in the midst of one of the largest outbreaks of West Nile virus ever seen in the United States since the disease first appeared in the country in 1999.

Resources for Working Family Caregivers

Published in October 2012 Issue

Last month, a report from AARP found that discrimination against family caregivers is on the rise. This is yet another challenge for these very busy people! 

September 22 is Fall Prevention Awareness Day

Published in September 2012 Issue

National Falls Prevention Awareness Day is held on the first day of fall each year. This is a great time to learn more about protecting seniors from dangerous falls.

Balancing Work and Caregiving

Published in September 2012 Issue

If you are one of the 44 million Americans who is currently caring for an elderly parent or other loved one, chances are you often feel torn between work duties and the tasks of your caregiver role—transportation, personal care, healthcare appointments, and so many other responsibilities.

Flu Symptoms in the Elderly: When Should You Worry?

Published in September 2012 Issue

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) just announced that it has approved the formula for this year’s flu shot. 

Are You Part of the Sandwich Generation?

Published in August 2012 Issue

A survey of social workers who provide services to Sandwich Generation women found that this group is ill-prepared for the challenges of caring for older relatives. 

Long-Distance Caregiving

Published in July 2012 Issue

Up until fairly recently, most families lived in the same community generation after generation. They could share the responsibilities that go along with caring for older family members. But today, we live in a much more mobile society.

10 Myths and Facts About Seniors and Foodborne Illness

Published in July 2012 Issue

Foodborne illness is caused when harmful microorganisms—mostly bacteria, but sometimes viruses, parasites, molds or toxins—get into our bodies by means of the food or liquids we consume. 

Virtual Reality Games Help Stroke Patients Regain Lost Mobility

Published in July 2012 Issue

Active video games have been a surprise hit with older adults! Studies show that motion sensing games such as the Wii system can provide a good moderate-intensity workout. Now, a new study suggests that these games may have therapeutic benefit.

When a Loved One Has a Stroke

Published in May 2012 Issue

According to the American Stroke Association, almost 800,000 Americans will suffer a stroke this year. Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death in the U.S.—yet most people are unable to recognize the warning signs, and are unaware of the risk factors.

When to Worry About Your Memory

Published in May 2012 Issue

Is it mild forgetfulness, or a more serious memory problem? The Alzheimer's Disease Education and Referral Center offers information for seniors and family caregivers.

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The Best Way to Protect Your Memory? Follow an Overall Wellness Plan!

Published in March 2012 Issue

We read a lot about the "mind-body connection" these days. It's important to know that our overall wellness affects the health of our brains.

10 Great Ways to Take Care of Your Brain

Published in March 2012 Issue

As with so many aspects of aging, brain fitness varies from individual to individual. Some of this is hereditary. But just as you can keep your body in shape by following a wellness regimen, there are also steps you can take to make it more likely that your memory will remain sound. Here are ten important step to begin with

Brain Health Wordfind

"Take Care of Your Brain" Wordfind

Published in March 2012 Issue

Puzzles, games and even video games have been shown to provide a good mental workout. In this wordfind, there are 20 words hidden, all having to to do with protecting our brain and memory. How many can you find?

Warm-Weather Safety for Seniors

Published in June 2012 Issue

Summer temperatures can pose a danger to older adults. 

Is Pain "Just Part of Growing Older"?

Published in June 2012 Issue

Although older adults are more likely to experience pain, it is not a "symptom" of aging, and it should not be accepted as inevitable. 

Top Ten Trends in Active Aging

Published in June 2012 Issue

An aging expert predicts how the boomers will change the face of senior fitness—and how the fitness industry will change in response.