One-Third of Dementia Cases Could Be Preventable

Published in October/November 2017 Issue

November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month

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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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Help Mom Spend More Time with Mother Nature

Published in June/July 2017 Issue

It’s a sad reality that some of the changes of aging make it harder to get out among trees, gardens, lakes and other natural surroundings. Seniors who enjoyed hiking, camping, golfing and walks in the park might find themselves spending more and more time indoors, sleeping, reading or watching TV.

It’s important to know that this nature deficit can be harmful for older adults. Scientific research continues to demonstrate the connection between spending time in nature and healthy aging. As our population ages and urban development continues, keeping our seniors connected with the natural environment is a growing public health challenge.

Delirium Often Overlooked When Seniors Are Hospitalized

Published in April/May 2016 Issue

Delirium can occur in patients of any age, but it is especially common in older adults. More than half of all hospitalized seniors will develop the problem—more than 2.5 million patients annually. More than $150 billion per year is spent on delirium-related healthcare costs, including re-hospitalization, rehabilitation and nursing home care.

"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.

Is April Fool's Day a Wellness Celebration?

Published in April/May 2015 Issue

Up until recently, little research was done about the topic of humor. Few people took the subject seriously, or paid much scholarly attention to this part of the human experience. But now, researchers from various disciplines are analyzing the workings of humor in the human brain—and demonstrating that the purpose humor serves is no laughing matter.

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Six Keys to Better Brain Health

Published in April/May 2015 Issue

As we grow older, we may find ourselves becoming more forgetful. A person’s name from our past escapes us or we can’t find the car keys. These episodes can make us wonder if we’re developing Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia. Fortunately, there are things that we can all do to improve our brain’s health and possibly decrease our chances of developing diseases that affect the mind. Here are six tips to help you keep your brain in optimum shape.

Recovering from a Stroke

Published in April/May 2015 Issue

May is American Stroke Awareness Month

Men's Health Month Wordfind

Published in June/July 2014 Issue

Men's Health Month Wordfind

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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.

"Have a Healthy Heart" Wordfind

Published in February 2014 Issue

This month, Americans are urged to focus on cardiac wellness. Heart disease is the leading cause of death and major disability in the United States. But you can reduce the risk of heart disease by taking steps to prevent and control factors that might put you at greater risk, such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, smoking, obesity and kidney disease. Lifestyle choices such as exercise, a healthy diet, managing diabetes and smoking cessation promote heart health.

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Communicating With Someone Who Has Memory Loss

Published in November 2013 Issue

When a friend or loved one is living with the challenges of Alzheimer's disease or another type of cognitive impairment, he or she may have trouble understanding or being understood by you. It helps to know the obstacles you both face, and what can be done to overcome them.

"Computers and Seniors Today" Wordfind

Published in October 2013 Issue

"Computers and Seniors Today" Wordfind

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For Patients with Memory Loss, Emotions Remain

Published in August 2013 Issue

A new study offers some good news for caregivers and other loved ones of individuals with Alzheimer's disease. The study shows that even if patients immediately forget a shared joke or a meaningful conversation, the warm feelings associated with the experience can stick around and boost their mood.

"Remember When...?" The Value of Reminiscing

Published in June 2013 Issue

All people reminisce. Remembering times past is a pleasant diversion, stimulates the mind, and helps give us perspective and a sense of who we are. As a study from the Association for Psychological Science stated, "Nostalgia is now emerging as a fundamental human strength."

"Beat the Heat" Wordfind

Published in June 2013 Issue

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.

"Calcium for Bone Health" Wordfind

Published in May 2013 Issue

"Calcium for Bone Health" Wordfind

Four Myths About Seniors and Computers

Published in March 2013 Issue

Today, most of us take our computers for granted—in the workplace, in our homes, at the doctor's office, and right at our side no matter where we go.

"Healthy Aging Goals for 2013" Wordfind

Published in January 2013 Issue

Family Caregivers Month Quiz

Published in November 2012 Issue

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.

Well Rounded Health Plan

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?