May is National Arthritis Awareness Month

Published in May/June 2020 Issue

Information about types of arthritis and their treatments.

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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.

Little boy showing off to his grandmother and sister

Leave a Legacy of Good Health for Your Grandkids

Published in August/September 2017 Issue

Among the members of the animal kingdom, our species is one of the few where individuals survive long beyond their reproductive years. Despite the stereotype that older adults are a “burden,” anthropologists assure us that their presence was one of the big reasons the human species has been so successful!  They say that for our Stone Age ancestors, the presence of supportive older relatives, equipped with years of wisdom, gave children a survival advantage.

Asian Grandmother and Eurasian granddaughter with park, water and mountains in background.

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.

Puzzle: Supporting Senior Exercise

Published in April/May 2017 Issue

Physical activity is so important for senior health! Today’s older adults are urged to get out of the rocking chair and out for a walk.

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.

Give Up the Car Keys…Or Get a New Car?

Published in December 2016 / January 2017 Issue

Medical conditions such as arthritis, dementia, hearing loss, visual impairment—and even some of the normal changes of aging, such as slower reaction time and decreased manual dexterity—can mean that it’s no longer safe for a senior to drive.

Elder man returning to good state of health

Research Confirms Exercise is Top "Prescription" for Arthritis

Published in April/May 2016 Issue

In the old days, seniors who were suffering from arthritis were advised to take it easy. Sit down most of the day so as not to stress your joints, well-meaning doctors would say. Sit in a rocking chair for easy, soothing motion, at the most. Rest your joints. If it hurts, don’t do it.

Image of happy mature couple in warm clothing walking outdoors in snow

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.

Five Myths About Senior Drivers

Published in October/November 2015 Issue

A recent article in Bloomberg exploded the myth that Americans stick to their trusty old clunkers upon retirement; apparently, plenty of the 36 million senior drivers today are leaving the showroom with a snazzy new set of wheels!

Six Ways to Increase Your Summer Fun

Published in June/July 2015 Issue

Ah, summertime! Remember when you were a kid and you lived for summers? As we grow older, summer may lose a bit of its luster, because it doesn’t signal an immediate change in our daily routine and scorching heat can make our daily chores seem that much more arduous.

Grandmother (70s) with granddaughter (11 years) at beach.

Five Tips for Traveling With Senior Loved Ones

Published in June/July 2015 Issue

Most of us have a limited amount of time and money we’re able to spend on travel. If you have parents who live far from home, the desire to spend time with them means there’s even less time for you to just run off and have a “real” vacation. Or, if you’re a caregiver, you may feel as if you’re never able to get away due to your responsibilities.

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.

Waist-up view of mature intellectual man with satck of books.

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.

New Year's resolution to exercise more.

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.

Nurse with woman in wheelchair at home

Living at Home with Arthritis

Published in May 2014 Issue

May is National Arthritis Awareness Month. According to the Arthritis Foundation, 50 million Americans are living with arthritis today, and almost half of those people are dealing with challenges to their daily activities.

Senior couple sitting on porch with dog

Is Your Home Ready for Aging in Place?

Published in April 2014 Issue

It's time for spring cleaning! Most of us feel inclined to spruce up our homes and yards as the weather turns pleasant this time of year. But if you are a senior or family caregiver, or even if you have senior guests from time to time, your spring cleaning should especially focus on removing hazards and making improvements to keep these older adults safe and comfortable. Performing repairs and add features that allow the home to be more accessible means it will be a better environment for people of every age and ability.

Young nurse and female senior in nursing home

When a Loved One Is Living with Chronic Illness, Home Care Can Help

Published in February 2014 Issue

In some cases, when a person's condition is medically complex, moving to a nursing home or other care facility is the best choice. But most people who are facing health challenges would rather stay in the familiar comfort of their own home. If your loved one is in this situation, home care can help.

Girl and grandpa reading together

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.

High angle view of a mature woman standing on a weight scale

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.

Portrait of mother and daughter at Christmas

Useful Holiday Gifts for Loved Ones with Health Challenges

Published in December 2013 Issue

Holiday shopping—at the pharmacy? Loyola University Medical Center experts offer tips for practical, inexpensive gifts for loved ones who are recovering from an injury or living with a chronic illness.

Cheerful grandmother sitting at home using her laptop

The Wired (Older) Generation: Seniors Online

Published in September 2013 Issue

If you think Facebook, Twitter, chat rooms, Skype and blogging are only for young people, think again! Today, seniors are the fastest growing group to use social networking and other internet tools for expanding social connections and keeping up with family and friends. Indeed, a recent report from the Pew Research Center found that 72 percent of people over 65 are now using social networking sites—three times as many as were posting, tweeting and blogging a mere four years ago.

Eight Reasons Seniors Should Be Socially Engaged

Published in August 2013 Issue

We humans are "hardwired" to crave and rely on human contact. Unlike, for example, a turtle, which hatches from a buried egg and is on its own from that moment on, people depend on other people for survival.

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.

Take Good Care of Your Feet

Published in April 2013 Issue

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.

December 3 – 7 is Older Driver Safety Awareness Week

Published in December 2012 Issue

Is it time to give up the car? For most of us, the automobile represents independence, control and mobility.

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.

"Prevention is the Best Medicine" Wordfind

Published in October 2012 Issue

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.

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.