live to be 100

The 2010 U.S. Census counted over 53,000 Americans who were 100 years or older. Then in 2016, a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimated that the number of centenarians had grown even more … to more than 72,000 in 2014. A 2017 survey by the Cleveland Clinic and Parade (of…

November is Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month. Right now, there are 15 million people across the country providing care for someone with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia. In a recent Alzheimer’s Association survey, four out of five of these caregivers say they wish they had more help with the intensive and long-term responsibilities that…

50 plus

There’s good news if you’re worried about your brain working at peak efficiency in midlife. Although traditional thinking tells us our brains are best in their youth, the American Psychological Association reports that the middle-aged brain maintains many abilities of youth and can acquire new skills. Their reporting also says that middle-aged brains can rewire…

We are blessed to live In America. Few would dispute that. Most of us acquire all that we need and more during our lifetime. We use, we enjoy, and finally we have to dispense with many of the “accoutrements” that we have surrounded ourselves with as we yield to gravity. We get older and we…

thanksgiving dinner

Even if you’re a pretty healthy eater the rest of the year, you may ditch the discipline on Thanksgiving Day, proudly piling your plate high with turkey and all the trimmings and eating with absolute abandon. In fact, according to the Calorie Control Council, the average Thanksgiving dinner adds up to about 4,500 calories (that’s…

Work, family obligations, or some other unavoidable life situation may prevent you from living near a loved one who needs care. In the past, this may have been a huge problem. But in today’s world, long-distance caretaking of senior loved ones is not only possible, it’s easier than ever. Here is how to utilize modern…

Halloween is that one day of the year when you have the license to look sexy, scary or utterly silly. No one’s going to blink, much less judge you (but you’re probably past the age when you’d give a hoot anyway!). Whether you’re just greeting trick or treaters at your front door or going to…

Frailty Is Not a Synonym for Old Age

When you hear the word, “frail,” you probably envision a very old, very thin person huddled under an afghan in a wheelchair. However, frailty is much more common than you’d think. According to Johns Hopkins Medicine, one in 25 Americans between the ages of 65 and 74 are frail, with the number rising to one…

technology

My husband is an IT guy. I, on the other hand, hate technology. OK, so “hate” might be a little strong, but it definitely tests my patience on a regular basis. Like the countless times that I’ve hit the TV power button and gotten some crazy error message that requires me to click six more…

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