By MD for Seniors

Generations of Americans have based their food choices on the familiar Food Pyramid.

Created by the USDA to educate Americans about the proper balance of food groups to eat, it’s a useful, visual tool that reminds us to eat more healthy foods and less unhealthy foods.

The food pyramid is still around, but these days you might notice that a few changes have been made. For starters, it’s not a pyramid anymore!

The new food pyramid is a plate.

Called MyPlate, there are two versions: one for people over 50 and one for younger people. The idea is that dietary recommendations …read more

By MD for Seniors

Nobody should ignore vision problems. That’s a given. But seniors should be on extra high alert for changes in their vision.

It’s because these changes could very well be signs of an age-related eye disease. And, because some of these diseases can appear suddenly, it’s important to catch those signs early on.

Having your eyes checked once a year is one of the best ways to protect your vision.

Since this is National Eye Exam Month, it’s a great time to remind seniors that certain vision symptoms should never be ignored. You can learn about those symptoms below, but scheduling an …read more

By MD for Seniors

You and your aging parents probably have a lifetime of difficult conversations behind you, but the toughest could be yet to come.

Asking your aging parents how they’re doing financially and how they plan to live out their years is right up there among the top worst ways to spend an afternoon together.

Ignoring the topic, however, is a bad idea. Don’t wait for a crisis to start discussing financials.

Tough Discussions are Often Loaded with Deeper Meaning

Talking about money is hard at this stage in life because your parents’ may feel it signifies a loss of independence. It also …read more

By MD for Seniors

It’s hard to believe that simple activities you can do at home may help ward off a disease as complex as Alzheimer’s.

It’s also surprising that advice your grandmother may have given you could protect your memory in the face of dementia.

However, there is ample evidence that simple lifestyle changes can indeed reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s.

“This Recipe Works”

A study of 1200 people at high risk for Alzheimer’s was conducted over the course of two years. One group was given a total “lifestyle makeover” which included nutrition advice, an exercise trainer, social activities, and careful management of …read more

By MD for Seniors

Backyard parties are a summer tradition that almost everyone loves, no matter what age they might be. Planning is often the key to success.

This guide will help you plan a summer party that pleases and delights across the generations, from Generation Z to the Greatest Generation.

Be Mindful of Older Adults’ Comfort When Choosing a Venue

Most would agree that the best place for a summer party is your very own backyard. But that can be a problem if your yard isn’t big enough to accommodate a crowd. If you’re choosing a venue, keep in mind that the older adults …read more

By MD for Seniors

Somewhere between 36 and 44 percent of U.S. households own a dog, according to the Humane Society

In two-thirds of those households, the dog is considered a member of the family. For people with chronic health conditions, it’s a safe bet to say a dog is more than just a family member.

If it’s an assistance dog, it can be a life-changer, too.

In celebration of National Assistance Dog Week, we’re here to share some incredible facts about assistance dogs and how they can improve quality of life.

Part of the Caregiving Team: Assistance Dogs

For older Americans who have chronic health …read more

By MD for Seniors

Not all forms of dementia are caused by Alzheimer’s disease. In fact, there are plenty of conditions that mimic Alzheimer’s—well enough to stump doctors, in some cases.

While it’s never good news when symptoms include memory loss, personality changes, and confusion, there is some hope.

Many of the conditions that mimic Alzheimer’s disease are treatable with early intervention.

From vitamin deficiencies to the side effects of drugs, there’s a lot that can happen to cause memory loss and confusion.

Treatable Conditions Easily Mistaken for Alzheimer’s Disease

There are actually over 100 conditions whose symptoms can spark fears of Alzheimer’s disease. Here …read more

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We all know intrinsically that some of our favorite things to do aren’t that good for us.

If some of your favorite pastimes leave you feeling a little dull around the edges, perhaps it’s time to find some new hobbies.

Watching too much TV is a prime example of a hobby that doesn’t exactly help you with your mental or physical fitness goals. On the other hand, you don’t have to be a yoga fanatic or a master of vegan baking techniques to enjoy hobbies that contribute to your health.

As you’ll see below, many healthy hobbies can be just …read more

By MD for Seniors

If you’re retiring or recently retired, you probably have a long list of things you can’t wait to do.

There’s a certain irony about retirement. Now that you have the time for all those back-burner projects and activities, you may have trouble finding people to do them with.

That’s because once you retire it can hard to keep up a network of friends.

Last year, the Stanford Center on Longevity produced research showing that older generations (boomers) are the most likely to be ‘disengaged’ from social networks. Other studies correlate those findings; with the 50+ set most likely to …read more

By MD for Seniors

Vaccines can drastically reduce the risks of severe illnesses for seniors.

August is National Immunization Awareness Month.

For seniors, this time should serve as a vital reminder of the important role that vaccines play in maintaining their health. As adults age, their immune systems becomes weaker, the U.S. National Library of Medicine reports. Immunizations can help prevent diseases that may have severe consequences for seniors. Yet despite their benefits, research shows that most Americans over the age of 60 don’t get all the inoculations they need to protect themselves.

Why seniors need immunizations
Because of seniors’ declining immune systems, they become not only more vulnerable to catching diseases, but they …read more