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Turn Down That Music!

June 27, 2015 — You’ve probably read about the many therapeutic benefits music offers for healthy aging. Music promotes physical, mental and emotional health. Music has been found to boost the immune system, and is even used to help people with Alzheimer’s disease access old memories and become more aware of the present. However, a new study from Georgia... Read More

The Amazing Health Benefits of Pets

June 25, 2015 — 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. Service animals help people with various disabilities get around in the world. Florence Nightingale, a pioneer of modern nursing, noticed that... Read More

Sleeping Like a Baby … Or a Teenager

June 17, 2015 —   “Those kids sleep all the time!” Grandparents have long been heard to complain that their teenage grandchildren stay in bed until noon if they have a chance—and these seniors probably remember how hard it was to get their own teens out of bed for school in the morning! Seniors also may express the wish... Read More

Keeping Seniors Cool During Summer’s Heat

June 13, 2015 — Keeping Seniors Cool During Summer’s Heat According the National Weather Service, heat is one of the leading causes of weather-related death in the United States, causing hundreds of fatalities each year. Older adults are even more susceptible to the dangers of heat, as they are less likely to sense and respond to changes in temperature.... Read More

Is It Safe to Crush Pills?

June 11, 2015 — Most people know to follow their doctor’s instructions when taking medications. They know it’s best to take the correct dosage, at the right time, with or without food, and so forth. However, research from Australia recently revealed that many patients modify their medication by crushing tablets or opening capsules to make them easier to swallow—a... Read More

Can Helping Others Protect Our Brains?

June 6, 2015 — Volunteers often receive a plaque or certificate honoring them for their service. Might they also receive an MRI showing increased brain health? Most people who volunteer say that civic engagement gives them a big mood boost and a sense of accomplishment. Now, researchers from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health have shown that helping... Read More