Healthy Aging

Fitness technology no longer sits on your laptop, tablet or phone.  Now it’s even…something you wear, thanks to wearable fitness technology gadgets. On a recent morning, Malvina Abbott, 78, a public defender in San Diego, was in her apartment catching up on emails, and the time got away from her. That’s when her Galaxy smart
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Overuse of alcohol among older adults is a mostly hidden story – for instance, National Drug and Alcohol Awareness Week (March 22-28 in 2021) is aimed at teens.  However, research suggests that one third of older drinkers develop the dependency later in life and that was before Covid-related stress and isolation.   How much drinking is
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How’s your bone health? Healthy bones help us stay mobile, anchor our muscles, protect our organs and store calcium. But many of us don’t give our bones a second thought until we break one or a doctor presents the bad news: “You have low bone mass (or osteopenia or osteoporosis).” Osteopenia is the term for
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For many people, taking part in clinical trials or research studies can be a way to help advance science or cures, get free medical tests, and make some cash on the side. The race to find an effective COVID-19 treatment and vaccine increased the number of research studies.  However, a recent report from the FTC,
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Turning 65 brings benefits–Medicare, Social Security (unless you’re a 70-or-bust holdout), maybe retiring or at least downsizing your hours. But—and there’s always that “but,” right? It’s also the age at which your doctor starts taking any symptoms with even a whiff of cardiac involvement very seriously.  He or she may have previously chalked up a
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With 2020 thankfully fizzling to a close, we’re all hoping 2021 will be better. If you haven’t thought about New Year’s resolutions yet, here are our 5 suggestions to make next year better for you and yours—and the planet. Bonus: we asked experts for stick-with-it tips. 1-Demand Better Health Care for All  It’s no secret
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For many of us, it’s the ”it” question of the year: When can I get the COVID vaccine? The answer to that question is a moving target. Here’s what to know about vaccine distribution and how to stay current on what’s happening in your hood. The rollout:   Days after the FDA gave emergency use authorization
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Here’s another favorite from the Senior Planet archives. Enjoy!    Hanukkah, Christmas… time to think outside the cookie jar. For the holidays, baker Norma Saulino created some brand-new treats by mixing elements from well-worn recipe cards with her own take on new favorites from the web. Gingerbread + Rugelach = Gingerugelach This idea came about while I
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Nine months into the COVID-19 pandemic, vaccines are in sight. That’s right, plural, vaccines. Recently, three companies released some results from their Phase III studies, reporting effectiveness ranging from 70 to 95%. They are Pfizer/BioNTech, AstraZeneca and Moderna. Pfizer and Moderna have formally applied to the FDA for emergency use authorization (EUA). The FDA will
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If you are close to your 65th birthday, or are already on Medicare, the Medicare pitches are flooding your email, voicemail, text and old-fashioned mailbox. As you are probably well aware, it’s the open enrollment period until Dec. 7. If you have questions, you aren’t alone. Senior Planet found two independent Medicare experts and searched
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Earlier this year, when Chadwick Boseman, the 42-year-old star of the megahit Black Panther  died of colon cancer, it did not just point out the tragedy of dying young, but also the disparities in health conditions and survival among minorities. Even with presumably getting the best care, Boseman’s cancer progressed to a lethal stage IV. 
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Yesterday, October 1, marked the International Day of Older Persons – and the 30th anniversary of this event created by the UN (read more here). The pandemic, according to this report from Foreign Policy magazine with AARP (read it here) about human rights and older people, is casting new light on ongoing issues in aging
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People with hearing loss should take extra steps to ease the added social isolation caused by wearing masks, according to one published report. This September (Deaf Awareness Month) during the pandemic, these tips from Clearliving.com are particularly relevant.  Nearly 25 percent of those aged 65 to 74 and 50 percent of those who are 75
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Senior Planet will host a special talk on Preventing Falls on 9/23 at 3pm EST; check the Senior Planet Events Listings here for more details about joining via Zoom.  At first glance, the statistics driving Falls Prevention Awareness Week (Sept. 21-25) sound sobering and well, depressing. From the CDC: “Every second of every day, an
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We’ve all heard of famous people with fantastic memories. Actress Marilu Henner, known for roles such as playing Elaine Nardo on TV’s “Taxi,” is said to have a highly superior autobiographical memory.  Tell her what year you got married, or graduated, or had a kid, and she’s likely to say, ”Really, a Sunday?” Former president
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