Aging well, and with attitude
Look good for a longer period of time. Find out what you need to know and what products, attitude and social circle make your wiser years even better.
3:50 PM EDT, May 13, 2013
Baby boomers, the generation that vowed to stay forever young, are getting older, designing senior-friendly gyms and becoming their own personal trainers.
12:10 PM EDT, May 7, 2013
Everyone knows that getting enough fiber is a secret to staying "regular," but a large new study finds that people who got plenty of fluids were the least likely to suffer constipation.
May 5, 2013
4:54 PM EDT, May 3, 2013
Creatine, a supplement favored by bodybuilders, modestly boosted muscle strength in patients with fibromyalgia, Brazilian researchers report.
8:23 PM EDT, May 1, 2013
It started with a conversation about insomnia. My friend smiled, as if she were giving a wonderful gift. "Don't spend money on sleeping pills or take a narcotic. Cold pills will do the trick," she said.
4:04 PM EDT, April 29, 2013
More than two-thirds of people with non-melanoma skin cancer underwent surgery to treat the condition, according to a new study - including patients who were at least 85 years old or had multiple other chronic diseases.
9:00 AM EDT, April 25, 2013
physicians have not ceased debating one of the stickiest and most universal ethical quandaries of medical practice: How, when and why does one inform a patient that he or she is dying?
1:03 PM EDT, April 24, 2013
Women who eat diets high in fruit, certain vegetables, pasta and red wine are less likely to have hot flashes and night sweats during menopause, a new study from Australia suggests.
2:20 PM EDT, April 24, 2013
The costs linked to heart failure in the United States are expected to more than double within the next two decades as the population ages and treatments help patients with the disease live longer.
8:06 PM EDT, April 24, 2013
Stems cells taken from just a few grams of body fat are a promising weapon against the crippling effects of osteoarthritis.
5:00 PM EDT, April 19, 2013
People who get more fiber in their diet are less likely to have a stroke than those who skimp on the nutrient, according to a new review of existing research.
3:20 PM EDT, April 18, 2013
A review of the best evidence for interventions to prevent declining brain power finds that only one — mental exercise — consistently makes a difference.
5:14 PM EDT, April 12, 2013
Women who did a high-intensity aquatic workout for six months increased their strength and suffered fewer falls, in a new study that suggests bone- and muscle-building resistance can be achieved with the right kinds of water exercises.
7:37 PM EDT, April 10, 2013
Robert Brown was healthy, willing and a good match: So why not give a kidney to his wife, who otherwise would need dialysis?
9:15 AM EDT, April 8, 2013
America's ageing population is posing special challenges, fitness experts say, because it is difficult to design effective workout routines for people with such a wide range of abilities.
11:49 AM EDT, April 8, 2013
After searching for years, Mariel Hemingway has found the happiness equation that works for her. Her hope now is to inspire others to do as she did and find their best lives with her new documentary film.
April 6, 2013
What's a healthful food and what's a healing food? Is there a difference? At least since the mid-19th century, when the Battle Creek Sanitarium opened its doors and people flocked there to follow John Harvey Kellogg's regime of whole grains, nuts and frequent enemas, many Americans have sought food as medicine.
5:30 PM EDT, April 3, 2013
The financial toll of caring for Americans with dementia adds up to at least $159 billion a year, making it more expensive than treatments for patients with heart disease or cancer, according to a new report in the New England Journal of Medicine.
7:45 PM EDT, April 3, 2013
In her 20s, Lori Popkewitz Alper loved the intense cardio workouts at her Boston gym. But, as her life and her body changed, so did her fitness repertoire.
6:45 PM EDT, April 2, 2013
Staph infections remain a significant problem for hospital patients, and scientists are trying to develop vaccines to prevent Staphylococcus aureus bacteria from establishing itself in vital areas like the heart, lungs or blood. But it’s turning out to be a difficult task: A promising vaccine intended to protect heart-surgery patients from staph infections worked no better than a placebo, a new study reported.
1:35 PM EDT, March 29, 2013
Women taking a Chinese herbal formula experienced less than half the number of menopausal hot flashes they had before the treatment, according to a new study from Hong Kong.
12:51 PM EDT, March 28, 2013
For those who are able, exercising once or twice more weekly may alleviate some symptoms of a chronic pain condition without making joints feel worse, according to a new study.
8:46 PM EDT, March 27, 2013
Of the countless painful decisions surrounding a loved one's end-of-life care, among the trickiest is how to provide physical comfort in a way that also provides a dignified ending.
9:05 PM EDT, March 27, 2013
End-of-life choices and treatment decisions are rarely discussed in the medical community, despite expert advice meant to encourage communication, studies suggest. As a result, many patients spend their final days receiving invasive treatments that they might not have chosen if they had known more about them.
8:55 PM EDT, March 27, 2013
My father, sister and I sat in the near-empty Chinese restaurant, picking at our plates, unable to avoid the question that we'd gathered to discuss: When was it time to let mom die?
8:00 AM EDT, March 26, 2013
Henry David Thoreau relished isolation but didn't feel lonely. Marilyn Monroe was a social butterfly but died lonely.
2:36 AM EDT, March 27, 2013
According to the National Fiber Council, fiber is the go-to item to lower cholesterol, feel full longer, lowers the risk of certain diseases (heart attack, diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke, obesity, and certain cancers) and helps with intestinal regularity. Click this photo gallery for food fiber shopping ideas and NFC's infographic to find out more about how fiber works in your body.
8:20 PM EDT, March 20, 2013
By the time people come to see Lisa Walker, they're usually desperate.
8:16 PM EDT, March 13, 2013
Two months after hip replacement surgery, Scott Ebert's leg started giving way. His joint began slipping. Razor blades of pain pierced his foot. An inexplicably large bruise grew along his calf. An excruciating burning feeling filled his hip. His ears rang. Doctor after doctor didn't know why. Finally, blood tests showed the metal from Ebert's artificial hip was leaching into his bloodstream.
2:40 PM EST, March 6, 2013
Nursing home residents taking sleep aids such as Ambien are more likely to fall and fracture a hip than residents not being treated for insomnia, new research suggests.
4:21 PM EST, March 5, 2013
Researchers believe that someday, doctors may be able to use specially-equipped laptops and smartphones to figure out if sudden-onset dizziness in patients is the result of a stroke, or of a (more likely) benign disturbance in the inner ear.
3:23 PM EST, March 5, 2013
U.S. researchers found better levels of "good cholesterol" and other markers of heart health in the blood of middle-aged study subjects with a sunny outlook on life.
March 6, 2013
A group of Latino seniors soon will be stepping out on the dance floor in the name of medical research.
5:17 PM EST, February 22, 2013
The Obama administration on Friday finalized new consumer safeguards for health insurance that impose tighter restrictions on what insurers can charge older customers, despite industry warnings that the young may be forced to pay more as a result.
4:19 PM EST, February 20, 2013
Older adults who eat diets high in antioxidants may not have a lower risk of dementia or stroke, a new study suggests.
8:15 PM EST, February 13, 2013
When Uncle Leo was alive, he'd come to the house, park himself in a chair with a drink and hang around until you told him it was time to go.
12:29 PM EST, February 11, 2013
Many hospitals are hard-pressed to tell people needing a hip replacement how much their procedure is likely to cost, according to a new study.
3:01 PM EST, February 6, 2013
Members of the baby boomer generation are in worse health than their parents were at the same age, according to a new study.
7:04 PM EST, February 4, 2013
At midlife, the nation’s 78 million baby boomers appear to be in worse health than the generation that preceded them, a new study finds.
6:21 PM EST, January 25, 2013
Adults who lose their hearing later in life also are more likely to have a hard time concentrating on a book or remembering a simple conversation, Johns Hopkins research has found.
2:44 PM EST, January 23, 2013
Taking at least one aspirin every week is linked to the development of age-related vision loss, according to a new study.
8:26 PM EST, January 23, 2013
For a disease that affects 50 million adults in the United States, or about 1 in 5 people, arthritis is remarkably misunderstood.
5:29 PM EST, December 24, 2012
Pacemakers regulate the beat of a weak heart and ease the tremors caused by Parkinson's disease, and now Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers hope the devices also will slow down the symptoms of Alzheimer's.
8:40 AM EST, December 18, 2012
The risks of bad behaviors are well known but not necessarily well understood. Most people are aware that binging on red meat, cigarettes and whiskey on a regular basis isn't good for us -- but how to make sense of the severity of the risk? When a study reports that adults who ate an extra portion of red meat had a 13% greater chance of dying over the course of a study that spanned more than 20 years, what does that really mean? And what is a sensible person to do about it?
11:38 PM EST, December 6, 2012
Vitamin D and calcium supplements taken together in low doses offered no protection against dementia in a large U.S. study of older women, but scientists are still holding out hope for vitamin D alone.
November 19, 2012
For one in six Americans on Medicare, mostly seniors age 65 and older, the "doughnut hole" remains an expensive gap in coverage. The addition, in 2006, of Medicare Part D to the government's health insurance program, promised prescription coverage — up to a point.
9:05 PM EST, November 13, 2012
Visibly aging but young at heart? Don't count on it, researchers suggested.
November 7, 2012
The term "pelvic floor" was not part of polite conversation a generation ago, when women with pelvic floor disorders, or PFDs, often suffered in silence.
October 13, 2012
Every weekday morning, between 7:30 and 8 a.m., regular as clockwork, the phone rings in the home of John Babbs. Each day, when the 95-year-old picks up, he's greeted by a cheery voice checking on his well-being. Most often they're the welcoming tones of Gloria Johnson or Wanda Sigler, both members of the Newport News Sheriff's Office.
7:53 PM EDT, October 10, 2012
Almost four years after her husband's death from Parkinson's disease, former Sacramento County, Calif., supervisor Sandra Smoley has reinvented her life.
September 26, 2012
Seventy years have passed since four little girls in crisp white blouses and plaid skirts shared graham crackers, nap mats and giggles at St. Barnabas School in Chicago's Beverly community.
11:35 AM EDT, September 24, 2012
The procrastinators, the super-busy, and the easily bored in pursuit of a manageable fitness routine may find what they seek in the 10-minute workout.
4:10 PM EDT, September 24, 2012
Seniors in the U.S. are prescribed at least one antibiotic each every year, on average - but the rate of prescribing varies quite a bit across the country, a new study finds.
September 16, 2012
Four years ago, Karen Garner received a phone call she'll never forget.
2:45 PM EDT, September 12, 2012
A fresh look at earlier studies shows there are several steps seniors can take to prevent falls - a major health concern for the world's aging population.
9:01 PM EDT, September 12, 2012
Efforts in La Crosse, Wis., to improve end-of-life care for people with serious illnesses has drawn national and international attention.
September 5, 2012
A shoe insert less than half of an inch high helped Phillip Conybear regain his balance after he suffered two strokes.
September 1, 2012
Pillows. They're not just for nestling your noggin anymore. They're also for keeping your stiff neck from aching, your sinuses from congesting, your acids from refluxing, your snores from snorting, your tinnitus from tintinnabulating and — yes! glory be! — your face from turning into a prune.
4:56 PM EDT, August 27, 2012
Fit 50-year-olds are less likely to get chronic diseases as they age than are couch potatoes, according to a new U.S. study.
4:13 PM EDT, August 23, 2012
Driving gets more dangerous with age, but older adults may be more vulnerable while walking on the sidewalk than behind the wheel, says a new study.
11:50 PM EDT, August 23, 2012
If you have a relative who died of heart disease before age 60, your own risk of early heart trouble is higher as well, a study involving millions of people in Denmark over three decades has determined.
4:10 PM EDT, August 20, 2012
People who keep their teeth and gums healthy with regular brushing may have a lower risk of developing dementia later in life, according to a new study.
August 22, 2012
Everyone will exhibit some kind of cognitive decline with advancing years. But the idea that we can shield ourselves from the most devastating brain diseases,Alzheimer's disease and dementia, is an intriguing prospect and an area of great interest to scientists and an aging population.
4:06 PM EDT, August 17, 2012
Contrary to some past research, a new study finds that elderly adults who have cataract surgery could face an increased risk of falls and fractures in the next year - at least if they have only one eye done.
August 17, 2012
Barb Shaeffer would love to meet with you this afternoon, but not until 2.
8:05 PM EDT, August 15, 2012
The impending doom is that inactivity is a major health burden. The longer you stay glued to that couch, the greater the risk of heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis and some cancers, according to Bill Kohl, a professor of epidemiology and kinesiology at the University of Texas at Austin. "Continued inactivity into the 60s and 70s results in balance insufficiencies and lack of strength," Kohl told me. "Daily living becomes much harder."
5:28 PM EDT, August 14, 2012
What if the generation that once rocked out to The Who's "hope I die before I get old" line actually does?
August 15, 2012
Northwestern University and University of Kentucky scientists have created a new drug that could successfully prevent harmful inflammation in brains of people suffering fromAlzheimer's disease.
5:04 PM EDT, August 13, 2012
There's not enough evidence to say whether older adults should be screened for hearing loss if they don't have any symptoms, according to a new statement from a government-backed panel.
10:08 PM EDT, August 7, 2012
Baby boomers are upbeat about aging and expect the next phase of their lives to be better than the last, but many are concerned about their financial future and long-term health costs, a survey released in Tuesday showed.
4:34 PM EDT, July 31, 2012
People with heart failure who are also depressed may benefit from regular, moderate exercise, a new study suggests.
August 1, 2012
After learning she needed cataract surgery for her weakening eyesight, Merle Gordon decided to wait a few months until her ophthalmologist could offer laser surgery with more precision.
4:38 PM EDT, July 23, 2012
Older patients having a hip or a knee replaced have a higher risk of heart attack in the two weeks after the procedure compared to those who don't need joint surgery, according to a new study.
4:54 PM EDT, July 17, 2012
The risk of a person's retina detaching after having a cataract removed is dropping, says a new study.
July 14, 2012
Kuehl is a coauthor of a new study suggesting that tart cherries could someday provide an alternative treatment for patients with inflammatory osteoarthritis who can't tolerate the standard drug therapy.
8:54 PM EDT, July 11, 2012
Q: A brown age spot on my face seems to be getting larger. Should I be concerned?
July 11, 2012
It may seem obvious to everyone but the guy on the couch, but a recent study by Northwestern University says that small steps are key to achieving a healthier lifestyle. In other words, get up from that couch, turn off the TV, and take your hand out of the potato chips.
12:30 PM EDT, July 5, 2012
The heat wave continues and officials are reminding people to check on their older family members and neighbors because they can be particularly vulnerable.
4:01 PM EDT, July 5, 2012
A new analysis of nearly a dozen studies testing vitamin D in older individuals has concluded that it takes a daily dose of at least 800 international units (IU) to consistently prevent broken bones.
12:58 AM EDT, July 4, 2012
Move it or lose it. Chuck Freuler lives by this simple credo. Which explains why, at age 84, he still does triathlons.
7:48 PM EDT, June 27, 2012
For the first time, the American Heart Association is weighing in on a very personal subject: sexual activity. The organization has issued a scientific statement noting that sex is safe for the majority of heart disease patients and that patients should discuss the subject with their doctors.
8:14 PM EDT, June 27, 2012
Back pain. Eighty percent of us have it at some point, and it's notoriously hard to treat because the source of the pain can involve the muscles, ligaments, joints or tendons.
8:16 PM EDT, June 27, 2012
Your body's ability to heal itself is a guiding principle of integrative medicine. That doesn't mean you can't help it along a bit.
June 27, 2012
My mom nearly started a revolt at her assisted living facility.
9:05 PM EDT, June 20, 2012
Q: My 59-year-old husband just came home after being hospitalized for a mild heart attack. He was only in the hospital for five days, and he feels great, though he does have to take three prescription medicines plus aspirin. I'm writing because my husband's doctor doesn't want him to go back to work for another six weeks, even though his job doesn't involve any lifting. I think the stress of staying home would be worse than going to work. Any advice?
7:47 PM EDT, June 13, 2012
It wasn't just any raking job; it was dethatching to get all the old, dead grass out. That's hard work. You have to dig in and put some real muscle into it.
7:56 PM EDT, June 13, 2012
By age 60, more than half of adults have concerns about their memory. However, minor memory lapses that occur with age are not usually signs of a serious neurological disorder, such asAlzheimer's disease, but rather the result of normal changes in the structure and function of the brain.
2:36 PM EDT, June 12, 2012
Would you want to know if you had a genetic risk factor forAlzheimer's or dementia? And, if you did know, would you change your behavior accordingly?
8:01 PM EDT, May 30, 2012
Even if you are reading this without glasses, it's not too early to start taking your eye vitamins. Some nutrients can stave off the burdensome vision loss and eye disease that occur as we age, mounting research suggests.
7:52 PM EDT, May 30, 2012
Having trouble remembering phone numbers or a professor's lecture? Try spitting out your chewing gum.
7:33 PM EDT, May 9, 2012
Q: I'm in my late 70s and have been getting four cortisone shots a year for the past several years for arthritis in my knee. They really help with the pain, but I've heard that, long-term, there could be bad side effects. Should I be worried?
7:38 PM EDT, May 9, 2012
Maybe your wrists and fingers swell when you leave work. Or maybe they ache or go numb in the middle of the night.
May 9, 2012
As we age, several factors can contribute to changes in nails. The most common issue is the development of a fungus infection called onychomycosis.
4:02 AM EDT, April 30, 2012
Ruth H. Clark of Pompano Beach is a 95-year-old aerobic wonder, working out seven days a week.
May 2, 2012
Researchers recently found that older women are especially vulnerable to air pollution in urban areas, experiencing higher rates of mental decline when exposed to fine and coarse particulate matter over time.
April 25, 2012
Carol Adamitis had a stroke when she was 5 years old.
March 7, 2012
No one wants to lose their hair, but for a woman it is particularly distressing. While men can look perfectly presentable — even sexy — with their exposed scalp, no such options exist for the 30 million American women who grapple with thinning tresses. Dr. Maria Colavincenzo, a dermatologist at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, has a practice that specializes in preserving those precious strands — especially in cases of androgenetic alopecia, a hereditary condition that causes hair loss, mainly on the top and crown of the scalp. Without an appointment, she answered some of our questions: