Caregivers Support

Focus on Dementia: Can You Have the Pathology but No Symptoms? Can Alzheimer’s be Reversed? Research Uncovers Dementia’s Mysteries

Medical experts are learning more each day about the coronavirus, but there’s quite a bit that remains a mystery. Why, for example, are men affected so much more than women? Why do some people become seriously ill while others experience what amounts to a mild cold? And perhaps one of the greatest puzzles is, why…

Focus on Dementia: Don’t Overlook These Basic Tips on How to Adopt a “Brain-Healthy” Lifestyle

Alzheimer’s disease is one of the topics we write about most often on the AgingOptions blog (including this article from just a few months back).  Few topics generate more interest and more worry than dementia, especially since the statistics sound so alarming: roughly 6 million people are affected today (not counting family and friends), a…

Focus on Dementia: New Study Says Diets Rich in Certain Antioxidants Called Flavonols Can Reduce Your Odds for Dementia

Chances are you won’t find flavonols on the restaurant menu or listed by name on your grocer’s shelf. But if you’re interested in preserving a healthy brain – and who isn’t? – it’s a word you might want to get used to. A recent nutritional study, as reported in this recent article from the HealthDay…

Focus on Dementia: One of the Best Ways to Boost Your Brainpower as You Age is to Cultivate Strong Friendships

The next time you’re with a group of good friends, think about this fact: the longer you keep your friendships strong, the more they may be helping you stay mentally sharp and avoid cognitive decline. That’s the take-away from an ongoing study of seniors being conducted by Northwestern University and reported in this article from…

Time for Some Reflection: Study Says Adults with a Strong Sense of Life Purpose Live Longer, Stay Healthier

The late American psychologist Wayne Dyer once said, “If you are what you do, then when you don’t – you aren’t.” This little aphorism accurately describes the plight of many retirees. Their identity is so wedded to their work that, once they quit their jobs, that sense of identity disappears. That feeling of losing one’s…

If All the Bad News is Keeping You Awake, You May be Putting Your Health at Risk – So Make Sure You Get Enough Shut-Eye

During times of stress like we’re all experiencing, it’s vitally important that we stay healthy by practicing self-care. But sadly, one of the first casualties of stress is sleep. A year ago, we shared this story reminding our AgingOptions blog readers that skipping sleep is potentially dangerous, even in the best of times. That means…

Having a Dog Can Be Great for Seniors, but Be Careful: Dog Walking Injuries are On the Rise

A dog is man’s best friend – we’ve all heard that a thousand times. What’s more, a dog can also be a senior’s best friend, providing companionship, encouraging sociability, and promoting healthy exercise. What could be wrong with that? Dog Walking Injuries Rise by 163 percent As it turns out, there is a downside to…

An older worker who is putting off retirement

“Solo Agers” May Enjoy Living Independently, but Navigating a Retirement Future Without Family Support Requires Planning

Most of us when contemplating growing older expect to have our spouse and supportive family members alongside us on the journey. As we often say here at AgingOptions, “Aging is a family affair.” However, for millions of seniors, their experience will be quite different: for a variety of reasons these men and women are aging…

Supporting Mom and Dad: AARP Survey Finds One-Third of Adults in Their 40s, 50s and 60s Give Financial Help to Aging Parents

They helped you when you were little and supported you through your teens, your college years and possibly into young adulthood. Now it seems that a significant number of adult kids are returning the favor and helping to support their aging parents financially. That’s the conclusion from a newly-released AARP survey, highlighted in this New…

The “New Normal” – Author Jane Brody Says the Key to Happiness in Illness and Aging is Rolling with the Punches and Adapting to Change

This week we came across a recent New York Times column by author Jane Brody that we found helpful, even inspiring. It’s not that she offers advice that is particularly new – much of the ideas in her column sound pretty familiar. But for some reason, the message seems to resonate, especially as we ourselves…