Aging & Independence

Aging & Independence

‘Tis the Season the Beat the Flu

· · Aging & Independence

The annual flu season runs from October to May, and doctors recommend that older adults take early and proper precautions. Flu shots are the best way to do that. “Seniors are at a higher risk for contracting the flu because their immune systems are weakened with age,” says Erin Atkinson  … Read More

When Your Symptoms May Be Signaling Thyroid Disease

· · Aging & Independence

About 20 million Americans have some type of thyroid condition, according to the American Thyroid Association. The most common thyroid diseases have been identified as autoimmune diseases—conditions in which your immune system attacks healthy tissue rather than attacking only foreign invaders, such as viruses and bacteria.

“Thyroid disease is more common  … Read More

Take Care of Your Teeth and Gums

· · Aging & Independence

If you have sore or bleeding gums, frequent tooth pain, or other dental problems, there may be more at stake than the health of your mouth.

“Research has shown that there is an association between oral inflammation and systemic inflammation. Examples of diseases linked to systemic inflammation are heart disease, respiratory  … Read More

The Value of Hospital Volunteerism

We tend to think of a hospital as a place to get help. But a hospital or other medical setting also provides an opportunity to assist others, even if you’re not a healthcare professional.

There are lots of places in a healthcare setting where volunteers can make a difference: People who  … Read More

Newsbriefs: Hearing Loss & Anemia; the Heart’s Nervous System; Sexism & Men’s Mental Health

An Association Found Between Hearing Loss and Anemia
According to research coming out of the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine, in 2014 approximately 15 percent of adults reported difficulty with hearing. Researchers evaluated associations between hearing loss and iron deficiency anemia (IDA) and found that it increased the odds of  … Read More

Consider Volunteering: Your Brain May Benefit!

· · Aging & Independence

Numerous studies suggest that staying social may benefit your emotional wellbeing and neurological health as you age. Finding a sense of purpose also is important—one 2015 study found that older adults who reported having a sense of purpose and direction in life tend to live longer than their peers. Volunteering  … Read More



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