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All Five Senses Are Important for Your Safety and Quality of Life

It’s well known that impaired vision and hearing loss are common among older adults. But deficits in your other senses—smell, taste, and touch—also may be hazardous to your health.

A closer look at each of the five senses provides more information about potential dangers, as well as strategies that can protect

The Benefits of Getting Older

Yes, there are less-than-desirable changes as we get older. But what about the positive aspects of moving forward through the years? Turns out there are plenty of those, too. And they are called out and scientifically substantiated in a new book written by UCLA psychology professor Alan Castel, PhD. Better

A Mobility Scooter Can Give You More Freedom Outdoors

Many older adults whose mobility is severely impaired by illness or injury rely on power wheelchairs to help them get around. Mobility scooters are a similar option, and research suggest that—like wheelchairs—they can make a big difference when it comes to maintaining your independence. One 2014 study found that using

Neuropsychological Tests: What’s Involved

Some memory lapses are normal as you age, but if you are concerned about your forgetfulness, there is a range of tests that can evaluate your cognition. These tests aim to identify possible cognitive impairment—or rule it out—as early as possible, but for some individuals the results are inconclusive. “In

Signs of Dementia: How to Identify Them—and What You Can Do

Signs of Dementia: How to Identify Them—and What You Can Do

As you get older, it’s natural to be concerned about the possibility that you or a loved one will begin showing signs of dementia. In fact, among adults who are age 65 or older, one in nine will develop Alzheimer’s disease (AD), according to the Alzheimer’s Association. How can you

10. Getting Help for Memory Problems

If you are concerned about your memory, see your health-care provider. He or she not only can perform brief memory screenings but also look for medical causes of memory impairment. They may refer you to a specialist, especially if memory issues are beginning to interfere with your daily life.  There

5. Detecting Alzheimer’s

Despite the tremendous amount of research that has been done and is ongoing, there is still no single definitive test for diagnosing Alzheimer’s disease (AD). In fact, the official diagnostic criteria most recently updated in 2011 by the National Institutes of Health and the Alzheimer’s Association rely primarily on clinical

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