From the monthly archives:

March 2011

Tweet Question: Cancer is prevalent in our family and I live in fear both for my 75-year-old mother as well as myself.  My father died recently of cancer and my mother has been struggling with depression and her own fears about getting breast cancer, the disease that killed her mother.  Is there any new research [...]

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Tweet Is drinking a few glasses of wine a week good or bad for us? A doctor is always the definitive answer on subjects such as this.  But here’s news that should make you happy.  Earlier research had shown that moderate drinking of alcohol, particularly wine, can reduce dementia among middle-aged adults.  A new study [...]

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Controlling Weight Key to Avoiding Diabetes

by Lois Etienne on March 25, 2011

in Diabetes

Tweet Question: As I approach 75, I’m worried about contracting diabetes like my parents did.  What can I do to avoid going down the same path?  Since my wife died it’s more difficult for me to eat balanced and healthy meals. Diabetes has doubled in the U.S. in the last 15 years and is highest [...]

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Tweet Question: My 79-year-old father seems to be getting more confused all the time.  I’m very worried he is getting Alzheimer’s disease and, since he lives alone, I don’t know what to do.  Help! First, don’t jump to conclusions.  Various reasons could explain your father’s disorientation and there’s no reason to panic until you know [...]

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Tweet Older adults are more likely to have destination memory failures – forgetting who they’ve shared or not shared information with, according to a new study led by Baycrest’s Rotman Research Institute.It’s the kind of memory faux pas that can lead to awkward or embarrassing social situations and even miscommunication in the doctor’s office. These [...]

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Tweet Question:  The last time my 80-year-old father was at his doctor’s office his blood pressure was elevated.  The doctor wants to put him on medication, but he doesn’t want any part of that.  He just doesn’t seem as interested about his health since mom died.   How can I convince him? You can tell your [...]

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Tweet People in developed nations are living in good health as much as a decade longer than their parents did.  “We’re living longer because people are reaching old age in better health,” said demographer James Vaupel, author of a very interesting review article appearing in the March 25 edition of Nature. “But once it starts, [...]

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Tweet Q.  As a typically active woman in my early 70s, I’m finding that it’s harder to get motivated to do much of anything.  Is it really all that important? In as word – yes!  Add to a growing list another study that confirms the premise that keeping the mind and body active appears to [...]

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Tweet Q. As a full-time employee caring for my 85-year-old father, I often feel alone among my co-workers who are younger and caring for toddlers. Are there others out there like me? Where do I go for help? According to the latest study Caregiving in the U.S. 2009, you are in good company. This latest [...]

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Less Sleep Needed as Seniors Age

by Lois Etienne on March 9, 2011

in Senior Health and Safety

Tweet Q.  I’ve noticed that I’m sleeping less the older I get.  Is this normal?  Since my wife died, I sometimes get a little fearful when I awaken at night.  Is there anything I can do about that? It appears that your night-time habits are typical.  A new study from researchers at the University of [...]

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