Aging

Welcome back to this special series featuring the stories of the Senior Planet Sponsored Athletes as they pursue their fitness goals in 2022. You can find all of our Sponsored Athletes’ stories here.  Paul “PJ” Gammarano, Sr., 69, is an ice hockey player, cancer survivor, and advocate for older adult athletes. Get to know PJ
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Their ranks are huge, growing…and exhausted. Some 53 million Americans are family caregivers who provide care for an adult or a child with special needs.  Caregiving has always been difficult, but according to a 2020 joint report from the National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP, the challenge of caregiving has gotten even more difficult recently,
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The statistics are sobering and scary – but is there reason for hope about Alzheimer’s? Right now, more than six million people in the U.S. have Alzheimer’s disease, according to the Alzheimer’s Association.  By 2060, according to its projections, that number will more than double. One in three seniors dies with Alzheimer’s or another dementia,
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Telemedicine—‘’seeing” your doctor via video, telephone chat or phone conversation—has been around for decades, but boomed in 2020 as the pandemic kept us in lockdown. From February, 2020, right before COVID-19 was declared a pandemic, to April, 2020, telemedicine use in the U.S. increased by 78 times, according to a report by McKinsey & Company.
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As soon as mid-October, a new category of hearing aids will be available without prescription, sold at retail stores, pharmacies and online.  The FDA announced the action in mid-August, a development urged  and praised by President Joe Biden. Close to 30 million adults in the U.S. could benefit from using hearing aids, the FDA says.
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In 2021, we spoke with Ify Nwabukwu*, Founder and Executive Director of the African Women’s Cancer Awareness Association (AWCAA), and pictured on the right; we learned more about her personal life and career leading up to her receipt of the 2022 AARP Purpose Prize. Here, we catch up with Ify to understand the impact of
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Welcome back to this special series featuring the stories of the Senior Planet Sponsored Athletes as they pursue their fitness goals in 2022. You can find all of our Sponsored Athletes’ stories here.  Professor Paul “PJ” Gammarano, Sr., 68, is an ice hockey player, cancer survivor, and advocate for older adult athletes. Get to know
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Welcome back to this special series featuring the stories of the Senior Planet Sponsored Athletes as they pursue their fitness goals in 2022. You can find all of our Sponsored Athletes’ stories here.  Carolyn Hartfield, 74, is an Outdoor Adventure Leader, but it wasn’t always that way. Read on to learn about Carolyn’s journey from
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Happy September, and Happy Healthy Aging Month! The next 30 days are devoted to this observation, created by Carolyn Worthington and now in its second decade. Her suggestion: It’s never too late to reinvent yourself, to travel, to try something new, to explore your options. Healthy aging, of course, helps to make that all possible.
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El órgano más grande de nuestro cuerpo, la piel, representa aproximadamente el 16 % del peso corporal total y cubre aproximadamente 22 pies cuadrados. Sin embargo, nuestra piel se encuentra entre las áreas de nuestro cuerpo más maltratadas, especialmente cuando el sol azota en el verano. Recurrimos American Academy of Dermatology, y a Skin Cancer
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In late July, the World Health Organization declared monkeypox a public health emergency of global concern. On August 4, the Biden administration declared monkeypox a public health emergency in the U.S. Those actions, understandably, increased anxiety about the newest health issue. What is it? How widespread? Am I at risk? What to watch for? Is
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The largest organ in our body—the skin—accounts for about 16% of total body weight and covers about 22 square feet. Yet, our skin is among the most abused areas of our body, especially when the sun beats down in summer. We turned to the American Academy of Dermatology, the Skin Cancer Foundation and two respected
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Seniors who experience unsatisfactory treatment in healthcare don’t have to suffer – they can become their own healthcare advocates. Why? Here are a few likely scenarios: Your doctor won’t call (or email) you back. You aren’t on the same page with your new doctor. You aren’t sure about switching to a new doctor.  How could
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Do you have any health questions that you’ve been meaning to research? Nothing you need to call the doctor about, just health info you’d like to know. Relax, we’re on the same page. We rounded up some answers to questions we’ve been puzzling over. Is 5 minutes of meditation enough?   We’ve all heard about
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On the list of “First World problems to worry about,” it’s definitely not number one – but for some kareishuu – it holds a spot near the top. Kareishuu is the Japanese term for — literally “the smell of gaining years.” Most Americans refer to it, sometimes with disgust, anxiety, or a sneer, as “old
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Worried about your memory slipping? Join the crowd. In a recent poll of more than 1,000 adults over 50, it was a common concern.  Nearly half said they popped a pill, such as a vitamin or supplement, to help their memory. Brain health is big business; one report estimated that by 2023, people will spend
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If you are 50 plus, it’s likely you are eligible for a second COVID vaccine booster. Here’s what else to know, according to the CDC, FDA researchers and a top infectious disease specialist. Who can get a second booster? The CDC says adults 50 plus who got their first booster at least four months ago
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Just in time for Older American’s Month, it’s time for a checkup….of our attitudes about aging. With age, it’s easy to focus on the negatives as health issues crop up—and that negativity can become a habit, especially if you have a lot of friends who share these downright depressing memes. However, we found some uplifting
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Wednesday, 4/20, better known to some as ”weed day,” is an annual celebration of recreational marijuana. However, for millions of people, including older adults, marijuana is lauded for its medical benefits. Here, an update. Where is Marijuana Legal? Medical marijuana is legal in 37 states and the District of Columbia; with recreational use in 18
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Type 2 Diabetes can be managed – and sometimes even “reversed.”  More than 37 million people in the U.S. have diabetes, (learn more about it and its symptoms here)  and most have Type 2. In Type 2, your body doesn’t make enough insulin (the hormone that helps the body use or store the blood sugar
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Mantenerse en forma y saludable con Senior Planet from AARP. Únase a nosotros para clases virtuales en directo de condicionamiento físico, lecturas, y grupos de discusión sobre temas de salud. Aprenda mas aquí! ¿Usted cree que los hábitos saludables importan? Menciona “salud del corazón” y lo más probable es que todo el mundo sabe que
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Posted on March 2, 2022 by Admin An Interview with Atria’s Chief Quality Officer  At Atria Senior Living, everything we do is driven by quality. Our number one goal is to make the best possible life for our residents. To deliver on that promise, we created Quality Enhancement program to ensure every aspect of life
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Want to know more about getting and staying healthy?  There’s a special message for you at the end of this article.  With nearly three-quarters of adults over age 20 either overweight or obese, chances are someone you know (or you) is looking for a weight loss plan. Intermittent fasting (including very low-calorie plans) is not
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Stay fit and healthy with Senior Planet from AARP. Join us for live virtual fitness classes, lectures and discussion groups on health topics. Learn more here! Do you believe healthy habits matter? Mention ”heart health” and chances are great we all know what to do—keep moving, eat right, watch your cholesterol and blood pressure, reduce stress,
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Posted on February 23, 2022 by Admin In honor of March being National Nutrition Month, Atria residents and staff are learning about and trying out a new nutrition and well-being habit every day through March 31. Each day’s recommendation comes from a reputable, trusted source, like the Mayo Clinic. Residents received a worksheet they can
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