Romance After Retirement

February is the month for romance. And contrary to popular belief, Cupid doesn’t just visit the young. In fact, intimate relationships among seniors are not only common, but they can lead to healthier, and even longer, lives for older adults who are lucky in love. You never grow out of the need for human contact. Companionship is a basic human …

MIND Diet Ranked Among Top Heart-Healthy Diets

In ranking the best heart-healthy diets, U.S. News & World Report declared a diet designed to help lower the risk of cognitive decline to also be one of the top contenders to maintain cardiovascular health. That makes the MIND diet — and meal plans on which it is based — a smart choice for adults seeking the optimum in both …

Heart-Healthy Foods Do Double-Duty for Brain Health

During American Heart Health Month, it’s a good time to review some of the steps that can lead to better cardiovascular health, including adopting a heart-healthy diet. As an added benefit, especially for older adults, it turns out many of the same foods in a heart-healthy diet also benefit the brain by promoting cognitive health. Variety of nutritious foods is …

The Link between Heart Health and Dementia

Dementia can be caused by a number of factors, from strokes to brain tumors to genetics to various other triggers. Now the health of the heart, and the circulatory system that supports, has joined the list of elements that can contribute to the development of dementia. Vascular dementia caused by poor blood flow to the brain. Although many people associate …

What Seniors Need to Know About Vision Loss

Originally published on U.S. News: FOR MOST OF US, HITTING age 40 signals a time of change with regard to several aspects of our health. One of the most noticeable is a change in how we see close-up objects. Called presbyopia, this condition is different from garden-variety farsightedness and results from a loss of flexibility of the lens in the eye …

Depression is Not a Normal Part of Growing Older

Originally published on CDC: Depression is a true and treatable medical condition, not a normal part of aging. However older adults are at an increased risk for experiencing depression. If you are concerned about a loved one, offer to go with him or her to see a health care provider to be diagnosed and treated. Depression is not just having …

Lifelong Learning: Do You Know It When You See It?

Originally published on ASA: Humans learn over their entire lifespan. Learning in general can take place in a variety of contexts, which are commonly divided into formal, non-formal and informal settings. While formal learning takes place within a traditional hierarchical and chronological education system and typically finishes with a degree or credential, non-formal learning consists of organized and systematic educational …

Boot camp after 60: 10 steps to turn around unhealthy habits

Originally published on NBC News: It takes moxie to flip an unhealthy lifestyle to a healthy one — particularly for folks over 60. Most baby boomers approach retirement age unwilling to follow basic healthy lifestyle goals established by the American Heart Association, said Dr. Dana King, professor and chairman of the department of family medicine at West Virginia University, referencing …

AARP ‘Shark Tank’ Pitch Competition at CES

Originally published on AARP: Two novel tech products designed with older users in mind were winners at the consumer electronics event in Las Vegas, hosted by Daymond John. Watch Video >   OUR COMMUNITIES Apple Blossom Senior Living Ashtongrove Senior Living Traditions at Beaumont Traditions of Beavercreek Traditions at Brookside Traditions at Camargo Cherry Blossom Senior Living Traditions of Deerfield …

Spring Forward: Resetting Your ‘Body Clock’

Originally published on University of Rochester Medical Center: While the shift to daylight saving time is a welcome sign of spring, it may take a while for your body to adjust to that lost hour. If you’re among the groggy who need time to recover from the “spring forward,” sleep expert Dr. Carolina Marcus offers insight into why you feel …