In the past, cardiac research focused on male subjects. We now know that heart health issues may be different for the opposite sex.
Did you know that seniors today consume more alcohol than their counterparts of previous generations? This can put their health at serious risk.
Tiny particles in the air we breathe can damage our heart, lungs and brain. Older adults are at highest risk.
A team of physicists is studying the mechanism of coughing and sneezing. Check out the video!
Older adults are at higher risk of suicide, and this age group also is the least likely to bring up the subject with family, friends or their doctor.
The CDC recommends two vaccines to protect people older than 65 from a serious infection that takes the lives of 18,000 seniors each year.
More Americans than ever are taking yoga classes. Is this a safe practice for people with painful joints?
Brain games are a billion-dollar industry today. But do they really help us improve our memory and thinking?
Providing care for a loved one with dementia can significantly raise the caregiver's risk of heart disease, depression, even dementia.
Today, sophisticated measurements make diagnosis and treatment of many health conditions more accurate than ever.
Most of us know to take in more fluids during the warmer months. But does it matter what we drink? Nutritionists assure us that it does!
Modern life and growing older both put us at high risk of lower back pain.
With every meal you prepare at home, you've been selecting healthy ingredients and counting calories. What went wrong?
Recovering from surgery, taking a long-distance plane trip and even obsessive video gaming can raise the risk of a dangerous condition.
Advances in dental care allow seniors to keep their teeth longer, but the cost should be considered during retirement planning.
Families often are confused about whether a loved one's Alzheimer’s disease is "in the genes."
If exercise is on your list of New Year's resolutions, read about studies released in 2015 that offer encouraging news.
After the holidays, it's common to feel a bit of a letdown. But a persistent sense of sadness may signal the need to talk to the healthcare provider.
December 6–12 is National Influenza Vaccination Week. Protecting yourself from the flu also lowers the risk for vulnerable elder loved ones.
Today's seniors grew up in the Mad Men era, when smoking was socially acceptable and even considered healthy. How can older smokers overcome a habit of many decades?
Dancing offers physical, mental and social benefits, which makes it a great form of brain exercise.
Grandparents and grandchildren influence each other's physical and emotional well-being in many powerful ways.
How are seniors and society affected by normal age-related changes of memory and thinking?
Family caregivers do so much for their loved ones that they sometimes neglect their own health—and that could put them at higher risk for Alzheimer's disease.
Americans who have just reached or are approaching their senior years are at highest risk of this potentially deadly disease.
It's a paradox: Exercise is important for managing health conditions, yet chronic illness and adverse health events make it hard to be physically active.
A new study finds that some seniors turn to alcohol after leaving the workplace.
The risk of traumatic brain injury (TBI) increases as we grow older. How can we prevent these potentially catastrophic events?
Used improperly, these devices can produce misleading numbers.
If you're like many of us, November and December bring an unwanted holiday gift: a few extra pounds that show up when we step on the scale in January! Maybe you even got a head start by finishing off the leftover Halloween candy?
Earlier this year, the healthcare advocacy group Research!America polled a diverse group of people across the U.S. regarding their fears about various diseases and ailments. Many of the people polled said that blindness would be the worst health problem that could happen to them, even more so than Alzheimer's disease, cancer, or the loss of hearing or speech.
Some of the physical and mental changes of aging can affect our driving abilities. It's important to know that medications seniors take also can make it unsafe to drive. What should you know before you pick up the car keys and pick up your next prescription?
This is the time of year when we get outside more. The fresh air, exercise and natural surroundings provide a real health boost! But this also is the season when people are more likely to contract an illness from the bite of a tick.
An earlier issue of Caring Right at Home examined the many healthy aging benefits of humor and laughter. Numerous studies reveal that laughing promotes physical, emotional, intellectual and social well-being. Now, an intriguing new study from the University of Kansas suggests that laughter’s more subdued cousin, the smile, also may offer health benefits—even if you are only faking that grin!
When some people hear the word "acupuncture," they immediately cringe in fear, while others applaud the alternative or supplemental medical treatment. Considered a part of traditional Chinese medicine practiced in Asian countries for nearly 2,000 years, acupuncture involves inserting extremely thin, solid metallic needles into key acupuncture points in the body. Acupuncture practitioners believe this helps correct imbalances in chi (CHEE), or natural energy flow in a person’s body, helping every part of the body work in harmony.