Growing Awareness of a Senior Epidemic

"Unbefriended" elders are vulnerable to a host of health problems.

In-Home Care Supports Good Nutrition for People With Alzheimer's

March Is National Nutrition Month, a good time to focus on the special dietary challenges of seniors who are living with Alzheimer's disease or other dementia.

Online Buzz: Favorite Inventions of Your Generation

The airplane, phonograph, automobile and motion picture were just a few of the most notable inventions of years gone by. What would you list as the most-appreciated scientific invention of your generation?

Hosting the Holidays When Your Loved One Has Alzheimer’s Disease

You've always held a holiday party at your house, but now Mom has been diagnosed with dementia. Should you skip it this year?

Eat More of This for a Healthy Aging Boost

A Caring Right at Home poll showed most of our readers gain a few pounds during the holidays. Here's a way to lessen weight gain and increase our health in myriad ways!

Online Buzz: Too Much Television Is Bad for You

Mom was right! Research shows that binge watching affects our health, and not in a good way.

Dementia Care the Musical Way

Music offers powerful emotional, intellectual and even physical benefits for people with memory loss. But experts caution that this therapy needs to be tailored to the person.

Six Reasons to Tell the Doctor About Memory Problems

Many seniors who notice problems with memory and thinking are inclined to downplay the situation. Here's why that's not a good idea.

Online Buzz: Getting Around When You No Longer Drive

Giving up the car keys is a big deal for many seniors! Learn about options ahead of time to smooth the transition.

A Labor Day Salute to Senior Workers

More older Americans than ever are working past the traditional age of retirement. How are companies changing to meet their needs?

Online Buzz: Boomers Returning to the Movies

America's seniors are filling movie theaters in record numbers to watch Hollywood’s mature actors reinvent themselves on the big screen.

"I Have Arthritis. Is Yoga Right for Me?"

More Americans than ever are taking yoga classes. Is this a safe practice for people with painful joints?

Seven Stress-Busting Tips for Alzheimer's Caregivers

Providing care for a loved one with dementia can significantly raise the caregiver's risk of heart disease, depression, even dementia.

Helping Senior Relatives Get the Hang of Facebook

Today's families keep in touch through social media. If older loved ones aren't on board, they can miss out.

This Summer, Drink to Your Health!

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!

Experts Say the Rate of Dementia Is Declining

The number of seniors living with Alzheimer's continues to climb—yet the percentage seems to be trending downward. What's behind this unexpected but welcome news?

"Oh, My Aching Back!"

Modern life and growing older both put us at high risk of lower back pain.

Listen Up! Treating Hearing Loss Promptly Is Important

May is Better Hearing & Speech Month. Did you know that hearing loss raises the risk of depression, dementia, falls, and even hospitalization?

Preserving Social Connections When a Loved One Has Alzheimer's

The need to spend time with others is a powerful human need, even when a person is living with memory loss.

Online Buzz: Touchscreen Tech Trends Are Helping Grandparents Connect!

Many older adults have been left out of the communications revolution, but new senior-friendly technologies promise to remedy that.

April Is Distracted Driving Awareness Month

Evidence shows that talking on the phone, texting and other activities behind the wheel are as dangerous as driving while intoxicated.

One Change Can Help You Salvage Your Spring Diet

With every meal you prepare at home, you've been selecting healthy ingredients and counting calories. What went wrong?

If It's Time to Downsize

Are you or a loved one moving to a smaller place? Here are some tips to make the process more manageable.

Alzheimer's Disease Caregivers Ask: "Am I at Risk?"

Families often are confused about whether a loved one's Alzheimer’s disease is "in the genes."

Online Buzz: What Are Driver Rehab Specialists and How Do They Help Seniors?

When families are unsure whether an elder is safe behind the wheel, these experts can step in, providing an extra measure of safety for senior drivers, and peace of mind for family.

Happy New Year, Happier Older Years

Put a few items on your list of New Year's resolutions that will benefit you well beyond 2016.

Small Steps Add Up for Senior Fitness

If exercise is on your list of New Year's resolutions, read about studies released in 2015 that offer encouraging news.

When You Can't Be Home for the Holidays

If it's not possible to celebrate with your elderly parents, here are some ways to make their day as special as possible.

Make Fire Prevention a Holiday Tradition

As you brighten the winter months with candles, lights and greenery, be sure to take a few safety precautions.

Ten Tips for a More Meaningful, Healthy Thanksgiving

If you would be thankful for a little less stress, it might be time for some new traditions.

You're Never Too Old to Kick the Habit

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?

Online Buzz: The Overall Benefits of Dance

Dancing offers physical, mental and social benefits, which makes it a great form of brain exercise.

From the Cave to the Bedroom: Should We Practice "Paleo Sleeping Habits"?

Many activities of modern life can disrupt our natural sleep cycle.

Activities to Encourage Engagement in People With Dementia

Apathy is a common symptom of Alzheimer's disease. What can families do when a loved one seems withdrawn from the world around them?

Many Boomers Want to Age in (a New) Place


A surprising number of baby boomers are moving. Will their new homes be suitable if their care needs change?

Ten Healthy Ways to Celebrate National Grandparents Day

Grandparents and grandchildren influence each other's physical and emotional well-being in many powerful ways.

Older and Wiser?

Online games go viral to help researchers dispel myths about aging brains.

Online Buzz: The Millions of Millennials

Did you know that the baby boom generation has been surpassed in numbers by young people born between 1980 and 2000?

Online Buzz: Baby Boomers Are Staying Put

Is retirement time also the time to downsize? A new survey reveals a surprising trend.

Five Brain Health Reminders for Family Caregivers

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.

In-Home Care Supports Active Independence for Seniors

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.

Overdoing the Retirement Toasts

A new study finds that some seniors turn to alcohol after leaving the workplace.

Online Buzz: Elderly Drivers and Road Safety

It's a tough issue for older adults and the families who worry about them: Are Mom and Dad safe behind the wheel?

Mental Exercise Helps the Brain "Work Around" the Damage of Alzheimer's Disease

Brain imaging shows that despite the presence of physical changes normally associated with dementia, some people remain mentally sharp.

Having the Talk About Home Care

Professional in-home care agencies report an uptick in information calls in early January. The reason? The holidays are the time when out-of-town relatives are most likely to visit their elderly loved ones—and to realize that these seniors need help!

10 Healthy Aging Tips for Santa

Dear Santa,

We know that at this time of year, your mailbox at the North Pole is overflowing! But we hope you'll take time to read our wish list for you—the gift of healthy lifestyle choices. We're making our list and checking it twice to find ways for you to stay active and engaged for years to come!

Online Buzz: Exercise Your Brain After Retirement

We've long heard that physical fitness contributes to improved overall health, but scientists are now proving that your brain needs its own fitness program, especially if you are retired or over 65. Neurobiologists use the term "neurobics" to describe the mental exercises that help prevent memory loss and sharpen brain function. Neurobics includes brainteasers, puzzles and other cognitive exercises.

Is Gluttony the Real Culprit in Our National Obesity Epidemic?

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?

Online Buzz: University-Based Retirement Communities Offer an Alternative to Traditional Retirement

Golf, bridge and bingo not exactly on your retirement list? How about football, zoology and theater? A growing number of American seniors are opting out of traditional retirement communities, lush with golf courses and nearby shopping, for university-based retirement communities, or UBRCs.

Have the Flu or a Cold? Should You Exercise?

A poll in the August 2013 issue of Caring Right at Home yielded the good news that more than half of our readers exercise regularly. But what if you're sniffling and sneezing?

Dementia and Its Costs Soar Worldwide

September is World Alzheimer's Month. Alzheimer's Disease International sponsors this recognition event to call attention to the global impact of Alzheimer's, which knows no boundaries.

Online Buzz: Practicing Tai Chi Can Lead to Many Health Benefits for Elders

Perhaps you've seen or participated in the slow, fluid body motions of tai chi (tie-chee). If so, you are one of 2.3 million Americans who practice this graceful martial art that originated in China and is shown to reduce stress and anxiety, enhance self-confidence, and elevate overall well-being.

Online Buzz: Peanut Butter May Help Detect Alzheimer's

A dollop of peanut butter and a ruler may soon be a common tool for helping detect early-stage Alzheimer's disease. The Journal of the Neurological Sciences recently published a University of Florida study that used peanut butter to test for loss of smell in patients with suspect cognitive and memory impairment.

Happiness and Healthy Aging: What's the Connection?

It seems obvious that good health in our later years would make it easier to enjoy life. Yet two recent reports from Canada show that the way we feel about life—and about ourselves—is intertwined with our health in a more complicated way.

Seven Great Ways In-Home Care Keeps Seniors Connected

From time to time, the Caring Right at Home newsletter has highlighted the ongoing research of University of Chicago’s Dr. John Cacioppo, whose groundbreaking work on the effect of loneliness has changed how we think about how seniors spend their time. Dr. Cacioppo has shown that loneliness is highly stressful for humans, raising the risk of hypertension, sleep disorders, depression and even Alzheimer’s disease.

Online Buzz: Trace Your Ancestry Using the Internet

Every family has a unique story. Discovering more about your ancestors from decades past can be an enjoyable and educational project. Tracing your lineage may even surprise you with insights into your own personality, likes, dislikes and customs.

Exercise? But I'm a Family Caregiver!

Family caregivers are some of the busiest people around! These people who provide care for elderly or disabled relatives spend hours making sure their loved one is safe and well-cared for, often juggling work and other family responsibilities. Extra time to spend on their own needs is a scarce commodity.

Berry Power!

Berry shortcake is a Fourth of July favorite. Did you know these delicious little fruits are full of health-protective nutrients?

Airport Security Screening Tips for Senior Travelers

acation season is here! Are you traveling by plane this summer?  Here is some information to ensure that security screening goes smoothly for older adults with disabilities and medical conditions.

Little-Known Type of Dementia Affects 1.3 Million Americans

The STARZ Channel series "Boss," starring actor Kelsey Grammer, was the first time many Americans had ever heard of Lewy body dementia. In his Golden Globe-winning performance, Grammer portrayed the fictional Mayor Tom Kane of Chicago, who was struggling with the effects of the disease.

Could Poor Sleep Rob You of Your Independence?

When you were a small child, you probably complained to your parents at bedtime: "Why do I have to go to sleep? It’s a waste of time!" Most of us spend about one-third of our life sleeping—but sleep remains a mystery to us. We don't think much about it until we encounter a sleep problem.

Creating Appetizing Meals for Seniors

Good nutrition is vital for the health and well-being of older adults. Yet when it comes to eating well, this time of life brings challenges. Disabilities, chronic health conditions and medications can all affect the appetite. Taste and smell often decline. Missing teeth, uncomfortable dentures and digestive problems can make eating uncomfortable. And for many with Parkinson’s disease, arthritis, MS or stroke, eating is more of a challenge than a pleasure.

Does Forgetting Words Signify the Beginning of Alzheimer's Disease?

Has your memory failed you today, such as struggling to recall a word that's "on the tip of your tongue?" If so, you're not alone.

Online Buzz: The Effects of Caffeine on Seniors

Drinking coffee and other caffeinated drinks is not something people readily give up. In one survey of people 64 years of age and older, almost 20 percent indicated they would rather give up sex than give up drinking coffee. While there are dangers associated with consuming too much caffeine, the effects of the stimulant on seniors in particular aren't all negative.