Six Tips From Heart Health Experts That Might Surprise You

Does it matter what time of day we eat? Are e-cigarettes healthier for our hearts than the regular kind? These were just a few of the topics explored at the recent American Heart Associations Scientific Sessions.

Infographic: Health Tips for Super Bowl LIV

While the teams battle it out on the field, score some points of your own with these tips!

Help Older Loved Ones Grow Their Sense of Purpose

We all want to know we're making a difference in the world — but for seniors, the opportunities are often diminished. Family can help!

How to Detect Undernutrition in Seniors

Meet a Right at Home owner whose background in senior nutrition givers him unique insight into the nutritional needs of older adults.

Infographic: Increase Your Step Count


Is it really necessary to take 10,000 steps every day? Experts say what really helps is to add more activity. Here's a nice visual reminder of ways we can do that.

Parents Urge Grandparents to Avoid Holiday Toy Overload

Parents today may not appreciate those piles of holiday gifts for the kids, as many grandparents today are discovering.

Government Committee Warns of "Social Capital" Gap for Seniors

Bipartisan economics advisors say older adults today have fewer family and friends to help them — and that's a problem.

Infographic: Planning Ahead for Aging in Place

Are you or an older loved one weighing your living options? If staying in your own home is your top choice, there are important things to consider.

Seniors and Social Media: The Good and the Bad

These days, older adults can really miss out if they aren't on Facebook. But recent studies show that there are pitfalls to avoid.

Highlights of 2019's "The State of Senior Living Survey"

A major report takes a look at the future of senior housing options. Spoiler alert: In-home care is a growing preference for many baby boomers.

What Do Seniors Need? Transportation!

Polls show that getting a ride to doctor appointments and social activities is a big challenge for older adults today.

In Time for the Fourth of July, a New Look at Senior Independence

All through life, most of us have the desire to feel in control of our own lives. The changes that come with aging can make that a real challenge.

Vacations for Seniors With Limited Mobility

Many retirees plan to spend some of that new-found extra time traveling! If they're facing health challenges, planning ahead can ensure a great trip.

Older Americans Month 2019 Infographic

This year’s theme is "Connect, Create, Contribute." Check out ways seniors are doing just that!

May Is National Arthritis Awareness Month

In-home care improves the quality of life and preserves the independence of seniors living with this condition.

To Meet Your Life Goals, Focus on Your Health Goals

Many choices we make when we're younger can affect our health and well-being when we're older. Experts say focusing on our "bucket list" can keep us motivated.

Brain Health Infographic

Maintaining our memory and thinking skills is partly a matter of genes — but there are plenty of brain-friendly lifestyle choices we can make, too!

National Nutrition Month Infographic

Check out this month's infographic to find ten great foods to eat more of!

5 "Health" Foods That Really Are Bad for You

These products may actually be loaded with sugar, fat and other ingredients that aren't healthy at all!

Four Great Tips for Brain-Healthy Holidays

Getting ready for those traditional celebrations? Take a few minutes to think about the gift of brain care, as well!

Spend More Time in the Great Outdoors

When seniors go outdoors — whether it's to a National Park or their own back yard — they gain many health benefits.

October 1 Is the International Day of Older Persons

This year's theme is "Celebrating Older Human Rights Champions," emphasizing how important it is to improve our attitude about aging.

Looking Ahead to Retirement: It's Not Just About the Money

Baby boomers are finding that leaving the paid workforce is more complicated than it used to be. When should they retire — and how can they ensure meaningful, secure retirement years?

Talk to the Grandkids About Brain Health

September 9 is Grandparents Day — a great time to share insights with grandchildren that could help them stave off dementia in their own later years.

Create a Music Playlist for Someone With Alzheimer's/Dementia

Studies show music can help people with memory loss access hidden recollections. But it needs to be the right music, say experts.

How Can We Get Mom to Exercise?

A new study links a sedentary lifestyle with 14 fatal conditions. This should motivate us all to get off the couch, and to help senior loved ones do the same.

A World of Aging

From senior discos in Korea, elderly security patrols in China and "rent a grandkid" services in India, read about innovative and creative trends in global aging.

10 Things to Know Right Away When a Loved One Is Diagnosed With Alzheimer's Disease

After a series of tests, the doctor Mom's behavior and memory changes are most likely due to Alzheimer's disease. What now?

Health Tips From a Father's Day Card

Father's Day cards often feature fishing, golf, grilling and beer. Play YOUR cards right and begin a conversation with Dad about ways to improve his health.

Are We Facing a Family Caregiver Shortage?

Changing lifestyles coupled with increased longevity mean that more and more of us will be on our own when we need care as we grow older.

8 Ways to Protect Seniors From Head Injuries

We hear a lot today about head injuries among young athletes. But experts remind us that older adults are at highest risk of suffering brain damage from these injuries.

Getting Better Sleep When Your Loved One Has Dementia

It's a cycle to avoid: People with Alzheimer's disease experience disturbed sleep, which keeps family caregivers up at night and might raise their own risk of memory loss.

10 Frequently Asked Questions for Registered Dietitians

Right at Home owner Amy Mack is uniquely qualified to provide the answers!

Genes, Lifestyle and the Risk of Alzheimer's Disease

More people are taking a test to find out if they have the APOE4 gene, which raises the risk of Alzheimer's. Even if results show they're among the 25 percent of people who do, there's plenty of hope.

The Other Senior Weight Problem

Today we read so much about the many negative health effects of obesity. But for seniors, being underweight can be just as bad. Why do seniors experience unintended weight loss, and what can be done?

Former Teacher, Now Caregiver Provides Meaningful Alzheimer's Care

Meet caregiver Lawrence Burney, who brought the insights of his teaching career to his new job providing care for clients with memory loss.

Helping Senior Loved Ones Expand Their Social Horizons

Older adults with health challenges may rely more and more on family for social connections. But this may not be ideal for your loved one or for you, say experts.

The CDC Tells Seniors: Eat Your Fruits and Veggies!

Older adults who consume the recommended amount of produce have on average the memory and thinking skills of a person 11 years younger, says a team of neurologists.

Five Caregiving Lessons We Can Learn From Our Ancient Past

Humans of long, long ago took care of their elders. It may have helped our species survive, say experts.

The Role Nutrition Plays During Cancer Treatment

Right at Home's director of quality care shares information to help family caregivers whose loved one is undergoing chemotherapy.

A Cure for Cyberchondria

It's an ailment for our time: Web surfers develop anxiety as they try to diagnose their symptoms online.

Seven Great Holiday Gifts for the Family Caregivers in Your Life

Forget the slippers or necktie — here are some things caregivers can really use!

The Baby Boomers Take Stock

"Sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll" … "Never trust anyone over 30"… How are those youthful slogans working for the children of the 50s and 60s?

Seniors Bullying Seniors

"Mean girl" groups, aggressive behavior to others, gossip and shunning — these behaviors aren't confined to middle school kids, reports a Right at Home owner.

Is Your Smartphone Making You Feel Not So Smart?

We love our devices! But they could have certain negative effects on our quality of life and even our health, say experts.

A Time to Give and a Time to Give Thanks

The twin impulses of generosity and gratitude benefit our mental and even physical health. More good news: They both increase with age.

A Senior-Savvy Police Force

Gerontologists urge law enforcement agencies to improve encounters with older adults.

Is Your Pet Prepared for Emergencies?

History shows that when a natural or manmade disaster strikes, people balk at evacuating if they must leave beloved companion animals behind.

Connecting the Generations

Seniors suffer from a lack of engagement with younger people.

Arthritis and Tai Chi

This mind-body practice offers many benefits—but is it safe for people with joint pain?

The Right Clothes for Senior Independence

As seniors deal with physical and cognitive challenges, their wardrobes most likely can use some updating.

Exercise Can Save Your Life. Can It Save You Money?

Experts crunch the data and find that physically active people spend less on healthcare, even if they're living with a health condition.

A Delicious Way to Improve Your Health

This year, studies continue to confirm the health benefits of the Mediterranean diet.

Benefits of Owning Pets

Our furry friends provide a mood boost and unconditional love—but what if a senior with health challenges has trouble caring for a beloved pet?

Five Things We Think Are "Just a Part of Growing Older"—But May Not Be

If we assume certain symptoms are due merely to our advanced years, we might miss out on treatment that could protect our health

The Dangers of Drowsy Driving

Every year, thousands of car crashes happen when a driver falls asleep behind the wheel. Learn the danger signs before your next road trip!

Online Buzz: Women Inventors Who Changed Our Lives

Today's budding female scientists can take inspiration from the innovative women who came before them.

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.