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Learn more about how to keep seniors healthy, happy and safe. These top articles outline information about prevention, symptoms, diagnosis and care for common conditions, with tips and links to additional resources and support.

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Osteoporosis Information

Osteoporosis is a disease that weakens bones to the point where they break easily-most often bones in the hip, backbone (spine), and wrist. It’s called the “silent disease”-you may not notice any changes until a bone breaks-but your bones have been losing strength for many years. Bone is living tissue. To keep bones strong, your… Read More

Elderly Urinary Tract Infections

If a 30-year-old woman experiences painful burning when she urinates, it’s almost certain she has a urinary tract infection (UTI). But an elderly urinary tract infection rarely causes such clear symptoms and might not involve pain or discomfort at all. “As you get older your immune response changes; it’s part of normal aging,” says Anna… Read More

Elderly Bruising: Risk Factors & Prevention

Our bodies undergo a series of natural changes as we age-externally and internally. Our skin cells divide more slowly and skin begins to thin. Skin retains less moisture, causing it to become dry, scaly, and appear wrinkled. It loses its elasticity and instead of springing back, starts to sag. The skin’s ability to repair itself… Read More

Senior Arthritis: Symptoms & Care

Most people commonly think of arthritis as the condition of having painful, stiff joints. In fact, there are many kinds of arthritis, each with different symptoms and treatments. Most types of arthritis are chronic with symptoms lasting years. Arthritis can attack joints in almost any part of the body. Some forms of arthritis cause changes… Read More

Breast Cancer in Seniors

When detected early, breast cancer is treated successfully 98% of the time. Researchers continue to make impressive gains in the detection, diagnosis, and treatment of breast cancer. For example, according to the Mayo Clinic, the radical mastectomy, once a standard procedure for women with breast cancer, is now rarely performed. However, breast cancer in seniors… Read More

Geriatric Care Specialists

From arthritis to diabetes, hearing loss to cancer, seniors are treated for a wide range of medical conditions, and they and their caregivers can face a sometimes bewildering array of doctors. Deciphering all the different specialties in medicine sometimes seems to require an advanced degree itself, but your health can depend on making the right… Read More

Sundown Syndrome: Triggers & Management

For most of us, sunset is an occasion we celebrate. It’s a time of transition from the often frenetic energy of the day to the more subdued and relaxing nature of evening. But for many elderly people who suffer from Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia, it can be a time of increased memory… Read More

Elderly Depression

Does it seem like just yesterday that your mom lit up when you brought the grandchildren over? So why does she hardly smile and seem irritable around the kids now? Has your dad always been a lifelong baseball fan? So when did he start turning down box seat tickets at the ballpark? Sudden changes in… Read More

Joan Lunden on Senior Nutrition

with expert Dr. Jones-Born on Better TV

Joan Lunden and nutrition expert Dr. Jones-Born talk about five key nutrients and vitamins every senior needs, the epidemic of senior malnutrition and recipes tailored to senior nutrition needs.