Wellness

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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Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD): Symptoms & Care

Whether it is labeled as acid reflux, heartburn or gastroesophageal reflux (GERD), this burning sensation occurs when contents from the stomach travel back up the esophagus, and it affects more than 15 million American on a daily basis. Due to physiological changes that occur with aging, elderly people are more apt to suffer from GERD,… Read More

Grieving the Loss of a Spouse & Finding Peace

“By the time my husband died,” Eileen A. remembers, “I had already experienced much of my grieving because the man I had nursed through his cancer was not the same man I’d been married to for fifty-four years.” Eileen, now 88, met Roy at a Whidbey Island bonfire when she was 18, gave birth to… Read More

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 Anxiety Disorders

Jeannette Franks, PhD, is a passionate gerontologist who teaches at University of Washington and Bastyr University; she is the author of a book on assisted living and numerous articles. We all experience anxiety from time to time, some of which is normal and even productive. However, when anxiety becomes disruptive and disabling to a person’s… Read More

Recovery from Stroke: Rehabilitation & Motivation

For Pedro Antaran, an 83-year-old Seattle resident, the stroke came in the morning, with little warning. After waking up to make coffee, he noticed that his right leg felt different than usual. “I felt that my leg was heavy, and I could not lift it,” he recalls. “I thought in my mind that maybe this… Read More

Senior Dental Problems & Underlying Health Issues

There’s an old saying about the eyes being windows to the soul. But the latest medical and dental research shows that the mouth truly is a window into one’s overall health. Looking out for a loved one’s health means not only keeping an eye on their nutritional intake and physical capabilities, but also on their… Read More

Elderly Blood Pressure Chart: Normal & High Blood Pressure by Age

By Angelike Gaunt, content strategist Your blood pressure is the barometer of your overall circulatory health. Your circulatory system is made up of your heart and blood vessels, which carry oxygen and nutrients throughout your body. But did you know that more than 70% of U.S. seniors have high blood pressure? High blood pressure, also… Read More

Elderly Dehydration – Prevention & Treatment

Watching for signs of illness in a loved one can be challenging. Some illnesses show up quite clearly, while others have a more subtle effect on daily living. Dehydration, depending on the severity, sometimes creates only small telltale signs while having a big effect on the body, especially in the elderly. Dehydration occurs when a… 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.