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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Food And Drug Interactions

Approximately half of Americans aged 65 and older take five or more medications daily, and many mix prescription drugs, OTC medications and herbal supplements, according to a report from the University of Florida College of Nursing. While anyone who takes both dietary supplements and medicines runs the risk of experiencing an interaction, changes associated with… Read More

How to Prevent Senior Malnutrition

Not only do seniors have different nutritional needs than younger adults, they also take more medication, have higher rates of chronic medical conditions-such as diabetes and heart disease-and are more likely to live alone; all of which contribute to the rising numbers of older Americans who are seriously impacted by a deficient diet. Know the… Read More

Shoulder Injury: Rotator Cuff Tears

By Jeannette Franks, PhD, 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. Sometimes I wish I could take my body in for repairs just like I take my car to a mechanic to get new parts. “New battery… 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

Foot Health Information

Mobility is a vital component of independence, making the foot ailments that often plague the elderly especially worrisome. While it may not spring to mind as a top health concern, poor foot health can severely impact a person’s ability to live alone, work and participate in social activities. According to the US National Center for… 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

MRSA in the Elderly: Symptoms & Prevention

At Queen Anne Healthcare, a Seattle-based long-term care facility, it’s not uncommon for one or two of the 125 residents to be in isolation at any given time. The reason: they’re recovering from a drug-resistant infection. The affected individuals may be permanent residents of the facility, or they may be visiting specifically to recover from… 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

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.