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A meal with a side of friendship

September 30, 2016  |  Nicole Stempak, Senior Editor

An outreach program dishes up healthy and tasty eats to help seniors get the nutrients they need and make meal time a not-to-be-missed social affair.  

FDA recommends reducing sodium intake

June 2, 2016  |  Nicole Stempak, Senior Editor

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued draft guidance to reduce sodium intake to 2,300 milligrams per day. One in three Americans has high blood pressure, a risk factor for heart disease and stroke. 

A short stack a day may keep the Alzheimer's away

March 29, 2016  |  Nicole Stempak, Senior Editor

New studies show eating blueberries improved brain function and activity in people with mild cognitive impairment. Pure maple syrup may prevent the formation of brain plaque and fibrillation of beta amyloid proteins. All of which is to say: eat to your health...

Medicare unveils Diabetes Prevention Program

March 24, 2016  |  Nicole Stempak, Senior Editor

Older Americans with a high risk for developing Type 2 diabetes may receive preventive treatment from an unlikely source: Medicare. 

LTC residents at risk for vitamin B12 deficiency

March 8, 2016  |  Nicole Stempak, Senior Editor

Vitamin B12 is required for red blood cell formation, neurological function and DNA synthesis. B12 deficiency is common among seniors and can cause dementia, anemia and weight loss, among other adverse health effects.

Underweight people face higher dementia risk

October 13, 2015  |  Megan Combs, Associate Editor

Researchers have found that people who are underweight or even on the low side of normal weight in their middle ages run a higher risk of dementia as they age.

The case for carotenoids

October 9, 2015  |  Sandra Hoban, Managing Editor

Every child is told to eat their carrots and green, leafy vegetables because they are good for your eyes. Guess what? New study agrees.

AARP Innovation Fund aims to improves lives of seniors with tech

October 5, 2015  |  Megan Combs, Associate Editor

AARP and J.P. Morgan Asset Management will provide $40 million in assets to companies focusing on improving the lives of people ages 50 and older.

Three-drug combination found to treat MRSA

September 18, 2015  |  Megan Combs, Associate Editor

New research shows that a combination of three antibiotics could be helpful in fighting MRSA.

Type 2 diabetes may encourage neurodegeneration separate from Alzheimer's

September 3, 2015  |  Megan Combs, Associate Editor

A new study in Neurology finds that diabetes and brain tangles are separate from Alzheimer's disease.

Food as an activity

August 31, 2015  |  Kathleen Mears

Everyone likes to snack occasionally, but when residents eat because of boredom it can become hazardous to their health.

Nursing home residents at higher risk for dehydration

August 18, 2015  |  Megan Combs, Associate Editor

Seniors living in nursing homes are more likely to be dehydrated than seniors living independently, according to a new study.


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