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Glaucoma Awareness Month: Vision Care Makes A Difference

January 27, 2014

A comparative long-range study by Mayo Clinic ophthalmology researchers, published online in the journal Ophthalmology shows positive trends in the progress of the eye disease: The probability of blindness from glaucoma 20 years after diagnosis has dropped by half in…

AbleRoad App And Website Tracks Accessible Locations

January 20, 2014

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 56.7 million Americans—almost 20 percent of the population—have some form of disability. To make finding accessible businesses and locations easier the AbleRoad website and app were recently launched. Aimed at people with disabilities, including…

Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging Announces Innovation in Caregiving Award Winners

January 10, 2014

The Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging (BRIA) presented two individuals with the Third Annual Innovation in Caregiving Award. Each winner received a $1,000 check and was recognized at BRIA’s annual conference: Caregiving in the 21st Century. The two winners, who were…

Medline to Improve Standards in Skilled Nursing Facilities

March 8, 2013

With pressure being put on skilled nursing facilities to improve care standards at an all time high, Medline—the nation’s largest healthcare products distributor—has joined forces with the American Health Care Association (AHCA) and the National Center for Assisted Living…

Rare Disease Day 2013: Show Solidarity!

March 1, 2013

Yesterday, February 28, 2013 was the 6th annual Rare Disease Day, first coordinated by EURORDIS and organized with rare disease alliances in 24 European countries. Over the next several days, awareness-raising activities are happening across the globe, from Europe to…

Sorting Out Confusion Over Calcium and Vitamin D Supplements

February 28, 2013

In another controversial finding, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), sponsored by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and the leading independent panel of private-sector experts in prevention and primary care, just released new recommendations for the use…

National Eating Disorders Awareness Week: Elderly ED’s On the Rise

February 25, 2013

NEDAwareness Week 2013 is from February 24th to March 2nd. This year’s theme is “Everybody Knows Somebody,” and as points out, “Eating disorders do not discriminate--ANYONE can be effected.”

Drop inner stereotypes about negative Barbie doll influences and…

The Ultimate Drug Discount Card - Now Available at Parentgiving

February 15, 2013

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Last year, and partnered up to save more people money on medications. According to NeedyMed’s Director of Outreach, Elizabeth…

It’s American Heart Month: Keep Up the Beat!

February 7, 2013

On January 31st, as every President of the United States has annually since 1964, President Barack Obama proclaimed February 2013 American Heart Month.

In the proclamation, Obama addressed ways to reduce the risk of heart diseasethe number one cause…

February 4th: World Cancer Day—#Cancer – Did you know?

February 4, 2013

Today is World Cancer Day, and according to its official website, approximately 1.5 million lives could be saved per year if the World Health Organization’s (WHO) ’25 by 25’ target is met, representing WHO’s goal of reducing premature deaths (between…

Coming Soon: AARP and RLTV present Boomers 2.0: A Generation Re-Imagined

January 29, 2013

At 9pm Eastern time on January 31st and again at 8pm Eastern on February 7th (2013), AARP and RLTV team up to bring us the new documentary, Boomers 2.0: A Generation Re-Imagined. From tuning in and dropping out to controlling…

A New Way to PREPARE for Severe Illness and End of Life Care

January 16, 2013

An innovative new online resource guides patients through the decision making process regarding how they’d want their wishes followed if illness or failing health affected their ability to speak for themselves. PREPARE ( was launched at the…

Glaucoma—The Sneak Thief of Sight—Awareness Month

January 4, 2013

Glaucoma Infographic
January is National Glaucoma Awareness month, and drawing further attention to this disease are the results of a 10-year study conducted by the…

Home Monitoring Services Expand as an Option for Home Care

December 18, 2012

When Howard, a 90-year-old from Walnut Creek, CA, checks his blood pressure or oxygen level, the data are immediately transmitted directly from monitors on his arm and finger to his geriatric care manager. His weight is also sent from a…

Stem Cells Lend Hope for Alzheimer’s Treatment

November 30, 2012
On Monday, November 26th, Frank M. LaFerla, PhD, was the featured guest on the monthly USAgainstAlzheimer’s "Alzheimer's Talks." The teleconference topic was "Stem Cells and Alzheimer’s," centered around reported data that neural stem cells can rescue and restore memory pathways…

Truly Golden Assisted Living

November 21, 2012

Tomorrow’s Thanksgiving and today we want to share just one of the many things we’re thankful for: those who go above and beyond in the field of caring. This, naturally, encompasses thousands upon thousands of carergivers, institutions, nonprofits and the…

Kimberly-Clark Depend Raises Incontinence Awareness in China

November 12, 2012

Kimberly-Clark (K-C) Depend and ad agency Ogilvy & Mather (O&M) Shanghai have launched a new campaign to raise awareness about incontinence in China, where bladder control’s even more of a taboo topic than it is here in the States.?


WINNERS ANNOUCED in Medline’s Pink Glove Dance Competition 2012

November 7, 2012

Over 200,000 people voted for their favorites out of 270 video entries; Medline's tallied up those votes; the 2012 winners of the second annual Pink Glove Dance competition--which raises money and awareness to battle breast cancer--have officially been announced!

Depend’s Double Whammy: Charitable Contributions + Comfortable Discretion = Incontinence Win

October 23, 2012

by Mary Otte, Staff Writer for

On April 3, 2012, Depend, America’s top brand in incontinence supplies, launched The Great American Try On challenge to benefit two charity organizations, “The V Foundation for Cancer Research” and “Dress for Success…

Incontinence Supplies for the Treatment of Urinary Incontinence Offer Some Success

October 16, 2012

A new National Institutes of Health clinical trials network study evaluated two urge incontinence treatments in women and found that there are both plusses and minuses to each. Urge incontinence is defined as the unpredictable release of urine shortly after…

Shoulder Injury: Not For Young People Only

October 7, 2012

According to a new study published in the October 2012 issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, shoulder dislocation rates are about the same in younger and older people, but injuries in older patients are more…

Enlisting an Ally When You Can’t Persuaded Your Loved One to Stop Driving

October 1, 2012

One of the more difficult conversations between adult children and their parents is about when it’s time to stop driving—for senior safety as well as the safety of the general public. A child’s plea—even a spouse’s plea—call fall on deaf…

Nursing Staff: A Source of Support When Facing a Loss

September 24, 2012

The death of a loved one can be particularly hard for those who were involved in their day-to-day care. According to new research from Penn State University, this painful transition can be eased by existing support from nurses and other…

A New Study Evaluates Methods to Prevent or Reduce Falls

September 16, 2012

A new Cochrane Library review looked at over 150 separate studies involving nearly 80,000 participants to understand how we can better reduce falls. Falling is a serious problem as we age—up to 30 of seniors may fall a year. While…

Exercise Still Offers Benefits for Those Who Are Frail

September 9, 2012

A study by Louis Bherer, PhD (Psychology), Laboratory Director and Researcher at the Institut Universitaire de Gériatrie de Montréal (IUGM), a senior care center affiliated with the University of Montréal, has shown that all seniors, even those considered frail, can…

Healthy Living Into Old Age Adds Up…Up to Six More Years of Life

September 3, 2012

 Being active and fit is supposed to keep you healthy. But does it translate to a longer life? That’s the question addressed in a new Swedish study published on the website of the British Medical Journal, And the findings…

A Computer Program That Helps Kids Overcome Reading Problems Helps Seniors’ Memory

August 26, 2012

In a new study, published in the current issue of Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience, scientists report that seniors who had a type of brain training called temporal training improved the rate at which they processed auditory information as well as…

Research from the University of Iowa Helps Explain Why Seniors Fall Prey to Scams

August 19, 2012

A study conducted for the National Institute of Justice in 2009 concluded that nearly 12 percent of Americans 60 and older had been exploited financially by a family member or a stranger and a report last year by insurer MetLife…

Many Seniors Aren’t Making Needed Health Changes After a Serious Health Diagnosis

August 12, 2012

A recent study of adults age 50 to 85 found that only 19 percent of those diagnosed with lung disease quit smoking within two years. Frighteningly, the research also showed that the vast majority of older adults who learn they…

Moderate Drinking and Bone Health

August 5, 2012

New research points to another advantage of moderate alcohol consumption—better bone health. Menopause puts women at greater risk of developing weaker bones, which may lead to fractures (especially hip fractures) from falling. The weakness of the bones results from an…

Finding New Ways To Avoid the Health Hazards of Loneliness

July 29, 2012

For older adults, loneliness is a major risk factor for health problems, such as cardiovascular disease and Alzheimer's, and death. Attempts to diminish loneliness with social networking programs like creating community centers to encourage new relationships have not been effective.

Sleep Study: Quality Shut Eye Is a Boon to Aging in Place

July 21, 2012

According to a new study led by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health fragmented or interrupted sleep could predict future placement in a nursing home or assisted living facility, just another advantage of getting a good…

Moderate Drinking Is Seen as Helping Bone Health

July 15, 2012

According to a new study from Oregon State University, drinking a moderate amount of alcohol as part of a healthy lifestyle may benefit women's bone health, lowering the risk of developing osteoporosis. The study assessed the effects of alcohol withdrawal…

Vitamin D and Fracture Prevention: An Update

July 9, 2012

According to a new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, vitamin D appears to have a stronger role in protecting bones than previously thought. Researchers analyzed the results of 11 double-blind, randomized, controlled trials of oral vitamin…

New Drug Approval for Overactive Bladder

July 2, 2012

A new drug called mirabegron (Myrbetriq) has been granted FDA approval to treat overactive bladder in adults, a condition in which the bladder muscle cannot be controlled, squeezes too often or squeezes without warning. Symptoms of overactive bladder include the…

More Preventive Effects From Omega-3 Fatty Acids

June 25, 2012

New research from the Ohio State University shows yet another benefit of omega-3 fatty acids: Lowering inflammation in healthy yet overweight middle-aged and older adults, suggesting that regular use of supplements could help protect against and treat certain illnesses. Chronic…

How Music Really Does Keep You Young

June 18, 2012

According to a new study from Northwestern University lifelong musical experience has an impact on the aging process and that age-related delays in neural timing are not inevitable and can be avoided or offset with musical training. By measuring the automatic…

Taking Steps to Reduce the Impact of Osteoporosis Fractures

June 10, 2012

A study presented last week at EULAR 2012, the Annual Congress of the European League Against Rheumatism, is increasing awareness of the consequences of osteoporosis in the over-80 population, called the extreme elderly population, as we learn the true impact…

Two Simple Lifestyle Changes May Help Keep Seniors From Falling

June 3, 2012

Falls are the leading cause of injury in adults aged 65 years or older. In fact, between 30 and 40 percent of community-dwelling seniors fall at least once every year. The US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recently reviewed dozens…

Your Personality, Your Longevity

May 27, 2012

"It's in their genes" is a common refrain from scientists when asked about factors that allow centenarians to reach age 100 and beyond. Up until now, research has focused on genetic variations that offer a physiological advantage such as high…

Bad Fats Affect Brain Health as Well as Heart Health

May 20, 2012

While it’s no secret that eating too many foods containing bad fats—saturated fats (primarily animal fats) and trans fats (hydrogenated oils and the processed foods that contain them), is bad for for your heart. Now we’re learning that saturated fat…

Home Telemonitoring by Pharmacists Can Help You Better Control Blood Pressure

May 13, 2012

Having telemonitoring support from a pharmacist resulted in larger drops in blood pressure than care without additional support. That’s according to research presented at the American Heart Association's Quality of Care and Outcomes Research Scientific Sessions 2012.

"Patients with high…

It’s Never too Late to Better Manage Diabetes

May 6, 2012

Middle-aged and older adults with diabetes showed substantial survival rates in a new University of Michigan Health System study of retirees. Survival rates were strong even for adults living in nursing homes or who have multiple health issues like dementia…

Getting More Specific About Exercise to Fend Off Dementia

April 29, 2012

A new study by researchers at the Centre for Hip Health and Mobility at Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) and the University of British Columbia (UBC) found that an exercise program using resistance training can change the progress of mental decline.…

Everyday Activity May Reduce Alzheimer’s Risk at Any Age

April 22, 2012

According to a new study by neurological researchers from Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, nearly any type of daily physical activity may reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and cognitive decline, even if you’re over the age of 80.…

EKG: Helping Predict Heart Attacks in Healthy Seniors

April 16, 2012

Can a simple diagnostic test used to measure a heart's electrical activity help predict heart attacks and can that knowledge help doctors reroute their patients away from coronary heart disease? These are the questions researchers at UCSF asked in a…

New Insights on How to Avoid Ending Up Back in the Hospital After a Stroke

April 8, 2012

Stroke patients receiving in-patient rehabilitation are more likely to land back in the hospital within three months if they are functioning poorly, show signs of depression and lack social support according to researchers at the University of Texas Medical Branch…

Antidepressants Help Ease Osteoarthritis Pain

March 30, 2012

Antidepressants can play a key role in alleviating painful conditions like osteoarthritis and may result in fewer side effects than traditionally prescribed drugs, like anti-inflammatories and opioids, according to a perspective paper published by the International Journal of Clinical Practice. Doctors…

Memory Troubles at Menopause: It’s Not All in Your Head

March 16, 2012

The difficulties that many women describe as memory problems when menopause approaches are real, according to a study published today in the journal Menopause, the journal of the North American Menopause Society. Generally anywhere from one-third to two-thirds of women…

A Surprising Side Effect of Poor Sleep

March 5, 2012

Older adults who sleep poorly have an altered immune system response to stress that may increase risk for mental and physical health problems, according to a study led by a University of Rochester Medical Center researcher. In the study, stress led…