Osteoporosis, or porous bone, is a medical condition characterized by low bone mass and deterioration of bone tissue. Unfortunately, osteoporosis can lead to an increased risk of fracture of the hip, spine, and wrist. In general, for seniors, these fractures are not only physically debilitating but...

Having a conversation with your parents about their financial situation can be an awkward and even a taboo topic. After all, like religion and politics, our culture teaches us from a young age not to discuss someone else's money. However, when it comes to finances,...

Billions of medications are prescribed each year in the United States. And even more over-the-counter drugs are purchased yearly.  Therefore, it is important to properly dispose of all medications which are no longer used or have expired. This will reduce the potential of harm not only to yourself but also...

In the beloved and highly rated 1980s NBC sitcom, The Golden Girls, four older women (3 widowed and one divorced) become roommates in a house to share expenses. Through 7 seasons, the series won critical acclaim and many awards as viewers flocked to see the roommates share much more than...

The benefits of volunteering at any age are well known. Volunteering helps give people a sense of community and that feel good effect. And for seniors, volunteering may even improve cognitive skills. Moreover, older volunteers report lower mortality rates, lower rates of depression, fewer physical...

Medical marijuana uses the whole, unprocessed marijuana plant or extractions from the plant to treat symptoms of illness or other medical conditions. To date, medical marijuana is legal in 29 states, the District of Columbia and the territories of Puerto Rico and Guam. Laws and restrictions...

It is not easy to talk about death and dying. The conversation is an uncomfortable topic and one which most of us want to avoid for several reasons. It is a subject that can be socially inappropriate, embarrassing, awkward, and frightening. Some may think if they don't talk about death...

Older generations have not typically had high rates of substance abuse (drugs or alcohol) compared to their younger counterparts. However, this may change as members of the baby boom generation (the first wave turned 65 in 2011) enter their senior years. According to the National Institutes of...

There are a variety of elder care resources available to help seniors remain in their homes for as long as possible. This assistance comes from a variety of state and community-based service programs. Elder care resources vary state-by-state so the best place to find out what...

According to the National Institutes of Health, the incidence of cancer increases as we age. In fact, people over 65 account for 60% of all newly diagnosed malignancies and 70% of all cancer deaths. Mutations and other changes in DNA are at the root of cells becoming...