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In  July 1995, the city of Chicago experienced one of the deadliest heat waves in our nation's history. During a period spanning 5 days, 739 people died. Most of the victims were the elderly and infirmed living in the poorest and most dangerous sections of the...

As the baby boom generation ages, this group will create a so-called silver tsunami--a term used to describe the impact of America's graying population. The silver tsunami (also called the gray wave) should hit the United States in  2035. This is the year the U.S. Census...

Is a declining memory inevitable with aging? This may not always be the case, according to a small study published in the October 2017 journal PLOS One. The Northwestern University SuperAging Program conducted the study first using neuropsychological testing to place participants into two groups....

Many older adults use mobility devices, like walkers and canes, to assist them in walking and to help prevent a fall. However, you may be surprised to learn that from 2001 to 2006 over 47,000 Americans ages 65 and over (129 people each day) were...

It should not be surprising to hear Americans consume too much sodium. The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans published by the U.S. government recommends people consume less than 2,300 milligrams (mg) of sodium per day as part of a healthy diet. However, the majority of...

When her children were toddlers, our staff member, Kim, had an 80-year old baby sitter come to her home to watch them a couple of days a week. Kim admits Anne was older than a typical care giver but she was in excellent health, thin and...

Did  you know your skin is the largest and heaviest organ in your body? Yes, skin is an organ and actually quite an amazing one serving many important functions in the body. Foremost, the epidermis (outer layer) acts as a barrier, protecting the body's internal parts...

My friend Jim bought his dad an Apple iPad for his 95th birthday. Since he worked and lived in Los Angeles, and his dad resided in St. Louis, Jim  hoped the device would  make it easier for them to communicate with each other through the...

Last year the impact from  flu-related illnesses reached epidemic proportions. Approximately 48 million people became sick with the flu. Over 900,000 were hospitalized and 80,000 Americans died from the illness during the 2017-2018 flu season, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Fortunately,...

The winter of 2019 brought subzero temperatures to the much of the country as a cold air mass, known as a polar vortex, swept the area in late January. Temperatures reached 43 degrees below zero and wind chills made the air feel like minus 50...