9 Home Remedies for Knee Pain

As you may be painfully aware, knee pain is very common. Global estimates suggest that more than 1 in 5 adults age 40 and over experience this type of joint problem, and knee pain in men and women in the United States increases steadily after age 60. Persistent aching, swelling and tenderness in the knee…

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Why Friends Are Good for Your Health and Well-Being

When her father died, Margarite Avendano found herself “a little bit alone” after tending to him full time as his health declined.  As a caretaker, she says, “you kind of hide yourself. There’s a stigma. You become more isolated.” So after his death, she decided to work on her own health — by making new…

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Does Alcohol Raise Blood Pressure?

Talk about taking some of the “happy” out of happy hour. Experts have known for a while that heavy drinking — meaning eight or more drinks per week for women and 15-plus per week for men — raises your risk for high blood pressure (a.k.a. hypertension). When blood pressure, the force of blood flowing through your…

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6 Common Blood Pressure Myths, Debunked  

Nearly half of all U.S. adults and more than 60 percent of those over the age of 60 have high blood pressure, putting them at increased risk for heart disease and stroke. And a big problem is, many of them don’t even know they have it. That’s because unlike a lot of health conditions, high blood…

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I Lost a Tooth — Now What?

Losing a baby tooth when you were a kid might have been exciting, and even profitable if the Tooth Fairy was generous. And, as a child, if you lost a permanent tooth playing sports or in an accident, you might remember the adage to soak the tooth in milk and get to a dentist ASAP. If…

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7 Ways to Travel the World From Home, Virtually

Although a lot of people think that virtual reality (VR) is just for video games, the technology can provide older adults with ways to immerse themselves in destinations worldwide without leaving home or paying for an expensive vacation. Think of it as National Geographic leaping off the page or a travel TV show where you decide what you want…

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Does Being Lonely Make You Age Faster?

When it comes to taking care of our health as we age, the focus tends to be on lowering cholesterol, managing blood pressure and other healthy habits. But socializing? “Sometimes we ignore this part,” says Amir Lerman, a Mayo Clinic cardiologist. Mounting research suggests that could be dangerous. Loneliness has been linked to many negative health…

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Researchers Are Using AI to Find New Alzheimer’s Risk Factors

Brain experts have a pretty good handle on some of the major risk factors that contribute to Alzheimer’s—from a person’s genes to their physical activity levels, how much formal education they’ve received, and how socially engaged they are.  But one promise of AI in medicine is that it can spot less obvious links that humans…

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How to Become a Mentor — and Why It’s Good for Your Health

Two days a week, Janice Magri volunteers as a teacher’s aide for the third graders at Goodnoe Elementary in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. She files tests and homework sheets for the teacher, does crafts with the kids and makes sure to spend time with the children who need extra help with schoolwork.   Magri, 81, says…

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4 Ways Hearing Aids Can Improve Your Health Beyond Helping You Hear

With age comes wisdom — and, inevitably, hearing loss too.  “About one in three people in the United States between the ages of 65 and 74 have hearing loss,” says Kelly King, an audiologist and program officer at the Division of Scientific Programs, National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), “and nearly half…

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