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February 2015

Institute for Aging Research Expands Studies of Balance and Aging Across the Globe

February 26, 2015

Institute for Aging Research Expands Studies of Balance

It was six years ago in 2009 that a colleague of mine had to cancel lunch with Dr. Jue Zhang, a visiting scientist from Peking University, and asked me to stand in as host. At the time I had no way of knowing how profoundly that lunch would affect the course of my career. What started as conversation between two scientists getting to know each other over Chinese food has grown into a robust and productive aging research collaboration.

Glaucoma: Early Detection is Key

February 24, 2015

Glaucoma: Early Detection is Key

As you age, you’re at increased risk for eye problems like glaucoma that can affect your lifestyle and independence (see our wellness guide for tips on caring for your eyes).

More than two million people have glaucoma, the second leading cause of blindness in the U.S. You’re more likely to develop glaucoma if you are age 60 or older.

A Seasoned Menu for Long-Term Care

Using diverse and fresh ingredients to tempt the taste buds

February 18, 2015

A Seasoned Menu for Long-Term Care

HSL has come to a redefining moment, where the dining experience has become just as important as quality health care and lifestyle choices. It’s no secret that seniors who choose to live in a long-term care community are looking for high quality services.

Maybe it’s because of all the popular cooking shows or unlimited amount of information the Internet provides, but it all comes down to people wanting food that’s local, organic and nutritious.

Depression in Seniors: Reversing the Downward Spiral

Innovative program uses activity to improve mood

February 11, 2015

Depression in Seniors: Reversing the Downward Spiral

Nearly one in five Americans over the age of 65 struggles with depression, which can be a debilitating and life-threatening condition. Social isolation, illness and the loss of loved ones can all trigger or worsen depression, as can certain medications.

Living with Dementia: When a Loved One Wanders

Tips to prevent critical wandering for caregivers

February 5, 2015

Living with Dementia: When a Loved One Wanders

Adults with dementia often feel compelled to walk about. This behavior has routinely been called “wandering” by clinicians, researchers and informal caregivers. About 60 percent of adults with dementia will experience wandering, which most commonly occurs in the middle or later stages of dementia. Wandering can be prompted by a desire to look for something or someone, such as a family member or friend, or by a need to fulfill a former obligation such as going to work.

8 Easy Ways to Improve Your Heart Health

Getting to the Heart of the Matter

February 4, 2015

heart health

February is American Heart Health month, which makes it a great time to make changes that can improve the health of your heart. As a geriatrician at Center Communities of Brookline, I’m thrilled when patients want to make changes to positively impact their health, especially the health of the heart. Cardiovascular disease (which includes heart attack, stroke and high blood pressure) continues to be the number 1 killer of men and women in the U.S.

Finding Love Again in a Senior Living Community

February 4, 2015

Finding Love in a Senior Living Community

After the passing of her husband, Bernyce moved to Orchard Cove independent living and built a community of friends with whom she could live an active and productive life. Mel lived in Orchard Cove with his wife, who at one time happened to be friends with Bernyce and her late husband. After Mel’s wife passed away, Bernyce and Mel got back in touch and thus began a friendship founded on their mutual interests in the arts and community involvement that soon blossomed into love. It is a story best told by Bernyce and Mel themselves.

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