Nutrition’s Impact on AMD

Part of the healthy aging process for older adults is preventing or minimizing diseases that jeopardize their well being. Now, imagine noticing a blurry spot near the center of your eye, which slowly grows bigger and eventually leads to blank spots in your vision. Over time, you find it more difficult to recognize the faces […]

Constipation in Older Adults

Doris is a healthy 69-year-old woman who recently has had problems with “irregularity,” her polite word for constipation. She thought it was just a symptom of aging, but the problem was really starting to bother her. Despite her embarrassment, Doris summoned up the courage to talk with her primary care provider (PCP), who ruled out […]

Medicare for Lifelong Wellness

At Hazel’s 65th birthday celebration, her older sister asked whether she’d scheduled her initial “wellness” visit with her primary care physician (PCP). Hazel had enrolled in Medicare but didn’t know anything about this. She jokingly responded, “Why is a ‘wellness’ visit needed for someone of my age and medical condition?!” Hazel’s history included breast cancer, […]

Food Safety for Older Adults

George has been living alone since his wife recently passed. She did all the cooking, so George’s culinary skills are limited to reheating food on the stove or in the microwave. His daughter June worried about her 81-year-old dad having enough to eat, so she always brought him heat-and-eat meals when she visited. June arranged […]

Healthy Aging for Men

As the owner of a large landscape nursery, Bill was fairly physically active until he sold the business in January—the same month he turned 65. Determined to enjoy his retirement, Bill created a bucket list of international travel and other activities that require him to be in good physical condition. However, since retiring a few […]

Preventing Dehydration in Older Adults

Dehydration, a state that occurs when the body doesn’t have enough water to function normally, is one of the most common health conditions older adults experience. As adults age, sensation of thirst decreases and the kidneys’ ability to retain water lessens; this makes older adults more prone to dehydration. Other common conditions that may cause […]

Therapeutic Diets for Older Adults With CVD

At age 88, Richard was hospitalized postmyocardial infarction (MI) for stent placement and management of heart failure. Other than hypertension, he’d been healthy, eating a regular diet, and either walking or using a stationary bike daily. Following the MI, his cardiologist restricted his physical activity and ordered a low-fat, low-cholesterol diet with no more than […]