Healthy Aging Toolbox – Articles & Resources

ARTICLES

  • GENERAL HEALTH
    • 7 Health Myths
      Much of the health wisdom we accumulate ends up being false. Are any of your health beliefs among these seven myths?   READ IT
    • Your Meds Might Be Making You Sick
      Mix meds, vitamins and supplements, and you could have a dangerous stew. Read up on 8 meds you should avoid, warning signs and precautions.   READ IT
    • Time to See the Dentist? Affordable Care for Senior Teeth
      Dental health is crucial for senior health, but 70% of older Americans have no dental insurance. The web offers lower-cost and free options.  READ IT
    • 5 Reasons Why You Might Need More Vitamin D
      One in four people over age 60 are deficient in D, and research points to a host of health problems associated with deficiencies in the “sunshine vitamin.”  READ IT
    • How Accurate Is That Online Diagnosis?
      More of us are using the web to diagnose aches and pains. Find out when that’s likely to be a bad idea and how to search smarter.  READ IT
    • How to Judge the Health News
      We’re drowning in hyped-up health news that spreads across the Internet. Learn how to sort the reliable from the not-so.  READ IT
    • DON’T Just Take 2 of These: Questioning Your Doc Could Save Your Life
      Medication mistakes among people over age 65 cause almost 100,000 hospitalizations annually.  READ IT
    • Is More Calcium Worse For Your Health?
      Women have been told to take calcium for bone health. Now a study says too much may be risky. What’s a postmenopausal woman to do?  READ IT
    • Vitamin D Strongly Linked to Dementia and Alzheimer’s
      Vitamin D levels below a certain threshold could more than double your risk for Alzheimer’s and dementia. One in four seniors is D deficient.  READ IT
    • What’s the Deal With Marijuana for Senior Health?
      Research is uncovering evidence for its benefits in alleviating insomnia, chronic pain and other conditions that plague seniors.  READ IT
    • Cancer: To Screen or Not to Screen
      Annual mammogram or bi-annual? PSA or no PSA? What’s the deal with the ever-changing recommendations on cancer screenings for older people?  READ IT
    • How to Find and Join a Clinical Trial
      Not enough older people volunteer for clinical trials designed to help an aging population. Read about why and how to sign up.  READ IT
    • Osphena: Is This Drug Safe for Older Women?
      Will millions of post-menopausal women ask their docs for the new “pink Viagra”? Will you? Let’s take a look at what’s known about Osphena’s risks.  READ IT
    • How to Stop a Leaky Bladder
      Scared to sneeze? These home exercises and insurance covered programs can stop the leak or prevent it from getting worse.  READ IT
    • Tai Chi for Older Newbies
      Practicing tai chi is good for balance, bones, brains and other things we risk losing as we age. Find out more and learn where you can take free classes.  READ IT
    • Meditation Boosts Health in Later Life
      Meditation is good for you. The list of benefits for those 50-plus is getting too long to ignore. Learn about the research and find off- or online instruction.  READ IT
    • Knee Pain: What Does Help?
      Vitamin D, a hoped-for remedy, hasn’t panned out, but experts say these other less known and experimental remedies may help.  READ IT
    • 30 Osteoarthritis Tips From Experts
      What are the best ways to avoid or manage osteoarthritis? Which alternative methods are effective, and what’s new on the horizon? Here’s what the experts say.  READ IT
    • 7 Risk Factors for Falling
      Each year, one in every three adults over 65 takes a tumble. We all know the basic precautions (yes, the rugs) – but what about these subtle causes no-one talks about?  READ IT
    • How to Protect Your Body While You’re at Your Computer
      When you’re plugged in, do you ignore – even abuse – your body? Learn how to be kind to your muscles, eyes and blood pressure while you’re online.  READ IT
    • Hip Replacement Karma Sutra
      How safe is sex after hip replacement? Forty years after the dawn of modern arthroplasty, scientists have finally come up with detailed do’s & don’ts.  READ IT
    • Can Lifestyle Changes Actually Reverse Aging?
      A small but significant study suggests that even if we start late, a healthy diet, exercise and stress reduction can help prevent the diseases of aging.  READ IT
  • NUTRITION

    Nutrition

    • A Longevity Diet? Learning From the Blue Zones
      It’s not just what you eat – it’s also how you eat. Dan Buettner describes his Blue Zone research and the astonishing results of an experiment in one U.S. city. READ IT
    • Heart and Brain Health: Easy Ways to Mediterraneanize Your Diet
      The research is conclusive: A Mediterranean diet fights heart disease and protects the brain. Plus, this one’s simple: Just 8 foods you need and 4 you don’t.  READ IT
    • MIND Diet May Slow Normal Cognitive Decline
      This diet does more than guard against Alzheimer’s – it could keep your brain sharp as you age.  READ IT
    • 8 Foods to Ease Your Aches: A Pain-Fighting Menu
      Scientists are exploring the pain-relieving properties of foods. We dug into the research to find the best bets for osteoarthritis and other painful conditions.  READ IT
  • BRAIN HEALTH

    Brain Health

    • Can a Controversial New Treatment Reverse Alzheimer’s Memory Loss?
      The research is in its infancy, but this novel treatment plan based on a new understanding of Alzheimer’s is easy to follow.  READ IT
    • How to Boost Brain Power Through Computer Use
      Certain types of Internet use can help us improve memory and other cognitive skills and guard against dementia.  READ IT
    • Brain Training – Hype or Hope?
      Scientists say brain training programs may be a waste of money–but everyday tasks can help keep our brains sharp.  READ IT
    • Normal Memory Loss or Signs of Trouble?
      Normal age-related memory glitches can feel like something worse when they’re intensified by stress and other lifestyle factors. The Memory Doctor explains.  READ IT
    • Are Tip-of-the-Tongue Moments Something to Worry About?
      You know those moments when you can’t pull a word or name out of your brain’s hard drive. Should you worry if it happens more often?  READ IT
    • Scientists Have Zeroed In on a Brain Workout That Works
      A specific brain exercise called the n-back, available online, can significantly improve cognitive function in people of all ages – including seniors.  READ IT
  • EXERCISE

    Exercise

    • Everyday Moves: 6 Easy Routines for Strength and Balance
      Practice these simple exercise routines to help you move with ease – and without falling.  READ IT
    • How to Find a Workout For Your Condition
      Whether you have chronic pain, a heart issue, bionic joints or excess pounds, experts say you can find a workout that works for your body.  READ IT
    • 13 Ways to Trick Yourself into Working Out
      We asked experts and people who’ve turned “should” into “did” for their best tips on how to get motivated for exercise.  READ IT
    • Five Body Parts No-One Tells You to Exercise
      No matter how much you exercise, you might not be doing enough to avoid issues that can develop with age. These videos offer essential small muscle workouts.  READ IT
    • Online Exercise for Seniors
      Most doctors agree that exercise can help keep older brains strong. Here are two great websites to help you get your workout on.  READ IT

RESOURCES

  • MEDICARE

    Medicare

    • Find a Plan
      Enter your zip on this government site, and it will show you a list of Medicare plans available in your area. An advanced search, which uses your Medicare info, returns a personalized list.
      https://www.medicare.gov/find-a-plan/questions/home.aspx
    • My Medicare Matters
      Created by the National Council on Aging, this site offers a wealth of clearly presented information, along with tools and maps for enrollment info, costs and plan offerings.
      https://www.mymedicarematters.org
    • Medicare Interactive
      This site helps answer questions about Medicare benefits, rights and options. It was created and is maintained by the Medicare Rights Center.
      http://www.medicareinteractive.org/
  • HEALTH SERVICES

    Health Services

    • CrowdMed
      This online paid service taps MDs – many of them retired – to work together to solve your medical mystery, based on your symptoms. See our article about CrowdMed.
      https://www.crowdmed.com/
    • HealthTap
      This membership service reinvents house calls by connecting patients with MDs 24/7 via webcam or phone. Or type in a question, and a doctor will respond.
      http://www.healthtap.com
  • BRAIN TRAINING

    Brain Health

    • Can a Controversial New Treatment Reverse Alzheimer’s Memory Loss?
      The research is in its infancy, but this novel treatment plan based on a new understanding of Alzheimer’s is easy to follow.  READ IT
    • How to Boost Brain Power Through Computer Use
      Certain types of Internet use can help us improve memory and other cognitive skills and guard against dementia.  READ IT
    • Brain Training – Hype or Hope?
      Scientists say brain training programs may be a waste of money–but everyday tasks can help keep our brains sharp.  READ IT
    • Normal Memory Loss or Signs of Trouble?
      Normal age-related memory glitches can feel like something worse when they’re intensified by stress and other lifestyle factors. The Memory Doctor explains.  READ IT
    • Are Tip-of-the-Tongue Moments Something to Worry About?
      You know those moments when you can’t pull a word or name out of your brain’s hard drive. Should you worry if it happens more often?  READ IT
    • Scientists Have Zeroed In on a Brain Workout That Works
      A specific brain exercise called the n-back, available online, can significantly improve cognitive function in people of all ages – including seniors.  READ IT
  • HEALTH MANAGEMENT TOOLS

    Health Management Tools

    Health Vault
    Microsoft created this free personal health record site for people to store, manage – and share – their health info online. (Also available as a mobile app.)
    https://www.healthvault.com/us/en

    Pillboxie
    For iPhone and iPad, this app makes it very easy to schedule a medications regimen based on drug interactions, mealtimes, etc, and set up audio reminders.
    http://pillboxie.tumblr.com/

  • HEALTH INFO

    Health info

    • National Institute on Aging
      The institute’s Health and Aging section offers a listings of clinical trials, along with a library of reliable articles around health and wellness, disease and more.  https://www.nia.nih.gov/healthT
    • Medline Plus
      Filter the site index by “senior” to learn about health issues specifically affecting older adults on this government site. It’s a good source of info for what may be ailing you.  https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/
    • Healthfinder
      The Department of Health and Human Services offers a wealth of information, including which preventative tests you need now and where to find local services.  http://healthfinder.gov/
    • Tooth Wisdom
      A nonprofit site, Tooth Wisdom features resources tailored to helping seniors maintain good oral health. The site includes a section on paying for care, with tips on finding lower-cost services.
      Toothwisdom.org
  • SELF-TESTS and SCREENING TOOLS

    Self-tests and screening tools

    • Dementia Risk Screening Tool
      The John Hopkins School of Medicine has developed The Memory Survey, an online questionnaire to help you assess whether you should worry about dementia.  http://www.alzcast.org/ChooseAssessment.aspx
    • Online Hearing Test  
      One of the few hearing tests not hosted by a hearing aid company, MyHearingTest is one of the best. It gives you a printable audiogram of your result and explains it.  http://myhearingtest.net
    • Safe Driver Test
      Triple-A uses various tools to test physical and mental abilities that are important for safe driving, then tells you how to stay safe given your potential problems.  http://www.roadwiseonline.org