Well Senior Blog

Smartwatches as medical alerts
Smartwatches as medical alerts
July 6, 2022

Especially for older adults living alone, the ability to summon help in the event of an emergency—such as a fall—is a very real concern. With a cell phone in your purse or pocket, it’s easy to feel well set. Think again. The bathroom is where most falls occur. Do you take your cell phone in…

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Decluttering: Why is it so hard?
Decluttering: Why is it so hard?
June 1, 2022

Three out of five (61%) of adults over 60 feel they have more stuff than they need. And yet many of us find it emotionally painful to cull our belongings. While the physical labor of “right-sizing” is daunting, perhaps more powerful—and surprising—is the emotional challenge. For instance, you may feel that letting go of grandmother’s…

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Increasing concentration and focus
May 4, 2022

Do you find yourself more easily distracted these days? There is good reason: Concentration is about keeping what’s useful top of mind while at the same time suppressing thoughts that distract from your primary objective. As we age, the “executive” center of the brain becomes less able to sort out distractions. It’s a filtering process…

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What is "concierge medicine?"
What is “concierge medicine?”
April 6, 2022

Are you tired of long waits to get an appointment? Rushed visits? Not being able to talk to your doctor by phone or communicate via email? You aren’t alone. Doctors dislike it too. But because most physicians today are employees of a large medical group, they are required to complete 30­–40 patient visits per day.…

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Are enhanced "hearables" for you?
Are enhanced “hearables” for you?
March 2, 2022

If you have trouble participating in conversation in a noisy room or tend to want the TV volume turned up, you might want to investigate a new category of device called an enhanced “hearable.” Up until now, there have been few options short of a hearing aid for people with only mild hearing loss. The…

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"I'm engaged! Why aren't my kids happy for me?"
“I’m engaged! Why aren’t my kids happy for me?”
February 2, 2022

Are you enjoying a love you never thought you’d feel again? It’s hard to be happy, though, if your children rain on your romance. Are they being selfish? Not necessarily. An in-depth study of “adult stepfamilies” revealed how disruptive it is when a parent gets involved with a new partner later in life. The family…

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What's in an Alzheimer's test?
What’s in an Alzheimer’s test?
January 5, 2022

There is no single test that can determine if a person has Alzheimer’s disease. But a combination of several different tests can identify if memory and thinking problems are due to one of the many conditions that result in symptoms of dementia. By process of elimination, doctors can determine what may be the root cause…

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Aging with purpose: Defining your true north
Aging with purpose: Defining your true north
December 1, 2021

Study after study reveals that older adults with a sense of purpose, a sense of meaning in their lives, enjoy greater well-being and live longer than those without a life focus. They also have better cognitive and physical health and suffer less from depression, suggesting that purpose is an important component of a healthy and…

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Shopping tips for Medicare prescription insurance (Part D)
Shopping tips for Medicare prescription insurance (Part D)
November 3, 2021

From October 15 to December 7 each year, Medicare enrollees have the option to change their insurance plans. For prescription drug coverage, which is only offered by private insurance companies, it pays to shop around. Even if you have been happy with your current plan, drug prices and premiums change from one year to the…

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