Returning home from the hospital can be stressful for the older adult for many reasons. In most cases, the patient has been 100 percent dependent on hospital staff and the shift to life at home with less help can be cause for anxiety. While it...

When Cathy Fields was in her late 50s, she noticed she was having trouble following conversations with friends. "I could sense something was wrong with me," she says. "I couldn't focus. I could not follow." Fields was worried she had suffered a stroke or was showing signs...

Nancy Powers had to adjust her travel routine when her best friend and travel partner, Phyllis Wesley, was diagnosed with a degenerative brain condition that affects her speech and comprehension. Juggling bags and leaving her 61-year-old friend alone even for a second became too worrisome. Packing...

When Samira Beckwith was 4, she emigrated from Lebanon with her parents, who were escaping political and religious tensions that were escalating throughout the 1950s. "I packed a small bag to cross the ocean," recalled Beckwith, 63, president and chief executive officer of Hope HealthCare Services...

The research is clear: What you eat has a big impact on your brain. In fact, the right foods — and combinations of foods — can enhance memory, build new brain cells and even help ward off Alzheimer's. Scientists are increasingly examining whole food groups —...

"Your brother calls me every day," my 85-year-old mother often gushes. He lives 340 miles away and can't visit often, so his phone calls mean a lot to her. But her comment has always puzzled me. As her primary caregiver, I also call her every...

Irwin Weiner felt so good after heart surgery a few weeks before turning 90 that he stopped for a pastrami sandwich on the way home from the hospital. Dorothy Lipkin danced after getting a new hip at age 91. And at 94, William Gandin drives...

The elders among Latino communities are facing a health crisis and it's an issue that's not often talked about. Malnutrition among Latin seniors is becoming a rising problem and experts worry that it could lead to an epidemic. New America Media conducted a study of elderly residents...

New Year’s Day typically marks the end of the holiday season. It also marks the time of year when we contemplate all the ways we want to improve in the coming year to meet our goals - including financial goals. Though in listing our resolutions we...

"Hearing loss is such an adventure," a new acquaintance wrote to me not long ago. Wow, I thought, that is certainly a new way to look at it. Many people talk about hearing loss as a journey, as they travel from denial to anger to bargaining to...