New Year's is nearly upon us, and that's when many people — including retirees — make resolutions. What's yours? Saving money? Getting in better shape? To help retirees come up with some creative resolutions, USA TODAY asked five leading national experts to offer their ideas....

This is the moment Mary McArdle dreads. She steps up to the curb on Orange Avenue in downtown Orlando, headed for St. James Cathedral, just across the street, where she'll meet with her friends at the Prime Timers senior group for their monthly luncheon. At 77,...

Doctors agree that a healthy diet and exercise are critically important for controlling diabetes, but there is no consensus on what kind of diet is best. In a recent study, Dr. William Yancy, an associate professor of medicine at Duke, and colleagues in Australia set out...

Evidence continues to accumulate that physical activity can help hold off the changes in the brain associated with Alzheimer's Disease, and perhaps the devastating symptoms  of the disease itself. The latest information comes from researchers at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public...

With the holidays upon us, it brings to mind people in need who are unable to care for themselves. One such population that I am speaking of are the elderly population within long-term nursing care facilities. Specifically, those dealing with mental illness. As we grow old,...

The woman at the department store bounded toward Julie Gee. “Julie! Hi! How have you been?” she asked. Gee, 49, stared blankly at her. A few uncomfortable seconds passed. “I have no idea who this woman is,” Gee* thought. She felt herself slipping into a sort...

As of 2010, approximately 285 million people worldwide had diabetes. And it is projected by 2030, this number will double. When many people think of Type 2 diabetes, they think of eating too many sweets. While this can contribute to the development of diabetes, it is...

Retirement is a major life transition that requires changes to your income and lifestyle. Here are the final preparations you should be making if you plan to retire in 2015. Decide when to sign up for Social Security. When you sign up for Social Security drastically...

When did you last discuss holiday routines and traditions with your older family members and friends? Traditions are a valuable tool for promoting togetherness and a sense of belonging, but the many additional expectations and demands we place upon ourselves during the holiday season can result...

If you have diabetes, you know it well: Too much sugar isn’t good for you. People whose blood sugar is too high or difficult to control are more susceptible to cardiovascular disease, kidney damage, eye problems and other complications, including nerve damage (diabetic neuropathy). “High blood...