oday, this country’s 76.4 million Baby Boomers, born between 1946 and 1964, are impacting our society in ways like no group has ever before. When comparing them to preceding and succeeding age cohorts, an increased demand for long-term services and support becomes painfully obvious. This...

People with both depression and diabetes have higher markers of inflammation in their blood than those with diabetes alone, a new study suggests. Researchers have known that people with diabetes have a higher rate of depression than those without the blood sugar disorder. And people with...

While older, overweight or injured exercisers have always valued the cushioning effects of water workouts, a new wave of trendy, lively and high intensity group fitness classes is luring the young, the hip and the able-bodied into the pool. Aqua Zumba, boot camp, and synchronized swimming...

A picture in Monday's The News-Press showed June Johnson, 100, admiring hibiscus blooms at the annual Hibiscus Show and Plant Sale. That centenarians are routinely out and about at public events is testimony to the vibrancy of the elder population in Florida and, specifically, Fort Myers. Congratulations...

Just a generation ago, aging family members typically had at least one relative living nearby. These days, many are being cared for by baby boomer children who live far away. Balancing careers and kids of their own, these grown children may find it difficult to move...

INVESTIGATORS in New York were looking for health-care fraud hot-spots. Agents suggested Oceana, a cluster of luxury condos in Brighton Beach. The 865-unit complex had a garage full of Porsches and Aston Martins—and 500 residents claiming Medicaid, which is meant for the poor and disabled....

"Just to never give up,” said Natasha Coleman, Senior Health Educator for the Florida Health Department of Bay County. Coleman has been overweight most of her life. By the age of 11, she weighed more than 200 pounds, and as the years went on, the...

Haul out the coolers and picnic baskets, fire up the grill, and — most importantly — refresh your food safety know-how as the summer cookout season gets underway. No matter what kind of get-together you're having, remember that food-borne bacteria thrive in warm weather. Make sure...

Stephen Barry couldn't remember a time during the past 10 years when his hip didn't cause him pain. On many occasions the discomfort was so severe, he says, that he could barely step from the dock near his Davidsonville, Maryland, home into his boat. The...

A defective gene linked to obesity appears to affect impulse control and food choices. And this could explain why people with the gene have so much trouble maintaining a healthy weight as they age, a new U.S. study says. Middle-aged and older people with obesity-associated variants...