A Senior Nursery Rhyme: And We All Fall Down

I did not gather you here today to form a circle and lead you in a child’s game of Ring Around the Rosy, at the end of which we all fall down. It was fun when we were kids and could bounce up off the play yard like balloons, laughing and clapping in delight. Well, it ain’t so much fun anymore. The death and injury rate among seniors who take spills has risen steadily over the years to become the …

A Deep Connection: the Internet, Family Caregivers and Recipients

High-speed Internet can be key to living independently (also known as “aging in place“). You can go online or get smartphone apps that help you monitor chronic diseases, work from home to care for a loved one or prevent or delay functional decline with game systems that help you stay physically active. And, don’t forget the ability to be socially connected through email, online forums and message boards. And yet, a recent report issued by the AARP Public Policy Institute shows that …

New Health Test: Sit on the Floor. Now Get Up

How long are you going to live? Here’s one way to predict: How easily can you get up from sitting on the floor? A new Brazilian study  just published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology found that middle-aged and elderly adults who needed to use their hands and their knees to get up and down were almost seven times more likely to die within six years, compared with those who could get up and down without support, NBC News …

Yoga Helps Stroke Survivors — Even Skeptical Ones

“Yoga is for girls, yoga is for hippies,” is what a group of older male veterans — and stroke survivors — told researchers who wanted to see if doing some basic yoga movements would help improve the veterans’ balance. But then the group tried yoga anyway, and boy, were they surprised. They discovered that even long after having a stroke, working on basic, easy yoga poses helped them improve their balance, as well as boost their confidence and ability to …