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Handshake or Fist Bump — Which is Less Germy?

Posted on 07/29/2014 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthManners maven Emily Post probably would have disapproved, but British researchers say if you want to protect yourself against germs, you should pass on the traditional handshake and instead exchange a fist bump, especially with your doctor. Scientists with Aberystwyth University in Wales wanted to see how doctors could reduce the spread of bacteria, so they tested three types of  hand-to-hand greetings to see which one transferred the fewest germs: a handshake, a high five or the sort of knuckle-to-knuckle …

Should You Be Screened for Dementia?

Posted on 03/25/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Brain Health | Bulletin TodayShould older adults be routinely screened for Alzheimer’s disease or memory problems? Maybe, maybe not. A government panel says there’s not yet enough data to recommend either for or against it. The panel’s uncertainty reflects the complexity of the issue at a time when scientists are progressing much faster in their ability to diagnose Alzheimer’s than in their ability to treat it. This news is especially relevant in light of the recent discovery of a blood test that can predict with 90 …

Alzheimer’s Disease: A Double Whammy for Women

Posted on 03/20/2014 by |Caregiving | Comments

Bulletin Today | CaregivingIf you are a woman, a new report from the Alzheimer’s Association might just jolt you upright. Consider: Women in their 60s are twice as likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease sometime in their lives as they are to develop breast cancer.  They have a 1 in 6 chance of developing the disease. A man’s chances are 1 in 11.  Three out of 5 people with Alzheimer’s are women.  Women are 2.5 times more likely than men to provide the 24-hour, hands-on care at …

Radio Series: ‘Beyond the Face of Alzheimer’s’

Posted on 03/17/2014 by |Aging, Home & Family Expert | Comments

CaregivingAlzheimer’s. Just hearing the word makes my heart lurch and my body tense up. It’s a disease that has hit very close to home for me. Both my grandmother and now my sweet Daddy are victims of Alzheimer’s disease. Yet I’m a believer that the more we talk about it, the closer we get to effective treatments and a cure. The more stories we share with one another, the more hopeful we become — and the less alone we feel. …

She Joined the Peace Corps … at Age 78

Posted on 01/17/2014 by |Best Life | Comments

Bulletin Today | Your LifeWhenever Vivian Davis feels like doing something, she does it. So when she felt like joining the Peace Corps, she did – at age 78. Now 80, Davis is the Peace Corps’ oldest active volunteer. But not for long. She’s winding up a two-year assignment in Vaalbank, South Africa, a small, rural village 50 miles north of Pretoria. Davis has helped to raise HIV/AIDS awareness – distributing condoms, holding meetings about mother-to-child transmission of the virus, organizing data systems and …

Random Acts of Kindness: The Health Benefits

Posted on 10/22/2013 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthMaybe it’s part of the push for “random acts of kindness” or a reaction against all the vitriol and general mean-spiritedness in our society or — as a recent study found — because doing something unselfish helps lower inflammation and improves our health. Whatever the reason, people in many parts of the country are doing something nice for the stranger behind them in line: They’re paying for that person’s burger or coffee in the drive-through line, or for his or …