Fixing Vertigo With a Turn of the Head

One minute you’re fine, the next minute everything is spinning. It happened recently to a coworker who woke up one morning and found that any little movement sent the room spinning and her stomach lurching. She couldn’t even get out of bed. Her doctor told her she had benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) — a type of dizziness common among older adults, and for which there is an amazingly easy fix. BPPV was also the subject of a recent New …

Upgrading to Apple’s iOS 7? You May Want to Wait

If you are using an iPhone 4, 4S or 5, and are thinking about upgrading to Apple’s new operating system iOS 7-be prepared for a learning curve. I hear a lot of talk these days about iOS 7, but a lot of it isn’t very positive-especially when it comes from 60-something users on older phones. For starters, the iPhone 4 and 4S may not have enough memory to handle the upgrade without  removing some apps and photos to open up …

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 …

The Takeaway: Shades of Caregiving Past Not Always Rosy; Restoring Balance As You Age

Discussions of social safety net programs for older adults tend to evoke images of some exemplary past, where things like Social Security and Medicare weren’t needed because adult children lovingly took care of aging parents, multigenerational households were so common that no one even bothered labeling them that, and sick seniors never got carted off to nursing homes. But “such accounts often draw on a deeply sentimental view of the past,” writes history professor and author Hendrik Hartog. And today’s caregiving situation might actually be preferable.