Medical Experts Say Adults 50+ Should Get the Shingles Vaccine Soon – and This is the Only Shingles Shot Currently Approved

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly one in three Americans develops shingles in their lifetime. Every year this common yet painful disease inflicts around a million people in the U.S. alone. Thankfully, there is a highly-effective vaccine against shingles, called Shingrix, and the medical community urges adults over 50 to get … Read more

Choosing a Memory Care Facility for a Loved One with Dementia Can be a Daunting Task – So How Do You Find That Ideal Place?

Choices can be a true double-edged sword, and no one knows that better than an individual looking for a memory care facility for someone they love. There are so many options out there—and so many criteria to consider—that the decision can feel impossible. In this recent article by Theresa Sullivan Barger, an independent journalist writing … Read more

Keeping Fit After 60: Stick to Your Goals with These Simple Motivational Tricks from Fitness Experts

Seniors don’t have to look very far these days to find articles and websites extolling the virtues of exercise. Staying active is supposed to make us feel better and live longer, and repeated studies have shown that those claims are true. For those who need more specific answers to the question, “Why and how should … Read more

Time for Your Vaccine – and We Don’t Just Mean COVID. It’s Flu Season Again, so Here’s What You Need to Know

“With all the talk about COVID-19 vaccines and boosters, it’s easy to forget that there’s another respiratory virus poised to strike.”  That’s how this recent story on National Public Radio begins.  In her NPR report – as you might suspect – reporter Fran Kritz is talking about a familiar illness that, thanks to all the … Read more

If You’re Among the Millions with Chronic Foot Pain, Consider These Possible Causes – and Helpful Tips to Reduce Discomfort

Foot pain is no laughing matter. Studies show that 75 percent of Americans will experience serious pain in their feet at some time during their lives, and as many as four in ten suffer from chronic pain that limits mobility. With that as a background, we were drawn to this recent article from NextAvenue, in … Read more

Kaiser Health News Report Spotlights Age Bias in Medicine: “They Treat Me Like I’m Old and Stupid,” Patients Say

When an older patient goes to see his or her doctor, or when they find themselves in need of urgent or long-term care, these seniors have a right to expect to be treated with dignity and empathy. Yet for millions, that’s not the case, according to this recent Kaiser Health News report.  Written by Judith … Read more

Shocking CDC Report: for the First Time in a Century, U.S. Life Expectancy Declines Three Years in a Row

The last time it happened, the world was at war, and one of history’s worst influenza pandemics was ravaging the country. That’s why health scientists were shocked at the recently released report of U.S. life expectancy from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: the CDC survey showed a noticeable drop for the third year … Read more

Not Just “One and Done”: Getting Your Flu Vaccine Over Multiple Years Brings Unexpected Benefits for Seniors

Back in January we first brought you the important news that getting a flu shot every year is extremely helpful in keeping vulnerable seniors from being hospitalized with dangerous influenza. Now with the flu season ramping up, as a service to our AgingOptions blog readers, we felt it was time to revisit the story. Flu … Read more