Is Massage Therapy the Solution to Your Chronic Back Pain?

If you still see massage as a mere indulgence, it’s time to update your image of rubdowns. A growing number of scientific studies suggest that massage therapy can provide meaningful relief for chronic lower back pain, which afflicts more than 26 million Americans, according to the American Academy of Pain Medicine. And adults over 50 are…

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Originally posted 2017-05-23 08:12:40.

Your Obesity May Be Killing You

A new study out of the Cleveland Clinic found that obesity robs us of more years of our lives than any other preventable health issue. That means that of all the top lifestyle-related killers that are in our power to modify or treat — including smoking, high blood pressure and high cholesterol — obesity shortens…

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Originally posted 2017-05-22 09:02:46.

5 Ways Artificial Intelligence May Help Us Live at Home Longer

Richard Adler knows a few things about the uneasy relationship between older adults and technology. It’s something that Adler, a distinguished research fellow at the Institute for the Future in Palo Alto, Calif., has been studying for more than 25 years. One thing, in particular, has struck him. “The truth is that a lot of…

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Originally posted 2017-05-19 08:27:15.

How to Avoid Crippling Falls After Age 50

When he asks people over 50 if they can stand on one foot while maintaining their balance, most will confidently reply “yes,” says Michael E. Rogers, head of the Center for Physical Activity and Aging at Wichita State University. “But many will begin to sway and say, ‘Oh man, I used to be able to…

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Originally posted 2017-05-18 08:21:11.

How Patients Are Changing Clinical Trials

In September, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a controversial drug to treat Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a rare but deadly disease that affects boys. That was a reversal from six months earlier, when an FDA advisory committee had recommended against the drug’s approval and said it was not effective, Forbes reported. What tipped the…

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Originally posted 2017-05-17 08:15:59.

Old and Young Want to Get to Know Each Other Better

In a national report released today, two out of three adults surveyed said they want to spend time with people who aren’t their age, while three in four wish there were more opportunities to get to know different age groups. Why, then, aren’t there more intergenerational programs and initiatives? I Need You, You Need Me:…

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Originally posted 2017-05-16 08:10:41.

Why ‘Waist Loss’ Is More Important Than ‘Weight Loss’

With summer and summer apparel coming, many people will take to their bathroom scales to see what havoc winter hath wrought. Of course, people like to look trim for cosmetic reasons, but NEWS FLASH: being overweight is far more importantly associated with increased morbidity (illness, disease) and mortality (death). To put an individual’s weight into…

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Originally posted 2017-05-15 09:24:58.

How We Can Take Back Health Care From Big Business

It’s no secret that America’s health care system is broken, especially when it comes to costs. Doctors, hospitals, insurers and drug companies are entangled in vicious financial and regulatory cycles that spike costs but don’t necessarily deliver better care. Health care is big business and it seems patients are commodities in a high-stakes scheme that…

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Originally posted 2017-05-12 08:09:57.

My Life After Caring for My Mother With Alzheimer’s

(This article appeared previously on Caring.com.) If you’re a family caregiver, you already know how inconceivably tough it is. In my case, caring for my mother and surviving the three-year “long goodbye” after her Alzheimer’s diagnosis was nothing short of brutal. As tough as it was much of the time, the seven months since her death…

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Originally posted 2017-05-11 11:49:53.

The Most Common Aging Brain Problem You’ve Never Heard Of

(This article appeared previously on BetterHealthWhileAging.net.) While leading a fall prevention workshop recently, I mentioned that an older person’s walking and balance problems might well be related to the presence of “small vessel ischemic changes” in the brain, which are very common in aging adults. This led to an immediate flurry of follow-up questions. What exactly…

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Originally posted 2017-05-10 11:59:45.