Live well. Age well.
Monday, June 12, 2017 -- As we age, our bodies change. Some of us discover we need reading glasses or even bifocals. Others realize that their hearing is not what it used to be and find themselves making a significant investment in hearing aids. Similarly, most seniors are aware that their memory is not as sharp as it once was. Car keys get misplaced. The names of famous people are sometimes hard to recall. Occasionally, a monthly payment is missed. When this happens people often find themselves wondering if they are experiencing typical aging memory loss or if their symptoms are signs of early Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia.
Friday, June 9, 2017 -- The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association and Albany Medical Center encourage Capital Region residents to join together to end stroke, New York’s fourth leading cause of death.
Despite claiming more than 133,000 lives annually in the United States, and 6,035 in New York in 2014, and being a leading cause of serious, long-term disability, stroke is largely preventable and treatable.
Tuesday, April 18, 2017 -- Encouraging older adults to practice cyber safety can go a long way toward protecting their identity and sensitive personal information.
“Cybersecurity is about risk reduction,” said Michael Kaiser, executive director of the National Cyber Security Alliance. “It’s difficult to achieve perfect security. But you can help older adults work to make themselves a more difficult target.”
Tuesday, April 11, 2017 -- As we age, our bodies change. For example, my wife recently informed me that my hair is no longer blond but grey with a few streaks of blond. My hands resting on the keyboard now have wrinkles that were not there a few years ago. I find it more difficult to see while driving at night, especially when it is raining. We each age somewhat differently depending, in part, on our genes. Those who come from a family where most relatives lived well into their 80s or 90s may expect to have a similar life span. Similarly, those who were born into a family with a history of cancer or heart disease may want to be vigilant about their own health. We cannot change our genes or the environment in which we grew up, but we can control our lifestyle.
Tuesday, March 28, 2017 -- There are some ways in which we age that we all have in common, and many of these are outside of our control. I’ve noticed, for example, that, as I grow older, my hair is thinner and has touches of gray, my skin has some wrinkles and my eyes focus less well when reading. As individuals, though, we each age somewhat differently, and how this takes place depends in part on our genes. We are each genetically predisposed to age in a certain way. For example, some families tend to live a long time, aging well into their 90s or even longer. Other families tend to develop diseases that may limit the lifespan. These things are all beyond our control.