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Fall Prevention in Older Adults. Picture of an elderly caucasian female being assisted with her walker by a young caucasian female physical therapist.

Fall Prevention in Older Adults

Every year one out of four older adults, those 65 and older, suffers a fall. 1 These falls can be serious and costly. Many falls do not cause injuries, but one out of five causes a serious injury such as a broken bone or head injury. 2,3 There are many conditions that contribute to falls. […]




Running and Cardiovascular Mortality. Picture of a caucasian female running along a beach at the water's edge.

Running and Cardiovascular Mortality

Running is a popular leisure-time activity, but little is known about the long-term effects of running on mortality. The World Health Organization and the U.S. Government have released guidelines recommending at least 75 minutes of high-intensity or 150 minutes moderate-intensity aerobic activity per week. [1,2] The Aerobics Center Longitudinal Study was conducted to examine the […]




Flu and Diabetes. Picture of a young caucasian female with a tissue in her hand, getting ready to sneeze.

Flu and Diabetes

School is back in session in most places, and the cold and flu season is almost here. We all need to be aware, but people with diabetes need to be extra vigilant. Those with diabetes, even when well-managed, are at a higher risk of developing serious complications from the flu. In recent seasons, about 30% […]




Skinny or Fit for Longer Life? Picture of an elderly caucasian male working out with light dumbbells under the supervision of a younger caucasian female physical therapist.

Skinny or Fit for Longer Life?

People are constantly being told to watch their weight, but perhaps the advice should be watching their muscle mass. Research recently published in The American Journal of Medicine suggests that muscle mass index serves as a better predictor of long life than weight. [1] Most health care professionals are trained to focus on body mass […]




Is There a Link Between Blood Sugar and Dementia? Picture of a black female looking concerned about a black male who looks lost in thought.

Is There a Link Between Blood Sugar and Dementia?

A study published recently in the New England Journal of Medicine shows that higher blood glucose levels may increase the likelihood of dementia. [1] This statement holds true even for those who do not have diabetes but consistently exhibit higher than average blood sugar tests.  The ability to stay physically active is an important component […]




Gardening for Health. Picture of an elderly caucasian male and female working in their garden.

Gardening for Health

Anybody who’s ever weeded a row of turnips, planted petunias, or mowed a thriving lawn knows that gardening can be hard work. That hard work pays off in more ways than having the best roses on the block or a tasty salad. Gardening in its various forms has a multitude of benefits: Increase hand strength, […]




Gardening for Health. Picture of an elderly caucasian male and female working in their garden.

Gardening for Health

Anybody who’s ever weeded a row of turnips, planted petunias, or mowed a thriving lawn knows that gardening can be hard work. That hard work pays off in more ways than having the best roses on the block or a tasty salad. Gardening in its various forms has a multitude of benefits: Increase hand strength, […]




Long-Term Happiness. Picture of an elderly caucasian smiling female in a wheelchair, being pushed by a younger smiling asian female.

Long-Term Happiness

What does it take to find long-term happiness? This is a question many people may ask themselves. Is happiness the new car, finally owning our own home, having the perfect job, or having a million dollars in the bank? Harvard has one of the longest studies, the Harvard Study of Adult Development[1]. The study started […]




Loss of Muscle Mass. Picture of aelderly black male with arm raised to make a muscle.

Loss of Muscle Mass

Loss of muscle mass is part of aging, but we can slow and even reverse it. Age-related muscle loss, also called sarcopenia, is a natural part of the aging process. Less muscle means there is more weakness and less mobility. Both of these factors can increase the risk of falls and fractures. Losing muscle mass […]




Health Benefits of Laughter. Picture of a Caucasian elderly man laughing with a younger Caucasian man.

Health Benefits of Laughter

Laughter has physiological effects on the body; it changes brain function and body chemistry.[1] Some examples of the changes are: Increases heart and respiratory rates as well as oxygen consumption. Increases stroke volume of the heart and dilates blood vessels. Lowers levels of the stress hormone, cortisol. Laughter also has the following effects on specific […]






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