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Depression takes a toll on seniors

Along with the typical health issues that aging Americans face, more than 6.5 million people older than 65 also are dealing with the repercussions of depression, experts say. “Sometimes, depression …


Prediabetes serves as loud wakeup call

I exercise, stay slim and think I am reasonably careful about my diet. Subtract the dark-chocolate habit and minus the Cheetos cravings, I make fairly good choices. So I was …


Group at Geezer Forum receives advice, pep talk from retired doctor

When it comes to physicians, patients have to remember one thing: Doctors are human, too. That was the advice from retired physician Jim Arthurs during a gathering of the popular …


‘To cope with what’s coming’

Maybe you can eat an apple, but you can’t remember how to cook beans on a stove. You can answer the phone, but you can’t remember how to dial 911. …


Eyes and ears for elders

Roughly one in 10 elders report mistreatment or neglect, according to federal statistics. But some who suffer emotional, physical or sexual abuse or neglect don’t tell anyone, fearful of retaliation …


Personal trainer keeps aging clients healthy

Marge Holston moved to Spokane Valley from Southern California and somehow left a lot of her activity behind. That’s when she decided to join a gym, hire a trainer and …


Boomers are health law’s early winners

CHICAGO – For many older Americans who lost jobs during the recession, the quest for health care has been one obstacle after another. They’re unwanted by employers, rejected by insurers, …


Affordable Care Act enrollees trend older so far

WASHINGTON – It’s an older, costlier crowd that’s signing up so far for health insurance under President Barack Obama’s law, according to government figures released Monday. Enrollments are lower for …


Program offers exercise classes aimed at helping to reduce falls among seniors

I t was 9 a.m., and change was coming, Lori McCormick warned her students as they sat on cushioned chairs arranged in an oval in a brightly lit studio. There …


Death Cafe participants prepare themselves for the inevitable

If you’re going to talk about a subject most people do not want to talk about, why not do so over tea and cake and cookies? Why not gather in …


Memoir recalls how author used family recipes to cope with mother’s dementia

Alex Witchel certainly is not the only seasoned journalist to chronicle caring for an aging parent, a hot topic for all those baby boomer writers suddenly experiencing it firsthand. But …


CDC: 200,000 stroke, cardiac deaths avoidable

At least 200,000 deaths due to heart disease and stroke can be prevented each year by quitting smoking, controlling blood pressure and cholesterol, and taking aspirin when recommended by a …


Study finds copper may play key role in Alzheimer’s disease

WASHINGTON – New research finds that copper in amounts readily found in our drinking water, the foods we eat and the vitamin supplements we take likely plays a key role …


Parkinson’s Conference offers latest info, hope

A September conference about Parkinson’s disease aims to deliver up-to-date information about the degenerative brain disorder, including advances in research, medication and therapies and tips for living with the chronic …


Study: People living longer, in better health

We aging baby boomers might not be such a big burden, after all, if some current trends noted in the elderly population continue. A Harvard University study, recently reported about …


Washington not ready to handle Alzheimer’s increase

In the first decade of this century, the number of elderly Washington residents living with Alzheimer’s disease increased by one-third. That number is expected to balloon by a third again …


Later retirement may help prevent dementia

BOSTON – New research boosts the “use it or lose it” theory about brainpower and staying mentally sharp. People who delay retirement have less risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease or …


For simple, affordable retirement living, many heading south of border

PANAMA CITY – With its miles of beaches, lush rainforests and welcoming colonial towns, Panama – like much of Latin America – has become a hot spot for American retirees. …


Affinity Living residents find less stress, more fun and convenience

You won’t find the word “senior” in any of the promotional materials for Affinity Living Communities, though most Affinity residents are senior-discount age. Instead, you’ll find “active adult” and other …


Study finds Alzheimer’s markers in patients’ relatives

An amino acid commonly found in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients has been discovered in the spinal fluid of people without dementia whose close relatives were diagnosed with the disease, …


Cancer-free participants key to cancer study

CHICAGO – When Alpa Patel’s grandfather was diagnosed with cancer, he seemed healthy: The 64-year-old had been training for a triathlon when doctors found a lemon-size tumor in his brain. …


Isolation weighs on elderly

People who are socially isolated are more likely to die prematurely, regardless of underlying health problems, according to a study of the elderly British population. The findings, published online Monday …


Alzheimer’s high price

Cancer and heart disease are bigger killers, but Alzheimer’s is the most expensive malady in the U.S., costing families and society $157 billion to $215 billion a year, according to …


Caregiving obligations give daughter an education

It is said that our parents’ final gift is this: They teach us how to die. Aging experts predict that end-of-life care, as well as management of chronic illnesses, will …


Experts warn effects of drinking impact us faster as we age

As baby boomers approach their golden years, they are embracing wellness and wine – two things that don’t always go together. While a glass of red wine a day may …


Study: Alzheimer’s patient tallies to soar

As baby boomers enter their golden years, the number of people afflicted with Alzheimer’s disease is expected to reach 13.8 million by 2050 – millions more than previously anticipated, according …


Baby boomers are setting, riding and bucking today’s trends

Welcome to Boomer U. In this new Monday section in The Spokesman- Review, we’ll track the trends that will follow baby boomers into older age. We’ll introduce you to Inland …


You think you’re healthy? Best intentions can spell bad news

Eating too much sugar certainly isn’t wise for your waistline, but did you know that overindulging in dessert can add years to your face? And even if you do strenuous …


Workforce boomers will show tough sides

On occasion in this space, adapted excerpts from the EndNotes blog, www.spokesman.com/ blogs/endnotes, will substitute for the usual question-and-answer format for the column. As baby boomers glide into their 60s …


Young or old, quitting smoking can add years, new study shows

LOS ANGELES – It’s never too late to quit smoking, and researchers have new data to prove it. Even at the age of 64, kicking the habit can add four …