Jun 30

Studies look at nutrition’s impact on the aging brain

Story by JUDITH GRAHAM Kaiser Health News Diets designed to boost brain health, targeted largely at older adults, are a new, noteworthy development in the field of nutrition. The latest version is the Canadian Brain Health Food Guide, created by scientists in Toronto. Another, the MIND diet, comes from experts at Rush University Medical Center […]

Jun 30

Music and the brain: Missoula project aims to help people with dementia

Story by JACKIE JOHNSON for Montana 55 Music can change listeners’ moods. It can make people happy, energetic, relaxed or sad. What if it could do even more? One Missoula project is looking at just that question, and it’s working to get music to those who might benefit from a “reawakening.” Many neurological studies have […]

Jun 30

How to help Alzheimer’s patients enjoy life

Alzheimer’s disease has an unusual distinction: It’s the illness that Americans fear most — more than cancer, stroke or heart disease. The rhetoric surrounding Alzheimer’s reflects this. People “fade away” and are tragically “robbed of their identities” as this incurable condition progresses, we’re told time and again. Yet, a sizable body of research suggests this […]

Jun 30

Hearing loss and how hearing aids may help

Story by Mayo Clinic News Network The type of hearing loss you have and how severe it is can impact how well a hearing aid works for you. A variety of hearing aids are available, so if the first one you try isn’t helpful, ask your audiologist to recommend another. For people who have hearing […]

Jun 30

Cheaper over-the-counter hearing aids could be on the way

Story by JUDITH GRAHAM Kaiser Health News Imagine seniors walking around with stylish ear devices that amplify and clarify sound and connect wirelessly to smartphones, tablets, televisions and digital assistants such as Amazon’s Alexa or Apple’s Siri. That day is coming, sooner than you may think. Technology is already moving in this direction, and consumer […]

Jun 30

Introduce loved ones to Social Security’s many programs

Story by NICOLE TIGGEMANN Tribune News Service Create a safe and secure my Social Security account at socialsecurity.gov/myaccount. It’s the gift that keeps on giving, with features including: Get your Social Security statement to review: Estimates of your future retirement, disability and survivors benefits Your earnings once a year to verify the amounts that we […]

Jun 30

Taking the plunge: One writer’s journey in checking off a bucket list item

Story by JANICE MINEER for Montana 55 I never wanted to jump out of an airplane. That was never on my bucket list and I imagine if it was, my list would become as short as the time it would take me to hit the ground. No, I always wanted to do something much more […]

Jun 30

Writing a will can be unpleasant, but it is time worth spending

Story by TIM GRANT Tribune News Service Contemplating one’s own demise is not what many people would consider a fun activity. But the time and energy spent writing a will – regardless of how young or how broke the person may be – means being able to choose what eventually happens to financial assets and […]

Jun 30

Giving it a shot: First hand account of a new wellness bootcamp

by Lucy Guthrie Beighle When my kids were little and they’d say something outrageous, I’d tease them and say, “Hmm, that sounds dubious!” They thought that was hilarious, and as I result I had a 2- and a 5-year-old who used the word “dubious” like it was as common as saying “macaroni.” A sweet memory, […]

Jun 30

Spirit out of the trees: A life of woodworker Tim Carney

Story by Brian D’Ambrosio Photos by Tim Carney Timothy Carney’s woodwork is both a mark of respect and a living will. His work is a lifetime of exertion requiring strength as well as a steady execution of choice. Perhaps, most importantly, his woodwork indicates a lifetime of staying true and points toward the most thoughtful […]