Jun 30

Aging and addicted: The opioid epidemic affects older adults, too

Story by JENNY GOLD and HEIDI DE MARCO Kaiser Health News As the nation grapples with a devastating opioid epidemic, concerns have primarily focused on young people buying drugs on the street. But America’s elderly also have a problem. Over the past several decades, physicians have increasingly prescribed seniors pain medications to address chronic pain […]

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

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

What men should know about new prostate cancer screening guidelines

Story by Mayo Clinic News Network Men ages 55 to 69 should talk with their health care provider about prostate-specific antigen (PSA)-based screening for prostate cancer. That’s according to new recommendations from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Clinicians inform men ages 55 to 69 years about the potential benefits and harms of prostate-specific antigen […]

Oct 13

A Four-Point Plan for Joint Health

(BPT) – Whether it’s a brand-new Bentley or a classic 1970 Mustang, most people have a car they dream about. If they’re lucky enough to own it someday, you better believe they’re going to take care of it. Regular maintenance is an essential part of keeping a vehicle in tip-top shape. The same is true […]

Aug 4

Working Out Means Keeping Your Brain Healthy

by Brace Hayden for Montana 55 According the recent U.S. Census, the population older than 65 is predicted to double during the next 25 years, growing to 70 million by 2030. Along with the swell of the senior tsunami, the prevalence of Alzheimer’s and other cognitive diseases is estimated to increase by as much as […]