Apr 3

Tips and Tricks for Successful Aging in Place

Story by Autumn Gaylor, for Montana 55 As the baby boomer population reaches 65 years of age and older, the growing concern for safety in the home and in the community rises. The number of people age 65 and over has continued to grow over the past 18 years and now accounts for more than […]

Apr 3

Dentures vs. Implants: What’s the Best Option for You?

Story by Kolby Kickingwoman, for Montana 55 The loss of teeth can have an adverse effect on life. Whether not being able to eat the foods you enjoy or having a lower self-esteem because of your appearance, tooth loss is no laughing matter. According to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, one in four people […]

Jan 16

Can Hormone Therapy Decrease the Risk of Dementia?

MAYO CLINIC NEWS NETWORK Introducing hormone treatment for women in early stages of menopause might help decrease their risk of dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. For women, a drop in hormones during midlife may have some influence on developing dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. Also, general brain volume gradually declines with advancing age, but the decline is […]

Jan 16

5 Natural Things You Can Do to Look More Youthful

Going under the knife isn’t the only way to age gracefully. Here are some steps to incorporate into your daily routine to help keep your body looking and feeling sharp. 1. Practice good posture: Slouching can cause headaches, tension and a slew of other health problems. Hold your head up, roll your shoulders back and […]

Sep 26

Hints That Lifestyle Changes May Guard Against Dementia

Story by LAURAN NEERGAARD Seek a good education. Control blood pressure and diabetes. Get off the couch. There are some hints, but no proof yet, that these and other lifestyle changes just might help stave off dementia. A provocative report in the British journal Lancet earlier this year raised the prospect that a third of […]

Sep 26

A Merry Little Christmas: Make the Holidays the Best for Loved Ones with Dementia

Story by THOMAS PLANK Bright lights, laughter and chaos in the kitchen and dining room, screams of joyous excitement and the constant low rumble of happy conversation. New people coming in the door, cold air trailing behind, children running inside and outside, teenagers doing their best impressions of being an adult. Ham sizzling in the […]

Sep 26

Heart Attacks Can Happen While Hunting

Story by MAYO CLINIC NEWS NETWORK It’s still dark outside. It’s the perfect day to get together with good friends, reflect on life, walk the countryside and bring home that trophy buck or prize pheasant. You’re fully prepared this year. Your scope is right on. You’ve scouted out the perfect spot for your stand, and […]

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 […]