Seniors, take steps to reduce your risk of falling
Seniors, take steps to reduce your risk of falling

One in four Americans 65 and older falls each year, with some ending up in hospitals or even dying. But new research suggests that it's possible to avoid some of these serious injuries.

As the eyes go, so may the mind
As the eyes go, so may the mind

A new study sheds light on how vision loss is linked to mental decline in seniors.

Seniors slow to embrace online access to doctors
Seniors slow to embrace online access to doctors

Many doctors have internet portals to help patients manage their care. But that doesn't mean older folks will use them.

Even at 'safe' levels, air pollution puts seniors at risk
Even at 'safe' levels, air pollution puts seniors at risk

For older people, breathing in dirty air puts them at risk of being hospitalized with a dangerous respiratory disease, a new study suggests.

Deadly falls on the rise among U.S. seniors
Deadly falls on the rise among U.S. seniors

The number of seniors dying from falls has increased dramatically over the past decade, U.S. health officials reported Friday.

Hearing aids may help keep seniors out of the hospital
Hearing aids may help keep seniors out of the hospital

Hearing aids may mean fewer visits to the hospital for seniors, a new study suggests.

Tough times can leave their mark on the older brain
Tough times can leave their mark on the older brain

Divorce, death in the family, money troubles and serious health problems don't just stress you out -- these negative life events may actually accelerate the aging of your brain, new research suggests.

Stretching can help get seniors moving
Stretching can help get seniors moving

Stretching leg muscles every day may benefit seniors and other people with mobility problems, a new study reports.

Aging can be tough to swallow
Aging can be tough to swallow

It's thought that one-quarter of U.S. adults will develop a swallowing problem at some point. But researchers hope insight from a new study may help lead to improved treatment.

Falls among elderly cost $50 billion annually
Falls among elderly cost $50 billion annually

Falls by older Americans have devastating medical and economic consequences, reaching $50 billion a year, a new study finds.

Prices skyrocket on drugs widely used by seniors
Prices skyrocket on drugs widely used by seniors

The prices of brand-name drugs used by many older Americans rose nearly 130 times faster than inflation last year, a new study reports.

Video may aid end-of-life decision-making
Video may aid end-of-life decision-making

Watching a video about end-of-life care options may help patients with advanced heart failure choose the approach best for them, a new study finds.

U.S. cancer survivors living longer
U.S. cancer survivors living longer

As the American population ages, more older adults will survive cancer and live with other chronic conditions that will burden the health care system, U.S. government health officials report.

Got a spare 15 minutes? A little exercise may boost life span
Got a spare 15 minutes? A little exercise may boost life span

Just 15 minutes of exercise a day may lower older adults' risk of early death by one-fifth, a new study suggests.

Diabetes doesn't doom seniors to disability
Diabetes doesn't doom seniors to disability

American seniors with diabetes are starting to live longer without disabilities, a new study finds.

Americans living longer and better
Americans living longer and better

Americans aren't just living longer, they're living more years without disabilities, too, a new study shows.

Your ability to 'smell' the taste of foods can lessen with age
Your ability to 'smell' the taste of foods can lessen with age

Your ability to "smell" the foods you taste weakens as you age, new research suggests.

More support for aggressive blood pressure treatment for elderly
More support for aggressive blood pressure treatment for elderly

People who get their high blood pressure down to normal levels may substantially cut their risk of heart disease -- even if they're elderly or have already had heart problems, new research suggests.

Hearing aids may help keep seniors' minds sharp
Hearing aids may help keep seniors' minds sharp

A hearing aid may do more than help you hear better: New research suggests that the devices might also help prevent mental decline in elderly people with hearing loss.

Retirement can be golden for your health
Retirement can be golden for your health

Although aging may mean more physical problems, retirement can help people lead healthier lives, a new study from Australia suggests.

Americans' longer life = poorer health
Americans' longer life = poorer health

Americans are living longer, but those extra years may include poor health or a disability, a new study finds.

Getting active after knee replacement might raise hip fracture risk
Getting active after knee replacement might raise hip fracture risk

There could be a downside to knee replacement: As people get more active, their odds for hip and spinal fractures rise, a new study suggests.

Alzheimer's can steal ability to know loved ones' faces
Alzheimer's can steal ability to know loved ones' faces

A new study sheds light on what is often called one of the cruelest effects of Alzheimer's disease -- the patient's inability to recognize loved ones.

Hearing loss tied to bigger medical bills for late middle-aged
Hearing loss tied to bigger medical bills for late middle-aged

Hearing loss is associated with higher medical costs for late middle-aged adults, a new study finds.

Intensive exercise a fountain of youth for aging muscles
Intensive exercise a fountain of youth for aging muscles

One key to keeping muscles young is as close as the nearest gym, researchers say.

Mediterranean diet may help lower hip fracture risk in older women
Mediterranean diet may help lower hip fracture risk in older women

Eating a Mediterranean diet may at least slightly lower an older woman's risk for hip fracture, a new study suggests.

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