How to reduce retirement healthcare costs

By: Kimberly Lankford

Q: I thought most of my healthcare costs would be covered by Medicare after I turn 65, but it looks like I'll still have to pay quite a bit myself.  How much can I expect to pay for healthcare in retirement? What can I do to lower those costs? A: Even though Medicare covers the bulk of your healthcare costs after you turn 65, you may still have a lot of out-of-pocket expenses. A recent... READ MORE

Caregivers are overwhelmed, undertrained

By: Emily Swanson and Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar

Adult caregivers looking after aging relatives and friends have little training for their stressful roles but still find the experience rewarding, according to a new poll. The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research survey finds that long-term caregivers don't just provide rides to the doctor and run errands. Nearly half perform some kind of medical care, from changing... READ MORE

Can probiotics treat depression and anxiety?

By: Dr. Athos Bousvaros

There is a lot of interest right now in the human microbiome (the populations of bacteria that live in various parts of the body, including the intestine, skin and lungs). We now know that there are approximately 10 times as many bacterial cells as human cells in the body. The vast majority of these bacterial cells are in the intestinal tract, and they serve many purposes, including... READ MORE

International tai chi champions

By: Robert Friedman

Many recreation centers provide instruction in the ancient martial art of tai chi. But it’s a rare program that sends 17 of its members to China to participate in an international competition, and no doubt even rarer when such a group sweeps the awards in their categories. That’s exactly what happened, however, when a group from the East Columbia 50+ Center’s tai chi class traveled ... READ MORE

Retiree rekindles passion for painting

By: Robert Friedman

Former homemaker, beautician and banker Pauline Rakis is making up for lost painting time. It’s a pursuit she had put on hold for decades. At 74, she is now on a full brush-on-canvas schedule four days a week, at least six hours a day. One of the 25 artists who own and operate the co-op Artists Gallery in Ellicott City, Rakis spent many earlier years styling the hair of other women,... READ MORE

Easing agitation in Alzheimer’s patients

By: Carol Sorgen

Anxiety and agitation are commonly found in patients with Alzheimer’s disease. These behavioral changes may be caused by different medical conditions, medication interactions, or circumstances that continue to worsen the person’s ability to think. As an individual with dementia is biologically experiencing a loss of their ability to negotiate new information and different stimuli,... READ MORE