Enjoy warm tastes and colors of spring

By: Wolfgang Puck
Posted on: April 01, 2020

I’d like to share a recipe that highlights fresh ingredients: roasted chicken breasts stuffed with yellow and red bell peppers served atop a sweet scallion sauce. While I especially like the ripened, sweeter yellow, red and orange varieties of bell pepper, any combination of which will taste delicious and look beautiful in this recipe, you could also use green bell peppers if you... READ MORE

How Medicare is covering coronavirus

By: Jim Miller
Posted on: April 01, 2020

Dear Savvy Senior, Is Medicare covering testing for the coronavirus? My husband and I are very nervous about this virus and would like to find out if or when we should get tested, and how Medicare manages it. — Nervous Nelly Dear Nelly, Yes! Medicare is indeed covering the cost of testing for the coronavirus, or COVID-19. But be aware that getting a test isn’t as simple as going ... READ MORE

New insights about brain from epilepsy

By: Carla K. Johnson and Malcolm Ritter
Posted on: March 24, 2020

Although Genette Hofmann is still using her brain, last month she donated a bit of it to science. Hofmann needed the surgery — her Seattle surgeon was looking deep into her brain, where he found the trigger for the epileptic seizures that had disrupted her life for 30 years. But to get there, he teased out a bit of healthy tissue the size of a lima bean and, with her blessing,... READ MORE

Studying mushrooms to fight depression

By: Ivey Noojin
Posted on: March 24, 2020

It’s normal to feel sad after receiving a diagnosis of early Alzheimer’s disease or mild cognitive impairment (MCI). But that doesn’t mean there’s no hope for the sadness to lift. A Johns Hopkins University study is testing a potential treatment for these feelings: psilocybin, a psychoactive substance found in mushrooms. “For many people who get a diagnosis of early stage... READ MORE

Should early dementia patients drive?

By: Jim Miller
Posted on: March 23, 2020

Dear Savvy Senior, Is there a good rule of thumb regarding when dementia patients should stop driving? My 82-year-old mom has early stage Alzheimer’s disease but still drives herself around town just fine. —Inquiring Daughter Dear Inquiring, Most doctors agree that people with moderate to severe dementia should never get behind the wheel. But in the early stages of... READ MORE

Dermal fillers can reduce signs of aging

By: Kristina Liu
Posted on: March 19, 2020

The four major structural components of our face are skin, fat, muscle and bone. As we age, volume loss in these areas contributes to the visible signs of aging. Dermal fillers may help. Over time, age-related bone loss in the face can lead to retraction of the jaw line, descent of the nose and loss of high cheekbones. The facial muscles also decrease in volume and elasticity, and... READ MORE