Having memory problems? Steps to take

By: Jim Miller
Posted on: December 02, 2020

Dear Savvy Senior, My mom, who’s 76, has become more forgetful lately and is worried she may be getting Alzheimer’s disease. What resources can you recommend to help us get a handle on this? —Oldest Daughter Dear Oldest, Many of us worry about memory lapses as we get older, fearing it may be the first signs of Alzheimer’s disease or some other type of dementia. To get... READ MORE

Most older adults are lonely, but resilient

By: Margaret Foster
Posted on: December 02, 2020

If you’re facing the holidays and already missing your friends and family, you’re not alone in your loneliness. According to a November survey of 2,042 people, 7 out of 10 adults reported feeling lonely because of the pandemic. Conducted Nov. 6 to 11, the survey found that more than half of respondents said their loneliness stems from the isolation necessary to combat the... READ MORE

Pros and cons of dietary supplements

By: Rozalina McCoy, M.D.
Posted on: November 30, 2020

Dear Mayo Clinic: Why does my doctor want to know what supplements I’m taking, even if I don’t have any health problems and don’t take more than the recommended amounts? A: It’s important to tell your healthcare provider about any dietary supplements you take. Although you don’t need a prescription for most supplements, that doesn’t mean they can’t significantly affect your ... READ MORE

Swallowing issues are common, treatable

By: Magnus Halland, M.D.
Posted on: November 25, 2020

Dear Mayo Clinic: My mother is in her 80s and sometimes has trouble swallowing when she’s eating. She says it’s not bothering her much, but I feel like it’s starting to affect how much and how often she eats. Is there anything that can be done to treat this problem? A: It’s likely your mother’s problem with swallowing can be better understood and potentially helped, but it... READ MORE

How to safely dispose of unneeded meds

By: Adwoa Nyame 
Posted on: November 23, 2020

Q: I missed National Drug Take Back Day. How can I safely get rid of medications I am no longer taking? A: One of the best ways to dispose of unneeded and unused over-the-counter and prescription medications is to drop them off at a location that will take back unused medications. The Drug Enforcement Administration sponsors National Drug Take Back Day events, typically in October and ... READ MORE

More protein, yes; protein powder, maybe

By: Emily Gelsomin
Posted on: November 17, 2020

Eating enough protein is not just for athletes or would-be Schwarzenegger types. Protein is necessary for a healthy immune system and required for organs like your heart, brain and skin to function properly. The nutrient is also touted for its ability to help control appetite and enhance muscle growth. How much protein you need typically depends on your exercise routine, age and... READ MORE