Did you know these benefits of prunes?

By: Suzy Cohen

Almost everyone knows what prunes are for: They help you get going! Your parents probably kept them in the kitchen and offered them to you when you were a constipated kid. Prunes are, of course, just dried plums. They’re fruits of the tree species Prunus domestica, hence the name. More recently, for purely marketing reasons, they have begun to be called “dried plums,” which... READ MORE

Even better than keeping your mouth shut

By: Helen Oxenberg

Dear Solutions: I see my daughter (a corporate something or other) and my son-in-law (a lawyer) spending more and more money on their children instead of spending more and more time with them as they’re growing, and I’m worried. The children think everything is coming to them, and that money is the only important thing to strive for. Of course, they’re not striving since they are... READ MORE

Study on healthy aging seeks volunteers

By: Barbara Ruben

Two years ago, the National Institute on Aging launched the GESTALT study, which stands for the Genetic and Epigenetic Signatures of Translational Aging Laboratory Testing study. The study takes one of the first large-scale, long-term looks at why aging progresses as it does — and how to help more people take advantage of ways to improve quality of life as they age. The GESTALT... READ MORE

Distinguishing Alzheimer’s from dementia

By: Jim Miller

Dear Savvy Senior: What’s the difference between Alzheimer’s disease and dementia? My aunt has dementia, but they don’t know if she has Alzheimer’s disease, which is very confusing to me. Trying To Understand Dear Trying: Many people use the words “Alzheimer’s disease” and “dementia” interchangeably, but they are not the same thing. In fact, you can have a form ... READ MORE

He teaches life lessons so kids can thrive

By: Glenda C. Booth

During his working career, Bob Argabright, 76, was a “turnaround specialist” with the Chesapeake Packaging Corporation. When an operating unit had problems, the packaging company sent him to trouble spots to find solutions. Today, Argabright is a turnaround specialist of a different kind. Almost every day since his 2004 retirement, he has gone from his condominium in The Bluffs to... READ MORE

When memory loss should be a concern

By: Howard LeWine, M.D. and Robert H. Shmerling, M.D.

Q: I have become a bit more forgetful. I read about something called mild cognitive impairment. How do you know if you have it? A: Everyone has the occasional bout of forgetfulness, whether it’s misplacing your keys or blanking out on a name. But if these episodes become frequent or interfere with daily life, you may have mild cognitive impairment, or MCI. But MCI can be tough to... READ MORE