Four people are sitting and stretching on yoga mats. A smiling young black woman is in the front, siting next to an older man, with two more people behind them.

Exercise may not be your favorite topic, but by now you have heard about the importance of exercising to improve your health and maintain your independence.

Grapefruits, like the ones seen here, may not mix well with your medications.

Ah…grapefruit! Love it or hate it, this fruit is high in vitamin C, potassium, and fiber. But taking your morning meds after a breakfast of grapefruit, or washing them down with grapefruit juice, can be harmful. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), grapefruit can have a negative effect on more than 50 prescription and over-the-counter drugs. 

Scientific evidence suggests that green tea may have positive effects on heart disease, brain health, as well as the common cold.

Whether it is black, green, oolong, or white, all tea comes from the same plant (camellia sinensis). The different types result from how and where the tea is grown and how it is manufactured.

Green is good 

A woman sitting in a wheelchair places her hand on top of someone else's, which rests on her shoulder.

“The medical community has learned a lot about end-of-life decisions from people with cancer,” says Anne Kenny, M.D., geriatrician and palliative care physician in Farmington, Conn., and author of Making Tough Decisions About End-of-Life Care in Dementia (2018, Johns Hopkins University Press).

Sweet and savory breakfast items alike are spread out on a pink table cloth.

Your senses of taste and smell are closely linked. Your sense of taste involves only the sensations of saltiness, sweetness, sourness, and bitterness, while your sense of smell contributes to your perceptions of flavor. 

Sometimes what seems like a problem with taste is actually a problem with smell.

Many health problems cause changes

Three women sit around a table socializing.

In 2016, the Pew Research Center published an in-depth report about older adults living alone in the U.S. They examined demographics and also focused on the well-being of these seniors. 

Overall, according to the study, about 25% of Americans over age 65 live alone. About 32% are women and 18% are men.  

Factors associated with isolation

An older woman sitting in a wheelchair smiles at a younger woman kneeling next to her. An older man stands behind her smiling down at them all.

A serious illness or infection can come on quickly, especially in seniors. Some who are cognitively impaired or cannot speak may not be able to tell you if they feel ill, so if you are a family member or caregiver of someone with these deficits, you need to be on the alert for signs of illness. 

An older man, wearing a grey sweatshirt, sits in a chair, his head in his hands.

According to the National Veterans Foundation, more than 5.7 million Americans served during the Korean War era, and today there are still approximately over 2.25 million of them still alive. According to the U.S. Census, about 75% of the over 9 million Vietnam-era veterans are still living.

An older man sits next to a home health care employee.

Seniors need different types of care in their homes for many reasons, whether it is after surgery, after a medical event such as a stroke, or when moving to a new environment after rehabilitation.