An older couple holds hands, one of them in bed, and the other comforting them. This scene is common among spousal caregivers.

When you got married, you promised to love each other “in sickness and in health.” Now, a new study shows that the “in sickness” part may take a significant toll on the emotional health of both spouses.

A doctor checks an older woman's blood pressure.

A recent study published in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation shows that more aggressive control of daily blood pressure in older adults can improve brain health.

An older man and a younger man sit on a couch having a discussion. The younger man looks frustrated.

Researchers have long thought that strained marital relations led to poor health, but it turns out that strained relations with adult children, siblings, or extended family may be more harmful.

Next to water, tea is the most often-consumed beverage in the world.

Next to water, tea is the most often-consumed beverage in the world. For centuries, it has been purported to have numerous health benefits. Several studies have shown that tea consumption is associated with a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease. Other study results indicate that drinking tea has a positive effect on mood and may even prevent certain types of cancers.

An older man stretches before running.

We all know exercise is beneficial to our health in numerous ways. So why do some people exercise and others don’t?

Researchers from the University of Oregon conducted a study to find out. They zeroed in on certain personality traits and found that people who were able to make concrete plans to meet their long-term goals exercised more often than people who didn’t plan as far ahead.

A hand is held up to an ear, cupped to try to improve hearing.

Researchers from Duke-NUS Medical School in Singapore have found that certain impairments in the senses of older adults are associated with differences in health and life expectancy. 

An African American woman smiles and checks her pulse after exercising.

It is well known that exercise benefits your body from top to bottom, inside and out. And most experts agree you can reap health benefits no matter when you start—whether you have exercised regularly since age 25 or are just beginning at age 85.

A man and a woman toast glasses of wine and beer.

About 10% of seniors are binge drinkers, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

Drug for heart failure may be too expensive

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heart failure affects over 5.7 million Americans.

Heart failure happens when the heart cannot pump enough blood to supply oxygen to your organs and tissues. It is usually treated with medication and lifestyle changes, including reduced dietary sodium and increased physical activity.