A senior man in bed looking at an alarm clock with pills and a glass of water on his nightstand.

Whether it’s due to pain, medications, or having to visit the bathroom frequently, you’ve probably experienced insomnia as you age. For some people, sleeping pills can be a safe and effective short-term option.

A pen and ink portrait of Francisco Goya holding a palette for paint colors.

Francisco Goya was a Spanish painter from the late 1700s to early 1800s. He was thought of as the last of the old masters and the first of the modernists. He also suffered from hearing loss following a lengthy illness. 

Senior woman having a restful sleep

A bad night’s sleep can make you feel fatigued and less mentally sharp, but now a review of studies conducted by researchers at University of California Berkeley has revealed that sleeping poorly might be harmful to your health in ways previously unsuspected.

Image of a hand holding a bottle of valium medicine

A study published recently in the Canadian Medical Association Journal shows that people with Alzheimer’s disease have an increased risk of developing pneumonia if they are taking sedatives in the benzodiazepine class. 

Close-up view of a doctor writing a prescription

A study by University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Nursing researchers has found that donepezil, marketed under the brand name Aricept, should be prescribed with caution in people with mild cognitive impairment (MCI).

Test tube with blood sample and labeled Testosterone Test

Recent research sheds new light on the risks and benefits of testosterone therapy in men over age 65. Four studies, collectively known as the TTrials, are the largest trials to date that examined the effect of testosterone treatment in men over age 65 who had low testosterone due to age.

Senior Asian man looking thoughtful, resting chin on hand.

More than likely, you hear information or advice about your health several times each day—whether the source is your doctor, your family, television, or the radio. If you’re like a lot of us, you forget about it as you go about your daily routines.

Three women of varying ages.

Emergency room sign at hospital entrance

Certain drug classes have been associated with increased emergency room visits and inpatient admissions by seniors, among them antidiabetics, anticoagulants, and antihistamines.