An older white person shows off their shoulders, with a brown mole in the center of the back.

Your skin is your largest organ and protects you from numerous hazards. But as you age, you need to return the favor and protect it.

A box of generic statin medication sits next to a stethoscope on top of a piece of paper that says "Cholesterol Test"

A class of cholesterol-lowering drugs called statins have been widely prescribed for several years. Statins decrease harmful fats in the blood (low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol and triglycerides), while increasing beneficial cholesterol called high-density lipoprotein (HDL).

This drawing of the human body shows the thyroid gland lit up in red.

Your thyroid gland is a small, butterfly-shaped gland that sits above your collarbone. You probably don’t give much thought to the health of your thyroid, like you do about heart health, but you might be surprised at how much it affects your bodily systems. Its main job is to produce hormones that regulate your heart, breathing, digestion, and bodily temperature.

A woman in a pink t-shirt works with a therapist, exercising her hands.

Statistics on stroke from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that it’s the fifth leading cause of death in the U.S. In addition, stroke is the leading cause of significant long-term disability. Strokes can cause paralysis, seizures, chronic pain, and cognitive dysfunction.

An older woman looks out the window

Mental health is as important as physical health. In fact, studies show that good mental health can make physical health better. 

Disorders affecting seniors

A man meets with a woman who is an occupational therapist. They sit at a table with colorful objects spread out between them.

“As occupational therapists, we often hear our older clients say they are retired, so they don’t need our services,” says Carol Stoolmiller, O.T.R./L., C.O.S.-C., corporate director of rehabilitation operations for Erickson Living.

A man in a brown sweater laughs with another man, who is wearing a purple button down. Both are wearing glasses

The ancient proverb “A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones” has changed to “laughter is the best medicine.”

Someone in blue scrubs holds a plastic model of a kidney.

You know how to keep many major organs in your body healthy. Your heart, brain, and lungs are among them. But do you ever think about your kidneys? According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), about 10% of adults in the U.S. have at least some kidney damage. 

The kidneys’ job

A cartoon of a grey haired man looking distressed while counting sheep

You feel as if you’ve tried everything, but a restful night’s sleep still eludes you.

You are not alone. “In one study, 57% of older Americans complained of sleep difficulties and only 12% actually reported normal sleep,” says Matt Narrett, M.D., chief medical officer for Erickson Living.