Man with shingles.

If you ever had chickenpox, the virus that causes it—varicella zoster virus, or VZV—is still in your system. Specifically, VZV has been hiding out in your nerve cells. If you are lucky, it will stay there. 

Image of two feet with ten toes.

“Aging is a gradual process that affects all parts of our body, including our feet,” says Sophia Deben, M.D., a foot and ankle specialist at OrthoNOW, an orthopedic urgent care center in Doral, Fla. “A podiatrist can be a valuable member of your health care team.” 

Foot problems, minor and major

Senior researching on a laptop.

Beginning in the 1970s, Medicare beneficiaries could choose to receive benefits via private health insurance plans. Today, this program is known as Medicare Advantage, or Part C.

Anxious-looking senior talking on the phone.


Anxiety is a general term that encompasses several conditions. “Anxiety disorders include post-traumatic stress disorder, phobias, panic attacks, obsessive compulsive disorder, and generalized anxiety,” says Nicki Nance, Ph.D., associate professor of human services and psychology at Beacon College in Leesburg, Fla. 

Cartoon image of a dry eye.

According to the National Eye Institute (NEI), about five million seniors in this country have dry eyes. 

Senior woman dressed in white performing tai chi on a beach.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, from 2013 to 2015, an estimated 54.4 million U.S. adults annually had been told by a doctor that they had some form of arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, lupus, or fibromyalgia. 

Woman in discussion with physician

“The biggest mistake people make when planning elective surgery is not finding out if they need it in the first place,” says Dennis Deruelle, M.D., author of Your Healthcare Playbook: Winning the Game of Modern Medicine (Simon & Shuster, 2017). 

The dry desert.

Research shows that seniors are a dry bunch. One study showed that about 30% of residents in a long-term care facility were dehydrated. Another study showed that almost half of older adults admitted to the hospital after being treated in the emergency room had evidence of dehydration. 

Individuals with Parkinson’s have experienced an impressive decrease in speech problems when working on vocal exercises with speech-language pathologists to strengthen muscles in the larynx.

Parkinson’s disease affects about one million people in the U.S., according to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation. By age 80, 1 in 20 people will have the disease.