Life lessons from Aunt Elaine

By Mary Petersen My husband’s Aunt Elaine is turning 95 this month. Forty-nine years ago when he moved to California, he stayed with Aunt Elaine’s family and she is like

64+ at higher risk for pneumococcal pneumonia

Adults aged 65 years and older are now getting back to doing the things they love, whether that includes spending time with family, traveling or enjoying new hobbies. However, as

Spotting the Signs: Alzheimer’s Disease

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, nearly 5.8 million Americans are currently living with Alzheimer’s disease. By 2050, that number is expected to rise to 14 million. Detecting symptoms of Alzheimer’s

Finding the right skilled nursing facility

Humans’ desire to live independently begins in adolescence and continues into older adulthood. Though many seniors can handle the tasks of daily life on their own, others may need varying

Addressing drug interaction side effects

Medications are utilized in various ways. Some people take medication to treat issues like headaches or the common cold, while medicine also may be used to treat serious diseases like

Playtime: It’s Not Just for Kids, Say Experts

While most of us associate playtime with childhood, adults are increasingly acknowledging the importance of play and leisure time for themselves. A new survey commissioned by The Genius of Play

Navigating Your Health Over 65

(Family Features) Taking care of your health, especially over age 65, requires an understanding of your personal needs. Proper medical care isn’t one-size-fits-all, so finding the right services and providers

What to expect from cataract surgery

Cataracts are a clouding of the lens of the eye that can cause blurry vision and increase glare from lights. The Mayo Clinic indicates that cataracts can make it difficult

Simple ways to maintain memory as you age

Adults confront various age-related side effects as they transition from middle age to their golden years. Skin may begin to wrinkle and hair may turn gray, but those are just

Evaluating seniors’ biggest expenses

New parents may not be able to visualize that one day their largest expenditures won’t be centralized around providing necessities for their children. Adults go though many years of paying

Senior travel surges

By Mary Petersen Signal Staff Writer Like so many of our friends, my husband and I have received vaccinations (both of them) and are starting to think about life after

Risk factors for bladder cancer

Cancer can affect any part of the body. As a result, it pays to be attentive to changes in the body that could alert to the presence of cancer. Bladder

Latest treatments for Parkinson’s disease

Researchers still have much to learn about Parkinson’s disease. As researchers continue to work hard in the fight against this disease, the lessons they learn may lead to new, innovative

What those aged 50+ need to know about shingles

At age 57, journalist, songwriter and Maryland resident Alice was getting ready for her wedding and writing her first musical when she contracted shingles. “I love to write songs, play

Tips for seniors to travel safely

One of the perks of getting older is having more time to devote to recreation and traveling.  According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there are roughly 52 million people who

Humor and healthy aging

By Mary Petersen Signal Staff Writer I received my second Covid vaccine a week ago. It’s hard to imagine that a full year has passed since we began this Covid