How Meditation Protects the Aging Brain from Decline

A string of recent research suggests regular meditation practice may boost mental flexibility and focus, offering powerful protection against cognitive decline.   Most of us begin to misplace our keys, forget people’s names, or solve math problems less readily as we approach middle age. This is often referred to as age-related cognitive decline. Years ago,[…]

Chair Exercises for Seniors

It’s Never Too Late to Start Strength Training   There’s no denying that structural and functional deterioration of the human body occurs with age. It takes one look around a nursing home or a hospital to recognize that there’s truth to this statement.   That said, the American College of Sports Medicine’s 2009 Position Stand, “Exercise[…]

Social Interaction Is Critical for Mental and Physical Health

Hurray for the HotBlack Coffee cafe in Toronto for declining to offer Wi-Fi to its customers. There are other such cafes, to be sure, including seven of the eight New York City locations of Café Grumpy.   But it’s HotBlack’s reason for the electronic blackout that is cause for hosannas. As its president, Jimson Bienenstock, explained, his aim[…]

Exercising Your Face

These are among the facial exercises shown to significantly reduce some of the signs of aging, according to an interesting new study of the effects of repeating specific movements on people’s appearance. To learn more, read “Facial Exercises May Make You Look 3 Years Younger.”   Cheek Sculpting This exercise helps create a better cheekbone shape.[…]

Slip, Trip and Fall Prevention | National Safety Month

Keep Older Adults Safe and Independent   Your parents have been living quite well in their own home for decades now. But if you’re thinking it might be time to step in and give their home a fall-prevention assessment, you’re right.   Today, Americans are living longer while staying active and healthy. But adults 65 and[…]