Attacking age-related eye diseases

Recent studies show what helps reduce the progression of Age-Related Macular Degeneration.

Northwestern Medicine enrolls first participant in Midwest for research study of personalized vaccine for aggressive brain tumors

Northwestern Medicine recently joined a landmark clinical trial to investigate if a vaccine made from a patient's brain tumor is effective in slowing tumor progression and extending survival. The randomized phase II trial will study how well giving the study vaccine with or without Avastin …

Pain-free gardening


Before you head out to get your summer garden in gear, protect yourself from injuries and sun-related problems.

Making choices about Medicare


Those turning 65 have some complicated decisions to make when it comes to signing up for Medicare.

6 healthy foods as we age


Find out about six foods that boost your health

Ways seniors can improve driving skills


Among the ways older drivers can improve their driving skills is exercising, taking a course and getting their eyes checked.

Convenient way to get hearing checked

Good hearing may help people avoid depression, isolation and a whole lot of aggravation. A Fort Wayne, Ind., company has technicians who travel to convenient locations for clients to get their hearing tested and advise on ways to improve it.

Ways for seniors to stay safe


Suggestions for seniors to stay safe at home, outdoors, and in the car.

Study refutes mail-order prescription savings


A recent study of millions of Medicare Part D prescription drug event data has found that community pharmacies provide 90-day medication supplies at lower cost than mail-order pharmacies and that local pharmacists substitute lower-cost generic drugs more often when compared to mail order pharmacies.

New drug may improve memory for Alzheimer’s patients

A new drug called ORM-12741 may improve memory problems in people with moderate Alzheimer’s disease, according to a study released March 13. For the clinical trial, 100 people with moderate Alzheimer’s disease were randomly given either 30 to 60 milligrams or 100 to 200 milligrams of ORM-12741 or matching placebo pill twice a dayfor three months as add-on therapy to a cholinesterase drug. Those who took ORM-12741 tested higher on the tests of memory compared to those who received the placebo pill.

Why do older adults struggle to sleep?

Many older adults accept problems with their sleep as an inevitable part of aging. But what if sleep problems aren’t a natural part of getting older?

Ready to rally against arthritis? Here's how


Arthritis affects almost 50 million Americans. Learn how you can help fight this disease in the Chicago area.

Like a great friend, new business offers help in tough times


NORTHBROOK — Moving a parent or a loved one out of his or her home and into senior living is extremely difficult and emotional for most people. Even worse, when a parent or a spouse dies, going through his or her belongings can be stressful, depressing and almost unbearable.

Impeding Alzheimer’s assault: Testing begins for brain pacemakers


A dramatic shift is beginning in the disappointing struggle to find something to slow the damage of Alzheimer’s disease: The first U.S. experiments with “brain pacemakers” are getting under way. Scientists are looking beyond drugs to implants in the hunt for much-needed new treatments.

Researchers identify rare gene variation as Alzheimer’s risk factor


Two international teams of researchers, with National Institutes of Health scientists and support, have separately identified a rare variation in the TREM2 gene as a moderate risk factor for late-onset Alzheimer’s disease. TREM2 is a gene involved in inflammation and immune response, and this discovery of provides an important clue for researchers seeking a better understanding of the Alzheimer’s disease process.

FDA OKs first drug-eluting stent to treat peripheral arterial disease

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the Zilver PTX Drug-Eluting Peripheral Stent (Zilver PTX Stent), the first drug-eluting stent indicated to re-open a particular artery in the thigh (femoropopliteal artery) when narrowed or blocked as a result of peripheral artery disease (PAD).

How to retire abroad successfully


As baby boomers have advanced in their careers, they have grown increasingly comfortable working in a globalized world. So it should come as no surprise that many boomers are considering retiring abroad.

Seniors: Is it worth it to be so medicated?


Vitamins, blood pressure pills, cholesterol drugs ­— how many pills do you take every day? According to a 2009 national survey conducted by Express Scripts, formerly Medco, more than half of the 1,000 people older than 65 who were surveyed said they take “at least five different prescription drugs regularly and one in four takes between 10 and 19 pills each day.”

Survey shows people look forward to golden years

The latest research conducted by Gallup and Robinson as part of Pfizer’s Get Old initiative asked more than 1,000 Americans 18 to 65+ years old how they feel about getting old. The results showed that priorities and perceptions about aging shift over time.

Exercise is essential for staying in shape physically and mentally


When getting older, staying healthy can become more challenging as activity sometimes begins to decline. But what if you choose to never slow down? That’s the case at the Senior Services Center of Will County, where seniors are offered a wide variety of wellness and exercise classes such as yoga, tai chi, stretch and tone, country line dance, P.A.C.E (People with Arthritis Can Exercise) and Mall Walkers Club.

Seniors struggle with drug costs now that Illinois Cares Rx program is defunct


The Illinois Cares Rx program ended just weeks after Gov. Pat Quinn signed legislation axing it in an effort to save $72 million and help fill a $2.7 billion hole in the Illinois Medicaid budget — giving seniors and the disabled, who also qualified for the program, little time to plan. For seniors who now find themselves under-covered, here are some frequently asked questions and answers.

Men with prostate cancer more likely to die from other causes


Men diagnosed with prostate cancer are less likely to die from the disease than from largely preventable conditions such as heart disease, according to a new study from Harvard School of Public Health.

Make some friends and you could live longer


How many close friends do you have? How many pleasant acquaintances? It’s a factor of good health and longevity to enjoy enriching friendships, with many studies supporting the theory that you’ll enjoy greater health and happiness if you regularly spend time with friends who uplift you and share your interests.

Abroad or near home, retirees are expanding their horizons


While celebrities are shown frolicking on tropical beaches, the real vacation trendsetters are seniors. They’re more interested than ever in exploring the globe, trying new resorts and adventurous getaways, visiting eco-friendly bed-and-breakfasts and timing their vacations to coincide with festivals and other special events in a locale.

Baby boomers redefining what it means to be a senior


As much as people have tried over the course of civilization to find a way to impede Father Time, the aging process can’t be stopped. Getter older is a fact of life. But it’s possible that today’s seniors are living better than a couple hundred years ago. Is age 60 the new 50? Talk to experts who study aging and the answer is yes and no. They stress many factors will influence how smooth the aging process will be for baby boomers and subsequent generations.

Exercising for healthy aging is for fun now, benefit later


Making exercise part of your lifestyle now is an investment in better health and a more active life later. Simple, fun and not-too-expensive activities include walking, biking, hiking and canoeing, but for more formal programs, try your local park district.