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Glaucoma can strike at any age

Glaucoma often runs in families and, although it is more common in older people, it can strike at any age.

The best attack against glaucoma

Although glaucoma is not preventable, it can be detected and treated to prevent loss of vision.

January is Glaucoma Awareness Month

People who have 20/20 vision can still have glaucoma

January is National Cervical Health Awareness Month

Because of Pap smears and vaccines for HPV, the incidence and death rates of cervical cancer have plummeted.

Thousands take on climbathon challenge to battle heart disease

Brigham and Women's Hospital's Climbathon participants will be taking the stairs of Exchange Place to promote a healthy lifestyle. Stairs are an easy way to incorporate exercise into your daily return.

The hidden salt: Americans eat twice the recommended daily allowance

Sodium, more commonly known as salt, can make some foods taste so much better, but it doesn’t do much for one’s health. Excess salt, especially when paired with reduced amounts of potassium, can increase the risk of high blood pressure. ...

Immunizations for the elderly

Many older adults assume that vaccinations are for young kids only. But with the development of new vaccines, such as Zoster for shingles, and the waning protection of the immune system, those 60 and older are advised to get protection ...

Recommended Guidelines for Vaccines

There are five vaccines that the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices currently recommends for older people. Three of the shots — for shingles, pneumonia and a booster for tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis (whooping cough) — are administered once, while protection ...

STDs and the Elderly

The incidence of sexually transmitted diseases is on the rise in older adults due in part to the high divorce rate. Older adults are less inclined to use condoms, which they tend to associate with protection against pregnancy rather than ...

a healthy daily eating plan

A daily eating plan should include a variety of whole foods, including fruits, vegetables and whole grains and low-fat proteins, such as legumes. Nuts and olive oil are good choices of health fats. The amount of food depends on one’s ...

T’ai chi helps improve balance in the elderly

T’ai chi, an ancient Chinese martial art, consists of a series of controlled and deliberate movements called forms. T’ai chi is recommended for people of all ages, particularly older adults, to increase strength, flexibility and stamina. Research has found that ...

Depression in the elderly: When fun things are no longer fun

Although common, depression in the elderly is not a normal part of aging. Many factors, including poor health and poor nutrition, lack of exercise and isolation can worsen the condition. Yearly screening for depression is now offered at no cost ...

Ginger Honey Glazed Salmon

Salmon, especially sockeye salmon, as well as other fatty fish, such as mackerel and sardines, is a good source of vitamin D. The vitamin, in combination with calcium, helps increase bone density, or bone strength. Bone density decreases with age.

Q&A on healthy aging with Dr. Jatin Dave

Dr. Jatin Dave, a geriatrician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and medical director of geriatrics at Tufts Health Plan, answers questions about aging.

Prevention Guidelines

Since many chronic diseases occur more frequently in older adults, certain screenings and preventive services are recommended well into one’s senior years. It is best to develop with your doctor a screening program that fits your medical condition and family ...