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 ...

Check Your Risk for Falling

Several factors can increase a person’s risk for falling. Some factors, such as unsteadiness when walking, are more obvious. But many people are unaware that more subtle factors, such as depression or fear of falling, can increase the risk as ...

Practice balancing exercises to keep you on your feet

It is possible to improve or maintain one’s balance by regularly practicing balancing exercises, such as standing on one foot or heel-to-toe walking. Good balance lessens the probability of a fall, which can result in a permanent disability.

Fall-Proof Your Home

Most falls occur in the home, and often when least expected. However, making sure your home is well lit, removing obstacles from your walking area adding grab rails in the shower can increase your safety and reduce your risk of ...

Healthy aging: Living longer and living better

Improvements in public health and medical treatment have significantly increased life expectancy in the past 60 years. People more frequently live into their 80s and 90s and even top the century mark.

Typical aging vs. signs of dementia

“Senior moments” begin to increase with age, but that’s to be expected as years pass. Generally, those moments pass and the memory returns. Dementia, on the other hand, affects social abilities and memory severely enough to interfere with daily functioning.

Falls are the leading cause of injury deaths in the elderly

When young people fall, for the most part they get up and walk away. A fall in an elderly person, on the other hand, can result in a permanent disability or even death. Falls are the leading cause of fatal ...

Healthy eating in older people not always easy

As people age it may become more difficult to consume certain minerals and vitamins, such as calcium and vitamins D and B12. In addition, medical conditions may reduce activity, which can result in obesity, a risk factor for several diseases, ...

Resources for healthy aging

There are several programs funded by Tufts Health Plan Foundation that benefit older adults in many areas, including housing, health and wellness and programs to prevent isolation.

Boston-based nonprofit uses dance, diet to fight obesity

Hub resident Destiny Edwards, now 13, made the decision to lead a healthier lifestyle and joined ShapeUp with Shaumba in 2012 to help.

STDs: Not always curable

Generally, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) that are caused by bacteria or parasites are easy to treat. Often one dose or injection of antibiotics can do the trick.

Partners HealthCare and Thrive in 5 Work Together to Ensure School Readiness

Children’s earliest life experiences shape the architecture of their brain, which can have a profound impact on their health and well-being throughout their lives. That’s why Partners HealthCare has committed to a partnership with Boston’s Thrive in 5 to ensure ...

What’s your number?

During regular checkups tests can be performed to evaluate the status of one’s health.

Is it an infection … or is it breast cancer?

A rare form of breast cancer often escapes detection. It changes the appearance of the breast and rarely has a lump.

Is it a cold … or is it the flu?

Both the flu and common cold are respiratory illnesses caused by different viruses. They also share many of the symptoms, but the symptoms of the flu are more severe and can result in serious complications