The Rate of Senior Falls Is Not Falling

Hospitals report a steep uptick in serious head injuries — and seniors, not athletes, accounted for most of the increase, says the CDC.

Arthritis and Tai Chi

This mind-body practice offers many benefits—but is it safe for people with joint pain?

The Right Clothes for Senior Independence

As seniors deal with physical and cognitive challenges, their wardrobes most likely can use some updating.

For Seniors, Delirium Is a Hospital Hazard

Families should learn the symptoms of this condition so they can alert medical personnel if needed.

Balance Problems Linked to 152,000 Deaths in U.S. Annually


Think you don't have a balance problem? If you're older than 40, you might be less steady than you think!

Was "Drink Less Alcohol" on Your List of New Year’s Resolutions?

Did you know that seniors today consume more alcohol than their counterparts of previous generations? This can put their health at serious risk.

Wintertime Wellness for Senior Loved Ones

Icy sidewalks, power outages, and darker days that can lead to depression … what can we do to help our elderly relatives stay safe and healthy during the winter months?

Concern for Seniors Cuts Across Party Lines

Most Americans want to grow older in their own homes. What can our government agencies do to help make this possible?

The Complex Family Dynamics of Fall Prevention

September 22 is National Falls Prevention Awareness Day. Have you talked about this topic with senior loved ones? How did the conversation go?

Ten Healthy Ways to Celebrate National Grandparents Day

Grandparents and grandchildren influence each other's physical and emotional well-being in many powerful ways.

March Is Brain Injury Awareness Month

The risk of traumatic brain injury (TBI) increases as we grow older. How can we prevent these potentially catastrophic events?

Fall Prevention Research: The Bad News and the Good News

The National Council on Aging sponsors this event, which is held on the first day of fall each year. This year's theme is "Strong Today, Falls Free Tomorrow," reflecting the role of fitness and overall health in the growing public health issue of falls and fall-related injuries in older adults.

Online Buzz: Practicing Tai Chi Can Lead to Many Health Benefits for Elders

Perhaps you've seen or participated in the slow, fluid body motions of tai chi (tie-chee). If so, you are one of 2.3 million Americans who practice this graceful martial art that originated in China and is shown to reduce stress and anxiety, enhance self-confidence, and elevate overall well-being.

In-Home Care Supports Senior Fall Prevention

Falls are a serious matter for older adults. Falls send more than 2 million seniors to the hospital every year, and sadly, many of them are subsequently unable to return to independent living. A serious fall resulting in a fractured hip, a dangerous laceration or a brain injury is often the trigger for a move to a nursing home.