Explore this collection of articles to help you age gracefully and healthfully.
Brain Health and Memory
The foods you eat can have a major effect on your brain’s health.
Healthy Gut, Healthy Brain
A neurologist explains the power of your microbiome to heal and protect your brain.
6 Recipes to Help Boost Brain and Memory Health
Enhance your brain function with four recipes designed to invigorate mood, memory, and cognition.
6 Ways to Improve Your Memory and Recall
Staving off memory loss requires more than just exercising your gray matter.
The Cognitive Benefits of Cataract Surgery
Untreated cataracts could contribute to dementia and depression, according to recent research.
Live and Learn: The Benefits of Lifelong Learning
An active mind and a quest for knowledge can pay healthy dividends — now and in the future.
Alzheimer’s and Dementia
Breakthroughs in understanding dementia are leading to new healthcare approaches. Nutrition, lifestyle, and sleep may be the keys to prevention.
How Super-Agers Avoid Dementia
Genes play a role, but so do lifestyle factors, according to a recent study of centenarians.
Can Gut Bacteria Affect Alzheimer’s Disease?
New research finds the microbes in your gut may play a major role in escalating the chronic brain disease.
5 Surprising Factors to Reduce the Risk of Dementia
Eating well, prioritizing sleep, and exercising help to protect against dementia, but there are other several other factors that play an important role as well. Learn more.
6 Exercises to Help You Get Down on the Floor — and Up off the Floor – With Ease
Have you done a sit-stand test? The ability to get up off the floor with minimal support is a marker of longevity. Practice these moves to improve flexibility, balance, motor coordination, and muscle power.
Strength Training for All Ages
Boost your balance, power, and coordination — at any age — with this full-body strength-training workout.
How to Stay Fit At Any Age
This functional, all-ages workout builds strength, balance, agility, and confidence.
Fit for Life: You’re Never Too Old to Get Moving
One of our greatest misconceptions is that we reach peak fitness when we're young, and then it’s all downhill. Here are fitness tips for life — no matter your age.
Forever Fit: How to Exercise at Any Age
Getting older doesn’t have to mean retiring from your favorite activities and sports. Here’s your guide for staying fit for life.
The Pool Workout
This water workout offers a strength-and-cardio challenge that’s gentle on your joints.
The 3 Cs of Lifelong Fitness
How consistency, curiosity, and compassion can keep your fitness and health on track for a lifetime.
How to Heal Arthritis Naturally
Susan Blum, MD, MPH, author of a new book on arthritis, outlines a three-step guide to treat joint pain.
What to Eat for Healthy Joints
Are your joints giving you trouble? Eating strategically can ease pain and minimize future damage.
Heal Your Gut, Heal Your Joints
A leading functional-medicine physician explains her gut-healing protocol for overcoming arthritis.
The Healing Arthritis Protocol
Functional-medicine doc Susan Blum, MD, outlines her basic plan to treat arthritis.
How to Improve Your Grip
A stronger grip can yield benefits in the weight room and the workplace.
How to Avoid Knee Pain
Improving knee strength and mobility can help alleviate pain and irritation while improving performance and quality of life.
How to Ease Joint Pain
Expert answers on easing joint pain, naturally.
Managing Aches and Pains
Natural Pain Relievers
Tools and techniques for managing chronic pain — without opioids.
3 Moves to Relieve and Prevent Elbow Pain
Tennis elbow doesn’t just affect tennis players. Stay pain-free with these wrist and forearm exercises.
3 Exercises for an Immobile Thoracic Spine
Immobility in your thoracic spine can send pain into your shoulders, neck or lower back. Here’s how to correct the problem.
Exercises for Lower-Back Pain
Lower-back pain might get you down, but it doesn't have to take you out. This program can keep you moving to come back stronger than ever.
Exercises for Shoulder Pain: Learn How to Keep Your Shoulders Mobile and Strong
Increasing mobility and strength in your shoulders can eliminate pain, improve athletic performance, and enhance your overall quality of life.
3 Exercises to Relieve Grip Pain from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI)
It’s not just desk jockeys who suffer from repetitive-strain injuries. They can strike even superfit athletes. Here’s how to prevent and treat them.
How to Manage Chronic Pain — Naturally
An evolving understanding of pain is leading us to treatments that are safer — and more effective — than opioids.
Tips and Strategies to Maintain Your Vision
Most of us take our eyesight for granted. But without proper care, nutrition, and protection, our eyes are vulnerable to damage and degeneration. Find out what you can do to keep your vision crisp, even as you age.
Understanding Blood Pressure Guidelines
Learn what functional-medicine healthcare providers think of the latest blood-pressure guidelines — and how to manage your blood pressure wisely.
Rethinking Heart Health
Think you know what makes for a healthy heart? Think again. New research and progressive practitioners are looking beyond cholesterol for answers.
All About Incontinence
Two experts share ways to lessen symptoms of incontinence — without surgery or medication.
4 Fitness Markers to Evaluate Your Health
Are you aging well? Try out these four fitness tests that have been linked to a reduced mortality risk.
How to Strengthen Your Bones
We often forget about our skeletons, but they are essential to multiple aspects of our health.
How Exercise Affects Circulation (and Vice Versa)
Discover how your circulatory system can support athletic performance — and help nutrients flow through the body.
Medication and Polypharmacy
Are You Overmedicated?: An Interview With Andrew Weil, MD
Integrative-medicine pioneer Andrew Weil, MD, talks to us about his new book, Mind Over Meds, and why Americans are taking too many drugs.
Polypharmacy: The Other Drug Crisis
Why elderly Americans are on multiple prescription drugs.
What You Need to Know About Ibuprofen
How NSAIDS — nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen, naproxen, and aspirin — can cause more pain than they relieve.
Are Your Medications Doing More Harm Than Good?
Could the medications we take to regulate cholesterol, blood pressure, and stomach acid be doing us more harm than good?
The Trouble With Antacids
Discover how chronic use of this common over-the-counter medication can become problematic.
15 Questions to Ask When Your Doctor Prescribes a Drug
Functional-medicine pioneer Frank Lipman offers 15 questions to ask about prescriptions.
Social and Emotional Wellness
The Older, the Better
Wise advice on how to get healthier, happier and more attractive with age.
The Happiness Curve
Feeling gloomy in your middle years? Award-winning journalist Jonathan Rauch tells us why life gets better after 50.
How to Age Wisely
Learn how to cultivate a more optimistic mindset so you can enjoy your life now — and well into the future.
The older, the better? You bet! These age-specific strategies will help you get off on the right foot.
10 Essentials of Aging Well
Functional-medicine pioneer Frank Lipman, MD, offers simple strategies to improve how we age.
Stereotypes about getting older can make a natural process stressful. Here’s how to stop those negative messages from clouding the years ahead.
With age comes wisdom. And if you make wise choices, it can also come with robust health and fitness, great energy, and a generous dose of satisfaction. Discover the variables that play the biggest role in determining your vitality for a lifetime — and why it pays to start focusing on them now .
Sleep and Rest
The Healing Power of Sleep
New science shows that sleep is essential to our mental and physical health — and most of us aren’t getting enough.
7 Reasons Why Sleep Is Essential for Your Health and Well-Being
Skimping on sleep can increase stress, undermine metabolism, suppress immunity, and set you up for a host of serious health problems.
The Sleep-Memory Connection
Quality sleep may help prevent Alzheimer's, according to recent research.
Retirement and Beyond
Finding Purpose in the Second Half of Your Life
What do you have planned for the second half of your life? Executive coach Richard Leider offers insight on working, living, learning and loving what's to come.
These expert tips can help you design a meaningful and fulfilling postretirement plan.
The Value of Mentoring
Serving as a mentor can make a powerful difference in another person’s life. Follow these expert tips for a successful experience.
How to Use the Power of Self-Reflection to Uncover Your Passions and Purpose in Life
Executive coach and best-selling author Richard Leider invites you to reimagine your life and construct a roadmap to pursue your passions.
New Thinking on End-of-Life Planning
Popular attitudes about end-of-life care and death are changing, making it easier to thoughtfully prepare for the inevitable. Learn how to protect your quality of life — and that of your loved ones — all the way through.
The Good-Death Movement
Death-positivity can help us reframe the end of life.
On Dying Well
A pioneering palliative-care expert shares his insights on the power of finding peace and possibility at the end of life.
The Talk You Haven’t Had: End-of-Life Planning
We’re all going to face end-of-life decisions eventually. Why not start talking about them now?