Optimal Aging

Guidance, stories and solutions for aging well

  • Deep brain stimulation: 'Flipping the switch' to change a life

    Deep brain stimulation: 'Flipping the switch' to change a life

    Learn how Providence uses cutting-edge deep brain stimulation (DBS) to treat essential tremor and Parkinson’s disease, giving patients a new lease on life.

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  • What we can learn from the resilience of older adults

    What we can learn from the resilience of older adults

    Older adults are among the most resilient people, which has paid off during the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn how to build resilience in your own life.

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  • Dark circles under your eyes: When did those show up?

    Dark circles under your eyes: When did those show up?

    Dark circles under the eyes are more a nuisance than a health issue. Learn about the common causes for dark circles and the many ways to treat them.

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  • Battling boredom: Some new strategies to try

    Battling boredom: Some new strategies to try

    Are you generally bored during this time of social isolation? Here are some online resources to try as you battle boredom caused by distancing and the pandemic.

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  • How better indoor air quality leads to a better quality of life

    How better indoor air quality leads to a better quality of life

    Learn what causes poor indoor air quality and why it’s especially harmful to health as we age. Find out how to combat pollutants using three easy tips.

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  • How to be on the lookout for basal cell carcinoma

    How to be on the lookout for basal cell carcinoma

    Basal cell carcinoma most often appears in older adults. Learn about risk factors, skin exams and what to look for.

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  • Feeling colder as you get older? Here are some reasons why

    Feeling colder as you get older? Here are some reasons why

    Feeling cold is a normal part of aging, but when is it a sign of a serious health problem? Learn which conditions can give you a chill.

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  • Four strategies for managing your medications

    Four strategies for managing your medications

    Keeping multiple medications straight and getting their dosage and timing just right isn’t always easy.

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  • The positive pursuit of a new purpose after midlife

    The positive pursuit of a new purpose after midlife

    Learn how seeking new a purpose in life or following long-held interests can offer a lasting boost to mental and physical health as we age.

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  • Living through loss: How to cope when a life partner dies

    Living through loss: How to cope when a life partner dies

    Your life partner has died, which is one of the hardest losses in life. It’s more vital than ever to care for yourself. Here’s help to cope with grief.

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  • Lessons in resilience: A comedian shares her story

    Lessons in resilience: A comedian shares her story

    During such uncertainty, it can be difficult to summon hope and inner strength to push through these hard times. Hear one woman's story of resilience.

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  • Our commitment to Age-Friendly Health through 5M’s

    Our commitment to Age-Friendly Health through 5M’s

    Learn how the Age-Friendly Health Systems Initiative at Providence identifies and implements best practices caring for older adults.

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  • Providence hospice nurses share their stories of helping and hope

    Providence hospice nurses share their stories of helping and hope

    Hospice nurses at Providence provide physical, mental, spiritual and emotional care to meet their patients’ end-of-life needs. Hear their stories.

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  • Learn the facts about Alzheimer's Disease

    Learn the facts about Alzheimer's Disease

    Many people believe certain myths about how Alzheimer’s disease affects the brain. Learn about some of the most common misconceptions about this condition.

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  • Aging gracefully: Learn the secrets

    Aging gracefully: Learn the secrets

    Learn five secrets to aging gracefully. They may help you fight COVID-19 now and enjoy healthy years ahead.

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  • Storytelling is a way to connect during the pandemic

    Storytelling is a way to connect during the pandemic

    People are longing to connect. During a “fireside chat,” Ira Byock, M.D., and Dave Isay share storytelling can forge connections during the time of COVID-19.

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  • Is inflammation speeding up your aging process?

    Is inflammation speeding up your aging process?

    Long term inflammation can lead to many chronic conditions like diabetes, heart disease or arthritis, as you grow older. Find out more.

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  • Avoiding the heat-related illnesses of summer

    Avoiding the heat-related illnesses of summer

    If you’re 65 or older, you’re more likely to suffer a heat-related illness during the summer. Learn how to avoid heat stroke and heat exhaustion.

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  • Older adults are getting creative to battle loneliness during pandemic

    Older adults are getting creative to battle loneliness during pandemic

    Learn from Providence how adults 65 and older can battle the loneliness and isolation caused by social distancing during COVID-19.

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  • Stay active while sheltering in place

    Stay active while sheltering in place

    It’s important to stay active even while you shelter in place. Here are things you can do to help build strength, balance, heart health and immunity.

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