Author Archives: Pat Tarantino

Video Games and Cognitive Health

Since the first home video game console reached markets in 1972, opinions on the devices have been in constant change.  Home game consoles began as expensive novelties in the 70’s and 80’s, lightning rods of controversy in the 90’s, and near-ubiquitous living room fixtures since 2000. Now, a growing body… read more

Seasonal Allergies and Older Adults

As temperatures rise and the sun stays out a little longer every day, spring and pollen are in the air. While seasonal allergies can be a nuisance for most, their symptoms can present significant risk to older adults. Why are seasonal allergies more dangerous to older adults? Seasonal allergies put… read more

Lithium-Ion Battery Safety for Seniors

From smartphones to mobility scooters, lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries can be found in many rechargeable electronics. While these batteries provide the power for many household conveniences, their ubiquity and range in production quality has led to numerous reports of dangerous, sometimes deadly residential fires in New York City. The following article… read more

5 Unexpected Heart Health Tips

February marks  – a time to raise awareness of cardiovascular health hazards and best practices. Eating healthier, quitting smoking, getting more exercise, and even laughing are all well-documented ways to improve heart health, but below are some less well-known ways you can promote long-term cardiovascular health. #1 – Dental Health… read more

Reframing Aging to Fight Ageism

While broader public conversations about the negative effects of discrimination continue to grow in momentum and influence, one area that often goes unmentioned is the phenomenon of ageism. Ageism refers to how we think, feel and act towards ourselves and others due to age. Ageism can often feel harmless because… read more

Preparing for Surgery: A Guide for the Home

As life expectancies lengthen and medical technology advances, the number of older adults undergoing surgical procedures increases. While these procedures can greatly improve quality of life and health outlooks for patients, they can also cause short-term impediments that can impact an older adult’s ability to live comfortably and independently in… read more