Articles by Cliff Singer


As empty nesters, our dog’s tragic death hit us even harder

on April 17, 2016, at 9:55 a.m.
Whether to fill a void or just because we had more time, the strong attachment to our pets is undeniable and very much a new experience later in our lives.

Diet and Risk of Dementia from Alzheimer’s Disease

on Jan. 04, 2016, at 11:55 a.m.
In a previous column I discussed the brain-healthy effects of brief, periodic fasting. Happily, there is an alternative to going hungry every few days. An increasing body of evidence suggests that you can also eat your way to better brain health. For several years, researchers have been publishing evidence that …

Does Fasting Slow Aging?

on April 27, 2015, at 9:03 a.m.
Dear Age Smart: Does Fasting Slow Aging? From a person who loves to feast. Dear Feaster: Does fasting slow aging? Surprisingly, that might be true. But it depends what you mean by “fasting”. Prolonged fasting can obviously lead to malnutrition and early death. On the other hand, there is evidence …

Should I Take Vitamin D Supplements??

on Jan. 24, 2015, at 5:50 p.m.
It’s January in Maine. What should we talk about? Something sexy, exciting and fascinating you say? Well OK! We’ll talk about vitamin D deficiency. This is a good topic for January, since this is the time of year when many people become deficient in this important vitamin. Our diet often …

Sleep and Aging

on Nov. 26, 2014, at 6:28 a.m.
Professor Kaye is taking a break this month, so I’m going solo to talk about something that we can all relate to……..sleep. Earlier in my career I was a sleep researcher, studying sleep in diseases of aging, such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases. So sleep is something I like to …

Hoarding: When People Stash Instead of Trash

on Aug. 25, 2014, at 8:46 a.m.
We didn’t receive any questions from readers this month, so we’ve decided to write on a topic of our own choice……hoarding. Surprisingly, one of the most vexing problems that health officials and aging service workers face is hoarding……….people who allow clutter to accumulate to the point where their homes become …

Child Free

By Cliff Singer on April 26, 2014, at 5:16 p.m.
My husband and I did not have kids. Our siblings all have children. We have saved and expect to be comfortable in our retirement. I am presently retired and my husband will retire in about 2 years. We look forward to traveling and enjoying life. We recently met a similar …

My mother my idol

on Feb. 18, 2014, at 6:43 a.m.
“My Mother, my idol”…..  I looked up to my mother, one who knew everything, always had a solution to everyday problems, a pianist, an opera singer, a community volunteer, involved in social causes and supportive of her six children’s dreams and accomplishments.  That is (was) my mother!  Without fear, she …


on Jan. 10, 2014, at 8:31 a.m.
My father recently went into the VA Skilled Unit because he had been hospitalized for forgetting to take his insulin and heart medicine.  My father is 94 years old, has lived alone and taken care of himself for many years, he is incredibly healthy even though he has a heart …


on Dec. 19, 2013, at 2:30 p.m.
Len and I received an emailed question from a Blog reader last week regarding an elderly relative in assisted living. This person asked a really good question (as we recall) and ended with “Help!”. We would love to try, but the email was deleted before we could respond on the Blog …

From “Frustrated Daughter”

on Dec. 19, 2013, at 2:23 p.m.
Dear Cliff and Len: My parents are in their mid sixties and seem intent on spending their retirement in front of the TV. They have few hobbies, rarely volunteer their time in the community, and shy aware from any occasions that will cause them to break with their stay-at-home routine. …

Aging. It happens to everybody.

on Dec. 11, 2013, at 2:23 p.m.
Aging. It happens to everybody. Kids want to speed it up; adults want to slow it down. And if a person is fortunate enough to age a long time, old age creates challenges. Aging brings challenges not only for the older adult, but often for those who love them. It …