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Seniors: Get a Fitbit and Get Walking!

If you are looking for something to make your walking workouts more fun and interesting, you may want to know about the Fitbit.  This is a physical activity tracker which was introduced in 2008 as sort of modernized version of the pedometer. In May 2014, the Journal of the American Medical Association published an interesting […]

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Simple Exercises Seniors Can Do Indoors

One of the most important things seniors can do to maintain their strength, flexibility, and sense of balance is to exercise.  However, it can be difficult to get motivated during the winter months.  The cold, snow, and ice often are not conducive to you doing your usual walking or other outdoor exercise safely, and can […]

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Seniors in 20 States Must Renew Drivers Licenses More Often

In January 2015, the state of Virginia implemented a new law which requires drivers age 75 and over to renew their license in person every five years.  This is change to their previous law, which required drivers 80 and older to renew in person every 8 years.  Virginia is one of 20 states requiring seniors […]

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How TeleHealth Can Benefit Seniors

As defined by the United States Department of Health and Human Services, telehealth is “the use of electronic information and telecommunications technologies to support long-distance clinical health care, patient and professional health-related education, public health, and health administration.”  Examples of telehealth in everyday life are online medical support groups, electronic health records, online doctor visits, […]

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Helping Seniors Living with Heart Disease

If you have an older loved one who has been diagnosed with heart disease, it can be a scary time for both of you.  While your loved one will be living with this illness for the rest of their life, there are ways to manage it and work to prevent it from getting worse.  Below […]

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Aging and Your Diet

Have you noticed that over time, foods you used to enjoy seem to no longer be agreeing with you?  There is a very good reason for this, and it is simply the fact that you are getting older.  Aging causes changes in your body that actually impact how it processes food.  Primarily, your metabolism slows […]

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Habits to Help You Live Longer!

Popular magazine U.S. News and World Report has written a book entitled How to Live to 100: Be Healthy, Be Happy and Afford It.  As a teaser, they have made some of their tips available online.  While some most certainly agree with common wisdom, a few just may surprise you.

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Winter Safety for Older Adults

Winter has arrived.  Even if you are a fan of the colder weather this season brings, there is no doubt it presents some possible safety hazards, many of which are even more dangerous for older adults.  Below are some tips for keeping yourself safe and healthy during the winter months.

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Eating Healthy Over 50

While healthy eating is recommended for all ages, it becomes more important the older you get.  For adults 50 and over, eating healthy can help you stay mentally sharp, give you higher energy levels, improve your immune system, and keep chronic health problems at bay. While healthy eating is not the same as dieting, it […]

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Seasonal Affective Disorder in Seniors

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a cyclical form of depression that occurs only during a specific time of year, which is usually the winter.  Signs may begin in the fall after daylight savings time occurs.  The exact cause of SAD is unknown, but mental health professionals attribute the condition to changes in body temperature, hormone […]

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Medication Management

A 2010 survey conducted by the journal American Nurse Today found that 44% of men and 57% of women age 65 and over take 5 or more medications per week, and approximately 12% of both men and women take 10 or more medications per week.  While medications can help keep you healthy, the more pills […]

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Disaster Preparedness

Being prepared in the event of a natural disaster is important for everyone.  However, the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) stresses that it is especially important for older Americans to have plans in place, and reassess them at regular intervals to make sure they are in line with their current needs and capabilities.  If […]

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