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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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Preventive Health Care for Seniors

Medical preventive care is defined as services your doctor provides to help you both avoid health problems and detect any issues you may have early on, when they would be more likely to respond to treatment.  This is important for all citizens, as it is the most proactive way to manage your future health. However, […]

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Bathtub Safety for Seniors

While bathtub safety is a concern for everyone, it is especially so for senior citizens.  It is estimated that one third of adults age 60 and over have difficulty climbing into or out of their bathtub or shower.  Slippery conditions and hard surfaces make bathrooms an area of high risk for people to fall and […]

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Food Safety for Seniors

The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is dedicated to protecting and promoting the health of all citizens, and part of this is educating Americans on food safety issues.  According to the FDA, men and women over the age of 65 are more susceptible to foodborne illnesses.  This is not only because our immune […]

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Driver Safety for Seniors

Aging adults often fear losing their independence, and the ability to drive is at the top of the list.  According to a poll taken by the American Automobile Association (AAA), 85% of all seniors fear losing their driving privileges.  However, this does not necessarily need to happen to you.  Under the right conditions, it may […]

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Top Low Impact Exercises for Older Adults

While it is recommended people of all ages exercise to maintain their health, physical can be particularly important for seniors.  As long as you have approval from a health care professional, incorporating a low impact exercise routine into your daily life can help you reduce stress, lower blood pressure, improve your muscle strength, and prevent […]

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