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A person's feet are up in the air, with little smiling faces drawn on the underside of each toe.

You take care of your body by seeing your primary care doctor, specialists, or your dentist. But did you know that seeing a podiatrist can also help you be healthier? 

A rainbow ribbon is intertwined with a blue stethoscope, representing the integration of LGBT specific care into the mainstream health system.

According to Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE), there are about three million lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) adults in the U.S. over age 50. There will be about seven million by 2030.

This cartoon of several different doctors represents the benefits of having several different specialists in your support system.

The lifespan of Americans is increasing, and the population is steadily skewing toward seniors. We need more doctors to care for older adults. But as it stands now, according to the American Geriatrics Society (AGS), there are fewer than 7,300 geriatricians practicing in the U.S. To provide adequate care to the aging population, the U.S. will need 30,000 by 2030. 

An older couple laughs while looking at an iPad.

Until earlier this year, very few of us had heard the term “social distancing” at all, much less in the context of a worldwide public health crisis. Although it doesn’t mean exactly the same thing as quarantine or isolation, the common thread among these terms is less human interaction.

A woman holds onto the arm of a man who is climbing the stairs.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention statistics show that, each year, more than one out of four older people fall. About three million seniors end up in emergency rooms every year with injuries from falls, and about 20% of these are serious injuries, fractures, and head trauma. 

A little girl whispers in an older man's ear. He is sitting on a bench reading a newspaper.

The number of people in the U.S. who have hearing loss may surprise you. According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), one-fourth of seniors ages 65 to 74 and almost half who are 75 years of age and up have disabling hearing loss. The American Geriatrics Society reports that hearing loss is the third most common chronic condition in seniors.

Four people are sitting and stretching on yoga mats. A smiling young black woman is in the front, siting next to an older man, with two more people behind them.

Exercise may not be your favorite topic, but by now you have heard about the importance of exercising to improve your health and maintain your independence.

Grapefruits, like the ones seen here, may not mix well with your medications.

Ah…grapefruit! Love it or hate it, this fruit is high in vitamin C, potassium, and fiber. But taking your morning meds after a breakfast of grapefruit, or washing them down with grapefruit juice, can be harmful. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), grapefruit can have a negative effect on more than 50 prescription and over-the-counter drugs. 

These two seniors look like they're having a great time on their date. Sexual health is important at any age!

Myth or fact: You have to practice safe sex no matter how old you are.