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Years of medical research have shown us that certain types of fats are not good for our health, and other types are. While it is true that the good or bad effects of any fats are largely dependent upon your genetics, overall health, the types of foods you cook them with, and the method of cooking, saturated and trans fats in particular cause harmful changes to blood vessels throughout your body...
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Since 1921, heart disease has been the No. 1 killer of men and women in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Today, heart disease kills one in four (about 610,000) people every year. The most common heart problem is coronary heart disease (CHD), and there have been many advancements to treat it, so the prevalence is trending down. But there are other common...
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A persistent misconception is that seniors need less sleep. Not true. According to the National Institute on Aging, your sleep needs stay constant throughout your life, and almost all adults need seven to nine hours of good rest to remain healthy. “Compare your body to a store,” says Naveed Shah, M.D., medical director of the LifeBridge Health Sleep Centers in Baltimore, Md. “To remain a viable...
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Daily life as a caregiver can be taxing physically and emotionally. Complicating matters, if a loved one has a dementia-related illness, he or she may behave in ways that are confusing and frustrating for you. Anger and agitation are two of these behaviors that can be especially frustrating for caregivers. Reasons behind it “The reason someone seems distressed may make no sense to you,” says Tina...
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According to the National Institute on Deafness and other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), about 30% of seniors ages 65 to 74 have impaired hearing, and almost half over age 74 do. “Adults typically notice a change in their hearing starting in their 50s,” says Annette Mazevski, Au.D, Ph.D., C.C,C,-A., F.-A.A.A. Dr. Mazevski is an audiologist and the manager of technology assessment at Oticon, Inc...
Man with shingles.
If you ever had chickenpox, the virus that causes it—varicella zoster virus, or VZV—is still in your system. Specifically, VZV has been hiding out in your nerve cells. If you are lucky, it will stay there. But if the virus emerges again, it causes shingles. “When VZV reactivates, it begins to replicate and travel along the nerve to the skin,” says Aileen M. Marty, M.D., infectious disease...
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“Aging is a gradual process that affects all parts of our body, including our feet,” says Sophia Deben, M.D., a foot and ankle specialist at OrthoNOW, an orthopedic urgent care center in Doral, Fla. “A podiatrist can be a valuable member of your health care team.” Foot problems, minor and major Seniors should see a podiatrist to catch small problems early. “Corns and callouses, which are not...
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Beginning in the 1970s, Medicare beneficiaries could choose to receive benefits via private health insurance plans. Today, this program is known as Medicare Advantage, or Part C. Practically any health insurance plan can be confusing, and Medicare Advantage (MA) is no exception. Following are some misconceptions about Medicare Advantage, along with explanations about how these programs work...
Anxious-looking senior talking on the phone.
Anxiety is a general term that encompasses several conditions. “Anxiety disorders include post-traumatic stress disorder, phobias, panic attacks, obsessive compulsive disorder, and generalized anxiety,” says Nicki Nance, Ph.D., associate professor of human services and psychology at Beacon College in Leesburg, Fla. For seniors, anxiety disorders are among the most prevalent mental health...