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If you haven’t already, you might receive a letter from your former company about a change to your retiree health plan. Some employers have been cutting back on benefits since the early 1990s, and the trend is continuing.

peripheral nerves

Peripheral neuropathy (PN) occurs when peripheral nerves—the network of nerves responsible for transmitting information from the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord) to other parts of the body—stop working correctly. According to the Neuropathy Association, about 20 million Americans suffer from PN, and it is more common among older adults.

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"Years ago, aspiring doctors learned in medical school that a patient’s ideal systolic blood pressure number should be their age plus 100,” says Joel Posner, M.D., medical director at

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, obesity in the U.S. is so prevalent that it can be considered an epidemic. Seniors are not exempt—between 2007 and 2010, one-third of adults over age 65 were considered obese.

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The end of the summer is coming, but keep your sunscreen handy.

Ultraviolet radiation differs in intensity depending on the season, weather, latitude, altitude, and the presence of reflecting factors such as sand, snow, pavement, or water. Nevertheless, these harmful rays reach the Earth’s surface all year long.

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Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is a chronic disease of the arteries affecting (most often) the pelvis and legs. The disease process is essentially the same as that of coronary heart disease (CHD), but PAD is not as common. About 20% of Americans over age 65 have CHD; whereas, about 5% have PAD, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Older adults are especially vulnerable to heat-related illnesses (collectively known as hyperthermia), and research shows that heat waves kill more people than any other weather-related events.

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The term “super food” is nonspecific because anything with a high nutritional value could be considered “super” for your health. Some foods, however, contain compounds that make them stand out as particularly good for seniors.

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Planning for a hospital stay involves more than packing an overnight bag. There are many ways you can help yourself have a safe and uneventful time during your stay.

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