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An airplace flying above the clouds

You’ve worked hard all your life; now it’s time to retire and travel to your heart’s content. Older travelers may face some challenges, however, especially if they have health conditions. Proper preparation can help you enjoy your trip as well as keep you safe.

Back pain

According to the National Institutes of Health, back pain is one of the most common medical problems in the U.S. In any three-month period, up to 25% of adults experience some form of back pain lasting at least one day. In older adults, the prevalence of back pain is about 70%.

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Would you like 24-hour access to your doctor? Longer office visits? How about house calls?

Dancing couple

How you view your aging is your choice,” says Karen Kansler, MA, RN, BSN, community outreach nurse for MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital in Baltimore, Md. “You don’t have to be influenced by a youth-obsessed culture.

Pharmacist confers with a customer

Each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), over 700,000 emergency room visits are due to adverse drug reactions. Adults over age 65 are twice as likely as their younger counterparts to be seen for this reason. Bodily changes that come with age can increase your chances of side effects, and you may be taking several drugs for several health problems.

Massage therapy

If you have health problems, dealing with them can sometimes seem like a full-time job. Taking medications, doing treatments, and seeing doctors can take up a lot of your precious time. You may feel like there’s no way to add anything else to your daily health care regimen. But over the years, we’ve learned that just treating illness isn’t enough. You have to practice wellness.

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Judy is 79 years old and has pain and limited mobility because of osteoporosis. Instead of adding another pain medication to her regimen, her doctor suggested she try a chiropractor. [caption id="attachment_14500" align="alignright" width="280" caption="Chiropractic care helps increase flexibility and mobility.

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For many Medicare beneficiaries, a Medicare Advantage plan has become the most attractive option for health care coverage. A June 2010 data spotlight from the Kaiser Family Foundation reported Medicare Advantage plan enrollment increased 5.7 percent between 2009 and 2010. In total, nearly one out of every four Medicare beneficiaries or 11.1 million are enrolled in Medicare Advantage plans.