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YH0710_AirQuality

Inhale . . . exhale . . . inhale . . . exhale. Do you know what you re breathing? In 2006, ' almost a quarter ' of people age 65-plus lived in counties with unhealthy ozone levels, and 21% lived in counties where fine particle matter exceeded national standards.

Medicare enrollment form

Today, the government launched a website to explain what the Affordable Care Act means for specific groups including seniors. You can visit the section for older adults at http://www.healthcare.gov/foryou/seniors/index.html. The first item of business?

YH0610_Sodium

A recent study conducted by researchers at the University of California San Francisco, Stanford University Medical Center, and Columbia University Medical Center revealed that if everyone reduced their daily salt intake by half a teaspoon, there would be almost 100,000 heart attacks prevented and up to 92,000 fewer deaths each year.

Spilled salt shaker

How much salt would you put in your knowledge about sodium? Take our quiz and find out! (RELATED STORY: "Kick the salt habit") True or False? If you're trying to watch your sodium intake, eating a can of soup at lunch is a good alternative to a hamburger and fries.

YH0710_ShakingHands

Essential tremor (ET) tends to run in families; if one parent had it, you have a 50% chance of inheriting it, and the likelihood of ET increases with age, though we don t know why. Its telltale sign shaking is usually most noticeable in the hands but can also affect the head, voice, and legs.

Fall risk

June may be Home Safety Month, but ' one team of experts has been keeping ' residents ' safe year-round.

YH0610_AvoidTripping

The majority of car accidents occur within miles of one s home, so it s not surprising that when people fall, they usually do it where they live. More specifically, falls tend to occur in the middle of the night when people get up to go to the bathroom, says Dimitri Cefalu, M.D.

YH0610_Dimentia

Although dementia is more common in older adults than in younger ones, it s not a normal part of the aging process, says Dimitri Cefalu, M.D. [caption id="attachment_12021" align="alignright" width="280" caption="(File graphic)"]

YH0610_HealthExpertCefalu

Erickson health and wellness experts can be found at Erickson-built communities all over the U.S. This month our expert is Dimitri Cefalu, the medical director at Seabrook in Tinton Falls, New Jersey. .