advance directives

Making decisions about your health care is something you’ve done throughout your adulthood, but what if you became ill and couldn’t communicate your wishes? According to the National Institute on Aging, more than 25% of older Americans face medical treatment questions near the end of life but are incapable of making those decisions. 

Packets of sweetener

Sugar substitutes are anything that can be used in place of regular sugar, whether they’re calorie-free or not. You can find information criticizing or praising anything that makes food or beverages sweet, so knowing the facts can help you make the right choices for your health.

Tackle dementia early to stay independent

Many studies have proven the value of early intervention when someone has dementia. Brooksby’s Memory Health program is based on these scientific findings.

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Having a sharp memory is not only good for your brain, it can help you stay functional and independent longer. Today, however, according to the Alzheimer’s Association, one in three seniors dies with Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia-related illness.

Bare trees in winter

Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a condition characterized by symptoms of depression that occur only at certain times during the year. Although it can happen at any time of year, most people are affected in fall and winter.

Know when chest pain means 911

If you have chest pain, the first thought that comes into your head might be that you re having a heart attack. That s not necessarily the case. Chest pain can be related to any number of body organs and tissues, says Lora Cox-Vance, M.D., geriatric fellowship director at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center., St. Margaret Hospital.

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The Alzheimer’s Association reports that about one-third of today’s seniors die with a dementia-related illness such as Alzheimer’s disease. As of yet, researchers around the world have found no cure, but they have discovered some techniques that may help some people preserve their memories longer.

Examine your insurance options every year

If you’ve had Medicare as your primary insurance for a number of years, you may not examine it too closely. Every year, however, Medicare (and all insurances for that matter) modify coverage rules, take away some benefits, and add others.

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Several conditions fall under the umbrella term “arthritis:” rheumatoid arthritis, gout, juvenile arthritis, and the most common—osteoarthritis (OA). The word arthritis comes from Latin, meaning inflammation of a joint, and that’s essentially what happens with any type of this disease.