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Please note: The following questions were submitted by readers. The answers are intended for general information purposes and should not replace your doctor s medical advice. Q:I ' am 85 years old. I have a number of health problems for which I take several medications and follow a special diet and exercise program.
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Is your dining room table piled with so much stuff you can t eat there? Does it stress you out to think about letting go of things? Are relationships with friends and family affected by your cluttered home? If so, you may have hoarding disorder.

What is hoarding?

People with hoarding disorder cannot part with things they acquire.
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If you don t have teeth, you don t have to worry about gum disease or cavities, says Janet Yellowitz, D.M.D., director of geriatric dentistry at the University of Maryland Dental School. But it s still important to see a dentist regularly, whether you have teeth or not.

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With age comes an ability to adapt that is borne of experience, says William Uffner, M.D., medical director for the older adults program at Friends Hospital in Philadelphia, Pa. Older adults are very resilient many sustain personal losses like the loss of a spouse or physical problems that an average 25 year old would completely buckle under, and they still don t become depressed.
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When pet owners tout that animals are good for their health, are they barking up the wrong tree? [caption id="attachment_7547" align="alignright" width="259" caption="(File photo)"]

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"Our bodies start to change in a way that affects our driving as early as age 35, says Katherine Freund, president and executive director of ITNAmerica, the first national nonprofit transportation network for the aging population. Your experience as a driver may compensate for changing vision, slowing reaction times, or other health changes.

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Can the loss of a loved one actually cause your heart to break? According to experts, extreme emotional stress, whether due to a positive event or a negative one, can in fact lead to a reversible heart weakness known as stress cardiomyopathy, or broken heart syndrome.

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John Erickson, founder of Erickson Retirement Communities, and his son, Mark Erickson, coauthor of Old is the New Young: Erickson s Secrets to Healthy Living, recently appeared on the Today Show s Fountain of Youth segment to talk about how we can improve our memory as we age.

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Glaucoma is a leading cause of blindness in the U.S. The most common type, open-angle glaucoma, occurs when normal fluid pressure inside the eyes slowly rises, compressing and damaging cells in the optic nerve. Glaucoma can develop in one or both eyes.