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A blue ribbon represents prostate cancer

With many cancers, regular screening, detection, and prompt treatment can extend your life. For some men, especially older men, this may not be necessarily the rule for prostate cancer, the most common cancer in men. That’s because prostate cancer is so slow-growing, you may be more likely to die from something else before the cancer would become a problem.

Several candy colored medications are shown here poured out of the bottles

According to a 2017 report from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, one in three Medicare beneficiaries has five or more chronic conditions. So it’s no surprise that 40% of adults over age 65 take five or more medications, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

If you have type 2 diabetes your body does not use insulin properly. This is called insulin resistance. Unlike some other medical conditions, it doesn’t occur because of age-related wear and tear on an organ (in this case, the pancreas). Rather, the problem is the trillions of cells throughout your entire body.

Donuts and candies sit next to a layer of sugar, in which someone has written "sugar"

Your digestive system changes carbohydrates into sugar—blood sugar called glucose—and it uses this vital fuel as energy for every cell in your body. 

Sugar and your body

If sugar is so essential to survival, why is dietary sugar a bad thing? After all, Mother Nature has made sugar in various forms an integral part of many foods.

a left hand massaging a right hand

Experts believe that arthritis and related conditions such as fibromyalgia and gout are likely the main reasons for acute and persistent pain in people 65 years of age and up. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), almost 50% of adults age 65-plus have some form of arthritis diagnosed by a doctor. 

a doctor shines a line into a patient's eyes

If you are over age 80 and haven’t had a cataract, you are an exception to the rule. Cataracts, or clouding of the lens in the eye, occur in more than half of Americans by the time they have reached their 80th birthday, according to the National Eye Institute (NEI). Cataracts can affect one or both eyes. 

An annotated drawing of a Thyroid Gland

Your thyroid gland is a two-inch long organ that can become underactive and result in a disease called hypothyroidism. This condition becomes more common with age, especially among women. It can be caused by a number of reasons, including removal or atrophy of the gland, radiation, or treatment for hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid).

Erickson Living Health Medical Group providers support and practice patient-centered care.

With a few exceptions, the basic philosophies and methods by which doctors care for patients haven’t changed much in the past few decades. But on Erickson Living campuses, there are several crucial differences practiced by Erickson Health Medical Group (EHMG) providers that have been shown to be beneficial to peoples’ health.

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Did you know? Your skin sheds about 30,000 to 40,000 dead skin cells daily. That’s about 9 pounds yearly.

Your skin is your largest organ and a great protector throughout your life. But as you age, dry skin may be harder to treat at home and new growths may develop. Maybe you’ve never been to a dermatologist in your life, but now is the time to see one. 

Persistent dry skin