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According to the most recent data from the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH), nearly 21 million adults in the U.S. practice yoga—twice the number from 2002. Among adults ages 45 to 64, use of yoga increased from 5.2% in 2002 to 7.2% in 2012. And while adults over 65 are increasing their participation in yoga, it’s still not very popular. Only 3.3% practiced it in...
R inging, roaring, buzzing, clicking, hissing—these are some of the ways people describe tinnitus, also called ringing in the ears. “Approximately 40 million people in America have constant tinnitus, and 99.9 % of them also have hearing loss,” says Dennis Fitzgerald, M.D., physician and assistant professor of otolaryngology at Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University in...
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T he employees of Erickson Living strive to provide residents with extra services that may make life easier. Among these services is a Medicare Advantage health plan called Erickson Advantage, which has been offered exclusively to Erickson Living community residents for over ten years now. Different plans for individual needs Erickson Advantage (EA) is not intended to be one-size-fits-all health...
Ashby Ponds Medical Center
A 2010 AARP poll found 73% of older Americans would like to stay in their residences as long as possible. “Health reasons” are cited as a major reason for moving, according to a 2014 report from the U.S. Census. Faced with a current medical problem (or the risk of developing one) medical problem, it is essential to seniors’ quality of life to have needed services close to their new home. “...
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If you haven't already, you might receive a letter from your former company about a change to your previous retiree health plan. Some employers have been cutting back on benefits since the early 1990s, and the trend has continued. Retirees on the losing end of the deal Often companies blame soaring health care costs, but some say terminating company-sponsored health benefits and requiring...
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Colorectal cancer is a collective term for cancers of the large bowel. This cancer is the second leading cancer killer in the United States and the third most common type for men and women. According to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), 134,000 persons will be diagnosed with the disease in 2016 and about 49,000 will die from it. The disease rarely produces symptoms in early stages...
For seniors, a higher-dose flu vaccine is more effective than the standard dose but may produce more side effects.
You’ve probably had the flu at some point in your life. And since you successfully fought it off, you may think you could do it again. So why get a flu shot? “The flu can be very dangerous after age 65,” says Andrew Kundrat, M.D., medical director at Riderwood, an Erickson Living community in Silver Spring, Md. “Your immune system is not as robust and that makes you vulnerable to complications...
While there is no upper age limit for LASIK surgery, you will want your ophthalmologist to determine your suitability for the procedure.
M ost sources claim eyeglasses were invented in thirteenth-century Italy by an unknown inventor. According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), they were worn mainly by monks and scholars. Once the printing press was invented in the fifteenth century and printed material became widely available, the popularity of eyeglasses soared. Hard contact lenses came along in the 1930s, and soft...
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Heartburn. Acid indigestion. Acid reflux. These terms get tossed around whenever people have that uncomfortable burning behind the breastbone. According to the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), 60% of Americans experience heartburn at least once a year, and up to 10% experience it daily. NEJM also reports that heartburn is the most common symptom of the fourth most prevalent...