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It’s October and thus the very beginning of the official flu season, which runs through May. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), this contagious respiratory illness most often peaks between December and February. The flu vaccine becomes available as early as August, but by early November last year, only about half of the U.S.

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So-called “brain games” have become big business. Many companies claim their games and exercises can boost your intellect, improve memory, and even stave off dementia-related illnesses. But do they really work?

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Because of increasing awareness, the number of seniors who have advance directives in place has risen somewhat over the past two decades. Despite the increase, about half of people over 60 still haven’t put their end-of-life wishes into writing.

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A common problem later in life is a runny nose, watery eyes, or both. Either seems like a minor problem, but they can certainly be bothersome.

fish in dirty water

Bacteria and viruses are everywhere when you travel. Doubtless you’ve heard stories about people getting sick from the air inside of an airplane cabin, or that the remote control in a hotel room is the dirtiest surface imaginable.

Marijuana has been a hot topic of debate in recent years. To some, this herb is considered an illicit drug and intoxicant. Until fairly recently, it has been against the law to carry, possess, sell, or use marijuana. “The tide is turning,” says Michael C. Minardi, J.D., lawyer and partner at Kelley Kronenberg in West Palm Beach, Fla.

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Back pain, especially lower back pain, is a fact of life. According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), up to 80% of adults experience low back pain at some point in their lifetimes. For many people, this pain is short-lived (acute), but for seniors, this type of pain is typically ongoing, or chronic.

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Take a close look inside your mouth—there’s a very good chance you have some form of gum disease. 

podiatrist

If your car has been sitting in a garage all winter and you’ve hardly driven it, you are likely to inspect the tires before you head out. Similarly, if you’ve been mostly inactive during the cold months, you should have your feet tuned up before you start your springtime activities.