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Monday 02/01/2016
4 Tips to Live Better in Retirement
Updated: February 01, 2016 - 4:34 am

(StatePoint) The conceptions and realities of retirement have changed a great deal over the past several decades, giving many seniors misgivings about the future. But your golden years can be happy, healthy and productive, say experts.

Starting the conversation about opioid-induced constipation
Updated: February 08, 2016 - 4:34 am

(BPT) - Results of a survey of patients prescribed opioids for chronic pain sheds light on constipation, a common side effect of opioid therapy.

Friday 01/29/2016
Protect your sight with this little known nutrient
Updated: February 06, 2016 - 4:34 am

(BPT) - There’s an existing nutrient that is incredibly important to your eye health. However, odds are you’ve probably never heard of it.

Thursday 01/28/2016
7 high-tech reasons you should finally deal with your hearing loss
Updated: February 05, 2016 - 4:34 am

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Wednesday 01/27/2016
Why bad science isn't good for anyone
Updated: February 04, 2016 - 4:34 am

(BPT) - There is an old adage that the squeaking wheel gets the most oil. If you need proof that adage still rings true, consider where we are with food science research. Much of the time, the loudest are heard, regardless of qualifications, while the more informed and experienced are silenced.

Rewiring aging [Infographic]
Posted: January 27, 2016

(BPT) - If you're over the age of 80 and sometimes have trouble in the digital world, you're not alone. While many seniors say technology has helped them in some way, tackling technology can often be daunting. Here's a look at how America's oldest senior citizens feel about technology, how they use it and how it has improved their lives.

Tuesday 01/26/2016
5 common heart health myths debunked
Updated: February 03, 2016 - 4:34 am

(BPT) - As the number one cause of death in both men and women, knowledge is power when it comes to preventing heart conditions. Whether it runs in your family or not, this is one health issue you shouldn’t ignore.

Monday 01/25/2016
5 reasons to restore your pelvic floor this New Year
Updated: January 26, 2016 - 4:34 am

(BPT) - Making your annual New Year's resolution? This year, try something new — something that takes a little effort but delivers big.

Surgery and anesthesia: Making it safer at any age
Updated: February 01, 2016 - 4:34 am

(BPT) - Anesthesia today is safer than ever. But try telling that to a nervous parent of a 5-year-old about to have surgery, or to a patient in his 70s in poor health.

Friday 01/22/2016
It's peak flu season: Help protect you and your family by getting vaccinated
Updated: January 29, 2016 - 4:34 am

(BPT) - Many dread winter – the darkness, frigid weather and snowstorms. For everyone, especially elderly individuals and children, winter also carries one major health concern — seasonal influenza (the flu).

Wednesday 01/20/2016
To grandmother's house we go: The hazards of a grandparent's home
Updated: January 28, 2016 - 4:34 am

(BPT) - It is no secret that grandparents play an important role in the lives of their grandchildren. From giving encouragement and life advice, to helping out as a caretaker, many turn to their grandparents for support. In fact, 72 percent of grandparents take care of their grandchildren on a regular basis, and 70 percent of them see their grandchildren at least once a week, according to the American Grandparents Association.

Proper flu etiquette to help keep you and your family flu-free
Updated: January 27, 2016 - 4:34 am

(BPT) - It came out of nowhere. The sudden fever, aches, and chills you’re experiencing are unbearable. You crawl into bed, thinking there’s not much you can do. You already feel guilty for bringing the flu home to your kids and spouse. You can try to fight it, but the virus will likely make its way through your household. Right?

Wednesday 01/13/2016
Think 'inside the box' to protect your financial well-being
Updated: January 21, 2016 - 4:34 am

(BPT) - From complicated passwords to smart home security systems, it seems like everyone these days is coming up with novel ways to protect themselves and their family, and keep their valuables secure.

Tuesday 01/05/2016
Transform your home today, stay safe tomorrow
Updated: January 12, 2016 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - While many can only dream of the day they’ll retire, for baby boomers, that dream is quickly becoming a reality. By the year 2030, approximately 20 percent of Americans are expected to be age 65 or older, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. But retirement doesn’t necessarily mean relocating to a senior community. More and more, adults choose to “age in place,” remaining in their current home, even after retirement. Here are a few ways to add extra convenience today — and ensure a safe home in the future.

Tuesday 12/22/2015
Football players face more than just concussion worries, little-known neurologic condition also prevalent
Updated: December 29, 2015 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - There’s been a lot of attention recently on the effects of sports-related brain injuries. However, PseudoBulbar Affect (PBA), a neurologic condition that causes uncontrollable, sudden outbursts of crying and/or laughing in people with brain injuries or certain neurologic conditions, is absent from the dialogue. An estimated 7 million Americans suffer from PBA, but awareness is low and many people don’t know they have it.

Monday 12/21/2015
Live long and financially strong with these 3 tips
Updated: December 28, 2015 - 4:34 am

(BPT) - By 2029, more than 76 million baby boomers will be 65 or older, according to recent Census estimates. While there is great upside to increased longevity, there are also challenges. Inflation, climbing health care expenses and ebbing safety nets are complex dynamics to navigate through an extended retirement.

The best gift any grandparent can give their grandchild is...good health
Updated: December 28, 2015 - 4:34 am

(BPT) - For grandparents, giving is quite possibly the best part of the holiday season. When you gather with your kids and grandkids this holiday season it’s wonderful to share your homemade cookies and heartfelt gifts, but two things no one in your family should ever give to a loved one are influenza (flu) or whooping cough.

Saturday 12/19/2015
Caring for Elderly Relatives: Making it Easier on Your Family
Updated: December 19, 2015 - 4:33 am

(StatePoint) It can be difficult for families when an elderly loved one starts to weaken physically and mentally. While nursing homes are an option, most are extremely expensive, and most seniors would prefer to remain in familiar surroundings. Fortunately, there are now more choices available that can provide seniors the freedom to continue living safely in their own home.

Friday 12/18/2015
Finding inner strength while living with MS
Updated: December 25, 2015 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - When Chrystal Graham of Alpharetta, Georgia was diagnosed with relapsing Multiple Sclerosis (MS) in 2009, she was 27-years-old and no stranger to coping with life’s challenges. Having dealt with the loss of her mother to illness, Graham knew she could manage her way through almost any type of adversity.

Wednesday 12/16/2015
Free Senior Safety Check Offers Peace of Mind for Family and Friends
Updated: December 17, 2015 - 4:33 am

(NewsUSA) - Approximately 60 percent of adults aged 65 and older living alone or in care facilities receive no regular visitors, according to recent studies. Loneliness is a challenge for older adults, especially during the holidays. Some may have no close relatives; others may have family members and friends too far away to visit regularly.

Monday 12/14/2015
Resolve to make difficult times easier for your loved ones
Updated: December 21, 2015 - 4:34 am

(BPT) - There are few traditions as optimistic in spirit as resolution setting. Every Jan. 1, millions of Americans make resolutions. In 2015, the second most popular resolution — behind dieting — was to become better organized, according to the Statistic Brain Research Institute ranking of top 10 New Year’s resolutions.

Generational retirement planning
Updated: December 21, 2015 - 4:34 am

(BPT) - New research finds a link between inheritances and retirement preparedness. For many, life insurance proceeds can help close the gap between what the next generation will have and what they need.

Thursday 12/10/2015
Living well: Fend off the blues with a hearing test
Updated: December 17, 2015 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - Need a mood boost? Maybe it’s time to check your hearing.

Monday 12/07/2015
7 unexpected, lesser-known signs of dementia
Posted: December 07, 2015

(BPT) - Most age-related health issues don’t develop overnight — after all, it’s called “growing older,” not “suddenly older.” And although it’s not a normal side-effect of growing older, dementia is one of many health concerns that can creep up on people as they age.

Thursday 12/03/2015
Forever Young: How Seniors Can Stay Happy and Healthy at Home
Updated: December 04, 2015 - 4:34 am

(NewsUSA) - The dusty stereotype of grandparents spending their 70s and 80s in a nursing home is fading fast, replaced by stories of skydiving seniors and engaged elders contributing to their communities.

Friday 11/27/2015
Give the gift of sight this holiday season
Updated: November 27, 2015 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - Older people are at heightened risk for vision loss due to age-related eye disorders. In fact, one out of every six Americans age 65 and older has a vision impairment that cannot be improved by glasses or contact lenses.

Monday 11/23/2015
How to adjust to new hearing aids
Updated: December 01, 2015 - 4:34 am

(BPT) - “Hearing aids aren’t like glasses.” If you’ve already visited a hearing care professional, that’s probably what you were told. When you put on a new pair of glasses, you immediately see everything like you used to, and as clearly as possible. For the first-time hearing aid wearer, however, things are very different. When you put on your new hearing aids, some things sound better, but others may not sound the way you’d expect.

Tuesday 11/17/2015
What it will take to double pancreatic cancer survival by 2020
Updated: November 24, 2015 - 4:34 am

(BPT) - For Diane Borrison, it started with her eyes. They had suddenly taken on a yellowish hue. It didn’t take her long to realize her skin had followed suit. Borrison knew right away there must be something wrong, and she scheduled an appointment with her doctor immediately.

Think you're too young for retirement planning? Think again
Updated: November 24, 2015 - 4:34 am

(BPT) - More than half of Americans are at risk of being unable to maintain their pre-retirement standard of living in retirement, with younger households in worse shape than those approaching their retirement years.

Thursday 11/12/2015
Does Your Retirement Plan Consider Long-Term Care?
Updated: November 12, 2015 - 4:33 am

(StatePoint) When many people consider their retirement, they dream about the vacations they’ll take and the time they will have to relax. And while many savvy consumers are planning for their retirement financially, experts say that not enough people consider the potential expense of long-term care.

Living with asthma? Get smart about the flu
Updated: November 19, 2015 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - It’s that time of year again — cold and flu season. Across the country, Americans are arming themselves by receiving the annual flu vaccine, defending themselves against the telltale sniffles, sneezing, chills and fever. While the flu virus can be unpleasant for anyone who contracts it, for the approximately 25 million Americans living with asthma, the flu can present even more physical challenges.

Best holiday gift for seniors? Teach them how to use tech to stay connected
Updated: November 19, 2015 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - If you’re thinking of buying Grandma her first ever smartphone or tablet for the holidays, but aren’t sure she’ll be able to handle the technology ... make that purchase! Studies show technology can lead to the deeper levels of social engagement associated with improved mental and physical wellbeing in older adults. But there’s a catch — you need to help Grandma learn how to use that mobile device in order for her to reap the full benefits of social technology.

Monday 11/09/2015
What are you doing to find relief from chronic pain?
Updated: November 16, 2015 - 4:34 am

(BPT) - Every day in this country, millions of people suffer from chronic pain and are desperate to find relief. For many, the road to managing chronic pain can be complex and can include prescription medications, over-the-counter products, lifestyle modifications and physical therapy. But when those options have been exhausted and the pain continues, many people aren’t sure where to turn.

Take your medicine: 5 steps to make sure you don't miss a dose
Updated: November 16, 2015 - 4:34 am

(BPT) - Did you remember to take your medication today? If the answer is no, you’re not alone. People all over the country make the same mistake every single day. Research shows more than 50 percent of prescription medication users fail to take their medications when they are supposed to. And if you’re taking more than one type of medication, it gets even harder to remember.

Thursday 11/05/2015
The easiest way to prevent diseases: take care of your teeth
Updated: November 12, 2015 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - Millions of baby boomers set for retirement are facing the question of whether to buy dental insurance. In many cases, they’ve had dental insurance their entire working lives, thanks to employer-sponsored plans. But teeth are not immune to aging, and many people will find themselves paying for costly procedures like crown replacements, extractions, implants and dentures unless they continue with the preventive care usually covered by dental insurance.

Wednesday 11/04/2015
Hearing aids can help you avoid the stress of family gatherings
Updated: November 11, 2015 - 4:34 am

(BPT) - Holidays are for reuniting with friends and family. These are times full of love and joy, but can also be full of stress. If you have hearing loss, these large gatherings can be even more challenging because hearing loss occurs more often at the higher pitches than the low. Low-pitch sounds like the car engine, or speech sounds such as “ah” or “ooh” can generally be heard more easily than high-pitch sounds like bird chirps or speech sounds such as “s” or “f.” As a result, people rely on hearing the low-pitch sounds in speech in order to understand the conversation. People with hearing loss also rely more on non-verbal cues to help them fill in the gaps, including the context of the conversation, body language, facial expressions and lip-reading.

Monday 11/02/2015
Screening with 'Pap HPV' is the preferred method for women aged 30-65 in the fight against cervical cancer
Updated: November 09, 2015 - 4:34 am

(BPT) - It is not often that new study results come along that help put to rest an issue that impacts millions of women in the U.S. But a new study published by an American Cancer Society journal makes it very clear: Pap HPV together, also known as co-testing, remains the preferred way to detect cervical pre-cancer and cancer in women between 30 and 65.

Attention needed: the lung disease you may not know you have
Updated: November 09, 2015 - 4:34 am

(BPT) - Lung disease is the third leading cause of death and impacts more than 24 million people in the United States, yet many people with the disease are unaware they may have it. Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, or COPD, is a serious lung disease that over time makes it hard to breathe and can cause serious, long-term disability. More than 12 million people are diagnosed with COPD in the United States and experts estimate that just as many are undiagnosed. COPD goes by other names including chronic bronchitis and emphysema.

Double check your medicine labels; don't double up on acetaminophen
Updated: November 09, 2015 - 4:34 am

(BPT) - You know when cold and flu season has arrived. The temperature drops, and you can hear sniffles and sneezes everywhere you go. You see over-the-counter (OTC) medicine aisles at neighborhood pharmacies and grocery stores quickly fill with people buying cough syrup, throat lozenges, and nasal sprays to get relief from their fevers, coughs, congestion, and more.

Taking a cue from the rich and famous
Updated: November 09, 2015 - 4:34 am

(BPT) - Where can you find more Olympic gold medals and Oscar awards than anywhere else? Here’s a hint: It’s the same place where more precious jewelry, gold, moon rocks, Super Bowl rings, lottery tickets and priceless art are located than any other place in the world.

Thursday 10/29/2015
A personalized approach to treating metastatic melanoma
Updated: November 05, 2015 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - “You have melanoma.” For many people who hear these words, a deeply personal health journey follows. But one of the most important facts patients and caregivers may learn is that melanoma is not a single disease. It can vary from person to person, often due to genetic changes that are unique to each patient. Doctors use this information to select an appropriate treatment.

Educational events connect local Parkinson's communities with resources and support
Updated: November 05, 2015 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - More than one year ago, The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research (MJFF) and AbbVie launched Partners in Parkinson’s, a strategic health initiative to provide resources to help the nearly 1 million Americans living with Parkinson’s disease (PD) optimize their care and live well with the disease. To date, nearly 8,500 people have attended Partners in Parkinson’s events across the country, and the free, day-long program is coming to one more location in 2015, and six additional U.S. cities on Saturdays in 2016.

Tuesday 10/27/2015
5 tips to better manage your COPD
Updated: February 04, 2016 - 4:34 am

(BPT) - Has shortness of breath ever made you avoid climbing the stairs or walking from one room to another in your own home? Do you experience a persistent cough that deters you from participating in the daily activities you love to do?

Thursday 10/22/2015
Renovating to age in place? Focus efforts and budgets on bathrooms and kitchens, experts say
Updated: October 30, 2015 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - No one relishes the prospect of having to move out of his or her home due to age-related health, mobility or dexterity issues. In fact, more than half of homeowners 60 and older say they intend to stay in their current homes indefinitely, according to a recent survey by Houzz. Fortunately for people who want to stay put, a range of home improvements can make it easier to remain in your home as you grow older.

Tuesday 10/13/2015
What to Ask Before Buying a Stairlift
Updated: October 14, 2015 - 4:33 am

(NewsUSA) - As the population of the United States ages, home stairlifts are becoming increasingly popular. The installation of a stairlift allows many older adults who have difficulty with stairs but are otherwise in good health to remain in their homes and retain their independence.

Wednesday 10/07/2015
The most treatable serious senior health issue: loneliness
Updated: October 14, 2015 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - While Americans tend to associate the holidays with togetherness, joyful occasions and feelings of warmth and happiness, the season can also worsen feelings of loneliness and isolation for some people — especially older adults. Loneliness is not only bad for seniors’ mental health, it can affect their physical wellbeing as well.

Wednesday 09/30/2015
Website provides tips for leukemia patients and caregivers
Updated: January 30, 2016 - 4:34 am

(BPT) - Chronic lymphocytic leukemia, or CLL, is the most common type of adult leukemia in the US. The average age at diagnosis is 72 years old and this disease affects 16,000 people each year, 4,600 of whom will unfortunately die. This is often a slow-growing blood cancer and a complicated disease, and many patients and families may find themselves overwhelmed with the diagnosis and not sure where to begin.

Monday 09/28/2015
5 tips to make Medicare Open Enrollment easier
Updated: October 05, 2015 - 4:34 am

(BPT) - Medicare Open Enrollment, which happens every year from Oct. 15 through Dec. 7, marks an important time of year for people older than 65 to change their health plans and prescription drug coverage for the upcoming year. HealthCare Partners, the leading independent medical group in America with nearly 1,000 physicians across the country, provided these tips to help seniors who are reviewing their health plans.

5 surprising superfoods for baby boomers
Updated: October 05, 2015 - 4:34 am

(BPT) - An estimated 77 million baby boomers represent the largest generation of Americans born in U.S. history. Many are embracing their golden years and taking a proactive approach to their well-being. If you are a boomer, you understand nutrition is fundamental to maintaining your health. But do you know some foods are particularly powerful in helping you age well?

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