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Pain Awareness

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Many senior citizens fail to report pain to a doctor because of a common misconception that pain is a natural part of aging. However, pain is a signal that something is wrong in the body and should be taken seriously. The number of adults experiencing chronic pain has been on…

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Fall Prevention Tips

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Falls are a leading cause of injury and illness for seniors. In fact, 40 percent of all nursing home admissions are attributed to falls at home, and 70 percent of accidental deaths in people over the age of 75 are the result of falls. Many of these falls are preventable…

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Age Out Loud

Age Out Loud

Compared to 1963, the way Americans are aging has changed dramatically. We live longer, we work longer, and there are more options for retirement and aging in place that did not exist fifty years ago. However, living and working longer creates greater health and financial concerns for many senior citizens…

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Maintaining Good Mental Health

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Mental health is as important for senior citizens as it is for other age groups. Some of the most common mental health issues occurring among older adults are depression, anxiety, grief, and mood disorders. While such issues are common among older adults, they are not a normal part of aging.…

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Cataract Awareness

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June is Cataract Awareness Month. According to a report from Prevent Blindness, 22.3 million Americans have cataracts. More than half of older adults will experience a cataract in their lifetime. What do you know about cataracts, and how does this condition affect senior health? What are Cataracts According to the…

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Common Causes of Stress for Seniors

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According to the American Institute of Stress, 60 percent of all human illnesses and disease are caused by stress. In addition, 1 in 5 Americans experience extreme stress, which means these folks may experience heart palpitations, depression, and shaking as a result of the stress. What causes stress? For many,…

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March is National Kidney Month. Are Your Kidneys Healthy?

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Your kidneys are responsible for filtering your blood. These vital organs clean 200 liters of blood a day. They also regulate blood pressure and help make red blood cells. Malfunctioning kidneys can cause serious health complications, including buildup of waste and extra water in the body. According to the National…

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Mental Agility for Seniors

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Seniors often struggle with mental tasks such as multitasking, clear thinking, and planning. These are complex skills that require an agile mind in order to function properly. Brain games have long been a popular suggestion for seniors to use to keep their minds sharp and agile. But among all the…

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AMD and Low-Vision Tips

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Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) affects roughly 37 percent of people over the age of 75. Loss of vision and its related problems has serious consequences as people age, and could have a major impact on a person’s independence, overall health, and confidence. Some indicators of AMD include a blind spot…

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February is American Heart Month

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American Heart Month has taken place since 1964, when it was established by President Lyndon B. Johnson. More than 40 percent of Americans have high blood pressure, which is a leading cause of heart disease and stroke. Heart disease is the number one cause of death in the United States,…

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