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Pets help seniors stay healthier and happier, wherever they live, studies show

(BPT) - French novelist Sidonie-Gabrielle Collette once said, “Our perfect companions never have fewer than four feet.” Pets provide meaningful social support for owners, and they can be especially beneficial for seniors. Ample research shows pet ownership delivers physical and mental health benefits for seniors, regardless of whether they’re living on their own or in a senior living community.

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Wednesday 08/09/2017
Daughters in the Workplace Need More Support
Updated: August 09, 2017 - 3:32 pm

(NewsUSA) - For the millions of women caring for an aging adult while balancing a full-time job, it can be a struggle to juggle conflicting demands.

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Tuesday 08/01/2017
Looking for balance? Fighting fatigue? Your diet might be a place to start
Updated: August 09, 2017 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Adults today are constantly searching for balance in life. While balance can be broadly defined, in simple terms it is rooted in equal proportions. The human body demands an equilibrium in order to sustain proper mental, physical and spiritual health. But, achieving balance can be difficult when everyday personal and environmental stresses (such as work, poor diet, harsh sunlight and pollution) expose the body to cell-damaging oxidative stress.

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Tuesday 07/25/2017
One man's struggle with PTSD, 40 years later
Updated: August 02, 2017 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Bobby Barrera’s career as a Marine ended abruptly at age 21. While in Vietnam, on his first mission, a land mine explosion took his right hand at the wrist and left arm at the shoulder, and left him with severe burns over 40 percent of his body and face.

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Friday 07/21/2017
Take precautions in the heat - lifesaving tips
Updated: July 29, 2017 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - From tornadoes and floods to hail and lightning storms, the United States experiences a broad array of extreme weather. Fatalities do occur, but many people are surprised to learn that the weather event that causes the greatest number of deaths is heat.

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Wednesday 07/19/2017
Championing the Right to Age Well
Updated: July 20, 2017 - 3:32 pm

(NewsUSA) - In 1967, one of today's most iconic runners made her mark in history.

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Tuesday 07/11/2017
This simple test can set you on the road to a lifetime of better health
Updated: July 19, 2017 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Here's a sobering statistic for you: 20 percent of all deaths in the United States can be attributed to poor lifestyle factors and behavioral choices. It's difficult to swallow, but fortunately new research also finds that those who take the time to establish a simple screening routine improve their chances of modifying their behavior toward a healthy lifestyle.

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Thursday 06/29/2017
Pancreatic cancer: Know your family, know your risk
Updated: July 07, 2017 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Pancreatic cancer is one of the most deadly cancers, with a mere 29 percent one-year survival rate. In 2016, pancreatic cancer became the third leading cause of cancer death in the United States, surpassing breast cancer.

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Tips to Prevent Slips, Trips and Falls
Updated: June 29, 2017 - 3:32 am

(StatePoint) Slips, trips and falls that cause injury and death are all too common, and they disproportionately affect older people. Indeed, one-third of older U.S. adults suffer falls each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. What’s more, a fear of falling can alter habits, negatively impacting one’s quality of life.

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Friday 06/23/2017
4 laundry personalities: Where do you fit?
Updated: July 01, 2017 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Chic, trendy, sporty, bohemian, sophisticated, fun, classic you probably have a clear vision of your fashion and style personality. But do you know your laundry personality? How you wash the clothes you wear is every bit as personal and unique to you as the clothes themselves. Knowing your laundry personality could help ease the load and make the chore easy and fail-proof.

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Thursday 06/22/2017
3 pressing reasons to talk hearing health at your next physical exam
Updated: June 30, 2017 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - When was the last time you and your doctor talked about your hearing?

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Understanding the link between salt and health
Updated: June 30, 2017 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - The news lately is full of articles about salt and health. Everyone seems to be getting either too much salt or not enough. So which is it? Part of the problem is with how we study the connection. Fortunately, researchers on both sides of the issue are starting to agree on how best to proceed and may soon have a better answer for all of us. That answer may be that for most of us, there is no need to eat less salt than we do now.

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Friday 06/16/2017
Here's how to tap into your home's not-so-hidden potential
Updated: June 20, 2017 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Your most valuable asset is around you all the time. It’s above you, it’s below you and in many cases you don’t realize how much it can do for you.

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Wednesday 06/14/2017
60-plus? Smart fashion tips to keep you looking stylish and fabulous
Updated: June 22, 2017 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Muumuus and mom jeans or spangled capris and Aloha shirts — is this really all the fashion world has to offer women over the age of 60? Do mature women who desire to dress fashionably for summer really have to choose between “frumpy and fogey” or “too young and trendy?”

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Tuesday 06/13/2017
How to use your home equity in retirement
Updated: June 21, 2017 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Most of us save and plan for decades to enjoy the period of our life when we no longer need to go into the office and work an eight-hour day for a paycheck.

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Monday 06/12/2017
4 strategies to grow your finances in retirement
Updated: June 20, 2017 - 3:32 am

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Friday 06/09/2017
Survey: Cataracts impact lifestyle; surgery brings emotional benefits
Updated: June 17, 2017 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - You may know that cataracts can interfere with your ability to see clearly, but might be unaware of their impact on your emotions. Alcon, the global leader in eye care, conducted a survey of about 1,300 people age 60 and older who have undergone cataract surgery and found that almost 60 percent of respondents said cataracts made them feel annoyed, frustrated or old. Also, many respondents said that the condition makes some daily activities harder.

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Wednesday 06/07/2017
More Grandparents are Raising Grandkids: 3 Things They Need to Know
Updated: June 07, 2017 - 3:35 am

(StatePoint) From single parents to traditional and multigenerational households, modern families come in all shapes and sizes. But did you know there’s an uptick in the number of grandparents raising grandkids? According to data from The Pew Charitable Trusts, 2.9 million grandparents were raising their grandchildren in 2015 compared with 2.5 million in 2005.

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Friday 06/02/2017
Tips to help families cope with Alzheimer's, mitigate tensions and relieve stress
Updated: June 10, 2017 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - Receiving an Alzheimer's diagnosis is never easy — it's life changing, not only for the person receiving the diagnosis but for their family members as well. The disease can exact a devastating toll on family relationships unless everyone pitches in to support caregivers and take steps to secure the financial future of the person with Alzheimer's. These are a few important takeaways from a new survey by the Alzheimer’s Association.

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Thursday 06/01/2017
Hey guys. Is your good health a perception or reality?
Updated: June 09, 2017 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - When it comes to health, perception is not always reality. This is especially true when considering how men care for themselves when faced with a health condition. In fact, while most men would say they are more focused on their health than they have been in the past, physicians report a different truth. This difference is especially concerning when it comes to treating chronic conditions, because failure to follow treatment regimens may lead to bigger health problems in the future.

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Wednesday 05/31/2017
Tips to help save money on prescription drug costs
Updated: June 08, 2017 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - Modern medications can work wonders, improving quality of life, curing illness and even saving lives. However, those miracles can come at a high cost, as anyone who’s had to pay for branded prescription medication knows. In fact, spending on prescription drugs has increased 73 percent in the past seven years, according to a new report from the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBSA).

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Monday 05/29/2017
Sore knees? 3 reasons to participate in a clinical trial
Updated: June 06, 2017 - 3:35 am

(BPT) - Designed to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of new treatments, clinical trials are the only way medical advances can move knowledge and science forward. In regard to knee pain, clinical trials offer the newest and latest ideas on finding better ways to treat pain.

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Wednesday 05/24/2017
Aging Eyes: 3 Ways Seniors Can Protect Their Vision
Updated: May 24, 2017 - 3:35 am

(StatePoint) While you may take healthy eyes for granted, it’s important to know that as you age, you become more susceptible to conditions that can impair your vision. The effects of vision loss can be devastating, harming one’s quality of life and independence.

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Monday 05/22/2017
5 aging-in-place bathroom upgrades to make while you're young(er)
Updated: May 30, 2017 - 3:35 am

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Unlock the secret to healthy aging by improving your health in three key areas
Updated: May 30, 2017 - 3:35 am

(BPT) - You’re still just as active as you were in your thirties and forties, but as you continue to add those candles to your birthday cake each year, you can feel the effects of aging starting to take a toll on your body. As you age, your body needs a little extra care to maintain optimal health; that’s why you go for your morning walk and eat a balanced diet. These things can help you support your overall well-being, but there are other factors to consider if you want to live a healthier, more active lifestyle as you grow older.

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Friday 05/19/2017
Easy steps to get your lawn ready for spring
Updated: May 27, 2017 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - After a long, cold winter, you’re certainly ready for summer. But is your lawn? The snow and bitter temps may have wreaked havoc on your yard, but now that warmer weather has arrived, it’s time to tackle those small projects that can add up to a beautiful lawn.

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Wednesday 05/17/2017
Home health services help maintain senior independence
Updated: May 25, 2017 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - Staying healthy and out of the hospital is a top priority for the majority of seniors. However, as you age, you may need additional care to meet your medical needs after an illness, injury or exacerbation of a chronic health problem. Fortunately, this doesn't necessarily mean a long hospital or rehab stay, thanks to home health service options.

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Simple ways to add physical fitness to your daily routine
Updated: May 25, 2017 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - Being resourceful with your daily routine can deliver big payoffs when it comes to increasing your activity level. Incorporating physical fitness into your everyday activities can save you time and also burn calories, and it doesn't have to take much time or effort.

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Friday 05/12/2017
National Poppy Day honors veterans' sacrifice for freedom
Updated: May 20, 2017 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - Even in the darkest of times, flowers still find their way to the surface to bloom. Poppy seeds can lay fallow for years, yet bloom brilliantly when the soil is disturbed or when the soil is freshly dug. After the battles were fought in World War I, the blood red poppy flourished in France and Belgium when battlefields became burial grounds. The red flowers suddenly bloomed among the newly dug gravesites of fallen service members, turning the new graveyards into fields of red.

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Thursday 05/11/2017
5 nutritionist tips to start eating and living healthier
Updated: May 19, 2017 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - When you need to fix your car, learn the latest tech or finish a major home improvement, what do you do? You turn to the experts, those with in-depth knowledge on how to accomplish these tasks in the most efficient and effective way. And when you’re looking to improve your overall health by focusing on improving your diet, it’s also time to turn to the experts.

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Wednesday 05/10/2017
5 tips to find the financial advisor to match your retirement goals
Updated: May 18, 2017 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - The idea of retirement may start out as a distant dream. You have hopes and plans for that special time that seems so far away. Sooner or later that time will be here and hopefully you’ll be ready.

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Wednesday 05/03/2017
Need care today? Here are 4 choices to try before the emergency room
Updated: May 11, 2017 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - A health concern rarely strikes when it's convenient for you, and in most cases it occurs at the worst possible time. When you need care and don’t have time to schedule an appointment, what do you do?

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Saturday 04/29/2017
5 facts about strokes that could save your life
Updated: May 07, 2017 - 3:31 am

Chances are you know someone who has had a stroke. An estimated 795,000 people in the United States have a stroke each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Thursday 04/27/2017
Transportation safety: How seniors can maintain independence outside the home
Updated: May 05, 2017 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - It can be hard to admit your vision isn’t what it used to be, especially when it comes to driving. Maybe you’ve noticed some difficulties reading traffic signals, or you’ve found it challenging to drive at night.

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Tuesday 04/25/2017
Too many with epilepsy are unaware of this uncommon but fatal threat
Updated: May 03, 2017 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - For people with epilepsy—and for those who care for them—the side effects of the condition are well known. They know all about the seizures and they also know how best to care for themselves or their loved ones should a seizure occur. While the persistent possibility of a seizure is well known, many people living with epilepsy are unaware of another threat that, while uncommon, is fatal.

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Monday 04/17/2017
Proper nutrition is key to senior health
Updated: April 25, 2017 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - Americans are now living longer than ever before. In fact, one of the fastest growing segments is people over the age of 85 who will represent 20 percent of the population by the year 2040. Because we are living longer, certain conditions specific to seniors are also on a steady rise. Dehydration, falls, fractures, cognition loss and attention deficits are now becoming more commonplace.

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Thursday 04/13/2017
Fresh ways to enjoy pizza night and make a balanced meal
Updated: April 21, 2017 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - You know a balanced diet that includes plenty of fruits and vegetables is best for your health, but achieving that can be a challenge given everything you have to accomplish in a day. Daily meal planning doesn’t have to be such a chore if you turn to your freezer for a little help. In fact, starting with frozen prepared foods as the foundation of your dinner plate and adding side dishes with fresh fruit, vegetables, whole grains and/or low-fat dairy can make it possible to serve a balanced meal that is quick and tasty. And that works for pizza night, too!

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Tuesday 04/11/2017
Tips to reduce your health care expenses
Updated: April 19, 2017 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - Health care costs are in the news all the time. You hear about them at work and when you’re with friends and family. The comments are always the same. Health care is getting more and more expensive and it seems to be outpacing the money you make.

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Monday 04/10/2017
5 simple steps to be your best at any age
Updated: April 18, 2017 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - They say you’re only as young as you feel, and if you're an older American, the ability to feel young a little while longer is always appealing. Having a youthful state of mind goes a long way toward accomplishing this goal, but you can’t ignore the importance of solid physical health.

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Saturday 04/08/2017
The rising burden of Alzheimer's disease on health costs, caregiver health and 65+ population
Updated: April 16, 2017 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - Kristen Beatty’s 78-year-old father, Ray, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s about 10 years ago. Since then, he has developed a sense of paranoia, insomnia and the delusion that people are stealing from him. Though Beatty and her brother constantly reassure their father to allay his fears, the daily struggle can take its toll. Beatty’s mother, Sue, had previously cared for Ray for about five years. In 2012, Sue died unexpectedly of a heart attack, or as Beatty puts it, she died of a broken heart.

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Monday 04/03/2017
New rotator cuff procedure helps tendons heal
Updated: April 11, 2017 - 3:31 am

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Wednesday 03/29/2017
3 Ways Seniors Can Get More from their Smartphones
Updated: March 29, 2017 - 3:31 am

(StatePoint) With the rapid pace of new developments in smartphone technology, it can be hard to keep up with all the changes, especially if you grew up in an era when phones were attached to a cord.

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Tuesday 03/28/2017
Natural ways to keep roses radiant this season
Updated: April 05, 2017 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - Warm weather welcomes flowerbeds, gardens burst with color and fragrance, and in many yards, roses are the stars of the show. They’re the most popular and prized flower in American gardens, one of the most-beloved flowers for weddings, and staples of Valentine’s and Mother’s Day bouquets. Americans love their roses — and so do a host of harmful pests, including Japanese beetles, aphids, mites among other insects, and let’s not forget about deer.

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Thursday 03/23/2017
Key retirement milestones everyone should know about
Updated: March 31, 2017 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - Retirement can seem like a very distant destination in your early working years. However, as you age, that once distant destination starts to become more real. As you enter your 50s you can really start to think about how much you have saved and how that will translate into retirement income. You can also start to better understand the idea of allocating part of your retirement nest egg to guaranteed income based on your calculation of how much pension income and Social Security you will receive. Also critical during this final phase of working is understanding the key retirement milestones and how they will impact your ability to retire.

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Tuesday 03/21/2017
Small nest egg, big dreams? Tips for buying your retirement home
Updated: March 29, 2017 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - Planning for retirement means making a lot of decisions, including when you’ll stop working, how much you’ll withdraw from your savings each year, and where you’ll live. Many Americans view retirement as an opportunity to move into a house they’ll love and live in for all their golden years. In fact, 64 percent of retirees either have moved or plan to move, according to a Merrill Lynch survey.

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Monday 03/20/2017
3 steps to reach 100 feeling youthful and healthy
Updated: March 28, 2017 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - What will your life be like when you turn 100? A century ago the question seemed almost flippant, a needless consideration for most people, but today it's very real. The percentage of people living to 100 has grown almost 66 percent in the last 30 years, according to U.S. News and World Report.

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Is hidden salt hurting your health? Five tips for taking control
Updated: March 28, 2017 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - A typical soup and sandwich lunch can seem like a healthy meal. However, the bread, cold cuts and soup can be packed with something that can have a negative impact on your overall wellness: salt.

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Friday 03/17/2017
Seniors Find That Doing Good Is Good For You
Updated: March 17, 2017 - 3:31 pm

(NewsUSA) - There are two things that older adults have in spades these days: time and knowledge. And both make them the perfect match for volunteering.

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Wednesday 03/15/2017
Seniors struggling to pay life insurance premiums have options, including selling their policy
Updated: March 23, 2017 - 3:31 am

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Monday 03/13/2017
Obstructive sleep apnea and respiratory compromise: Know your risk
Updated: March 21, 2017 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) — a potentially serious sleep disorder that can stop a person’s breathing during sleep — affects 25 million adults in the U.S. Individuals living with OSA may know they are at risk for high blood pressure, stroke, heart attack, diabetes or headaches. What they may not know is that OSA is also a risk factor for respiratory compromise, a potentially fatal condition.

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