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(BPT) - Technology, science and research are offering a personalization powerhouse at our fingertips, including products made specifically for us delivered to our doorsteps. We wear personal fitness trackers to track our steps, sleep and heart rates. Personal trainers design fitness routines made just for us. We understand that our family history, lifestyle choices and even genetics are predictive of our health needs and this information is integrated into our health care plans. But with all of this personalization, nutritional supplement options still deliver the same cookie-cutter solutions.

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Wednesday 10/18/2017
Looking for a Medicare Part D plan? Consider these 3 things
Updated: October 19, 2017 - 3:34 am

(BPT) - Many people are surprised to find out that Original Medicare doesn’t cover prescription drugs. For help with the cost of your medications, you can choose a standalone Part D plan or a Medicare Advantage plan with prescription coverage, but navigating your options can be complicated.

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Tuesday 10/17/2017
Make the most of your brain as you age
Updated: October 19, 2017 - 3:34 am

(BPT) - It is important to remember the health of our most complex organ: our brain. While the brain constantly changes throughout our lives, it’s critical that we take steps to help us stay on top of our game as we age.

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Thursday 10/12/2017
5 Mistakes to Avoid When Choosing a Medicare Advantage Plan
Updated: October 12, 2017 - 3:31 pm

(NewsUSA) - The Medicare Annual Election Period takes place this fall from Oct. 15 through Dec. 7. It's a time for people with Medicare to make important decisions about their health care.

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Wednesday 10/11/2017
Fitness Program Keeps Older Adults Physically Active, Socially Engaged
Updated: October 11, 2017 - 3:30 pm

(NewsUSA) - Joanne C. was 74 when she had a stroke in 2015 that left her paralyzed on the entire left side of her body. She refused to accept that she'd end up wheelchair-bound and began rehabilitation, determined to get her life and body back to where it was before her stroke.

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Stopping at Nothing: A 69-Year-Old BMX Racer Overcomes Her Joint Pain
Updated: October 19, 2017 - 3:34 am

(BPT) - Ever since her 20s, Kittie Weston-Knauer had experienced osteoarthritis (OA) pain in her hips and knees, but it never stopped her from staying active. In her 40s, she even picked up a new, exciting hobby: BMX, or bicycle motocross racing. Gradually though, despite her active lifestyle, the joint pain increased to the point where, in her 60s, even every day activities, like getting out of bed became nearly impossible.

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Tuesday 10/10/2017
Find Medicare Confusing? Start Here
Updated: October 18, 2017 - 3:35 am

(BPT) - Navigating Medicare can be challenging. In fact, according to a 2017 UnitedHealthcare survey, nearly 40 percent of Medicare beneficiaries find the program confusing. Learning the basics can help you cut through the confusion and make an informed decision about which coverage option may be the right fit for you.

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Friday 10/06/2017
Don't let the flu bug you this year
Updated: October 14, 2017 - 3:34 am

(BPT) - Flu season is upon us, and many healthcare facilities are urging you to start preparing now with vaccines. Ironically, one of the places where you need to be careful is at the doctor’s office or healthcare clinic.

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Wednesday 10/04/2017
The simple plan that can keep your cholesterol in check
Updated: October 12, 2017 - 3:36 am

(BPT) - For legendary TV personality and Emmy-award winner Regis Philbin, everything changed on a seemingly ordinary day back in 1992. While in Miami shooting a television commercial, the popular host — who usually plowed forward with his various commitments as though nothing could stop him — experienced something that day that almost did.

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Thursday 09/28/2017
Busting myths and misconceptions about osteoporosis
Updated: October 06, 2017 - 3:36 am

(BPT) - One in two women over the age of 50 will suffer a fracture caused by osteoporosis in her remaining lifetime. Despite its prevalence, there are many myths and misconceptions about this "silent" disease. These myths may be a reason why osteoporosis is underdiagnosed and undertreated.

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Know thrombosis: Tips to prevent deadly blood clots
Updated: October 06, 2017 - 3:36 am

(BPT) - When you think of potentially deadly health issues, do you think of a blood clot? According to a recent U.S. survey, only 7 percent of people say they are concerned about blood clots, known by the medical term thrombosis. However, what they might not know is one in four people worldwide die from conditions caused by thrombosis, making it a leading cause of global death and disability.

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50+: Can these be the best years of your life?
Updated: September 29, 2017 - 3:35 am

(BPT) - “You can be one of those people who live in the past and relive the glory days, but I’m living the best days of my life now,” said Bill, a police chief, father of four children and grandfather of two grandchildren.

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Tuesday 09/26/2017
People with reduced kidney function miss this important warning sign
Updated: October 04, 2017 - 3:34 am

(BPT) - Anyone with a chronic disease knows the importance of monitoring personal health data to keep on top of one’s disease. If you suffer from heart disease, for example, you watch your cholesterol and blood pressure closely, and if you are diabetic, you monitor your blood sugar.

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Survey: Millennials manage pain with healthy lifestyle choices
Updated: September 28, 2017 - 3:34 am

Spending their days hunched over phones, tablets or computers and their free time at spin class or playing sports, millennials are the next generation poised to experience chronic pain. Millennials say acute and chronic pain are already interfering with their quality of life.

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Thursday 09/21/2017
Clinical trials and the vital role they play in furthering cancer research
Updated: September 29, 2017 - 3:35 am

(BPT) - The world of health care is one of constant innovation and discovery. New drugs, treatments and ideas are needed to combat the various health problems Americans face every single day. It is an ever-evolving challenge, and as health concerns are conquered, one constant threat remains: Cancer.

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Monday 09/18/2017
Prevent falls this fall with a home safety checklist
Updated: September 26, 2017 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - After months of sticky heat and humidity, it’s time to put away the shorts and pull out the sweaters because the autumn season is finally here. But, late September brings us more than just cooler temperatures and a wardrobe change. If you or a loved one are over the age of 65, the change in seasons is also an opportunity to think about another kind of fall — the kind that impacts one in four older Americans every year — and the steps we can all take to help prevent them.

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The top 5 things to know about opioids
Updated: September 26, 2017 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - While a decade ago you may not have heard much about opioids, today they make headlines daily. The nationwide epidemic crosses generations and socioeconomic lines, and it's affecting your family, friends and neighbors.

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Wednesday 09/13/2017
Try this science-backed way to learn in your sleep
Updated: September 21, 2017 - 3:35 am

(BPT) - The brain never rests. If you've shared a room with a sleep-talker or woken from an intense dream, it’s pretty clear the brain is always active, even during sleep.

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Tuesday 09/12/2017
Tips for choosing the Medicare plan that's right for you
Updated: September 20, 2017 - 3:35 am

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5 unexpected ways life insurance protects your loved ones
Updated: September 20, 2017 - 3:35 am

(BPT) - More than half of Americans who own life insurance say they purchased it primarily to cover final expenses if something happens to them, according to the 2016 Life Insurance Barometer study. Yet one in four also say they don’t think they have enough life insurance — and the mistaken assumption that life insurance is just for paying final expenses could explain why so many are underinsured.

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Thursday 09/07/2017
Senior Volunteers Make A Difference in The Lives of Older Adults
Updated: September 07, 2017 - 3:38 pm

(NewsUSA) - With years of experience and a willingness to make a difference in their communities, more older adults are volunteering to serve their peers in need. By doing so, they are staying active, meeting new people and learning new skills -- all factors that contribute to health and longevity. But most importantly, they are making a difference in the lives of others.

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Tuesday 09/05/2017
Americans Address The Need To Better Prepare for Alzheimer's Disease
Updated: September 06, 2017 - 3:58 am

(NewsUSA) - The odds that you know someone affected by Alzheimer's are high, considering that more than five million people are living with Alzheimer's and more than 15 million Americans provide unpaid care for those living with the disease.

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Medicare Advantage: 20 years, 20 million people and 4 factors
Updated: September 13, 2017 - 4:20 am

(BPT) - In 1997, the federal government created the Medicare + Choice program — later renamed Medicare Advantage — to enhance consumer choice and more efficiently deliver Medicare benefits to older Americans.

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Monday 08/28/2017
Turning 65? Choosing the right Medicare Part D plan starts with 4 simple rules
Updated: September 05, 2017 - 3:32 am

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Thursday 08/17/2017
3 activities to help you move safely after knee surgery
Updated: August 25, 2017 - 3:32 am

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Monday 08/14/2017
Pets help seniors stay healthier and happier, wherever they live, studies show
Updated: August 22, 2017 - 3:33 am

(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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