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Too many with epilepsy are unaware of this uncommon but fatal threat

(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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Having a pet is a lot of responsibility, and we’ll help by giving you lots of tips and tricks! More >>

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Our fitness articles will help teach you how to work out with gym- and home-based exercises. More >>

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Monday 04/24/2017
Here's how to tap into your home's not-so-hidden potential
Updated: April 26, 2017 - 3:31 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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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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Frustrated Seniors Are Often Served Meals They Dislike Or Can't Tolerate
Updated: March 13, 2017 - 3:31 pm

(ZD360) - Anyone who has aging parents knows how frustrating it can be to get them to eat -- never mind eat well.

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Wednesday 03/08/2017
5 fast shortcuts to make your home sparkle this spring
Updated: March 16, 2017 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - We all know that one person who just adores cleaning. But for the rest of us, it's a necessary evil that gets old very quickly!

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Wednesday 03/01/2017
Tips to get the most out of your HSA dollars
Updated: March 09, 2017 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - Millions of Americans with high-deductible health insurance plans rely on health savings accounts to help them manage the costs of health care. If you’re among them, you know how important it is to maximize the value you get out of every HSA dollar.

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Tuesday 02/28/2017
A life with hemophilia and a challenge to all
Updated: March 08, 2017 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - Val Bias' entire life changed when he heard the loud noise come from the bathroom. The year was 1988, but Bias remembers the moment like it was yesterday. He ran to the bathroom and found the door blocked. He pushed and finally forced the door open. Inside he found Katie, his wife, lying on the floor. She had suffered a seizure, so Bias picked her up and took her to the hospital.

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Friday 02/17/2017
Protecting Seniors Online from Scams, Hacks and Tax Fraud
Updated: February 17, 2017 - 3:31 pm

(NewsUSA) - The vast majority of seniors today are using the Internet at least once a week to check email, pay bills online and keep in touch via social media. But all that time online puts them at risk for scams and hacks, such as tax fraud.

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Thursday 02/16/2017
Taking charge of your AFib: Getting the facts and knowing your options
Updated: February 24, 2017 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - Being diagnosed with a chronic medical condition can be overwhelming. Patients and their doctors face a delicate balancing act to weigh the risks of a disease against the potential side effects and inconveniences of treatment. This is certainly true for patients with atrial fibrillation, better known as AFib, who have a significantly increased risk for stroke due to a blood clot.

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5 reasons seafood is a great choice for a relaxing date night
Updated: February 24, 2017 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - “Date night” is an activity people typically look forward to with great anticipation. The good news is, your plans don’t have to be elaborate for evenings together to turn out romantic and fun. Sometimes the most-satisfying date nights are the relaxing evenings spent at home with the one you love, while enjoying a simple meal you’ve prepared with each other. For planning your next dinner rendezvous, here are five great reasons to put seafood on the menu.

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Wednesday 02/15/2017
Trying to quit? Tips from former smokers can help you succeed
Updated: February 23, 2017 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Since the Surgeon General released the first report on smoking in 1964, the smoking rate among adults has decreased from 42 percent to 15 percent. Though great strides have been made, more than 36 million adults in the United States continue to smoke cigarettes, claiming nearly half a million lives a year and leaving 16 million others to live with an illness or disease caused by smoking. There are now more former cigarette smokers than current smokers in the United States, and more than half of all people who have ever smoked have quit, according to the CDC.

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8 simple steps to help seniors, caregivers better manage medications
Updated: February 23, 2017 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Modern medicine can work wonders. However, in order to be effective, medicine needs to be taken safely, according to prescribing guidelines, and patients and health care providers need to be vigilant about the dangers of drug interactions. When it comes to medication use, seniors take more prescription and over-the-counter drugs than any other age group, and they are most likely to experience problems because of their medications.

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Monday 02/13/2017
Protect your heart with these easy meal add-ins
Updated: February 21, 2017 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - What’s the biggest threat to our health? It isn’t cancer or even accidents, but heart disease. According to the American Heart Association, one in four deaths in the U.S. is caused by heart disease, which includes heart attack and stroke. This statistic is scary, but the good news is, there is something powerful we can do to prevent us from becoming a victim to this disease.

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Saturday 02/11/2017
3 Ways Seniors Can Save on Prescriptions This Year
Updated: February 11, 2017 - 3:31 am

(StatePoint) If you signed up for a new Medicare plan during Open Enrollment, it’s important to understand how your prescription drug costs may be affected. Even if you did nothing to alter your coverage, some features of your plan may have changed for 2017. 

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Thursday 02/09/2017
Seniors: Love Can Be Beneficial to Your Health
Updated: February 09, 2017 - 3:33 am

(StatePoint) When it comes to love and marriage, you may have heard parents, grandparents and other seniors say things like, “we were born in a time when if something was broken we would fix it, not throw it away.” Studies now suggest that this could be practical relationship -- and health -- advice.

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Monday 02/06/2017
4 things you can do today to support your heart health
Updated: February 14, 2017 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - On the path to good health, it pays to follow your heart — literally. A healthy heart is essential to supporting good overall health, yet many people ignore the warning signs that their heart is not as healthy as it could be.

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Friday 02/03/2017
5 simple steps to boost your immune system now
Updated: February 11, 2017 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - Whether it's battling the rampant germs of cold and flu season or maintaining wellness throughout the year, the immune system is your main line of defense. In order to feel good as often as possible — and recover quickly when you don't — it's important to keep your immune system strong.

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Wednesday 02/01/2017
Year-round ways to help pets and their families in need
Updated: February 09, 2017 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - Approximately 48 million Americans face food insecurity every day, according to Feeding America, a non-profit organization and network of more than 200 food banks. That means they, and their pets, face uncertain access to a sufficient amount of affordable, healthy food.

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Tips to make it through Valentine's Day after the loss of a significant other
Updated: February 03, 2017 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - The heart-shaped boxes of candy and cupid-themed decorations started appearing on store shelves around the same time the New Year’s decorations were coming down. While Valentine’s Day is supposed to be a time to celebrate romantic love, it can be an emotionally painful holiday if your partner or spouse has recently passed away.

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Monday 01/30/2017
Walking the hill: Advocating for veterans' rights and services
Updated: February 07, 2017 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Eva Wallace never enlisted in the U.S. military, has never been on active duty and never endured life-altering injuries protecting American freedoms. However, as a military spouse she has found another important way to serve our country — advocating for veterans’ rights.

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Thursday 01/26/2017
Debt poses risks to financial security for Americans reaching their golden years
Updated: February 03, 2017 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Americans now retire with far more debt than previous generations. This can pose a significant risk to retirees’ income, and may result in them not having enough. It also means that when a spouse dies, there could be little left over as creditors deplete an estate’s assets — forcing survivors to make difficult decisions and risking grim circumstances for surviving spouses who may struggle to pay off mortgages.

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Over 50? You're at Increased Risk for Shingles
Updated: February 03, 2017 - 3:32 am

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Monday 01/16/2017
Transform your home into a retreat with these 5 tips from a luxury resort
Updated: January 24, 2017 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - There’s a reason why they say your home is your castle. This is a place of rest and refuge so you can be returned to your best state.

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Thursday 01/12/2017
Greater professionalism could be the key to better hospital care
Updated: January 20, 2017 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Healthcare reform has been in the headlines for years, and it seems like the only point everyone agrees on is that something needs to be done to improve the system. While politicians debate who should pay for healthcare and how, a group of healthcare professionals, patients and community advocates have set forth new guidelines to help healthcare organizations take better care of patients and communities. At the heart of their proposal is the idea of improving professionalism in healthcare organizations.

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Wednesday 01/11/2017
4 mindful strategies for a healthy 2017
Updated: January 19, 2017 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Losing weight and increasing exercise commonly make the top of New Year's resolution lists. Yet many people fall short of their wellness goals each year. What can you do differently in 2017 to ensure you’re among those who succeed?

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Tuesday 01/10/2017
New relief for knee pain may be on the horizon
Updated: January 18, 2017 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - Innovations in modern medicine have brought many artificial joints and bionic body parts to patients. Although these devices have been used for years, a prosthetic replacement for the meniscus — the tissue pad located between the thigh and shin bones — is not yet available. Now two clinical trials underway across the U.S. may help make the “artificial meniscus” a reality, providing a new treatment option for millions of Americans with persistent knee pain caused by injured or deteriorated meniscus.

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Monday 01/09/2017
3 sneaky tricks of heart disease
Updated: January 17, 2017 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - As Americans, our health is far from perfect, but over the decades, we've seen great improvements to medical care and lived longer lives. But new health data in a recent report might shake up our complacency: The federal government finds that life expectancy for Americans has dropped for the first time in 25 years.

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Thursday 12/22/2016
5 tips to bring organization to your post-holiday chaos
Updated: December 30, 2016 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - You have plenty of goals for 2017. Maybe you want to find a new job or be promoted at your current employer. Perhaps you want to lose weight, kick a bad habit, or learn a new instrument, skill or language. And if you’re feeling daring, maybe this is the year you finally surf, skydive or ski.

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Friday 12/16/2016
5 easy ways to keep your family comfortable during a power outage
Updated: December 24, 2016 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - Losing power at home is inconvenient. When it happens, the worst part is not knowing if the outage will last for a couple hours, or if it will stretch on for days. But if you take a little time to get organized and round up a few items today, you will be ready to keep your family comfortable when the lights go out.

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Wednesday 12/14/2016
What to do when a senior loved one wanders
Updated: December 14, 2016 - 3:34 pm

(BPT) - Virtually all parents have experienced the terror of looking up from what they were doing only to realize their child has wandered off. Your pulse races, your heart pounds and you can’t relax until your child is back in sight. As children grow up, they learn to stay put — or at least let you know where they’re going — and your fears fade.

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Friday 12/09/2016
5 smart steps to preserving brain health
Updated: December 17, 2016 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - Everyone knows aerobic exercise gets the heart pumping and lifting weights keeps muscles strong. But when it comes to keeping the brain healthy, most people are unsure what to do.

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5 tips to get fit and stay fit
Updated: December 17, 2016 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - To lose weight and/or get in better shape consistently ranks as one of the top New Year’s resolutions. However, many resolutions to reach this goal fall short or last less than a month because a great idea is seldom successful without a plan to make it happen.

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Tuesday 12/06/2016
5 things life insurance companies don't always tell you
Updated: December 14, 2016 - 3:32 am

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Monday 12/05/2016
A senior-friendly workout to improve movement and prevent injury
Updated: December 13, 2016 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Exercise is good for everyone, but seniors with mobility or balance issues may wonder what kind of exercise they can do that will be safe, easy and effective. Jogging outdoors, running on a treadmill or lifting weights at the gym aren’t always practical — or enjoyable — activities for everyone. However, one type of exercise works for everyone, no matter your age or ability, because it relies on improving practical movements often involved in everyday activities.

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Thursday 12/01/2016
Home for the holidays: What to look for when visiting your parents
Updated: December 02, 2016 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - The holidays are for more than talking turkey. While it’s a chance to spend precious time with your parents, for long distance caregivers, it’s also an opportunity to see how Mom and Dad are coping on their own.

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Wednesday 11/30/2016
Are you receiving the best care for your medical problem?
Updated: December 08, 2016 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - As we age, maintaining our health becomes increasingly important. For Baby Boomers and adults caring for older parents, better health depends on wellness initiatives and receiving care from the proper professionals.

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