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Aging Eyes: 3 Ways Seniors Can Protect Their Vision

(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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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 05/22/2017
5 aging-in-place bathroom upgrades to make while you're young(er)
Updated: May 24, 2017 - 3:35 am

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Unlock the secret to healthy aging by improving your health in three key areas
Updated: May 24, 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 24, 2017 - 3:35 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 24, 2017 - 3:35 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 24, 2017 - 3:35 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 04/24/2017
Here's how to tap into your home's not-so-hidden potential
Updated: May 02, 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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