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6 Ways to Prevent Chronic Kidney Disease in Older Adults

Posted by Helen Beamer on January 31, 2018 at 9:00 AM

Heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes get a lot of attention, but you don’t hear enough about kidneys and how essential they are to good health. You have two kidneys – small, multi-purpose organs located in your lower back.

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Topics: Aging, Healthy Living

Santa’s Fall Prevention Measures

Posted by Helen Beamer on December 19, 2017 at 10:13 AM

By The Elf Consortium – including Michael, Bernard, Jingle and others who wish to remain nameless

Santa is old. Being old is a risk factor for falls. However, Santa takes steps that help protect him from falls on steep, icy roofs. Falls are a constant occupational hazard for Santa, but he takes extra care. Here are some tips you can learn from Santa to reduce winter falls.

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Topics: Aging, Fall Prevention, Safety

Getting Older Can Increase the Risk of Type 2 Diabetes

Posted by Helen Beamer on November 28, 2017 at 8:00 AM

As your age increases, so do your risks for various health conditions, especially if you are overweight and underactive. Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol can silently creep up on you along with unwanted pounds, wrinkles and gray hair. According to the Centers for Disease Control, nearly one in four people with diabetes are not aware they have this chronic medical condition.

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Topics: Aging, Healthy Living

Getting to the Heart of Coronary Artery Disease

Posted by Helen Beamer on October 11, 2017 at 9:00 AM

Can you imagine working day in and day out without a vacation? That’s what your heart does. It doesn’t always work under ideal conditions either, and that can take a toll.

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Topics: Aging, Healthy Living

Coloring Isn’t Just for Kids

Posted by Helen Beamer on September 26, 2017 at 9:00 AM

You or your loved ones may have put away crayons and coloring books years ago. However, you may want to take up those old habits. Coloring is increasingly popular among adults. Here are four reasons you and your older loved ones should color: 

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Topics: Aging, Alzheimer's and Dementia, Activities and Lifestyle

Arthritis: 100 Conditions and 5 Ways to Cope

Posted by Helen Beamer on September 12, 2017 at 9:00 AM

My husband calls it Arthur’s disease – his version of “Arthur-i-tis.” That’s his attempt to make light of the pain and limitations of the chronic condition that affects nearly every move he makes – sitting, standing, putting on socks and shoes, using a computer or playing the piano.

In the United States, over 54 million people have arthritis – that’s approximately one in four adults. In people ages 65 or older, that number grows to nearly one in two (49.7 percent).

Arthritis includes more than 100 different diseases and conditions that affect the joints. Arthritis causes aches and pains as well as swelling and stiffness around the joints. Specific symptoms vary by the individual and type of arthritis.

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Topics: Aging, Fall Prevention, Safety, Healthy Living

Falls in Older Adults: A Growing Risk for Brain Injury

Posted by Helen Beamer on August 9, 2017 at 9:00 AM

Brains and falls don’t mix well. That’s why kids riding bicycles, teens doing skateboard tricks, adults cruising on motorcycles and athletes playing football wear helmets. That protective gear helps shield brains from being jostled, jiggled or battered in the event of a crash or fall.

Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) can occur anywhere and to anyone. Falls are the most common reason for brain injury in people of all ages and motor vehicle accidents rank at No. 2.

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Topics: Aging, Fall Prevention, Safety

Sleep Can Help You Be a Better Caregiver

Posted by Helen Beamer on July 20, 2017 at 9:00 AM

Being a caregiver places a lot of demands on you – both physically and emotionally. Many caregivers juggle multiple tasks with work, home and family – never knowing what is around the corner.

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Topics: Caregiving, Healthy Living

7 Reasons Why Laughter Is Good for You

Posted by Helen Beamer on June 21, 2017 at 9:00 AM

Had a good laugh lately? Laughter connects people, eases trouble and makes the day brighter. It releases stress, activates learning, burns calories and supports memory. In short, laughter is good for you.

Why is laughter so beneficial? Here are seven reasons:

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Topics: Healthy Living

Older Adults and High Cholesterol

Posted by Helen Beamer on May 17, 2017 at 9:00 AM

Growing old has its advantages: the wisdom of life experiences, the leisure of retirement, the joys of grandchildren and the benefits of senior discounts. On the other hand, growing old increases the likelihood of health concerns.

Data from Medicare show 80 percent of adults 65+ have at least one chronic condition. In addition, the most common health issue for adults 65 and older is high blood pressure, while the second is high cholesterol. According to the National Institutes of Health, 62 percent of adults age 50+ have high cholesterol. Similar to high blood pressure, high cholesterol causes no symptoms but can lead to impaired heart health.

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Topics: Aging, Activities and Lifestyle, Healthy Living

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