How to Exercise Safely When You Have Asthma

Asthma is a condition characterized by a narrowing and swelling of the airways, and is often accompanied by the production of mucus. The result is that breathing becomes difficult, which can lead to coughing and wheezing. There are numerous causes for asthma and a variety of stimuli that can trigger an asthma attack. For example,…

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What You Need to Know about Medicare Open Enrollment

What is the Medicare Open Enrollment Period? The Medicare Open Enrollment Period is a ten-week period during which a Medicare beneficiary can change their coverage. This is the only time, other than when you originally qualify for Medicare, that you can choose a plan. When is the Medicare Open Enrollment Period? Medicare Open Enrollment Period…

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Do Your Legs Hurt? It May Be Chronic Venous Insufficiency

Aches and pains might seem like a fact of life as we grow older, but persistent pain is always a matter of concern, and needs to be addressed. Pain in the legs, especially after prolonged periods of standing or sitting, may be a symptom of chronic venous insufficiency (CVI). The veins in your legs contain…

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Keep Track of Your Health — on Your iPhone

Every day, 10,000 American baby boomers turn 65. This “younger generation” of seniors is more tech-savvy than previous generations — and more accustomed to having the world adapt itself to their needs. Apple certainly knows that, and has made significant updates to their health app. The updated health app brings data from a variety of…

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Managing Thin Skin in the Elderly 

Skin care rules that apply when we’re young —  such as using sunscreen and moisturizers  and avoiding smoking —  are just as important as we get older. However, senior skin care requires special attention because of the way our skin changes as it ages. Over the years, our skin becomes thinner, more fragile, and the…

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Testosterone and Aging

As we age, our hormonal levels drop. Although this has classically been noted in women, who undergo menopause, it occurs in both sexes. Testosterone, best known as a male hormone though both sexes have it, also drops with age. Declining testosterone levels can cause a variety of symptoms, including night sweats, fatigue and low energy,…

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5 Tips for Healthy Living with Diabetes

According to the American Diabetes Association, more than 25% of US seniors have diabetes, and a whopping 50% have prediabetes. In seniors, diabetes is associated with higher mortality rates, higher risk of cardiovascular disease, reduced function, and decreased ability to live independently. However, it is possible to live a healthy life with diabetes. Follow these…

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Tackling the COPD-Anxiety Feedback Loop

According to the World Health Organization, more than 3.5 million people worldwide died from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in 2015. Moreover, experts predict that this number will continue to rise in the coming decades. In the United States alone, there are currently more than 16 million Americans suffering from COPD. Worldwide, this number is…

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5 Myths about the Flu Vaccine

Flu season is upon us, and with it comes a variety of myths about flu vaccines. Be sure you know the truth about this deadly disease — and what you can do to prevent it! Myth #1. Only people at “high risk” need to be vaccinated. While it is crucial that people at high risk…

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