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Brain Health

Brain healthNew Research Explores Cure for Alzheimer’s
As scientists look for causes as well as preventative measures for this form of dementia, they are examining not just physical factors but also “social,” such as age of retirement and an individual’s own concerns about memory.

Don’t Forget: Tips for Helping Memory Loss
Although memory loss comes with aging, you can take steps to keep your brain active. They include activities that also boost physical health, such as exercise and eating the right foods, as well as games that challenge your mind.

What Mild Cognitive Impairment Might Mean for You
Forgetfulness is part of normal aging. It can also be a more serious condition called Mild Cognitive Impairment, which can lead to Alzheimer’s. Understand the signs, symptoms and what you can do about Mild Cognitive Impariment.

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Disorders & Diseases

DisordersSurprising Treatment for Diabetes
Although still controversial, gastric bypass surgery may be an effective treatment for certain people with diabetes, according to two studies that show this surgery has lasting effects.

Combating the Pain from Shingles
Pain during and after shingles can greatly affect how seniors live. Early detection and immediate treatment are key to successfully combating shingles.

Susceptible to SAD
Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a cyclical form of depression that can affect seniors at specific times of the year and its symptoms can be severe. The causes, symptoms and treatments of SAD are presented in this article.

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Medical Records

Electronic Health RecordsAt Your Fingertips: Three Options for Accessing Your Health Records
Three programs for managing personal health records are available for healthcare consumers: VA, CMS and Mayo Clinic. These online systems are accessible and make it easy to control and share your medical history.

Write Your Living Will Now to Ease Burdens Later
A living will is a legal document that indicates what medical treatments and life-sustaining measures you want or don’t want. If the time comes when you can’t make your own decisions, a living will can be valuable for your family and doctor and help ensure your preferences are honored.

No More Questions: Medical Health Records Enter the Digital Age
Healthcare information management tools are rapidly evolving so all participants in the healthcare system can now use them. The latest news is that patients will soon be able to actively participate in creating and maintaining their healthcare records

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Health Related Issues

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Exercise Best Cure for Hip Fracture Recovery
Exercising sounds like it would be the last thing you would want to do after surgery for a hip fracture, but research shows it’s the best path to recovery. Doctors also recommend surgery as quickly as possible after a hip fracture, which is often debilitating, if not deadly, for seniors.

Bone Up on Facts about Osteoporosis
Osteoporosis can lead to debilitating fractures, chronic pain and the inability to perform everyday activities, including walking, maintaining your household and even dressing and bathing. Fortunately, with the right diet, exercise, supplements or medication, you can either prevent osteoporosis or lessen the effects.

Four Vaccines Urged for Seniors
For adults over 65, diseases such as the flu or shingles can have serious consequences, including death. Fortunately, vaccines can prevent or lessen the effects of these diseases and, while side effects exist, health experts say that the benefits for seniors outweigh the possible complications of certain diseases.

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Healthy Aging

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Twist Your Way to Better Health
Yoga is being touted as a way to ease a whole host of health conditions, including preventing osteoporosis, improving sleep and increasing immunity. Yoga classes are available almost everywhere these days, but you can also do a few simple poses at home.

Envisioning Better Sight for Aging Eyes
As we age, several diseases can affect our vision—some serious and some merely irritating. The best prevention, beyond a healthy lifestyle, is to get regular eye exams. After that, medications and, in some cases, surgery are available to stem vision loss.

Staying Fit: A Routine Matter
Getting into and remaining in good physical shape doesn’t have to be difficult. Two seniors who reaped the benefits of an exercise regimen share their simple routines and the satisfying rewards.

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Medicare

MedicareTips for Choosing a Medigap Plan
For those ready to enroll in Medicare or those thinking about changing plans, the choices are many and complex. Fortunately, resources are available to help you navigate through the different Medicare Supplemental Plans

Changes Could Improve Medicare and Seniors’ Health
If you’ve been frightened by all the gloom and doom talk in Washington about the future of Medicare, the good news is that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) actually strengthens the health care program for seniors.

Medicare and You 2014
Be a great resource for your senior clients on Medicare issues by sharing this official U.S. government handbook. It includes: what’s new in Medicare, Medicare costs, Medicare coverage, health and prescription drug plans, your Medicare rights, and health information technology.

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Pain Management

Pain ManagementStretch Your Arthritis Pain Away
Contrary to past wisdom, researchers are finding that exercise can ease the pain of arthritis. Recommended are flexibility exercises, endurance or aerobic, and strengthening. Not only can these activities help physical symptoms, but they can improve general well-being and mood.

After Shingles Pain Checklist
Your Personalized After-Shingles Pain Checklist and Discussion Guide from AfterShingles.com.

Tips for Preventing Pain
Every day 76 million people experience pain. Don’t let pain get to you. Learn how to manage and prevent low back, hand and foot pain and live more comfortably.