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Lifestyle & Trends - Senior Living
Behind in saving for retirement? Approaches to catching up
Does the pace of your busy personal and professional life leave you feeling like you're always playing catch up? If you were among the millions whose retirement savings and investments suffered during the recession, there's good news: you can start to catch up with a few simple steps.
Why older adults must understand their flu vaccine options and get vaccinated
With the 2013-2014 flu season officially here, it's important to consider the single best way to prevent influenza (commonly known as "the flu") - the flu vaccine. What many older adults don't know is that the immune system weakens with age, meaning older adults are at a higher risk for flu and related complications.
The psychology of seasons: Caring for your mental health
When seasons change, moods can change with them. The long, dark and cold months can give people a serious case of cabin fever. Some people may even suffer from seasonal depression. Here's what you need to know about this serious condition.
Stressed by social obligations? Tips for an easier holiday season
The holiday season is filled with gatherings of friends and family. As invitations to different holiday events begin to flood your calendar, one of the biggest challenges is figuring out how to attend everything.
Nearly 26 million Americans have diabetes, and while many of those individuals manage their condition through a combination of treatment options, each year thousands still face one of the most devastating side effects of the disease: amputation. With the right steps, it's possible to outsmart diabetes and protect your feet and lower limbs.
Seniors: Create an independent, restful and peaceful home setting
Senior living is a time for rest and relaxation, and the home is the first place to incorporate a comfortable and spa-like living quarters. The chaos of raising children has passed, and retirement has brought a sense of peace and quiet upon the home. Many upgrades can make your home more comfortable and restful and allow you to stay safe and independent in your home.
Overcoming the top 5 challenges of being retirement ready in 3 simple steps
It's no secret that Americans aren't saving enough for retirement. Many people are coming up short when it comes to funding their nest egg. But why is the problem so wide-spread? Insight can be found in the human behaviors that tend to get in the way of saving adequately. Now is the perfect time to learn more about the most common hurdles of retirement savings.
The perfect 10 for your heart: new science shows combination of omegas supports heart health
One in three U.S. adults may benefit from support for healthy blood lipids, such as triglycerides, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Maintaining healthy blood lipids is an important - but often overlooked - aspect of promoting cardiovascular health and overall wellness for vibrant aging.
Not home for the holidays: the beauty of holiday traveling
Vocalists from Perry Como and the Carpenters to Michael Buble have warbled about how wonderful it is to be home for the holidays. But who says you have to buy into that belief? Not being home for the holidays offers many advantages, including the opportunity to travel, visit far-off loved ones or just immerse yourself in total relaxation during one of the most hectic times of the year.
Helpful or hurtful: Should you keep taking fish oil supplements?
Thousands of studies show numerous positives of omega-3s, including benefits to the health of the heart, joints, brain, eyes, prostate and women's reproductive systems. But a recent report is raising concerns for some people about possible negative consequences of fish oil. Here's what you should know.
Although everyone loves a bargain, they are often very hard to find. Usually, the best time to find a bargain is when a product is out of favor with buyers. In retailing, when an item is the wrong color, style or size, it is thrown into the bargain bin. Its price is then successively marked down until the product is finally cleared out. Astute buyers willing to take a chance on an unwanted item may discover that they snagged a great deal when it returns to favor the next season.
Raise your hand: 3 questions every investor should ask
Here are three questions every person who invests should ask to determine how involved they are with their investments and if they're getting the level of engagement they want from their current investment professional.
How to plan a memorable multigenerational vacation
Whether over the river or through the woods, families across the U.S. are planning to travel during the holidays. In a world of well-traveled toddlers, worldly teens and active seniors, multigenerational travel is growing and for good reason: everyone enjoys a vacation together while creating unforgettable memories.Follow these tips to a memorable multigenerational vacation.
In the U.S., nearly half of all women older than 50 will experience an osteoporosis-related fracture. And while osteoporosis may seem like a disease that only affects people later in life, early prevention is key to better bone health. In fact, bone mass attained early in life may be the most important determinant to bone health when you get older.
How to use the holiday spirit to talk to loved ones about hearing loss
Families may struggle with how to help their loved ones cope with hearing loss. Talking about the problem is the first step toward treating hearing loss, but families may be unsure how to begin the conversation. The holidays, however, present the perfect opportunity to discuss a family member's hearing loss in a supportive, positive atmosphere.
Fibroids and polyps: What women should know about a common health problem
Women might be surprised to know that most of them will develop fibroids or polyps as a health issue sometime in their lives. In fact, studies show that 70 percent of white women and 80 percent of African-American women will develop fibroids by the time they are 50. Although these growths are among one of the most common health problems a woman can face, few know what they are, what the symptoms can be, and what treatments are available to them.
Ask the pharmacist: Expert advice for navigating Medicare Part D enrollment
If you're confused about health care reform and Medicare, you're not alone. Medicare Part D open enrollment is underway and thousands of Americans are looking for answers. Whether you are preparing to enroll into a Medicare Part D plan or you're helping a family member or friend, here are some expert tips to simplify the process.
Your go-to guide for elevator and escalator safety during the holidays
November and December are arguably the busiest months of the year for traveling and shopping. Millions of people descend on the nation's airports and shopping centers looking to create that perfect holiday memory. With all the excitement surrounding this time of year, the last thing Americans should worry about is escalator and elevator safety while navigating through the crowds. But while you may be more focused on your holiday to-do's, you need to remember some important safety tips about the elevators and escalators you are using.
Balance-boosting footwear tips for older Americans
Mental equilibrium isn't the only kind of balance that's important in life. Good physical balance can help older people avoid the debilitating and potentially life-threatening complications of a fall. Proper footwear can help improve balance, especially in older people who may struggle with mobility and balance issues.
Supplemental insurance plans can help protect your family - and your wallet
No one wakes up thinking that their day will include a heart attack or a cancer diagnosis. One way to prepare for a significant health event is to consider supplemental insurance, a policy that can be bought in addition to your major medical plan.
More options than ever for families needing elder care
Many families wrestle with decisions for how to take care of aging parents, grandparents and other loved ones. Just 20 years ago, families might have had to choose between putting a parent in a nursing home or having one younger family member quit a job to stay home and care for the parent. Today, options abound and it's important to know what's available before making such an important decision.
It's rare to find a person who hasn't been affected by heart disease in some way. As the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heart disease - and how to avoid it - should be top of mind, especially for baby boomers. Beyond scary statistics, heart health is about being able to live life to the fullest for as long as possible.
Move over carrots: other key nutrients for healthy vision
Popeye trumps Bugs Bunny - at least for your eyes. An overwhelming majority of Americans identify carrots as the best food to eat to ensure healthy eyes but far fewer know that spinach can help support their vision too, according to a new survey. Move over carrots and beta-carotene, there are other foods and nutrients that appeal to eye health.
Seniors and driving: The importance of having early and frequent conversations with senior loved ones
The U.S. population aged 65 and older is estimated to increase from 47 million in 2015 to 72 million in 2030, according to U.S. Census data, meaning more senior drivers will be on the roads. This also means that more adult children may need to have difficult conversations with their aging parents about driving.
When it comes to health by the numbers, you probably already know to keep an eye on your cholesterol level, body mass index (BMI) and blood pressure. But are you aware of another medical marker that directly impacts these others?
Tips for safer home medication storage and consumption
Allergy season is behind us and before flu season strikes, now is the time for consumers to clean out their medicine cabinet and brush up on medication consumption and storage tips. A recent data brief from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reveals that almost 50 percent of Americans take at least one prescription drug per month.
Fall allergies or falling prey to chronic asthma or COPD?
Twenty-two million Americans, many of whom are children, suffer from the frightening acute attacks and long-term disabilities of chronic asthma. Millions more adults face the increasing burdens and life-altering effects of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which includes both emphysema and chronic bronchitis. Managing these conditions effectively means truly understanding when and how to use the necessary medications.
Alzheimer's caregivers: Tips to take care of yourself, too
Taking care of an ill loved one is never easy, but for the 15 million Americans who provide care for someone with Alzheimer's disease (AD), the emotional and financial toll of caregiving can be overwhelming. Caregivers should keep in mind that helping themselves stay well is also helping the people for whom they're caring. If you're taking care of a loved one with AD, here are some ways you can help both yourself and the person in your care.
Baby boomers grew up listening to The Who's Live at Leeds and other albums with liner notes that admonished young rockers to "play it loud" or "turn it up." For the generation that grew up blasting stereos until the bedroom windows rattled and attending rock concerts that left ears ringing for a week or more, it's little surprise that many are experiencing hearing loss. Here's what you need to know.
Technology is increasingly integrating with many aspects of our daily routines. From toothbrushes that beep when you are brushing too hard to thermostats that automatically adjust the temperature based on your behavior, advances in technology are getting personal in ways that are intended to help ease your experience.
Living with diabetes and maintaining healthy vision
Diabetes is now the leading cause of new cases of blindness among adults aged 20-74 years, according to the American Diabetes Association (ADA). Maintaining healthy blood vessels is essential for preserving healthy vision, especially those located in the retina in the back of the eye that are particularly susceptible to damage. The need to preserve blood vessel health is supported by the projected rise of diabetes in the U.S. population.
They say the eyes are the window to the soul, but did you know eyes also say a lot about your health? A number of eye ailments are limited to the eye, but often they can be an indicator of a systemic problem. Dry eye - a common condition in which the tear ducts make insufficient tears for lubricating and nourishing the eye - can be either.
More than one-third of adults in the U.S. have high cholesterol and high blood pressure. Yet many of those treated for these conditions don't realize they are putting themselves at risk by not understanding the basics about their medications.
For those who are living with lupus, daily activities can be a struggle and life can become inconsistent. While many people are experiencing debilitating symptoms, from the outside, many of those with lupus don't "look sick."
There are more than 19 million adults in the United States living with depression and many more people could be suffering but are unaware that what they are feeling is depression, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. This common and treatable illness affects people from all walks of life and can significantly interfere with a person's behavior, physical health and interaction with others. The more you know about depression, the more likely you are to be able to help yourself or help others.
Howie Mandel wants you to know the facts about AFib-related stroke
When celebrity game show host Howie Mandel was diagnosed with atrial fibrillation (AFib) not caused by a heart valve problem, he didn't know that he was one of approximately 5.8 million people living in the U.S. with the condition or that it put him at a five times greater risk of stroke.
Survey: Americans more likely to seek second opinion for home repair than oral care
Millions of Americans wouldn't hesitate to get a second opinion if their vehicle needed repair, yet a stunning percentage fail to seek a second opinion for important health decisions, a new survey reveals.
Once upon a time, before people knew any better, they thought that hearing loss was simply a part of growing older - something not worth doing much about. Turns out, hearing loss is a much bigger deal than we ever imagined. We need to take it seriously.
Home renovation for baby boomers: Preparing for the next stage in life
Lived in your home for years? Love your neighborhood? The thought of moving away from your home's comfort, warmth and memories can be unsettling. Instead of moving out, consider updating and remodeling your home to accommodate your future needs.
Outside the pill bottle: 5 simple, drug-free ways to reduce lower back pain
Pain is the single leading cause of disability worldwide and one of the main reasons Americans miss work. For example, 31 million Americans experience low-back pain at any given time, according to the American Chiropractic Association, with experts estimating that as many as 80 percent of Americans will experience a back problem at some point in their lives. When dealing with back pain, think outside the pill bottle and discover five drug-free ways to feel better now.
U.S. failing to meet minimal dental access standards for older adults
When it comes to caring for those who are aging, older Americans are not receiving the recommended standards of oral health care. This is a cause for concern, as maintaining a healthy mouth is essential for overall health and well-being at every age.
The shiny paint. The new car smell. Many aspects about buying or leasing a new vehicle can excite your senses. Chances are your new vehicle will feature some new technologies, many of which can make driving safer, easier and more enjoyable. To be safe on the road, it's important to learn how these technologies work in your current vehicle or a new one.
Approximately 42 million Americans provide unpaid care to an ill or disabled adult and new research shows the stress associated with this responsibility can have a negative effect on a person's health.
Life after stroke: Advice for physical and emotional recovery
Did you know a stroke occurs every 40 seconds on average? About 795,000 Americans suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year, according to the American Stroke Association. If you or a loved one has survived a stroke, recovery depends largely on the severity of the brain damage. With love, support and patience, the journey toward a new normal can begin.
Patients with chronic illness share their animated, inspiring stories
When faced with struggles, people often turn to others for support, comfort and guidance. There is great value in knowing you're not alone especially for patients with chronic diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis (RA). RA is a chronic, inflammatory form of arthritis in which the immune system attacks the body's own tissues, causing fluid buildup in the joints and pain and inflammation throughout the body.
Maintaining masculinity when living with prostate cancer side effects
One out of every six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime. The good news is when caught early, it is very treatable. According to the American Cancer Society, the five-year survival rate for prostate cancer is almost 100 percent because many men receive an early diagnosis.
Each year, Medicare open enrollment brings with it changes that can affect nearly 50 million people. This is when Medicare beneficiaries have the opportunity to change their Medicare plans for the coming year to better match their needs and potentially save on health care costs. This includes anyone using original Medicare, Medicare Advantage or Part D prescription drug plans.
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