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6:09 PM / Monday September 28, 2020

Seniors

Take a Holistic Approach to Self-Care

August 2, 2019

FAMILY FEATURES While you aim to live a full, happy life, achieving it starts with protecting your most valuable asset: your health. Though the pace of life and other external variables can hinder you from putting your health first, self-care should not be ignored. Proactively taking care of your physical and mental health is one…

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Ask the expert: Vision health as you age

June 28, 2019

BPT Many people expect their eyesight to decline with age – perhaps requiring a stronger eyeglass prescription or “readers.” Some vision changes are linked to age, but there are steps to consider to help our eyes stay as healthy as possible. Dr. Linda Chous, OD, chief eye care officer, UnitedHealthcare, answered the following questions: 1….

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Five tips to help manage symptoms of perimenopause

June 21, 2019

BPT Going through hot flashes? You’re not alone. If you’re a woman in your 40s, you may have started experiencing the normal symptoms of perimenopause, which is a natural transition that occurs during the years leading up to menopause. During perimenopause, which can last anywhere from a few months to nearly a decade for some…

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Four key decisions to help memorialize a loved one

June 14, 2019

FAMILY FEATURES Despite the certainty of death, many Americans delay dealing with the fact and avoid funeral planning. In fact, nearly 3 in 5 Americans aren’t confident they could plan a funeral for themselves, let alone a loved one, according to a survey conducted by RememberingALife.com, which was created by the National Funeral Directors Association…

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Men’s Health Month in June: A time to take action

June 7, 2019

Good health for men often depends on wellness awareness and early screenings BPT The statistics for men’s health are alarming. For men, life expectancy is 76.3 years; for women, it’s 81.2 years. The Kaiser Family Foundation points out that nearly 71 percent of men are at risk of being overweight or obese, compared to 59…

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Savvy Senior: Adaptive gardening: Tips and tools for older gardeners

May 17, 2019

Dear Savvy Senior, Can you recommend some good tools and tips for senior gardeners? My 77-year-old mother loves to work in the garden but over the past few years has been plagued by injuries.  Concerned Daughter Dear Concerned, Aches, pains and injuries are not uncommon among older gardeners. Because gardening is such a physical activity…

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Savvy Senior: Air travel tips for older passengers

April 12, 2019

Dear Savvy Senior, My son is getting his PhD next month and I would like to fly my parents in from across the country for his graduation, but I have some concerns about the flights. My dad is 82 and has trouble walking long distances and uses an oxygen tank for his COPD. What airport…

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Savvy Senior: Trikes for grown-ups

April 5, 2019

ABOVE PHOTO: Gran Tourismo x16 Sp. Edition TerraTrike Dear Savvy Senior, What can you tell me about three-wheeled bicycles? I’m 65 years old and would like to start cycling again, but I have some occasional balance problems and don’t trust myself on a two-wheeler. What can you recommend? –Ready to Ride Dear Ready, Three-wheeled bikes…

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Savvy Senior: Underutilized palliative care services can help relieve pain

March 15, 2019

Dear Savvy Senior, What can you tell me about palliative care? My husband suffers from lung disease and is receiving radiation for prostate cancer but is not terminally ill. I’ve heard that palliative care can help him with his pain and discomfort. What can you tell me? Searching Spouse Dear Searching, Palliative care is a…

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