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home : community living : seniors November 24, 2017

A cup of tea can be the best solution for everyday wellness
(BPT) - Before medicine and pharmaceuticals filled our remedy box, food and food ingredients were considered healing agents. Hippocrates was wise in his understanding of the special powers of food, beyond satisfying our appetites: “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”Ther... Read More


Seize the holidays with 4 festive twists on decadent desserts
(BPT) - It’s no secret that the holidays are a time for indulgence. Nearly four out of five Americans (79 percent) say dessert is one of their favorite parts of holiday dinners and celebrations, and 94 percent like pie, according to an Edwards(R) desserts survey conducted online by Harris Po... Read More


Homeowners liable for snow and ice control
(BPT) - Whenever it snows, it is common to see shopping center employees and business owners out and about clearing pathways, parking spaces and entrances of snow and ice. But this isn’t just good business to help customers get in the door, it is also a liability issue should someone slip, fa... Read More


Veterans fought for freedom; struggle with lung health
(BPT) - After serving their country, many veterans face long-term health challenges but sometimes symptoms may not appear for decades and aren’t quickly recognized, aggravating their condition. The lung disease chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is an example that’s disproport... Read More


5 questions about applying for disability benefits
(BPT) - Age and chronic illness can take a toll. A June 2017 study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds that the most costly health conditions in the U.S. include: heart disease, cancer, arthritis, stroke and type 2 diabetes. An estimated 117 million people have one or more chron... Read More


How Bluetooth hearing aids are transforming the way we live
(BPT) - Bluetooth technology is steadily expanding the role of modern hearing aids from tiny marvels that make use of artificial intelligence to process sound into true, state-of-the-art multimedia hubs now capable of two-way communication.The primary goal of hearing aids has always been to improve... Read More


Tips for helping reduce the burden of Alzheimer's caregiving
(BPT) - Caring for someone with Alzheimer’s or other dementias is exceptionally demanding, and especially challenging. The caregiving needs of people living with Alzheimer’s are not only often more extensive, but are often needed over many years — even decades.A recent survey by t... Read More


Creative arts help veterans reclaim their voice
(BPT) - For Angela Walker, music was her first love, her passion and her whole identity. “Once a singer, always a singer,” she often says. That was true even after she joined the U.S. Navy in 1985. But what happened next forever changed Walker’s perspective on what it means to hav... Read More


Flu facts: Top 5 things you need to know about the flu shot this year
(BPT) - You hear about it on the news. You see the signs in the pharmacy windows. Even your friends and co-workers are talking about it. The flu shot is a highly discussed topic, and for good reason!According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), on average, 5 to 20 percent of th... Read More


How you and your behavior affect your car insurance rates
(BPT) - The average American driver pays more than $1,300 per year for car insurance, but some pay a third of that average while others pay nearly 30 times that amount, according to research by The Zebra, an auto insurance search engine. High prices, wide disparity in rates and a number of misunder... Read More


A New Kind of Life Insurance for Those Living with Diabetes
(BPT) - For people living with diabetes, the condition is a part of their everyday life and one that impacts many of their decisions, from balancing what they eat to taking care of their health. One area that might not be top of mind for people living with diabetes is life insurance. That’s b... Read More


5 savvy strategies to calm your travel worries
(BPT) - Traveling can make for some of the best moments of your life, but it is not without its challenges. After all, there are rooms to book, activities to plan and, of course, luggage to worry about. Without the right strategies, these challenges can seem pretty daunting.How daunting? A survey f... Read More


Prepare the perfect turkey for your holiday meal
(BPT) - Think of the holiday season and answer this question: The holidays are the only time of year I do … what?Maybe it’s the only time of year you set up a Christmas tree, hang mistletoe or travel to a certain destination. For many, the holidays are also the only time of year that y... Read More


Looking for a Medicare Part D plan? Consider these 3 things
(BPT) - Many people are surprised to find out that Original Medicare doesn't cover prescription drugs. For help with the cost of your medications, you can choose a standalone Part D plan or a Medicare Advantage plan with prescription coverage, but navigating your options can be complicated.With Med... Read More


Make the most of your brain as you age
(BPT) - It is important to remember the health of our most complex organ: our brain. While the brain constantly changes throughout our lives, it's critical that we take steps to help us stay on top of our game as we age.Help give your brain a boost in the right direction by implementing these 10 br... Read More


Stopping at Nothing: A 69-Year-Old BMX Racer Overcomes Her Joint Pain
(BPT) - Ever since her 20s, Kittie Weston-Knauer had experienced osteoarthritis (OA) pain in her hips and knees, but it never stopped her from staying active. In her 40s, she even picked up a new, exciting hobby: BMX, or bicycle motocross racing. Gradually though, despite her active lifestyle, the ... Read More


Find Medicare Confusing? Start Here
(BPT) - Navigating Medicare can be challenging. In fact, according to a 2017 UnitedHealthcare survey, nearly 40 percent of Medicare beneficiaries find the program confusing. Learning the basics can help you cut through the confusion and make an informed decision about which coverage option may be t... Read More


Don't let the flu bug you this year
(BPT) - Flu season is upon us, and many healthcare facilities are urging you to start preparing now with vaccines. Ironically, one of the places where you need to be careful is at the doctor's office or healthcare clinic.The number of people in and out of clinics this time of year increases the cha... Read More


5 preparation tips to make any cruise smooth sailing
(BPT) - When it comes to a dream cruise, everyone has their own idea of the ideal vacation. The beautiful ocean waves breaking against the bow beneath you, the warm breeze blowing against your hair and the lure of new, unexplored destinations off in the distance. If you’re lucky, maybe your d... Read More


The simple plan that can keep your cholesterol in check
(BPT) - For legendary TV personality and Emmy-award winner Regis Philbin, everything changed on a seemingly ordinary day back in 1992. While in Miami shooting a television commercial, the popular host — who usually plowed forward with his various commitments as though nothing could stop him &... Read More


Busting myths and misconceptions about osteoporosis
(BPT) - One in two women over the age of 50 will suffer a fracture caused by osteoporosis in her remaining lifetime. Despite its prevalence, there are many myths and misconceptions about this "silent" disease. These myths may be a reason why osteoporosis is underdiagnosed and undertreated.A fragili... Read More


Know thrombosis: Tips to prevent deadly blood clots
(BPT) - When you think of potentially deadly health issues, do you think of a blood clot? According to a recent U.S. survey, only 7 percent of people say they are concerned about blood clots, known by the medical term thrombosis. However, what they might not know is one in four people worldwide die... Read More


50+: Can these be the best years of your life?
(BPT) - “You can be one of those people who live in the past and relive the glory days, but I’m living the best days of my life now,” said Bill, a police chief, father of four children and grandfather of two grandchildren.Bill isn’t living without obstacles. He has experienc... Read More


People with reduced kidney function miss this important warning sign
(BPT) - Anyone with a chronic disease knows the importance of monitoring personal health data to keep on top of one’s disease. If you suffer from heart disease, for example, you watch your cholesterol and blood pressure closely, and if you are diabetic, you monitor your blood sugar.People suf... Read More


Clinical trials and the vital role they play in furthering cancer research
(BPT) - The world of health care is one of constant innovation and discovery. New drugs, treatments and ideas are needed to combat the various health problems Americans face every single day. It is an ever-evolving challenge, and as health concerns are conquered, one constant threat remains: Cancer... Read More


5 easy ways to turn your house into a smart home
(BPT) - There was a time when setting up a smart home was a labor-intensive endeavor. You had to know which devices worked together, spend tedious days getting everything to work just right, then master complicated software to control the whole experience.Things have changed. Nowadays, smart homes ... Read More


Prevent falls this fall with a home safety checklist
(BPT) - After months of sticky heat and humidity, it’s time to put away the shorts and pull out the sweaters because the autumn season is finally here. But, late September brings us more than just cooler temperatures and a wardrobe change. If you or a loved one are over the age of 65, the cha... Read More


The top 5 things to know about opioids
(BPT) - While a decade ago you may not have heard much about opioids, today they make headlines daily. The nationwide epidemic crosses generations and socioeconomic lines, and it's affecting your family, friends and neighbors."Opioids have long been used clinically to treat pain, but prior to the 1... Read More


American Legion Auxiliary (ALA) Foundation celebrates 10 years with renewed commitment to veterans
(BPT) - For many U.S. veterans, the drumbeat of daily life is hard to overcome. After tours in combat-heavy environments, some veterans struggle to find their way after they return home. Many do not know where to turn to or who will be a true advocate for care. Deb Becker is making sure that vetera... Read More


Try this science-backed way to learn in your sleep
(BPT) - The brain never rests. If you've shared a room with a sleep-talker or woken from an intense dream, it’s pretty clear the brain is always active, even during sleep.If we better understand what is happening up there while we rest, perhaps we can direct that activity into something meani... Read More


Tips for choosing the Medicare plan that's right for you
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5 unexpected ways life insurance protects your loved ones
(BPT) - More than half of Americans who own life insurance say they purchased it primarily to cover final expenses if something happens to them, according to the 2016 Life Insurance Barometer study. Yet one in four also say they don’t think they have enough life insurance — and the mist... Read More


Medicare Advantage: 20 years, 20 million people and 4 factors
(BPT) - In 1997, the federal government created the Medicare + Choice program — later renamed Medicare Advantage — to enhance consumer choice and more efficiently deliver Medicare benefits to older Americans.You may have heard of Medicare Advantage, but maybe you don’t know exactl... Read More


5 ways to keep in touch with grandparents near and far
(BPT) - There are laundry lists of reasons why grandparents are the best. They say yes when parents say no, they tell the best stories but make even better listeners, and often they’re the first people we call with news, both good and bad.That’s why each September, we celebrate National... Read More


6 simple steps to avoid distracted driving
(BPT) - Mobile phones have become an essential part of life for most people, helping them stay connected and increase productivity. However, this technology can also be a distraction when driving, which puts everyone on the road at risk.More than one-quarter of all car crashes involve phone use, bo... Read More


3 activities to help you move safely after knee surgery
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Is your hearing loss a barrier to a happy life?
(BPT) - Sheliadawn Fitch would wonder if it really was possible for her to hear again. But she would shove aside those thoughts, overcome by fear and uncertainty, telling herself she was doing okay.Not that you could blame her. The vivacious Texan had been through a lot, having lost much of her abi... Read More


Survey: Millennials manage pain with healthy lifestyle choices
(BPT) - Spending their days hunched over phones, tablets or computers and their free time at spin class or playing sports, millennials are the next generation poised to experience chronic pain. Millennials say acute and chronic pain are already interfering with their quality of life.But while older... Read More


Understanding how medications interact with vitamins
(BPT) - Technology, science and research are offering a personalization powerhouse at our fingertips, including products made specifically for us delivered to our doorsteps. We wear personal fitness trackers to track our steps, sleep and heart rates. Personal trainers design fitness routines made j... Read More


Turning 65? Choosing the right Medicare Part D plan starts with 4 simple rules
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Pets help seniors stay healthier and happier, wherever they live, studies show
(BPT) - French novelist Sidonie-Gabrielle Collette once said, “Our perfect companions never have fewer than four feet.” Pets provide meaningful social support for owners, and they can be especially beneficial for seniors. Ample research shows pet ownership delivers physical and mental h... Read More


More than fun: 5 tips for planning a healthy vacation
(BPT) - Taking a vacation is more than a fun getaway from the daily drudges of life. Turns out, travel has a multitude of benefits that can impact your health and wellness, too.Beyond stress reduction, vacations can improve heart health, mental health and personal relationships. In fact, men who ta... Read More


One man's struggle with PTSD, 40 years later
(BPT) - Bobby Barrera’s career as a Marine ended abruptly at age 21. While in Vietnam, on his first mission, a land mine explosion took his right hand at the wrist and left arm at the shoulder, and left him with severe burns over 40 percent of his body and face.Coping with the physical challe... Read More


Looking for balance? Fighting fatigue? Your diet might be a place to start
(BPT) - Adults today are constantly searching for balance in life. While balance can be broadly defined, in simple terms it is rooted in equal proportions. The human body demands an equilibrium in order to sustain proper mental, physical and spiritual health. But, achieving balance can be difficult... Read More



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