April 26 is DEA National Drug “Take-Back” Day

Like most people, I have an accumulation of outdated or unused prescription medications. While some are still usable and refillable, most are sitting in my bathroom cabinet taking up valuable space. My grocery store pharmacy does not take medications for ...

 
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3-D Printer Creates Food Seniors Can Swallow

You may have heard of the astonishing products that can now be produced by three-dimensional (3D) printers. Guns that actually fire have been designed, printed, and constructed. But guns created on these machines are such a great safety concern that ...

 
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Should Medical Providers Compete for Your Business?

If you need a major car or home repair, most likely you get two or more estimates for the work. Other than price, you may factor in the company’s reputation, convenience or time of scheduling the job, and other ...

 
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Advance Directive and Peaceful Death for Dementia Patients

Planning and making end-of-life decisions is one of the most difficult challenges seniors and their loved ones face. Having an advance directive in place that clearly spells out an individual’s preferences at death, however, can make the process less ...

 
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New Blood Pressure Guidelines Stir Controversy

The magic numbers for a healthy target blood pressure (BP) reading used to be 120/80. In 2003, that was reviewed and changed by a panel of medical experts, with a higher range determined to be within normal limits. High blood pressure (hypertension) ...

 
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Self-Confidence Shown to Reduce Stress in Older Adults

When people are feeling confident, it shows. You see it in their posture and how they move. What might be surprising, however, is a new study showing that elevating self-confidence can make older adults healthier.
 
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Senate Bill Would Change Rule for Seniors’ Inpatient Status

Patients are often taken to a hospital and placed in “observation” status. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, “observation services are short-term treatments and assessments provided to outpatients to determine whether beneficiaries require further treatment ...

 
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Does Daylight Savings Time Make You Cranky?

If, like me, you’re feeling tired, out of sorts, and craving unhealthy foods, maybe it’s some of the effects of adapting to the start of Daylight Savings Time (DST) last Sunday. Although I don’t like either the ...

 
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Red Meat and Exercise May Benefit Aging Bodies

It’s not unusual for different scientific research studies to produce contradictory results. For example, previous studies have reported eggs, coffee, red wine, and other consumables were bad for your health, only to have follow-up researchers say all three could ...

 
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Top 10 Fittest Cities in the U.S. for Boomers

Although spring may feel like a long way off with the winter we’ve had this year, some people may be already looking forward to getting out and exercising. For boomers and seniors over 50, it takes even more activity to ...

 
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