3 Super Useful Summer Tips for Seniors

Seniors Drinking Water After Fitness In Park

Summer tips for seniors can be a practical reminder for staying safe, healthy, and happy as the temperatures soar. Whether you like to stay active, enjoy local tourist activities, or take a road trip, the following tips will help you enjoy the hotter months. 1. Hydrate (with personalized flavors) You’ve probably heard this before: During the summer months, make sure you drink extra water. It’s sound advice, as the human body must stay hydrated to stay healthy. By the time you feel thirsty, you’re already in a state of dehydration. Your fluid intake does not have to be extreme—just consistent.

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Why Choosing the Ideal Healthcare Proxy is Critical

Why Choosing the Ideal Healthcare Proxy is Critical

This week at the Aging Well Conference in Arlington, I was invited to speak on the critical topic, The Decisions A Health Care Proxy May Make On Your Behalf. I've written several times about legal documents and selecting an executor and agent. While researching for the presentation, I came across valuable information on the American Bar Association website and want to share with readers. Why Choosing the Ideal Healthcare Proxy is Critical The decisions a healthcare proxy will make on your behalf Choices about medical care, including medical tests, medicine, or surgery The right to request or decline life-support treatments such

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How to Survive Allergy Season

How to Survive Allergy Season

As we watch the winter snow slowly melt away, it’s a sure sign that spring is here to stay! While we’re sure many of us rejoice at hearing this news, a downside to the weather changing so drastically in these spring months is the arrival of allergy season. Allergies may plague many of us, but luckily, there are some simple steps on how to survive allergy season. Top Tips If you’re like us and suffer from allergies every season like clockwork, keep reading to learn the top six tips on how to survive allergy season. Know the common warning signs.

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Grandparents Keep Meds Away From Grandchildren

Grandparents love to spend time with their grandchildren. Many times, however, tiny fingers can end up in places they shouldn’t, which is why putting precious or breakable objects out of reach of curious little hands is important. Equally important (if not more so) is keeping medicines and vitamins up and away and out of sight of young children. Consider this: more than 70,000 children end up in emergency departments each year after getting their hands on medicines left within reach. That’s 165 kids—or roughly four busloads of kids — per day. Quite often, that medicine belonged to a grandparent. Where

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Convenient Health Resource for Seniors

Senior couple sitting together using touch screen computer

Being a solo senior aging at home, and like many patients, I don't have quick access to a physician. Yes, I could call the doctor's office and schedule a visit but as it stands today, appointments take at least a month to get in. Not so good if you just want a follow up visit. And if I have a non-emergency question or simply want a second opinion about a health care matter, I always relied on the web for answers. However, the web never served up results that addressed my specific concerns, nor can it answer my question like

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What to Know About Health By 50, 60, 70

Essential skills to master by age and stage Staying healthy through your 50s, 60s, 70s and beyond requires special attention after age 50. Here's what you should know at each age to stay healthy: What to Know About Health By 50, 60, 70 What to Know By: Age 50  By age 50, it's good to be aware of health problems that may slow you down and to be settling into a fitness routine you can sustain through your 50s. Take preventative tests. Soon after you turn 50, there are a few preventative tests you should take if you haven't already. These include a colonoscopy, a

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Bridging the Dental Care Gap

Bridging the Dental Care Gap

An Aging Matters reader asked, "I would like Information about paying high dental costs. Do people have two dental policies? Do they go to Canada or Mexico for care? Do any states have programs for middle-income retirees?" Bridging the Dental Care Gap Dental care is expensive. For some, there is not sufficient funds to care for their teeth. They're forced to choose between paying for dental work or buying food. The lack of affordable dental care for older Americans is a problem across the country as baby boomers retire and people live longer. Many adults 65 and older don't have dental

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Avoiding Back Pain

Avoiding Back Pain

Low Back Pain is a common problem that affect as much as 80% of the population some time in their lives.  This intense, and often chronic pain can be caused by injury, overwork or disease.  Management of the pain and disability commonly includes physical therapy or other medical specialist in order to reduce the pain and symptoms.  There are, however, some simple techniques and tips to prevent back issues from occurring. Avoiding Back Pain Exercise Avoiding Back Pain Exercise may be the last thing mind when you are in pain, but exercise is the most important component to pain management therapy and

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Summer Safety Tips For Seniors

With the weather getting warmer every day, there’s no doubt that summer is fast approaching. The summer can be a great time for relaxing with family and enjoying the nice weather. But it can also be dangerous if you don’t take the proper precautions. Summer Safety Tips For Seniors Your body works hard every day to maintain a normal temperature. Excessive heat forces your body to work harder than normal, which often is the root cause of heat-related illness. Essentially the heat forces your body to work beyond its limits. For senior citizens, this can be a dangerous – and even

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