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As We Age, Healthy Sleep Without Prescription Drugs

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Numerous surprising new products help restore and improve slumber for older adults who don’t want to resort to drug therapy. Many seniors have trouble getting to sleep or staying asleep. As we age, insomnia increases due to various factors, including the use of caffeine, tobacco and alcohol; poor sleep habits; medications; and disease. Particularly as […]

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Expensive Prescription Drugs are a Problem For Us All

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In this era of intense partisanship, there is one issue on which politicians agree: Something must be done about the out-of-control increase in prices for prescription drugs. Older Americans have seen their prescription drug prices soar. Even if you do not take prescription drugs frequently or at all, you see the result of rising prices […]

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The Shingles Vaccine Controversy

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Reactions to the Zostavax shingles vaccine inspired dozens of lawsuits, and now the CDC recommends rival Shingrix. But should you get it? Shingles is a painful viral infection that causes a rash, usually as a mass of blisters wrapping around the right or left side of the torso. A million cases of the disease occur […]

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When It’s Time to See A Geriatrician?

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When It’s Time to See A Geriatrician…And how they may keep you out of the hospital If you’re in your 60s or 70s, you may have wondered if you should start seeing a geriatrician instead of, or in addition to, your primary care provider. These are family doctors or internists with special training in the […]

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Aging Around the World: Four Key Differences

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According to projections from such sources as the U.S. Census Bureau and the World Bank, the entire world’s population is aging. In some countries, the number of people who are 60 years or older is expected to double by 2050. In other countries, the number is expected to triple. These projections stand as a testament to […]

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How Technology Will Impact Aging Now and the Near Future

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According to the United States Department of Health and Human Services, individuals over the age of 65 will make up nearly a quarter of the population by the year 2040. Throughout our lives the number of older adults will continue to rise, reaching 98 million people over the age of 65 by the year 2060. […]

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How to Help a New Widow

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Whether she is a neighbor, friend, family member or client, a new widow is going through an emotional upheaval that many of us don’t know how to react to, so we may do nothing at all. Here are 10 things that widows say they would find comforting. Send a card. Death may leave us without […]

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The Right Stress Can Lengthen Your Life

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If there’s one thing we think we know, it’s that stress is bad for us. But what if that just isn’t true? The startling truth gleaned from recent studies is that some forms of stress are very good for us. It appears that Nietzsche was right when he said, “That which does not kill us, […]

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Recommended Reading for January 2019

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Live Long, Die Short: A Guide to Authentic Health and Successful Aging, By Dr. Roger Landry This book is a call to action: for individuals to live a lifestyle that will give them the best chance to maximize their potential as they age; for organizations and communities to become places where older adults can reach their […]

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The Link Between Alcoholism and Dementia

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Many people equate long-term damage caused by alcoholism with liver failure and pancreatitis. Many are thus surprised to learn that alcoholism also causes a form of dementia known as Wernicke-Korsakoff Syndrome. Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome (WKS) is a type of brain disorder caused by a lack of vitamin B-1, or thiamine. The syndrome is actually two separate […]

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