The Perks of Growing Older

Senior Programs & Services • By Krisha McCoy, MS | Medically reviewed by Christine Wilmsen Craig, MD Retirement doesn't have to be your one-way ticket to a sedentary life. Learn about senior programs and services that can help you stay vital and stimulated. Your senior years can be one of the most enjoyable and fulfilling times of your life. As the baby boomer generation gets older, the number of senior citizens in the United States is rapidly increasing, and seniors are finding ways to … [Read more...]

Senior Health Common Facts

What are some common facts about health in seniors? As people get older, physiological changes occur in their body as a natural part of aging. Physical changes due to aging can occur in almost every organ and can affect seniors' health and lifestyle. Some diseases and conditions become more prominent in the elderly. Psychosocial issues can also play a role in physical and mental health of older adults. A balanced diet and regular exercise are strongly linked to better health … [Read more...]

Senior Sleep Disorders How Much sleep is needed

By Diana Rodriguez | Medically reviewed by Pat F. Bass III, MD, MPH   Getting enough sleep is important for everyone, but it's especially vital for seniors. Follow these steps to a better night's rest. Many seniors deal with a number of health problems related to aging — one in particular is sleep disorders or not getting enough healthy sleep. It’s not the advancing of age per se that keeps seniors from a good night’s rest, but various sleep disorders or sleep disturbances that … [Read more...]

Healthy Aging -7 Steps

Great ideas to help Aging Getting older involves change, both negative and positive, but you can enjoy aging if you understand what’s going on with your body and take steps to maintain your health. Many different things happen to your body as you age. Your skin, bones, and even brain may start to behave differently. Don't let the changes that come with old age catch you by surprise. Here are some of the common ones: Your bones. Bones can become thinner and more brittle in old age, … [Read more...]

Sitting harmful to health

Senior Health Alert Researchers are finding that a sedentary lifestyle is harmful to your health, and over time, sitting on your backside can literally kill you. Thanks to the electronic age, people worldwide are spending less time in physically active jobs and hobbies and more time sitting at computer screens and texting via smartphones. At home, couch potatoes watch TV, pay bills online and catch up with friends via Facebook and FaceTime – all without standing up and moving around. As people … [Read more...]

Slow Cognitive Loss

Activities that slow cognitive loss By Grace Burke Mental Activity • Keeping the brain active seems to increase its vitality and may build its reserves of brain cells and connections and may actually generate new brain cells • Higher levels of education appear to play a role in protecting against dementia, possibly because brain cells and their connections are stronger, symptoms may still appear but later in a person's life • Stay curious and involved - commit to lifelong learning • … [Read more...]

Medicare Screening

Medicare Screening for Prostate Cancer Men with Medicare. Are you the type of guy who puts off doing a task and later wishes he’d just done it? If you’re a man with Medicare, now’s the time to talk with your doctor about whether you should get screened for prostate, for colorectal cancer, or for both. Even if you’re feeling fine, screening tests can find cancer early, when treatment works best. Don’t put off screenings if you’re worried about the cost: Medicare covers a digital rectal exam … [Read more...]

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