Healthy Aging Toolbox

Need a favor Post-Op?

Whether you need a colonoscopy, an eye operation, a hip or a knee replacement, or back surgery, there’s usually one common denominator: you need a ride home, because the anesthesia has to wear off. And you may also need some at-home help to recover. If you’re married or co-habitating, your partner typically gets the chauffeuring…

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Smile! Good News about dentistry

If you’re one of those  Americans who shudder at the thought of even a routine dental visit—never mind root canals or fillings—there’s good news. It’s not your Mom’s dental office anymore. Dental advances span the spectrum from quicker X-rays to better crowns and fillings and even prettier aesthetics, among other things. “Two generations ago, people…

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Long Term Care Insurance: the basics

Many older Americans will need help as they age. Among those reaching age 65 in 2017, almost 70 percent will need some form of long term care in the future, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. While most Americans expect long term care to cost $25,350, the actual price tag is more…

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Prostate Cancer? Here’s how to beat the odds

If you’ve got a prostate, the statistics can sound pretty scary.  It’s the second leading cause of cancer death in men, right behind lung cancer. African-American men have about a 15 percent chance of developing prostate cancer in their lifetimes, compared to about a 10 percent chance for white men, and African-American men are more likely…

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New advancements in Stroke Prevention

Can there be good news about stroke?   Stroke—an interruption of the blood flow in the brain—has dropped from the fourth leading cause of death in the U.S. to the fifth. It’s still a serious and frequent emergency—one occurs in the U.S. every 40 seconds – but medical advances mean that more and more people are…

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Building muscle after 60

As we get older, our bodies undergo many natural changes that impact mobility, muscular, skeletal and cardiovascular health, not the least of which is age-related muscle loss, or sarcopenia. Starting as early as age 30 in some cases, sarcopenia causes a decrease of up to 5 percent muscle mass per decade. While even the most…

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Should you be using marijuana?

As a child of the 60’s or 70’s, you may have spent your then-misguided youth kicking back with a bit of weed, pot, MJ, or whatever it was called in your ‘hood. Then you graduated, got married, started raising kids and put it all aside. Until the arthritis in your knee, or anxiety over college…

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…and the good news is…

Before you close the books on 2017 as mainly a year of political drama, drowning in tweets and the  downfall of numerous inappropriate men, hold on. When the focus turns to health—and especially health topics of interest to older adults—there’s some brighter news that will make this new year dramatic in a good way! Senior…

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