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home : life : senior living February 5, 2016

Starting the conversation about opioid-induced constipation
(BPT) - Results of a survey of patients prescribed opioids for chronic pain sheds light on constipation, a common side effect of opioid therapy.The online survey was conducted by Harris Poll on behalf of AstraZeneca. The survey results show that out of the 2,797 survey respondents who were prescrib... More >>

Protect your sight with this little known nutrient
(BPT) - There’s an existing nutrient that is incredibly important to your eye health. However, odds are you’ve probably never heard of it.The nutrient is called zeaxanthin (pronounced Zee-ah-zan-thun). The antioxidant, along with lutein, is found in the back of the eye as a component of... More >>

7 high-tech reasons you should finally deal with your hearing loss
(BPT) - Lifting your mood, boosting your energy, protecting your earnings, super-charging your social life — and even keeping your mind sharp: These are just some of the many spoils that come with facing and dealing with a noise-induced hearing loss that has been slowly but persistently creep... More >>

Why bad science isn't good for anyone
(BPT) - There is an old adage that the squeaking wheel gets the most oil. If you need proof that adage still rings true, consider where we are with food science research. Much of the time, the loudest are heard, regardless of qualifications, while the more informed and experienced are silenced.For ... More >>

Rewiring aging [Infographic]
(BPT) - If you're over the age of 80 and sometimes have trouble in the digital world, you're not alone. While many seniors say technology has helped them in some way, tackling technology can often be daunting. Here's a look at how America's oldest senior citizens feel about technology, how they use... More >>

5 common heart health myths debunked
(BPT) - As the number one cause of death in both men and women, knowledge is power when it comes to preventing heart conditions. Whether it runs in your family or not, this is one health issue you shouldn't ignore."Unfortunately, everyone has an old wives' tale associated with heart disease and car... More >>

Surgery and anesthesia: Making it safer at any age
(BPT) - Anesthesia today is safer than ever. But try telling that to a nervous parent of a 5-year-old about to have surgery, or to a patient in his 70s in poor health.Talking to your surgeon and physician anesthesiologist before surgery is an important step in making sure your experience is as safe... More >>

It's peak flu season: Help protect you and your family by getting vaccinated
(BPT) - Many dread winter – the darkness, frigid weather and snowstorms. For everyone, especially elderly individuals and children, winter also carries one major health concern — seasonal influenza (the flu).The flu is a contagious, highly communicable infection that predominantly attac... More >>

To grandmother's house we go: The hazards of a grandparent's home
(BPT) - It is no secret that grandparents play an important role in the lives of their grandchildren. From giving encouragement and life advice, to helping out as a caretaker, many turn to their grandparents for support. In fact, 72 percent of grandparents take care of their grandchildren on a regu... More >>

Proper flu etiquette to help keep you and your family flu-free
(BPT) - It came out of nowhere. The sudden fever, aches, and chills you’re experiencing are unbearable. You crawl into bed, thinking there’s not much you can do. You already feel guilty for bringing the flu home to your kids and spouse. You can try to fight it, but the virus will likely... More >>

Are we turning a blind eye to blue light?
(BPT) - It’s everywhere — inside as well as outside your home. As digital device usage increases, you’re exposed to more and more of it without realizing how it may affect your vision in the future. We’re talking about blue light.In its natural form, your body uses blue ligh... More >>

Think 'inside the box' to protect your financial well-being
(BPT) - From complicated passwords to smart home security systems, it seems like everyone these days is coming up with novel ways to protect themselves and their family, and keep their valuables secure.We all want to feel safe. However, almost 60 percent of adults believe the overall level of risk ... More >>

Transform your home today, stay safe tomorrow
(BPT) - While many can only dream of the day they’ll retire, for baby boomers, that dream is quickly becoming a reality. By the year 2030, approximately 20 percent of Americans are expected to be age 65 or older, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. But retirement doesn’t necessarily me... More >>

5 reasons to restore your pelvic floor this New Year
(BPT) - Making your annual New Year's resolution? This year, try something new — something that takes a little effort but delivers big.Try hitting the floor — your pelvic floor. No gym membership required. This is one set of muscles you can exercise virtually any time, anywhere: in the ... More >>

Football players face more than just concussion worries, little-known neurologic condition also prevalent
(BPT) - There’s been a lot of attention recently on the effects of sports-related brain injuries. However, PseudoBulbar Affect (PBA), a neurologic condition that causes uncontrollable, sudden outbursts of crying and/or laughing in people with brain injuries or certain neurologic conditions, i... More >>

Live long and financially strong with these 3 tips
(BPT) - By 2029, more than 76 million baby boomers will be 65 or older, according to recent Census estimates. While there is great upside to increased longevity, there are also challenges. Inflation, climbing health care expenses and ebbing safety nets are complex dynamics to navigate through an ex... More >>

The best gift any grandparent can give their grandchild is...good health
(BPT) - For grandparents, giving is quite possibly the best part of the holiday season. When you gather with your kids and grandkids this holiday season it’s wonderful to share your homemade cookies and heartfelt gifts, but two things no one in your family should ever give to a loved one are ... More >>

Discover the power of a smartphone with these 5 tips
(BPT) - As with all technology, mobile phones have come a long way in a short amount of time. Gone are the days of big, bulky phones. Today, phones are sleek and slender and, in most cases, smart, allowing users to surf the Internet, watch movies and keep in touch with friends and family. The ... More >>

Test-driving one of the most effective treatments for chronic pain
(BPT) - Nearly 100 million Americans currently live with chronic pain — more than the number of people affected by diabetes, heart disease and cancer combined, according to the American Academy of Pain Medicine. While that number may be difficult to grasp, for those suffering the issue i... More >>

Resolve to make difficult times easier for your loved ones
(BPT) - There are few traditions as optimistic in spirit as resolution setting. Every Jan. 1, millions of Americans make resolutions. In 2015, the second most popular resolution — behind dieting — was to become better organized, according to the Statistic Brain Research Institute rankin... More >>

Generational retirement planning
(BPT) - New research finds a link between inheritances and retirement preparedness. For many, life insurance proceeds can help close the gap between what the next generation will have and what they need.A recent study indicates that 52 percent of Americans are at risk of being unable to maintain th... More >>

Living well: Fend off the blues with a hearing test
(BPT) - Need a mood boost? Maybe it’s time to check your hearing.Here’s why: Hearing loss is linked to a greater risk of depression in adults of all ages, especially in 18 to 69 year olds. But studies show treating hearing loss can boost quality of life.People with hearing loss who use ... More >>

7 unexpected, lesser-known signs of dementia
(BPT) - Most age-related health issues don’t develop overnight — after all, it’s called “growing older,” not “suddenly older.” And although it’s not a normal side-effect of growing older, dementia is one of many health concerns that can creep up on pe... More >>

Give the gift of sight this holiday season
(BPT) - Older people are at heightened risk for vision loss due to age-related eye disorders. In fact, one out of every six Americans age 65 and older has a vision impairment that cannot be improved by glasses or contact lenses.This sight loss can lead to increased dependence on loved ones and care... More >>

How to adjust to new hearing aids
(BPT) - “Hearing aids aren’t like glasses.” If you’ve already visited a hearing care professional, that’s probably what you were told. When you put on a new pair of glasses, you immediately see everything like you used to, and as clearly as possible. For the first-time... More >>

What it will take to double pancreatic cancer survival by 2020
(BPT) - For Diane Borrison, it started with her eyes. They had suddenly taken on a yellowish hue. It didn’t take her long to realize her skin had followed suit. Borrison knew right away there must be something wrong, and she scheduled an appointment with her doctor immediately.The diagnosis w... More >>

Think you're too young for retirement planning? Think again
(BPT) - More than half of Americans are at risk of being unable to maintain their pre-retirement standard of living in retirement, with younger households in worse shape than those approaching their retirement years.The younger generation has already seen a reduction in their future Social Security... More >>

Survey: Baby boomers say fear is primary health motivator
(BPT) - Baby boomers believe in the value of prevention, but many of America’s most influential generation are taking a reactive, and sometimes risky, approach when it comes to managing their health, as revealed by the first MDVIP Boomer Health Survey. ... More >>

Living with asthma? Get smart about the flu
(BPT) - It’s that time of year again — cold and flu season. Across the country, Americans are arming themselves by receiving the annual flu vaccine, defending themselves against the telltale sniffles, sneezing, chills and fever. While the flu virus can be unpleasant for anyone who contr... More >>

Best holiday gift for seniors? Teach them how to use tech to stay connected
(BPT) - If you’re thinking of buying Grandma her first ever smartphone or tablet for the holidays, but aren’t sure she’ll be able to handle the technology ... make that purchase! Studies show technology can lead to the deeper levels of social engagement associated with improved me... More >>

Take your medicine: 5 steps to make sure you don't miss a dose
(BPT) - Did you remember to take your medication today? If the answer is no, you’re not alone. People all over the country make the same mistake every single day. Research shows more than 50 percent of prescription medication users fail to take their medications when they are supposed to. And... More >>

What are you doing to find relief from chronic pain?
(BPT) - Every day in this country, millions of people suffer from chronic pain and are desperate to find relief. For many, the road to managing chronic pain can be complex and can include prescription medications, over-the-counter products, lifestyle modifications and physical therapy. But when tho... More >>

How dental insurance is key in detecting and preventing disease
(BPT) - Millions of baby boomers set for retirement are facing the question of whether to buy dental insurance. In many cases, they’ve had dental insurance their entire working lives, thanks to employer-sponsored plans. But teeth are not immune to aging, and many people will find themselves p... More >>

Hearing aids can help you avoid the stress of family gatherings
(BPT) - Holidays are for reuniting with friends and family. These are times full of love and joy, but can also be full of stress. If you have hearing loss, these large gatherings can be even more challenging because hearing loss occurs more often at the higher pitches than the low. Low-pitch sounds... More >>

Screening with 'Pap HPV' is the preferred method for women aged 30-65 in the fight against cervical cancer
(BPT) - It is not often that new study results come along that help put to rest an issue that impacts millions of women in the U.S. But a new study published by an American Cancer Society journal makes it very clear: Pap HPV together, also known as co-testing, remains the preferred way to detect ce... More >>

Protect your family's valuables like the rich and famous
(BPT) - Where can you find more Olympic gold medals and Oscar awards than anywhere else? Here’s a hint: It’s the same place where more precious jewelry, gold, moon rocks, Super Bowl rings, lottery tickets and priceless art are located than any other place in the world.The answer is less... More >>

Attention needed: the lung disease you may not know you have
(BPT) - Lung disease is the third leading cause of death and impacts more than 24 million people in the United States, yet many people with the disease are unaware they may have it. Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, or COPD, is a serious lung disease that over time makes it hard to breathe and... More >>

Double check your medicine labels; don't double up on acetaminophen
(BPT) - You know when cold and flu season has arrived. The temperature drops, and you can hear sniffles and sneezes everywhere you go. You see over-the-counter (OTC) medicine aisles at neighborhood pharmacies and grocery stores quickly fill with people buying cough syrup, throat lozenges, and nasal... More >>

Educational events connect local Parkinson's communities with resources and support
(BPT) - More than one year ago, The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research (MJFF) and AbbVie launched Partners in Parkinson’s, a strategic health initiative to provide resources to help the nearly 1 million Americans living with Parkinson’s disease (PD) optimize their ... More >>

A personalized approach to treating metastatic melanoma
(BPT) - “You have melanoma.” For many people who hear these words, a deeply personal health journey follows. But one of the most important facts patients and caregivers may learn is that melanoma is not a single disease. It can vary from person to person, often due to genetic changes th... More >>

5 tips to better manage your COPD
(BPT) - Has shortness of breath ever made you avoid climbing the stairs or walking from one room to another in your own home? Do you experience a persistent cough that deters you from participating in the daily activities you love to do?If scenarios like these sound familiar to you, this may indica... More >>

Renovating to age in place? Focus efforts and budgets on bathrooms and kitchens, experts say
(BPT) - No one relishes the prospect of having to move out of his or her home due to age-related health, mobility or dexterity issues. In fact, more than half of homeowners 60 and older say they intend to stay in their current homes indefinitely, according to a recent survey by Houzz. Fortunately f... More >>

Carotid artery ultrasound screening: is it beneficial?
(BPT) - New research, appearing in The American Journal of Cardiology, shows non-invasive ultrasound evaluation of the carotid arteries in the neck is helpful in identifying patients at high risk of suffering a stroke or heart attack, even if they have few traditional risk factors and no symptoms.T... More >>

The most treatable serious senior health issue: loneliness
(BPT) - While Americans tend to associate the holidays with togetherness, joyful occasions and feelings of warmth and happiness, the season can also worsen feelings of loneliness and isolation for some people — especially older adults. Loneliness is not only bad for seniors’ mental heal... More >>

Website provides tips for leukemia patients and caregivers
(BPT) - Chronic lymphocytic leukemia, or CLL, is the most common type of adult leukemia in the US. The average age at diagnosis is 72 years old and this disease affects 16,000 people each year, 4,600 of whom will unfortunately die. This is often a slow-growing blood cancer and a complicated disease... More >>

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