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The Galveston County Daily News: Senior Living

December 3, 2016

Senior Living

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Home for the holidays: What to look for when visiting your parents

(BPT) - The holidays are for more than talking turkey. While it’s a chance to spend precious time with your parents, for long distance caregivers, it’s also an opportunity to see how Mom and Dad are coping on their own.

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Wednesday 11/30/2016
Are you receiving the best care for your medical problem?
Updated: December 03, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - As we age, maintaining our health becomes increasingly important. For Baby Boomers and adults caring for older parents, better health depends on wellness initiatives and receiving care from the proper professionals.

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Monday 11/28/2016
At-home first-aid tips to manage the stress of caregiving
Updated: December 03, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Nearly 10 million adults over the age of 50 are caring for their aging parents — a number that has tripled over the past 15 years. With careers, children and grandchildren added to the mix, many baby boomers are feeling the mounting stress of caring for young, old and themselves! One way to reduce stress is to have peace of mind in knowing you’re prepared for emergency first-aid situations, such as cuts, scrapes and burns. In honor of National Family Caregivers Month, we’ve outlined some basic first-aid tips that can prepare you in case an emergency strikes, whether at home or on the go.

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Important safety steps to keep kids' holidays bright, happy and burn-free
Updated: December 03, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - You bake their favorite treats, search stores for the toys they have begged for all year, stuff stockings and deck the halls to help ensure your children’s holidays are full of warm, happy memories. However, it is also important to ensure the holiday season is safe for kids and the whole family.

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How to Take Care of Bruised, Fragile Skin in Winter
Updated: November 28, 2016 - 2:31 am

(StatePoint) Many people who bruise easily breathe a sigh of relief in the winter, because long sleeves and leggings or slacks can conceal myriad skin issues. But, it’s important to note that while the outside world can’t see what’s going on under the layers, leaving these skin issues untreated may lead to more serious problems down the road.

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Monday 11/21/2016
Communication, not silence, is golden for men battling prostate cancer
Updated: November 29, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - For the nearly 3 million American men fighting prostate cancer, and the thousands more yet to be diagnosed, silence is not golden. Men who speak up about their disease — to their doctors, loved ones and community — can get the help they need, when they need it, and ensure their treatment plan is tailored to their needs. What’s more, they could use their voice to inspire others to be more vocal, especially about symptoms that may indicate the disease may be getting worse.

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Friday 11/18/2016
Your family's guide to cold and flu season
Updated: November 26, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Every year in the U.S., there are more colds than people. Annually, nearly 320 million Americans catch 1 billion colds, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine. Seven in 10 people will turn to over-the-counter (OTC) medicines to help them feel better — and many of these medicines may contain acetaminophen.

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Wednesday 11/16/2016
Changing the end-of-life care conversation
Updated: November 24, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month, which provides a timely opportunity to better understand end-of-life care options and how to broach this sometimes difficult subject for you or a family member.

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Be ready: Simple preparations to ensure winter weather doesn't catch you by surprise
Updated: November 24, 2016 - 2:31 am

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Tuesday 11/15/2016
4 simple steps toward better heart health
Updated: November 23, 2016 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - A single choice doesn’t matter most of the time. Having dessert one night, taking a walk on another and deciding to skip an outing with friends aren't life changing choices. A daily choice is small, like a pebble. But like pebbles, when you keep reaching for the same choices, they can amass into something significant.

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Coughing? Bring a Healthy Dose of Sick-Etiquette to Work
Updated: November 23, 2016 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - Being considerate of others when you’re sick is one of the first steps to good sick etiquette.

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Monday 11/14/2016
5 ways guys can enhance their lives today
Updated: November 22, 2016 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - Guys, it’s nearly that time of year again! The holidays are quickly approaching, and while it’s a time to celebrate and get together with friends and family, the next few months can be hectic, too. Travel, job pressures, having everyone over, even cold weather can take their toll. With all this stress, you can feel uninspired and run down. But don't settle for that. There are things you can do to rev up your energy, and improve your relationships, work and even your health throughout the holiday season. Follow these five simple tips to stay fired up and feeling good.

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The key to good caregiving: A healthy caregiver
Updated: November 22, 2016 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - It is estimated that more than 15 million Americans provide unpaid care for people with Alzheimer’s and other dementias. For the vast majority, the deeply personal responsibility of caring for a loved one with a devastating disease constitutes a “labor of love,” but caregiving can take a severe emotional and physical toll on those providing it.

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Tuesday 11/08/2016
4 reasons why you should fill your shopping cart with store brands
Updated: November 16, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Price isn’t the only reason 97 percent of millennials say they buy store brands. Shoppers age 18-36 say store brand products are also more innovative than brand name ones, deliver better value and are higher quality than ever, according to a report by Mintel.

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10 truly unique gifts for under $100
Updated: November 16, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Some people are incredibly easy to shop for. You can go into any store and find something they would like. For others, you can spend months looking and still not discover the right gift.

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Monday 11/07/2016
A surprising strategy for getting the most out of your Social Security
Updated: November 15, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - The temptation to start collecting monthly Social Security checks at age 62 is hard to resist, but claiming the benefit too early can have damaging consequences for your overall retirement funds. According to Kiplinger.com’s October list of "Financial Decisions You Will Regret in Retirement," taking the money as soon as you are eligible at 62 is actually considered one of the worst mistakes you can make in your lifetime by many advisors.

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Thursday 11/03/2016
Managing osteoarthritis: What you don't know is hurting you
Updated: November 11, 2016 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - Twenty-seven million Americans suffer every day from chronic discomfort and stiffness caused by osteoarthritis (OA), the most common form of arthritis, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). There have been limited advancements in osteoarthritis therapies, leaving patients with fewer options and worsening symptoms. Because daily activities can be such a struggle, doctors and patients have increasingly turned to synthetic pain relievers such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and opioids (narcotics).

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Tuesday 11/01/2016
7 Social Security facts you need to know
Updated: November 09, 2016 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - Planning ahead and getting an accurate picture of your options may be key to getting the most out of your retirement. However, a survey commissioned by Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual) aimed to better understand how much Americans know about Social Security retirement benefits suggests many may be leaving Social Security retirement benefits they’re entitled to on the table, or incorrectly assuming what benefits may be available in retirement. Here are some the most common questions and answers for people of all ages:

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Monday 10/31/2016
Want a memory boost? Try a hearing test
Updated: November 08, 2016 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - Intrigued by all the brain-training products out there to keep your mind sharp and spirits young? You may want to consider something else: A hearing test.

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Friday 10/28/2016
The truth behind 2 popular 'health' foods
Updated: November 05, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Did you dance in delight the first time you heard that dark chocolate is good for you? Did you think that your favorite indulgence just became an official “health food?” Popular culture often makes too much of health benefit claims, especially when it comes to food and drink that many people consider guilty pleasures. It’s important to understand it’s not always the item itself, but certain components in it that have potential health benefits.

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Open Talk About Open Enrollment: 5 Surprising Ways Americans React to the Annual Process
Updated: November 05, 2016 - 2:31 am

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Thursday 10/27/2016
6 small steps to improve your health in a big way
Updated: November 04, 2016 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - You want to be healthier, right? But try as you might, it always seems like something’s standing in your way. Time and money are two of the largest obstacles, and you may think it’s impossible to improve your health without a significant time or financial investment.

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Wednesday 10/26/2016
Dread cancer screenings? Here are tips on how to deal
Updated: October 27, 2016 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - You go in for your annual visit and it goes something like this: You get weighed and measured and prodded. You see your doctor and talk about your health, maybe get a prescription refill, and most likely a referral for a screening or lab test. You walk out with the best of intentions, but you never get that test done. Sound familiar?

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Silent stroke is not so silent
Updated: October 27, 2016 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - Silent strokes, ones that happen in your brain without you even knowing, can lead to full-blown strokes as well as cognitive impairment and dementia.

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An easy way to save on your healthcare in 2017
Updated: October 27, 2016 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - If you’re like most people, there are a few times a year when you sit down to review your expenses — your cable bill, entertainment expenses and grocery receipts, for example — and try to figure out where you and your family can save money.

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4 creative ways to tackle rising health care costs when planning for retirement
Updated: October 27, 2016 - 2:32 am

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Too much gobble, gobble? 6 Steps to better digestion this holiday season
Updated: October 27, 2016 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - Cheer and goodwill aren’t the only things Americans share during the holiday season. We also swap germs, overindulge in seasonal foods and spirits, and stew in stress — all of which can lead to digestive woes.

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What you need to know about atrial fibrillation and stroke
Updated: October 27, 2016 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - Each year, millions of people in the U.S. have an irregular heartbeat, also known as an arrhythmia, according to the American Heart Association.  Heart arrhythmias are common and can be harmless. However, certain arrhythmias, such as atrial fibrillation (AFib), may produce pooling and clotting of the blood which can then travel to other parts of the body, damaging the brain, lungs and other organs if not treated appropriately.  

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Veterans find hope and healing through creative arts
Updated: October 27, 2016 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - Where words fail, the creative arts have the ability to speak. Art therapy is an empowering technique that allows for self-discovery and has the power to produce insight and expression in a non-threatening way. That is why the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) encourages creative arts as a therapeutic, and often lifesaving, tool for returning soldiers.

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What you still don't know about breast cancer
Updated: October 27, 2016 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - The topic of breast cancer can feel familiar — from October walks to pink ribbons, Americans know breast cancer. That is, until you or a loved one is diagnosed.  

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Despite strides against all cancers, liver cancer rates on the rise
Updated: October 27, 2016 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - More people are surviving cancer, according to the American Cancer Society (ACS). From 1991 to 2012, the rate of cancer deaths declined about 23 percent. Despite that progress, one type of cancer has actually become more common — liver cancer. New cases have tripled in the past 36 years and death rates also increased during this period. From 2003 to 2012, death rates increased by 2.7 percent per year. In 2016, the ACS estimates more than 39,000 new cases will be diagnosed and over 27,000 people will die from liver cancer.

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Monday 10/24/2016
Shared experiences and support can help people manage type 2 diabetes
Updated: November 01, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Nearly 30 million Americans have diabetes, and most (90-95 percent) have type 2 diabetes. Diabetes management isn’t always easy — some people may have difficulty visiting their doctor regularly, eating healthy foods and reaching their A1C goal. That’s why America’s Diabetes Challenge, a program from Merck and the American Diabetes Association, is encouraging people to share their stories about the challenges and successes they’ve faced managing type 2 diabetes or supporting a loved one with the disease.

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Friday 10/21/2016
Reverse Mortgages Can Be a Valuable Retirement Tool
Updated: October 21, 2016 - 2:31 pm

(NewsUSA) - This article is a paid advertisement. The content was provided by One Reverse Mortgage.

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Tuesday 10/18/2016
Pension plan funding shortfalls threaten retirees in all 50 states
Updated: October 26, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Everyone knows it is important to save for retirement in order to build a nest egg and enjoy the “golden years.” So why is it that state and local governments many times act irresponsibly when it comes to saving for the future of public employees?

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A Life Half Full: Aging With Optimism
Updated: October 18, 2016 - 2:31 pm

(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - As Americans age, one element seems to be key for their mental and physical health: optimism. That's the finding suggested by a new Humana survey, which asked Americans age 60 and over how they perceive the importance of various wellness traits.

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How Caregivers Can Provide Better Care for Both Their Loved Ones and Themselves
Updated: October 18, 2016 - 2:31 am

(StatePoint) More than 10,000 people in the United States turn 65 years old every day, according to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. This growth in the aging population has led to an increased number of people who care for loved ones in their homes.

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Monday 10/10/2016
Freedom is not free: Remembering our soldiers' sacrifices this Veterans Day
Updated: October 18, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - When U.S. Navy Lt. John McGrath took off on his 178th mission over North Vietnam at the age of 27, he had no idea it would end his life as a free man for more than six years. His plane was struck by anti-aircraft fire, tearing the wing and forcing him to eject from the aircraft. With a fractured back and dislocated knee, Lt. McGrath was captured and taken to “New Guy Village,” a war camp in Hanoi, Vietnam, where he became a Prisoner of War (POW).

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Thursday 10/06/2016
Learn a life-saving skill that will save lives with these 4 steps
Updated: October 14, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Choking is the fifth leading cause of unintentional deaths in the Unites States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. While choking is more likely to occur in children 3 years of age or younger, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics, choking emergencies can happen to anyone, at anytime.

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Thursday 09/29/2016
Debunking one of the biggest misconceptions about menopause
Updated: October 07, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Nearly all women will go through menopause at some point in their lives. Often with this comes a loss of intimacy, one of the biggest — yet least discussed — side effects of menopause. While to some this may seem inevitable, menopause does not need to signify the end of a woman’s sex life.

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Thursday 09/22/2016
Don't leave money on the table: Know your Social Security facts
Posted: September 22, 2016

(BPT) - Planning ahead and getting an accurate picture of your options may be the key to getting the most out of your retirement. However, a survey commissioned by Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual) aimed to better understand how much Americans know about Social Security retirement benefits suggests many may be leaving Social Security retirement benefits they’re entitled to on the table, or incorrectly assuming what benefits may be available in retirement. Here are some the most common questions and answers for people of all ages:

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Wednesday 09/21/2016
The uplifting truth about end-of-life care
Updated: September 29, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - When a loved one is critically ill, hearing that it’s time for hospice care can be devastating news. On top of the emotional upheaval of coping with a terminal illness, you may be unsure what hospice care really is — and believe it’s just an indication your loved one will likely pass away.

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Thursday 09/15/2016
How to Talk to Aging Parents about the Future
Updated: September 15, 2016 - 2:31 am

(StatePoint) Parents care for and guide children into adulthood. But as parents age, sometimes the roles are reversed.

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Wednesday 09/14/2016
Meaningful, doable ways to support veterans, members of the military and their families
Updated: September 22, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - At the airport, you take a moment to thank a solider in uniform who is returning home. On Veterans Day, you hold up a sign at your town’s parade to let those who have served know how much you care. Throughout the year, whenever you encounter veterans or someone currently serving in the armed forces, you show your appreciation for their service.

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Tuesday 09/06/2016
Creating confidence: 8 steps to feeling more self-assured
Updated: September 14, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Virtually everyone struggles with a lack of self-confidence at some point in their lives and it’s perfectly normal to feel unsure of yourself in certain situations. However, if you find a lack of confidence is holding you back from fully enjoying your personal life, or achieving your professional goals, it may be time to take action.

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How Boomers are Disrupting the Housing Market
Updated: September 06, 2016 - 2:30 am

(StatePoint) As the Boomer population ages and retires, massive shifts in the housing market are to be expected. One current popular trend with these older Americans is manufactured housing in land-lease communities, where homes are placed on leased land and the overall price of the home is lower than other types of homes. And many of these communities offer senior-friendly amenities.

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Friday 08/26/2016
Peace of Mind in Retirement
Updated: August 26, 2016 - 2:31 pm

(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - Planning for retirement -- and keeping that plan on track -- can be difficult. You have to make sure your money grows so that it lasts as long as you do. There's a product offered by life insurers that helps people with this challenge. It's called a variable annuity.

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Thursday 08/25/2016
A four-point plan for joint health
Updated: September 02, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Whether it's a brand-new Bentley or a classic 1970 Mustang, most people have a car they dream about. If they're lucky enough to own it someday, you better believe they're going to take care of it. Regular maintenance is an essential part of keeping a vehicle in tip-top shape. The same is true of the human body, particularly the joints.

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Thursday 08/18/2016
6 tips to protect your children from hidden dangers around the home
Updated: August 26, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Even in the most safety-minded homes, the most serious hazards for children can be hiding in plain sight. Know which unexpected items can be risky, and what to do to prevent an accident.

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Wednesday 08/17/2016
Seniors: 5 simple secrets for overcoming gym intimidation
Updated: August 25, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - No one really relishes the idea of growing older and experiencing the health issues that can accompany aging. If there was one thing you could do to significantly improve your chances of staying mentally sharp, physically healthy and independent throughout your golden years, wouldn’t you do it? 

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Tuesday 08/16/2016
Lots of life left in senior pets
Updated: August 24, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Every day, in shelters all across the country, senior animals are passed over by prospective pet owners. Why? Some people are looking for the energy of a new puppy or feel older dogs offer families too little time. But the truth is, providing a new home for an older animal may bring you a level of companionship you never imagined.

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