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The Galveston County Daily News: Senior Living

September 27, 2016

Senior Living

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Don't leave money on the table: Know your Social Security facts

(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
What you need to know about atrial fibrillation and stroke
Updated: September 26, 2016 - 2:31 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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The uplifting truth about end-of-life care
Updated: September 26, 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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Monday 09/19/2016
Veterans find hope and healing through creative arts
Updated: September 26, 2016 - 2:31 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: September 26, 2016 - 2:31 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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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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Wednesday 08/31/2016
Silent stroke is not so silent
Updated: September 08, 2016 - 2:31 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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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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Monday 08/15/2016
Steps to keep your feet looking and feeling their youngest
Updated: August 23, 2016 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - You exercise regularly, eat well, maintain an active lifestyle and take your medications as prescribed every day. You’re doing everything you can to age gracefully and beautifully, but are you overlooking an aspect of self-care that’s fundamental to overall good health ... your feet?

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New grandbaby? Learn how to help baby and mom thrive
Updated: September 26, 2016 - 2:31 am

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Thursday 08/11/2016
Adults with Heart Disease: Vaccinations are an Important Part of Protecting Your Health
Updated: August 12, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Having a chronic health condition doesn’t mean you have to lose control over your health. Every day you take steps, like taking your medicine, monitoring your blood pressure, and watching your cholesterol, to manage your heart disease and ensure the healthiest possible future. What if there was also something you could do just once a year that could also help protect your health? There is — you can make sure you are up-to-date on vaccines to protect against a number of common diseases, some of which may be even more serious to you because of your heart disease.  

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Tuesday 08/09/2016
3 simple ways men can improve their health
Updated: August 17, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Men don’t have the best track record when it comes to taking care of themselves. It’s safe to say we all know someone who is just plain stubborn about going to the doctor. Even if they exhibit clear symptoms that should be checked out, say wheezing, chronic fatigue or worse, it can be a challenge to get them to seek medical help.

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Monday 07/11/2016
8 rousing reasons to put a hearing test at the top of your 'done' list
Updated: July 19, 2016 - 2:30 am

(BPT) - Of all the life hacks for better living, taking care of your hearing is among the smartest — and it yields an incredible ROI. In short, getting a hearing test is worth it.

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Wednesday 07/06/2016
Give Seniors a Lift With Household Chores
Updated: July 21, 2016 - 2:31 pm

(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - Many older adults want to remain in their homes as they continue to enjoy good health and independence. However, some activities of daily living, including household chores, become more challenging with age because of factors such as slower gait, impaired balance, reduced mobility, and reduced muscle strength.

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Monday 06/27/2016
The 'silent' liver disease: A new public health concern for the 21st Century
Updated: July 05, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - By the time you finish reading this article, 14 American adults will have been newly diagnosed with diabetes. Thirty-three percent of Americans are obese, and by 2030, this rate is expected to rise to 50 percent. Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD) is a growing epidemic associated with diabetes and obesity. NAFLD is a chronic liver disease characterized by the build-up of extra fat in the liver cells that is not caused by alcohol use. While it is normal for the liver to contain some fat, certain people accumulate extra fat. Left untreated, the accumulation of fat in the liver can progress to a more severe form of NAFLD called Nonalcoholic Steatohepatitis (NASH).

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Monday 06/20/2016
5 ways Americans unite to help one another
Updated: June 28, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - It seems as though there’s a lot of disagreement in our country these days. Political parties not only argue with each other, but they also fight within their ranks. Turn on the news and bickering is everywhere. Click on any internet story and you’ll read through pages of angry comments.

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Tuesday 06/14/2016
New tool promises to bridge communication gap for overactive bladder
Updated: June 22, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Sixty is a milestone for Carolyn Hampton and she’s not shy about sharing her age because it’s a tribute to how she’s lived. She’s more active than ever; she loves to dance and has even taken up tennis and running. None of this would have been possible a few years back because of her constant worry and concern about having an accident. Hampton’s in charge now, but for years her bladder ran the show.

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Monday 06/13/2016
6 tips and insights to avoid the 'grandparent scam'
Updated: June 14, 2016 - 2:30 am

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Friday 06/10/2016
For Alzheimer's caregivers, knowledge is power
Updated: June 18, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Michael Snowden was just 12 and his sister 16 when their mother began to exhibit symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease. Although they didn’t receive a definitive diagnosis until seven years later, the need to assume caregiving roles while still in their teens profoundly affected their lives.

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Monday 06/06/2016
The truth about Alzheimer's: early detection makes a difference
Updated: June 14, 2016 - 2:30 am

(BPT) - It’s the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States, affects more than 5 million Americans and one out of every three seniors will die from it. Yet misconceptions surround Alzheimer’s disease.

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Four simple ways to stay safe this summer
Updated: June 14, 2016 - 2:30 am

(BPT) - June is National Safety Month — an appropriate time to assess your personal safety and plan ahead for emergencies. This is especially important for those living on their own and looking for ways to maintain their independence. A few simple tips and safety measures will help give peace of mind that you’ve taken necessary precautions to prepare for unexpected incidents.

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Wednesday 06/01/2016
Blurry about cataracts? Here's what you need to know to have a clear understanding
Updated: June 09, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Growing older means inevitable changes in your body, and you often have a clear vision of how to deal with those changes. You work out to reduce heart disease risks, eat foods that meet your changing nutritional needs, and rely on corrective lenses to help mitigate age-related vision changes.

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Guidance and hope for people living with the most-common age-related vision problem
Updated: June 09, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Silver screen icon Bette Davis once famously pronounced “getting old ain’t for sissies.” Caring for yourself or a loved one with age-related health issues is no picnic, either. Of all the health issues you may face as you age, vision problems can be particularly devastating. Yet, a new study reveals that many people still don’t understand the leading cause of legal blindness for older Americans — a condition that could seriously affect their quality of life.

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Wednesday 05/25/2016
Reasonably priced home improvements for now and later
Updated: June 02, 2016 - 2:31 am

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Tips for Seniors Who Suffer From Muscle Aches and Pains
Updated: May 27, 2016 - 2:31 am

(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - Knees start to hurt. Hips start to ache. Maybe your lower back too. And you finally understand what "tennis elbow" means. Welcome to getting older.

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Tuesday 05/24/2016
Do you suffer from a longevity disconnect?
Updated: June 01, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - They say that age is just a number. For the 10,000 who reach retirement age every day, however, that number may come with a multitude of questions about whether they have done enough to prepare for retirement.

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Monday 05/23/2016
Four facts about artery health
Updated: May 31, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Did you know that you could be slowly getting sicker with artery blockage, even if you are symptom free and not diagnosed with heart disease?

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Thursday 05/19/2016
Seniors commit suicide twice as often as teens
Updated: May 27, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - While teenagers are the age group most associated with suicide risk, the terrible truth is that another group is killing themselves at even higher rates: seniors.

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Feel rushed at the doctor's office? How to get more 1-1 time
Updated: May 27, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - For patients and physicians alike, the current health care environment has never been more promising, but it’s also frustrating. While there are more medical advancements and treatment options than ever before, the importance of the doctor-patient relationship has taken a backseat in the health care continuum.  

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Wednesday 05/11/2016
5 easy ways to reduce digital eyestrain
Updated: May 19, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Technology can be beautiful thing. It has expanded our worlds and our minds, connecting people in a way they've never been before. But if you’re regularly using mobile devices, it’s possible you’re one of 70 percent of U.S. adults who suffer from digital eyestrain. And if you’re using technology before bed, you’re probably suffering from the sleep- and heath-altering effects of blue light.

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Tuesday 05/10/2016
Hepatitis C: A silent epidemic among baby boomers
Updated: May 18, 2016 - 2:31 am

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Tuesday 05/03/2016
Seniors with diabetes: Are you making the most of your Medicare benefits?
Updated: May 05, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - One in four Americans age 65 or older has diabetes, putting them at increased risk for vision loss and blindness. Fortunately, diabetes-related vision loss is largely preventable with regular care. Yet, studies show a majority of Medicare beneficiaries with diabetes do not get the necessary eye exams.

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Bite back against mosquitoes this season with these prevention tips
Updated: May 11, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - From annoying itchy welts to serious conditions like Malaria and West Nile virus, mosquitoes have been making humans miserable and sick for thousands of years. And now, there’s Zika — a mosquito-spread virus that may be linked to serious birth defects. In fact, according to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, the diseases mosquitoes spread make them the deadliest animal on the planet.

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Wednesday 04/20/2016
The important role vaccines may play in helping keep children and adults healthy
Updated: April 28, 2016 - 2:30 am

(BPT) - Every one of the nearly 12,000 babies born in the United States each day may be susceptible to infectious diseases. The good news is that vaccines can help protect children from some of these diseases.

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Wednesday 04/13/2016
Nursing shortage creates career opportunities at senior living communities
Updated: April 21, 2016 - 2:30 am

(BPT) - With nearly 8 million Americans still unemployed, it may be difficult to imagine a labor shortage is on the horizon. Yet many labor experts predict the health care industry is headed in that direction — and older adults may be one of the groups that will suffer the most if a shortage does occur as forecasted.

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Friday 04/08/2016
Meaningful, moving ways to support veterans this Memorial Day
Updated: April 16, 2016 - 2:30 am

(BPT) - “All gave some. Some gave all.” You likely hear that phrase around Memorial Day every year, but do you know its origin? Or what Memorial Day is supposed to mean to the veterans who gave some, the survivors of those who gave all, and the Americans who enjoy continued freedom because of those sacrifices?

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Wednesday 04/06/2016
Taking a bite out of life insurance premiums
Updated: April 14, 2016 - 12:23 pm

(BPT) - We are bombarded with messages about the importance of making healthy choices every single day. While the latest exercise and nutrition trends can be complex and often contradictory, we all know the basics: eat right, stay active. Still, it can be difficult to make healthy choices in the moment.

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Friday 04/01/2016
3 ways your home value can help in retirement
Updated: April 09, 2016 - 2:30 am

(BPT) - Your retirement. Your golden years to spend doing the things you enjoy - hobbies, travel, more time with family, and so on. But can you afford to live your post-paycheck life the way you always hoped?

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Monday 03/21/2016
Need readers? Here are key facts to know before you buy reading glasses
Updated: March 29, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Your 40th birthday was a while ago and since then, print looks like it’s been getting smaller. Moving printed matter farther from your eyes to bring it into focus worked for a while, but now you’re stretching your arm as far as it will reach. Since that arm’s not going to get any longer, it may be time to get some reading glasses.

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Monday 02/01/2016
4 Tips to Live Better in Retirement
Updated: February 01, 2016 - 2:31 am

(StatePoint) The conceptions and realities of retirement have changed a great deal over the past several decades, giving many seniors misgivings about the future. But your golden years can be happy, healthy and productive, say experts.

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Saturday 12/19/2015
Caring for Elderly Relatives: Making it Easier on Your Family
Updated: December 19, 2015 - 2:30 am

(StatePoint) It can be difficult for families when an elderly loved one starts to weaken physically and mentally. While nursing homes are an option, most are extremely expensive, and most seniors would prefer to remain in familiar surroundings. Fortunately, there are now more choices available that can provide seniors the freedom to continue living safely in their own home.

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Thursday 11/12/2015
Does Your Retirement Plan Consider Long-Term Care?
Updated: November 12, 2015 - 2:30 am

(StatePoint) When many people consider their retirement, they dream about the vacations they’ll take and the time they will have to relax. And while many savvy consumers are planning for their retirement financially, experts say that not enough people consider the potential expense of long-term care.

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