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The Galveston County Daily News: Senior Living

October 27, 2016

Senior Living

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Dread cancer screenings? Here are tips on how to deal

(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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Wednesday 10/26/2016
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: October 27, 2016 - 2:32 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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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: October 01, 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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