Gradually diminishing hearing or age-related hearing loss is a common problem for individuals over 65. It is a condition referred to as presbycusis, and one out of every three older adults experience some level of hearing loss. Because it is so gradual, the person may not even be aware of the issue until someone else points it out or realizes the frequency of asking “What?” increases. Hearing loss is not a reversible condition. If you suddenly experience hearing loss, seek
Most people, including older adults, are afraid of what they don’t understand, which only worsens as the years go by. As we age, we go through more significant changes in life, including retirement, empty nests, deaths of our loved ones, and health and physical challenges. Learning to cope and grow from these experiences is key to healthy aging. As we get older, we have choices to make about our health care, lifestyle, personal goals, and our plans for the future.
Fibromyalgia is a medical condition that causes widespread pain all over the body, insomnia, fatigue, and mental and emotional distress. Over 4 million adults in the United States have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia. The cause is unknown for fibromyalgia, but the good news is that it can be managed and treated effectively. Doctors usually diagnose fibromyalgia using the patient’s blood work analysis, history, X-rays, and a thorough physical examination. Common Symptoms of Fibromyalgia Widespread stiffness and painLethargy, tiredness, and fatigueAnxiety and
Every year, millions of people over the age of 65 fall, and many often don’t tell their doctors which is unfortunate because studies say if you fall one time, your chances of falling again are doubled. Falls are costly and severe, with one out of five causing severe injuries such as broken hips, head injuries, and bone fractures. According to an article in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society (2015), over 95% of broken hips are related to falling.
Most of us are aware that our diets can impact the risk for heart disease and that changing the way we eat is easier said than done. Whether you want to eat healthier or you have years of poor eating habits, here are eighty heart-healthy nutrition tips. Control your portion size: The amount you eat is just as important as what you eat. Everything these days is supersized, extra-large, double this and double that! Going to a buffet and filling
Most individuals have a feeling they should be doing something during the Medicare Open Enrollment (MA-OEP), but they are not quite sure what. The constant bombardment of television, internet, and radio ads can cause anxiety and confusion because they make people wonder if they should be changing something. We get many phone calls with people saying, “AEP just ended. What is the difference between AEP and MA-OEP?” The Annual Enrollment Period (AEP) is the time of year when you, as
Cataracts enormously impact the quality of your life and your activities of daily living. Truthfully, cataracts can make your life frustrating. It can become difficult to enjoy doing the things you love while your eyesight gradually declines. It is a challenging reality to feel unsure of your eyesight and, therefore, yourself. Until you decide to have cataract surgery, you will need to learn to cope with the symptoms. Cataract surgery is not usually prescribed until your vision has become impaired by
There are many over-the-counter (OTC) medications people take for joint pain. Most products depend on only a few ingredients to relieve joint pain. There are many over-the-counter (OTC) medications people take for joint pain. Most products depend on only a few ingredients to relieve joint pain. BE CAREFUL when combining OTC medications! Many over-the-counter OTC medications contain the same ingredients, so it is essential to know what the ingredients are in the medicines you take. Because if you take