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Ways To Prevent Cold and Flu & What to Do if You Get Sick

Posted by Kendal at Home on November 13, 2018 at 7:30 AM

 

Cold and flu season can be an especially dangerous time for older adults. That’s because, as we age, our immune systems lose effectiveness, making a bout with a cold or flu virus more serious—or even deadly. prevent cold and flu

Research has shown a case of the flu can increase your risk of developing pneumonia and even heart attack or stroke.

There are several things you can do to prevent exposure to cold and flu viruses and protect yourself if you’ve been exposed.

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What Is the High-Dose Flu Vaccine, and How Can It Help You?

Posted by Kendal at Home on November 7, 2018 at 7:30 AM

The vast majority of influenza(flu)-related deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), occur in people over the age of 65, so experts recognized a need for a stronger vaccination for this demographic. high dose flu vaccine

In response, a high-dose vaccine was created and first became available in the United States in 2009. A study, published in the Journal of Infectious Diseases in 2017, shows that the high-dose version of the vaccine may in fact be more effective, at least in seasons with dominant H3N2 strains of influenza.

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Aging and Fatigue: 4 Common Causes

Posted by Kendal at Home on November 1, 2018 at 7:30 AM

6th_May Bl.jpgAs you age, you may notice your energy levels aren’t as high as they once were and you may even need an afternoon nap. But are these changes part and parcel of the aging process? How exactly does the aging process affect fatigue?

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Common Medicare Scams to Watch for During Open Enrollment

Posted by Kendal at Home on October 30, 2018 at 7:30 AM

Whether you’re contemplating switching your Medicare plan or simply considering making the switch from private insurance, you have until ThinkstockPhotos-652935652December 7th to make any changes. For you, it’s a time to weigh your options and make changes, but for scammers it’s open season.

Here are some common Medicare scams to watch for during open enrollment.

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5 Causes of Lightheadedness to Know

Posted by Kendal at Home on October 24, 2018 at 7:30 AM

Lightheadedness—that reeling, woozy feeling that can make ThinkstockPhotos-92253702 you actually feel faint—is a common complaint of older adults and can occur for numerous reasons. Many causes aren’t serious and come with simple solutions, but youshouldn’t ever ignore the feeling because its consequences—such as a fall—can be dangerous all by themselves. If the feeling persists, seek medical attention. 

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Older Adults are Skipping Eye Exams: Why That's a Bad Idea

Posted by Kendal at Home on October 18, 2018 at 7:30 AM

According to a poll conducted by the University of Michigan and the AARP, 18 percent of people aged 50 and up have not seen an optometrist or ophthalmologist in at least three years or were not sure when they’d had their last eye exam. older adults eye exams

When looking at that population of older adults, more than 40 percent said they hadn’t gone to an eye doctor because they weren’t experiencing any vision problems. Other reasons stated included the cost of the exam—or because they just hadn’t gotten around to making the appointment.

But, is skipping eye exams really a good idea?

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What to Know About Medicare Open Enrollment for 2019

Posted by Kendal at Home on October 16, 2018 at 7:30 AM

Open enrollment for Medicare for 2019 runs from Oct. 15 to Dec. 7, and whether you’re wondering about the changes in store for 2019 or have medicareopenenrollmentresourcesquestions on what the best option is for you, this blog post will provide the resources you need.

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What to Know About Brain Health Supplements

Posted by Kendal at Home on October 10, 2018 at 9:11 AM

Keeping your brain healthy is crucial throughout your lifetime, with research showing multiple ways to maintain quality brain health. They include:

  • Well-balanced diet
  • Regular exercise
  • Quality sleep

But, what about brain health supplements? What role, if any, do they play in maintaining cognitive function?

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What to Know About the Midterm Elections

Posted by Kendal at Home on October 4, 2018 at 7:30 AM

November is just around the corner, and with it comes tholder adults midterm electionse 2018 midterm elections. Nearly three quarters of adults over age 50 are worried about how divided the country—and its citizens—has become, according to an AARP poll. Not only that, it seems older adults disapprove of the jobs our elected officials are doing, regardless of political party.

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3 Tips for Exercising With Osteoporosis

Posted by Kendal at Home on October 2, 2018 at 7:30 AM

If you have osteoporosis, you may worry that exercising might put so much stress on your bones that fractures will result. But, as an in-depth article about osteoporosis and exercise in USNews.com shares, working out actually helps to prevent those injuries. Our skeletal system, as one expert shares, actually needs the type of stress that exercise provides–needs it to “help remodel and grow new bone. This keeps our bones from becoming brittle and maintains their integrity.” osteoporosis

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