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Four Indulgent Treats That Are Good for the Heart

— We’ve been celebrating American Heart Month during February, and many of us are thinking about ways to take good care of our hearts. Maybe we vow to get more exercise, lower our stress and control our blood pressure. Most likely, we are examining our eating habits and looking at ways we can switch to a... Read More

Loss of Smell Often Overlooked in Older Adults

— In the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic, doctors noted that a loss of smell was a noticeable symptom. Dr. Carl Philpott of the University of East Anglia (UEA) in the UK has studied this effect for months and learned that while the loss of smell during a cold or allergies is caused by congestion,... Read More

Rehabilitation for Our Most Important Muscle

— February is American Heart Month. This is a great time to learn about cardiac rehabilitation, an important healthcare resource for people who have heart problems. It includes exercise, education on heart-healthy living, and counseling to reduce stress and help patients return to an active life. Patients receive personalized, comprehensive care from a team of experienced... Read More

Preserving Our Sense of Purpose—Even Now

— Sense of Purpose Makes a Big Difference in Older Adults Gerontologists tell us that feeling we make a difference in the world provides a powerful healthy aging boost. A 2019 study of 7,000 older adults published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Science showed that those who engaged in activities they consider worthwhile have... Read More

Gout Is No Longer “The Disease of Kings”

— Gout is a painful type of arthritis that most commonly affects the joints of the big toe, but might also affect the ankle, heel, knees, wrists, fingers, or elbow. Like other joint diseases, gout can be painful and disabling—yet people with this condition sometimes fail to seek treatment due to misinformation. In previous eras, gout... Read More

Did You Resolve to Cut Down on Sugar?

— Our New Year’s resolutions often include weight loss and healthy eating—and reducing our sugar intake can help us meet both of those worthy goals. USDA guidelines recommend that we take in less than 10% of our daily calories from sugar. For older adults, consuming too much sugar increases the risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, hypertension,... Read More

Exposed to COVID-19 Over the Holidays? Now What?

— The holidays are over, and we’re returning to normal life—or, what passes as normal during the time of a pandemic. Most of us are excited about the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine, and hopefully we are continuing to follow the guidance of health experts to protect ourselves and others from exposure to the virus. Though... Read More

Don’t Delay Reporting TMJ Symptoms

— Among the other side effects of COVID-19 and the accompanying quarantine, dentists say that more patients are calling with broken or cracked teeth—a result of the stress we’re experiencing, which we often take out on our teeth with clenching or grinding. But broken teeth aren’t the only oral health problem that’s increased. Many patients are... Read More

Talking to the Senior Men in Your Life About COVID-19

— There is exciting news these days about the progress being made toward distribution of the vaccine targeting the virus that causes COVID-19, which has taken the lives of so many people worldwide. Older adults have been hardest hit by the virus, and it’s expected that they will be among the first on the list to... Read More

Will You Be Taking a Holiday Car Trip This Year?

— Traveling to spend the winter holidays with loved ones is an American tradition. It might be the time when everyone in the family gets together to share beloved foods, heirloom decorations and activities. New babies meet the family. Everyone checks in on the oldest family members. The memories created last for years to come. But... Read More
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