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Understanding Your Health

Understanding Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

What is COPD? COPD is a progressive lung disease that makes it hard to breathe due to obstructed airflow in the lungs. You may be more familiar with the terms of chronic bronchitis and emphysema, which are often referred to as COPD. According to the American Lung Association, COPD is the third lead...

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Which Vaccines Do You Need?

Getting vaccinated is important for individuals of all ages, but especially important for those over 65. Why are vaccines important? As you age, your immune system weakens, making it more difficult to fight off infections. Vaccines can help protect you from contracting serious diseases like the fl...

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Are X-rays Dangerous? What You Should Know

What imaging studies involve radiation? X-rays CT or CAT (computerized tomography) scans Nuclear medicine studies PET (positron emission tomography) scans, bone density scans Mammograms Please note: MRI (magnetic resonance imaging), MRA (magnetic resonance angiography) and Ultrasound (or so...

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Five Ways to Improve Achy Joints

What is arthritis? Joint pain, stiffness, or swelling that interferes with daily activities could be a sign of arthritis. Arthritis is an inflammation of one or more joints. Symptoms usually develop over time, but they may also appear suddenly. It is most common among women and occurs more frequent...

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Staying Healthy
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Osteoporosis and How to Keep Your Bones Healthy

How it happens To keep bones strong, your body breaks down old bone and replaces it with new bone tissue. As people age, more bone may be broken down than is replaced. Who it affects The risk of osteoporosis grows as you get older. At the time of menopause, women may lose bone quickly for several...

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Solutions for Bladder Control

As you get older, problems with bladder control or urinary incontinence (UI) are common for both men and women. It’s important to talk to your doctor about any bladder control issues because incontinence issues can often be cured or improved.

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Preventive Care for Older Adults

Aging happily means being able to do the things we love with those who matter most - for as long as possible. A key to this lies in maintaining our bodies and minds to ensure they are functioning properly. Preventive care is necessary to spot any underlying health condition from getting worse ...

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How Much Alcohol Consumption Is Too Much?

The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism recommends that alcohol consumption for people over age 65 should be no more than seven drinks a week and no more than three drinks on any one day. If you have a health problem or are taking certain medicines you may need to drink less, or no...

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How to Conquer Oral Hygiene if You’re Over 60

Oral hygiene is easy to ignore According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 96% of older adults have had a cavity and 1 in 5 have untreated tooth decay. Yikes! That means many people are afraid of the dentist exam itself or getting bad news. Whatever the reason, your dentist i...

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