Health & Fitness

Eat, Drink and Be Healthy
How Moderate Alcohol Use Can be Good for You

You may have heard that moderate drinking can fit into a sensible health plan. It may be benefical in reducing or preventing certain conditions, such as diabetes, stress, depression, poor cognition, and heart ailments such as hypertension, peripheral artery disease, and high blood pressure. Drinking may also help prevent aging effects. Part of the reason is due to alcohol, offers Dr. Mehmet Oz, and most of the reason is the resveratrol that's found in grape skins, and thus red wines. Some also surmise that moderate alcohol can fend off the common cold. However, too much alcohol can put you at risk for adverse health consequences.
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Helping Elderly Parents or Relatives From Afar

Today's families are more geographically diverse than ever before. Whereas it was once common for families to remain in the same city or state for generations, nowadays families routinely spread out across the country if not the world. Thanks to technological advancements that make it easier than ever before to stay in touch, families today can still thrive and stay close even if they live hundreds, if not thousands, of miles away from one another.
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Seniors Can Prevent Falls

Among older adults, falls are the leading cause of injury deaths. They are also one of the most common reasons seniors visit the emergency rooms for trauma each year. Falls are largely preventable.

More than one-third of adults aged 65 or older fall each year in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Many of these falls lead to serious injuries, such as head trauma, hip fractures, other fractures, and bruising.
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Eating Healthier as You Get Older

Though even the President of the United States' wife is publicly taking America's obesity epidemic to task, more and more people in America and across the globe are trying to tackle their weight problems and eat healthier. Because kids are naturally more physically active than their adult counterparts, it can be easier for the younger crowd to get healthier.
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Did You Know?

According to a 2010 report jointly released by the nonprofit Trust for America's Health, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Infectious Diseases Society of America, millions of adults are going without recommended vaccinations, leading to as many as 50,000 preventable deaths a year.
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Myths Associated with Hearing Loss and Treatment

Hearing is something many people take for granted. While it's certainly possible to a lifetime without so much as a single hearing problem, nearly anyone who has ever been to a musical concert has no doubt considered the possibility of hearing loss, be it temporary or permanent. Just as common as the consideration of hearing loss are the myths associated with hearing loss and treatment. The Better Hearing Institute (BHI), a not-for-profit corporation with a goal of educating the public about hearing loss and what can be done about, breaks some of those myths.
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Cooking for One

Perhaps you're the senior woman or gentleman at the supermarket pushing a wagon full of TV convenience dinners. While it may seem the easy way to go now that the family has left the coop, those convenience meals are not always the healthiest option. Generally high in sodium and calories, they don't always fit into the acceptable diet for an elder person.
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How to Manage Medications Safely

Statistics indicate that the average senior takes four to five prescription medications daily and potentially two over-the-counter products as well. Individuals could be consuming 10 to 15 pills in one day. Research also indicates that a senior will use roughly 25 different prescription medications during the course of a year. Managing this many medications can be tricky.
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Seniors: Boost Your Immune System for Optimal Health

The strength of a person's immune system is generally what determines if he or she gets sick. If two people are exposed to the same germs, the one with a weaker immune system tends to get sick.
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Helping a Parent After the Loss of a Spouse

Few children, even adult children, are ever prepared enough to help their parent deal with the loss of a spouse. In addition to coping with their own loss of a parent, many adults must find a way to help a parent who just lost the love of their life.
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Senior Safety During Cold Weather

Extreme temperature changes can be dangerous to the senior set. This can make winter weather as challenging as the summertime heat, as winter also throws ice and snow into the mix, which can make getting around treacherous.
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