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April 21st, 2014

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Boomers: 5 daily tactics to defy aging in 10 minutes or less

Determined, vivacious, passionate – a lot of words describe America’s estimated 78 million baby boomers. This spirited group is redefining their golden years, staying active by working, traveling and enjoying the great outdoors. They know that in order to live life to the fullest, they must make their health a priority, and many are dra...

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Benefits of cochlear implants in older adults go beyond restored hearing

As a private pilot and frequent commercial passenger, John Walkup’s hearing worsened over a number of years. But during one memorable airline flight, he suddenly lost most of his hearing, leading to enormous life changes. The impact of his hearing loss went beyond simply not being able to hear. His career ended abruptly. Walkup went on perman...

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Does your employer benefit package measure up?

Many Americans just went through their annual benefits enrollment period at their work. Precious time was spent reviewing the available offerings with spouses and determining which ones best meet their families’ needs, weighed against the cost. Yet a good number of Americans may not have taken the time to review their company’s benefit...

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The ‘hearing bone’s’ connected to the what?

Once upon a time, before people knew any better, they thought that hearing loss was simply a part of growing older – something not worth doing much about. They were wrong. Turns out, hearing loss isn’t fussy about age. More than half of us with hearing loss are still in the workforce. And hearing loss is a much bigger deal than we ever...

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What you don’t know about pain can hurt you

You may not like it, but when you feel pain, your body is trying to tell you something. In most cases, it’s to stop what you’re doing. (“Ouch, that stove is hot!”) That’s why some pain is necessary and can prevent us from seriously injuring ourselves. But, at times, pain also can be intolerable, becoming constant and n...

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Eye diseases may go unnoticed in individuals with diabetes

With more than 8 percent of the American population having been diagnosed with diabetes, regular dilated eye exams are critical to prevent vision loss. Diabetes is a disease that interferes with the body’s ability to use and store sugar, which can cause many health problems. Too much sugar in the blood can cause damage throughout the body, in...

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Behind in saving for retirement? Approaches to catching up

Does the pace of your busy personal and professional life leave you feeling like you’re always playing catch up? From finally reading that best-seller that’s been sitting on your book shelf for a year to getting a solid eight hours of sleep to making sure you have enough money set aside for the future, it can be difficult to regain lost...

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Seniors: Create an independent, restful and peaceful home setting

Senior living is a time for rest and relaxation, and the home is the first place to incorporate a comfortable and spa-like living quarters. The chaos of raising children has passed, and retirement has brought a sense of peace and quiet upon the home. Many upgrades can make your home more comfortable and restful and allow you to stay safe and indepe...

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Move over carrots: other key nutrients for healthy vision

Popeye trumps Bugs Bunny – at least for your eyes. An overwhelming majority of Americans – 89 percent – identify carrots as the best food to eat to ensure healthy eyes but far fewer, 32 percent, know that spinach can help support their vision too, according to a survey by Kelton/DSM Nutritional Products. Move over carrots and beta...

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Why older adults must understand their flu vaccine options and get vaccinated

With the 2013-2014 flu season officially here, it’s important to consider the single best way to prevent influenza (commonly known as “the flu”) – the flu vaccine. What many older adults don’t know is that the immune system weakens with age, meaning older adults are at a higher risk for flu and related complications. M...

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