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5 tips to keep your cellphone running smoothly
(BPT) - We all love the convenience of modern cellphones. They're so much more than just phones - they've become our cameras, calendars, mailboxes, entertainment consoles and internet browsers.But all those apps, photos, videos and games compete for a limited amount of room in which to operate. If y ...
8 rousing reasons to put a hearing test at the top of your 'done' list
(BPT) - Of all the life hacks for better living, taking care of your hearing is among the smartest - and it yields an incredible ROI. In short, getting a hearing test is worth it.No matter what your age, untreated hearing loss can take its toll. The catch is, hearing loss is stealthy. It's usually h ...
The 'silent' liver disease: A new public health concern for the 21st Century
(BPT) - By the time you finish reading this article, 14 American adults will have been newly diagnosed with diabetes. Thirty-three percent of Americans are obese, and by 2030, this rate is expected to rise to 50 percent. Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD) is a growing epidemic associated with ...
5 ways Americans unite to help one another
(BPT) - It seems as though there’s a lot of disagreement in our country these days. Political parties not only argue with each other, but they also fight within their ranks. Turn on the news and bickering is everywhere. Click on any internet story and you’ll read through pages of an ...
New tool promises to bridge communication gap for overactive bladder
(BPT) - Sixty is a milestone for Carolyn Hampton and she’s not shy about sharing her age because it’s a tribute to how she’s lived. She’s more active than ever; she loves to dance and has even taken up tennis and running. None of this would have ...
6 tips and insights to avoid the 'grandparent scam'
(BPT) - Scammers are excellent manipulators. There is one scam that preys on many of the emotions of its targets. You've probably heard of it - it's called the "grandparent scam." The grandparent scam has been around for a few years. And it goes something like this: The phone rings, a panicked voice ...
For Alzheimer's caregivers, knowledge is power
(BPT) - Michael Snowden was just 12 and his sister 16 when their mother began to exhibit symptoms of Alzheimer's disease. Although they didn't receive a definitive diagnosis until seven years later, the need to assume caregiving roles while still in their teens profoundly affected their lives."Not m ...
The truth about Alzheimer's: early detection makes a difference
(BPT) - It’s the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States, affects more than 5 million Americans and one out of every three seniors will die from it. Yet misconceptions surround Alzheimer’s disease.Contrary to what many people think about Alzheimer’s, it’s not a norm ...
Four simple ways to stay safe this summer
(BPT) - Summer is an appropriate time to assess your personal safety and plan ahead for emergencies. This is especially important for those living on their own and looking for ways to maintain their independence. A few simple tips and safety measures will help give peace of mind that you’ve ta ...
Blurry about cataracts? Here's what you need to know to have a clear understanding
(BPT) - Growing older means inevitable changes in your body, and you often have a clear vision of how to deal with those changes. You work out to reduce heart disease risks, eat foods that meet your changing nutritional needs, and rely on corrective lenses to help mitigate age-related vision changes ...
Guidance and hope for people living with the most-common age-related vision problem
(BPT) - Silver screen icon Bette Davis once famously pronounced “getting old ain’t for sissies.” Caring for yourself or a loved one with age-related health issues is no picnic, either. Of all the health issues you may face as you age, vision problems can be particularly devastating ...
Tips to get family photos you want to keep forever
(BPT) - If you’re like most people, images of your family are probably languishing on your smartphone or tucked away in the closet on an old computer. If you take a break from the selfies and invest in the time to hire a professional photographer, you’ll end up with beautiful family port ...
Trouble hearing? Why you need to do more than just turn up the volume
(BPT) - Approximately 20 percent of Americans live with hearing loss, according to the Hearing Loss Association of America. If you’re among them, you may think all you need to do in order to hear better is to turn up the volume. But many factors make up hearing, including sound quality, clarit ...
Make home changes now to be safe as a senior
(BPT) - What homeowner, young or old, isn’t interested in affordable and functional home improvements that can be enjoyed for years to come? For seniors 65 and older, well-thought-out additions or upgrades are necessary for continued comfort and safety.Aging in place, or modifying your ho ...
Do you suffer from a longevity disconnect?
(BPT) - They say that age is just a number. For the 10,000 who reach retirement age every day, however, that number may come with a multitude of questions about whether they have done enough to prepare for retirement.The good news is that Americans today are living longer than previous generations. ...
Four facts about artery health
(BPT) - Did you know that you could be slowly getting sicker with artery blockage, even if you are symptom free and not diagnosed with heart disease?Your gender, age and whether you have diabetes all affect the prevalence of certain kinds of peripheral vascular disease, which is a condition that aff ...
Seniors commit suicide twice as often as teens
(BPT) - While teenagers are the age group most associated with suicide risk, the terrible truth is that another group is killing themselves at even higher rates: seniors.Adults aged 65 to 84 are nearly twice as likely to commit suicide as 15 to 24-year-olds, according to the Center for Disease Contr ...
Feel rushed at the doctor's office? How to get more 1-1 time
(BPT) - For patients and physicians alike, the current health care environment has never been more promising, but it’s also frustrating. While there are more medical advancements and treatment options than ever before, the importance of the doctor-patient relationship has taken a backseat in t ...
5 easy ways to reduce digital eyestrain
(BPT) - Technology can be beautiful thing. It has expanded our worlds and our minds, connecting people in a way they've never been before. But if you’re regularly using mobile devices, it’s possible you’re one of 70 percent of U.S. adults who suffer from digital eyestrain. And if y ...
Hepatitis C: A silent epidemic among baby boomers
(BPT) - Did you know baby boomers are at higher risk of being infected with the Hepatitis C virus, and that often they don’t show symptoms for many years? That's a concern, because Hepatitis C is a serious liver condition that results from infection with the Hepatitis C virus. Seventy to 85 pe ...
Seniors with diabetes: Are you making the most of your Medicare benefits?
(BPT) - One in four Americans age 65 or older has diabetes, putting them at increased risk for vision loss and blindness. Fortunately, diabetes-related vision loss is largely preventable with regular care. Yet, studies show a majority of Medicare beneficiaries with diabetes do not get the necessary ...
Bite back against mosquitoes this season with these prevention tips
(BPT) - From annoying itchy welts to serious conditions like Malaria and West Nile virus, mosquitoes have been making humans miserable and sick for thousands of years. And now, there’s Zika — a mosquito-spread virus that may be linked to serious birth defects. In fact, according to the N ...
The right way to wash your workout gear
(BPT) - If you’re finding more stains on your clothes because the weather is warming up, you’re not alone. You may find yourself doing more loads of laundry during the summer, when outdoor activities like hiking and sports are likely to cause extra stains.To help you take on your growing ...
The important role vaccines may play in helping keep children and adults healthy
(BPT) - Every one of the nearly 12,000 babies born in the United States each day may be susceptible to infectious diseases. The good news is that vaccines can help protect children from some of these diseases.As National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW) approaches, it is timely to remember ...
10 smart security steps for seniors
(BPT) - From identity theft to home burglary, it’s an unfortunate fact that senior citizens are often a target for criminals. By taking simple security measures while at home and out traveling, you can dramatically reduce the likelihood you or a loved one is victimized.Always lock doors: Wheth ...
Nursing shortage creates career opportunities at senior living communities
(BPT) - With nearly 8 million Americans still unemployed, it may be difficult to imagine a labor shortage is on the horizon. Yet many labor experts predict the health care industry is headed in that direction — and older adults may be one of the groups that will suffer the most if a shortage d ...
Meaningful, moving ways to support veterans this Memorial Day
(BPT) - "All gave some. Some gave all." You likely hear that phrase around Memorial Day every year, but do you know its origin? Or what Memorial Day is supposed to mean to the veterans who gave some, the survivors of those who gave all, and the Americans who enjoy continued freedom because of those ...
Taking a bite out of life insurance premiums
(BPT) - We are bombarded with messages about the importance of making healthy choices every single day. While the latest exercise and nutrition trends can be complex and often contradictory, we all know the basics: eat right, stay active. Still, it can be difficult to make healthy choices in the mom ...
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