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Are You Sure You Are Using Your Cane Properly?

Are You Sure You Are Using Your Cane Properly?

Let’s Find Out... Many seniors resist using a cane because they don’t want to appear old or frail. A common issue seen among the aging is using the furniture in their homes to stabilize themselves when walking. They move from chair to couch, countertop to the wall, and build a network of furnishings to move about their home. This can be a real problem when they want to venture out of their homes. If you are finding yourself off balance or limping frequently, consult with your physician about using a cane or a walker to help steady yourself.    If you have found that it is time...

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Sex and Aging — Changes to Expect

Sex and Aging — Changes to Expect

Vaginal dryness and erectile dysfunction are just some problems that can get in the way of having a fulfilling sex life as we age. But aging alone should not keep you from enjoying sex. Sexual pleasure and interest in sex does not decrease with age for many people. Older men and women can enjoy intimacy and pleasure through sex, as well as reaffirm their shared feelings of warmth, love, and affection.   There are even some advantages to sex at an older age. Women no longer have to worry about becoming pregnant, allowing lovemaking to become a more intimate, sensual, and prolonged...

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Is There a Difference Between Dementia and the Normal Forgetfulness That Comes With Aging?

Is There a Difference Between Dementia and the Normal Forgetfulness That Comes With Aging?

Some changes in the ability to think and remember things are considered a normal part of the aging process. We develop many cognitive abilities that appear to peak around the age of 30 and, on average, very subtly start to decline with age. These age-related declines most commonly include overall slowness in thinking, difficulties sustatining attention, multi-tasking, retaining information and word finding. Research indicates that age-related changes in the brain’s actual structure are a common aspect of aging that contributes to some of the thinking changes. However, not all types of thinking abilities decline with age, in fact, vocabulary, reading...

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Digestive Health as You Age: 6 Factors to Watch For

Digestive Health as You Age:  6 Factors to Watch For

Your digestive system works hard every day turning the food you eat into the nutrition your body needs to thrive. After years of doing this, you may start to see some changes in your digestive health. That’s because aging, though it does not affect the digestive system the same way it does other organs in the body, does put your digestive system at risk for several issues. This is partially because as you grow older, your stomach produces less acid. Without acid’s protection, medication that is hard on the stomach, such as ibuprofen, may become harder to bear. Just as the muscles throughout your body might tire more...

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Is Staying Active Part of Staying Healthy as You Age?

Is Staying Active Part of Staying Healthy as You Age?

“You’re only as young as you feel,” isn’t that the way the old saying goes? It might be more accurate, however, to say that you’re only as young as your health allows. When you see elderly people shuffling along on walkers or refusing to leave their favorite chair, you might assume that you face the same scenario in your old age. Thankfully, you can preserve your health, wellness, mobility and quality of life simply by staying as active as possible. Studies indicate that if you can keep up your health past age 70, you’re significantly more likely to continue enjoying that...

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