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The Numbers Don’t Lie: Seniors Have More Than They Think

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The Numbers Don’t Lie: Seniors Have More Than They Think

It cannot be denied that Americans are getting older. Here are some staggering stats that I keep coming back when considering the aging of America: Over 10,000 U.S. seniors will turn 65 years old every day for the next 20 years; every six seconds, someone turns 50 years old; 55 million people in the U.S. are now 55 or older and 34 million are 65 or older (those last two figures will double); and the over-85 age group is the ...

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Geriatricians: Specialty Doctors for Seniors

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Geriatricians: Specialty Doctors for Seniors

Who doesn’t have memories of visiting the pediatrician as a kid? You know, the “kid doctor” who always had a seemingly endless supply of lollipops, perfect medicine for post-shot tears? From that point on, most of us have spent an hour or two in the company of a medical specialist, ranging from a dermatologist to a gynecologist to a surgeon and beyond.

As we age, many people 65+ decide to transition their day-to-day healthcare needs from a general practitioner, a medical ...

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Seniors & Alcohol: How Much is Too Much?

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Seniors & Alcohol: How Much is Too Much?

In this country, we often spend so much time worrying about teenagers and alcohol (and rightly so) that we often overlook a segment of the population that has legal access to beer, wine and spirits, but may have just as much trouble managing drinking responsibly: senior citizens.

We all know stories about the grandfather who might occasionally have one too many, the widow who never drank but now needs a nightcap to fall asleep, or the uncle nobody wants to be ...

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Seniors that Give: Athens-Clarke County’s Mentor Program

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Seniors that Give: Athens-Clarke County’s Mentor Program

We all know amazing seniors in our lives that are constantly giving. Perhaps it’s a grandparent, an uncle or aunt, or even an elderly neighbor. Regardless, thoughtful counsel that comes from decades of experience never goes out of style. And in many cases, the best is yet to come as some seniors aren’t quite done contributing.

In addition to the wisdom of their years of life experience, perhaps the greatest mentoring gift seniors can offer is their time and attention. Many ...

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Seniors and Smoking: Why You Should Quit Now

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Seniors and Smoking: Why You Should Quit Now

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recently released the results from a national health survey concerning smoking in America that shared some promising information.

Perhaps the best news is that the percentage of the 35,000 adults surveyed who described themselves as current smokers has dropped. Unfortunately, America’s smoking rate only fell from 19 percent to 18 percent, and perhaps more troubling, is the information that about 9 percent of Americans 65 and older are smokers. It goes without saying that many ...

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Seniors and Vitamins: Finding the Right Dose for Better Health

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Seniors and Vitamins: Finding the Right Dose for Better Health

For many of us, taking vitamins (remember the ones that looked like characters on “The Flinstones”) was once a daily occurrence. Somewhere along the way, we fell out of the habit. But recent studies show that now may be the time for seniors to consider resuming their vitamin routine.

The Cleveland Clinic reports that more than one third of Americans over the age of 75 have a vitamin deficiency, primarily because they don’t eat as much food ...

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Triglycerides: A Healthy Number = A Healthy Heart

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Triglycerides: A Healthy Number = A Healthy Heart

Triglycerides are a type of fat that circulate in your blood. Your body uses them for energy, and you need some for good health, especially good cardio health. Unfortunately, many in the medical fields say that people tend to ignore their triglyceride levels, since most people with high triglycerides don’t exhibit any symptoms. But, like cholesterol, triglycerides can come in “good” and “bad” manifestations, with bad stuff considerably increasing your chances of heart disease.

It’s not unusual for people to confuse ...

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Our Seniors’ Stories: Lives Worth Living and Recording

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Our Seniors’ Stories: Lives Worth Living and Recording

“The unexamined life is not worth living.” – Socrates

It’s clear, based on the ever-increasing number of published biographies and autobiographies of the famous (and infamous!), there are many people who are more than happy to throw open the doors of their lives to scrutiny.

And while the autobiography of a celebrity or political figure can make for a compelling read (or in this day of books-on-disc, listen), the stories and remembrances of a loved one sound even more captivating. In recent ...

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Flu Season for Seniors: Three Critical Steps to Staying Healthy

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Flu Season for Seniors: Three Critical Steps to Staying Healthy

Flu season is once again upon us, and while the flu does not discriminate based on age, it can present dire – and even tragic – outcomes for senior citizens.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that compared to other demographic groups, citizens 65 and older are at greater risk of serious complication from the flu. The agency adds that due to the weakened immune system defenses of the elderly, 90 percent of seasonal flu-related deaths (and ...

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Chronic Illness: How Seniors Survive Medical Hardships

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Chronic Illness: How Seniors Survive Medical Hardships

Chronic illnesses, especially in senior citizens, can be frustrating and even traumatic events for both patients and their caregivers. As a disease progresses, there is often a seemingly endless scope to the physical hardships, the cost of treatments and the sometimes invasive attempts to cure the illness. Worse still are the considerable emotional costs for all involved.

Although it is difficult to determine an exact number, we know that millions of Americans today face one of many chronic illnesses. The most ...

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