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

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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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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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Time Out: How Isolation Can be a Health Risk for Seniors

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Of all the woes that beset seniors, social isolation and loneliness are rapidly climbing the charts as growing concerns. Consider this: Elders who are mostly isolated from human interaction have a 26 percent higher death risk than their more social peers.

It’s not surprising, then, that social isolation is gaining recognition as a real health issue for seniors. One quarter of all American households are comprised of people who live alone, and the number of Americans who said they have no ...

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High Blood Pressure: How to Check and Control Hypertension

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We might not all know the precise definition of the term hypertension, but just about everybody is well aware of the condition by it’s more familiar name – high blood pressure. And no matter how we refer to it, hypertension, hypertension can be a killer among the young and old.

Some 50 million Americans have the disease, including 60 percent of all senior citizens; about 2 million Americans are diagnosed every year with hypertension; and the malady contributes to approximately 700,000 ...

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Seniors and Vitamins: Finding the Right Dose for Better Health

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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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Bridging the Generation Gap: What You Can Learn from Someone Older (or Younger) than You

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There is now, and always will be, a generation gap so profound that groups on both ends of the age spectrum might think their counterparts are from another planet.

Dare I say that’s a good thing, because within this gap – which can extend from the oldest World War II-era citizen to the youngest Generation Z digital whiz-kid – there is much to share and much to learn. It all begins with the willingness to communicate and relate.

In most families and ...

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Triglycerides: A Healthy Number = A Healthy Heart

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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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Diabetes: Recognizing and Living with High Blood Sugar

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If you suffer from diabetes, you are part of an ever-growing demographic group in America. The United States Department of Health & Human Services (USFHH) reports that diabetes affects nearly 26 million people, a whopping 8.3% of the total population. And, as Southerners, we live in a region that has the unfortunate clinical designation “the diabetes belt,” where incidences of diabetes are the highest in the U.S.

In 2010, the American Diabetes Association reported that 1.9 million new cases of diabetes ...

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

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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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Exercise for the Brain: How Your Workout Can Improve Memory

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It goes without saying that exercise – any exercise – is beneficial for all of us and can increase our physical well-beings. But recent studies indicate that certain types of workouts and exercise can improve seniors’ mental well-beings, specifically, their memories.

This is great news for seniors at risk for mild cognitive impairment, a condition New York Times blogger Gretchen Reynolds, says “makes a person’s memory and thinking more muddled than would be expected at a given ...

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