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“Aging is a gradual process that affects all parts of our body, including our feet,” says Sophia Deben, M.D., a foot and ankle specialist at OrthoNOW, an orthopedic urgent care center in Doral, Fla. “A podiatrist can be a valuable member of your health care team.” Foot problems, minor and major Seniors should see a podiatrist to catch small problems early. “Corns and callouses, which are not...
Senior researching on a laptop.
Beginning in the 1970s, Medicare beneficiaries could choose to receive benefits via private health insurance plans. Today, this program is known as Medicare Advantage, or Part C. Practically any health insurance plan can be confusing, and Medicare Advantage (MA) is no exception. Following are some misconceptions about Medicare Advantage, along with explanations about how these programs work...
Anxious-looking senior talking on the phone.
Anxiety is a general term that encompasses several conditions. “Anxiety disorders include post-traumatic stress disorder, phobias, panic attacks, obsessive compulsive disorder, and generalized anxiety,” says Nicki Nance, Ph.D., associate professor of human services and psychology at Beacon College in Leesburg, Fla. For seniors, anxiety disorders are among the most prevalent mental health...
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According to the National Eye Institute (NEI), about five million seniors in this country have dry eyes. Having dry eyes can significantly affect your quality of life by interfering with watching television, using your computer, playing games, reading, or seeing a movie. Having dry eyes may go beyond discomfort and result in light sensitivity, pain, vision changes, or eye infections. Why eyes...
Senior woman dressed in white performing tai chi on a beach.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, from 2013 to 2015, an estimated 54.4 million U.S. adults annually had been told by a doctor that they had some form of arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, lupus, or fibromyalgia. By far, osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common form of arthritis, as it affects 30 million adults. It can strike any joint in the body, but the most common...
Woman in discussion with physician
“The biggest mistake people make when planning elective surgery is not finding out if they need it in the first place,” says Dennis Deruelle, M.D., author of Your Healthcare Playbook: Winning the Game of Modern Medicine (Simon & Shuster, 2017). This means a second opinion is in order to find out if there are more conservative measures that could have a similar outcome. “When you consider the...
The dry desert.
Research shows that seniors are a dry bunch. One study showed that about 30% of residents in a long-term care facility were dehydrated. Another study showed that almost half of older adults admitted to the hospital after being treated in the emergency room had evidence of dehydration. Signs of dehydration include reduced urination, dark-colored urine, dizziness, headache, dry skin, dry mouth, and...
Individuals with Parkinson’s have experienced an impressive decrease in speech problems when working on vocal exercises with speech-language pathologists to strengthen muscles in the larynx.
Parkinson’s disease affects about one million people in the U.S., according to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation. By age 80, 1 in 20 people will have the disease. Unlike some other medical conditions, Parkinson’s disease is considered both chronic and progressive. Researchers have identified some risk factors associated with the disease, including advanced age, a family history of the disease,...
Senior brushing his teeth.
When it comes to the health of your mouth, dentists are concerned with more than your teeth. Their knowledge base encompasses your entire mouth. “We evaluate for gum disease, oral cancers, and other lesions,” says Corbin Brady, D.D.S., of Brady Dental Care, a 30-year-old practice nationally recognized for its focus on patient comfort. “We also check for jaw problems, such as temporal joint...