Did you know that poor dental hygiene can affect other parts of your body besides causing bad breath, aching teeth and cavities? The consequences of not regularly brushing your teeth or visiting a dentist can reach far beyond having a less than favorable smile.
As long as you are able to remain active there is a good chance that you give your bone health a second thought. But did you know that after age 30 you start losing bone density? Women will lose up to 20 percent of bone mineral density in the five to seven years after they reach menopause, but by age 65 men and women lose bone density at the same rate. Unfortunately the loss of bone mass could end up causing life changing fractures. What you may not know is that while you cannot prevent the loss of bone mass, you can prevent how quickly you lose it, which in turn can help you to prevent osteoporosis down the road.
Taking care of your oral health as you age can have a huge effect on your quality of life. Regular dental visits are important because they can help spot health problems early on. The earlier a problem is addressed the more likely it is that treatment will be simple and even more affordable than if the problem were to progress into something much bigger.
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Yoga is a wonderful practice for people of all ages,shapes and abilities. There are some health benefits of yoga that are especially important for the quality-of-life of older adults. Yoga combines physical poses with relaxation and breathing techniques designed to help improve health and wellbeing. Practicing yoga may not directly cure diseases, but it can make a difference in treatment. Here are 7 ways that consistent yoga practice may slow down the aches, pains, and other problems associated with aging.
In our call center and on our social media pages we receive many questions on a daily basis. Medicare, with its many unique rules and regulations aligned with the fact that it is ever evolving and changing, can be downright confusing. We took the 4 top concerns/myths that we have received in the last several weeks to break down the truth for you. Do you have any questions or concerns regarding Medicare that we can answer for you?
Often times, when we think of success stories, our thoughts take us to people who have accomplished great things in their youth. We delight in hearing stories of young prodigies and we are prone to think that this was something that they were born to do. So we are often taken by surprise when we hear stories of older American’s who have accomplished great things because we resign ourselves to believing that our window of opportunity to achieve great accomplishments has closed. We would like to start sharing stories with you of phenomenal older American’s, living and deceased, who have accomplished some great things in their lifetime. It is never too late to make your mark!
The virus that is the cause of Chickenpox never leaves your body, rather it lies dormant in your nervous system and can later re-emerge as a painful rash called Shingles. When you are young your immune system is usually strong enough to keep the virus at bay. But as we age, and our immune system gets weaker we become susceptible to allowing the Shingles virus to break through. Your risk for the Shingles virus increases with age, meaning you may get the virus regardless of how healthy you feel.
If you have ever been to a pharmacy to drop off a prescription it is very likely that you have been asked if you would like the generic version of the medication filled instead of the brand name. Most of us know that by choosing the generic version we are getting a cost savings, but have you ever wondered what the other similarities and differences are between brand name and generic? I was curious myself and decided to read up and share some information on this topic.
Did you know that a physical exam is recommended once a year, especially in people over the age of 50? For some of us a trip to the doctor's office may bring up feelings of dread, or maybe we think that we are healthy and don’t need to schedule a visit, or we just don’t have the time. There are plenty of excuses we can come up with to justify not making the dreaded appointment, but there are many benefits to an annual care visit. A physical exam can help your Primary Care Physician (PCP) determine the general status of your health.