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Jul 22 / Kayla

What to Expect When You Get Dentures

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Smiling With Dentures
Are you looking into getting dentures? As you age, tooth loss is not uncommon and one solution to this problem is dentures. This is not a minor procedure, however – it requires several dentist visits and can cost thousands of dollars. But if you have lost a lot of teeth, this option offers many oral health benefits. If you are getting or thinking about transitioning to dentures, keep reading so you know exactly what you can expect from the procedure.
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Jul 17 / Natasha Gayle

Skin Cancer Treatment and Prevention for Seniors

 Photo  by Andrew E. Larsen /  CC BY-ND

Photo by Andrew E. Larsen / CC BY-ND

We talked previously about ways you can prevent skin cancer in Hiding from the Sun: Skin Cancer Prevention, but what should you expect if you’re diagnosed with skin cancer—especially as a senior?

Here we’ll look at some of the treatment options out there and review ways you can continue practicing prevention.
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Jul 15 / Kayla

Best Treatments for Dry Mouth

Peppers As Dry Mouth Treatment

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Have you ever been so thirsty that your mouth was completely dry? Chances are if this has happened to you, you drank some water and everything went back to normal. But did you know that for some people, this thirsty feeling doesn’t go away so easily?

Xerostomia, or dry mouth, is a common problem that many people, especially seniors, experience. Dry mouth can lead to many other dental problems, such as decay or gum disease. Because of this, it is important to treat dry mouth quickly.

Fortunately, there are many options for dry mouth treatment. Keep reading to learn more about treatment options for dry mouth as well as things you can do at home to prevent any long-term effects.
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Jul 10 / Natasha Gayle

What to Expect from 2014’s Top Medical Innovations

Technician Looks For New Medical Innovations

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Do you ever stop to think about the medicine you’re using and the treatments you’re given when you’re sick? How about the treatments used for your loved ones who may be dealing with a chronic illness? These treatments didn’t just appear out of nowhere. There was careful research and studies done to make sure these methods were going to be effective. Then, these methods went through a strict approval process before they were released for use.

With that in mind, what is on the horizon for further treatments and medicines to come? Here, we’ll look at some of the top innovative treatments expected to reshape the medical industry this year. You’ll see what they are all about and where they are in the approval process with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

There may be a few treatments in here that you or a loved one could greatly benefit from, either now or sometime in the future.
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Jul 8 / Kayla

How to Eat Healthy on a Budget

Grocery Shopping For Eat Healthy On A Budget

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Eating out at restaurants is convenient, but many people do not have the time or money to eat out every night. Eating at home can be both healthier and cheaper – if you do it right. If you dine at home a lot (or would like to), keep reading for some tips on how to eat healthy on a budget.
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Jul 3 / Natasha Gayle

Learning to Persevere as a Family Caregiver

Young Girl Helping Grandmother Walk

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Being a family caregiver is far from easy, even if you’ve been doing it for a long time. Whether it’s for a loved one who is fighting an illness or one who is struggling with a disability, it can take its toll on your mental, physical and emotional health.

According to the National Alliance for Caregiving, nearly 31 percent of households within the U.S. are affected by caregiving responsibilities. Many caregivers report they have difficulty finding time to themselves, have trouble managing their emotional and physical stress and have trouble balancing their work and family responsibilities, which can all, inevitably, lead to burnout.

With all that in mind, it’s important to understand how to find new strength as a family caregiver so you can persevere for your loved one while also not forsaking your own health and well-being. Here are some of the things you should start doing if you aren’t doing them already.
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Jul 1 / Kayla

Healthy Hobbies for Seniors

Healthy Hobbies For Seniors

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As you get older, it can be hard to find ways to spend your spare time. After retirement, you may find yourself with a lot of extra time, but health restraints keep you from doing the things you once loved. Even mundane activities, such as watching TV or reading, can strain eyes or cause headaches. In addition, many seniors have trouble getting around and are forced to entertain themselves right at home. If you find yourself in any of these situations, check out this list of hobbies for seniors that are not only fun but beneficial to your overall health.
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Jun 26 / Kayla

The Cost of Dental Care for Kids

Cost Of Dental Care For Kids

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If you are a parent or thinking about becoming one, then you are probably aware of the costs involved with raising a child. Aside from food, clothes and other living essentials, you need to take into consideration health expenses, including both medical and dental.

When considering the cost of dental care for kids, many people don’t realize exactly what that entails. Here we will look at the different aspects to children’s dental care and the costs involved to give you a better idea.
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Jun 24 / Natasha Gayle

What to Do When Your Child Has a Fever

What To Do When Your Child Has A Fever

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It’s tempting to immediately pick up the phone and call your doctor when your child has a fever, but it’s usually not necessary. There are times when you should be concerned and times when you should let the fever run its course, simply helping your child feel more comfortable through the process.

But how do you know the difference? What can you do to help your child? Here are four things you can start learning now so you’ll know what to do when your child has a fever.
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Jun 19 / Kayla

Healthy Summer Activities for Kids

Family Bike Ride: Healthy Summer Activities for Kids

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School’s out, and pretty soon your kids will start finding themselves with nothing to do. Instead of allowing them to watch TV or play video games all summer long, why not promote a healthier lifestyle? Limiting your children’s TV time and encouraging activities that require exercise in its place is a great way to do this. Here’s a list of some ideas for creative, inexpensive and healthy summer activities for kids to help keep them busy all summer long.

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Jun 17 / Natasha Gayle

How to Protect Your Teeth in the Summertime

Lemonade

Photo by Rob Bertholf / CC BY

Summer is upon us and there’s a lot that goes with that. Kids are out of school, the weather is warming up, we’re planning more family vacations and most of us are spending time at the pool and attending friends’ barbecues.

With everything going on, do we ever stop to think about how these changes to our daily routine also alter our daily dental routine? According to dentists, we do more damage to our teeth during the summer than at any other time. Why? Because there are more activities we participate in during the summer that can be harmful to our teeth—anything from what we eat to the trips we take to the time we spend at the pool.

Don’t despair though. There are many things we can do to protect our teeth in the summertime while also having plenty of summer fun! We just need to be aware of what could cause us harm and make some adjustments.
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Jun 12 / Kayla

A Healthy Father’s Day Gift Guide

Father And Daughter In A Healthy Father's Day Gift Guide

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Father’s Day is this Sunday, and if you’re like me, you still have no idea what to get your dad. My go-to gift for my dad is a restaurant gift card or a collection of his favorite sweets. While my dad loves these gifts, they are unfortunately not the healthiest options. To help avoid that problem this year, I put together this list of healthy Father’s Day gift ideas. Whatever your father’s interests, this list is the perfect guide to choosing a gift that promotes an active and healthy lifestyle.

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Jun 10 / Natasha Gayle

What to Expect When Parenting a Child with Down Syndrome

Hearing the doctor diagnose your baby with Down syndrome is no small pill to swallow. Not only do you need to figure out how to be a parent to your child, but you now need to learn what it means to parent a child with Down syndrome.

It’s really not much different than parenting a child without Down syndrome. They’re still a child who needs to be fed, loved, cared for, played with, etc.; they’ll just have some additional needs, too.

Here, we’ll go through some important advice parents of children with Down syndrome have given for new parents whose child has the diagnosis:
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Jun 5 / Natasha Gayle

10 Ways to Get Your Child to Sleep

Ways To Get Your Child To Sleep

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Sleep disorders, like sleep apnea, have become increasingly common, but many people struggle with sleep even without a disorder—and that includes children.

When children refuse to sleep, it can really take its toll on parents. But there is hope! There are simple practices you can put into place that will help get your child to sleep, and sleep through the night. You may not see the results automatically, but adopting these practices can significantly help your child’s sleep pattern in the long run, and help yours in return.
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Jun 3 / Kayla

How to Prevent Child Obesity

Fighting Against Child Obesity With Physical Activity

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Child obesity is a growing problem in the United States. Over the past 30 years, obesity rates have doubled for children (ages 6-11) and quadrupled for adolescents (ages 12-19). Between 1980 and 2012, the obesity rate in children increased from 7% to 18% and from 5% to 21% in adolescents. As of 2012, over one third of children and adolescents were overweight or obese.

In order to reverse this disturbing trend, it is important to teach your child the benefits of living a healthy lifestyle at a young age. In this post, you’ll discover the causes of child obesity and steps you can take to make living a healthy lifestyle a reality in your household.
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