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Jul 31 / Natasha Gayle

How Can Medical Conditions Affect Your Oral Health?

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Medical Conditions Affect Oral Health

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As we age, experiencing some type of medical problem is pretty much inevitable. And while our focus, and the doctor’s, is solely on treating it, few think about the effect it’s having on their oral health.

Here we’ll talk about what you should be aware of when it comes to how your medical conditions affect your oral health.
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Jul 29 / Kayla

Fun Ways to Exercise for Seniors

Golf As Exercise For Seniors

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As you age, it becomes harder to move around. However, exercise is still an important part of your health. Just because you’re not as fast as you once were doesn’t mean you can’t work some cardio or endurance exercises into your daily routine. To get you started, here is a list of some fun and low-impact ways to exercise for seniors.
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Jul 24 / Natasha Gayle

How to Stay Healthy Living with Osteoporosis

Man Living With Osteoporosis

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Osteoporosis is an interesting condition. It makes its victims go from feeling like an unstoppable human being to a fragile porcelain doll—avoiding slips and trips anywhere they go to prevent breaking a bone.

You’re not alone if you’ve been diagnosed with this condition. According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, 10 million people have osteoporosis and 18 million more are at risk of developing the disease in the United States alone. The most common form is Primary Osteoporosis, which is prevalent in women who are 70 years of age or older.

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Fortunately, there are things you can do to live a healthier life with osteoporosis and reduce your risk of fractures along the way. Here we’ll discuss what those are:
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Jul 22 / Kayla

What to Expect When You Get Dentures

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

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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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