Category: Senior Focus

Tips for coping with hearing loss in a social setting

Tips for coping with hearing loss in a social setting

Ignoring hearing loss is easier when you’re alone. You can turn up the volume on the TV or radio as loud as you want, and you don’t have to ask anyone to repeat what they just said. But how do you cope with hearing loss when you’re in a social or business setting? The question is far from academic. One […]

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Healthy Geezer: Bad breath can indicate dry mouth

Q I seem to have bad breath a lot. I’ve also noticed that my mouth is a bit dry most of the time. Could these two things be related? A Definitely. Bad breath is often a symptom of dry mouth, a lack of saliva. The medical term for this condition is “xerostomia.” Other symptoms of this problem are: saliva that […]

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What to expect as your body ages

The signs of aging aren’t always as obvious as a few more wrinkles and grey hairs. The body naturally changes as you get older, but what exactly can you expect and how do you make sure you’re aging in a healthy way? The experts at Mayo Clinic offer a list of things to look for as you age, and tips […]

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Prevention is seniors’ best guard against impact of flu

Prevention is seniors’ best guard against impact of flu

HealthSeniorFlu.jpg “If you provide care, or even just frequently visit with a senior, pay attention to their living environment to make sure it is safe and protects your loved one from viruses. And make sure you take care of yourself as well, so you don’t pass on the germs.” Schools with only a third of the students sitting in chairs, […]

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Six things you should know about the fight against fat

Six things you should know about the fight against fat

Man-on-scale.jpg Are you wondering why you can’t keep the fat off? Have you hit a plateau in your fat-loss efforts? Are you still looking for a plan that works for you? If so, you may be getting bad information. Most everything the media write and “sell” on the topic of fat loss is incorrect. Marketing ads and infomercials are there […]

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Seniors shouldn’t fear getting vaccinated for H1N1

Flu season in the northern hemisphere can range from as early as November to as late as May. The peak month usually is February. But this coming season is expected to be unpredictable because of the emergence of the H1N1 influenza virus or swine flu. The H1N1 has caused the first global outbreak—pandemic—of influenza in more than four decades. Some […]

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Older adults looking to volunteer have few boundaries

Look anywhere in the nonprofit world these days and you’re likely to find an older adult volunteering his or her expertise in new ways. From the board room to the building site, organizations are putting those 50 and older to work to meet a rising demand for charitable services. In the process, members of the most experienced active generation are […]

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Healthy Geezer-Depression not normal if it lingers

Q Is depression just a “normal” part of aging? AThere are a lot of problems to face as you get older. There are losses of all kinds that can get you down. And feeling blue for a while is a normal part of living at any age. But unrelenting depression is not normal. If you feel this way, you should […]

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Finding relationship refuge with a good night’s sleep

Finding relationship refuge with a good night’s sleep

HEALTH-sleep1.jpg Agreeing ahead of time that it is OK for a partner to roll, poke or wake the snorer can avoid an argument and effectively abbreviate what could otherwise become an all-night snoring session or sleep-disrupting argument. The hectic pace of day-to-day life shows few signs of slowing; however, the peaceful sanctuary couples are seeking may be closer than they […]

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Want to help someone with hearing loss? Stop repeating

Want to help someone with hearing loss? Stop repeating

HearingHelp.jpg Stop repeating yourself, raising your voice, and acting as messenger. Rather, involve your entire family in your efforts to help your loved one hear independently of your help. Does someone you love often ask you to repeat what you’re saying? If so, you may not be doing your loved one a favor by repeating what you just said. Helping […]

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