Category: Senior Focus

Protect yourself from UV rays

Editor: This is the second of two columns about sun exposure. The first column appeared in our July 8 issue.   Ultraviolet (UV) rays, an invisible component of sunlight, can cause skin damage, cataracts, wrinkles, age spots, and skin cancer. These rays also impair the skin?s immune system.UV rays can hurt you on cloudy as well as sunny days. UV […]

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Wedding-ring quilt to be auctioned for Senior Center
Wedding-ring quilt to be auctioned for Senior Center

Wedding-ring quilt to be auctioned for Senior Center

Quilt-Seniors07.08.jpg Nellie Jost, Elfrieda Fast, Helen Fenstermacher (from left) and Betty Barr (not pictured) are working on a single wedding-ring quilt to be auctioned in the fall. Proceeds from the sale will benefit the Hillsboro Senior Center, said director Mary Dudley. The date for the auction has not been determined yet. The quilt pieces, she said, date back to the […]

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Physical activity can relieve pain of arthritis in adults
Physical activity can relieve pain of arthritis in adults

Physical activity can relieve pain of arthritis in adults

ArthritisPhoto.jpg Studies have shown aquatic-based exercise helps to restore and maintain muscle strength, relieve pain and stiffness and provide a community support system for people with arthritis. More than 46 million people of all ages in the United States have arthritis. A recent study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that arthritis is the nation?s most common […]

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Using direct deposit can ease financial stress for caregivers
Using direct deposit can ease financial stress for caregivers

Using direct deposit can ease financial stress for caregivers

SeniorsDirectDeposit.jpg Direct deposit can also protect people from serious financial crimes like check theft and fraud. The last thing caregivers should have to worry about is a lost or stolen check. Half of American caregivers make health-related decisions for a loved one, and a new government survey finds an equal number are now helping to manage the finances of a […]

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Healthy Geezer: Be smart when spending time out in the summer sun (Part 1)

Editor?s note: This is the first of two columns about sun exposure. The next column will appear in our August special section. Q There are lots of sunblocks out there with SPF numbers on them. What exactly do these numbers mean? A Sun exposure is an extensive and important subject that is worth two columns. This is the first one. […]

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Boomers should be making late-in-life health decisions
Boomers should be making late-in-life health decisions

Boomers should be making late-in-life health decisions

SR-LIVINGboomers.jpg Without explicit, documented directions about how you want your health care and end-of-life issues handled, decisions about your care will fall to someone else if you become ill and are unable to make your wishes known. Baby boomers rocked Woodstock, protested wars, rallied for civil rights and today have a solid reputation as professionals who work hard and play […]

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Lower your risk for heart disease
Lower your risk for heart disease

Lower your risk for heart disease

SR-LIVINGBbloodpressure.jpg When you exercise, you make your heart more efficient and that lowers your blood pressure. And don?t worry about going to the gym?shoveling snow, walking or bike riding are just as effective. During a typical day, your blood pressure goes up and down, and that?s healthy. For about 65 million Americans, however, blood pressure remains high over time. Are […]

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Healthy Geezer-Aging is relentless, but good health adds life

Do not go gentle into that good night, Old age should burn and rage at close of day; Rage, rage, against the dying of the light. ?Dylan Thomas Q I?m tired of taking this sitting down. What can I do to fight the aging process? A There?s nothing that will stop aging, but you know that. The most you can […]

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Moundridge doctor offers obstetrics in Marion County
Moundridge doctor offers obstetrics in Marion County

Moundridge doctor offers obstetrics in Marion County

Ullom-Minnich585.jpg Phyisican Paul Ullom-Minnich poses with three of his Marion County patients and nurse Leah Schmidt (seated on the floor holding Kaitlynn Bina, 2). Seated on chairs to his left are Ashton Smith of Pilsen (holding daughter Sydney, 16 months), Jenni Frederickson of Marion (currently pregnant, and whose 18-month-old son Eldon was delivered by Ullom-Minnich) and Terri Bina (holding son […]

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Healthy Geezer-Angina a sign of increased heart risk

Q My understanding is that angina is not as serious as heart disease. Is this true? A Angina pectoris?or simply angina?is the medical term for chest pain or discomfort usually caused by coronary artery disease. Angina is a sign that someone is at increased risk of heart attack, cardiac arrest and sudden cardiac death. If you get angina, you should […]

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