Category: Senior Living / Health & Fitness Focus

HEALTHY GEEZER:Changing your habits can reduce heartburn issues in later years

QI?m getting heartburn a lot since I turned 60. Is more heartburn something that comes with more years? ? AMore than 60 million Americans experience heartburn at least once a month, and more than 15 million Americans experience heartburn daily. Heartburn is more common among the elderly. Heartburn two or more times weekly may be caused by gastroesophageal reflux disease […]

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Knee pain doesn?t have to slow you down this spring
Knee pain doesn?t have to slow you down this spring

Knee pain doesn?t have to slow you down this spring

With the arrival of spring, millions of Americans are looking forward to getting outdoors?from the garden to the golf course. But for many, the forecast isn?t always sunny as chronic knee pain limits the mobility and quality of life for the 27 million sufferers of osteoarthritis. Arthritis affects people of all ages. Fifty percent of people 65 years and older […]

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Healthy Geezer: Heartburn caused by a variety of situations and irritants

Q I?m getting heartburn a lot since I turned 60. Is more heartburn something that comes with more years? ? AMore than 60 million Americans experience heartburn at least once a month and more than 15 million Americans experience heartburn daily. Heartburn is more common among the elderly. Heartburn two or more times weekly may be caused by gastroesophageal reflux […]

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Arrival of spring weather could lead to chronic pain issues
Arrival of spring weather could lead to chronic pain issues

Arrival of spring weather could lead to chronic pain issues

We all know the feeling that comes with the first great day of spring. When the sun is shining, the air smells sweet and fresh and the temperatures are warm, we all feel the urge to get outside and throw off the confinement of the winter months. Whether you?re an avid athlete, a dedicated gardener or someone who?s been meaning […]

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Follow mom?s advice to stay healthy as spring nears
Follow mom?s advice to stay healthy as spring nears

Follow mom?s advice to stay healthy as spring nears

In many areas of the country, the snow and wintry conditions will linger into spring. And yes, the risk of contracting colds, especially those ?change-of-season? colds, will arise. When cold weather hits, you prepare your house by checking the furnace and making sure your car has the proper fluids. ?Winterization? applies to your car, your house and your body. To […]

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?Floaters? are normal in most cases and no reason for concern

Q I?ve been noticing this thing in my eye. At first I thought it was an eyelash. Then I realized the thing was actually in my eye. One of my friends told me it?s a ?floater? and not to worry. What exactly is a ?floater? and should I see a doctor? ? ATo allay any fears you may have, I […]

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Frigid fun for the health of it
Frigid fun for the health of it

Frigid fun for the health of it

About 30 runners and walkers braved temperatures in the teens?and windchill well below that?on New Year?s Day afternoon to participate in the fifth annual Frostbite Four-Mile Run sponsored by the Hillsboro Recreation Commission. The course, which began and ended at Memorial Park, wove through local streets, the Sports Complex and golf course.? As a non-competitive event, no official times were […]

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Keep your fitness resolution strong throughout the year
Keep your fitness resolution strong throughout the year

Keep your fitness resolution strong throughout the year

Some of the most popular resolutions with each new year are to get fit, get in shape and lose weight. Though plenty of people jump into new programs in pursuit of those goals, many aren?t able to stay fit, in shape and keep the weight off. The rich foods and drinks of the holiday season leave us all feeling a […]

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Whole-life: a source of cash for retirees
Whole-life: a source of cash for retirees

Whole-life: a source of cash for retirees

A rising number of American households?nearly 45 percent?are ?at risk? of not having enough money in retirement, according the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College. But some retirees have discovered a surprising source of supplemental retirement income: the cash value of their whole-life insurance policies. Many retirees will use the cash value of their whole-life insurance policies as a […]

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Healthy Geezer: Hip replacements surgery has high odds for success

Q I?m considering having a hip replaced. What are the odds that this operation will work? ? A The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons says joint replacement surgery is successful in more than nine out of 10 people. And replacement of a hip or knee lasts at least 20 years in about 80 percent of those who have the surgery. […]

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