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  • Hot sun

    Our risk of hyperthermia problems increases with age

    Summertime, and the living is...hot -- TOO HOT. Alas, we are less able to handle hot days as we age. The wonderful summertime of youth can become a serious problem for a Senior. Heat-related illnesses, known as hyperthermia, can include heat stroke, heat fatigue, heat syncope (sudden dizziness after exercising in the heat), heat cramps and heat exhaustion. Here's advice to help older people avoid these problems.

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  • Here are the facts about how hospice and palliative care can give your family help and hope when they need it most.

    Hospice and palliative care services focus on meeting the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of a person with advanced illness, and also provide support for the patient's loved ones. Care can be provided wherever the patient resides, including the person's home, residential or skilled nursing facility, or assisted living environment.
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  • How you feel affects your desire for new things.

    Here's research that hits close to home. Because when you're feelin' blue, home is where you want to be. 

    This is more than common -- it is behavior you can count on!

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  • Gravesite RIP

    When famous people (and even fictional characters) die, how do you respond?

    When singer Whitney Houston died in February 2012, the immediate response was expressions of grief on Facebook, Twitter, and many forums. Similar results occurred with the 2012 deaths of Amy Winehouse, Adam Yauch (Beastie Boys), Dick Clark, and others.

    The odd thing is, the widespread shared expressions of mourning were for people most of the mourners had never met. The common responses to celebrity deaths demonstrate important realities about how people build relationships with the media they consume.

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  • The best approach depends on your age.

    Stroke ranks higher than heart attack in scaryness, say surveys. So stroke prevention is something we all care about.

    Of the two main stroke-prevention procedures, new research points to which is the better choice.

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  • Brain Power

    What you eat isn't only fuel for your body, it's also fuel for your brain.

    We've all heard "use it or lose it." This is especially true when it comes to protecting your brain's cognitive health. Cognitive health refers to healthy brain function, and to the skills people use everyday, such as: the ability to learn, remember, make decisions, think abstractly, reason, and even appreciate beauty. However, many Americans don't pay attention to their brain health, which can potentially lead to poor health, dementia, and Alzheimer's disease.

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  • More Boomers plan to work well past "normal" retirement age, a shift that will affect everyone.

    Retirement is one of the most significant life transitions, and current Senior "retirees" and the 78 million Baby Boomers just behind them are re-writing the rules. No longer satisfied with just a retirement dinner and commemorative watch, then endless days of golf, or arts and crafts at the local Senior Center, many of us want a lot more out of our "golden years." In fact, many of us aren't planning to retire anytime soon -- if ever.

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  • Sometimes it takes a while for children to warm up to new stepparents.

    Q: I'm a newly married stepmom. I have to admit, my husband and I jumped into this pretty quickly, only knowing each other a little under a year before getting married. Our marriage is solid, but his children are just not warming up to me. I knew it would take time, but we just don't seem to be making any progress. Help!

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  • Do you go for strength, safety, or style?

    Selecting a dog collar is not a trivial task. The pet accessories market is swamped with conventional as well as unusual types of dog collars to serve diverse functions and needs. As a pet lover, you must be aware of that different kinds of dogs need to be harnessed using different dog collars. Here are a few tips to help you select an ideal collar for your dog.

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  • Flying is often unpleasant and frequently inefficient. Can traveling -- and working -- in a motor home be better?

    To begin at the end, I now have an RV, a motor home that gives me an office on wheels, a meeting place for customers, a way to avoid the hassles of flying and dirty hotel rooms. And yes, it's a home on wheels. (In fact, it's my second motor home / mobile office.)
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  • Washing hands

    It seems smart to wash your hands and body with soap that claims to be antibacterial. Kills the bad bugs, right?

    Maybe not.

    Rather than cleansing you of germs, such products might be harming your body. That is the concern of U.S. Food and Drug Administration, which says that the health claims of antibacterial soaps are not supported by current scientific data.

    FDA cites two problems with antibacterial soaps:

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  • AnnMarie Garcia and Edward James Olmos

    The Vital Aging Conference provided valuable resources for Boomers and Seniors, and brought a visitor to inspire us.

    Actor Edward James Olmos is a vitally aging Boomer, so I enjoyed his inspiring keynote at "Vital Aging Conference: Caring for Yourself and Others" held in San Diego in 2007. The event featured information on important health concerns for older adults and family caregivers on topics, such as diabetes, nutrition, fitness, legal issues, and stress management.

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  • Find out which food and household items could be dangerous to your pets.

    Unfortunately, we tend to overlook a number of household items that are potentially very dangerous to a dog's health. It's especially important to be aware of this because as you know, dogs are essentially scavengers and will often eat just about anything they can sink their fangs into. My own dog is more like a mobile garbage disposal. It's also very important to be aware of these items because their sense of smell is so well developed that your pooch will be able to find what you may think is well hidden.

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  • Plan now for an Advanced Health Care Directive and Power of Attorney, before you and loved ones need to use it.

    Several times a month, a call comes into Elder Law and Advocacy's office in San Diego that goes something like this: "Hello, my wife (husband, or parent) has advanced Alzheimer's disease and her doctor told me I need to get power of attorney. Can you help me?"

    Misconceptions about creating and using a power of attorney for health care or finances creates problems for many families. Here's what you need to know.

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  • Excercise gently

    Are you a weekend warrior?

    Aging puts some limits on how long and how intensely you can exercise. Growing older also makes you more prone to injuries during physical activity. Boomers can be at particular risk though, because they might just be discovering their bodies aren't as young as they used to be. By all means, exercise to stay in shape, but take precautions to prevent injuries.

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  • Senior driver, police motorcycle

    Are you worried about an older family member who's still driving?

    When you see an older person behind the wheel, what is your reaction? Are you happy they can still get around? Or concerned for them and everyone else on the road? It’s a big question. For example, there are more than 5.5 million drivers over the age of 55 in California, and more than 2.5 million are 70 or older.

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  • The Beatles final concert ticket

    Memories of seeing the Fab Four firsthand

    August 29, 1966 was the last-ever major live concert by The Beatles, and I was there!

    If you weren't in San Francisco that historic night -- or never saw John, Paul, George and Ringo perform live -- here's a taste of what you missed...

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  • Head x-ray

    Use your head to learn the risks, take precautions, and avoid a horrible outcome.

    We sometimes joke about our heads: Knock your head against the wall ... Head bashing ... Dropped on your head ... and more. Funny -- except it's no laughing matter.

    Even a head injuriy that appears to be mild can have serious, long-term effects, especially when there are repeated injuries.

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  • Me 'neither. But how often do you read this trite phrase in articles about the Boomer Generation? Plenty!

    It might seem just trivial. But it's actually a negative media stereotype, a meaningless generality to apply to almost 80 million people. And the next step after stereotyping is prejudice. Saying "aging boomers" is saying Boomers are no longer normal people.

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  • The power of Polyphenols

    Red wine and Apples are two of the main foods of the Mediterranean diet. Recent studies suggest that consuming them in the right way can reduce the risk of cancer and heart problems.

    The traditional Mediterranean diet is important for our health because its foods contain healthy elements.

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  • Your medical results

    When your colonoscopy discovers polyps, what should you do?

    You know it's important to have a colonoscopy periodically. You hope the doctor finds nothing -- but what if the doctor finds "something"? 

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