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8 Risk Factors for Bone Fracture

Fact: More than half of all bone fractures are in people with osteopenia rather than osteoporosis. Right now may be the perfect time to bone up on your potential fracture risk. If you haven’t heard of FRAX, it stands for Fracture Risk Assessment Tool. It was developed by the World Health Organization (WHO) to estimate a person’s risk of bone fractu...Read More

Lonely? Change That Paradigm – Your Health Depends on It!

You’ve known it’s true. Even long before you were After Fifty. Even long before Covid-19.  Being lonely is a difficult state to be in. But existing in a state of loneliness is more than just “difficult.” We’re now learning that being lonely is a predictor of functional decline and premature death. Says who? The American Medical Association. (Here’s...Read More

Relationship “Fatigue?” – It’s Real. Here’s Tips for Coping.

Too much time together can make for tense moments. Cutting each other some slack and setting ground rules will help.   There’s such a thing as too much togetherness at home, no matter if you’re with a romantic partner, an adult child, a grandchild, or a friend. “Because of the pandemic, we’re frozen in place with people...Read More

Create a Wellness Plan: Independent Living Communities May = Health and Better Living!

Just about everyone looks forward to retirement. The day you finally get to hang up your hat for good and break free of the 9-to-5 is a cause for celebration! It represents the beginning of the rest of your life, spent doing what you want to do instead of what you have to in order to earn a living. Of course, there are some things you’ll need to pa...Read More

For Osteoarthritis, Finding Relief Doesn’t HAVE to Mean More Pills!

Osteoarthritis? Here are some steps you can take to reduce your reliance on medication to control symptoms and stay functional. For mild wear-and-tear osteoarthritis, an occasional dose of an over-the-counter pain reliever may be all you need to control the pain and stiffness associated with osteoarthritis and keep living your life as you please. B...Read More

I’ll Take Some Mouthwash, Aspirin, and Oh Yeah – Some Hearing Aids!

When Congress passed the Over-the-Counter (OTC) Hearing Aid Act in 2017, it opened up a new world of possibility for people with hearing loss. Instead of paying $5,000 for a pair of FDA-approved hearing aids and follow-up service, you could pay hundreds of dollars for an OTC pair from any seller — no doctor appointments, hearing tests, or fittings ...Read More

Concerned? Weak Bones (Osteopenia) – but not quite Osteoporosis

Like their names suggest, osteopenia and osteoporosis are related diseases. Both are varying degrees of bone loss, as measured by bone mineral density, a marker for how strong a bone is and the risk that it might break. If you think of bone mineral density as a slope, normal would be at the top and osteoporosis at the bottom. Osteopenia, which affe...Read More

Achieving A Healthy Weight – It Doesn’t Just Happen

It’s the new year.  Resolutions abound.  And we’re thinking that weight loss is one of the most popular of the resolutions out there! You may have heard that losing weight is as easy as eating less and exercising more. Well it is true—taking in fewer calories than you use each day is the simplest way to lose weight. Never mind the fad d...Read More

The “Best” Exercises There Are: Bar None!

If you’re not an athlete or serious exerciser — and you just want to work out for your health or to fit in your clothes better — the gym scene can be intimidating and overwhelming. What are the best exercises for me? How will I find the time? Just having to walk by treadmills, stationary bikes, and weight machines can be enough to make you he...Read More

Tips for Exercising – Even During a Pandemic

Staying fit can keep you healthy physically, but exercise also boosts your mental and spiritual health, too. During a pandemic, it’s important not to give up on your fitness routine just because you can’t get to the gym, attend an exercise class or play an organized sport. There are lots of ways you can get a good workout at home, and many reasons ...Read More

Keeping Our Skin Healthy – As Time Passes

Your skin goes through many changes as you age. All you need to do is look in the mirror. Aging skin loses fat and becomes thinner and drier. Red and pimply spots can appear on the face (a condition known as rosacea). Spots also can become waxy and pink, particularly around the nose, eyebrows, ear, and hairline (a condition called seborrheic dermat...Read More

Heart Issues? Two Important Tips

Have heart disease? Then you probably know what exactly you’re supposed to do: eat wisely, get regular physical activity, keep weight, blood pressure, and blood sugar on target; and if you smoke, quit. But, what you might not know is that sufficient, good-quality sleep and stress control also offer genuine benefits to your heart. Sleep When you wak...Read More

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