Glaucoma Awareness Month: Everything You Need to Know

Glaucoma Awareness Month: Everything You Need to Know

Did you know that glaucoma is the leading cause of blindness in the United States? This eye disease affects more than 3 million Americans, and yet many people are still unaware of what it is and how to prevent it.  We're going to discuss everything you need to know about glaucoma including; what it is, who is most at risk, what the symptoms are, and how to prevent it. Although glaucoma can occur at any age, it is most common in older adults.  We hope this information will help increase awareness about this serious eye disease and that what you read here today will encourage you to spread knowledge to those around you during and after Glaucoma Awareness Month. What Is Glaucoma and What Does It Do to the Body? Glaucoma is a condition that affects the optic nerve, which can lead to vision loss and even blindness. The optic nerve is responsible for carrying visual information from the eye to the brain. When...
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Raising Awareness For Cervical Cancer

Raising Awareness For Cervical Cancer

January is cervical cancer awareness month and we want to talk about it. This disease can often go undetected until it is too late. That’s why it’s important to be aware of the symptoms and know what you can do to prevent it. Did you know that cervical cancer is the fourth most common type of cancer in women? And that each year, more than 12,000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer in the United States alone? Although we work to raise awareness for cervical cancer in January, this should be done year-round.  We’re going to explain just what cervical cancer is, what can cause it, risk factors to keep in mind, how to reduce those risks, and ways we can educate others. Keep reading; you might just find out something you didn’t know.  Understanding What Cervical Cancer Is Cervical cancer is a type of cancer that affects the cervix, which is located at the bottom of the uterus and connects it to the...
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How to know the signs of atrial fibrillation

How to know the signs of atrial fibrillation

Atrial fibrillation is an irregular and rapid heart rate that causes poor blood flow. Making sure that people are more aware of the symptoms of Atrial Fibrillation can help with early diagnosis and early diagnosis means quick access to treatment which in turn will reduce the risk of stroke. Atrial fibrillation decreases your heart pumping ability. The irregularity that it causes decreases the efficiency of your heart and if it occurs over long periods, it could weaken the heart and cause heart failure. This is exactly why it's so vital for not only seniors but everyone to be aware of. AFib or Paroxysmal AFib does not often cause serious problems but it's always highly recommended to see your doctor at any point that you might have a concern about your episodes or to call 911 if you are not able to get to the hospital in the incident that you cannot wait to see your primary care physician. Your physician may often...
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These are the best pets for seniors

These are the best pets for seniors

You may be thinking about getting a pet or rather, you want one but you aren't sure what pet may be best for you. After all, there are a lot of things to take into consideration. The types of animals that you do and don't like, how much attention you're willing to give, where you live, and if pets are even allowed, and if so what types meet the breed policies. You also have to think about your mobility and how much space you have and even give your allergies a bit of thought if you have any. There are a lot of factors to consider before getting a pet but don't worry about a thing. Here we will lay out the top pets for seniors and we'll go into useful detail for some as well. Keep reading to uncover what pet could be your new companion. Dogs Dogs are great and they make for wonderful furry companions and emotional support animals. Most...
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Why Sitting Too Much Is Bad for You

Why Sitting Too Much Is Bad for You

Since 2007, American adults have spent about seven hours a day sitting. Ever since the average amount of time devoted to a seat has increased by an hour. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one in four American adults sits for over eight hours a day! It was also discovered that 44% of participants did not engage in any moderate physical activity! Why is this a big deal? Your body was not made to be inactive or laying around for lengthy periods. Being idle for that long weakens your muscles, spine, and immune system. No wonder sitting has been called the "new smoking!" Experts worldwide agree that a sedentary lifestyle is terrible for you. Still not sold? Here are just a few of the adverse side effects caused by a lifetime of over sitting: Unhealthy blood-sugar levels and type-2 diabetes High blood cholesterol levels A greater chance of heart disease A higher risk of obesity High blood...
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Myth busters: The Risks of Wearing a Mask

Myth busters: The Risks of Wearing a Mask

Cases of COVID-19 are skyrocketing once again. Due to the resurgence of cases, our team would like to remind our readers to please wear a mask! Many people are refusing to wear masks due to the myth that they cause CO2 intoxication or oxygen deficiency. But these myths are FALSE! When worn correctly, wearing a medical cover for a long time DOES NOT cause CO2 poisoning or oxygen deficiency. Do your part and wear a mask! Encourage your family and friends to do the same. The more people we have wearing masks, the faster we can slow down this virus' spread once again. Yes, the face coverings are uncomfortable, but we can potentially save 1000’s of lives by wearing them. Help us slow down the spread and flatten the curve. We must stick together and do our part. Your actions have the power to affect the lives of hundreds. So, what are you going to do? To learn more about how...
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How to Be Happy During Your Golden Years

How to Be Happy During Your Golden Years

Imagine yourself a decade from now. Do you think that your future self would be proud of how you have invested your golden years? Would you be beaming with joy or regret? The most common regret among people on their deathbed is, “I wish I'd had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.” If you feel like it's too late to dive into a new business or passion project, you are not alone. The fear of aging is a common issue among seniors and even teens! But, regardless of what you want to do, you are never too old to do it. Like Cindy Joseph says (who began her career modeling at 49 with Dolce and Gabbana), “We're taught that there's a prime of life. I say, throw that out the door. Every moment is your prime. There is no peak. It just gets better.” If you are still thinking, “Yeah,...
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How to Make Your Crooked Smile Picture Perfect!

How to Make Your Crooked Smile Picture Perfect!

Do you cringe whenever a well-meaning friend asks you to "smile for the camera?” Have you stopped beaming from ear to ear because of missing teeth? If so, you need a makeover! When I say makeover, I mean a new pearly set of dentures! Dentures are restorative and completely change your look from the inside out. Long gone are the days when dentures were thought of as an option only for people with bad hygiene. Modern dentures are comfortable, affordable, and trendy. Did you know that of the 36 million Americans without teeth, about 90% of them have dentures? That's right! Dentures are no longer stashed away in medicine cabinets or kept hidden as grandma's little secret. More than 15% of seniors have a new set of dentures made annually. Thanks to the dramatic evolution of dentistry, you can have the heartthrob smile of your favorite celebrity. If dental cosmetics are not your thing, take a glance below at some...
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Should You Be Wearing a Face Mask

Should You Be Wearing a Face Mask

A few days ago, our team took the time to remind our readers about the importance of wearing a face mask. If you want to prevent another shutdown and protect yourself, then wear a face-covering! Masks help prevent the spread of coronavirus by as much as 50% and help save lives. Though the Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends widespread use of face coverings, we would like to point out that there are exceptions to this suggestion. Below is a list of people and situations in which wearing a cloth-face mask is not recommended: Children under the age of 2 years old Children and adults with developmental disabilities or mental health conditions Anybody who has trouble breathing Anyone unconscious A person who is unable to remove the cloth face-covering without assistance People who are deaf/hard of hearing Professionals who care for or interact with someone who is hearing impaired When engaged in activities that could cause the mask to become...
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How to Stay Motivated to Move

How to Stay Motivated to Move

Staying motivated while we’re stuck at home is not easy. Without anything to look forward to, we let the days go by and forget to get ourselves up and moving. The days seem to mesh together and before we know it, we haven’t done anything for our health all week. Set a goal A great way to get out of the cycle is to set goals. Some goals can look like taking a 20-minute walk around the neighborhood five times a week or doing three online workout classes every other day. Write out the goal and put it somewhere that you can remember like on your bathroom mirror or refrigerator. Sometimes, we forget about the goal we made weeks ago so by writing it out you can stick to it. Have an accountability partner When we tell someone we are going to do something, we are more likely to follow through than if we just tell it to ourselves. Whether it be your spouse,...
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