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How to Start a Support Group

Support groups provide an opportunity to meet other people who share similar experiences. Most often groups provide support and advice on how...

Preventing Falls: How to Avoid Falling for Seniors

Falls rank among the top five causes of death from unintentional injuries in the United States. An estimated one-third of Americans...

Helping Your Doctor Help You

You and your doctor are partners and share a common goal - YOUR GOOD HEALTH. As a partner, your task is to give...

7 Ways Music Is Good For Our Health

“One good thing about music is when it hits you, you feel no pain."   Bob Marley Music is pretty...

Menopause: Are You Pre, Peri Or Post?

We read and hear so much about menopause that you would think that the definition is straightforward, and it would be easy ...

Sun Exposure: Precautions and Protection

A golden, bronze tan is often considered a status symbol. Perhaps this supports the idea that people who have time to lie in...

HIV for Adults Over 50

What is HIV? Human Immunodeficiency Virus, better known as HIV, was discovered about 20 years ago. This deadly...

First Aid for Heat Sickness

A rather simple way to avoid most heat-related health problems is to drink! The body's main defense to rising temperatures is perspiration. Sweating helps...

Asian American Aging

Asian Americans are a very diverse group. According to the 1980 census, an Asian American elder is described as an older person...

How to Move Loved One to a Nursing Home

All of us fear finding ourselves unable to care for an aging parent. Maybe your father had a severe stroke and now...

10 Tips For Visiting a Nursing Home

Once a family member has moved to a nursing home, it is important to visit as often as time allows. Residents of...

Improve Balance: Prevent Falls

Balance declines with age. Many factors contribute toward making the older adult susceptible to falls. These include: Impaired hearing...

Sensory Changes as Your Age

The prospect of a long life is a treasure not a fear! From the moment of our conception to the moment of our...

How to Maintain Your Body as You Age

As a person ages, the body does not function as it once did. There are many changes that take place. This fact...

So You Need a Hearing Aid

It is well known that a person who has poor eyesight would not consider trying to function without glasses or contacts, but...

Hearing Loss and Older Adults

Accurate estimates of hearing loss are very difficult to obtain. There are two main reasons for this. First, most of the research...

Stroke Risk

Some Facts About Stroke Stroke is the third leading killer in the United States.Stroke is the most common...

Grandparents as Parents Again

Grandparents across the country, regardless of income, background, or race, are becoming parents again! Grandparents who find themselves suddenly with this added responsibility often...

Living with Arthritis

Did you know that arthritis and chronic joint symptoms are the leading cause of disability among Americans age 15 and over? Seventy...

Quality vs. Quantity: Benefits of Weight Training in the Older Adult

What does quality vs. quantity have to do with older adult fitness? Many times, older adults feel that exercising is not important by...

Intergenerational Programming

Intergenerational relations refers to any informal interaction between youth and senior adults. In many countries where generations continue to live in close proximity, the...

“Homes” for Later Years

According to the 2015 U.S. Census, 1 in 8 Americans are over the age of 65. This figure represents 35 million...

Caregiver Burnout

I'm feeling overwhelmed and guilty, what should I do? How often do those thoughts pop up in the course of a caregiver's day...

Programming for Mature Men

Marketing educational programs for the suddenly single man, or the man living alone can be difficult. This resource will offer a few...

Systems to Keep Track of Taking Medications

To get the most benefit and to reduce potential risks, you must take medications as directed. Organizing your medications can be difficult, especially if...

Prescription and Over-The-Counter (OTC) Medications

Medications include Over-The-Counter medications (OTC) as well as prescription medications. People often think medications that do not require a doctor's prescription cannot...

Working With Health Care Professionals To Take Medications Safely

The "Prescription Triangle" A "prescription triangle" consists of you, your doctor, and your pharmacist. To ensure you use...

Guidelines for Using Medications Safely

Today's medications are more effective than ever before; however, any medication, if used improperly, is potentially dangerous. Although our government works to ensure medications...

Over-the-Counter Medication Labels

Before taking any medication it is very important to read the label. Medication labels contain important information to help you take your medication correctly...

Adverse Drug-Drug and Food-Drug Medication Interactions

Because older adults often take more medications than younger adults, the incidence of adverse drug reactions does increase with age. Adverse drug reactions, however,...

Medication Misuse Among Older Adults

Although aging affects how medications are processed in our bodies, a major factor affecting how well a medication works is whether or not...

Aging Increases Risk For Medication Problems

As we grow older, we become more sensitive to medications and may experience adverse drug reactions or increased side effects. Reasons for this include:

The Role of a Caregiver

Are you feeling drained and weighted down with the struggles of balancing your work, home life, and care for an aging...

5 Tips for Choosing a Doctor

Having a primary doctor is crucial in maintaining good health and it is especially important as you get older. Your primary...

Over-the-Counter Medications Are Drugs Too

Literally thousands of drugs are available for purchase "Over-The-Counter" (OTC), which means that a person does not need a prescription to buy them. Just...

Head Lice: Ultimate Guide to Identification & Treatment

Description & Habits The head louse is a tiny, soft-bodied insect that is somewhat flat. ...

How You Can Live Longer And Feel Better

Most people want to live a long life. While we still don’t have a potion for immortality, there is one secret “potion”...

How to Tell if Your Child is Hyperactive

Ask any parents if they think their child is hyperactive and they'll probably respond with a resounding "Yes!" Children are supposed to be...

Adolescents With ADHD

In almost all cases, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) will have been identified long before the child reaches middle school or junior high school....

Does Your Child Need Fluoride Supplements?

Talk with your child's dentist or pediatrician about whether your child should receive fluoride supplements. Supplements often are recommended if...

Fluoride in YOUR Water?

Water Fluoridation: When, Where and Why Fluoride's effect on teeth was first observed in the 1930s. Dentists started to...

Quit Day

Today will be your first day without cigarettes. It's a major event in your life, one worthy of celebration — though you...

How to Quit Smoking

There are many tools available to smokers who want to quit. Although you may want to try going cold turkey (stopping smoking...

Truth About Weight Gain After Quitting Smoking

Don't Worry About Your Waistline   Many smokers worry about the weight gain that can occur when...

The Risks of Tobacco

The Effects of Smoking on Your Health Although the health risks associated with smoking are well known, almost 45...

Online Pharmacies

Internet pharmacies are convenient, and the drugs they offer are less expensive, but they may not be safe. Buying...

Avoid Medication Mistakes

Drug mix-ups kill thousands of people every year.Here's how to protect yourself. Quite often, these errors are drug...

Recognizing When It Is More Than Stress

It is normal to be nervous in stressful situations. But stressors, such as the breakup of a marriage or the loss of...

Nonmelanoma Skin Cancers

Overview Nonmelanoma skin cancers include basal cell cancers, which account for 80% of all skin cancers, and squamous cell...

Decrease Your Risk Of Getting A Sexually Transmitted Disease

You can dramatically decrease your risk of developing a sexually transmitted disease (STD) by following a few simple rules.

Identifying And Treating Sexually Transmitted Diseases

If you suspect you have any of the symptoms of a sexually transmitted disease (STD) or have had unprotected sex, talk with...

HIV Infection In Minority Populations

HIV/AIDS has had a devastating impact on minorities in the United States. Racial and ethnic minorities accounted for almost 71 percent of...

Tips For Long-Term Birth Control Success

Tips For Long-Term Success The key to long-term success in preventing unplanned pregnancy is to use birth control consistently...

Sexual Abstinence

Abstinence means refraining from all sexual relations. This includes intercourse, as well as oral and anal sex. Abstinence differs...

Important Points To Consider When Choosing Birth Control

Having information about birth control is your first step toward choosing the method that is best suited for your lifestyle and family...

Domestic and Intimate Partner Violence

Domestic violence is when one person in a relationship purposely hurts another person physically or emotionally. Domestic violence is also called intimate...

Pelvic Exam

Before You Go Schedule your appointment about a week before you anticipate your period will start, or the week...

How to Talk to Your Kids about Sex

When should you talk to your children about sex and what is the best approach? It may be easy...

Safe Sex: What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You and Your Partner

Safe sex is more than a physical act. It involves the decision to have sex in a responsible way to avoid becoming...

Combining The Old And New To Treat Rheumatoid Arthritis

Arthritis of any kind can be terribly painful. But rheumatoid arthritis is among the most destructive forms of arthritis, frequently associated with...

Osteoarthritis: How it has affected my life

Almost two years ago, I had a severe car accident that changed my foot forever. I have severe stiffness, pain and swelling...

Common Prostate Cancer Causes

Prostate Cancer Can Be Inherited Since 1992, the presence of a familial prostate cancer gene (or genes) had been...

Determining the Severity of Prostate Cancer

Doctors use three pieces of information to decide when a prostate biopsy is needed to confirm a diagnosis of prostate cancer:

Last Weeks of Pregnancy

In recent years, more women are asking to schedule their vaginal deliveries (induction) or Cesarean sections before 39 completed weeks of pregnancy....

Alcohol Use in Pregnancy

There is no known safe amount of alcohol to drink while pregnant. There is also no safe time during pregnancy to drink...

Postpartum Checklist

With all the emotions and excitement after your baby's birth, you may be feeling a little overwhelmed. That's why we put together...

Common Pregnancy Questions, Answered!

First Trimester When should I tell friends and family that I am pregnant? There is...

8 Tips for Traveling While Pregnant

Being pregnant doesn't mean you have to stay at home for nine months; however, you may want to take a few precautions...

Common Questions About Sex in Pregnancy

Questions about sex during pregnancy are common. Many couples want to continue an active sex life but wonder whether having sex will...

Multiple Births

In the United States, 1 in 35 are twin births. The multiple pregnancy rate is higher in patients who have used fertility...

Coping With Stress

Stress is a part of life. But it can affect health if the stress becomes persistent. Learning to relieve stress not only...

Improving Memory and Treating Memory Loss

Improving Memory There is no miracle cure for memory loss. You can, however, use specific techniques to sharpen existing...

Common Memory Loss Questions, Answered!

What is memory? Memory is the term for information that is stored in your brain and can be...

5 Natural Treatments for Lower Back Pain

Initial Treatment Low back pain will often improve with simple measures that don't require drugs: rest, stretching, application...

Lower Back Pain History

Getting Started Most people who see a health-care provider about back pain have two main questions: "What could be...

Lower Back Pain: Diagnostics

After reviewing your history, your health-care provider will perform a physical examination. Depending on your symptoms and the results of...

Common Lower Back Pain Questions, Answered

What causes low back pain?   For most persons with low back pain, no specific cause...

Lower Back Pain: Risks & Causes

Knowing Your Risk Factors Because the specific cause of most back pain is mysterious, health-care providers often can't say...

Dealing with Lower Back Pain: What You Need to Know

Your lower back is a remarkable machine, reliably carrying out a critical and all-but-invisible support role in a host of daily activities,...

Alternatives To Viagra

Viagra has been the leading way that men have been battling erectile dysfunction for the last 20 years, yet there are some...

Diabetes and Impotence

Long-standing diabetes often leads to sexual problems. By age 43, about 45% of men with type 1 (childhood-onset) diabetes experience impotence. This...

Treating High Blood Pressure with Medication

If lifestyle changes alone do not lower your blood pressure to a healthy level, your doctor will want you to try medications....

6 Lifestyle Changes to Lower Blood Pressure

Lifestyle is the way you live your life. It's what you eat and drink, what activities you participate in (or don't), whether...

9 Tips to Reduce Salt in Your Diet

Buy fresh, frozen or canned "no salt added" vegetables.Use fresh poultry, fish and lean meat, rather than canned or processed types.Use...

High Blood Pressure and Pregnancy

High Blood Pressure And The Fetus   High blood pressure that is present before a pregnancy or...

How Is Blood Pressure Measured?

Blood-Pressure Measurement   Blood pressure is measured using an inflatable arm cuff with a pressure gauge and...

Frequently Asked High Blood Pressure Questions, Answered!

When is high blood pressure an emergency?   High blood pressure is an emergency when it...

Types Of High Blood Pressure

Doctors classify high blood pressure (also called hypertension) based on cause and characteristics. Essential Hypertension  

High Blood Pressure: Reduce Your Pill Bill

Some of the most effective blood pressure drugs are quite inexpensive. Generally, new blood- pressure drugs — those made by ...

High Blood Pressure: What Should My Goal Be?

Te Joint National Committee on Prevention, Detection, Evaluation and Treatment of High Blood Pressure (JNC) defined the following categories for blood...

Second Heart Attack Prevention Plan

If you've had a heart attack, you're at risk of another. Here's what you can do to lower that risk.

Types of Headaches

Headaches can be very different for different people. The pain may have different qualities: throbbing, sharp or stabbing, constant or intermittent, a...

The ‘Ripening’ of Cataracts

The first time I heard my grandmother describe her upcoming cataract surgery, I was confused by the expression she used. She told...

Observing A Solar Eclipse Safely

Watching a solar eclipse or a partial solar eclipse can be an illuminating experience. But sun watchers must take care. ...

Imaging Studies For Seizure Disorders

Seizures are sometimes caused by abnormal nerve-cell discharges originating in or near a structural abnormality in the brain. Imaging studies therefore are...

Frequently Asked Epilepsy Questions, Answered!

What Is The Difference Between Seizures and Epilepsy? Seizures are characterized by a sudden change in movement,...

Cancer Concerns About Heartburn

Acid reflux may be doing more damage than you think. For many of the approximately 17 million Americans who...

Tricyclic Antidepressants

Tricyclic antidepressants were the most commonly prescribed antidepressants until selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) came along. Doctors still prescribe tricyclic antidepressants,...

Mood Stabilizers

The term "mood stabilizer" usually refers to a drug that treats the up (manic) and down (depressed) mood swings that occur in...

Baby Feeding Plan

Breast-Feeding Steps for Success Breast-feeding is very good for both infants and mothers. It is best for a woman to...

Chronic Pain Plan

Getting Started If you are living with chronic pain, it is important that you meet with your doctor regularly....

Chemoprevention – The Answer to Cancer?

Recently, you may have heard the words chemoprevention, nutraceuticals, and phytochemicals in the media. What exactly do these terms mean? With the ever-increasing interest...

Chronic Pain Treatment

Undergoing Physical Examination and Diagnostic Testing After completing your health history, your health-care provider will give you a thorough...

Getting Involved in Clinical Trials

Clinical Trials, Medical Teachers Clinical trials are one of medicine's best-kept secrets. Such research can provide those suffering from...

Making Decisions About Cancer Screening

The purpose of screening tests for cancer is to facilitate early detection of the disease. Early detection of cancer increases survival...

Frequently Asked Pain Questions, Answered!

Are there different kinds of pain? Yes. Health-care providers classify pain by its duration (how long it lasts),...

Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS)

What is TENS? Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) is a drug-free method of pain relief that has been used...

Body, Mind & Pain

Why is treating chronic pain such a challenge? The answer: We don't have a lab test, an X-ray, or any other test...

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (FAQ)

What is the difference between chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema and bronchitis? If you have emphysema...

Cancer Support Group Benefits

Cancer support groups are dotting America's landscape in ever-growing numbers. Practically each day of the week, at any given hour, small groups...

Living Wills and Other Advance Directives

How to see that your wishes are respected if accident or illness leaves you unable to look out for yourself.

Causes of Cancer

Scientists have identified many factors that contribute to the development of cancer. Avoiding these risk factors whenever possible could have...