Protect your vision to protect your independence

If not corrected, vision problems can lead to many complications, such as trouble reading medication labels, difficulty driving, and an increased risk of falls. It's crucial to have comprehensive eye exams to catch common eye conditions. (Locked) More »

Reduce your risk of silent strokes

Silent strokes occur without symptoms, yet have the potential to severely impair memory and brain health. A silent stroke is usually the result of a clot forming in a tiny artery supplying blood to a “silent” part of the brain. These areas don’t control vital functions, such as speech or walking, which is why the interruption of blood flow doesn’t result in obvious symptoms. But a person can experience multiple silent strokes, which can start to reveal themselves through memory lapses and mood changes. (Locked) More »

Safe exercise: Know the warning signs of pushing too hard

Pain and certain other symptoms during exercise are not normal. Red flags fall into four categories: chest pain, shortness of breath, lightheadedness, and joint pain. Experiencing any of these symptoms during physical activity is a sign that one should stop exercising and call a doctor, such as a primary care physician or a specialist for a known underlying cause. Ignoring symptoms and pushing through an exercise may cause damage to the heart or muscles.  (Locked) More »

Boost the power of your breakfast cereal

The healthiest breakfast cereals are those made with whole grains, such as corn, wheat, or brown rice. Fiber is another important component of a breakfast cereal. A healthy serving should have at least 5 or more grams of fiber. It’s also helpful to choose a cereal that is lower in calories,. ideally less than 150 calories per serving. A healthy breakfast cereal also has a lower sodium content,. preferably no more than 200 milligrams of sodium per serving. More »

Stay a step ahead of urinary tract infections

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are common among older adults, but the infections are often overdiagnosed and overtreated. In older adults, UTI symptoms include frequent urination, a sense of urgency to urinate, a burning feeling that occurs with urination, and confusion. Diagnosing a UTI requires testing a urine sample to look for bacteria and white blood cells. If positive, it’s necessary to grow the bacteria in a lab to see which type are causing infection. But even if a person has bacteria and white cells in the urine, it’s not a UTI unless symptoms are also present.  More »

Tips to help the medicine go down

Two techniques-the pop-bottle method and the lean-forward method-can help people improve their ability to get medicine down better than the old method of taking a sip of water from a cup and trying to swallow. (Locked) More »