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September 20, 2017

5 easy ways to turn your house into a smart home
(BPT) - There was a time when setting up a smart home was a labor-intensive endeavor. You had to know which devices worked together, spend tedious days getting everything to work just right, then master complicated software to control the whole experience.Things have changed. Nowadays, smart homes ... More >>


Prevent falls this fall with a home safety checklist
(BPT) - After months of sticky heat and humidity, it’s time to put away the shorts and pull out the sweaters because the autumn season is finally here. But, late September brings us more than just cooler temperatures and a wardrobe change. If you or a loved one are over the age of 65, the cha... More >>


The top 5 things to know about opioids
(BPT) - While a decade ago you may not have heard much about opioids, today they make headlines daily. The nationwide epidemic crosses generations and socioeconomic lines, and it's affecting your family, friends and neighbors."Opioids have long been used clinically to treat pain, but prior to the 1... More >>


Try this science-backed way to learn in your sleep
(BPT) - The brain never rests. If you've shared a room with a sleep-talker or woken from an intense dream, it’s pretty clear the brain is always active, even during sleep.If we better understand what is happening up there while we rest, perhaps we can direct that activity into something meani... More >>


Tips for choosing the Medicare plan that's right for you
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5 unexpected ways life insurance protects your loved ones
(BPT) - More than half of Americans who own life insurance say they purchased it primarily to cover final expenses if something happens to them, according to the 2016 Life Insurance Barometer study. Yet one in four also say they don’t think they have enough life insurance — and the mist... More >>


Medicare Advantage: 20 years, 20 million people and 4 factors
(BPT) - In 1997, the federal government created the Medicare + Choice program — later renamed Medicare Advantage — to enhance consumer choice and more efficiently deliver Medicare benefits to older Americans.You may have heard of Medicare Advantage, but maybe you don’t know exactl... More >>


5 ways to keep in touch with grandparents near and far
(BPT) - There are laundry lists of reasons why grandparents are the best. They say yes when parents say no, they tell the best stories but make even better listeners, and often they’re the first people we call with news, both good and bad.That’s why each September, we celebrate National... More >>


Millennials prefer healthy habits, less likely to choose opioids to manage pain
(BPT) - Often spending their days hunched over phones, tablets or computers and their free time at spin class or playing sports, millennials are the next generation poised to experience chronic pain. Even at their young age, millennials say acute and chronic pain are already interfering with their ... More >>


6 simple steps to avoid distracted driving
(BPT) - Mobile phones have become an essential part of life for most people, helping them stay connected and increase productivity. However, this technology can also be a distraction when driving, which puts everyone on the road at risk.More than one-quarter of all car crashes involve phone use, bo... More >>


3 activities to help you move safely after knee surgery
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Is your hearing loss a barrier to a happy life?
(BPT) - Sheliadawn Fitch would wonder if it really was possible for her to hear again. But she would shove aside those thoughts, overcome by fear and uncertainty, telling herself she was doing okay.Not that you could blame her. The vivacious Texan had been through a lot, having lost much of her abi... More >>


The key to personalized vitamins: Understanding medication and nutrient interactions
(BPT) - Technology, science and research are turning our world into a personalized powerhouse at our fingertips, including products made specifically for us delivered to our doorsteps. We wear personal fitness trackers to track our steps, sleep and heart rates. Personal trainers are commonplace to ... More >>


Turning 65? Choosing the right Medicare Part D plan starts with 4 simple rules
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Pets help seniors stay healthier and happier, wherever they live, studies show
(BPT) - French novelist Sidonie-Gabrielle Collette once said, “Our perfect companions never have fewer than four feet.” Pets provide meaningful social support for owners, and they can be especially beneficial for seniors. Ample research shows pet ownership delivers physical and mental h... More >>


More than fun: 5 tips for planning a healthy vacation
(BPT) - Taking a vacation is more than a fun getaway from the daily drudges of life. Turns out, travel has a multitude of benefits that can impact your health and wellness, too.Beyond stress reduction, vacations can improve heart health, mental health and personal relationships. In fact, men who ta... More >>


Looking for balance? Fighting fatigue? Your diet might be a place to start
(BPT) - Adults today are constantly searching for balance in life. While balance can be broadly defined, in simple terms it is rooted in equal proportions. The human body demands an equilibrium in order to sustain proper mental, physical and spiritual health. But, achieving balance can be difficult... More >>


One man's struggle with PTSD, 40 years later
(BPT) - Bobby Barrera’s career as a Marine ended abruptly at age 21. While in Vietnam, on his first mission, a land mine explosion took his right hand at the wrist and left arm at the shoulder, and left him with severe burns over 40 percent of his body and face.Coping with the physical challe... More >>


Take precautions in the heat - lifesaving tips
(BPT) - From tornadoes and floods to hail and lightning storms, the United States experiences a broad array of extreme weather. Fatalities do occur, but many people are surprised to learn that the weather event that causes the greatest number of deaths is heat.According to the National Weather Serv... More >>


This simple test can set you on the road to a lifetime of better health
(BPT) - Here's a sobering statistic for you: 20 percent of all deaths in the United States can be attributed to poor lifestyle factors and behavioral choices. It's difficult to swallow, but fortunately new research also finds that those who take the time to establish a simple screening routine impr... More >>


5 reasons to make your summer road trip a flight instead
(BPT) - Summer break is an American institution, and that midyear break is often best enjoyed through travel. This year is no different; in fact, many experts expect this year’s summer travel season to be among the busiest ever. That is particularly true when it comes to air travel.According ... More >>


Pancreatic cancer: Know your family, know your risk
(BPT) - Pancreatic cancer is one of the most deadly cancers, with a mere 29 percent one-year survival rate. In 2016, pancreatic cancer became the third leading cause of cancer death in the United States, surpassing breast cancer.The time frame between diagnosis and death is often short. Only 7 perc... More >>


4 laundry personalities: Where do you fit?
(BPT) - Chic, trendy, sporty, bohemian, sophisticated, fun, classic — you probably have a clear vision of your fashion and style personality. But do you know your laundry personality? How you wash the clothes you wear is every bit as personal and unique to you as the clothes themselves. Knowi... More >>


3 pressing reasons to talk hearing health at your next physical exam
(BPT) - When was the last time you and your doctor talked about your hearing?The fact is, only about 3 in 10 adults who had a physical exam in the last year say it included a hearing screening, according to research conducted by the Better Hearing Institute (BHI). That’s a shame, because rese... More >>


Understanding the link between salt and health
(BPT) - The news lately is full of articles about salt and health. Everyone seems to be getting either too much salt or not enough. So which is it? Part of the problem is with how we study the connection. Fortunately, researchers on both sides of the issue are starting to agree on how best to proce... More >>


60-plus? Smart fashion tips to keep you looking stylish and fabulous
(BPT) - Muumuus and mom jeans or spangled capris and Aloha shirts — is this really all the fashion world has to offer women over the age of 60? Do mature women who desire to dress fashionably for summer really have to choose between “frumpy and fogey” or “too young and trend... More >>


How to use your home equity in retirement
(BPT) - Most of us save and plan for decades to enjoy the period of our life when we no longer need to go into the office and work an eight-hour day for a paycheck.But even with those decades of hard work, it can be tough to save up enough cash to cover all your costs in retirement. Many soon-to-be... More >>


4 strategies to grow your finances in retirement
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Survey: Cataracts impact lifestyle; surgery brings emotional benefits
(BPT) - You may know that cataracts can interfere with your ability to see clearly, but might be unaware of their impact on your emotions. Alcon, the global leader in eye care, conducted a survey of about 1,300 people age 60 and older who have undergone cataract surgery and found that almost 60 per... More >>


Smartphone market responds to senior users
(BPT) - Smartphone technology may seem complicated and flashy, but don’t believe anyone who says it’s only for the young. In fact, 73 percent of those 50 to 59 years old now own a smartphone, according to a 2016 survey from AARP. Going one step further, a recent study of smartphone user... More >>


Tips to help families cope with Alzheimer's, mitigate tensions and relieve stress
(BPT) - Receiving an Alzheimer's diagnosis is never easy — it's life changing, not only for the person receiving the diagnosis but for their family members as well. The disease can exact a devastating toll on family relationships unless everyone pitches in to support caregivers and take steps... More >>


Hey guys. Is your good health a perception or reality?
(BPT) - When it comes to health, perception is not always reality. This is especially true when considering how men care for themselves when faced with a health condition. In fact, while most men would say they are more focused on their health than they have been in the past, physicians report a di... More >>


Tips to help save money on prescription drug costs
(BPT) - Modern medications can work wonders, improving quality of life, curing illness and even saving lives. However, those miracles can come at a high cost, as anyone who’s had to pay for branded prescription medication knows. In fact, spending on prescription drugs has increased 73 percent... More >>


Sore knees? 3 reasons to participate in a clinical trial
(BPT) - Designed to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of new treatments, clinical trials are the only way medical advances can move knowledge and science forward. In regard to knee pain, clinical trials offer the newest and latest ideas on finding better ways to treat pain.People participate in... More >>


Access to mental health care may be just a virtual visit away
(BPT) - Mental health disorders impact thousands of people every day, including many of our friends, neighbors and co-workers. Everyone reading this likely knows someone struggling with mental illness and is aware of the toll it can take on individuals, families and communities. Mental health chall... More >>


5 budget strategies to enjoy your summer vacation
(BPT) - The American summer vacation is a seasonal tradition. It's when memories are made, experiences are shared and sometimes when bills pile up. In fact, research shows that more and more families across the country are planning responsibly and considering their budget when it comes to summer tr... More >>


5 aging-in-place bathroom upgrades to make while you're young(er)
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Unlock the secret to healthy aging by improving your health in three key areas
(BPT) - You’re still just as active as you were in your thirties and forties, but as you continue to add those candles to your birthday cake each year, you can feel the effects of aging starting to take a toll on your body. As you age, your body needs a little extra care to maintain optimal h... More >>









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