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Most Americans have been and will be informal caregivers at some point during their lives.  A recent survey pointed out that about 36% of the population had provided unpaid care to another adult with an illness or disability in the past year. That percentage is expected to go up as the number of elderly in […]

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According to a study published online in JAMA in September 2015, nearly 50% of the adults living in the U.S. have diabetes or pre-diabetes, that reflects the lack of production of insulin to lower blood sugar (known as Type 1 diabetes) or insulin resistance (known as Type 2 diabetes), where the body is either not […]

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Cancer is a disease associated with aging. Its risk increases with age and the number of older adults seeking its treatment has skyrocketed. Apparently, more than a third (around 36%) of cancers are diagnosed in the people aged 75 and over. Although cancer certainly can and does strike young people too, it is, by and large, a disease […]

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The middle-class Americans have plenty to worry about, viz. the inflation, the rise in healthcare costs, growing old with too little savings, postponing their retirement and not having enough resources and options in case of a crisis after they retire. The rapid and total disappearance of defined-benefit pensions has left many Americans unprepared for retirement. […]

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The second week of September 2015 will be hailed in the history of California with a landmark victory for supporters of assisted suicide, when the State Legislature gave its final approval to a bill that would allow the doctors to help terminally ill people end their lives. The similar right-to-die bill had earlier failed to […]

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Although seniors and the elderly are the largest growing population in the US, they are also one of the most isolated lot. They may be aware of their medical issues like blood pressure, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, but are hardly concerned about the social issues of their lives and rarely do they give any significance to socialization that is probably […]

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Human beings require calcium for signal and muscle contradiction and to build and maintain skeletons. Aging, even in the healthy elderly, reduces muscle mass and muscle strength leading to a functional impairment. It is important in a number of physiologic processes, including calcium absorption, innate and adaptive immunity and homeostasis of a number of organs. The […]

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Hearing loss is one of the most common conditions affecting older adults.  It often leads to several problems that they face in their day-to-day activities.  First, with hearing loss, seniors find it difficult to communicate with friends and family, have trouble in understanding a doctor’s advice, responding to warnings, and hearing doorbells and alarms. The significant […]

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It’s Halloween today and most of the seniors are looking forward to celebrating the day like everyone else is. Although it is often thought of as the children’s holiday, it can be fun for the elderly as well if the games and activities are designed where they can participate and enjoy. The elderly, their caregivers […]

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According to the CDC (the centers for disease control and prevention) some of the most common cancers among men are – prostate, lung and the colorectal cancers. Prostate cancer is also the second common cause of death among white, African American, American Indian/Alaska Native and Hispanic men, and the fourth most common cause of death […]

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iHealth Lab Inc. announced the launch of the iHealth Align, the world’s smallest, FDA-approved mobile blood glucose monitor. The meter plugs directly into a smart phone and displays and stores readings using the iHealth Gluco-Smart app. By displaying readings directly on the phone screen, iHealth was able to shrink the device size to just slightly […]

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