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Schedule a Day of Medical Appointments

by Louise Kramer, AARP   When it comes to our health, medical emergencies and illnesses like the flu always get seen to — STAT. Routine medical appointments … not so much. Annual exams are easy to shrug off, but it’s important to fit those physicals, mammograms and dental cleanings into our busy lives. A regular screening can identify…

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Your Body’s General Health at 60+

by Sari Harrar, AARP The Magazine   The good news in your 60s: Making healthy changes will have a greater impact today than at any other time in your life. The reality check in your 60s: Better get to know your blood pressure and blood sugar numbers now. You have a long, healthy life ahead. Indeed, men turning…

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Why Mental Illness Is So Hard to Spot in Seniors

by David Levine,   THE INSTITUTE OF Medicine (now the National Academy of Medicine) issued a report in 2012, “The Mental Health and Substance Use Workforce for Older Adults: In Whose Hands?” that said 14 to 20 percent of U.S. adults over age 65 have one or more mental health or substance use conditions. That’s about 8 million people. Yet…

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NIH Warns About Heat-Related Illness

by Kent Allen, AARP   As the weather turns significantly warmer, older adults are especially vulnerable to heat-related ailments, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is warning. “As we age,” NIH notes, “our ability to adequately respond to summer heat can become a serious problem. … Hyperthermia can include heat stroke, heat edema (swelling in your ankles and feet when you…

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