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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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The American Red Cross is closely monitoring the outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and following the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).We know this is a stressful time and people want to know what they can do right now to protect themselves and their families. That’s why the Red Cross is highlighting some everyday steps that people in the U.S. can take now. In addition, stay informed about what’s happening in your local community and always follow the directions of state and local authorities.LIMIT THE SPREAD OF GERMS AND PREVENT INFECTIONThe Red Cross recommends the following…

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