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Amp up Your Senior Skin Care Routine

When winter winds start to blow, skin needs extra protection to keep it from becoming overly dry and itchy and prevent painful cracking. Cracked skin is far more likely to develop infections, which can spread to other areas of the body as well. Plus, itchy skin is more likely to be damaged by repeated scratching, resulting in sores as well as an increased risk of potentially serious infections.

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5 Great Low Sodium Soups That Are Better Than Canned

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (C.D.C.), "the majority of the sodium Americans consume, more than 75%, is found in processed food and restaurant meals." Living well and protecting your health includes eating right. Canned soups, while a satisfying cold-weather meal, are often high in sodium content.

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Senior Health Supplements: Should You Be Taking Vitamins?

Good nutrition is an essential part of senior health but, if you are like millions of Americans, you may not be getting all the vitamins and minerals you need through what you eat. The convenience—and never-ending variety— of packaged and fast foods can make it difficult to eat nutritious foods at every meal and even when you make a conscious effort to eat more healthfully, there are other factors that can keep you from getting the nutrients you need:

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Test Your Senior Health IQ During Health Literacy Month

Health terminology can sound complicated— even intimidating— to a patient and his or her family members, especially if they have little prior experience with major illness. Doctors and nurses throw about medical jargon that patients don't understand up front, and sometimes they don't explain them well.

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October 9 is World Sight Day. Seniors, Schedule Your Screening

Any month is a good month to have your eyes checked as monitoring eye health is an important component of comprehensive senior healthcare. If you've been putting off that appointment, October is an especially appropriate time to schedule an eye examination.

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October Challenge: Improve Your Senior Healthcare Practices

October may be Breast Cancer Awareness month, but many of our readers may be wondering if breast cancer is really something that seniors need to worry about?

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There's Power in Protein: Finding the Diet to Keep You Living Well

Are you getting enough protein? Plenty of seniors aren’t.

NIH studies have indicated that malnutrition— especially protein deficiency— is under-diagnosed in older adults, and that can bode poorly for seniors who are admitted to the hospital. Chronic undernourishment means a longer road to recovery or even poor health outcomes for acute injuries or serious diseases.

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Low-Sodium Diet is a Key to Better Senior Health

You probably already know that a high-salt diet puts you at risk for heart disease and strokes. Salt, via its component element sodium, raises blood pressure (a condition known as hypertension) and can damage heart muscle tissue or brain tissue, as well as weaken the walls of major blood vessels like the coronary and femoral arteries. And though the heart and brain get most of the attention when it comes to warnings, high dietary sodium intake has farther-reaching consequences in the body — especially for seniors.

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Probiotics Are Great for Your Gut- and Your Blood Pressure?

You’ve probably already heard about probiotics—the "good" bacteria found in a healthy body, especially in the gastrointestinal tract that symbiotically help the body to function its daily function. The diverse little biological machines are essential to good digestive health and new evidence indicates that probiotics may be even more important than previously suspected.

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Meet the Newest App to Shake Up Senior Health & Wellness Programs

If you’ve ever been stuck in a doctor’s waiting room, or faced a big bill for an easy 10-minute consult, you’ll probably be interested in the latest smartphone application shaking up the American healthcare system. It’s called HealthTap, and the startup that developed it hopes it will help stimulate innovation in the healthcare market.

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