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Seniors Need to Educate Themselves on Critical Health Care Issues

October is Health Literacy Month, and healthcare professionals are trying to raise awareness of common health issues—especially those that disproportionately affect particular groups of people such as, for instance, older adults. If you want to make your golden years the best years yet, you need to know what you might be up against. By learning about health issues people in your age group commonly face, you can be proactive in managing or even preventing them.

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Facing Breast Cancer as an Older Adult

While breast cancer may be a major health risk for older women, the bare statistics can be misleading. It is true that cancer of the breast is the most prevalent form of cancer after lung cancer. It is also true that it is the second most common cancer in women, and it is true that a woman's risk of breast cancer increases with age. But none of those facts should scare you as it is also true that there are more comprehensive screening tests, for all types of cancer, and more effective treatment options than there were even a few years ago.

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3 Health Issues That Put Senior Women at Greater Risk

If each of us could choose to write our own stories, chances are that most would include some version of "happily ever after"—living long lives, remaining active, and being healthy throughout our years. While we can’t determine all aspects of destinies, there are specific actions that everyone can take to decrease the risk of diseases that threaten our wellbeing. Those preventive measures are particularly important for older women.

It is important to know the signs and symptoms of common diseases and to seek medical attention when "something doesn't feel right." Leading physicians recommend taking practical measures to ensure continued good health throughout the golden years:

  • Know your own family history 
  • Know your body
  • Know basic symptoms of the conditions that plague older women
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Does That Morning Cup of Coffee Help or Harm Your Health?

Coffee has long been one of the most popular drinks in the United States. According to the National Coffee Association (NCA), 59 percent of Americans drink coffee daily and 71 percent drink it at least once a week. Among seniors, coffee consumption remains steady as well. When you’re trying to live a healthier, more active lifestyle, you need to look at how every day habits, even those as simple as a morning cup of coffee, can impact your health.

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2 Pieces of Health Care Paperwork Seniors Need to Sort Out Now

Senior Health Care Paperwork

You're still living your best life--happy, healthy, and mentally fit. This is the perfect time to start thinking about the need for two key senior health care documents: a durable power of attorney and advanced medical directives. With these documents in place you can truly relax, knowing that your future is in good hands.

It's only natural to feel a bit reticent to think about a point in your life when someone will be making decisions on your behalf, but it's important to recognize that these documents will allow you to keep control of critical choices, even when you are unable to voice them yourself, by ensuring that your loved ones know your wishes regarding financial and health care decisions. If you were to suffer an injury or illness that resulted in your mental incapacitation and these documents are not executed, the court will appoint someone to make financial and health decisions on your behalf. This person may be a stranger to the family or someone who will make decisions contrary to what you would want.

To make sure that your wishes will be carried out, it is necessary to have both a power of attorney and an advanced directive document as they address very different issues.

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