Cosmetic Surgery on the Rise for Older Adults

Older adults are getting cosmetic procedures in growing numbers.

The face of your typical plastic surgery candidate is changing, literally. Cosmetic procedures have grown in popularity among adults in their later years. However, doctors warn there may be health risks for older adults going under the knife.

As you age and your body changes, it’s natural to seek ways to feel and look your best self.

According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, Americans spent more than $12 billion dollars on cosmetic procedures in 2013, the largest amount since the 2008 recession. While it isn’t surprising that cosmetic procedures have become more popular in our image-obsessed society, the industry’s fastest-growing customer base may surprise you: adults 55 and older. Continue reading

About Falls Prevention Awareness

September 23rd is Falls Prevention Awareness Day. In observation of it, here are some tips to improve your balance and avoid potentially hazardous falls.

Falls PreventionEveryone probably remembers the original “I’ve fallen and I can’t get up” line spoken in a 1989 commercial for LifeCall Medical Alert System. It’s been remade several times and with good reason: Falls can have a devastating impact on your life, and this is especially true for older adults.

That’s where Falls Prevention Day comes in. Sponsored by the National Council on Aging (NCOA) and taking place on the first day of fall, September 23rd, Falls Prevention Day is dedicated to raising awareness of the risks of falling and reducing the likelihood of falls happening.

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Can Eating Probiotics Improve Your Blood Pressure?

Probiotics are a type of bacteria or yeast that can be found in certain nutritional supplements and yogurts. The idea of living organisms found in certain food types that we willingly ingest into our bodies may sound off-putting, but did you know that they carry health benefits with them?

You might be asking where probiotics are commonly found, and how they can possibly provide health improvements. In addition to yogurts, probiotics are found in other dairy products such as fermented and sour milks and cheese. You can also get them by taking probiotic supplements. Recent findings suggest that consuming these foods, and, more specifically, the probiotics in them, can reduce hypertension (high blood pressure) and help maintain your blood pressure at normal levels.

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The Ice Bucket Challenge, ALS, and Medicare

The Ice Bucket Challenge, ALS, and MedicarePerhaps the summer of 2014 will always be known for the viral social-media phenomenon of the Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (also called Lou Gehrig’s disease, after the legendary baseball player).

As you’ve probably seen and heard, the Ice Bucket Challenge involves dumping a bucket of ice water over your head while capturing it on video, posting the video online to raise awareness of the disease, and donating money toward ALS research and a cure. Then, you challenge someone else to do likewise within 24 hours.

It’s certainly a novel way of cooling off during a hot summer. The idea caught on with both celebrities and middle America, with millions of videos being played on Facebook, YouTube, and television programs. Even better, the movement has raised millions of dollars, with the ALS Association alone reporting donations of over $100 million through August 29.

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Turning 65? Answers to Common Medicare Questions

Turning 65? Answers to Common Medicare QuestionsAre you or someone you know turning 65? Get answers to Medicare questions that can help you better plan for your health care, finances, and overall well-being.

If you’re turning 65 this year, you will be joining 10,000 individuals who will also be turning 65 each day. This is a trend that will continue daily until the year 2030, as reported by the Pew Research Center. Turning 65 can be a key milestone because it means that you have retired or are thinking about retirement. It can also be important because it means that you may become eligible for Medicare.

If you are new to the program, you may quickly start to see that Medicare is a complex program with many different benefits, costs, and associated insurance products to choose from. To help you better understand your benefits and coverage options, here is a list of some common Medicare questions for those new to the program:

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How to Protect Yourself from Medicare Card Identity Theft

A Medicare beneficiary on his computer is at risk for identity theft.You’re always told to not carry your Social Security card in your wallet, but millions of elderly and disabled individuals may be at risk for identity theft because of their Medicare cards. Learn how to protect yourself.

For many Medicare beneficiaries, the identification number on their Medicare card is the same as their Social Security number. This means that the personal information for millions of Medicare beneficiaries is at risk of identity theft every time they bring their Medicare card with them to visit the doctor.

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Eight People Who Achieved Greatness as Senior Citizens

Laura Ingalls Wilder

Laura Ingalls Wilder

Think that only youngsters can be superstars, and retirement means you’re done with making your mark on the world? Think again.

Plenty of seniors have found new and greater success in their golden years than they ever did before they had a grey hair on their heads.

Take a look at this list of remarkable late in life accomplishments:

1. Laura Ingalls Wilder published her first book, Little House in the Big Woods, at age 64 in 1932. She continued writing the next seven books in the “Little House on the Prairie” series, which became American children’s classics and a popular TV series.

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Does Alcohol Consumption Provoke Heart Disease?

Does Alcohol Consumption Provoke Heart Disease?A new study suggests that alcohol consumption can compromise cardiovascular health.

Have you ever heard that a glass of wine before bed is good for your heart? This isn’t just an old adage that has been passed down through the years (like drinking flat Coke to help a stomach ache), but rather advice that people take on the order of their doctor or physician. We’re not out to contradict the advice of established medical professionals, but a recent report by the BMJ (formerly the British Medical Journal) may prompt some pause before you take that nighttime drink.

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Volunteer in Your Community with Senior Corps

A woman being campanion to a senior through Senior CorpsFor some people, retirement is an endless vacation. But others miss the chance to use and improve their skills while interacting with different people. If you want to put your free time towards helping your community, Senior Corps has a variety of service opportunities for those ages 55 and over in every U.S. state, plus the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.

Senior Corps is part of the federal Corporation for National and Community Service and began during the John F. Kennedy administration. It connects seniors with people and organizations in their local communities. The principles that guide Senior Corps’ service are teamwork, diversity, capability, presence, flexibility, and service-learning. Volunteers from different backgrounds team together and share their unique talents to meet community needs. People can set their own schedules and give whatever time they have to the projects they choose. This is a good way to expand on lifelong skills and even learn new things. Continue reading

Celebrity Birthdays in June: Turning 65 in 2014

Celebrity Birthdays in June: Turning 65 in 2014It’s always nice to celebrate the arrival of June. Who can’t appreciate warmer weather, longer days, and weekend cookouts? Perhaps these summer months signify a milestone in your life, like a 65th birthday. If so then you’re in good company with some of the celebrities who are turning 65 this month.    

Whether or not you’re a fan of bona fide movie stars, character actors, musicians, or designers, there’s a lot of talent and variety in this list of celebrities birthdays in June.

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