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60 Post-Pandemic Health Habits To Help Get Back On Track
(5 days ago) 2 days ago · Swollen or bleeding gums caused by bad oral health may lead to microorganisms traveling into the bloodstream, which could cause inflammation and heart damage. Older adults who skimped on oral hygiene were 20 to 35 percent more likely to die during a 17-year study done by University of Southern California researchers.
How to Reset and Get Healthy After the Pandemic
(3 days ago) 2 days ago · Plus, studies back up the idea that the high level of pandemic stress in particular helped drive longer-term health hiccups, including an average weight gain of 29 pounds and upticks in both drinking and insomnia. Moreover, research shows that while older adults have remained resilient, mental health
Healthy Living – Fitness, Nutrition, Wellness – AARP
(3 days ago) AARP Mental Health Resource Center News, tools and tips on coping, understanding psychological conditions and family caregiving. 5 Key Ways to Lose Weight After 50 Why it gets harder to drop pounds after a certain age — and how to do it successfully. Today’s Topics. Loading more feed. View More
7 Expert Tips on Building Healthy Post-Pandemic Habits
(1 days ago) 2 days ago · Michelle Crouch is a contributing writer who has covered health and personal finance for some of the nation’s top consumer publications. Her work has appeared in Reader’s Digest, Real Simple, Prevention, The Washington Post and The New York Times.
(9 days ago) How Big is the Problem of Low-Value Health Care Service Use? This Spotlight describes the use of low-value health care services by private plan enrollees age 50+. Read. Rx Price Watch Report: Trends in Retail Prices of Prescription Drugs Widely Used by Older Americans: 2006 to 2015
Best Foods to Eat, and Avoid, to Improve Gut Health
(8 days ago) The National Institutes of Health notes that “there is some evidence that probiotics may be helpful” in treating acute diarrhea or diarrhea associated with the use of antibiotics in adults. If you're thinking about taking one of these popular supplements, medical experts’ advice is to talk to your doctor or other health care provider.
How Coronavirus-Related Stress Is Hurting Your Health
(6 days ago) En español | Even if you're avoiding COVID-19 by keeping your distance from others and wearing a face mask, the pandemic can be affecting your health in other ways. Many, for instance, are missing their usual yoga or fitness class. For others, the fear of illness, the absence of family and friends, and the unwelcome lifestyle changes are sending stress levels through the roof.
15 Lessons the COVID-19 Pandemic Has Taught Us
(3 days ago) The health records of 470,034 women and men revealed some intriguing answers. Age accounted for a higher risk, but comorbidities (essentially, having two or more health issues simultaneously) mattered much more. Specifically, risk for a fatal infection was four times higher for healthy people 75 and older than for all participants younger than 65.
The Global Council on Brain Health (GCBH)
(2 days ago) The Global Council on Brain Health (GCBH) is an independent collaborative of scientists, health professionals, scholars and policy experts from around the world working in areas of brain health related to human cognition. The GCBH focuses on brain health relating to peoples’ ability to think and reason as they age, including aspects of memory
Your ACA Health Insurance Enrollment Checklist
(4 days ago) En español | If you've lost your health insurance during the pandemic or have just been unable to pay for coverage in the past, it's time to take another look at the Affordable Care Act (ACA). And you don't have to wait for the law's annual open enrollment. Even people who already have a marketplace plan might want to take a look and see if they can get a better deal under the new rules.
Teletherapy Can Ease Coronavirus Mental Health Concerns
(6 days ago) Getting Teletherapy Covered What to know about expanded Medicare options. Prompted by President Donald Trump's emergency declaration during the pandemic, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) broadened access to Medicare telehealth services, including psychotherapy and other mental health practices.. While this improvement will enable some of the 44 million …
(6 days ago) Health 363 videos. of 33. 363 videos. Health 15-Year-Old Helps Thousands Get COVID-19 Vaccines. 3:35. After helping his grandparents get COVID-19 vaccines, Benjamin Kagan decided to use his tech skills to help others struggling to book appointments. Tips to Keep Your Heart Healthy.
Older Adults Report Stronger Mental Health In New Poll
(8 days ago) But when it comes to their mental health, the older they are, the better they’ve felt, according to recent surveys. One is a newly released University of Michigan poll, in which 2 in 3 adults ages 50-80 (65 percent) rated their mental health as excellent or very good, 27 percent as good, and 8 percent as fair or poor.
Is 2021 the Year to Eat Like a Millennial
(7 days ago) 4. Kombucha is a fermented unpasteurized tea that offers healthy probiotics which can battle inflammation, improve gut health and digestion, said Smith.. It has a vinegary taste, a byproduct of the fermentation process, but has a complex flavor from the sweetness of fruits and other botanicals that often are added to it.
Positive Effects of Music for Mental Health
(5 days ago) En español | Your favorite album doesn't just sound good — it may also be good for your mental health.. That's according to a new report from the Global Council on Brain Health (GCBH), an AARP-founded working group of scientists, health care professionals and other experts. Their latest report, “Music on Our Minds,” highlights research showing music's positive effect on emotional well
More Side Effects for Second Doses of COVID-19 Vaccine
(7 days ago) Stacey Colino is an award-winning writer, specializing in health, psychology, and science. Her work has appeared in The Washington Post, U.S. News & World Report, Prevention, Newsweek, Parade, and many other national magazines. An Editor Shares Her Own Second-Dose Symptoms
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Lasting Brain Health Risks from COVID-19 Under Study
(5 days ago) En español | Though the staggering toll of the coronavirus pandemic continues, brain health experts are starting to assess its longer-term impact. “While we still don’t know the full extent of damage the pandemic will cause, scientific evidence has emerged that, in addition to severe illness and death, the virus is also causing damage to people’s brain health,” says Sarah Lenz Lock
How Health Care Gaps Amplify the Danger From COVID-19
(3 days ago) Why death rates are higher. The immediate goal after a coronavirus infection is to prevent disease progression, but underlying health issues (called comorbidities) encourage the disease to worsen. That leads to more severe symptoms, plus complications specific to this disease such as a toxic immune response (the so-called cytokine storm that can cause respiratory distress), excessive blood
Unexpected Ways to Improve Heart Health
(7 days ago) Improving heart health is one of coffee's nifty perks — but it turns out that's true only if you brew it the right way. A study of more than a half million people in Norway recently showed that those who drank filtered coffee were 15 percent less likely to die during the 20-year follow-up due to any cause, including heart disease.
AARP Livability Index
(Just Now) Because health is so deeply related to quality of life, many other categories of livability in this Index include metrics related to health. For example, access to healthy foods, jobs and education, number of walk trips, lower speed limits, social engagement measures, and air and water pollution are all related to health. Where you live matters.
Frontline Medical Providers and Mental Health Stress
(5 days ago) For health care workers who are having first-time panic attacks, flashbacks or bad dreams, therapy and intentional strategies to settle the nervous system sooner rather than later can be beneficial. These may include deep breathing or relaxation exercises to make it easier to fall asleep. “If you already have baseline anxiety, you may be more
What Conditions Can Medical Marijuana Help Treat
(2 days ago) Older adults are using medical marijuana for dozens of other health concerns, including migraines, fibromyalgia, symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, Parkinson’s disease, Crohn’s disease and glaucoma. Some show promise. Medical marijuana reduced the frequency and intensity of migraines in one study.
How to Find the Long-Term Care Ombudsman in Every State
(8 days ago) Ombudsman offices advocate for residents of long-term care facilities, and they investigate and work to resolve complaints. They address problems related to residents’ health, safety, welfare and rights. The offices were established by the federal Older Americans Act in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam.
How Alcohol Affects Us as We Age
(9 days ago) The bottom line: An occasional drink is fine, but don't kid yourself that it's medicinal. “As a cardiologist, I don't prescribe a drink a day,” says Nieca Goldberg, senior advisor, Women's Health Strategy at NYU Langone Health. “A better, safer way to improve your heart health is to go to the gym and eat a healthy diet.”
Improving Your Health With Wearable Technology
(7 days ago) Several years ago, when another doctor in the same large health care system had me wear a Holter monitor to look into what appeared to be an irregular heartbeat, the device sent information directly to the cardiac team. “That monitor was a part of the system,” Morse explained.
7 Things to Do in Your Bedroom to Be Happy and Healthy
(2 days ago) Taking a moment, just before sleep, to pray or meditate can boost your mental health and your immune system. In Thanks! How the New Science of Gratitude Can Make You Happier , psychology professor Robert A. Emmons says that people who pause to give thanks are less likely to experience anxiety, depression, headaches, muscle pain and other
Is Isolation Killing America’s Nursing Home Residents
(Just Now) Data on the mental health effects of the long lockdown at America's nursing homes and other long-term care facilities is scant. But experts, resident advocates, and those with loved ones on the inside say that lockdown is fueling a mental health crisis that's amplifying the devastating impacts of the pandemic on the long-term care industry,
Free Advance Directive Forms by State from AARP
(2 days ago) Every adult should have an Advance Directive as to help explain the type of health care you wish to receive in case of emergency or simply planning ahead for future care. States have specific forms these documents so health care professionals can easily recognize the document's purpose.
Music’s Powerful Impact on the Brain Explored
(4 days ago) Last September the National Institutes of Health announced a $20 million investment to support research into music's benefits for a wide range of medical disorders. Even so, experts say more needs to be done to fully understand the protective and healing benefits music can have on brain health. "We inherently understand that music is powerful.
Facebook Launches Preventive Health Tool
(9 days ago) Protecting health and privacy. Protecting personal data has been an issue for Facebook. But the company is telling users they have nothing to worry about with its new Preventive Health tool. Activity and information within the tool will not be posted publicly or …
How To Undo Health Damage From Your Past
(7 days ago) Join AARP today and save on health and wellness products and services 5 of 10. Zohar Lazar. Does my liver still quiver from all the drinking I did? Lots of studies show that moderate drinking is healthful, so there’s no need to become a teetotaler. The challenge, because alcohol is an addictive substance, is making sure moderate doesn’t
Health Events around San Antonio, TX
(2 days ago) Find health-related events around San Antonio. Information, services and activities, for a healthier you. Health Events for San Antonio. Please call before attending any community events. It is likely that they will be postponed or canceled as a result of the coronavirus.
How to Designate a Health Care Surrogate
(4 days ago) Designate a health care surrogate. The first step toward formalizing your family care plan is to execute health care surrogate designations. A health care surrogate designation is a legal document that appoints a person to become your “surrogate” if you become incapacitated.
Medicare Mental Health Services
(8 days ago) Medicare Medicare is the federal health insurance program for people who are age 65 or older, certain younger people with disabilities, and people with End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD), (permanent kidney failure requiring dialysis or a transplant). should provide more adequate reimbursement for mental health and substance abuse services. It should eliminate the 190-day lifetime limit on
7 Ways Dogs Are Good for Your Health
(Just Now) A 2017 study published in the journal BMC Public Health found that dog owners on average walked 22 minutes more per day compared to those that didn't own a pup. What's more, research published in The Gerontologist found that dog walkers had a lower body mass index, more mobility at home, fewer doctor visits and were more active in general.
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Medicare Coverage for Mental Health Services
(2 days ago) Two other recent changes in Medicare mental health services are worth knowing: Medicare now covers screenings for depression. These tests are available once a year and are free of charge if you go to a primary care provider who accepts the Medicare-approved amount as full payment.