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Posted By Marcia Siegal

HIV diagnosis, treatment a challenge for older Americans

Older Americans face unique challenges when it comes to HIV prevention and treatment. While the likelihood of contracting HIV is about the same for all sexually active adults, older people are more likely to have late-stage HIV infection at the time of their diagnosis, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Early detection and diagnosis of HIV is crucial to successful treatment. A late diagnosis increases the potential for immune system damage, putting patients at increased risk for other illnesses and even death.

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Posted By Marcia Siegal

How to talk to your doctor

By Sally Friedman

You write shopping lists, “To Do” lists and holiday lists. You make time to get the car inspected and pay your taxes. But do you approach your medical visits with a plan, a list of priorities and willingness to do some homework before you even get to that office?

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Posted By Marcia Siegal

Writer reflects on her acupuncture odyssey

By M.L. Polak

Through a chance recommendation from a holistic friend, I started going to an acupuncturist about 25 years ago – and for me, it was love at first needle. Acupuncture is a holistic or alternative health technique from traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) in which trained practitioners stimulate specific points on the body by inserting filament-thin needles into the skin to galvanize the flow of qi (pronounced “chi”), or energy, along internal pathways called meridians. Don’t worry – the needles are stainless steel and sterilized. They are used just once, then discarded.

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Posted By Marcia Siegal

Strokes: ‘BE FAST’ to help minimize risk

By Alicia M. Colombo

Every 40 seconds, someone has a stroke. That adds up to nearly 800,000 strokes each year. According to the National Stroke Association, stroke is the leading cause of disability among older adults and the fifth leading cause of death in America. These statistics are certainly cause for concern, but not for panic.

Up to 80 percent of strokes can be prevented, and the chance of long-term disability after a stroke may be greatly reduced by acting quickly at the onset of symptoms.

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Posted By Michael Hanisco

Emotional intelligence can increase with age

By Michael Hanisco

Despite popular notions of seniors being stubborn or set in their ways, evidence suggests that we may actually gain in skills known as “emotional intelligence” as we age. October was designated as Emotional Intelligence Awareness Month by the nonprofit Emotional Intelligence Institute to improve emotional literacy, communication and mindfulness.

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Posted By Marcia Siegal

How to navigate the annual Medicare open enrollment

By Marcia Z. Siegal

The annual open enrollment period for Medicare starts October 15 and extends through December 7. If you are already enrolled in Medicare, the country’s health insurance program for those 65-plus (and also for people younger than 65 who have certain disabilities and health conditions), you have the opportunity to change your Medicare health plan and prescription drug coverage for the following year. It is recommended that you review your plan every year to evaluate whether the same or another plan would best meet your upcoming needs.

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Posted By Michael Hanisco

Benefits of socialization for seniors’ health

The negative effects of loneliness and social isolation have been widely reported in recent years. Loneliness is on par with obesity, lack of exercise and smoking as a risk factor for illness and early death, according to the journal Heart. On the other hand, researchers are increasingly finding that socialization may have positive impacts on health.

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Posted By Michael Hanisco

An empowered death: Taking control of the end of life

By Constance Garcia-Barrio

Death, like superb wine, claims a starring role at some dinners these days. Death dinners, where people meet over fabulous food to talk about dying, help guests ditch the taboo around discussing life’s final transition. More than 100,000 such dinners have taken place in 30 countries, according to deathoverdinner.org, a website that points out the benefits of having the sometimes-tough conversation.

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Posted By Michael Hanisco

Know the importance of vaccines for older adults

August is National Immunization Awareness Month, an annual observance designed to highlight the importance of vaccination for people of all ages. In the United States, vaccines have greatly reduced and even eliminated many infectious diseases – such a polio – that once harmed or killed millions of people.

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