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What Is The Problem With America’s Social Senior Segregation?

My wife and I live a nice 55 and older mobile home park.

We like it. It is quiet and peaceful even though we live in the middle of the city.

Here in Hot Springs, Arkansas there many such parks and other senior communities some with assisted living. Hot Springs is considered to be a resort and retirement town.

Take care and be well.
Tommy Douglas

Should older Americans live in places segregated from the young?
Stephen M Golant, University of Florida

Demographers frequently remind us that the United States is a rapidly aging country. From 2010 to 2040, we expect that the age-65-and-over population will more than double in size, from about 40 to 82 million. More than one in five residents will be in their later years.

Reflecting our higher life expectancy, over 55% of this older group will be at least in their mid-70s.

While these numbers result in lively debates on issues such as social security or health care spending, they less often provoke discussion on where our aging population shou…

Breaking Bad - 3 Thoughts About Changing Unhealthy Habits

Who does not have a bad habit?

It would be hard to find someone that you know that will not admit to having some type of unhealthy adverse habit. These habits can be related to your health, your relationship or to your business.

One of the hardest things about breaking a bad habit is getting enough motivation to actually take steps to break it.
Some of the most well-known ways to break a habit include: Quitting cold turkey Setting a date to quit your habit Replacing the bad habit with a good one 
All of these methods can easily work for you, if you are truly ready to break your habit.

Would you say that you currently have the desire to quit your habit?

Or is it something that you keep putting off until next week?

We are all busy with our lives and this is why quitting cold turkey or setting a quitting date do not always work. The minute you tell yourself that you cannot have or do something, you end up thinking about it all day long.
Small children are a fantastic example of this…

Antibiotic Overuse May Lead To More Allergies

Allergies are an experience; most of us could do without.

To my knowledge, I dodged the food allergy bullet. My wife however is seriously allergic to avocados, so no guacamole for her. She is mildly allergic to bananas and latex.

I can walk through poison ivy and even touch it without worry. My problem is dust; pollen and ragweed in other words, air.

Having sinus allergies doctors use to prescribe antibiotics frequently. Perhaps for immediate relief the price to pay is long term suffering and sneezing.

Take care and be well.
Tommy Douglas

Antibiotic overuse might be why so many people have allergies
By Avery August, Cornell University

Scientists have warned for decades that the overuse of antibiotics leads to the development of drug-resistant bacteria, making it harder to fight infectious disease. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that drug resistant bacteria cause 23,000 deaths and two million illnesses each year.

But when we think of antibiotic overuse, we don…

6 Explanations Why You Get Sick Often

Some people seem to be ill all the time, and pick up every bug that is going. In contrast, others always seem to healthy and very rarely do they get a cold.

For those who get sick a lot the impact on overall quality of life can be devastating. Lack of energy that comes with not feeling well can affect how well you perform at work and at home.

It can also lead to mild depression as down time begins to take its toll.

The first thing you should do is see your doctor and get a full checkup to be sure that there is not something serious causing you to be ill more than the average person is.

Second, keep in mind that it is not simple luck that some are very healthy, while you seem to catch something every other month.

There are some well-researched reasons as to why some people get ill much more often than others do.

1. A Poor Diet Is Poor Defense Against Sickness

There are so many sayings around about healthy eating, such as ‘you are what you eat’; this has never been truer. Your body nee…

9 Tips For Growing Old To Have Better Health

Although you cannot stop time, the right type and amount of physical activity can help stave off many age-related health problems.

More than half (59 percent) of Americans expect to still be living at home independently at the age of 80, according to a recent survey by the American Physical Therapy Association.

However, the same study showed that at least half of the same population recognizes they will see a decline in strength and flexibility as they age.

Movement experts such as physical therapists can help aging individuals overcome pain, gain and maintain movement, and preserve independence – often helping to avoid the need for surgery or long-term use of prescription drugs.

These nine tips, provided by the experts at the American Physical Therapy Association, are keys to helping you age well:

Chronic pain doesn’t have to be the boss of you.
Each year 116 million Americans experience chronic pain from arthritis or other conditions. 
Proper exercise, mobility, and pain manageme…

7 Ways to Wind Down And Relax Before Sleep

Do you find it hard to relax at the end of a long day?
Are you one of those people that tosses and turns all night long, worrying and stressing over situations in your life?

If so, then you know that this can lead to poor sleep patterns.

You wake up tired and grouchy and reach for a sugar-filled caffeine "pick me up", by no means the healthiest approach to start the day.

The following seven tips will help you relax before you go to bed, so you naturally sleep restfully and start every day at your fullest potential.

1 – Program proper sleep with a routine
Develop a set pre-sleep schedule of activities.Let your brain know it is time to shut down. This means limiting stressful thoughts and outward influences before bedtime. This is how you "wind down" before you hit the hay. You could do this by consistently reading for 1 hour before bedtime. Your brain will eventually recognize that 60 minutes of reading in the evening is a signal that sleep is approaching.

2 – De…

Study Finds Cataract Surgery Patients Are Satisfied

By 2030, 38 million Americans will suffer from cataracts, a number that will increase to 50 million by 2050, according to the National Eye Institute of the National Institutes of Health.

The most common treatment for cataracts is surgery, and new research suggests its benefits are strong.

A study of patient satisfaction surveys revealed that almost all patients who undergo cataract surgery are satisfied with their vision and quality of life post-surgery.

The study, from the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) Institute for Quality Improvement, showed that 99.7 percent of patients would recommend the procedure to friends or relatives suffering from cataracts.

Ninety-six percent of patients reported that their vision was better post-surgery, and 98 percent said they were comfortable during the procedure and post-discharge.

What's more, 96 percent returned to normal activities of daily living within one week of the procedure.

"The data clearly shows…

Awareness as Key to Treating Arterial Disease

Life Line Screening Data Supports Awareness as Key to Treating Arterial Disease A lack of symptoms may be giving you a false sense of security about your health.

In reality, there are several serious health conditions that can be asymptomatic, meaning your body does not give you signals that something is wrong.

When it comes to peripheral arterial disease, for example, some patients feel pain or numbness in their legs. Other possible symptoms include dark or blue-tinged skin on the legs, and, for men, erectile dysfunction.

Other patients notice none of these symptoms at all.

A real health risk

According to researcher Jeffrey S. Berger, M.D., of New York University School of Medicine, patients who have peripheral arterial disease are more than three times as likely to have issues in their carotid artery, which can lead to stroke and ultimately brain damage.

Berger’s study, published in Atherosclerosis, a leading journal on arterial and vascular disease, was based on an anonymou…

Sensible Holistic Approaches To Anti-Aging

Holistic approaches to anti-aging are not new.

For thousands of years people in Eastern cultures have viewed lifestyle and self-care to be essential in facilitating a healthy aging process.

Today, it is very much worth your while to consider holistic approaches for various reasons.

Unlike conventional anti-aging approaches, which involve the use of anti-aging creams, serums, or even drastic measures such as cosmetic surgery, holistic approaches aim to target and heal the problem that is at the root of the aging process.

This contrasts with traditional anti-aging approaches, in which it is usually just the symptoms of the aging process that are treated.

This is consistent with the approach holistic medicine takes towards treating any illness, and that is to evaluate the entire and treat the entire person, including body, mind, and spirit.

Basically, holistic approaches to anti-aging involve slowing down the repercussions of aging in the human body by addressing key elements believe…

Ten Things that Bother Me About Turning 55...

55 Bothered Me!
By J. Randy Wade
I have never been a person to be troubled by advancing age.

I saw friends agonize over 30, grieve their 40th, but I was never bothered by the onset of age.

My hair was going grey at 25, it didn't bother me.

At 40, I first became aware of the fact that I couldn't do everything I could do at 18.

I went to bed a little earlier, I got some aches and pains I never had before and noticed a lot more wrinkles in my face.

But, it didn't bother me.

But 55!

For some reason 55 is bothersome.

I decided to write down the things that are on my mind, the 10 things (there's probably more) that are bothering me about being 55.

Ten Things that Bother Me About Turning 55...

10. I am now one of the "old guys" at work.

When I first started working we always shopped for new positions and advancement by looking at the ranks of the near retired.

Retirements meant opportunity.

We would look at "old guys" (those who were 50+) as short…
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