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Cholesterol: the good, the bad and the confusing

  • 24 July 2014
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Cholesterol:  the good, the bad and the confusing
Cholesterol. It's been the topic of much debate and controversy for decades. In the 1950s, we learned that cholesterol is bad. Produced in the liver, the waxy, fatty substance clogs our arteries and contributes to heart disease, stroke and other nasty damage. More recently, we were told cholesterol may not be as bad as we once thought. Turns out, every cell in our body contains cholesterol and we actually need it for some pretty important jobs, including: Helping to make key hormones, such as estrogen and testosterone Synthesizing Vitamin D, Building and maintaining vital cell membranes, Helping create substances that help us digest food, To make matters more confusing, there are two major types of cholesterol - serum cholesterol, which is 

How to manage difficult behaviors resulting from dementia

  • 21 July 2014
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How to manage difficult behaviors resulting from dementia
Some of the greatest challenges of caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia are the personality and behavior changes that often occur with these conditions. Here are some strategies to help you manage difficult behaviors from some who has dementia. Consult a physician: Sometimes medication side effects, pain and even an untreated infection can cause a sudden change in behavior. That is why it is important to make sure there is not an underlying medical problem that is bringing on your loved one’s behavioral problems. Find the root of the problem: People with dementia use behavior as a way to communicate their needs. It is their way of saying, “Stop, I need something.” 

How's your love life?

  • 10 July 2014
  • Author: Anonym
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How's your love life?
Dating?  At our age?  Why not! No matter what your age, human connection is essential in keeping a healthy spirit. They don’t call me Meddling Maude for nothing.  So, if you’ve been out of the dating scene for a while, I’m here with some tips for getting back in. Let your friends help: Your family and friends know you best and may be able to help  you find someone you can trust and who will appreciate your many great qualities.  If your niece happens to know of a nice person or two  she thinks you’d click with, take a risk!  Agree to meet them!  (One at a time, of course!)  You don’t have to meet someone on a potentially awkward blind date.  Instead, have your helpful family and friends invite both of you to a barbecue or to join them on an outing. Get active: What interests you? To meet someone you might enjoy, seek out activities you like to do!

Step lively - how to prevent and treat bunions

  • 8 July 2014
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Step lively - how to prevent and treat bunions
I know this isn't a topic many people talk about, but you know me! I'm not afraid to speak my mind! I hate my bunions. They are ugly and sometimes hurt. And wouldn’t you know it – bunions are much more common in women than men.  And women, of course, tend to care much more about wearing cute shoes – which usually translates to narrow shoes. A bunion, also known by the appropriately ugly name “hallux valgus” is a boney bump that sticks out at the base of the big toe joint. It’s a structural problem that can worsen over time, as the big toe pushes against the toe beside it – sometimes even crossing over it. A lifetime of wearing narrow shoes may cause this to happen, but so can foot injuries and conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis. 

Let’s be clear – cataracts are highly treatable

  • 2 July 2014
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Let’s be clear – cataracts are highly treatable
Has your world gradually gotten a little cloudier (even on a sunny day)?  Is your vision getting more blurry – even with your glasses?  If the answer to either of these questions is “yes” and you’ve been putting off going to the eye doctor, it’s time to make that appointment.  As part of a complete eye exam, your eye care professional will check for cataracts. In addition to cloudy or blurry vision, other common symptoms of cataracts are: Poor night vision, Colors that seem faded, Uncomfortable glare and “halos” appearing around lamps or headlights, Double vision in one eye Cataracts are very common.  They tend to start small in middle age, not causing any symptoms at all. But by age 80, more thanhalf of all Americans have a cataract or have had cataract surgery. A cataract is a clouding of the lens in the eye. It’s made up mostly of water and protein. 
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