… and why it signifies a sweeping change in health care There’s a welcome surprise coming on April 1st for those diagnosed as prediabetic in the West Phoenix metro area… and it signifies a fundamental change in how insurance providers view health care benefits. Medicare is introducing a new benefit that pays for the Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program to prevent or delay the onset of type two diabetes.…
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Diabetes and heart disease have a direct connection, with the diabetic up to four times more likely to die from heart attack. The good news? It’s manageable, even preventable. The impact of diabetes Many older adults struggle with diabetes, or linger at the tipping point between abnormally high blood sugar and a formal diagnosis. But what does it actually mean to someone with the disease, making it so important to conquer with better eating habits and physical activity?…
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Healthy eating habits matter. Food dominates our lives, a necessity that directly fuels our health, even our vitality and independence as we get older. The choices we make can improve arthritis, create resilience instead of broken bones if we fall, help us fight off sickness and even live longer lives… or tip the scale in the opposite direction.…
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Depression–it can sneak up on anyone. While clinical depression is a serious condition that requires prescription medication, there is one simple tactic that anyone can do to lift their spirits when struggling with depression, even an older adult with mobility or transportation issues. And, if taken to a deeper level, it can be life-changing. So what is it?…
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As we discover more and more about the link between diet and wellness, it’s becoming obvious that healthy living starts with the foods we consume. What we eat, how often we eat and how much we eat are the foundation of good health, fueling our ability to remain vital and active during retirement. It’s essential. It can be difficult to eat right on some days, though, as we rush through our priorities and multitask.…
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Celebrate Fall Prevention Awareness Day on September 22nd with these resources, plus a free event and fall risk analysis from Sun Health’s Center for Health & Wellbeing. Falls might sound like no big deal—an expected part of aging—but many don’t realize falling is the leading cause of injuries for older adults. According to the National Council on Aging, an older adult is treated in the emergency room EVERY 11 SECONDS for a fall, with a resulting fatality every 19 minutes.…
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There’s no denying it—as we age, our bodies and minds just don’t work quite as well as they did when we were younger. How we feel mentally doesn’t quite match up to how we feel physically. It becomes more difficult to recall names or ideas, our balance becomes less sturdy, chronic age-related diseases or conditions may begin and—despite feeling 25—changes from our true age are difficult to deny.…
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Marty Finley, M-Ed Memory Care Navigator I’m concerned that dementia is compromising the driving safety of a loved one. What signs should I look for? If other drivers are frequently honking at them, that can be a sign that dementia is diminishing driving skills. There are other things to look for, including: Inability to correctly react at an intersection Riding the brakes Failure to stay in the correct turning lane Dents on the older adult driver’s car, or a lot of “near-misses” with other vehicles Inability to park in a standard space Allowing a more-than-necessary distance from another car or object Misjudging distance does not necessarily reflect vision problems.…
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