Health Topics

Find information on many health topics, listed A to Z.

Aging

Life expectancy is 75 for males and 80 for females according to the National Center for Health Statistics. We'll help you keep you informed about potential issues with aging, and steps you can take to maintain your health and keep active.

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When to seek help for memory loss

Several conditions — not just Alzheimer's disease — can cause memory loss in older adults. Getting a prompt diagnosis and appropriate care is important.

July 7, 2021
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Caregiving, self-care during, beyond the COVID-19 pandemic

As society emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic, caregivers can take a collective deep breath and begin to take advantage of the return of supportive services. Use these tips as you navigate this time and your role.

Sarah Cormell, L.C.S.W. By Sarah Cormell June 1, 2021
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How the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting caregiving

It's not surprising that the COVID-19 pandemic changed how we provided caregiving for our loved ones. Read how it's changed, and get tips for positive caregiving support within a family.

Sarah Cormell, L.C.S.W. By Sarah Cormell May 25, 2021
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Caring for aging parents

You or your siblings may start to question whether your parents can take care of themselves as they age. Use these strategies to relieve the stress of helping with their care.

Bert Hodous MD By Bert Hodous April 27, 2021
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Q&A: Surprising, but normal, changes in aging bodies

As you age, some surprising body changes can occur, like losing height or leaking when laughing. Learn what's natural, what's not and steps to delay or lessen the changes.

Steven Perkins DO By Steven Perkins February 19, 2021
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Weird, but normal, body reactions of aging

Getting older? Noticing some wrinkles and muscle loss or forgetting names? In this Q&A, learn simple steps to delay or lessen those changes.

Steven Perkins DO By Steven Perkins February 12, 2021
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Ways for seniors to remain active during winter

Physical activity is good for people of all ages, especially seniors. Here are tips to keeping moving even during winter's cold, dark days.

Kelly Carlson PT By Kelly Carlson January 29, 2021
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5 ways to build strong bones as you age

After age 30, you start to lose bone mass. Get 5 tips to build stronger bones and combat that loss.

July 31, 2020
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5 tips to keep your brain healthy

Changes to your body and brain are normal as you age. However, there are some things you can do to help slow decline in memory and lower your risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias.

Donn Dexter, M.D. By Donn Dexter June 12, 2020
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Over-the-counter, prescription medication safety

When medication is prescribed by a doctor and taken correctly, it can help you with day-to-day life. But did you know that you also should take precautions with over-the-counter medications?

July 31, 2019
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Memory loss

A Mayo Clinic study asking participants 70 and older how their memory now compared with their memory of the past indicated that 4 in 5 had trouble remembering people’s names.

March 30, 2019
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Holiday table topics: Know your family's health history

You know every detail of your parents’ first date and have your grandmother’s lefse recipe committed to memory. But when your doctor asks if anyone in your family has had heart disease, you draw a blank.

October 12, 2017