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Seniors Health

The following sections cover a wide range of health-related information for seniors and their loved ones. Topics include healthy living, a database list of calories in food, prescription drugs interactions, food serving sizes, Medicare benefits, assisted living (it helps seniors stay out of nursing homes), elder care resources for caregivers — and more. Simply click on an underlined link.

Healthy Living

Seniors are living longer and healthier than ever before. But, it doesn't happen automatically. This section helps you increase your odds.

  • Brain Boosters – Surprisingly simple ways to help you improve your memory and avoid Alzheimers.

  • Calcium – Information about calcium – how much do you really need?

  • Daily Living Solutions – Shop for home health supplies online – practical and affordable products to help overcome limitations caused by arthritis and other challenges of aging, and to assist families who provide elderly care for their loved ones.

  • Electric Mobility Scooters – Do you qualify for an electric mobility scooter at little or no cost?

  • Fish Stories – New studies show that men can reduce their risk of stroke more than 40% by eating just 1 to 3 servings of fish each month (the best is fresh or canned fatty fish such as salmon, tuna, sardines and mackerel). Women, on the other hand, need to eat 2 to 4 servings each week to receive the same benefit.

  • Food database list of calories – How many calories are in various foods? What are their fat contents? Here's a comprehensive database list of calories in food.

  • Food serving sizes – How large is one serving?

  • HealthGrades.com – find top doctors and get physician quality reports

  • Low Vision – If you or someone you care about has recently been diagnosed with vision loss, the American Foundation for the Blind's Senior Site will give you a solid foundation for understanding your eye condition, and your eventual treatment and rehabilitation.

  • Men's Health – Improve your quality of life with impotence aids and male incontinence products.

  • Nuts – Whether you prefer almonds, peanuts, pecans or walnuts, just an ounce a day can cut your risk of heart disease in half. Plus, almonds are very high in Vitamin E.

  • Overweight is unhealthy – True or False?

  • Prescription Drugs Interactions – Are there special precautions for seniors?

  • Senior Exercises – Tips for Success

  • Senior Exercises – Which ones are best?

  • Spine-Health.com – in-depth information to help you understand, prevent, and learn about various treatment options for back and neck pain. Easy-to-understand. Peer reviewed by leading spine physicians to insure accuracy.

  • Symptoms – of major health conditions

  • Turn Your Life Around – It's never too late to reverse a lifetime of bad habits!

  • Vision Test – Take this online vision test from the National Eye Institute. Find out if your eyes and vision are healthy.

  • Vitamins – Caution! – You can get too much of a good thing!

  • Volunteering – many retirees become bored, missing the interaction with their coworkers and the stimulation of their old jobs – volunteer work can provide the personal fulfillment they seek

  • Weight Watchers – food points and points calculator – free daily recipes – meal plans – and much more

Health FAQs

  • Alzheimers Disease – What are your odds of getting it?

  • Aging and Bladder Control Problems – Here's how most people can stop embarrassing bladder leakage.

  • Patient Privacy – A frustrating 2-edged sword. Here's how to overcome the problems.

  • Quack Watch – How can you tell if a medical claim is true or nothing more than hot air? Here's the latest info about health-related frauds, myths, fads and fallacies.

Medicare Benefits

Medicare is the primary health insurance program for seniors. This section explains the basics. We've also included a few tips to help you avoid some frustrations other seniors have encountered. For more information about health insurance that covers many of the gaps in Medicare, click on Medicare Supplemental Insurance for Seniors.

Assisted Living

More than half of us will eventually need someone to help us with our activities of daily living. So many new options are available that nursing homes are becoming a thing of the past – if we plan ahead before it's too late. We'll help you do that in this section.

Aging Parents and Elder Care

Becoming a caregiver for your spouse, for your mom or dad, or for another loved one can be emotionally draining and very frustrating. It is not something most of us prepare for. Instead, it usually hits us as a crisis when our loved one suddenly needs help. What do you need to know? Where can you go for reliable help? Here's the information you need in a hassle-free, easy-to-use format.

Caregivers Support Group

Share your experiences – ask other caregivers for suggestions for your own situation.

Certified Senior Approved Services

When you select a Certified Senior Approved Service, you can be assured that it is a safe, reliable company with a proven history of quality care. Each Certified Senior Business must have received a 90% or higher rating from seniors through an independent consumer driven survey process. In other words, they take the guesswork out of choosing a homecare company, an assisted living facility, and any other service that you or your mom and dad may need. For more information, go to Seniors Approve.

Elder Care Resources

The Internet has thousands of Web sites related to health care. We've picked several that, in our opinion, are the easiest to use and have the best information for elders and their loved ones. Arranged in 16 categories, they cover all aspects of elder care, even for a loved one who lives across the country. To help you save time, we've included a brief description of each Web site. For some, we also let you know what we think is good -- and sometimes what's not so good.

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