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(BPT) - As a renowned fashion stylist, Micaela Erlanger of New York, NY makes her clients look, and perhaps even more importantly, feel their best for all of life’s special occasions. Now just in time for the holidays, Erlanger is sharing her insider style and beauty tips so you can shine this season.

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Wednesday 11/12/2014
Managing the holidays with a loved one who suffers memory loss
Updated: November 19, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - The holidays are supposed to be a time of joy when families and friends gather to share each other’s company, revisit fond stories of holidays past and make new memories to last a lifetime. But what if a loved one is no longer able to remember the holidays or the family and friends he has spent them with? What if dementia or Alzheimer’s has robbed a parent or grandparent of the ability to make and cherish new memories?

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Don't surrender to your dry eye; how proper nutrition can help
Updated: November 19, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - If your eyes feel as dry as the desert or you experience a stinging sensation that makes you feel like you’ve spent the last eight hours lost in a sandstorm, you might have a condition called dry eye. About 40-million Americans are affected by dry eye and ocular surface diseases, according to the Schepens Eye Research Institute, an affiliate of Harvard Medical School. Many suffer from the symptoms without even realizing there’s treatment.

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Monday 11/10/2014
Simple steps that help people with diabetes keep their feet healthy
Updated: November 17, 2014 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - A diabetes diagnosis can be daunting, but a simple attitude adjustment can make a world of difference in how well you fare while living with the disease. By proactively taking steps to monitor key health indicators, experts agree that it’s possible to prevent some of the most severe risks of diabetes, including lower limb amputation.

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Thursday 11/06/2014
A higher standard: understanding the types of financial advisors and under what rules they operate
Updated: November 13, 2014 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - What’s in a name? When choosing a brand of paper towels or laundry detergent, one name may be as good as another. When it comes to selecting a financial advisor, however, consumers should know there are different types of advisors who are held to significantly different professional standards.

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Monday 11/03/2014
Better late than never for retirement planning
Updated: November 10, 2014 - 11:15 am

(BPT) - If you’re within 10 years of retirement and haven’t done any appreciable planning, you’re not alone.

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Wednesday 10/29/2014
Achieving blood sugar control is important for people with type 2 diabetes
Updated: November 05, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Do you know how to control your blood sugar? If you are one of the 29 million Americans living with diabetes, learning the basics is a great first step to help you manage your condition.

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Monday 10/27/2014
Personalizing your Medicare options: What's right for you?
Updated: November 03, 2014 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - Finding the right Medicare plan can be a little confusing – there are so many plans and coverage options to choose from.

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Thursday 10/23/2014
Why the cheapest 'retirement investment' is also critical to your health
Updated: October 30, 2014 - 3:34 am

(BPT) - You maxed out your 401(k) every year you worked, invested wisely and planned carefully in preparation for retirement. Perhaps you even researched your Medicare options and you know exactly what health and drug plans you’ll choose. But if you’re like the majority of other Americans approaching – or in – retirement, you’ve likely overlooked a critical aspect of retirement planning and investment: dental insurance.

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Tuesday 10/21/2014
A New Prescription for Finding the Right Doctor
Updated: October 22, 2014 - 3:31 am

(NewsUSA) - Finding the right doctor can mean living a healthier life, or it can be the difference between life and death.

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Wednesday 10/15/2014
Hospice teams make more moments of life possible
Updated: October 22, 2014 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - Many people agree that it’s the people they encounter throughout their lives that really make it worth living. But can the people you meet in your final months truly have that much of an impact?

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Tuesday 10/14/2014
Therapy ‘test drive’ could lead to relief from common bladder and bowel control problems
Updated: October 21, 2014 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - More than 37 million adults in the United States suffer from overactive bladder, and nearly 18 million have bowel incontinence. Many of these people face a common dilemma: after months and sometimes years of disappointment with conservative treatments like oral medications, should they commit to more advanced, long-term treatments that might work for them, but also include a medical procedure?

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Planning to 'have the talk' with senior parents this holiday season? How to begin
Updated: October 21, 2014 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - As your family gathers this holiday season to enjoy each other’s company, share a traditional meal and take in your favorite sports event or parade, will you also have more serious discussions about the safety and well-being of aging parents? If so, you’re not alone; more than a quarter of families will talk about medical and health issues of the seniors in the family, and 12 percent will discuss housing, according to a survey by A Place for Mom, North America’s largest senior living referral service.

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Friday 10/10/2014
Is vision loss inevitable with age? The answer may surprise you
Updated: October 17, 2014 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - Eighty-three percent of U.S. adults believe their eyesight will worsen as they age, no matter what preventive steps they take, according to a recent DSM Nutritional Products survey. While genetics and lifestyle factors do play a role for some serious eye conditions that cause vision loss such as age-related macular degeneration (AMD), years of proper nutrition may protect vision in the long term.

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Tuesday 10/07/2014
Keep the holidays joyful by addressing hearing loss before the big celebration
Updated: October 14, 2014 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - The holiday season is meant to be celebrated with joy. It’s when families and friends gather together to reunite and celebrate the end of the year. You might have people cheering on the college football team in a bowl game, children running around and playing games, and conversations happening in every room of the house where family members are catching up on what was missed since the last reunion.

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Wednesday 10/01/2014
Four simple home remedies for joint pain
Updated: October 08, 2014 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - Soreness, stiffness, tenderness – joint pain can have a direct impact on quality of life. Fortunately, there are a number of proactive steps that incorporate all-natural solutions to help improve joint health and overall wellness.

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Combat signs of aging with simple beauty-routine updates
Updated: October 08, 2014 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - You’re probably aware that consuming too much sugar can lead to weight gain, and that sugar is linked to a range of health problems, including diabetes. But did you know that sugar also can make you look old? Or that dehydration can damage your skin? Some surprising factors affect your skin, but some simple changes to your beauty routine can help combat the impact aging has on your body and skin.

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Tuesday 09/30/2014
You don't always get what you pay for when buying eyeglasses online
Updated: October 07, 2014 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - With busy lives and tight budgets, Americans continuously try to find ways to save time and money, which is why online shopping has become so common. However, some purchases are better taken offline to help ensure a person’s health and safety, especially when it comes to your vision.

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Friday 09/19/2014
Tips for the 2015 Medicare Annual Enrollment Period
Updated: September 19, 2014 - 3:32 am

(StatePoint) If you’re 65 or older, you probably know that the Medicare Annual Enrollment Period runs October 15 through December 7. Generally, this is the only time you can make changes to your coverage.

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6 tips for finding more affordable, better coverage during Medicare Annual Enrollment
Updated: September 26, 2014 - 3:34 am

(BPT) - Are you among the 54 million Americans currently receiving health insurance through Medicare? The Medicare annual enrollment period (AEP), running from Oct. 15 to Dec. 7, means you have the opportunity to change plans, and possibly find cost savings or better coverage.

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Thursday 09/18/2014
Most people underestimate their family's need for life insurance
Updated: September 25, 2014 - 3:34 am

(BPT) - If you have children and grandchildren, you have no doubt made it your goal to provide guidance, pass on your personal knowledge and build a foundation that ensures their comfort and security. You probably started by teaching your children early on how they could save money, shop wisely and make sound financial decisions. You won’t always be around to offer new lessons, but there is a way you can ensure that your family will be protected.

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Wrinkle-busting skin care tips for boomer women
Updated: September 25, 2014 - 3:34 am

(BPT) - Time brings plenty of changes, yet the desire to have healthy, good-looking skin transcends age. While some skin-care tactics – sunscreen and moisturizing – apply to skin of any age, baby boomers need to update their skin care and makeup strategies to ensure their skin stays healthy and youthful-looking as long as possible.

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Wednesday 09/03/2014
Healthy tips and advice for lowering your risk of heart disease
Updated: September 10, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Every year in the United States, about 600,000 people die of heart disease – that’s one in every four deaths. Coronary heart disease (CHD), which can lead to heart attack, remains the most common type of heart disease amongst Americans – killing nearly 380,000 annually. What’s more – heart disease does not discriminate by race or gender and people of all ages and backgrounds may be at risk.

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Taking control for healthier aging
Updated: September 10, 2014 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - As adults age, they often face different health challenges than those experienced during their youth; however, there are several key steps that can be taken to improve their chances of maintaining good health.

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Tuesday 09/02/2014
Prostate cancer and bladder leakage: Tips to live a fulfilling lifestyle
Updated: September 09, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. This philosophy is fine when applied to home improvement, but it isn’t a good approach for men’s health and wellness. Fortunately, in recent years, male health issues like prostate cancer have received greater attention thanks to more men vocalizing how to live life to the fullest through diagnosis, treatment and recovery.

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Wednesday 08/20/2014
Don't make these common mistakes when something hurts
Updated: August 27, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Managing pain can be tough, whether you’re one of the 100 million Americans with chronic pain, or only suffer from the occasional backache or headache. September is National Pain Awareness Month, the perfect time to make sure you’re managing your pain the best way possible.

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Not your mother's menopause: new ways to manage symptoms
Updated: August 27, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Although menopause is a milestone event for an estimated 50 million-plus women each year, there is an increased focus on the topic during September, which is National Menopause Awareness Month. And while this topic previously was a taboo subject for many years - something women have been shy to discuss, even with their health care provider - today’s women are entering into a new generation and seeing a shift. Nowadays women are beginning to talk more about their menopausal concerns and their body changes, and they are becoming more educated on their treatment options.

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Award winning actress, S. Epatha Merkerson, urges people with type 2 diabetes to accept America's Diabetes Challenge
Updated: August 27, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - S. Epatha Merkerson is well-known for her award-winning roles on the stage and screen. But what you may not know is that she is one of the 29 million Americans living with diabetes.

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Monday 08/18/2014
For Older Adults, Regular Exercise May Stem Aging Effects
Updated: August 18, 2014 - 3:32 am

(StatePoint) One out of every three adults over 65 years old falls each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And for older adults with dementia, the risk of falling is three times higher than those with no cognitive impairment, according to the AARP Bulletin.

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Thursday 08/14/2014
Planning for your 20-year vacation
Updated: August 21, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Are you ready to be on vacation for 20 or 30 years?

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How to recognize the signs of elder financial abuse
Updated: September 13, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Financial abuse of the elderly is on the rise and not only is it getting worse, but for every reported case of elder financial exploitation, 43 others go unrecognized.

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Wednesday 08/13/2014
Easy ways to make senior living affordable
Updated: August 20, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Kathy Hesselgrave’s 90-year-old mother’s health declined to the point where she was no longer able to live in her home by herself. Because her mother needed help cooking and taking her medication, Hesselgrave found herself taking care of her mom, splitting the days and nights with her niece. Other family members pitched into help, too, but it became too much.

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Wednesday 08/06/2014
6 Health Tips Every Boomer and Senior Should Know Before Traveling
Updated: August 13, 2014 - 3:33 am

(NewsUSA) - Marvin Mallon, 86, and his wife, Reva, know how important it is to plan ahead before embarking on a long journey -- especially when it comes to their health.

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Tuesday 08/05/2014
5 health tips to empower men to man up and take charge of their health
Updated: August 12, 2014 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - Men across the United States are afflicted with a variety of health issues that are often preventable. There are a few simple steps you can take to improve your well-being in the short-term and help you stay healthy in the long-term.

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Monday 08/04/2014
Choosing a Medicare plan? Ask yourself these questions
Updated: August 19, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Each year during the Medicare Open Enrollment Period (Oct. 15-Dec. 7), Medicare beneficiaries have a chance to make changes to their health and prescription drug coverage. Yet according to a 2013 survey by UnitedHealthcare, more than 60 percent say they have never shopped around to find coverage that may better suit their needs. That’s unfortunate because Medicare is not a one-size-fits-all program, and a lot can change in a year in terms of your health status and budget. The plans that are available can change every year, too.

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Monday 07/28/2014
Tame that ringing in your ears and rock on, boomers
Updated: August 04, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Bob Dylan. The Rolling Stones. Led Zeppelin. Music helped define an entire generation of baby boomers. It expressed their fresh world view and energized them as they set the world in a new direction.

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Friday 07/25/2014
Taking responsibility for your health: Ask for yourself. Do it for your family
Updated: August 05, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Every day you sit around the dinner table with your loved ones and ask about their lives−“How was your day? What’s new at work? Do you have any plans for this weekend?” But how often do you ask the truly important questions, like−“Are you taking care of your health?”

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Friday 07/18/2014
Enjoying retirement in a home suited for an active life
Updated: July 30, 2014 - 3:34 am

(BPT) - When it’s time to retire, do baby boomers just sit back and watch life pass them by? Not anymore. Boomers are known for getting involved in their communities, enjoying the outdoors and starting new - or restarting older - hobbies. They also love spending time with family.

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Tuesday 07/15/2014
Stay on top of your rheumatoid arthritis with these helpful tips
Updated: July 22, 2014 - 3:34 am

(BPT) - Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an incurable, progressive disease in which the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks a person’s joints, causing inflammation and damage. Approximately 1.3 million people have RA. This condition strikes about three times as many women as men and most commonly appears in people between 40 and 60 years old.

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Monday 07/14/2014
Does your bladder control your life? What you should know about your options
Updated: July 23, 2014 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - Do you feel like you spend your life in the bathroom?  Do your night-time potty runs keep you from getting a good night’s sleep? Nearly one in five adults struggles with an overactive bladder (OAB), according to the National Association for Continence (NAFC). The condition results in an overwhelming urge to urinate, frequent bathroom visits and accidents. OAB is linked to hypertension, obesity and arthritis in women, and an elevated risk of regular sleep disturbances, overeating and poor self-esteem in both sexes, the NAFC says. Many people suffer in silence, too embarrassed to talk to anyone, even their doctor.    

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Wednesday 07/09/2014
Hospice care: separating fact from fiction
Updated: July 16, 2014 - 3:34 am

(BPT) - In the living room, a grandfather laughs and plays video games with his granddaughters. Later, he joins the rest of his family to say grace before enjoying a meal together. Moments of life like these may seem ordinary to most; so you may be surprised to learn this grandfather, Robert Mihelbergel from Buffalo, New York, was dying and on hospice care.

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How to build your nest egg and ensure it lasts throughout retirement
Updated: July 16, 2014 - 3:34 am

(BPT) - As you approach retirement, are you feeling good about your finances? Kudos to you if you feel comfortable with the amount you’ve saved. Now it’s time to start thinking about how you will manage your savings so it provides you with income throughout your retirement years.

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Tuesday 06/24/2014
Seniors willing to discuss driving abilities, yet conversations rarely happen
Updated: July 01, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - There are currently more than 23 million licensed drivers aged 70 and older, and with baby boomers beginning to reach 70 years of age, the number of seniors on the road will rise steadily over the next two decades.

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Living each moment of life with hospice
Updated: August 27, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Life is about living each moment to the fullest. A father’s wedding dance with his daughter, a veteran’s visit to the World War II Memorial and the opportunity to bring a newborn grandchild home ... these are only some of the moments made possible thanks to hospice care.

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Wednesday 06/18/2014
Struggling for breath: Why people with COPD may be putting themselves at unnecessary risk
Updated: June 25, 2014 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - Imagine experiencing shortness of breath, wheezing, and a cough so severe it requires you to visit the emergency room. This is a frightening potential reality for an estimated 24 million Americans with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a progressive and debilitating lung disease that makes it difficult to breathe. Many COPD patients will experience an event like this called an exacerbation (or flare-up), a time when symptoms suddenly get worse and breathing becomes more difficult.

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Wednesday 06/11/2014
The future of cancer treatment may lie in an experimental 'immunotherapy' vaccine
Updated: June 18, 2014 - 3:45 am

(BPT) - Diane Altenburg doesn’t mind a good challenge. An army wife for 28 years and mother to five children, she and her family moved 17 times, across states and continents as military roles changed. But even with all the travel, Altenburg never felt put out. She regarded it all as part of her military life and part of service.

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Monday 06/09/2014
Beyond sound: The link between hearing loss and cognitive health
Updated: June 16, 2014 - 3:38 am

(BPT) - Difficulty hearing may be more than just a quality-of-life issue. Growing evidence indicates that untreated hearing loss in older adults can lead to other health conditions, and one of the most concerning is cognitive decline.

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Clearing up the facts about cataracts
Updated: June 16, 2014 - 3:38 am

(BPT) - Cataract is one of the leading causes of blindness in the United States. Approximately 24.5 million Americans have the lens-clouding eye condition, and the incidence is set to grow by 50 percent by 2050, according to the National Eye Institute. If not treated through a change in eyeglass prescription or surgery, cataracts, which affect more than half of all Americans by age 80, can increase risk of permanent blindness.

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Tuesday 06/03/2014
Which life insurance do you need at each stage of your life?
Updated: August 01, 2014 - 3:34 am

(BPT) - Many of life’s different stages offer challenges and rewards – whether you’re starting out on your own, raising a family, focusing on your career or preparing for a rewarding retirement. However, while each life stage is unique, making sure your loved ones are cared for financially is something that needs to be addressed along the way.

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Ask the Pharmacist: Managing the aches and pains of arthritis
Updated: August 01, 2014 - 3:34 am

(BPT) - Arthritis can strike at any age. In fact, of the 50 million Americans suffering from arthritis, two-thirds are under the age of 65. Each year, arthritis accounts for 44 million outpatient visits, over 900,000 hospitalizations and has quickly become the leading cause of disability in the United States, outnumbering activity limitations caused by heart disease, cancer or diabetes. Making the right lifestyle and medication decisions can be the difference between living a healthy, full life and living with a serious disability.

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