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Older Adults and Geriatric CareYour health needs can change as you get older. Learn when it may be beneficial to start seeing a geriatrician.

You may not realize that geriatric doctors, or geriatricians, have a medical background in primary care. According to the American Geriatrics Society, geriatricians are primary care physicians who receive special training in treating older adults and age-related health issues.

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How to Control the Aging ProcessDoes your genetic makeup determine how you’ll age? How many times have you seen someone of an advanced age and thought “She must have good genes!” Would it surprise you to hear genes may not necessarily be the whole story?

We might think it’s all about the genes, but data provided by Dr. John Rowe, director of the MacArthur Foundation’s Research Network on an Aging Society, has long suggested that only 30% of aging’s characteristics are beholden to genetics. If this study is to be believed, then a whopping 70% of the aging process might be in your hands.

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Two Vaccinations May Help Ward Off Pneumonia According to statistics released by the National Foundation of Infectious Diseases, about a million adults get pneumococcal pneumonia each year, and there’s a 7% mortality rate attached to these infections. Fewer people get sepsis (bacterial blood infection), but the death rate is even higher there, tallying 10% or more annually.

According to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, pneumococcal pneumonia can invade the bloodstream from the lungs, prompting complications in approximately 30% of people. These complications can include heart problems, hearing loss, and paralysis.

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Motorcycle Safety TipsMotorcycle deaths are on the rise among baby boomers. If you’re a senior rider, here are tips for riding your motorcycle safely for years to come.

In 2013, adults between 55 and 64 years old made up 16.3% of motorcycle crash deaths in the United States, according to a Wall Street Journal story. Although older adults tend to be more experienced and cautious than younger riders, age-related changes in vision and response times may be a factor in rising motorcycle deaths.

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5 Tips for Talking to Someone with Alzheimer'sAnyone who has lived with a person with Alzheimer’s disease can probably attest that it’s a trying experience at times. Even the most easy-going person’s patience will likely be stretched and tested. While these tips could be easier said than done, they bear repeating.

Marie Marley, author of Come Back Early Today: A Memoir of Love, Alzheimer’s and Joy, is a caregiver advocate who attempts to ease the burden on those caring for loved ones with dementia and Alzheimer’s. As such, she prepared some tips for how she might communicate with a person suffering from Alzheimer’s.

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Your Beautiful Smile--Dental Hygiene for Seniors Keeping your teeth clean doesn’t just help you look good and freshen your breath. It can help you avoid a host of potential health problems. Seniors may be more likely to face dental health issues than younger people. But getting Medicare coverage for routine dental care may require some shopping around.

Here are some facts about seniors and oral health: the National Institutes of Health (NIH) reports that 93% of seniors (those 65 and older) have dental decay, and this decay is untreated in 18% of seniors.

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Are Hospice Agencies Becoming a Chain BusinessWhen you think of chain businesses, what comes to mind? Is it the golden arches of your local McDonald’s or the sprawling parking lot and familiar layout of the area Walmart? Very few of us are likely to think hospice when we think of booming chain businesses, but that’s exactly what’s happening, according to recent data.

In 2011, almost half of the country’s Medicare hospice patients were in the care of hospice chains, as opposed to smaller, independent services. This represents a significant uptick for hospice chains, who in the previous decade only accounted for about a fourth of the care.

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Older Adults and ExerciseIt turns out exercise isn’t just good for you; staying active may literally keep our bodies young. Science suggests that highly active older adults may physically function at levels similar to young adults. Medicare Advantage plans may cover fitness benefits to help you stay active.

While a certain level of physical decline is inevitable with age, new evidence shows that exercise may play a huge role in delaying those physical changes and keeping our bodies youthful.

Many people tend to be inactive as they get older, which can lead to a host of health problems. However, in past research, it’s been hard to separate whether a sedentary lifestyle or natural aging is the cause of physical decline.

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Senior Driver SafetyPoor vision, side effects from medications, and certain medical conditions can all affect older drivers. Here are tips for seniors on how to stay safe on the road.

Your risk of getting into a car accident increases with age, and roughly 500 older adults are injured in car crashes every day, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. If you’re an older driver, here are some ways to reduce your risk of being injured or killed on the road.

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Health Benefits of Cutting Back on Alcohol and BeerHow are your New Year”s resolutions going? With January 2015 already in the can, we thought it might be pertinent to issue some encouragement to those looking to reduce their alcohol intake in the New Year.

There are numerous health benefits that come with reducing the amount of alcohol you consume, but did you know that serious drinking may make you more susceptible to illness?

This is according to a study published by HealthDay TV, which saw 15 participants down enough vodka shots to qualify as an evening of binge drinking. Researchers took blood from these subjects after 20 minutes, and found their immune systems were active in defending their bodies from invading illness. The next blood test was taken after two hours of drinking, and then again after five hours of vodka ingestion. Both of the later tests revealed reduced activity of pro-inflammatory cells, far below the amount found in sober people.

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