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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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Medicare and Flu VaccinesThis year’s flu season is shaping up to be particularly severe, with higher than average hospitalizations. Older adults, a high-risk group for complications from the flu, are strongly recommended to get the flu shot if they haven’t done so. Medicare Part B covers the seasonal flu shot for all beneficiaries.

We’re halfway through this year’s flu season, and it’s proving to be worse than usual. This is largely because this year’s influenza vaccine isn’t highly effective against the most common flu strain in circulation, known as H3N2.

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Walking is good exercise for bone strengthFebruary isn’t just a time for romantic matters of the heart. It’s also National Heart Month, according to the American Heart Association. While many of us use this time to reflect on our relationship with a loved one, it’s also a good time to practice heart health, if you’re not already doing so. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death for women and men in the United States. It’s also a major cause of disability. In order to learn a bit more about prevention, it’s perhaps helpful to define cardiovascular disease in some of its most common iterations.

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Medicare Coverage of PsoriasisFor a skin condition that affects 3% of the population, psoriasis packs a whopping punch in annual health-care costs. Learn about causes, treatment, and Medicare coverage for psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis.

A study published in JAMA Dermatology found that psoriasis costs the United States between $51.7 and $63.2 billion every year in direct health-care costs. That’s on top of lost wages and unemployment, which add up to another $23.9 to $36.4 billion dollars every year. On an individual level, psoriasis patients spend an average of $11,498 for treatment over the course of their lifetime.

Psoriasis is an autoimmune disorder that occurs when skin cells multiply too quickly, according to the Mayo Clinic. The excess skin cells build up on the skin’s surface and form red, bumpy, dry patches of skin on the elbows, knees, face, scalp, hands, and feet.

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Why Family, Community, Romance Benefit Senior HealthAs a senior, do you mingle with family, friends, or others in your community? Or do you feel isolated?

It’s healthy to connect with others now that you might be retired, widowed, and possibly less mobile. Even if you don’t drive anymore, there are often ways you can still visit with people. Read about how you can stay socially active through friends, family, your community… or even romance.

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Safety for Seniors Living at HomeWhether you’re a senior living independently, or you’re that person’s loved one, safety becomes more important the older we get. I’d like to share what I learned when my mother was living independently in her senior years.

Of course, your own specific needs, or your parent’s needs, may be different. Read through the list here, and see if anything applies. You may find important tips that you don’t often see.

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