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5 exotic summer vacations that are a steal due to the strong dollar
(BPT) - Exotic locations like Bali, Rome and Sydney might be at the top of your bucket list, but this year experts say they should also be at the top of your summer vacation list. Today’s unusually strong dollar is allowing you to get a lot more for your money when you travel abroad. Travel ex ...
Disability insurance: why what you don't know can hurt you
(BPT) - Few people expect to become disabled and unable to work, even though 2013 Social Security Administration statistics show a 20-year old worker has a 30 percent chance of becoming disabled at some point during his career. The truth is, life can throw unexpected curves your way, and expecting t ...
Cultivating financial confidence: Study finds women have more to learn when it comes to retirement planning
(BPT) - Women today are incredibly competent when it comes to juggling career, family and personal obligations. Despite feeling confident in their ability to multi-task, it appears that managing their long-term finances may be taking a back seat to short-term priorities.Seventy-five percent of women ...
Dry eye affects most menopausal women; nutrition can help
(BPT) - When most women think of menopausal symptoms, they imagine hot flashes, moodiness and night sweats. But there’s one symptom that’s often forgotten when hormones begin to fluctuate – dry eye. In fact, dry eye affects 61 percent of menopausal women, according to The Huffingto ...
Summer like a celebrity: 4 easy ways to go boating
(BPT) - Perusing social media or flipping through a magazine, it’s common to see famous faces like George Clooney or Taylor Swift cruising around on fancy boats, but guess what? You don’t have to be rich and famous to enjoy boating. Get your feet wet this summer just like the stars witho ...
How you can give back to those who gave everything
(BPT) - When a dog named Smuckers started digging in her Colorado backyard, her owners had no idea what she would find. The object was shiny and metal, and it could have been a coin, a bottle cap or a washer. Upon closer inspection, it turned out to be none of these things. It was something much mor ...
From CreakyJoints to diagnostic Power: Woman excited about new patient-led arthritis database
(BPT) - Rachelle Crow, of Chesterfield, Michigan, is living proof that autoimmune and rheumatic diseases can affect people of any age. She was, surprisingly, first diagnosed with osteoarthritis when she was a 19-year-old college student and in the years since, her symptoms were more accurately diagn ...
Are You Prepared to Take a 30-Year Vacation?
(BPT) - Summer is vacation season. However, before the week or two of fun begins comes the hard part – planning and packing. There are so many things to consider depending on the type of experience a person wants to have and what they need to bring along.Now picture preparing for a 30-year vac ...
4 simple ways to protect yourself from cardiovascular disease
(BPT) - Cardiovascular disease – damage to the heart and blood vessels – claims more American lives each year than all forms of cancer combined, according to the American Heart Association. Yet simple preventive steps, such as getting a cardiovascular screening, can help you make strides ...
The 5 bad behaviors that may be derailing your retirement savings
(BPT) - More than half of Americans are worried about running out of money when they retire, yet a staggering 80 percent don’t have the knowledge they need to successfully build a nest egg and make it last throughout their retirement, according to The American College 2014 Retirement Income Su ...
The workout that works for seniors of all ages and mobility levels: resistance training
(BPT) - Think you’re too old and frail to work out? Think again! The health benefits of daily exercise are widely known, but seniors facing health and mobility issues may feel working out is beyond their abilities. Sixty-three percent of people 60 and older don’t engage in daily exercise ...
3 costly mistakes baby boomers make with Medicare
(BPT) - Each day, thousands of people in the U.S. turn 65, and they’re faced with making choices about the Medicare program. Unfortunately, many people’s missteps mean they end up paying too much for healthcare coverage.“A study published by Health Affairs, a peer-reviewed healthca ...
New treatments offer hope to elders with macular degeneration
(BPT) - When Joan Nick, an 87-year-old retiree, was diagnosed with the dry form of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) in her left eye, she was worried about going blind.Joan had already lost sight in her right eye in her 60s due to glaucoma, so the vision in her left eye was all she had – ...
Being able to continue work creates better lives for dialysis patients
(BPT) - Facing kidney failure and the need for dialysis can be overwhelming for patients. Yet those who can continue working generally do better at coping with their illness, multiple studies show. And advances in dialysis care mean patients have treatment choices that can allow them to stay on the ...
When memories are fleeting: caregiver solutions
(BPT) - Think of your father. What is his favorite food? His favorite hobby? Where did he meet your mother? What is his proudest moment? Think of all these memorable moments in his life and ask another question: Does he have trouble remembering these moments?For the nearly 2 million men currently di ...
Taking aim at the leading health risk for American Indians
(BPT) - While heart disease among most Americans has decreased over the past 50 years, American Indians are almost twice as likely to develop the condition as other Americans, a study supported by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) has found. Heart disease is now the leading cause ...
Prostate cancer test can help patients avoid overtreatment
(BPT) - A prostate cancer diagnosis can be shocking and scary, but there are ways to help ease anxiety and uncertainty around treatment options. A patient and his wife, a doctor and a national patient advocacy leader share some of the facts and their stories.“When I heard I had prostate cancer ...
Understanding Multiple Myeloma
(BPT) - Being diagnosed with cancer can be overwhelming. This may be true for people living with multiple myeloma, a rare and progressive blood cancer for which there is no cure. Learning more about multiple myeloma through research may help patients feel more empowered and informed.“When I wa ...
4 amazing ways wireless technology is transforming health care
(BPT) - You can video chat with family while riding the bus, order a whole new wardrobe while sitting in a coffee shop and file an important business report before getting on an airplane – how amazing is wireless technology? It has changed people's everyday lives in many ways, and it’s t ...
Tackle high blood pressure to prevent and control this silent killer
(BPT) - There is some really good news about high blood pressure that you simply must hear.“This silent killer can be prevented, and in the majority of patients who already have high blood pressure, it can be controlled,” says Dr. George Mensah, director of the Center for Translation Res ...
Mysterious, life-altering condition: What everyone should know about Myasthenia Gravis
(BPT) - A 73-year-old rocket scientist, a 16-year-old budding musician, a 26-year-old professional with a passion for dance—what could they all have in common? Each has been diagnosed with a disease whose symptoms are often mistaken for something else, which has no identifiable and controllabl ...
7 tips for choosing the right pair of hearing aids
(BPT) - The decision to purchase hearing aids is an important one and should be made carefully. You will need to be tested by a hearing care professional to determine the type and amount of hearing loss you have. A good pair of hearing aids should last at least 3-6 years, so it's important to choose ...
Quality dialysis care matters: It's the difference between life and death
(BPT) - Patty Gonzales’ kidneys stopped working when she was 62 years old. She works as a hospital billing claims supervisor and now undergoes dialysis three days a week for four hours a day. For Gonzales, dialysis is the difference between life and death, so the quality of the care she receiv ...
Retired but not tired: the four things every senior-preneur must do
(BPT) - For some Americans, the best part of life starts at retirement. In a perfect world this new stage of life means no more answering to upper management, battling a 40 hour work week or being stuck in rush hour traffic. They can come and go as they please. And while spontaneous trips to the sho ...
Happy and healthy how-tos from 100-year-olds, 10-year-olds
(BPT) - Spinning and yoga classes are no longer reserved for only the young and restless. Take a closer look around, and you might just find that it’s great-grandparents who are out-pedaling you on the stationary bikes. In fact, according to UnitedHealthcare’s 100@100 survey, nearly a qu ...
Health trumps wealth in importance to retirees' well-being
(BPT) - Whoever said, “If you have your health, you have everything,” must have been retired.That's because retirees feel more financially secure when they're in good health according to new research. And when they feel financially secure, retirees also report they're enjoying retirement ...
For the 40 million suffering from irritable bowel syndrome a better diagnosis awaits
(BPT) - Millions of people suffer from troubling and sometimes debilitating gastrointestinal symptoms like bloating, abdominal pain, diarrhea and/or constipation. When they discuss these symptoms with their healthcare provider they often leave without a clear diagnosis. If you are one of these peopl ...
From grab bars with style to gorgeous anti-slip floors, aging in place looks better than ever
(BPT) - Gray hair, wrinkles and frailty are no longer inevitable aspects of growing older; medical science and a better understanding of health, nutrition and exercise mean more people are living healthy, active and more youthful lives. Likewise, aging in place no longer means sacrificing style for ...
6 easy ways to boost your brain health
(BPT) - When you think about health and wellness, what first comes to mind? Most likely it’s along the lines of fitness, healthy eating and doctor’s appointments. But have you ever considered the importance of brain health as you age?According to the National Institute on Aging, research ...
Could immunotherapy be a cure for cancer?
(BPT) - In May 2004, 22-year-old Sharon Belvin was two weeks away from her wedding. She went to the doctor thinking she had a particularly bad case of bronchitis and soon learned that she had stage IV melanoma – a diagnosis that typically comes with a two-year survival rate of only 15 percent ...
8 simple tips to designing safe living spaces for seniors
(BPT) - The saying goes, “With age comes wisdom,” but oftentimes, it also comes with a new set of physical challenges, such as limited mobility and difficulties with hearing and seeing. That’s why when designing living spaces for seniors, whether in an assisted living community or ...
The hottest 'new' health remedy that's been around forever: chili pepper
(BPT) - Do you love the snap that chili peppers give to your food? Are you a fan of the heat they impart to a variety of dishes? Even if you’re not, you may want to take another look at the humble chili pepper. From migraine relief to weight control, researchers are verifying what some culture ...
Gout, just a pain in the big toe? Think again. Debunking 4 myths that overshadow the seriousness of gout
(BPT) - Gout – only rich, old men get it, right? Wrong! The truth is, gout can affect both men and women of all ages, economic standing and backgrounds. More than 8.3 million American adults have gout, and the incidence and prevalence of the disease are on the rise.Gout is the most common form ...
Americans finding creative and inspiring ways to raise funds for Alzheimer's cause
(BPT) - If you hear engines roaring, get a whiff of burnt rubber and see an endless line of motorcycles, don’t be alarmed. And if you’re hearing reports of bridge games going on for 12 hours or more, you’re not imagining things. Those are just two of the many creative ways American ...
Seniors: Safety tips to help you weather summer storms and heat
(BPT) - Flooding, extreme heat, drought, thunderstorms, lightning and hurricanes: For all its sun and fun, summer weather can be dangerous. This time last year, we saw record-breaking temperatures, rainfall and drought across the country. While everyone should be aware of summer weather dangers, the ...
Working to improve the heart health of African American women
(BPT) - Every two minutes, a woman dies from heart disease. Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women in the United States. However, author Alice Walker once said “The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.” For combating heart disease, wome ...
5 money tips for safe international travel
(BPT) - When you picture your dream vacation, where do you go? Do you lay on the beach in Mexico? Climb the Alps in Switzerland, go fishing in Canada or explore the amazing wildlife of Australia? Do you see the Great Wall in China or travel on safari in Africa? Any of these exciting adventures could ...
Important information to help protect seniors from summer heat
(BPT) - Staying cool during summer heat isn’t just a question of comfort for senior citizens, it’s a matter of good health. High temperatures can lead to serious heat-related illnesses such as heat exhaustion and heat stroke, and older people are at greater risk, no matter where they liv ...
Budgeting tips to keep your golden years golden
(BPT) - You’ve earned your retirement, and while it’s a chance to relax and relish in your deserved time off, it’s still important to keep track of your finances, savings and budget. With that in mind, here are five ways you can maintain a healthy budget and enjoy your dream retire ...
Don't let long-term care needs spring up on you - plan ahead
(BPT) - Most of us have spent the better part of the last seven months bundled up or buried in snow, but the time has come to shed the layers and ditch the itchy, bulky sweaters and start anew.For so many of us, this means spring cleaning. The washing of, or planting of or for some, the planning of ...
Empty nesters, boost home value and your spirits with savvy, appealing improvements
(BPT) - Whether they’re heading off to college or they’ve finally finished their education and are starting their careers in a distant city, the departure of kids from your nest makes for a bittersweet time. If you’ve committed much of your energy—and most of your home— ...
How men and women experience retirement differently
(BPT) - What’s retirement like? The answer may depend upon whether you’re a man or a woman.Women report more positive experiences in retirement than men, yet also say they are more likely to experience negative emotions, especially stress, according to a study conducted by MassMutual. Th ...
5 simple time-tested tips for aging well
(BPT) - A health renaissance is taking place in America as more people are embracing aging well and being proactive rather than reactive about their well-being. Prevention has become the focus, and many aging Americans are turning to time-tested methods for keeping their bodies and minds healthy so ...
What you think you know about Social Security may be totally wrong
(BPT) - Americans may have faith in the Social Security system, but many still don’t really understand how it works. That’s a key take-away from a recent survey of Americans’ knowledge of Social Security retirement benefits. While 63 percent of respondents said they do believe Soci ...
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