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6. Get Moving Toward Better Heart Health

Implementing and adhering to a healthful eating pattern is a critical part of a heart-healthy lifestyle. As you’ve read in the previous chapters, making the right food choices in the right amounts has been shown time and again to be associated with a lower risk of cardiovascular disease.

Additionally, the foods

Frostbite Treatment: Quick—and Smart—Action Required

Frostbite Treatment: Quick—and Smart—Action Required

If you live or in a cold-weather climate, you’ve had experience “braving the elements.” And you also know that frigid weather is nothing to take lightly: The danger of frostbite is very real and can result in permanent damage, leading in severe cases to amputation. So at the first symptoms

Hypothermia: Who’s Most at Risk for This Cold-Weather Danger?

Hypothermia: Who’s Most at Risk for This Cold-Weather Danger?

Cold weather can be hazardous for anyone, but particularly for older adults, because falling temperatures can cause hypothermia and frostbite, particularly if there are multiple days in a row in which the temperature drops below freezing. This makes it crucial for older adults to protect themselves from adverse weather and

Sepsis and Septic Shock Redefined

The statistics are shocking:

More than 1.5 million people in the U.S. get sepsis annually.
About 250,000 Americans die from sepsis each year.
One in three patients who die in a hospital has sepsis.

A CDC evaluation found seven in 10 patients with sepsis had recently used healthcare services or had chronic diseases requiring

Ask the Doctor: Reducing Hypothermia Risk; Low-Purine Diet for Gout

Q: During the winter months, what is the best way to reduce the risk of hypothermia?

A: Hypothermia is a condition that occurs when your body temperature drops below 95°F because it loses heat faster that it can produce heat.

Most cases of hypothermia are triggered by outdoor temperatures below 59°F. If

From the Editor: Stay Safe in the Winter Chill

The New Year may bring freezing temperatures for many of us, but while senior health is particularly vulnerable in cold weather, a little advance preparation can help preserve your wellbeing and comfort. For example, if you haven’t already had your flu shot, schedule it as soon as possible. I make

Reduce the Risks Associated With Sensory Loss

It’s hardly headline news that vision and hearing losses are common among older adults. However, research has revealed some startling findings about the prevalence and degree of deficits in all five senses, and it highlights the importance of tackling theses deficits with treatments and strategies.

A study that measured deficits in

Are You Suffering from Sensory Loss?

You may be resigned to the fact you need reading glasses, and don’t hear as well as you used to—but for many older adults, sensory loss goes beyond these obvious examples. In fact, the first study to measure the full spectrum of age-related damage to all five senses suggests that

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