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Using relaxation techniques to improve the health of older adults

Some health challenges common in older adults can be addressed by using relatively safe, simple, and effective relaxations techniques. Anxiety, depression, heart disease, high blood pressure, and rheumatoid arthritis all can be better managed by learning and applying relaxation techniques. And these same techniques are very helpful as well in combating the stress of those who act as caregivers for the elderly. . . .

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Important things to know about back pain

Back pain is an all-too-familiar problem that can range from a dull, constant ache to a sudden, sharp pain that leaves you incapacitated. It can come on suddenly—from an accident, a fall, or lifting something heavy—or it can develop slowly, perhaps as the result of age-related changes to the spine. . . .

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Basics About Diabetes for Older Adults

Diabetes is a disease in which blood glucose levels are above normal. Most of the food we eat is turned into glucose, or sugar, for our bodies to use for energy. . . .

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Stroke prevention and treatment Q&A

Dr. Walter J. Koroshetz is deputy director of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS). He talked about how people can better protect themselves against stroke. . . .

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Sharing the rich legacy of our veterans

John Kirby shares this story about the legacy of veterans. Kirby was appointed Spokesperson for the Department of Defense in May 2015, having previously served as Pentagon Press Secretary. . . .

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An Army vet talks about living with Parkinson’s disease

Rob Cunningham, 66, of Hattiesburg, Mississippi, has been managing Parkinson’s disease for more than 24 years. When first diagnosed with early-onset Parkinson’s, he was the father of three young children: ages 4 months, 2 years, and 5 years. A Vietnam-era Army veteran, Cunningham owned and operated a number of restaurants in Tallahassee, Florida. Parkinson’s forced him to retire from those very active endeavors. . . .

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Five things a woman should know when planning for a healthy retirement

With age comes wisdom and there are certainly things you should know about your health and health care options as you plan for your retirement. . . .

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Thoughts on this Veterans Day…

The war was finally over. At long last, Mary and her husband felt comfortable enough to go out for the evening. Many had fallen. They rode together and chatted as they enjoyed some of their first few moments away from the hell of the previous years. They were able to laugh. . . .

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Living with Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s disease is an irreversible, progressive brain disease that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills and, eventually, even the ability to carry out the simplest tasks of daily living. It is the most common form of dementia in older people, with symptoms typically first appearing in people age 65 and older. . . .

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The aging brain

In our 20s and 30s, our brains begin to change in ways that affect how we store memories. We become more forgetful. If you’re in your 40s and 50s, you might worry that forgetfulness is an early sign of Alzheimer’s disease. But, not all forgetfulness is serious. . . .

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