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. . . . READ THE REST

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. . . . READ THE REST

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. . . . READ THE REST

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. . . . READ THE REST

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. . . . READ THE REST

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. . . . READ THE REST

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. . . . READ THE REST

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. . . . READ THE REST

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. . . . READ THE REST

Preventing skin cancer while caring for aging skin

OldHands When it comes to our skin, many of us are more concerned with wrinkles, sun spots (also called liver spots), and other signs of aging than skin cancer. But skin cancer is a serious concern. It is the most common form of cancer in the United States. . . . READ THE REST

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