Seniors

Doctor Visit

How to be prepared for your doctor appointment

Your time is tight, and so is your doctor's. But medical care is too important to cut short. To get the most out of every doctor office visit, use these tips from Dr. Hannah Chow, Loyola University Health System pediatrician. These smart suggestions apply to everyone, and include extra tips when the patient is a child.

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Hot sun

Our risk of hyperthermia problems increases with age

Summertime, and the living is...hot -- TOO HOT. Alas, we are less able to handle hot days as we age. The wonderful summertime of youth can become a serious problem for a Senior. Heat-related illnesses, known as hyperthermia, can include heat stroke, heat fatigue, heat syncope (sudden dizziness after exercising in the heat), heat cramps and heat exhaustion. Here's advice to help older people avoid these problems.

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How people evaluate older vs. newer might surprise you.

How do you evaluate a policy, a painting or a piece of chocolate? What makes you decide the "best" tree or treatment? Probably not what you think, reveals an interesting scientific study. Compare your own behavior to these results.

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Ambulance and Emergency Room

Don't assume the ER knows best.

You'd think a hospital would be very good at being very careful. Maybe so -- but not necessarily when Boomers and Seniors visit the Emergency Room (ER).

In fact, it is common for older patients to receive potentially inappropriate medications when treated in an emergency room or clinic.

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Progress has been made in War On Cancer, but we face many challenges

We seem to be waging war on many fronts: drugs, crime, illegal immigration, drunk driving, Afghanistan, Iraq, terrorists in general, terrorism on airplanes in particular. But our most serious war -- the one most likely to affect all of us -- is one we are still losing: The War on Cancer.

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The best approach depends on your age.

Stroke ranks higher than heart attack in scaryness, say surveys. So stroke prevention is something we all care about.

Of the two main stroke-prevention procedures, new research points to which is the better choice.

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Car keys caution sign

Strategies for taking away the keys when mom or dad should no longer drive.

Automobiles transcend other possessions. They are part of our identity, almost like a member of the family. After a lifetime of mobility, the prospect of losing that aspect of independence can be seriously frightening. But, what do you do when your parent is no longer safe on the road? Here are some suggestions.

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A diagnosis of Alzheimer’s has more than just medical implications — there are financial issues, too.

An estimated 5 million people in the United States have Alzheimer's disease; this number is expected to double by the year 2050 as the elderly segment of our population grows. Not only does the disease have a significant emotional impact on individuals and their families, it also causes severe family financial burden and places considerable demands on the greater public health system. 

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Barbara Barnes sporting gorgeous gray hair

Tired of the time and effort it takes to banish your gray hair? Maybe it's time to embrace it.

I was at the beauty salon waiting to have my hair highlighted when my hairdresser sighed, "This just isn't going to work anymore." — my situation demanded a new set of chemicals. But I wondered, why am I doing this? What's wrong with gray hair? Here's my answer. 

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Considering a living trust? What about a will? Do you need both? 

There are many benefits to having a living trust but, as with any legal document, it requires careful planning. In this article, you'll learn exactly what a living trust is, and explore five basic steps you should consider when establishing your own living trust.

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