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Three Gym Safety Tips for 2020

Posted on January 9, 2020 - It’s a pretty common New Year’s resolution: join a gym, or if you already have a membership, spend more time there. Working out at a gym offers many health advantages, including weight control, disease management and depression-busting. Instructors teach classes and are often on the scene to be sure you are using equipment properly. Personal trainers help ensure you’re sticking to your exercise routine. And you can’t use bad weather as an excuse to skip a gym workout! Today, many Medicare Advantage plans offer a free gym membership; they know this helps seniors remain independent and healthy, and in the process, saves on healthcare costs.

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New finding offers possibility for preventing age-related metabolic disease

Posted on January 7, 2020 - That spare tire harms more than our vanity! A Yale research team is trying to understand why belly fat increases as we grow older—and how that is related to age-related diseases.

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Did You Resolve to Get More Exercise?

Posted on January 2, 2020 - This is the time of year when many seniors find themselves feeling depressed. The holiday season can be sad if we’ve lost a loved one or if we’re far away from those we love. And spending time with a crowd of family doesn’t make us immune! Excessive expectations for gift-giving, decorating and preparations, dealing with difficult relationships (and this year, for many, those political arguments!), can lead to holiday-related stress and the “holiday blues”—feelings of disappointment, sadness, fatigue or frustration. Too little sleep and too much alcohol don’t help, either.

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Avoiding the flu: Strategies beyond getting a shot and washing your hands

Posted on December 31, 2019 - Flu season has started, and with all the holiday traveling, people will be spreading those germs from coast to coast. Even if you got your flu shot, there’s more you can do to protect yourself. The American Heart Association shares some tips.

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A More Senior-Friendly Police Force

Posted on December 26, 2019 - Beth’s father is living with Alzheimer’s disease. Beth is usually careful that he doesn’t leave the house alone, but one night she forgot to lock the door, and in the morning, Dad was gone. Should she call the police? Before she could decide, the police called her. Although Dad had quit smoking 20 years before, this morning he had gone into a convenience store and walked out with two packs of cigarettes! Now he was at the police station.

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