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Dental Care for Seniors: Affordable Ways to Improve Your Oral Hygiene

Did you know your dental health affects the health of the rest of your body? For example, gum disease can contribute to heart disease, diabetes, lung problems, and even digestive issues. Sadly, many seniors avoid dental care because their healthcare plans don't cover the expense. Fortunately, there are several ways for seniors to access affordable care and take preventive measures at home. Find a Better Dentist First of all, if you already have a dentist where you’re a patient, make sure the practice is meeting your needs. Even if the cost isn't an issue, long wait times, an inconvenient office location, or poor-quality care may keep you from going for regular preventive checkups. If you have mobility problems, it can...

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AGING IN PLACE

  A lifetime of wear and tear on the mind and body can make it difficult to live alone beyond retirement. But there are many DIY fixes that can extend your independent years. Here are a few you can handle yourself, even on a small budget. Lighting Unfortunately, with each passing year, your eyes become a little less able to utilize available light. Install bright white light bulbs throughout your home, which will help you distinguish depth and color. Graying With Grace explains that lighting should be fully adjustable. You can also add light strips under the kitchen and bathroom cabinets and motion-sensing lights along the interiorand exterior stairways. Mobility enhancements Like the eyes, our joint and muscles tend to decline with age. This can...

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Food for Thought

A balanced diet does more than improve the numbers on the scale. Eating well and getting plenty of exercise may help you beat the odds when fighting drug addiction, disease, or depression. Read on for ways your body uses what you eat for your best interests. Cope with addiction Addictive behaviors may be best battled with food on the front lines of recovery. Addiction is a mental health issue and if your brain isn’t receiving enough nutrition, it can latch onto behaviors such as drug use, alcohol consumption, compulsive gambling, or overeating. Many addicts unconsciously learn to depend on their chosen vice because of the way it makes them feel without realizing they may be able to get the same...

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Keep Healthy on a Shoestring – Tips for Using Public and Civic Spaces

When you are trying to be healthy, there are many options available to you. That said, gym memberships can be burdensome. Factor in the cost of healthy food, and keeping healthy can begin to feel like you are bench-pressing a heavy load without a spotter. There is hope though – stay healthy in any season by utilizing your community’s public spaces and civic organizations. Meet your goals without breaking the bank with these options. Parks – The US has a total of 417 national parks in their stewardship, so there is never a park far away. Many communities also have locally managed parks either within walking distance or a short drive away. A quick google search will tell you where...

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Top 5 Times You Might be Dehydrated & Not Even Know it!

Have you ever been having a really fun day with your kids and slowly they get grumpy and dazed.  You tell yourself they must be hungry or tired, so you feed them, get them to drink something and it doesn’t help.  It could be because they are low on electrolytes.  Those pesky little salts that help control their water balance, energy, and concentration. It’s easy to forget about hydration and replenishing those electrolytes when you are out having fun.  Whether it’s in a hot environment or cold environment you may think your fatigue is caused by all the energy you are using but it could be as simple as electrolyte loss through sweating.   Here are the top 5 times that...

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