No one looks forward to growing older, but it still happens even to the best of us. While it can seem frightening, it’s just a part of living a long, wonderful life. With age comes some challenges, such as hearing and vision loss. However, you can prepare yourself to deal with these issues. By preparing ahead of time, you can age while maintaining the lifestyle you love.
Regular checkups with your doctor are critical to ensuring good health. You always want to find problems before they happen; prevention is always easier than trying to cure. Additionally, if your physician does find a health issue, you have more treatment options and a better chance for successful treatment. By checking in regularly with your primary care physician, he or she can also provide helpful hints on staying fit overall. They’ll likely recommend a nutritious diet and moderate exercise, if your health allows it.
Get Aids Early
Between the ages of 41 and 60, many people begin to experience trouble with their vision and hearing. Often, it’s a good idea to begin wearing glasses or hearing aids at the first sign of a problem. It may sound silly, but your eyes need an adjustment period to get back into their groove. Glasses are key to ensuring your eyes continue to work properly. You’ll have to schedule an appointment with an eye doctor who can appropriately prescribe you the right strength in your glasses. If you vision trouble is limited to when you’re reading, you may be able to wear reading glasses. Hearing aids may also be necessary. Since hearing concerns are common among seniors, you should give your ears their own adjustment period. Depending on the kind of hearing aid, you might need more time to adjust to it. Always check with your doctor to make sure you’re using the correct type.
People often fear getting older. The reason it seems so scary is that it’s charting into unknown territory. You don’t have to be scared! You should approach an older age as a triumph. After all, you’ve made it this far, so you can celebrate your accomplishment. Aging comes with its own perks, such as retirement, grandchildren, and the freedom to do what you want. If you’ve got dreams, achieve them. Go travel with your spouse. Plant that garden you’ve always wanted. This is your time; there’s a reason these years are called your “golden years.” Also, it’s never too late to begin your health journey. You’ve got to put yourself first sometimes, and there's no better time than now.
Don’t dread your golden years. By practicing good health, seeing your doctor regularly and preparing yourself for the changes to come, aging is just another milestone in your life.
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(BPT) - For millions of individuals who are missing teeth, smiling is no easy task. The decision to get dental implants can prove to be life-changing.
Dr. Natalie Wong, president of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID), describes treating a shy 18-year-old man whose front teeth were knocked out in a bullying incident.
When the young man first came to her office, he wouldn’t even look up or speak to her. Working slowly over many months, she earned his trust and replaced his missing teeth with dental implants.
“The expression on his face when he smiled, looking at his final teeth, it was amazing,” says Wong, who practices in Toronto and is the founder and director of the Toronto Implant Institute. “We change people’s physical state all the time. But when you can change someone’s mental state, that’s something impactful.”
5 reasons dental implants will make you smile
If you’ve been hesitant or unwilling to smile as often as you would like because you’re missing teeth — either from birth, as a result of injury, infection or decay — dental implants could be just what you need to start working those smile muscles a lot more. Here are five reasons dental implants will bring a smile to your face:
1. You’ll look and feel great. Dental implants feel, look, fit and function like healthy, natural teeth. Whenever you smile, you’ll know you look your best. They’re comfortable so you don’t have to think about them or care for them any differently than you do your natural teeth. You brush and floss them — no need to remove them for cleaning.
2. They’re built to last. When properly cared for, dental implants can last decades. Many other tooth replacement options, including certain types of bridges and dentures, may need to be replaced as often as every five to 10 years, requiring a more significant investment of time and money.
3. You can live life with confidence. Dental implants don’t slip or click when you talk, eat, laugh or kiss. You can enjoy everyday activities without worrying about your teeth. You’ll also find your speech is more natural. You just won’t have any excuses not to smile.
4. They protect facial bone and healthy teeth. Leaving empty spaces in your mouth after losing one or more teeth can lead to jawbone deterioration and other health issues. When dental implants are placed in your jawbone, they bond with your natural bone. They’re the only tooth replacement option that stimulates bone growth and prevents bone loss, as well as keeps your facial structure intact. Another advantage is that they don’t require grinding down adjacent teeth as is required to anchor bridges or attach partial dentures.
5. They’re more affordable than you think. At first glance, dentures or removable bridges might seem like a better deal than dental implants, given their lower upfront costs. But the full financial and emotional cost of dentures or bridges can run much higher than dental implants when you factor in ongoing maintenance costs, the inconvenience and time-consuming hassle of removing dentures for cleaning, and the need for frequent replacement. Add in health costs if your jawbone starts to deteriorate, and the social costs of simply not being confident about chewing, laughing, talking or living your life, and compare the costs again.
Dental implant surgery is one of the safest, most predictable procedures in the dental field. But dental implants are complex, sophisticated devices that require deep knowledge and specialized expertise to fit and place properly, so it’s important to choose a dental implant dentist with experience and knowledge you can trust. Be sure to ask about your dentist’s training, specializations and credentials. You can also find plenty of additional helpful information on the consumer website at www.aaid-implant.org, including a Find an Implant Dentist tool to locate an AAID-credentialed dentist near you.
Don’t let missing teeth prevent you from getting all the physical and emotional benefits that come with exercising those smile muscles frequently and confidently.
While plenty of attention goes into developing skills and talent, other important components that affect an athlete’s performance can be overlooked. Especially considering the demands of an athlete’s training and game schedule, getting adequate sleep is often an afterthought. Athletes can maximize their performance, recovery and overall health with these sleep tips.
Steps to Better Sleep for Peak Sports Performance
(Family Features) For fans and athletes alike, fall means gearing up for a new season of sports activities. While plenty of attention goes into developing skills and talent, other important components that affect an athlete’s performance can be overlooked. Especially considering the demands of an athlete’s training and game schedule, getting adequate sleep is often an afterthought.
However, a lack of sleep can significantly affect athletes’ performance both on and off the field.
Sleep quality, efficiency and duration all may decrease just before competition, limiting opportunities for athletes to get the optimal quality and quantity of sleep their bodies need due to intense practice and game schedules, according to research published in “Sports Medicine.”
The same research found sleep can affect several aspects of an athlete’s performance. Skills that require endurance tend to be more affected by sleep deprivation than short-term, high-power activities. Running speed and free throw accuracy improve with more sleep, for example. There is also evidence that getting inadequate sleep increases the risk of injury as sleep deprivation can cause low energy and problems with focus during the game. It may also negatively affect split-second decision-making.
Less sleep also means fewer opportunities for natural secretion of the growth hormones that occur in deep sleep and aide restoration, physical performance and a healthy metabolism.
Athletes can maximize their performance, recovery and overall health with these tips from Mattress Firm’s sleep health expert, Dr. Sujay Kansagra:
Find more advice to ensure a better night’s sleep at MattressFirm.com.
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The divorce rate in the United States is going down, but that could be because many people are deciding not to get married. However, if you want the happily ever after that exists within a married partnership, it is possible. You just have to put in the work to have a long, happy marriage.
Work on Communication
To stay married to someone happily through the years, you have to know how to communicate with your spouse. Not everyone communicates in the same way, but there are ground rules for healthy communication that can help your marriage stay strong. Avoid raising your voice or name-calling and don't use passive-aggressive remarks to get a point across. These strategies are less about communicating and more about fault-finding. Figure out the best way for you and your partner to communicate effectively, and then stick to it. Remember, communication is as much about listening as it is talking.
Resolve Any Issues That May Lead to a Future Divorce
You and your partner should work to resolve any issues that could lead to a divorce before getting married in order to achieve a long, happy marriage. Though we all come with baggage, minimizing the baggage can make a big difference in the success of your marriage. Take the time to truly know yourself before attempting to enter a lifetime partnership with someone else. This means understanding issues you need to resolve so that they don't create barriers in your marriage. It also means exploring the parts of yourself you may not like so that you can practice accepting who you are and changing what you believe is truly not acceptable.
Learn How to Forgive
You aren't perfect, and your partner isn't either. Know that going into marriage and be prepared to forgive each other. Over the years, each of you will grow and change, and that doesn't come without some missteps that are challenging to overcome. While there is behavior that should not be accepted in a marriage, many common marital complaints are normal and a result of being around your partner so much. Know that this is the person who will see you at your worst, and you will see them the same way. Leave plenty of room for grace, and don't hold grudges.
Marriage is a journey that takes work and lots of love. It is possible to have a lasting, happy marriage if you're willing to put in the effort.
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Surgery for seniors is considered serious business by medical experts. Older surgical patients can react differently to anesthesia and the stress of undergoing surgery far differently than younger healthy adults do. Some seniors take more time to recover, are more vulnerable to infection and might experience post-surgical cognitive decline. It is essential that seniors and/or their family members discuss surgical risks and alternative options with their doctors beforehand.
As individuals age, their body systems can slow down significantly. Some seniors develop circulation problems, heart disease, endocrine disorders, bone density, and muscle mass losses or issues with mobility. All these circumstances and a number of others may make an older surgical patient recover slower than their younger counterparts. Some studies show that surgical patients over the age of sixty can take up to three to six months to regain their presurgical functioning status.
More Vulnerable to Infection
Seniors who have developed one of many autoimmune disorders are more vulnerable to getting an infection following surgery. Surgical equipment must be properly sterilized in an autoclave before each case before introducing them to the sterile surgical field. Introducing contaminants into the surgical site can lead to severe infections that may require further surgery to address. Hospitals are notorious for harboring many different types of bacteria, fungi, and viruses, and strict compliance with OSHA and other governmental regulation entities is required for all types of health care facilities. The surgical operating suites must be thoroughly cleaned and decontaminated in between cases to meet even stricter cleaning guidelines. Any opening into the body, including urinary catheters, feeding tubes, IV lines and the surgical incisions themselves, put all surgical patients at a higher risk for postoperative infections with seniors facing the greatest challenges. Proper assessment for higher infection risks, appropriate use of intraoperative antibiotics and close postoperative supervision by trained medical personnel for a longer time can all decrease some of these surgical risks for seniors.
Postoperative delirium has long been known to exist in older patient populations undergoing surgical procedures. This condition typically only lasts from a few hours to a few days following surgery. However, many health care experts caution that seniors pose a higher risk of longer-lasting cognitive decline than the average healthy and younger surgical patient population groups. This cognitive decline in elderly patients can last from a week to three months during postoperative recovery, and this cognitive loss can impact memory and the function of many body systems, including the ability to eat, move, speak clearly and ambulate, among others. Usually, POCD (postoperative cognitive dysfunction) is transient in nature and will resolve with a higher level of postoperative care. However, some medical specialists believe that permanent cognitive decline can occur, especially in seniors.
Seniors and their caregivers should discuss these possible postoperative complications with their family doctor, surgeon, and other specialists prior to having surgery. These risks can often be decreased with some preventative precautions and preparations.
If you or an elderly relative is going to have surgery soon, take a look at these tips on how to prepare.
Vaping and e-cigarettes have seen a marked rise in popularity over the last several years. While initially marketed as a smoking alternative or quitting aid, vaping has expanded to other niches and products. As teens and others flock to use the products, concerned parents have questions.
The Latest Craze
Unlike regular cigarettes, e-cigs come in a variety of flavors and aromas to choose from that stand in stark contrast to the ashy and unpleasant smoke of a cigarette. As e-cigs have risen in popularity, however, their use among teens, both smokers and nonsmokers, has skyrocketed. As the effects and potential dangers are not well known, this has left parents in the lurch. Additionally, there are questions about marketing and whether teens and nonsmokers are being specifically targeted.
Nicotine, CBD and THC
“Vaping” is somewhat of a catch-all term, but not all vaping products or liquids are the same. Vaping liquids are made from nicotine, CBD or THC. Nicotine is the same substance found in cigarettes and comes from the tobacco plant. While generally considered better than traditional cigarettes, nicotine is an addictive and harmful chemical. Nicotine vaping is not a healthy activity for a nonsmoker. CBD is an oil produced by the hemp plant, and it does not contain nicotine. Vaping is an alternative to direct CBD oil consumption and is used for a variety of reasons. THC is derived from marijuana and represents an alternative to marijuana smoking and edibles. CBD does not produce the "high" associated with marijuana unless it also includes THC.
The Market is Booming
There are a number of CBD vape juices marketed towards people suffering from anxiety, pain, etc., that can seem appealing. The appeal comes from the fruity flavors and lack of side effects that come with consuming nicotine, marijuana or some prescription medications. Additionally, hemp-based CBD is not illegal on a federal level, unlike marijuana, and will generally not show up on drug tests. Some states have heavier regulations and may require doctor approval or prescription to use CBD products.
Use Among Teens
Vaping e-cigs and pens are easy to disguise and hide, and the vapor it produces can be flavored or odorless. This makes the behavior much more difficult to identify than traditional cigarettes or marijuana smoking and easier for teens to engage in at many places, such as schools. It is also a contention that companies are marketing their products specifically to a younger crowd, especially teens. While CBD may be a relatively benign use of vaping, the problem is that many teens are using nicotine- or THC-based liquids, which can be harmful.
The huge growth rate of potentially harmful e-cig use among teens has drawn the attention of the federal government. One issue that has specifically become a point of contention between e-cig and liquid makers, such as Juul; parents; and the government is whether young people are intended targets. In response, companies have launched new advertising to try and discourage teen vape use. It is likely that without a significant change in the number of teens who vape, federal regulators may impose strong restrictions and laws in the future.
Ultimately, the safety questions regarding vaping and e-cigs can be difficult to answer. While CBD vaping does have legitimate health uses, nicotine and marijuana vaping and the difficulty in discerning the difference can cause problems. Parents with medical questions can consult medical professionals for CBD vape alternatives while using online resources to discuss the problems presented by nicotine and marijuana use with their younger children. This may help reduce the use of potentially harmful products among teens.
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