'Palliative care': A term you need to know!

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that nearly 50 percent of U.S. adults are living with a chronic condition, a number that is up from less than 40 percent 10 years ago.  According to the CDC, Medicare beneficiaries with chronic conditions such as congestive heart failure, stroke, arthritis, diabetes, cancer and Alzheimer’s…

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Important health tips for Dad

There are over 70 million fathers in the United States according to the latest available data.  With Father’s Day just around the corner, this is the perfect opportunity to talk to that special man in your life about taking care of his health.  We talk often on this site about how your health is your…

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Understanding the role of your home in retirement

According to the 2013 Investment Company Fact Book, American retirement relies upon a five-layer pyramid comprised of Social Security, homeownership, employer-sponsored retirement plans, individual retirement accounts and other assets.  Social Security represents the base of that pyramid, as it is the largest component of retiree income for most Americans and the predominant income source for…

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Honoring the men who served: D-Day 1944

Today marks the 70th Anniversary of D-Day.  The actual term D-Day has been used many times but when most people talk about D-Day, they are referring to June 6, 1944.  On that day, 156,000 Allied Troops in the largest seaborne invasion in history stormed the beaches of Normandy and turned the tide of World War…

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CMS releases data on hospital costs

On Monday, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released an update to a 2011 price list for 100 of the most common individual services connected with an inpatient stay and the 30 most common outpatient procedures at over 3,000 hospitals in all 50 states and Washington D.C. The agency aims to increase transparency…

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Study finds that older adults in exercise program experience fewer mobility problems

A large study that looked at elderly men and women at a high risk of disability found that structured physical activity at moderate intensity significantly reduced the participants’ risk of disability and outperformed those who participated in a health education class that included upper extremity stretching exercises.  The physical activity program was conducted twice a…

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Making a list of things to do before turning 60

I turned 50 in March.  I’m excited about the milestone but also a bit apprehensive.  Retirement, while still far away is closer today than it has ever been before.  Certain things like planning my funeral (or worrying about my parent’s funerals) aren’t the hypothetical situations they once were.  That’s not to say that either of…

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