Revamped Fall-Prevention Tool Now Online

As part of Falls Prevention Awareness Week in September, the National Council on Aging and the CDC Foundation launched a new and improved Falls Free CheckUp, an online tool to help older adults check their risk for a fall and learn how to reduce it.

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Celebrate the Juicy Apple This Month

Does eating an apple every day really keep the doctor away? October is National Apple Month, dedicated to celebrating the delicious fruit.

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The Healthy Geezer: Shingles: ‘Little Pox’ Can Cause Big Discomfort

Q. I heard a comedian make a humorous reference to “shingles.” I had shingles, and I didn’t find any humor in the experience. Am I missing something?

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COVER STORY: Breast Tests that Could Save Your Life

A yearly mammogram is the gold standard for breast cancer screening and detection. Mammography is the only test that has been scientifically proven to save lives. Still, it’s not infallible.

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Recent Research Further Supports Link between Gum Disease and Dementia

It’s a no-brainer that regularly brushing and flossing your teeth, plus regular dental cleanings and treatment, can lead to better oral health; however, a growing amount of research is beginning to uncover a possible association between gum disease and Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

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The Healthy Geezer: Are ‘Floaters’ Cause for Concern?

Q. I’ve been noticing this thing in my eye. At first I thought it was an eyelash. Then I realized the thing was actually in my eye. One of my friends told me it’s a “floater,” and not to worry. What exactly is a “floater,” and should I see a doctor?

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Savvy Senior: What is an Annual Notice of Change?

Dear Savvy Senior,

Last year I received a “notice of change” letter from my Medicare provider. Should I expect another one this year, and what should I do with it?

– Medicare Rookie

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Create Your Own Blue Zone

As we age, health becomes more significant. Because of improvements in medicine and health, we live longer lives now. Aging well in body and mind is essential for experiencing a rich quality of life.

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Save the Date for Medicare Open Enrollment This Fall

Lancaster County Office of Aging runs a program called PA Medi, formerly APPRISE. There are 52 PA Medi offices all over Pennsylvania. This group assists older adults with Medicare and health insurance questions all year round.

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