Health Info & Resources for Seniors
Diabetes, which is prevalent among older adults, significantly increases one’s risk of developing heart and vascular disease, including stroke. In fact, about two-thirds of people with type 2 diabetes actually die from complications of cardiovascular disease. “If you have diabetes, your risk of dying from a heart attack or stroke is the same as someone who has already had a heart attack,” says Bankim Bhatt, MD, chief of endocrinology, St. Luke’s University Heart Network. “In fact, people with diabetes are two to four times more likely to develop cardiovascular disease than people without diabetes.”
New Medicare ID cards are coming, and people with Medicare in Pennsylvania will be among the first to receive them! The new cards will begin to be mailed in April 2018 and will have one major difference – a new Medicare ID number, which is not based on your Social Security number.
To curtail identity theft and Medicare fraud, Social Security numbers will be replaced by a random, 11-digit number that is unique to you. The new cards will be automatically sent to you in the mail by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).
Inactivity can lead to a number of health and personal issues, including weight gain, onset of chronic and acute illness and even low productivity in work and daily life. Constant activity can prevent and may even reverse many of these issues. Moving around – by walking, running, even fidgeting in your seat, can help boost a person’s overall health.
How to Get a Brighter Smile
Most people really don’t know why their teeth become more yellow with age and are frustrated with a smile which doesn’t have that pizzazz nymore. There are many factors that can create a dingy yellow smile, including medications early in life, tobacco and even some foods and drink. But the real culprit is Father Time because the dentin underneath the enamel of our teeth darkens as part of the aging process.
Caregiving is a true act of compassion. The rewards of caring for someone you love really are unmeasurable. However, along with this, we cannot dismiss the emotional and financial stressors which can be very overwhelming without the right support. To maintain the confidentiality of the caregiver and care receiver, we have altered the names of the participants.