March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month
Would you exchange a day or two of discomfort for the chance to extend your life? If yes, schedule your colorectal screening today. Colonoscopy, and other tests that screen for colorectal cancer – the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths – have been widely credited for saving lives of people over 50. And yet, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that about 33 percent of adults aged 50 to 75 have either never been screened, or are not up to date in screening. Of those, 85 percent are insured.
One of the most popular and enduring American entertainers of the mid-20th century, Martin was nicknamed “The King of Cool” for his seemingly effortless charisma and self-assurance. Martin was born Dino Paul Crocetti on June 7, 1917, in Steubenville, Ohio. Dean started his singing career with local bands eventually changing his name to Dean Martin.
Your health, especially as you grow older, is a combination of your genes, your lifestyle and luck, says Alaa Mira, MD, Chief of Geriatrics, St. Luke’s University Health Network. “Even in your golden years, you can slow, and in many cases actually reverse, the progression of many diseases,” he said. “For example, although lung disease runs in your family, you can reduce your risk of developing lung disease by no longer smoking. Even after decades, your lungs will begin to heal. You also reduce your risk of heart diseases and many other health conditions.”
How do most families manage a senior who has dementia?
These scenarios vary based on the family structure and the progression of the disease. An
individual who has early-stage dementia and lives with a relatively healthy spouse or other family member willing to be a caregiver, can remain at home for as long as it is possible for the individual to be safe. Those with dementia need round-the-clock care, and caregiving is a very difficult task. Many caregivers supplement caregiving duties and receive respite care by rotating duties with other family members or contracting with home care services. Often at some point, the caregiving responsibilities become too overwhelming for the caregiver, and the individual with dementia will move into a memory care community.
- Laughing is good for the heart and can increase blood flow by 20 percent.
- Your skin works hard. Not only is it the largest organ in the body, but it defends against disease and infection, regulates your temperature and aids in vitamin production.
- Always look on the bright side: being an optimist can help you live longer.
- Exercise will give you more energy, even when you’re tired.
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