Summer brings sunny days that beckon us outside to play and enjoy. It can also bring periods of high temperatures and high humidity, sending the heat index into dangerous territory. The danger increases with exercise or overexertion. Even a walk, a bike ride or gardening can be risky for some people when it’s too hot.
Who knows you best? Your spouse? Son or daughter? Best friend? If your primary care doctor doesn’t make the list, you could be missing out on one of the most important relationships when it comes to your health and well-being.
Blood sugar testing is a way to keep track of how well diabetes is being managed. Test results help to show how food, physical activity and diabetes medications affect blood sugar.
You probably already know the many reasons to quit smoking. We’ve had 50 years of public health education about it since the 1964 Surgeon General’s Report first linked smoking to lung cancer. So rather than rehash what you may have heard many times before, we’re going to give it to you straight from the horse’s mouth.
You arrive for an appointment with your doctor and the receptionist asks for your insurance card. The card you hand over could tell you a lot about your Medicare and other coverage.
Ask ten doctors about the PSA test, and you might get ten different viewpoints. The test can help detect prostate cancer in men, but opinions vary as to who should have it and when.
Do you spend your Sunday mornings scouring the newspaper inserts for coupons at the local grocery store? Make it a point to confirm you get all possible discounts when booking hotel reservations? Love getting the senior discount at the movie theater?
Shingles, also referred to as herpes zoster, is an infection caused by the varicella-zoster virus. This is the same virus that causes chickenpox. Even after the chickenpox is gone, the virus stays inside the body and can “wake up” years later and cause shingles.
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, 15.8% of adults age 50 and older had a mental illness in 2012. Yet historically, Medicare has paid a smaller share of the cost for mental health visits than for other medical services.
Hearing loss is a common problem in older adults, especially in men. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), an estimated one-third of people in the United States between the ages of 65 and 74, and close to one-half of those 75 and older have some degree of hearing loss.