Aging

Welcome back to this special series featuring the stories of the Senior Planet Sponsored Athletes as they pursue their fitness goals in 2022. You can find all of our Sponsored Athletes’ stories here.  Professor Paul “PJ” Gammarano, Sr., 68, is an ice hockey player, cancer survivor, and advocate for older adult athletes. Get to know
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Welcome back to this special series featuring the stories of the Senior Planet Sponsored Athletes as they pursue their fitness goals in 2022. You can find all of our Sponsored Athletes’ stories here.  Carolyn Hartfield, 74, is an Outdoor Adventure Leader, but it wasn’t always that way. Read on to learn about Carolyn’s journey from
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Happy September, and Happy Healthy Aging Month! The next 30 days are devoted to this observation, created by Carolyn Worthington and now in its second decade. Her suggestion: It’s never too late to reinvent yourself, to travel, to try something new, to explore your options. Healthy aging, of course, helps to make that all possible.
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El órgano más grande de nuestro cuerpo, la piel, representa aproximadamente el 16 % del peso corporal total y cubre aproximadamente 22 pies cuadrados. Sin embargo, nuestra piel se encuentra entre las áreas de nuestro cuerpo más maltratadas, especialmente cuando el sol azota en el verano. Recurrimos American Academy of Dermatology, y a Skin Cancer
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In late July, the World Health Organization declared monkeypox a public health emergency of global concern. On August 4, the Biden administration declared monkeypox a public health emergency in the U.S. Those actions, understandably, increased anxiety about the newest health issue. What is it? How widespread? Am I at risk? What to watch for? Is
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This summer, deadly heatwaves over the US and Canadian Pacific Northwest claimed the lives of more than 100 people, many of them seniors over 70. In Washington state alone, the early summer heat wave killed more than 100 people, making it the deadliest weather-related event in the state’s history. And while the calendar has just
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Last week I got tested with both Covid-19 tests – the nasal swab and the blood test for antibodies. (I have not experienced any symptoms but was concerned about asymptomatic spread since I have immunocompromised relatives and friends.) I”m still waiting for my results from CityMD but outside of the wait (more than a week
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Nine months into the COVID-19 pandemic, vaccines are in sight. That’s right, plural, vaccines. Recently, three companies released some results from their Phase III studies, reporting effectiveness ranging from 70 to 95%. They are Pfizer/BioNTech, AstraZeneca and Moderna. Pfizer and Moderna have formally applied to the FDA for emergency use authorization (EUA). The FDA will
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For many of us, it’s the ”it” question of the year: When can I get the COVID vaccine? The answer to that question is a moving target. Here’s what to know about vaccine distribution and how to stay current on what’s happening in your hood. The rollout:   Days after the FDA gave emergency use authorization
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With the end of the pandemic possibly in sight, and Valentine’s Day on the horizon, maybe you’ve taken a longer-than-usual look in the mirror and thought: “Oh no! I’m not ready for dinner parties/eating out/dating/seeing friends.” We get it. And we consulted two respected doctors—with no ties to companies or devices—to ask them about some
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For many people, taking part in clinical trials or research studies is a popular idea. It can be a way to help advance science or cures, get free medical tests, and make some cash on the side…or get snared in a clinical trial scams. The race to find an effective COVID-19 treatment and vaccine increased
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Seems like I got a lot of company when I got my vaccination – but only after a lot of hoohah. In our informal poll, almost half – 48 percent – of the nearly 300 respondents reported hours, days and even weeks of stress-filled effort before finally landing a spot somewhere.  One respondent in the
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Got the vaccine? You’re still not safe…from Covid Scams. According to several reports, criminals and scammers are using scam robocalls, texts and emails to cash in on COVID-19 and playing on people’s ignorance or uncertainty about appointments and next steps. The newest?  The Bogus Email Scammers are impersonating FTC Chair Lina Khan in a new
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Although this story is accurate as of Monday, October 4, this is a very fast-moving story. For up to the minute developments, readers should also check here, and check their state health departments (list is here).   Confused about whether it’s time to head out for your COVID booster vaccine? You’re not alone. Over the past
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Aunque esta historia es precisa hasta el lunes 4 de octubre, esta es una historia que se está moviendo rápidamente. Para conocer los desarrollos de última hora, los lectores también deben consultar aquí y consultar sus departamentos de salud estatales (la lista está aquí).  ¿Confundido acerca de si es hora de salir a buscar su
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The largest organ in our body—the skin—accounts for about 16% of total body weight and covers about 22 square feet. Yet, our skin is among the most abused areas of our body, especially when the sun beats down in summer. We turned to the American Academy of Dermatology, the Skin Cancer Foundation and two respected
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Seniors who experience unsatisfactory treatment in healthcare don’t have to suffer – they can become their own healthcare advocates. Why? Here are a few likely scenarios: Your doctor won’t call (or email) you back. You aren’t on the same page with your new doctor. You aren’t sure about switching to a new doctor.  How could
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