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Specific vitamins can have a significant positive (or negative) impact on your health. Learn what each one does, how to spot a deficiency, and what foods you should add to your diet to make sure you're meeting your nutritional requirements.

Our nutritional needs and preferences change throughout our lives, but how do we know what our bodies need more (and less) of as we get older? A registered dietitian offers 8 easy diet tweaks for improving your health and quality of life.

C. diff infections are on the rise in hospitals and nursing homes, and ill seniors are particularly vulnerable to this persistent bug. Use these best hygiene and antibiotic practices to keep your loved one and yourself healthy.

Minor bloating after a salty meal is pretty standard, but for millions of Americans, excess fluid retention is a serious problem. Know the signs of edema and what medical and lifestyle options can minimize swelling and discomfort.

Fatigue, weakness and irritability are considered “normal” symptoms of aging, but these red flags may actually point to a serious underlying condition. Be aware of these signs and others that warrant a trip to the doctor and some blood work.

Probiotics and digestive enzymes are two popular treatment options for individuals who experience tummy troubles and wish to improve their overall gut health. Learn how these supplements work, what benefits they offer, and how to purchase them.

It is normal to be constipated from time to time, but when this condition lasts for a prolonged period or worsens significantly, it can be extremely uncomfortable and even require medical attention.

Mental health is a complex area of medicine, but there are steps caregivers can take to learn about mental illness, support their loved ones and ensure they get necessary treatments.

One of the last things on a family caregiver’s mind is the health of their loved one’s feet. However, the condition of a senior’s feet can indicate a great deal about their overall wellbeing. Get tips from seasoned caregivers on where to get foot care, how to tackle some of these tasks yourself, where to buy shoes for hard-to-fit feet, and much more.

Patients who are overweight or obese face significant challenges when trying to find a rehabilitation facility, skilled nursing facility or nursing home that can accommodate their unique needs. These tips will help you narrow down your search and make sure your loved one is well cared for.

It is crucial for seniors and their family members to fully utilize all resources available to them. Social workers are an excellent source of support and guidance for those dealing with medical issues, caregiving and the end of life.

As men age, hormone production and bioavailability decrease, resulting in a number of different mental and physical changes. A mental health counselor examines the causes and effects of these changes and the controversy surrounding the male aging process.

Migraine headaches can be debilitating and inconvenient, especially for those who are providing care for aging loved ones. Knowing what causes migraines and the specific triggers to avoid can help caregivers dodge these painful attacks.

Testosterone levels decrease naturally as men age, but hormone replacement therapy for 'Low T' has become a hot topic for men who wish to offset some of the common side effects of andropause. However, hormonal supplements may increase health risks.

The ability to communicate may be diminished following a stroke or due to the progression of a neurological disease. A variety of tools and strategies are available for interacting with a loved one who has speech problems.

The CDC estimates that over 795,000 people experience a stroke each year. Use these expert pointers to help you adequately care for your loved one following a stroke and even reduce your own risk of having a "brain attack."

Men and women are distinct in a number of ways, and one-size-fits-all health care can leave both genders at a disadvantage. See why it is important for you to receive care that is unique to you.

Deep breathing techniques are a simple, drug-free way for seniors and caregivers to reduce stress and anxiety and improve their physical health.

Millions of people are affected by pain, tingling and numbness of the hand and wrist due to carpal tunnel syndrome. Although surgery for this syndrome is quite common, it may not always be necessary.

Several news stories piqued my interest recently, and I thought caregivers and seniors alike could benefit from this information.
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