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ABOUT JEAN JEFFERS

Jean is an RN and a freelance writer. She is a staff writer for Living Well 60 Plus and Health & Wellness magazines. Her Web site is at www.normajean.naiwe.com

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT PSORIATIC ARTHRITIS

Psoriatic arthritis is a form of arthritis (joint inflammation) that occurs mainly in those who have the skin condition psoriasis. It can occur in people without psoriasis if they have relatives with the condition.  According to the American College of Rheumatology (ACR), psoriasis is a disease in which scaly red and white patches develop...

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DEALING WITH IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME

Jenny is a plain-spoken, no-nonsense woman of 35 who finds herself concerned about her frequent bouts of abdominal pain, bloating and alternating diarrhea and constipation. This condition began after her mother’s death and has continued intermittently for the past two years.

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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT HEPATITIS C

Hepatitis C is a virus, an inflammation of the liver, which could be acute but most often is chronic in nature. It is the leading cause of cirrhosis and the most common reason for liver transplants in United States. The National Institute of Health (NIH) reports there were 19,659 hepatitis-related deaths in 2014; this was a record high.

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AGE-RELATED HEARING PROBLEMS DISRUPT NORMAL ACTIVITY

Hearing-related disorders occur more frequently as people age. Age-related hearing loss is the most common condition affecting seniors. Having trouble hearing can disrupt normal activity. The ability to hear a phone, a doorbell or a smoke alarm is important but being hard of hearing may impede it.

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THE MALE VERSION OF MENOPAUSE?

Andropause is the term given to the condition of aging in a male. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) says men do not experience a major, rapid change in fertility as they age as women do with menopause. The changes in men occur more gradually.

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THE PATIENT ADVOCATE - PROFESSIONALS HELP FAMILIES WHEN LOVED ONES ARE HOSPITALIZED

Receiving health care today is a challenge. It often involves participation in a system that is time consuming and complicated. While there are many efforts today to simplify and safeguard this system from errors, nevertheless errors are made daily.

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THE DANGER OF FALLS

Falls a real danger for people entering their golden years. One minute Amanda was coming down the stairs in her home. The next minute, she was lying face down on the floor at the foot of the steps. She remembered the fall; she recalled scraping her nose on the rough pile of the carpet, getting a kind of a rug burn and hitting her head.

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SAVING FOR A RAINY DAY

We all know we need to save money, but many of us put off saving. We need to develop a rainy day fund. Having a “rainy day fund” gives you the peace of mind of knowing you are secure and better prepared to meet unexpected expenses.  Bankrate’s Financial Security Index says 20 percent of individuals do not have any money saved.

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BUDGETING FOR THE HOLIDAYS

The holidays are here. What would they be like without those special meals with family and friends? This also means gift giving, parties to attend or host — and stretching your budget. Consider the following tips to help you stay merry and bright this season:

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CELIAC DISEASE IS A SERIOUS CONDITION

Eleanor sat in her doctor’s office, listening to a strange diagnosis. She had been searching for a cause for her diarrhea, irritability and depression for over four years. Had she finally found it?

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SENIORS TAKE A SURVEY: THIS IS THE TIME TO ‘GET IT RIGHT’

Are you a senior planning your goals for your later years? A survey was recently conducted in which the following questions were asked of seniors ages 64 to 94 years:

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SENIORS AND JOINT REPLACEMENT

Some arthritic (joint) pain may be controlled with small lifestyle changes, by application of heat or cold, taking a pain reliever such as Tylenol or physical therapy (PT). However, if your joint pain makes it hard to sleep, keeps you from doing day-to-day activities such as visiting with friends or going to church or if it makes it difficult to....

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WRITING A MEMOIR

Are you a story teller? Do you have treasured memories you would like to set down on paper for your children to someday read to their children?   Perhaps you have always harbored a secret yen to publish a book you have written yourself. Today, people are doing amazing things by taking things they’ve written and putting together....

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TALKING TO CHILDREN ABOUT DEATH AND DYING

Molly was 7 years old when her mom died of cancer. Molly had known her mother was very ill; she had witnessed her slow demise. Molly knew what death was. One of her animals had died during the past year and they buried it in the back yard.

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STATE PARKS IN KENTUCKY

Looking for a great getaway vacation spot or just a place for a few days of rest and relaxation?  Whether you want a relaxing site or an adventure, you can have it all at Kentucky state parks. You don’t have to go far; there are several state parks close by, both around the Lexington area and sprinkled throughout the Commonwealth.


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ALL ABOUT AGE-RELATED HEARING LOSS

As any senior can tell you, chronic maladies prevail as we age. This is true for many conditions, including age-related hearing loss (presbycusis). This hearing loss gradually occurs in most of us as we grow older.

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