Aging, Alabama Seniors

Breast Cancer Higher in Women Over 70

Aging in Alabama aims to educate and bring attention to the needs of aging adults and their children. During the month of October, we would be remiss if we did not discuss breast cancer awareness. The two biggest factors for breast cancer are being older and female. The older a woman is, the more likely she is to get breast cancer. Rates are highest in women over age 70. Research suggests that women older than 70 have decreased immune defense mechanisms, making it harder for their bodies to deal with metastasized tumors. The physical and emotional support of family, friends,…

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Aging, Alabama Seniors, Care Giving

Do I Need Long-Term Care?

With the Obama administration’s recent decision to halt the Community Living Assistance Services and Supports program, the issue of long-term care is more important than ever. CLASS provided basic long-term care insurance at an affordable cost. According to the Department of Health and Human Services, about 70 percent of individuals age 65 and older will require some type of long-term care services during their lifetimes. Women are more at risk than men, with 79 percent of women turning 65 and needing some long-term care. Most people do not understand why long-term care insurance is needed and only a small percentage…

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Aging, Alabama Seniors, Fitness & Health

How Does Your Heart Age?

In a typical day, your heart beats 100,000 times. And in a lifetime, it beats more than 2.5 billion times. February is American Heart Month, a time to battle cardiovascular disease and educate ourselves on what we can do to live heart-healthy lives. Heart disease, including stroke, is the leading cause of death for men over age 45 and women over age 55 in the United States. How Does Your Heart Age? The cardiovascular system, including the heart and arteries, undergoes normal changes as we age. Your heart muscle becomes less efficient and must work harder to pump the same…

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Being Proactive with Long Term Care

As you age, it is vital to plan for your eventual need for long term care. None of us are immune to real life experiences such as the death of a friend, major job transition, or a life-threatening illness. Despite this fact, 65% of older adults have no long-term plan. Life planning is essential to navigating personal and financial challenges. The baby boomer generation, currently between the ages of 45 and 65, has experienced more change in their lives than any generation before them. They must be caregivers, adapt to job changes and loss, and face their own health issues.…

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10 Signs for the Early Detection of Alzheimer’s Disease

Cognitive impairment has increased over the past decade. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, 5.3 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease. November marks National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness month. Most people do not know when forgetting becomes a serious health problem. Without early detection, many sufferers miss the opportunity to get the best help possible. 10 Signs for Early Detection (from the Alzheimer’s Association) 1) Memory changes that disrupt daily life 2) Challenges in planning or solving problems 3) Difficulty completing familiar tasks at home or work 4) Confusion with time or place 5) Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships 6) New…

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Having a Plan for Later Life

Do you have a later life plan for your money that focuses on your personal well-being? For older adults, the tasks of managing checking accounts, paying bills, or reviewing financial statements can feel confusing and overwhelming. Financial Planning week is from October 4 to 10 and is a “celebration to help individuals discover the value of financial planning and make smart financial decisions to achieve life goals and dreams.” At Marca Life Planning, our planners want to help you reach your goals for aging and live your best life. We are proactive in ensuring security in your later life. Our…

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5 Reasons Why You Should Age in Place

The concept of people aging in their own homes or in a retirement community is known as “age in place.” Remaining independent is often taken for granted until we begin our journey into old age. With the right help, aging in place supports healthy aging and allows you to remain in control. Many reasons exist why people prefer to age in place. We give you five reasons to consider. 1) The costs of nursing home care are increasing. Remaining in your home as you age could save you up to $206 a day or $75,190 annually. 2) You’ll retain control…

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Aging, Alabama Seniors, Fitness & Health, Retirement

Are You Ready for Medicare Enrollment?

Medicare enrollment season begins on November 15, and this year could be especially confusing. Older adults and their loved ones may need assistance analyzing their coverage options. Remember these important tips when signing up for Medicare: 1) Medicare supplements (or Medigap) help pay some of the health care costs that the Original Medicare Plan doesn’t cover. Policies A through L is available, although not all are available in every state. 2) If you’re healthy and 65, you must pick Medicare A, B, or C. Medicare Advantage (Part C) focuses on prevention and is a great choice for those that fit…

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Be Proactive: Prostate Cancer Awareness Week

The week of September 19 through 25 marks Prostate Cancer Awareness Week. The Prostate Conditions Education Council initiated the awareness week in 1989. Since then, the amount of research dollars earmarked for prostate cancer has tripled. Prostate Cancer Awareness Week is a program designed to assist local communities with screening information guidelines, questionnaires, and publicity lab work. During this time, local sites offer prostate cancer screenings to men over age 40 for free or at a low cost. Screenings should take about 10 minutes. Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in men and the most common.…

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