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Tips for Choosing a Complementary Healthcare Approach

choose complimentary and alternative healthcare carefullyMillions of Americans use complementary health approaches. Like any decision concerning your health, decisions about whether to use complementary approaches are important. The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) has developed this fact sheet to assist you in your decision-making about complementary health products and practices.

 

Take Charge of Your Health

Be an informed consumer. Find out and consider what scientific studies have been done on the safety and effectiveness of any health approach that is recommended to or interests you.Discuss the information and your interests with your health care providers before making a decision.

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6 Reasons to Add Hydrotherapy to Your Self-care Routine

Good advice for caregivers and patients alike

(BPT) - Unwind, relax and rejuvenate — these are the words associated with enjoying a warm bath. hydrotherapyBathing is an indulgence that has remained popular for centuries and is especially important today as you work to find balance in a fast-paced lifestyle.

Hydrotherapy provides the perfect solution with innumerable benefits in self-care, wellness and general de-stressing. Here are some of the main benefits:

Boost your immune system

Hydrotherapy helps increase blood flow and the circulation of white blood cells around the body. This assists your immune system in collecting and removing unwanted materials from the body, which strengthens your immune system to fight colds, the flu and other illnesses.

Reduce tension and relieve pain

The weightlessness you experience in water helps relieve tension in your arms, legs and back, soothing

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Spotting the Signs of Elder Abuse

Abuse can happen to any older person. Learn about the different types of abuse, how to recognize the signs, and where to get help.  

Share this infographic and help spread the word about the spotting the signs of elder abuse. Click on the social media icons above, or copy and paste the URL and post it to your account (Twitter, Facebook, etc.).

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Five Ways to Create and Celebrate Family Traditions

5-ways-to-create-family-traditions(BPT) - While modern mobility may mean that distance keeps members of a family apart, more — and younger — members of many families across the country are finding significance in their heritage, and making it come alive in their own ways. Special family and cultural traditions can strengthen family bonds, provide a sense of belonging and connect the present day to a richer history. Whether tied to holidays or unique meaningful moments, gathering in together helps a family have fun and create new memories.

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Four Tips to Stay Healthy and Help Prevent Falls as You Age

(BPT) - As you age, your risk of falling increases. According to the CDC, one out of four people Preventing-falls-staying-healthyover the age of 65 falls each year and falling once doubles your chances of falling again. While many conditions can put you at risk for a fall, there are simple steps you can take to boost your overall health to try to decrease the likelihood of falling.

Carol Cummings, senior director of Optimum Life at a major senior living community corporation, explains how keeping active increases mobility, improves overall health and can help prevent falls. These communities encourage their

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Planning for Long Term Care

You can never know for sure if you will need long-term care. Maybe you will never need it. long term care But an unexpected accident, illness, or injury can change your needs, sometimes suddenly. The best time to think about long-term care is before you need it.

Planning for the possibility of long-term care gives you time to learn about services in your community and what they cost. It also allows you to make important decisions while you are still able.

People with Alzheimer’s disease or other cognitive impairment should begin planning for long-term care as soon as possible.

Learn more about advance care planning

 

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Your Medicare Annual Wellness Visit: Preventive Care, Health Planning at No Extra Cost

(BPT) - Once you become eligible for Medicare, you’ll likely start hearing about something called an Annual Wellness Visit.Medicare-annual-wellness-visit

Many people think an Annual Wellness Visit and a physical are one and the same. But they’re not.

Unlike a standard head-to-toe physical, an Annual Wellness Visit is primarily focused on preventive care, health screenings and wellness planning. It gives you an opportunity to have a conversation with your doctor about your health status and goals and then create a long-term plan to help you meet those goals and maximize your well-being.

While Original Medicare doesn’t cover an annual physical, some Medicare Advantage plans do. Everyone enrolled in Original Medicare and Medicare Advantage, though, is eligible for an Annual Wellness Visit at no additional cost to you. If your Medicare Advantage plan includes coverage for an annual comprehensive physical exam, ask your provider if the Annual Wellness Visit and the physical can be scheduled during the same visit.

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