ArchiveMay 2019

How to Detect a Stroke FAST

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According to the American Stroke Association, patients who arrive at the emergency room within three hours of their first symptoms often have less disability three months after a stroke than those whose treatment is delayed. However, according to a recent survey, only 38% were aware of all the major symptoms and knew to call 911 when someone was having a stroke. How do you know if...

Bracing yourself: Medicare does not cover your teeth in retirement, but there are solutions.

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Healthy teeth can help lead to a healthy life overall. But as many people look at retirement, they realize they will no longer have full dental insurance. That puts your teeth, and health, at greater risk. As your financial matters become a fixed concern in retirement that cannot and should not be avoided, good dental health becomes a cost-saving, whereas bad dental health can be a financial...

Can You Trust Your Own Eyes?

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Of the five senses, sight is the one many of us rely on most. Ironically, it’s the least reliable. Since ancient times, meditators and scientists have studied how we receive and process information to form perceptions, thoughts and emotions. And what they’ve learned about the senses makes perfect sense. The closer the sense object to the sense organ, the more reliable the information...

This Is Not Your Parents’ Retirement

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Remember when gold watches marked the beginning of prosperous retirements? Times have changed, to put it mildly. In 1950, only about 8% of Americans were 65 or older. Today it’s nearly 17%, and by 2050, the projection is 22%. But that’s not the problem. Only about 40% of workers have a retirement plan that employers contribute to, and less than 40% are regularly putting aside money...

“Stroke of Insight” Brain Scientist Awarded Indiana’s Highest Civilian Honor

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Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor’s massive stroke at age 37 changed everything. Including how we think about brain recovery. In 1996, Taylor was living the dream, studying neuroanatomy at Harvard. A stroke was the last thing she expected. “I’m a busy woman!” she recalls thinking. “I don’t have time for a stroke!” During her eight years of recovery, she became her...

Coconut Oil – For Healthy Teeth?

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Swishing with coconut oil, also known as oil pulling, might sound like some new health craze. It actually began in India thousands of years ago and is still a daily routine for many. Coconut oil is about 50% lauric acid, the richest known source by far. Shown to kill bacteria, fungi and viruses, lauric acid is especially effective against Streptococcus mutans and Lactobacillus, the two leading...

NEED AN AMBULANCE?

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YOU MIGHT NEED ANOTHER ONE WHEN YOU SEE THE BILL. Medicare doesn’t cover medical emergency transportation. Yet if you need to be transported by air, that could cost you $50,000 or more. Fortunately, there’s a solution. Through your association and AMBA, you can enroll in a plan from Medical Air Services Association (MASA), the premier provider of pre-paid medical transportation...

Stroke Update: Aspirin Is Out, Dancing Is In

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Remember back in the 80s when everyone and their uncle started taking aspirin to prevent strokes and heart attacks? According to a recent study published by the New England Journal of Medicine, a daily low-dose aspirin has no effect on prolonging life in healthy seniors. To the contrary, prolonged consumption increases the risk for severe bleeding and hemorrhaging.  Both the American Heart...

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