AUDIBEL PROMOTES HEARING HEALTH

According to hearing health providers, nearly one in five Americans age 12 years and older – 48 million people – experience hearing loss severe enough to hinder communication. Hearing loss is the third most prevalent age-related disability in adults age 75 years plus, following arthritis and hypertension. Only 5 percent of hearing loss in adults can be improved medically or surgically. The vast majority of Americans with hearing loss are treated with hearing aids.

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TAKING CARE OF YOUR AGING SKIN

As you age, you may notice wrinkles and brown spots on your skin. Aging makes skin more prone to dryness. Your skin also becomes thinner and loses fat, making it less plump and smooth. Cuts and bruises might take longer to heal. How skin ages will depend on several factors: your heredity, lifestyle, diet and other personal habits, such as smoking. Sunlight is another major cause of skin aging.

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A GOOD NIGHTS SLEEP IS GOOD FOR SENIOR HEALTH

For some seniors,getting a good night’s sleep is an everyday challenge. Some sleep specialists recommend seniors sleep about seven and a half hours on average, while others say seniors need to get as much sleep as they always have to function at their best. The National Sleep Foundation (NSF) convened experts from the fields of sleep research, anatomy and physiology as well as pediatrics, neurology and gerontology to reach a consensus from the broadest range of scientific disciplines.

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these drinks are full of unwanted calories and sugar. Instead of having a soda (even a diet soda), drink water. Water is free, easily available and healthy for you. It has no sugar or calories, helping you maintain a healthy weight. It keeps you hydrated, too, preventing headaches and fatigue. You can make water more flavorful by infusing it with lemons, berries or cucumber.


Follow these easy tips to design a healthy diet for the new year. Just applying a few of the tips can make a huge difference in how you look and feel. Make your healthy diet New Year’s resolution a success.

DESIGNING A HEALTHY DIET FOR THE NEW YEAR

TANIQUA WARD, M.S.

TaNiqua Ward is a staff writer for Health & Wellness magazine.

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The amount of calories a person needs to consume each day varies based on age, height, weight and gender. The baseline for calorie consumption is 1,200 calories per day for women and 1,800 calories per day for men. In order to lose weight, an individual has to expend more calories in energy than she consumes. Research shows 1 pound of fat is equal to 3,500 calories, so a daily calorie deficit of 500 should result in 1 pound per week of fat loss. Based on how much weight you want to lose, you can figure out how many calories you need to consume daily, or talk to a health professional for recommendations.


3. Eat More Meals at Home

Home-cooked meals are sometimes hard to put together, but with planning and practice, making them can become easy. Meals at home help you eat better, count calories and save money. First, plan out your meals for the week. You can find plenty of good-for-you recipes on the Internet. Then make a grocery list of the ingredients you need. Finally, create your wonderful healthy meal.


4. Drink More Water

What are you drinking right now – a sweetened beverage? You should know

Every year, millions of Americans make New Year’s resolutions. The majority of these resolutions focus on diet in attempts to lose weight and be healthier. A new year is the perfect time to jumpstart a healthy diet to make the changes you want to see for yourself throughout the year. However, research shows 80 percent of resolutions fail by February. Many people strive for unrealistic goals, which ultimately set them up for failure. This year, make your weight-loss goal achievable by devising a plan in advance and setting minor milestones along the way to hold you accountable. Instead of diving into a complex diet plan, start out small and decide from there what area you would like to emphasize. Here are four areas of focus for designing a healthy diet for the new year:


1. Eat More Fruits and Vegetables

This year, add more fruits and vegetables to your diet by finding ways to incorporate them in every meal. Research shows adding more fruits and vegetables to your diet decreases your risk for heart disease, diabetes and high blood pressure. Try having berries in yogurt for breakfast and carrots for snacks. Put more vegetables on your dinner pizza. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, adults should eat 1 1/2 to 2 cups of fruits and 2 to 3 cups of vegetables daily. Even though these are recommendations, you should always strive for more.


2. Consume the Appropriate Amounts of Calories

A calorie is the unit of energy used to measure the foods we eat.