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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MASSIVE WEIGHT LOSS CALLS FOR BODY CONTOURING

JEAN JEFFERS

Jean is an RN with an MSN from University of Cincinnati. She is a staff writer for Living Well 60+ and Health & Wellness magazines. Her blog may be seen on her website at www.normajan.naiwe.com

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Having a good board-certified plastic surgeon is required for successful body contouring, says the ASPS, because the process requires a lengthy commitment that may take as much as three years, including recovery. There are risks and complications with body-contouring surgery. These include heart disease, bleeding disorders, infection, wound dehiscence (separation of incision) and deep vein thrombosis (blood clots in the legs).


Regulating caloric intake, regular exercise, behavior modification, pharmacotherapy and herbal medications are usually recommended for weight reduction. This often achieves modest weight loss. To find a plastic surgeon in your area, call 1-800-514-5058


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American Society of Plastic Surgeons (www.plasticsurgery.org)

Weight loss, particularly massive weight loss (MWL), may give a person a new lease on life, creating motivation for increased socializing, providing new efforts at work and perhaps bringing an exciting new lifestyle.


There is a downside to MWL, which comes in the form of redundant skin and fat everywhere on the body. After MWL, the skin and tissues usually lack the elasticity to keep a shapely figure and reduced body size. Body contouring, a procedure that alters the shape of the body, provides relief from this condition. With the surgery comes a reduction in the excess fat the weight loss produced.


According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) (www.plasticsurgery.org), surgical body contouring following MWL allows for the removal of excess sagging skin and fat while improving the shape of the underlying support tissue. The result is a better proportioned appearance and a smoother contour.


Body contouring may be done in the form of a facelift, where loose jowls and unsightly neck tissue remain; a breast lift, to raise sagging, flattened breasts; a tummy tuck to correct an apron of fat hanging over the abdomen; or an abdominoplasty to remove excess skin hanging over the pubic region. On the lower body, contouring trims excess skin and tissue on the buttocks and thighs. Arm lifts do the same for that part of the body.