Aging

Welcome back to this special series featuring the stories of the Senior Planet Sponsored Athletes as they pursue their fitness goals in 2023. You can find all of our Sponsored Athletes’ stories here.  Richard Westbrook, 70, is a competitive runner, but it wasn’t always that way. After a drastic health transformation, Richard rediscovered his love
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You know balance is important: work/life balance, a balanced diet, and (hopefully) a balanced checkbook. But what about your balance? Balance and Aging Balance declines with age, usually beginning after age 50, experts say. Lack of balance can increase your risk of falling and fracturing a bone. think it won’t happen to you?  Think again:
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Year Four of the Senior Planet Sponsored Athlete program is off to an exciting start! From writing insightful blog posts, to hosting live presentations on pickleball, movement, and weightlifting, it’s been a busy few months for our five amazing older adult athletes. May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, and we’ve been celebrating with
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The FDA warning about contaminated eye drops, issued in February, 2023, was scary, and for good reason. Using the eye drops, potentially contaminated with a rare and drug-resistant strain of bacteria, could result in blindness or death, public health officials warned—and in some cases did. As of March 21, the CDC reports, 68 patients in
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If you have them, you know. Allergy season can be miserable. Seasonal  allergies—also known as hay fever or seasonal allergic rhinitis—affect about 25%, or 1 in 4 adults, overall, according to the Center for Disease Control’s National Center for Health Statistics. Some people are more susceptible than others, with white, non-Hispanic adults more likely to suffer
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Meet Della Adams. She’s one of the 2023 Senior Planet Sponsored Athletes, and she’ll be sharing updates on her health and wellness journey through the rest of this year. 12 years ago, Della found herself at the crossroads of a medical crisis. That’s when she decided to make a commitment to fitness that altered not
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At 10:00am on July 14th, 2012, I approached the starting line for my first competitive 400-meter dash since high school, 42 years ago. It was the Tennessee Senior Olympics state championship. The temperature was in the low 80s. The sky was overcast, and a light rain started. It wasn’t windy. Everything seemed surreal… “Growing old isn’t
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The patient was 88 and active, but his low back disc disease was progressing. “Pain was radiating down his leg and getting worse,” says Dustin Sulak, DO, an integrative medicine physician in Falmouth, ME. The man sought help from Sulak after the opioids prescribed by another doctor weren’t working.  Sulak suggested a regimen of medical
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Many of us know that person—the older adult who has to brag that his or her vision is still perfect, without surgery, glasses or contact lenses. Well, OK, they might need readers, but they can still read that street sign way down there. Yep, 20/20, still going strong. However, that person, free of any vision
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Meet Gerry Smith. She’s one of the 2023 Senior Planet Sponsored Athletes, and she’ll be sharing updates on her health and wellness journey through the rest of this year. Gerry, age 75, is on a mission to avoid a diagnosis of diabetes. Through a combination of walking, eating healthy, and practicing mindfulness, Gerry is improving
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Meet Kathy Molloy. She’s one of the 2023 Senior Planet Sponsored Athletes, and she’ll be sharing updates on her health and wellness journey through the rest of this year. Kathy, age 73, considered herself to be in good physical condition for most of her life. But after receiving some shocking health news in her late
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Meet Rick Clendenen. He’s one of the 2023 Senior Planet Sponsored Athletes, and he’ll be sharing updates on his health and wellness journey through the rest of this year. Rick, age 72, has always been an active athlete. After a knee issue took him off the volleyball court, Rick discovered the pickleball court and quickly
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It might start with pain, stiffness, swelling, or less range of motion in a joint. As it progresses, the pain escalates. Chances are, you could have arthritis. There are more than 100 types of arthritis and related conditions.  But while patients often think of arthritis as a single disease, it’s definitely not.  Actually, there are more
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The caller to the STD hotline sounded very worried. He had known for a while about his diagnosis of herpes, a sexually transmitted viral infection. But during a recent holiday gathering, he had used the bathroom at a relative’s home, full of family members of all ages.  “What if the kids used the bathroom behind
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Heart health should always be top of mind, but once older adults reach 60 and up, the statistics  can make it seem all the more important. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S. In 2020, 8 of 10 heart disease deaths were in those age 65 and above. So, the natural
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For the fourth year, Senior Planet from AARP put out the call for “Senior Planet Sponsored Athletes” — adults age 60 and older who are excited about fitness, have identified their wellness-related goals, and are willing to share their experiences to inspire other older adults. After reading some 50 incredible applications, a selection committee from
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Physical therapy is often thought about only as a way to recover after surgery or an injury. In reality, physical therapy can help with many more health conditions and situations. Physical Therapy is not just for rehab Here are just a few, non-rehab reasons to use PT: Predicting future movement problems: Assessing a person’s strength
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Year Three of the Senior Planet Sponsored Athlete program kicked off at the beginning of 2022 with five more spectacular older adult athletes. The team brought in sports and activities spanning from the ocean to the ice, and everywhere in between! As the 2022 program has now come to a close, we asked our athletes
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