Author: Kristie

Many people have heard the term “arthritis” used in a general sense but are less familiar with psoriatic arthritis. This type of arthritis impacts the skin and joint tissues and continues to progress over time, with waxing and waning periods of inflammation and remission. [1] Psoriatic arthritis can impact all parts of the body and may vary in intensity from mild to severe. It can impact just one or both sides of the body. This disease has several potential causes, but genetics tend to play a strong role. Individuals with family members who have psoriasis or psoriatic arthritis are at…

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Hepatitis C virus (HCV), is transmitted by blood and causes damage to the liver over time. This disease is most commonly found in the senior citizen population, as the virus was discovered recently (1989), and this population was not previously assessed for it. Although there are ways to treat hepatitis C, it is important to identify the presence of the virus as soon as possible, as it negatively impacts liver function and can even result in liver failure, if left untreated. [1, 2] Causes of the Virus In the beginning, the acute phase of hepatitis C is easy to miss,…

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Cruises can be such a fun break from real life—you explore several places in a short amount of time and spend your days lying out by the pool instead of driving from location to location. There are also plenty of options for indulging in different types of foods and drinks, watching shows, and participating in other social activities with your fellow cruise-goers. [1] It’s no wonder that cruises are so expensive, as they include easy access to amenities and offer the convenience of not having to drive– but are there options for booking cruises in a more affordable manner? Try…

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Frequent airline travelers know that sitting in the economy section of the plane can be rough. The space is limited, the service is less timely, and the restrooms always seem to be full. Upgrading to business class can eliminate many of these problems, but most people are unwilling or unable to spend the money it takes to upgrade. While you may have to splurge to sit in your section of choice, there are also strategies you can use to help increase your odds of getting an upgrade without breaking the bank. This is especially true for travelers who are flying…

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Credit can be a frustrating concept—you need to have credit to raise your score to be eligible for desirable cards and loans, but you can’t build it without taking out a credit line. This becomes even more challenging for individuals who have had to use credit cards to cover needed expenses and were unable to pay the bill on time, creating a cycle of late fees, interest payments, and hits to the credit score. [2] Generally speaking, someone with a credit score of 690 and above is classified as having “good credit.” People with fair or average credit typically have…

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Insurance plans can be intimidating to navigate at any age, and, unfortunately, don’t become less complicated as we age. The good news is that there are resources available to help seniors effectively consider insurance options. Medicare is a government-supported insurance initiative that provides plans for seniors to supplement the costs of medical care. In order to qualify, the applicant must be at least 65 years old, reside in the US, and be considered a US citizen or have been lawfully admitted to the US for at least five years in a row. Additionally, Medicare provides options for individuals who have…

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The kidneys are bean-shaped organs that process wastes within the body and manage fluids to avoid fluid overload. Chronic kidney disease (CKD) occurs when kidney function declines over time, resulting in the inability to effectively filter wastes. This disease leads to serious complications and should be managed under the care of a qualified clinician. [1] According to the National Kidney Foundation, around 37 million United States citizens currently have CKD, and many who do not currently have the disease have genetic and lifestyle risk factors that impact their likelihood of eventually getting the disease. Since CKD can cause progressive, serious…

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While loss of teeth is common as we age, seniors often consider solutions to help restore their smile. Many people associate the smile with a person’s identity and are interested in a getting natural-looking dental implants. Loss of teeth can also pose challenges beyond physical appearance. Tooth loss can negatively impact ability to chew some of the foods you enjoy as well as your overall speech, as the tongue touches the teeth for numerous articulations in connected speech. Restoring your smile with dental implants can help boost your confidence and sense of self, and it is an investment that carries…

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