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March 25, 2023

4 things U.S. workers need to know about beating inflation if disability strikes
(BPT) - The Social Security Administration implemented their highest cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) in four decades earlier this year. This annual COLA is based on increases in the Consumer Price Index as reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. This means former workers receiving Social ... click to read more

The ABCs of fire safety
(BPT) - You have smoke alarms in your home, you check them regularly and you practice your emergency escape plan with your family - but are you overlooking an essential component of home fire safety as you check your spring to-do list? Having fire extinguishers can give you peace of mind and help e... click to read more

Safe spring break: 5 ways to travel more securely
(BPT) - If you're setting out on your next big travel adventure, security and safety might be the last thing on your mind. But every now and then, something is bound to go wrong when you're far away from home. Scammers, fraudsters and thieves are known to take advantage of travelers distracted by t... click to read more

Springing into Your Health
(BPT) - Of all the things to love about spring - coming out of winter blues, seeing trees start to bud and flowers begin to bloom - another one is how it can help us re-focus on our health.Between the ability to spend stretches of time outside again, and a renewed sense of purpose as the days start... click to read more

The unsung hero behind mortgage lending in America
(BPT) - If you've ever purchased a home, you've probably at least considered a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage. It's the most popular type of mortgage loan in the U.S. But this wasn't always the case. The 30-year mortgage was a product of the Great Depression - and the Federal Home Loan Bank System, wh... click to read more

Garage Door Safety Month: Staying Safe at Home
(BPT) - Did you know that your garage door is typically the biggest moving object in your home? Inspecting your garage door to identify any potential issues can go a long way toward ensuring a safe environment for your family. Garage doors are subject to normal wear and tear, and regular maintenanc... click to read more

This Spring, Consider a “Life Cleaning”
(BPT) - There's cleaning, and then there's spring cleaning. One is basic maintenance - vacuuming, dusting, general tidying - while the other is an intensive overhaul. As seasons shift and temperatures thaw, spring cleaning is a chance to start fresh.A spring-cleaned house has the power to reenergiz... click to read more

A Test To His Testimony: Thomas’ Multiple Myeloma Story
(BPT) - Sponsored by GSK - Thomas, an African American man, shares his multiple myeloma story: from diagnosis at a young age to continued treatment to his role in clinical trials and as an advocate. This is his personal story, and others may be different. Thomas is a paid spokesperson for GSK.Thoma... click to read more

Trouble sleeping? Try these tips to upgrade your sleep routine
(BPT) - The transition to spring means the beginning of daylight saving time, warmer and longer days, and the emergence of spring allergies while we begin the annual ritual of spring cleaning. This variable weather and increasing daylight can be disruptive to your daily routine and nighttime slumbe... click to read more

3 smart tips to help you budget for activities in 2023
(BPT) - Many people resolve to be better about their finances at the beginning of the year, but following through can be challenging, especially when you want to celebrate the people you love and have fun throughout the year.You don't have to tackle your finances on your own. Check out these three ... click to read more

15 Quick Tips to Hook a Kid on Fishing
(BPT) - As the weather warms, the desire to go fishing is undeniable. And if you love fishing, there's only one thing more enjoyable than catching a big fish - watching a kid catch a fish.This fishing season, the folks at Rapala fishing lures encourage adults to take a kid fishing. Why? Because kid... click to read more

How the COVID-19 pandemic may have changed the way people living with ulcerative colitis approach healthcare
(BPT) - Living with a chronic and incurable disease like ulcerative colitis (UC) can be difficult. According to the American College of Gastroenterology (ACG), this inflammatory bowel disease can cause chronic diarrhea with blood and mucus, abdominal pain and cramping, and weight loss. While managi... click to read more

5 tips for driving safely at night
(BPT) - Are you having trouble driving at night? According to the National Safety Council, your depth perception and peripheral vision can be compromised when driving in the dark. Even with high beams, visibility is limited to 500 feet ahead of you, giving you less time to react if you see somethin... click to read more

Finding joy in the darkness: A teenage cancer patient’s story of hope, family and an amazing trip
(BPT) - Emma Frommeyer is a typical teenager in so many ways. She loves music, makeup and hanging out with friends. She's also an incredibly smart honor roll student, however, there is one thing that sets her apart from most teenagers … Emma has a brain tumor and is fighting for her life... click to read more

4 ways to explore and enjoy the cultural diversity of Atlantic Canada
(BPT) - Whether you're fascinated by culture and history or just enjoy adventures, there's plenty to explore in the four provinces of Atlantic Canada: New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. The area also boasts stunning natural beauty, from wooded mountains ... click to read more

5 ways to protect yourself from romance scams
(BPT) - Online dating and social media have made it easier than ever before to find your special someone. However, scammers are always ready to take advantage of well-meaning singles looking for love. Using the anonymity of the web, these con artists create compelling stories and fake identities to... click to read more

Add getting vaccinated against pneumococcal pneumonia to your heart-healthy checklist
(BPT) - Did you know that if you have a chronic heart condition, you may be at increased risk for pneumococcal pneumonia? It's a potentially serious bacterial lung disease that can put you in the hospital or even be life-threatening.The heart and lungs are teammates - working closely together to en... click to read more

Why regular testing is critical for protecting women’s heart health
(BPT) - JoAnne Foody, M.D., FACC, FAHA, Chief Medical Officer at EsperionWhether it's February (American Heart Month), September (National Cholesterol Education Month) or any month in between, we in the cardiovascular community aim to raise awareness about heart disease prevention in order to help ... click to read more

Ask an expert: 7 most common questions about automatic home generators
(BPT) - Do you know how much a power outage costs? When the power goes out, it affects more than just your ability to watch TV or read with the lights on. Food and medicine in your refrigerator and freezer can go bad. Your basement may flood if the sump pump goes out, and you may need to relocate t... click to read more

Naloxone empowers everyone to be an immediate responder and save lives in fight against nation’s opioid epidemic
(BPT) - Physician anesthesiologist Dr. Bonnie Milas provides life-saving treatment every day, so when she found her 21-year-old son unresponsive on the kitchen floor, his lips blue, she knew what to do. He was suffering an opioid overdose only hours after being discharged from an inpatient treatmen... click to read more

Expanding access to behavioral health services through telehealth
(BPT) - As we've learned, the COVID-19 pandemic impacted many people's mental health, which intensified the need for more behavioral health services across the country. Mental health is defined as an overall state of well-being that includes biology, emotional health and habits while behavioral hea... click to read more

3 ways to get the most from your Medicare Advantage plan
(BPT) - How well do you know your health coverage? Now is the perfect time to review your Medicare Advantage (MA) plan and make sure you're getting the most from your benefits.It can be challenging to figure out how to use health plan benefits. And you might not be aware of all the benefits that co... click to read more

Last Chance to Switch Your Medicare Advantage Plan
(BPT) - Have you ever bought something, tried it out and realized it just wasn't 'the one'? Well, how about choosing a Medicare plan and then after using it for about a month, you realize you chose the wrong plan. Enter the Medicare Advantage Open Enrollment Period.Currently running through March 3... click to read more

Uncovering Rare Cancer Symptoms That May Be Hiding in Plain Sight
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5 ways to prioritize your health and thrive at 50+
-(BPT) - Life after 50 is a huge milestone worth celebrating. It's also a great time to shift your mindset and reflect on how your body is changing and what you'll do to stay ahead of potential health challenges.As you enter this next stage in your life, focus on how you can thrive now and in the y... click to read more

5 tips for parents to encourage a lasting love of reading
(BPT) - Reading opens the door to a lifelong love of learning, imagination and adventure. When parents instill a love of reading in their children from an early age, it increases their oral language skills and vocabulary knowledge, which helps to build a solid foundation for later reading ability.A... click to read more

Easy, tasty ways to make the most of Fish Fridays
(BPT) - If you're going meatless on Fridays or you just want fun, convenient ways to add flavorful seafood to your meal plans, you're in luck. You can create effortless, affordable dinners and snacks featuring these delicious SeaPak selections: Popcorn Shrimp, Butterfly Shrimp and Shrimp Scampi. Fr... click to read more

3 citrus tips for a sweet spring
(BPT) - Spring isn't just the start to a new season. It signals sunshine, longer days and the chance to renew your plates with fresh flavors - like the juicy goodness of seasonal citrus.Whether you're enjoying a spring holiday or simply embracing the opportunities that the new air brings, food rema... click to read more

Diversify your retirement portfolio: 5 facts about commercial real estate investments
(BPT) - Building savings for retirement isn't easy, and it's only become more difficult with rising inflation and public market volatility. According to a report by Vanguard,1 retirement account balances decreased by 20% in 2022 alone due to economic challenges. This news may sound grim, but invest... click to read more

How to support people with Graft-Versus-Host Disease
(BPT) - Nineteen-year-old Meredith Cowden was nearly through her first year of art school when she started feeling sick. She visited her school's clinic and received a diagnosis of mono, along with antibiotics, and looked forward to feeling better soon. Instead, her symptoms worsened, leading her t... click to read more

William Shatner wants you to take care of your hearing
(BPT) - It's the sweet sounds of your favorite music and your loved one's voice. It's the morning alarm nudging you awake or the car alerting you that it's low on gas. It's the oven buzzing that your food is done or the fire alarm blaring that dinner is overdone.From cherished melodies to important... click to read more

Watch your back: lifting techniques and tips to help home caregivers prevent bone and joint injuries
(BPT) - If you're a caregiver for a spouse or other family member at home, you already know how emotionally and physically challenging it can be. When you need to lift, turn or transfer a loved one to or from a wheelchair or bed, it can put added strain on your bones and joints.Fortunately, certain... click to read more

5 Ways to Set Yourself Up for a Healthy Year
(BPT) - Do you want to adopt healthier habits this year? Improving your holistic wellness goes beyond improving your exercise and diet. There are many ways to invest in your health in 2023. Not sure where to start? Check out these five ways to set yourself up for a healthier you this year.1. Take a... click to read more

How to find the right match for you … in a therapist
(BPT) - According to a recent Forbes Health poll, improving mental health was cited as one of the top New Year's resolutions for 2023. For those seeking a mental healthcare provider, finding the right one can feel much like dating - overwhelming to find someone who shares the same values, meets you... click to read more

Potatoscopes: What your astrological sign says about your taste in spuds
(BPT) - Potatoes are America's favorite vegetable, and it's easy to see why. They're delicious, nutritious and affordable. But with so many options, deciding how to eat them can be tough. So why don't you let your astrological sign guide you to the spuds you'll love the most?Aries (March 21-April 1... click to read more

3 Tips for Aging in Place at Your Winter Destination
(BPT) - It happens every year: as temperatures dip across the country in January, the snowbirds begin migrating to their winter homes. Whether you're a regular migrator or taking an extended trip to a warmer climate for the first time, the transition from a primary residence to a temporary winter h... click to read more

Top 5 reasons to file your tax return early
(BPT) - Tax season can be a stressful time of year. However, if you qualify for a tax refund, it can be used to pay off bills and debt or add to your savings for a rainy day.'For the past 40 years, Jackson Hewitt has advocated for hardworking Americans, and we know the current economy has impacted ... click to read more

A novel option to treat the symptoms of heart failure
(BPT) - Heart failure, also known as congestive heart failure, affects more than 6 million adults in the United States according to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. It is a condition that develops when the heart isn't pumping enough blood to meet the body's needs - which can happen wh... click to read more

Top 10 winter cleaning tips: Give your home the post-holiday glow
(BPT) - Holiday gatherings may make the season jolly and bright, but they can also leave your house in need of a deep clean and de-cluttering. The new year is a great time to bring back order and cleanliness to your home and tick off some home maintenance chores you may have neglected last year.Not... click to read more

Championing health: Why a football legend is talking about pneumococcal pneumonia vaccination
(BPT) - Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana has been vocal about the importance of getting vaccinated against pneumococcal pneumonia - a potentially serious bacterial lung disease that can disrupt your life for weeks and, in severe cases, put you in the hospital and even be life-threatening.He thi... click to read more

Interested but intimidated in joining a gym? These 5 expert tips can help
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Do you have reliable backup power during severe weather?
(BPT) - As winter weather ravages across the country, homeowners are reminded that having a backup plan for power outages is important all year long. Reliable power is critical, especially for the elderly, families with children and people working from home.Now, more than ever, an automatic home ge... click to read more

5 things you need to know about eye health as you age
(BPT) - As you age, it's perfectly normal to notice changes in your body. You may not be able to move as fast or hear as well. Age also increases your risk of developing wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a leading cause of blindness in seniors.February is AMD Awareness Month, making it th... click to read more

Physician Anesthesiologists Ensure the Highest-Quality Care for Our Nation’s Veterans
(BPT) - Nine out of 10 Americans agree: the nation's Veterans deserve nothing less than the highest-quality health care. Yet a proposal by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) risks lowering their standard of care by replacing highly trained physician anesthesiologists with nurses in surger... click to read more

5 ways to help protect your online information and accounts
(BPT) - On January 28, countries worldwide observe Data Privacy Day, to raise awareness and promote data privacy and best practices. As people across the globe increasingly use online accounts as part of their everyday life, data privacy and security is more important than ever.Ring, known for its ... click to read more

Be Well, Stay Well: New Year Wellness Check
(BPT) - Taking care of ourselves and each other is critical at any age. A 2022 survey of members by AARP Services confirmed that adults 50-plus share that sentiment. Seventy-one percent agreed with the statement, "My health is my biggest concern," while 89% agreed with the statement, "Taking care o... click to read more

Suffering from another UTI? Ask your doctor these questions
(BPT) - A urinary tract infection (also called a UTI) is one of the most common infections worldwide and can impact anyone of any age. For some people, infections are easily identified and cleared with treatment from a health care provider. However, for some people, UTIs are an ongoing problem that... click to read more

Is mouth breathing really that bad? Yes, especially for older adults
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Looking for affordable family-friendly travel? Meet Rapid City, a 10 park and national monument destination
(BPT) - It's easy to catch a case of cabin fever during the dreary winter and spring months. A sure cure: A vacation with the entire family to experience the extraordinary and make lifelong memories. One destination that offers endless potential with access to 10 different national parks, state par... click to read more

Remodeling your basement? Here is everything you need to know to see a high return on investment
(BPT) - By Bryan Baeumler, HGTV Personality & Professional ContractorSo, you are remodeling your basement - smart move! According to Redfin's real estate experts, a basement renovation is one of the top 10 ways to maximize your usable square footage and in turn, increase your home's value.Not s... click to read more

Three Ways to Tweak Retirement Spending to Save on What Matters Most
(BPT) - Big economic changes can, and should, prompt big changes in individuals' personal financial habits. That can look different from household to household but changing economic conditions doesn't mean depriving yourself of what makes life enjoyable - much less healthy - especially at the retir... click to read more

Top 5 cooking trends for 2023 to check out
(BPT) - If you love exploring ingredients and new ways to cook old favorites, 2023's cooking trends will delight and inspire you. GoodCook Culinary Chef Anthony Serrano shares trends he's seeing in kitchens everywhere, along with helpful tools to help make your culinary adventures more successful.D... click to read more

Top 3 financial resolutions Americans are making to cope with uncertain times
(BPT) - While preparing to ring in the new year, many Americans make resolutions about their finances. Unfortunately, some are feeling less optimistic about the year ahead, according to Fidelity Investments' 2023 New Year's Financial Resolutions Study. Over one-third say they're in worse financial ... click to read more

Looking for mealtime inspiration for the new year? Meet your new go-to ingredient
(BPT) - Ready to kick off 2023 with new resolutions that will help improve and simplify your routine?If you've made it your mission to cook more cost-friendly meals that delight everyone, it can be challenging to find new flavor inspiration. While at-home cooking is one of the top ways to help you ... click to read more

4 ways to improve the air you breathe indoors
(BPT) - Especially in the winter months, most people spend the bulk of each day - up to 90%* - indoors, according to the U.S. EPA. Unfortunately, whether at home, in the car or at work, indoor air has been shown to be three times more polluted than outdoor air, posing a significant threat to even h... click to read more

Prepare for Retirement by Steadying Your Financial Ship
(BPT) - Approaching retirement is an exciting prospect: transitioning into this phase of life gives everyone the chance to spend more time with their family and enjoy favorite hobbies. However, wider economic conditions, particularly those we have seen over the last year, can sometimes prevent us f... click to read more

Want to start investing? 5 expert tips to follow before you begin
(BPT) - If you're interested in getting started with investing but you're not sure what your first steps should be, you're not alone. A recent survey by Magnifi found that one-third of Americans are planning to invest by themselves in 2023, but even though they want to invest on their own, nearly h... click to read more

Is it time to get your home’s ducts in order?
(BPT) - While homeowners invest time and money to make their homes comfortable and energy efficient, one common denominator of comfort and energy efficiency is often overlooked - the air inside a home. The old saying 'what's out of sight is out of mind' applies not only to a home's air, but also to... click to read more

Half of Men Above Age 60 Experience Symptoms of Enlarged Prostate(1) – This Minimally Invasive Option May Help
(BPT) - Sal Ciresi (left) and his wife Carol at Arches National Park in Utah*As an anesthetist, Sal Ciresi spends his days in and out of the operating room and is unable to take breaks during procedures that can last hours. When urges of frequent urination began interfering with his work, he tried ... click to read more

How the gears shift between generations of drivers
(BPT) - From younger drivers blasting music, to older drivers with their hands on 'ten' and 'two,' it's no secret that with each new generation comes a shift in values, beliefs and opinions. Those generational differences shape everything from travel plans to spending habits.With Gen Z being the la... click to read more

Color – The Key to an Exterior Home Refresh
(BPT) - From the paint on your front door to the pillows on your porch swing, your home's exterior provides a canvas for colorfully expressing your style. But a big opportunity to leverage the power of color is often overlooked. Representing as much as 40% or even more of a home's exterior, your ho... click to read more

Control Your Retirement: Three Hacks for Smart Savings
(BPT) - Approaching retirement is an exciting prospect for many adults 50+ who can look forward to spending more time with family and friends and enjoying the benefits of their hard-earned savings. In many cases, this important stage of life can include large expenses, such as supporting college-ag... click to read more

5 best gifts for the home improvement pros in your life
(BPT) - Gifts for the avid home repair enthusiasts, hobbyists or professionals in your life can be challenging to find. Innovative and imaginative, these types are likely up to date on the latest projects and trends and it can seem like they already have everything they want for their home workshop... click to read more

This prescription savings tool can help all Americans save on medications
(BPT) - With rising out-of-pocket medication costs and difficulty navigating prescription pricing options, many Americans are cutting corners on their health and prescription adherence.An estimated 18 million people - 72% of U.S. adults - reported they could not pay for at least one doctor-prescrib... click to read more

Top 5 great reasons to visit Guadalajara
(BPT) - Travelers in search of a destination rich in tradition with exciting culinary, art and nightlife experiences will fall in love with Guadalajara, Mexico. The second-largest city in Mexico is considered the country's cultural capital as the birthplace of iconic mariachi, tequila and charreria... click to read more

8 tips to prevent frozen pipes and ice dams this winter
(BPT) - Before winter sets in, you should prepare your home for winter to avoid expensive repairs down the road. Frozen pipes and ice dams are the most common problems that can lead to costly repairs. According to State Farm, this year alone, burst pipes and ice dams cost $181 million in claims, av... click to read more

Sounding up for lung cancer: Tips on feeling empowered
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Five tips for new EV drivers
(BPT) - The transition to electric vehicles (EVs) has begun: That's according to the latest Hankook Tire Gauge Index, a survey of Americans' driving habits and attitudes, which found that nearly half (46%) expect to acquire an EV within the next 5 years. Whether they're driven by environmental moti... click to read more

Did you know comfort foods help soothe a broken heart?
(BPT) - When you think of all the things that happen in the busy month of December, breakups are probably the last thing that come to mind. However, research shows the holidays are a prime time for ending relationships.Whether it's a romantic partnership that's come to an end or a friendship that n... click to read more

5 ways to refresh your routine for the new year
(BPT) - With the start of a new year just around the corner, it's the perfect time to have a refreshed perspective on our health and well-being so we can continue to improve ourselves day by day. The new year brings new possibilities when it comes to our wellness routines, but sometimes it's hard t... click to read more

Hack Your Retirement: Budget Tips for Fixed Incomes
(BPT) - For any individual 50+ years old, the prospect of retirement represents a major shift in how you approach spending and saving. Learning how to budget on a fixed income is a significant lifestyle change; but AARP member benefits can help you save where you can and embark on this well-earned ... click to read more

Gearing up for 2023? Start by helping protect yourself against pneumococcal pneumonia
(BPT) - Stop for a moment and think about your top 5 New Year's resolutions. If you said them out loud right now, how many would be about your health?Did they include:exercising moreeating more healthilystopping smokingmeditatinggetting more quality sleepIs getting vaccinated against pneumococcal p... click to read more

Maximalism reinvented
(BPT) - The kitchen is a space that fosters creativity - from the design choices to the art of cooking, it is the heart of the home; a place for people to come together to celebrate and share in abundance. To create a meaningful kitchen, incorporate characteristics of maximalism, such as personal i... click to read more

Gout causing winter woes? 5 ways to manage the condition
(BPT) - Many people love to travel, celebrate and indulge in favorite foods during the winter months. However, overdoing it can have a big impact on your health, especially if you have a chronic condition like gout.Think gout is uncommon? Think again. Gout is the most common form of inflammatory ar... click to read more

Are you ready to prioritize your health goals? Help protect yourself against pneumococcal pneumonia.
(BPT) - As 2022 comes to a close and the new year approaches, it's the perfect time to reflect on your health goals from the past year. It's also a great time to set up new ones to reach for. This is especially important for people aged 19-64 with certain underlying medical conditions like asthma, ... click to read more

How well do you know your home's HVAC system?
(BPT) - How well do you know your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning, or HVAC, system? Like any product, you want to keep it in working order, and being HVAC savvy will help you keep this vital equipment working more efficiently regardless of the temperatures outside.Here are some important... click to read more

Your nose knows: How smell is helping scientists detect brain disease and what you can do to help
(BPT) - Your sense of smell is a powerful part of the human experience. Smell strongly influences how something tastes. Emotion can be influenced by certain smells. And if your sense of smell is minimized or you've lost it completely, it could be an early indicator of brain disease.The nose knowsWh... click to read more

What if there was a map to finding the best treatment for lung cancer?
(BPT) - You're an avid runner and cyclist. You eat well and don't smoke. Overall, you're doing all the right things when it comes to your health. Then you get diagnosed with advanced lung cancer. You know you're not invincible, but lung cancer didn't even seem like a possibility.This scenario refle... click to read more

6 unique gifts to give this Christmas
(BPT) - If you're heading to a "white elephant" gift swap this year, or you just have people on your holiday list that are tough to buy for, look no further. It's possible to find all kinds of fun, unique gifts - even for those who seem to have everything - with the help of Big Lots.Check out these... click to read more

Scleroderma and PAH: Taking Control of Your Health
(BPT) - It's challenging to live with a rare disease. When faced with uncertainty about symptoms, support and treatment options, it's critical to seek out information and resources that can help you take control of your health.People living with scleroderma, or systemic sclerosis (SSc), understand ... click to read more

How to Save With Amazon Access – The New Hub for Accessible Shopping on Amazon
(BPT) - Amazon recently introduced Amazon Access, a new hub for customers to explore programs, discounts, and features that make shopping on Amazon even easier and more affordable. With the tough economic climate, and many facing rising costs on essential needs, Amazon is introducing even more acce... click to read more

What would your eulogy say?
(BPT) - We plan ahead for the things in life we look forward to - the birth of a baby, weddings, vacations and holidays. It doesn't come as naturally to plan for our funeral. It's easier to avoid the conversation altogether. But, by discussing your personal wishes for your final arrangements, you c... click to read more

3 ways women are taking control of their finances to reenergize their future
(BPT) - Facing an uncertain economy, rising inflation and a potential recession on the horizon, many are stressed about their own finances, and women are especially feeling financial pressure. According to a new study by Fidelity Investments, nearly half (47%) of women say their outlook on money an... click to read more

The impact of physical activity on loneliness and social isolation for older adults
(BPT) - It's been well-established that physical activity like walking, yoga and going to a fitness center has many health benefits for older adults. These include better sleep, less anxiety and reduced risk of heart disease, along with many other benefits that may improve overall health.But what i... click to read more

Prevent missing out on activities: Get your flu vaccine today
(BPT) - Heavier jackets are out. Noses are running. Germs are thriving.During this time of year, it's important to arm yourself with information on how you can help protect yourself from the flu. This may be especially important this winter, with COVID-19 variants still prevalent in some communitie... click to read more

How to gift the perfect bottle of wine this holiday season
(BPT) - 'Tis the season … of stressing over what to get everyone on your list. Choosing the right gift for your loved ones can be quite a daunting task, but there's one gift that can delight friends and family alike - a great bottle of wine.Not in the mood to wander aimlessly through the... click to read more

Home renovation trends for the new year
(BPT) - In previous years, home remodeling projects were often done with the goal of increasing resale value. Recently, however, homeowners have been staying in their properties longer and are making these projects a priority of functionality as well as a reflection of personal style.Before homeown... click to read more

Testing for osteoporosis: Assessing your risk for bone breaks
(BPT) - As people age, they become more likely to develop osteoporosis, a disease that occurs when bones lose density and mass. This can cause bones to be brittle, weak and easily broken. The good news is, if you're at risk of osteoporosis, there are proactive measures you can take to monitor your ... click to read more

The hottest trend in fireplaces? Using them to warm up a kitchen or bathroom
(BPT) - In the past few years homes have become vital sanctuaries - places where you and your family want to feel comfortable, cozy and serene. Recent shifts in home design are responding to this need, while also reflecting a desire for beauty and luxury. As a result, fireplaces are seriously trend... click to read more

Are your tires ready for holiday travel? Here are some helpful tips
(BPT) - There's nothing more magical than a journey to visit loved ones during the holiday season. Unfortunately, it's also one of the most treacherous times of year to drive.If you want to be ready for wintry roads, four-wheel drive and skilled driving aren't enough. It's vital to ride on the righ... click to read more

Gift ideas for the adults in your life who have it all
(BPT) - You make your holiday shopping list and check it twice, but there's always that certain someone - parent, coworker, neighbor or in-law - who is hard to shop for. It's the quintessential person who has it all, so you're left wondering how to show you care this holiday season.Wonder no more, ... click to read more

Tips and trends for successful dating in 2023
(BPT) - Are you currently dating or thinking about dating in the new year? You're not alone, as global research from women-first dating and social networking app Bumble has found that 70% of those surveyed worldwide say they feel positive about the romance ahead.1The survey also revealed how dating... click to read more

What Older Adults Need to Know about COVID-19 to Help Stay Safe this Winter Season
(BPT) - By: Danielle Hambrick, PharmDAs colder weather drives us to spend more time indoors, it's critical to plan for the spread of respiratory infections and get vaccinated, especially for those who are the most vulnerable - adults over the age of 65 and those with chronic conditions. The Departm... click to read more

Learn about PPP, a rare disease that causes temporary paralysis
(BPT) - Imagine you're a college student performing with your musical theater troupe. It's summertime and swampy-hot at the outdoor venue, and it doesn't help that you're wearing a pioneer dress that weighs about 10 pounds. But you're singing and dancing under the spotlights, and your partner is pi... click to read more

How a HouseCalls visit changed – and may have saved – one man’s life
(BPT) - A knock on the door at Roy Gault's home may have saved his life.Roy, who is in his late 70s, was feeling fine when nurse practitioner Diana Dombrowski showed up at his home for a HouseCalls visit.Mentally and physically, Roy felt sharp, and the last thing he thought he needed was an in-home... click to read more

How one test can determine your food sensitivities — and help improve your health
(BPT) - Research has found that 70% of illnesses can be prevented by changes in lifestyle and diet. While many Americans may believe that food affects their health, most don't know what to believe when it comes to eating healthfully. Many people don't think much about the connection between food an... click to read more

5 tips for remote caregiving
(BPT) - If you're one of the millions of caregivers in the United States, you know that caregiving can be difficult. The last few years may have brought unexpected new challenges, such as the need for social distancing and isolation during COVID-19. But even now, it's important to remember that you... click to read more

New options for affordable insulin
(BPT) - In the United States, there are 37.3 million people with diabetes. And for many, diabetes is an expensive and complex medical condition, often requiring multiple medications - including insulin - and regular doctor visits. In fact, diabetes is the most expensive chronic condition in the nat... click to read more

Planning for the unexpected: When caregiving happens without warning
(BPT) - When a medical emergency or sudden change in health occurs, loved ones may be thrust into a caregiving role they did not expect. Oftentimes, this can be an overwhelming change to their routine, their life and their mental health. As they begin to manage this new reality, it can sometimes be... click to read more

Hidden gems in Honduras offer something for every type of traveler
(BPT) - Does winter in the Northern Hemisphere have you dreaming of a tropical vacation? Honduras, coincidentally, is at its peak dry season from December to April. If you're looking to escape the cold for a warm-weather destination offering unique, affordable, one-of-a-kind experiences for divers,... click to read more


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