These articles are from Vitality, a health and wellness newsletter for seniors published by Group Health. Articles are reviewed by Group Health physicians, other health experts, and the Vitality editorial board.
Don't let health issues prevent you from enjoying an active life. Many people with chronic conditions or injuries find ways to continue activities or find new ones.
Do your knees crackle and pop? Are you stiff when you get out of bed or when you rise from a chair?
When asked what she did last summer, 72-year-old Group Health member Melanie Johnson of Spokane says she rode her bike cross country.
Before retiring, Katie Hauck was an elementary school and family counselor. Now she tutors children and volunteers at a school through Rotary.
Studies show that only about 30 percent of adults have completed their advance directives — legal documents that convey end-of-life decisions.
Did you know that heart attack symptoms can be different in men and women? Or that more women die of heart disease every year than men?
Use this general guide for common symptoms to see if you should make an appointment or get medical attention right away.
Five Group Health members talk about how they keep friendships going in retirement, with long-time friends and new friends.
Are your symptoms caused by dehydration?
If it seems as though you’re looking through a foggy windshield and have a hard time reading or doing close work, you may have cataracts.
Dietary changes can improve health at any age, but are even more important as we grow older.
Contrary to what we used to think, it is possible to generate new brain cells throughout our lives.
When Janette Reeson's children grew concerned about her memory loss, they arranged for a caregiver during the day.
Many of us will suffer from back pain at some time in our lives.
Most of us know how important it is to continue to exercise regularly. But did you know that strength training is critical for maintaining your health and independence?
A strong relationship between you and your doctor is the first step to ensuring good health.
When one Group Health member, who wishes to remain anonymous, first experienced incontinence around age 60, she was too embarrassed to bring it up with her doctor.
If you have been experiencing confusion, forgetfulness, or fatigue, don't automatically assume that these are symptoms of dementia or a normal part of aging.
Last March, Sheila Kasprzyk missed a bottom step and fractured her ankle. "I was shocked to find I would need surgery," she says.
Did you know that you might have high blood pressure and not know it? About 80 percent of adults aged 65 and over have hypertension.
Your Group Health doctor will discuss your breast cancer risks and mammogram screening schedule as part of your well-care visit, and send you a reminder letter when it's time to be tested.
Bernie Hall retired last year, and is pursuing interests like a horse out of the gate.
Group Health member Lester Goldstein started walking when he pocketed the 10 cents given to him for trolley car fare and hiked three miles to school. Today he's still logging about two miles a day.
Patricia Boiko, MD, a Group Health family physician who retired in late summer, recalls one patient who came in for a sore that wasn't healing on his upper back.
Jewel LaPorte of Edmonds admits she's still after her grown children to eat right.
As we age, changes in our eyes affect night vision.
If you're having a tough time discovering your path to true happiness, you may find that you need to forgive the past, make peace with a friend or family member, reconnect with someone you haven't seen in years, or come to terms with loss.
Do you know what medications you're taking, and why? Are you taking the correct dosages at the proper times?
How many times has your doctor encouraged you to exercise? Studies show that regular physical activity is the single most important determinant of healthy aging: regardless of age, chronic medical problem, or disability.
Socializing with others is so vital to our health and well-being that a prescription from our doctor may read: "Make two friends and call me in the morning."
When one 80-year-old woman finally heeded her doctor's advice and got a bone density test, she was surprised by the results.
Many older adults worry about the possibility of falling, and with good reason.
Some conditions that many of us share are embarrassing to talk about, even when we know that asking for help may lead to successful treatment. One of these is loss of bladder control, or urinary incontinence.
Love and sex are not just for the young, but for the young at heart, as any happy older couple will tell you. And having a healthy sense of humor is key.
When Laila Adams, 75, moved from her 3,400-square-foot home to a 1,300-square-foot condo, she had to pare down substantially.
Our feet are extraordinary. Each foot has 26 bones and 33 joints, and if we live long enough, it's said they may carry us the equivalent of at least two times around the earth.
Do you experience chronic pain? If so, do you know where you fall on this scale?
When Group Health Cooperative member Marilyn Dickey, 71, of Mill Creek, found out she needed hearing aids two years ago, she was inconsolable.
Have you seen the movie, "Yes Man," with Jim Carrey? He plays a character with a negative outlook on life, but after attending a "Yes!" seminar, vows to stop being a "No" man and answer yes to every opportunity.
A recent poll of older adults by the National Sleep Foundation (NSF) found that the healthier you are, the better you'll sleep. Conversely, the more medical conditions you have, the less likely you are to sleep well.