Vitality: Healthy Aging Newsletter

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.

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  • Motivation Is Key to Keeping Fit

    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.

  • Make New Friends and Give Yourself a Lift

    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."

  • Women Over 65: Time for a Bone Density Test

    When one 80-year-old woman finally heeded her doctor's advice and got a bone density test, she was surprised by the results.

  • Assess Your Risk of Falling

    Many older adults worry about the possibility of falling, and with good reason.

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    Leaky Pipes? Talk With Your Doctor

    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.

Spring 2011

  • It's Never Too Late for Intimacy and Love

    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.

  • Clear Your Clutter and Breathe a Little Easier

    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.

  • Pampered Feet Are Happy Feet

    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.

  • Rate Your Pain's Impact

    Do you experience chronic pain? If so, do you know where you fall on this scale?

  • My Experience With Hearing Aids

    When Group Health Cooperative member Marilyn Dickey, 71, of Mill Creek, found out she needed hearing aids two years ago, she was inconsolable.

  • Dealing With Persistent Negative Feelings

    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.

  • How Well Are You Sleeping?

    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.

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