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  • Doctor Visit

    How to be prepared for your doctor appointment

    Your time is tight, and so is your doctor's. But medical care is too important to cut short. To get the most out of every doctor office visit, use these tips from Dr. Hannah Chow, Loyola University Health System pediatrician. These smart suggestions apply to everyone, and include extra tips when the patient is a child.

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  • The natural aging process can cause forgetfulness. But there are ways to maximize your memory -- whatever age you are.

    With age comes wisdom, and often times so does memory decline. Many people think of memory lapses as a normal part of aging, and others fear the worst: Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia. While approximately 1 in 10 people age 65 and older have Alzheimer's and related dementias, the loss of mental acuity can occur in the natural aging process. The good news is that there are ways for people to maximize their memory, no matter how old they are.

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  • Hairy Tale Film Crew sign

    A movie production crew takes over my street.

    Ahh, the glamor of Hollywood, the excitement of film-making... Unless the movie crew has filled up your street and you just want to get home! It happened in my neighborhood (again). Here's a report. San Diego might not be known as a hotbed of film production, but one day the one block street leading to my house once again filled with movie-making trucks, equipment, people and even actors who aren't people.
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  • Here's how to get your dog to walk with you calmly and safely.

    Pulling on the leash is a common dog misbehavior. Puppies and adult dogs alike can often be seen taking their owners for walks, instead of the other way around. Pulling on the leash can be much more than an annoying habit. Leash pulling can lead to escape in the case of a break in the collar or leash, and an out of control, off-leash dog can be both destructive and dangerous to itself and to others.

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  • Flying is often unpleasant and frequently inefficient. Can traveling -- and working -- in a motor home be better?

    To begin at the end, I now have an RV, a motor home that gives me an office on wheels, a meeting place for customers, a way to avoid the hassles of flying and dirty hotel rooms. And yes, it's a home on wheels. (In fact, it's my second motor home / mobile office.)
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  • Here are the facts about how hospice and palliative care can give your family help and hope when they need it most.

    Hospice and palliative care services focus on meeting the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of a person with advanced illness, and also provide support for the patient's loved ones. Care can be provided wherever the patient resides, including the person's home, residential or skilled nursing facility, or assisted living environment.
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  • Dealing with disasters

    Tips for dealing with the immediate shock and facing the challenges.

    Disasters affect us for months, and live in our memories for years. For those who lost homes due to fires, floods, tornadoes, landslides, hurricanes or other so-called natural disasters, life will never be the same.

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  • Boomers

    Is the Baby Boom generation really that different?

    In many respects, the answer is no, but there are important ways the 78 million people born from the end of World War II to 1964 are distinguishable from all previous generations. The distinctiveness is not just in the numbers, but also in values, life choices, and longevity.

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  • Don't put off preserving your own family's unique history for generations to come.

    My nephew, Connor was working on a project for school and needed to interview my dad about his time in the Army during World War II. As it turns out, my father had a lot to say (but only with much prodding) because he was a young private, 18 years old in 1943, who was shipped off to fight in Italy, wounded in both legs by sniper fire, and back to the United States before he turned 19. And that was only one of his many interesting lives!

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  • The 39 Steps - title shot of classic movie

    New films feel new, old films feel old. But why? There's a scientific explanation.

    It's more than black-and-white vs. color, standard screen vs. widescreen, classical music vs. rock soundtrack. There's something else that makes films of yesteryear feel very different than modern films -- something about the rhythm and texture. But what?

    New research suggests that modern movies are more engrossing — we get "lost" in them more readily — because the universe’s natural rhythm is driving the mind. Really.

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  • Washing hands

    It seems smart to wash your hands and body with soap that claims to be antibacterial. Kills the bad bugs, right?

    Maybe not.

    Rather than cleansing you of germs, such products might be harming your body. That is the concern of U.S. Food and Drug Administration, which says that the health claims of antibacterial soaps are not supported by current scientific data.

    FDA cites two problems with antibacterial soaps:

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  • Innovative treatment may restore normal life.

    After decades of treating asthma sufferers with inhalers, pills, shots and even hospitalization, an innovative new technique promises long-term relief. Bronchial thermoplasty helps patients breathe easier by lessening the severity of asthma attacks and preventing future attacks. 
     
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  • Don't put off preserving your own family's unique history for generations to come.

    My nephew, Connor was working on a project for school and needed to interview my dad about his time in the Army during World War II. As it turns out, my father had a lot to say (but only with much prodding) because he was a young private, 18 years old in 1943, who was shipped off to fight in Italy, wounded in both legs by sniper fire, and back to the United States before he turned 19. And that was only one of his many interesting lives!

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  • RV and TV are a fun combination

    A motor home or travel trailer can be outfitted to watch TV on the road.

    The primary RV activity is seeing the world. But every adventure needs some downtime. Sometimes, it's nice to kick back and see what's on television. Virtually every modern RV has one or more TVs. But the best way to receive live TV programming can be puzzling, because there are several options, and quite a bit of money can be spent only to be disappointed at the outcome.

    There are several factors to consider. Your best choice is where the factors intersect -- FOR YOU.

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  • As mother of the bride or groom, you can stay true to wedding attire tradition, while making a statement all your own.

    There's something magical about a wedding -- especially if the bride or groom is a child of yours. It is powerful to experience these two people sharing their love and commitment with you and others who are beloved to them, and observing celebration with basic elements of tradition. The wedding day is an extension of the bride and groom, and the styling (decor and attire) of the event plays a primary role in the couples' self-expression.

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  • AnnMarie Garcia and Edward James Olmos

    The Vital Aging Conference provided valuable resources for Boomers and Seniors, and brought a visitor to inspire us.

    Actor Edward James Olmos is a vitally aging Boomer, so I enjoyed his inspiring keynote at "Vital Aging Conference: Caring for Yourself and Others" held in San Diego in 2007. The event featured information on important health concerns for older adults and family caregivers on topics, such as diabetes, nutrition, fitness, legal issues, and stress management.

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  • Piggy Bank

    Saving for your child's future ... or yours: Which takes priority?

    Q: I am worried about saving money for retirement while planning expenses for my children's college years. Is there a way to do both?

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  • Ambulance and Emergency Room

    Don't assume the ER knows best.

    You'd think a hospital would be very good at being very careful. Maybe so -- but not necessarily when Boomers and Seniors visit the Emergency Room (ER).

    In fact, it is common for older patients to receive potentially inappropriate medications when treated in an emergency room or clinic.

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  • Every business has a not-so-silent partner that must be managed: the government.

    Articles about major companies often have little to do with products and services, and much more to do with government red tape. Yet when Michael Watkins began searching for information on how companies should work with government, he turned up empty-handed. This prompted Watkins to co-author "Winning the Influence Game: What Every Business Leader Should Know About Government". ADVISOR asked Watkins how today's business leaders can build a beneficial relationship with government.

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  • The 39 Steps - title shot of classic movie

    New films feel new, old films feel old. But why? There's a scientific explanation.

    It's more than black-and-white vs. color, standard screen vs. widescreen, classical music vs. rock soundtrack. There's something else that makes films of yesteryear feel very different than modern films -- something about the rhythm and texture. But what?

    New research suggests that modern movies are more engrossing — we get "lost" in them more readily — because the universe’s natural rhythm is driving the mind. Really.

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  • Find out which food and household items could be dangerous to your pets.

    Unfortunately, we tend to overlook a number of household items that are potentially very dangerous to a dog's health. It's especially important to be aware of this because as you know, dogs are essentially scavengers and will often eat just about anything they can sink their fangs into. My own dog is more like a mobile garbage disposal. It's also very important to be aware of these items because their sense of smell is so well developed that your pooch will be able to find what you may think is well hidden.

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