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Middle aged woman runner muscle pain during training outdoorsPeripheral Artery Disease
is serious but preventable.

Has leg pain ever kept you off your feet? If so, you know the frustration—and the worry.

When you can’t walk without pain, it can become difficult to work, play sports, exercise, or even climb a single set of stairs.  If the damage is significant enough, it can lead to permanent disability.

As people get older, they sometimes shrug off painful cramping in their calves when they walk as a sign of age or overexertion. But it can be a symptom of a more serious condition known as peripheral artery disease, or PAD, a common circulatory problem in which narrowed arteries reduce blood flow to your limbs.

When you develop peripheral artery disease (PAD), your extremities — usually your legs — don’t receive enough blood flow to keep up with demand. This causes symptoms, most notably leg pain when walking.

Peripheral artery disease is also likely to be a sign of a more widespread accumulation of fatty deposits in your arteries (atherosclerosis). This condition may be reducing blood flow to your heart and brain, as well as your legs.

You often can successfully treat peripheral artery disease by quitting tobacco, exercising and eating a healthy diet.

bullying seniors 2Elderly Bullies Prove That Immaturity
Has No Age Limit

According to the Department of Health and Services’ Administration on Aging, believe that elder abuse is more common than the formal statistics reflect. They estimate that as many as one in five elders have encountered some form of hostility from their peers while in a group setting.

As people age we expect them become more mature, more skillful at handling interpersonal conflict. However, evidence gathered from nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and senior centers across the country runs contrary to this assumption.

Not allowing a person to sit at a particular table during mealtimes or barring them from participating in a public activity are two common forms of bullying seen among elders in institutional settings.

Bullying can also vary based on gender differences. Men tend to adopt a more direct style, preferring to verbally abuse someone to their face, or sometimes take a physical approach to their bullying. Women, on the other hand, engage in a more behind-the-back or passive-aggressive abusive style.

One thing that also doesn’t change as a person ages is their need for companionship. Friendship and social support are of vital importance to elders, especially those in long-term care facilities. — Numerous research studies have shown that a strong social network promotes a longer and healthier life for elders.

Medical Tests Women In Their 50s Should Take

Older-Mom-and-DaughterFifty may be the new 40 — who would have thought half a century could look like Julianne Moore, Sharon Stone or Iman? — and thanks to increased awareness about nutrition and exercise many women are taking care of themselves and remaining vibrant throughout this decade. But after menopause, women lose some of the protection that estrogen offered during childbearing years, increasing the risk for health problems such as osteoporosis and heart disease.

If you are among those who believe breast cancer is a woman’s greatest archenemy, it’s time to revise your thinking. Go Red for Women, a heart-health initiative at the American Heart Association, notes that more women die of cardiovascular disease than from the next four causes of death combined, including cancer.

Annual physicals should be routine, and include blood pressure checks and cholesterol testing every three years. Keeping your weight under control is especially important: Declining estrogen levels also cause fat storage to shift from the hips to the waist, and increased abdominal fat raises your risk for diabetes and heart disease.

Health screenings plus knowing your family history, will help you understand your individual risk, says Dr. Nieca Goldberg, director of the Women’s Heart Program at Langone Medical Center at New York University.

Man running outdoorsMen feel younger and live longer

If you’re a man over 50, it’s probably more difficult for you to rebound from a bucket of wings, a doughnut binge or a six-pack of beer than in your younger days. Bad habits take more of a toll as you age.

Don’t wait until you have high blood pressure or gain 50 pounds to make a change. Healthy habits and smart lifestyle choices can make you look and feel years younger — and, more important, live longer.

According to a 2013 study, one in 10 deaths in U.S. adults are connected to eating too much salt. Sixty percent of those deaths occur in men. Too much sodium and too little potassium raise your blood pressure, a major contributor to heart disease.

- Cutting back on sodium bombs such as bread, cheese and processed foods can lower your risk. Add more heart-healthy leafy greens to your diet, and get more potassium through foods such as bananas.

- Osteoporosis is not just a woman’s disease. Men lose bone mass after age 50, too. You may benefit from supplemental calcium and probiotics in the diet.

- When it comes to satisfying your taste buds, most men prefer soda over water. But the consequences to your future health may not be worth the extra flavor. Some research suggests that 180,000 deaths per year may be related to sugary soft drinks. For men specifically, soda may increase your risk for prostate cancer on top of contributing to weight gain and the risk of diabetes. 

Are you wearing the wrong sunglasses

No matter what color your sunglasses are, make sure they protect you from UV rays.
Surely you know dark sunglasses are meant to protect your eyes from UV rays.  Darker sunglasses aren’t necessarily safer. “Wearing sunglasses with dark lenses without adequate UV protection can actually be worse than wearing no sunglasses at all because they cause the eye’s pupil to dilate, which then increases retinal exposure to unfiltered UV light.”