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The Healthy Geezer: memory loss and Alzheimer’s disease

I’m 78 and I’m forgetting things more often now. Should I be worried? For starters, worrying is a waste of time. If you think your forgetfulness is the sign of the onset of Alzheimer’s, get to a doctor for a check-up. The scary truth is that Alzheimer’s begins with difficulty remembering the familiar—people, things, events. Or, you More...

by Fred Cicetti | Published 4 days ago
By Danielle L. On Thursday, June 7th, 2018
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New Jersey approves controversial health insurance law

On May 30, Gov. Phil Murphy of New Jersey enacted a law that demands all residents in the state of New Jersey must receive health insurance or suffer a penalty from not having it. This marks New Jersey as the second More...

By Associated Press On Sunday, June 3rd, 2018
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Can medical marijuana help combat Illinois’ opioid crisis?

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Illinois lawmakers have proposed an unusual plan to expand the use of medical marijuana as a way to fight the state’s growing opioid crisis. The plan is on the governor’s desk. It would More...

By Fred Cicetti On Wednesday, May 30th, 2018
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The Healthy Geezer: The difference between unwanted growths and skin cancer

My skin has all kinds of small thingies on it like my father used to have. My doctor checks them out and says they are all harmless. But, what exactly are they? As we age, most of us start sprouting an array of More...

By Danielle L. On Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018
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Music May Help Reduce Anxiety, Improve Brain Function in Dementia Patients

Now that we are all constantly connected through digital means, the uninterrupted barrage of noise can feel overwhelming. And if you’re feeling overstimulated by all the obtrusive ringing, rumbling, and yelling, More...

By Illinois News Network On Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018
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CDC warns tick-borne illnesses like Lyme disease are on the rise

WASHINGTON/SPRINGFIELD (Illinois News Network) — As warm weather returns to Illinois, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is reminding people about the risk for tick-borne illnesses. Nationwide, More...

By Fred Cicetti On Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018
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The Healthy Geezer: Aches, pains and the colon

When seniors gather, it doesn’t seem to take long before we get to our aches and pains. You must get more than your share of that. My friend, Pete, has instituted a colonoscopy rule. He insists that, if a More...

By Danielle L. On Friday, May 18th, 2018
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3 Thoughtful Tips For Choosing the Right Assisted Living Community

Almost 70% of Americans turning 65 will need long-term care at some point. But the fact is, no two assisted living facilities are exactly the same in terms of treatment quality, cost, and more. Fortunately, there More...

By Danielle L. On Monday, May 7th, 2018
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In Light Of Opioid Epidemic, VA Reduces Opioids Prescriptions For Chronic Pain

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is turning to alternative treatments for pain relief in light of the opioid crisis. According to the Boston Globe, the White River Junction VA Medical Center has cup 42% More...

By Fred Cicetti On Sunday, April 22nd, 2018
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The Healthy Geezer double feature: hearing and bladder problems

Editor’s Note: We normally publish this column on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month, but we’ve dealt with some scheduling conflicts due to news assignments which overlapped which resulted More...