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Ask the Expert: Hearing Care Practitioner Drew E. Kimbrough

In our next installment of our “Ask the Expert” blog series, we’re featuring Drew E. Kimbrough out of our Spokane Valley, Washington area offices. Drew has been with Beltone for nearly four years and in the hearing care business for 24 years! Let’s get to know a little bit more about Drew. What do you like best about your career? The fact that It has afforded me the opportunity to serve people and communities tangibly and impact lives in positive ways. Why did you choose this career? To help peo...

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Common Scams That Target Seniors and How to Avoid Them

As we all spend more time online, we are increasingly vulnerable to common scams that attempt get our personal and financial information or to install malware, software that is designed to damage or disable our computers and computer systems. It's no reason to give up your online activities; it's just important to be aware of the scams that exist and know how to avoid them. Phishing Scams These are scams that bait people into providing personal or financial information. The victim receives a mes...

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Strength Training for Seniors

Think you’re too old to hit the weight room? Think again. Studies show that people actually need weight training in their lives even MORE as they get older.Most people hit peak muscle mass between 30 and 40 years old. After that, sarcopenia, the age-related loss of muscle mass, strength, and function, begins. It can happen fast: physically inactive people can lose between 3 and 5 percent of their muscle mass each decade after 30.Don’t worry; you don’t have to start doing deadlifts. Even a modera...

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The Best Ways to Break-Proof Your Bones

The thought of a broken bone — the cast, long recovery, missed activities, limited mobility, extra cost, rehabilitation — is especially frightening to older people. It takes longer for older bones to heal. And, many seniors — especially older women — are at a heightened risk for broken bones because of osteoporosis. But, good news: there are ways you can protect your bones. In this post, you’ll learn what yogurt, coffee, and clutter have to do with healthy bones.1. Make up for age-related bone l...

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Brain Games that Ward Off “Senior Moments”

Growing older doesn’t mean you’ll get absent-minded. A growing body of research suggests that you can improve your mental well-being —and minimize those senior moments—by exercising your brain. Just like you do with your body, experts recommend a regular regimen of exercise to keep your brain strong and fit.A great place to explore these exercises is the Internet. Numerous websites offer problem-solving, memory challenges, and games to test your visual and auditory skills and help hone your memo...

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The Ancient Cure for Your Arthritis Pain

A 5,000-year-old practice may be just the cure for your arthritis pain. A growing number of seniors are finding that some simple, gentle, senior-friendly yoga exercises can greatly reduce the pain and discomfort from osteo- and rheumatoid arthritis. Dating back to 3,000 B.C., yoga — which literally means to unite, combines movement and breathing and often includes meditation. Experts at the Arthritis Foundation and Johns Hopkins Arthritis Center are increasingly recommending yoga as part of a th...

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Statistics of Hearing Loss in the Elderly

Naturally, as human’s age, different ailments tend to become a part of normal life. Hearing loss in the elderly, which is extremely common, can become a much larger issue if not treated by a Hearing Care Practitioner with a thorough hearing examination.Hearing loss in the elderly isn’t just an issue of not being able to hear the birds chirp or the phone ring. Impaired driving, dementia and falls have all been associated with decreased hearing ability in older adults.Below are a few statistics ba...

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The 4 Best Exercises for Seniors

Seniors need exercise. It strengthens the heart and lungs, lowers blood pressure, decreases stress and reduces the risk for illness. It even improves one’s memory. But older people need exercise that puts less stress on joints and bones. In this post, we feature four low-impact exercises that are perfect for seniors.Tai ChiOriginally developed for self-defense, tai chi has evolved into a graceful form of exercise that is not only great for stress reduction, but an excellent way for seniors to st...

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Why Getting a Massage is Important for Seniors

A soothing massage can certainly help you relax, and it can soothe aching muscles, but massage is far more than a way of pampering yourself. Massage is increasingly being offered to seniors as standard treatment for a wide range of medical conditions – from anxiety to digestive disorder to chronic migraines. A recent WebMD feature highlighted some of the many uses for massage therapy:Headache. It’s not just back and joint pain that responds to massage therapy; massage therapy can reduce the numb...

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Why Pets Can Help Seniors Live Healthier

Scientists studying the relationship between human beings and pets have found that pets do more than make us happier — they also make us healthier. And, several recent studies have shown that owning and handling a pet is especially helpful to seniors.Seniors who care for pets live longer, healthier, and more enjoyable lives than their non-pet owning peers. A study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society found that independently-living seniors with pets have better physical he...

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How Technology Can Help Seniors Live Independently

Can I live alone safely? That is the big question for millions of seniors and their families each year. And for more and more people, the answer is YES – you can live in your home.It’s all thanks to some new technologies designed to help seniors live independently with a host of age-related challenges. In this post, we focus on two assistive tools that empower seniors who have illness and early signs of dementia to live at home.1. A Home Security System for Your Health and Safety.For seniors wit...

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Three Important Exercises to Relieve Back Pain

When your back aches, sometimes the last thing in the world you want to do is exercise. But, taking it easy is often the worst thing you can do. Done in a controlled manner, active back exercises distribute nutrients into the disc space and soft tissues of the back, keeping discs, muscles, ligaments and joints healthy. And for seniors, it’s especially important because vertebrae and cartilage wear down with age.That’s why doctors say knowing a few simple exercises can help alleviate back pain. H...

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