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Walking For Exercise? Pick Up The Pace!

Walking For Exercise? Pick Up The Pace!

Walking is the most popular form of exercise in the United States.  But to get the maximum benefit from this activity, you should be doing it at more than just a leisurely pace. A new analysis of walking data that was published online at plosone.org shows that those who take 17 minutes or more to

Is Golf Healthy?

Is Golf Healthy?

As we have more time on our hands, many of us are taking up new hobbies and finding new interests.  This is, of course, very good. Friends of mine who are not golfers kid me about the sport.  They say it isn’t really exercise.  Well, it might not be long-distance running, but it has benefits,

Hip Fracture? Speed Is Important!

Hip Fracture? Speed Is Important!

Did you know that over 340,000 older adults a year in the US fracture their hips?  And only about 1 in 5 of these patients return to their pre-injury level of function after this injury.   However, a new approach to treatment may improve the outcome and you can advocate for it for yourself or

Flu Shots May Stop Heart Attacks

Flu Shots May Stop Heart Attacks

Obviously, we Suddenly Solos should be taking good care of ourselves. And getting a flu shot is a good way to avoid potentially life-threatening flu and flu-related complications.   But did you know that a flu shot may help people avoid a heart attack? If you have type-2 diabetes, a study of over 12,000 adults

Smart Fun in the Sun

Smart Fun in the Sun

With the nicer weather now upon us, let’s get out there and enjoy it – albeit safely! As we have matured, our skin is more sensitive to the sun, but that is not a reason to hide from it.  In fact, getting outdoors promotes better health and it increases socialization. We have all heard the

Pack Up All Your Cares and Woes

Pack Up All Your Cares and Woes

  A terrific article in the Huffington Post written by a Kate Bratskeir (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kate-bratskeir) references a study conducted last year that showed people who wrote down the negative thoughts about themselves and then literally threw the paper away were less likely to be troubled by them as compared to those who retained the document. This

Change is Good. Here’s How Much Change to Try!

Change is Good.  Here’s How Much Change to Try!

When we find ourselves alone as Suddenly Solos, we tend to withdraw at least for a little while. It is part of the grieving process, whether our solitude is due to divorce or becoming a widower. Emerging from the cocoon of solitary confinement is certainly productive as it opens your world perspective.  When precisely that

Why Am I Still Sneezing?

Why Am I Still Sneezing?

Although it is September, there are still lots of allergens floating around that can trigger the sneezing, tearing up, coughing, etc. that you thought you outlasted from the spring. Most notable, ragweed is still a factor.  This yellow flowered weed starts releasing pollen in August and the season can last through September and into October. 

Red, Red Wine: A Balance Enhancer?

Red, Red Wine: A Balance Enhancer?

Although it may sound counter-intuitive, a substance found in red wine could help prevent mobility issues and reduce the risk of life-threatening falls amongst senior citizens, researchers announced during a meeting of the American Chemical Society (ACS) that took place in August of 2012. Lead researcher Dr. Jane E. Cavanaugh of Duquesne University in Pittsburgh,

Physical Therapy vs. Surgery for Lumbar Spinal Stenosis

Physical Therapy vs. Surgery for Lumbar Spinal Stenosis

Lumbar Spinal Stenosis (LSS) is a medical condition in which the spinal canal narrows and compresses the spinal cord and nerves. This is usually due to the common occurrence of spinal degeneration that occurs with aging. It is a common cause of lower back pain, numbness or localized weakness in aging adults. In some cases,

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