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Understanding hearing loss by Terry Portis, EdD-617

Understanding hearing loss by Terry Portis, EdD

Hearing loss is an issue that is not currently on the national radar. The causes and consequences of hearing loss are not generally understood, and what people think they understand may be wrong. Even those who are themselves impacted by hearing loss may not fully grasp the significance and impact of this issue.

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Understanding vision loss By Martin S. Yablonski, Med-490

Understanding vision loss By Martin S. Yablonski, Med

People who do not have normal vision, even with the help of eyeglasses or corrective lenses, are considered visually impaired. In aging adults, visual impairment is most often caused by eye disease, including age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and cataracts, according to the (US) National Eye Institute.

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Decrease the risk of heat-related illness By Patricia Ryan, MS-487

Decrease the risk of heat-related illness By Patricia Ryan, MS

Every summer as the temperature rises people become ill or die from heat-related illness. Between the years 1979 and 2002, there were 4,780 deaths due to weather-related heat, according the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and of those 44% were people 65 years and older.

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HIV/AIDS and adults over 50: a call to action by Marilynn Larkin, MA-458

HIV/AIDS and adults over 50: a call to action by Marilynn Larkin, MA

“You’re awfully old to have this disease.” That’s what a 70 year-old with HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) infection was told by a healthcare provider, according to Charles Emlet, PhD, associate professor of social work at the University of Washington–Tacoma. Emlet has worked with older adults with HIV/AIDS for more than 20 years. Recently, he interviewed 25 people ages 50 and older about their experiences with HIV for an article in an upcoming issue of The Gerontologist, a journal of the Gerontological Society of America. “There’s been a lot of media coverage about 2006 marking the 25th anniversary of the first cases of AIDS being diagnosed in the United States,” says Emlet. “This year’s headlines also brought attention to the fact that the first Baby Boomers are turning 60. But,” he asserts, “an important connection between the 2 has gone largely unnoticed—and it’s a silence that can kill.”

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Exercise and chronic pain: opening the therapeutic window by Kim Dupree Jones, PhD and Janice Holt Hoffman-434

Exercise and chronic pain: opening the therapeutic window by Kim Dupree Jones, PhD and Janice Holt Hoffman

Acute pain is a vital, protective mechanism that permits us to live in an environment fraught with potential dangers. In contrast, chronic pain serves no such physiologic role. It is not a symptom, but a disease state.

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Living Strong Living Well: a strength and fitness program for cancer survivors by Joyce Hanna-254

Living Strong Living Well: a strength and fitness program for cancer survivors by Joyce Hanna

After surviving testicular cancer, which spread to his brain, abdomen and lungs, Lance Armstrong climbed into cycling’s elite class in 1999 by winning the prestigious Tour de France championship. Earlier this year, Armstrong celebrated his record sixth straight victory in this race. He is physically and mentally stronger today, he says, than before his 1996 cancer diagnosis. Many people do not realize that Armstrong is not alone in making a strong comeback from cancer.

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