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In recognition of skin cancer prevention month, the American Academy of Dermatology is encouraging everyone to become a “skin cancer hero” by performing regular skin checks on both yourself and your partner. Melanoma is the most common cancer in the United States. However, when spotted early it is highly treatable.

Anyone can get skin cancer, regardless of skin color or age. It is estimated that 1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime. Yet, this can be prevented. Wearing sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher every day, staying out of the sun, avoiding tanning beds, wearing protective clothing and being extra cautious around water, sand, and snow, as they’re reflective surfaces, are all ways to help prevent skin cancer.

In addition, it is helpful to learn the ABCDEs of melanoma detection.
A= Asymmetry
B= Border
C= Color
D= Diameter
E = Evolving

See the infographic above for further information about how to check yourself regularly and for more information about skin cancer, visit the American Academy of Dermatology’s website and/ or make an appointment with a dermatologist in your area each year.

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Now that it is warmer outside and the sun is shining longer, it is time to get outside and soak up as much vitamin D as you can. There are many health benefits of Vitamin D including healthier bones, reduced risk of flu and diabetes, reduction of cancer cell progression, cardiovascular health, healthier pregnancies, mood elevation and many others. Along with a healthy diet that includes fish oils and egg proteins, it is estimated that sensible sun exposure on bare skin for 5-10 minutes 2-3 times per week allows most people to produce sufficient vitamin D.

Here are some suggestions for outdoor activities that can be fun and can increase your overall health:

  • Take a walk
  • Plant a garden
  • Watch a local outdoor sporting event
  • Ride a bike
  • Feed the ducks
  • Visit an arboretum
To learn more about the health benefits of Vitamin D, visit Medical News Today.

Photo Credit: Ol’Pete

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On Saturday, April 8, 2018 at 10:00 am, New Outlook will have a booth at the Health & Wellness Fair at the Waltham Westin. Stop by and say hi. At the fair, you can get free screenings, experience mini treatments, buy and sample products, and make appointments with local health and wellness experts in one location.You’ll also have the opportunity to take home a lot of giveaways and useful tips to keep you healthy. To receive FREE admission to the fair, email Marcy for a pass. We hope to see you there!

Photo Credit: Wellness Corporate Solutions

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With the winter Olympics in a few days, it’s time to qualify for the Senior Olympics which will be in 2019. The National Senior Games Association provides competitive opportunities for senior citizens on a bi-annual basis with the vision of promoting healthy lifestyles for adults through education, fitness, and sport. The NSGA exists today as a non-profit organization dedicated to motivating active adults to lead a healthy lifestyle through the senior games movement.The Games, a 19-sport, biennial competition for men and women 50 and over, is the largest multi-sport event in the world for seniors.

NSGA Member Organizations hold annual games with qualifying competitions in the year preceding The Games. To date, the NSGA has held 15 Summer national championships. The next games will be held in Albuquerque, New Mexico from June 14-25, 2019. Sports that will be played include track and field, golf, swimming, archery, basketball, tennis among others.

New Outlook Homecare fully supports the vision of the NSGA and encourages all healthy adults to participate.

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Many know that aging is a risk factor for developing dementia. However, research indicates that there are a number of ways to reduce or mitigate your risk, and developing good habits early on is a great way to have a positive impact on your mental health later in life.

According to the Alzheimer’s Society:

  • Keep physically active. As little as 30 minutes a day, 5 days per week of increased physical activity which raises your heart rate is not only good for your heart and general well-being, but it can also reduce your risk of developing dementia later in life.
  • Don’t smoke
  • Eat a healthy, balanced diet
  • Reduce alcohol consumption
  • Maintain a healthy weight. Also helps reduce your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, stroke and heart disease.
  • Exercise your brain. Challenge yourself with brain activities such as puzzles, word searches or crosswords. Try something new, such as a new game, learn a language or read a new book.

For further tips or suggestions, visit the Alzheimer’s Society or Alzheimer’s Association.

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FlushotFacebookFlu season is upon us. The flu shot is vital for senior citizens and caregivers. Older adults’ immune systems are weaker and more susceptible to diseases. A caregiver’s immune system can be impaired by caring for an ill person.

For seniors, the flu can be a severe illness and may cause death. 71 – 85% of flu-related deaths and 54 – 70% of flu-related hospitalizations happen in people who are age 65 and older.

The CDC recommends that everyone should get vaccinated before the end of October, especially adults over the age of 65. That’s because flu activity starts as early as October. After getting the shot, it takes about 2 weeks for the protective flu antibodies to develop in the body. So, the sooner your older adult and you get the shot, the sooner you’ll have protection against the flu.

Flu shots are available in a variety of places including your doctor’s office, pharmacies, and health clinics. The flu shot is free under Medicare. There is no co-payment needed. Other private insurances consider the flu shot a preventative service, so it will likely be covered and of no cost to you.

Don’t wait, get your flu shot today. To find a location nearest you, go to the CDC’s Vaccine Finder website and enter your zip code or city and state to find flu shot clinics near you.

Be well this season.

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