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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Q. I just turned 77 and I was wondering what my chances are of getting to 100. What do you think?

If you want some idea about your life expectancy, you can check out a table provided by the U.S. Social Security Administration. It is located at http://www.ssa.gov/oact/STATS/table4c6.html.

The table indicates that someone who is 77 today can expect to live another 11.26 years. Of course, if you are a healthy geezer, you can do better than the average.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013
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Food is love.

That's probably the last thing any nutritionist or dietitian wants to see in print, but if we're being honest, we have to admit that many of our strongest memories involve food: A favorite dinner cooked by Mom on our birthday; Grandma's apple pie, warm from the oven; or even an overcooked hotdog (just the way I like them!), grilled by Dad at the first cookout of the year.

Holidays, first dates, weddings, baptisms -- food evokes memories of not only good times, but of family and friends.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Q. I wear dentures now. Any pointers I should know about?

The following are some tips for eating with dentures:

Ÿ Don't bite with your front teeth or pull your food outward from your mouth.

Ÿ Chew food on both sides of your mouth simultaneously to stabilize your dentures.

Ÿ Cut food into small pieces.

Ÿ When you first eat with your dentures, you should avoid sticky foods, raw vegetables and hard-to-chew meats.

Ÿ It is more difficult to feel inside your mouth when you wear dentures, so be careful with hot foods and anything with small bones.

Monday, December 31, 2012

Q. What exactly is a floater that you see in your eye?

Floaters create images in your eye that look like specks, filaments, rings, dots, cobwebs or other shapes. Floaters are the most vivid when you are looking at the sky or a white surface such as a ceiling. They move as your eyes move and seem to dart away when you try to look at them directly.

Some biology first.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

This is the fourth and last column in a series about vision correction.

There are three basic ways to correct faulty vision: eyeglasses, contact lenses or surgery. In this column, we'll cover surgery.

Surgery is used to correct a variety of eye disorders. Of special interest to seniors is surgery for cataracts, so we'll start there.

A cataract is a clouding of the lens, the clear part of the eye that helps focus images like the lens in a camera. Cataracts can blur images and discolor them.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

This is the third column in a series about vision correction.

There are three basic ways to correct faulty vision: eyeglasses, contact lenses or surgery. In this column, I'll cover contacts.

There are two basic kinds of contact lenses soft and hard.

Soft lenses, which are thin and gel-like, are the most popular of the two types of contacts. They come in many varieties and they are very comfortable. I never felt them in my eyes. The following are some choices in soft lenses:

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

(This is the second column in a series about vision correction.)

There are three basic ways to correct faulty vision: eyeglasses, contact lenses or surgery. In this column, we'll cover eyeglasses.

Eyeglasses correct the following vision problems:

Nearsightedness (myopia), which blurs distant objects.

Farsightedness (hyperopia), which blurs near vision.

Astigmatism is caused by an uneven curvature of the eye's surface that produces abnormal focus.

Presbyopia is a natural condition of aging that makes it more difficult to focus on near objects.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Q. How much water should I drink every day?

First, water intake is a health issue that you should discuss with your doctor before deciding how much you should drink. The amount you drink is dependent upon the state of your health.

The simplest answer I could find to this very complicated question is this: If you aren't thirsty and you produce one to two quarts of light yellow urine daily the average output for an adult you're probably taking in enough water.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Q. My 40-year-old son was just diagnosed with Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease. What can he expect from this as he gets older?

Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease (CMT) was identified in 1886 by three physicians: Jean-Martin Charcot (sharr-KOE) and Pierre Marie in France, and Howard Henry Tooth in England. CMT is also known as hereditary motor and sensory neuropathy (HMSN). CMT is a group of related conditions all caused by inherited mutations in genes.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Q. Do feet get larger as you age?

Feet get bigger over decades of pounding. Some people over the age of 40 can gain half a shoe size every 10 years.

Feet flatten out because their supporting tendons and ligaments lose their elasticity. As the tendon along the length of the sole elongates, the arch lowers. Another reason feet enlarge is that the force of your weight thins the fat pads cushioning the bottom of the feet.