• By Jen O'Hara

Housecall: What to Expect With Aging

December 7, 2015

elderly man looking out the window
THIS WEEK'S TOP STORIES 

Aging: What to expect
Aging isn't glamorous, but you're not necessarily at the mercy of Mother Nature. See how healthy lifestyle choices can influence the way you age.

Chagas disease
Although Valentine's Day is months away, "kissing bugs" have been found in parts of the U.S. The insects can transmit Chagas disease, so know the symptoms and how to stay safe.

EXPERT ANSWERS
Electric toothbrush: Better than a manual toothbrush?
Using an electric toothbrush might help you remove more plaque from your teeth and improve your gum health.

How can I decrease the fatigue of rheumatoid arthritis?
If you have rheumatoid arthritis, try these practical ideas to fight fatigue and boost your energy.

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PLUS ADDITIONAL HIGHLIGHTS ...
Keeping pets when you have allergic asthma
What are chronic hives?
Eye twitching
Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)

HEALTHY RECIPES
Apple dumpling
Orange rosemary roasted chicken
Barley and roasted tomato risotto
Salad greens with pears, fennel and walnuts

HEALTH TIP OF THE WEEK
Had an eye exam lately?
Regular eye exams are an important part of preventive health care, even if you don't wear glasses. Consult your eye care professional for periodic eye exams. In general, if you're healthy and have no vision problems, have your vision checked every five to 10 years in your 20s and 30s. Between ages 40 and 65, have your vision checked every two to four years. After age 65, get your eyes checked every one to two years.

Need practical advice on diet and exercise? Want creative solutions for stress and other lifestyle issues? Discover even more healthy lifestyle topics at MayoClinic.org.

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