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Having Troubles With Your Heating Bill? HEAP Can Help

What is Eczema Eczema, or atopic dermatitis, is a skin condition that causes red itchy patches to appear on the skin. It is a chronic condition that can vary from mild to severe. Eczema has no cure, but it can be treated. Symptoms of Eczema include: Irritated red or grayish brown patches on the… Read more

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What Is HEAP? HEAP, or the Home Energy Assistance Program, is a New York State program that helps low-income New Yorkers to afford their heating bills. HEAP benefits are seasonal, and can be applied for come mid-November. According to ny.gov, to be eligible for HEAP, you and your household must: All be U.S…. Read more

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Is Organic Food Better For You? Overall studies have found that organic foods are no more healthy than regularly grown and raised food.    Organic food is food that is grown or raised without synthetic pesticides, fertilizers, antibiotics or hormones. Traditional foods are foods that include all of these additives. Studies have found that… Read more

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A new method for requesting an emergency ambulance with 21st century technology has been established right here in Brooklyn. SmartEMS is a free application that can be downloaded on any smart phone and computer. When registering, you enter your medical demographics such as your medical history, allergies, medications, insurance information, emergency contacts, and even the… Read more

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Margarine Originally, margarine was created to be a healthier alternative to butter. But, over the years, the spread has become so processed, that it’s hardly any better than butter. While significantly lower in cholesterol and fat when compared to butter, margarine is still not much better. It’s high in saturated fat, contains trans fat,… Read more

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What is Access-a-Ride? Access-a-Ride is an MTA funded transportation program that lets vehicles pick up and drop off those who are unable to use mass transit due to disability or age. The service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you use the area code 212, 347, 516, 631,646, 718,… Read more

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The best way to know to whether a food is healthy or not is to check its nutritional label. But, what exactly should you be looking for when reading one? Serving Size & Serving Per Container: Serving sizes are important because the nutritional label is based on the serving size. This can become confusing when… Read more

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If you’ve watched a video on Facebook, listened to music on a website, or watched a movie on Netflix, you were streaming. While the term “streaming” initially seems confusing, it’s actually pretty simple to understand. Here we go over what exactly streaming is, as well as other terms to help you understand.   What is… Read more

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What Is Asthma ? Asthma is a chronic illness that affects the lung’s airways. The lung’s airways carry air in and out of the lungs. In people suffering with asthma, the muscles in their airways can become constricted and swollen, allowing less air to pass through. Symptoms of asthma can include: Wheezing Trouble breathing Shortness… Read more

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For many people, the ability to move is so basic and intuitive that it’s taken for granted. While some people face mobility challenges early in life due to disability, injury, or illness, the majority of the population doesn’t give much thought to this important aspect of our lives. From the time we learn to lift… Read more

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Receiving screenings for breast cancer has never been easier in New York. New legislation has changed the way New York handles breast cancer, which is the leading cancer-related death amongst New York women. Here, we go over the biggest changes, and how you can take advantage of them. Different Hospitals and Clinics Will Provide Extended… Read more

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  Metabolic Syndrome is not a disease or an illness. Instead, Metabolic Syndrome is the name for various factors that can heighten a person’s risk for heart disease, specifically, coronary heart disease, and other health issues, such as diabetes or stroke. There are five factors that cause Metabolic Syndrome, and a person only needs to… Read more

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What is NORC? NORC-SSP’s are naturally occurring retirement communities supportive service program. These communities are housing complexes or apartment buildings with a high population of seniors. They offer specialty health and social services for communities elderly population. NORC’s are not strictly inhabited by seniors, nor were they purposely developed to be senior-only communities; Instead, communities… Read more

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When cold weather arrives, pneumonia is never too far behind. Commonly mistaken for other illnesses (like the common cold or bronchitis), pneumonia can range anywhere between mild to deadly. Unfortunately, people over the age of 65 are at a much higher risk of developing complications when sick with pneumonia. Here, we go over the causes,… Read more

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New York Senior Nutritional and Disease Prevention Services just received a hefty sum of $74 million in State and Federal funding. Officially announced by Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz, Chair of the Aging Committee, over $33 million will go into New York City-based senior health services. So, where exactly is this money going to? Services such as… Read more

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Everyone deserves to have access to healthy, filling meals, regardless of their income. Here we list three different meal-service programs for low-income seniors that provide healthy foods and meals to those who need it most. CSFP Commodity Supplemental Food Program, or CSFP, is a New York-based nutritional program that supplies people over the age… Read more

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Although we may only dedicate one month a year to breast cancer, that doesn’t mean breast exams should only be administered once a year. In fact, self-given breast exams should be done at least once a month. Nearly 40% of breast cancer was first detected by women noticing a change in their breast(s). Here, we… Read more

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Kimberly Dole, of New York for Seniors TV caught up to Rob Shepherd, of GrowNYC’s Greenmarket program, at the Brooklyn Boro Hall Farmers market. They talk about the farmers market and the Free Greenmarket Tours for senior centers, in partnership with GrowNYC, AlphaCare and New York for Seniors magazine.

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Confused as to why you’re suffering from allergies during the fall? It’s not as uncommon as you think. While most people think of the spring as the peak allergy season, the fall contains just as many allergens in its air. Here, we breakdown one of the most common reasons for fall seasonal allergies and some… Read more

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Wondering when the last day to register to vote is? Or whether you’re still registered to vote? Then we got answers for you. Here, we answer some of the most commonly asked questions about voting in New York before this Election Day. When is the last day to register to vote? October 14th is… Read more

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Pumpkin. Pumpkin is the king of winter vegetables. Aside from making great jack-o-lanterns and holiday pies, pumpkins are incredibly rich in vitamin A, potassium, and vitamin C. Pumpkins stay fresh for up to a few weeks, and can be stored outside. For optimal usage, don’t keep a pumpkin on a carpeted or wooden surface, which… Read more

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What is rent stabilization? Rent stabilization is a New York-based program, which regulates an apartment’s rent and the landlord’s power. Under rent stabilization, tenants are protected by certain rights. These rights include: Protection against unreasonable or unwarranted rent increases. The right to renew one- or two-year leases. Protection against unfair evictions. The right to proper services… Read more

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Ever wonder what exactly a calorie actually is? Or whether there is such thing as good cholesterol? For National Healthy Aging Month, we’re celebrating by breaking down three of the most misunderstood and important health misconceptions and questions. What Are Calories, and Why Do They Matter? A calorie is a unit of energy. While calories… Read more

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What is Elder Abuse? Elder abuse is the intentional act of abuse towards older adults over the age of 60. Elder abuse is a large-scale problem that is more common than most people realize. In one study done on more than 7,000 seniors, it was found that one in ten seniors had experienced elder abuse… Read more

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You’re standing in a pharmacy looking for a standard pain reliever when you’re faced with the choice of buying either the brand-name or the generic brand. Although the generic brand is cheaper, you decide to go with the brand-name medication because you assume it works better. But, this isn’t actually the case. When it comes… Read more

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What is The New York Relay Service? The New York Relay Service is a free statewide service that allows people who are deaf, hard-of-hearing, deaf-blind, or speech-disabled who use text or voice carry-over telephones to call standard phones. This process is done through an operator, and can also connect standard phones to text or… Read more

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What is the Prostate? The prostate, found in men, is a walnut-sized gland located behind the scrotum and under the bladder, and is responsible for generating fluid that makes up part of the sperm. The prostate is an important part of the male reproductive system. As men become older, the prostate generally enlarges, which can… Read more

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Losing weight can be difficult, especially as we get older. As a result, many advertisers claim to have the secret to losing weight. Mostly, these claims come in the form of a pill. Unfortunately, these claims are more fantasy than fact. Here, we break down why over-the-counter diet pills don’t work, and which supplements have… Read more

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With flu season right around the corner, many seniors are once again left wondering whether or not to get a flu shot. Here, we answer the five most commonly asked questions about the flu vaccine, and whether or not it is the right choice for you.    Why get vaccinated? While everyone can get the… Read more

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1) Wear the Right Type of Shoes One of the leading causes of falls lies right under our noses, on our feet. When it comes to falls, specific shoes are more linked to severe falls than others. These shoes include: High heels Backless Shoes Loose or ill fitting shoes and slippers Shoes with smooth rubber… Read more

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