Pneumonia Vaccines – What’s New for Adults in 2020

Betty Chaffee/ January 15, 2020/ immunization, Self management, vaccines/ 0 comments

Vaccination against pneumonia is an important way to protect yourself from one of the most common life-threatening infections. Pneumonia affects people of every age, but is more serious for those at both ends of the age spectrum. It’s estimated that one million people will be hospitalized in the United States this year for pneumonia. Worse, it’s likely that 50,000 of the infections will end in death. Causes of pneumonia include

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Protect yourself from Shingles – get vaccinated!

Betty Chaffee/ January 9, 2020/ immunization, Self management, vaccines/ 5 comments

The new Shingles vaccine, Shingrix, has been in short supply for the past year. It’s starting to become more widely available, and the supply is expected to meet demand during 2020. If you’re 50 years of age or older and you haven’t been able to complete the two-shot series yet, or if you haven’t even thought about getting vaccinated, now’s the time to put it on your to-do list! What

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Give the Gift of Better Health this Holiday Season!

Betty Chaffee/ December 13, 2019/ Medication Management, Personalized Medicine, Self management/ 2 comments

Do you have someone on your holiday gift list that’s hard to buy for? Most of us have people on our gift list who seem to have everything. We spend a fair amount of time trying to find something to give that would be meaningful, fun, or different. We want our gifts to make a difference to these special people in our lives. How about giving a gift that will

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Dietary Supplements in the Prevention of Dementia

Betty Chaffee/ November 19, 2019/ Dietary Supplements, Self management/ 4 comments

There are many dietary supplements on the market to prevent dementia and age-related cognitive decline. And it turns out that in the US about one in four adults over 50 takes a supplement to maintain or improve brain health. In 2016 alone, about $3 billion was spent globally on supplements for brain health. But what do we really know about the effectiveness of these products? In a previous post about

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