Aging America: Tips for Reducing Alzheimer’s Risk and Improving Brain Health

By Dr. Kathleen O’Connell, Chief Medical Officer, UnitedHealthcare Medicare & Retirement, Colorado ~ When the 2020 U.S. Census was published, it revealed a startling fact: one in six Americans turned 65 or older that year, marking a fivefold increase in that demographic compared to 100 years before in 1920. As more Baby Boomers approach 65, the number […]

Stroke Awareness: What You Need to Know

By Dr. James Yeash, D.O., family medicine, New West Physicians, part of Optum ~ Did you know someone in the U.S. has a stroke every 40 seconds? Every three and a half minutes, someone dies of a stroke. Thankfully in Colorado, the rate of mortality associated with stroke has remained flat in recent years, but […]

Managing Energy Levels During a Cancer Diagnosis

Treatments Help Alleviate Cancer-Related Fatigue ~ Overall, roughly two million people were expected to be diagnosed with some form of cancer last year.  The American Cancer Society reports that number could be more than two million in 2024. The National Cancer institute reports just over 300,000 Americans would be diagnosed with breast cancer in 2023, […]

April is National Minority Health Month

Recognizing Health Disparities in Racial and Ethnic Minority Groups ~ By UnitedHealthcare Staff ~ April is recognized by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as Minority Health Month, an observance that brings awareness to health disparities and encourages action through education, early detection, and disease control.  Part of this work includes raising awareness about […]

Can springing forward be a setback for your health?

By Dr. Natasha Mitra, Family Medicine Physician with New West Physicians, part of Optum ~ The start of daylight saving time on March 10, and turning our clocks an hour ahead for another six months, also marks an influx of news coverage on the pros and cons of continuing to observe the practice. As far […]

Small Changes During Heart Health Awareness Month Can Put Colorado Seniors on Path to Better Health

By Dr. Kathleen O’Connell, chief medical officer, UnitedHealthcare Medicare & Retirement of Colorado ~ February is Heart Health Awareness month, a great time to start on the path to better heart health and well-being and to understand the risk factors that can contribute to heart problems. Late last year, the America’s Health Rankings (AHR) report highlighted a […]

Dry January and beyond: stop drinking for your health

By Dr. Matthew Husa, Chief Medical Officer, UnitedHealthcare of Colorado Millions of people worldwide are participating in the health movement of Dry January, simply choosing not to drink alcohol for the month.  Because many Americans reported increasing their alcohol intake during Covid, there is concern that consumption has remained high even after the pandemic ended. […]

21 Mental Health Facts That Can Help Your Loved Ones

By Stanley Popovich ~ I dealt with fear and anxiety for over twenty years and there are 21 facts that I discovered during my mental health struggles that can help anyone who struggles with fear and anxiety.

Make better brain health your top New Year’s resolution for 2024

Alzheimer’s disease is expected to impact nearly 13 million Americans by 2050, including 76,000 Coloradans today, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. So, as you contemplate your New Year’s resolutions for 2024, consider there are steps you can take yourself to maintain and improve your cognitive function.

6 Tips On How To Discuss Your Mental Health With Others

By Stan Popovich ~ It can be frustrating to struggle with your mental health and to get your family and friends to understand where you are coming from.  Although most people may be understanding, there is usually one or two people who will make things more challenging for you.

6 Reasons Why You Should Take Your Mental Health Seriously

By Stan Popovich ~ Many people underestimate the impact that mental illness can have on an individual or family. It can be difficult to admit that you have a mental health problem in your life. Secondly, it can be just as difficult in getting the people you know to understand your situation without making any […]

Denver Highlights Mental Health this Holiday Season

DDPHE offers tips to manage seasonal stress ~ DENVER — There are many reasons to celebrate the holiday season: getting together with friends, the excitement around special occasions and more. But along with highs, come the lows: loneliness, grief, anxiety and frustration. Seasonal stress makes things far from merry and bright. As the holidays approach, […]

What we learned about Alzheimer’s in 2023

2023 was a landmark year for Alzheimer’s disease research, including advancements in treatment, risk factors and diagnosis of Alzheimer’s and other dementias. In this new era of Alzheimer’s treatments, here are seven significant discoveries from this year regarding the seventh-leading cause of death:

Seniors’ Council Meeting Explores Why Humans are at Risk for Disease and How to Reduce Risk

Whereas the 19th century was dominated by infectious diseases such as tuberculosis and pneumonia, the 20th century saw an emergence, and then overwhelming domination, of what has been termed the “metabolic” diseases.  Obesity increased from a prevalence in 1900 of 1 percent of adults to over 40 percent of adults today.  Likewise, type 2 diabetes […]

Dance For Parkinson’s: More Than Just Exercise

By Sarah Leversee ~ Exercise is often the primary reason people first try a dance for Parkinson’s class. Once they experience the music, the movement, magic of dance firsthand, they fall in love with it. Then they discover it is so much more than just a great workout. Dancers with Parkinson’s talk about experiencing an […]