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 […]

Top Vaccines for Older Adults to Consider and Why

By Emily Cheshire, DNP, MS, FNP-BC ~ Did you skip your flu shot last year?  You are not alone.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that about 46% of adults 65 and older chose not to get a flu shot last year.  And that’s just the tip of the proverbial vaccination iceberg.  […]

Denver Department of Public Health & Environment Urges Caution as West Nile Virus Cases Increase

Severe mosquito season leading to a spike in cases across Colorado ~ DENVER— The Denver Department of Public Health & Environment (DDPHE) is urging residents to take caution after several suspected cases of West Nile virus have been reported in the last three weeks. DDPHE disease intervention specialists are currently investigating six cases of West Nile […]

Report reveals importance of social connection among older Coloradoans

By Dr. Matthew Husa, Chief Medical Officer for UnitedHealthcare in Colorado ~ The pandemic affected everyone in unprecedented ways. Social connections and support systems were heavily impacted, especially those of America’s older adults. The social relationships that are fostered by an active community decreased, and challenges in seniors’ health rose.

With predictions of another hot summer ahead, staying hydrated and protecting the skin is a top priority – especially for older adults

By Stacey Johnson, RN, NHA ~ Yes, Colorado has had an unusually long stretch of damp, cloudy weather this spring in a state that typically enjoys soaring June temperatures and plenty of sunshine. But the sunshine is back and temps are rising which, as always, means more time relaxing, exercising and playing in Colorado’s great […]

Three Tips to Help Men Make Health a Priority This Summer

By Dr. Amit Arwindekar, Medical Director, UnitedHealthcare Global ~ Summer is a great time to focus on fitness, especially for men. While for some men their health may be a secondary concern, the summer months offer an opportune time to help raise awareness of the health challenges men face and encourage them to take action […]

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