Survival tips for every Alzheimer's disease family caregiver

Every 68 seconds, someone in the United States develops Alzheimer's disease. Approximately 5.4 million Americans currently have the disease, and nearly 15 million others are providing care. Often the equivalent of a full-time job, 80 percent of at-home care for people with Alzheimer's or another form of dementia is provided by unpaid family caregivers.

Demystifying Medicare Part D enrollment

With so many options based on where you live and what prescriptions you need, selecting a Medicare Part D Plan can be complicated and time consuming. However, every American 65 and older must enroll in a plan for 2013 by Dec. 7, 2012.

Dry eye - dealing with a common issue

Dry eye affects up to 40 million Americans, has many causes, and a variety of symptoms. Those who suffer from dry eye know one thing: that it can be very uncomfortable. Common dry eye symptoms include scratchiness or grittiness, the feeling of a foreign particle in the eye, redness and even excessive reflex watering.

Preventing the spread of germs when away from home

Eighty percent of infections are spread by dirty hands, and when you're at home, limiting your exposure to germs with an active hand cleaning schedule can become a familiar endeavor. But it becomes a different matter when you're out in the public, where hand-washing isn't as routine and germs are more prevalent due to the number of people carrying different bacteria. Fortunately, avoiding germs while you're away from home is becoming easier as more businesses and public locations are providing options for employees and visitors to prevent the spread of germs.

How to talk to a loved one about the difficult subject of hearing loss

Full of festive gatherings, this time of year brings us close to friends and family. But if you know someone suffering from hearing loss, it may be hard for you both to fully enjoy time together. You can help improve your loved one's quality of life by addressing the problem with understanding and care. With a few simple steps, you can start the conversation and help find a solution.

Travelers take precautions: cold and flu prevention and treatment tips

Few things can derail a trip like coming down with a cold or the flu. Yet with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reporting 91 different strains of flu virus in circulation during the 2012-2013 flu season, avoiding illness while on the road can be especially challenging. Travelers are exposed to more germs and viruses than folks who stay home, so if you'll be taking a trip this winter, it pays to keep some preventive precautions and treatment options in mind.

Active resolutions: How to go from sore to more

Every year, about two-thirds of Americans resolve to get fit or lose weight. Unfortunately, 73 percent give up within six weeks, according to a survey by Harris Interactive. While time and commitment are often to blame, many fitness experts suggest sore and fatigued muscles have a lot to do with why we lose steam in a new routine.

Tips for traveling safely with your food-allergic child

Traffic delays, long wait times and hungry little tummies - for all the rewards of spending time with your children, traveling with kids can be a challenge. But when the child has food allergies, those challenges can start to look like insurmountable - and even life-threatening - obstacles. To ensure your family trip stays as safe and enjoyable as possible, follow these tips.

Recipes from Paula Deen and Diabetes in a New Light allow you to enjoy the holidays while sticking to your diabetes regimen

With calorie-packed foods and sugary drinks often at the center of holiday gatherings, the season can be more challenging than festive for many Americans living with type 2 diabetes. But American cooking star Paula Deen, who has type 2 diabetes, is letting people know that it's still possible to enjoy all that the holidays have to offer while making smart decisions about healthy eating.

Healthful tips for enjoying the holiday season to the fullest

It's the most wonderful time of the year - but are you able to enjoy the holidays completely? The approaching holiday season means quality time with family, special deliveries in the mail and goodies that delight the taste buds. But it's important to be prepared and stay healthy throughout the season so you can enjoy every festive moment.Consider these holiday health essentials that allow you to enjoy the season to the fullest.

Four ways to live well this winter

Dreaming of spring despite the cold weather outside? You're not the only one. Many people start thinking of warmer temperatures as soon as the mercury drops. Instead of sitting inside this winter, use these tips to "think spring" so you'll be ready when the thermometer rises again.

Home care for the holidays

Whether it's guests arriving for a holiday party, visiting relatives or holiday revelers, your home can feel like a revolving door during the holiday season. Unfortunately, all of this added traffic can also bring unwanted dirt and germs that can outweigh holiday cheer. Keep your home looking clean, germ free and ready to welcome guests throughout the holiday season by establishing a cold-weather cleaning routine.

How those with a rare disease can stand up to intolerance

Whether verbal or physical, bullying can cause real suffering for its victim and can ultimately interfere with a person's social and emotional development. A common target for bullying and intolerance are those people with qualities that may set them apart from their peers, such as health-related issues.

You are unique - your nutrition should be too

Remember when you were a child and the world was big - full of adventure and possibility? You ate your favorite cereal for breakfast, lunch and dinner and at the end of every day, your mom would make you take those little multi-flavored vitamins usually shaped like a popular cartoon character. You didn't necessarily understand why you had to take these, but you always did what your mom told you - because mother knows best.

Expert tips for hand and foot health

Cold weather can be tough on skin, particularly on the hands and feet. A decrease in humidity paired with harsh temperatures can make hands and feet dry, cracked, achy and susceptible to infection. It's important to take some simple steps to protect extremities so they remain healthy all season long.