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Hope and Optimism

Hope and Optimism

By Pastor Timothy L. Neptune Hope is confidence in God…not wishful thinking.  To have hope is to trust in God to meet our needs…even in the midst of difficult times.  When we do go through tough times our confidence in God can get a little rattled, as the Old Testament figure Job experienced.  In the midst of his pain and …

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Cataracts: Third Leading Cause of Blindness in the United States

By Jonathan M. Frantz, MD, FACS – Studies suggest that everyone who lives long enough will get cataracts, although there may be some reduced risk for individuals who eat properly, avoid sun exposure and do not smoke. A cataract is not a disease but an aging process similar to graying hair. As the eye ages, the normal lens inside the …

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When Should Elderly Drivers Hang Up the Car Keys?

When Should Elderly Drivers Hang Up the Car Keys?

As a group, seniors age 80 and older have the highest rate of fatal crashes per mile driven, even higher than for teens, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Simply put, too many people continue driving when it’s no longer safe for them to do so. Many seniors may notice changes in their own driving ability and as …

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Is Urgent Care the answer to Your Medical Needs?

Is Urgent Care the answer to Your Medical Needs?

If you or someone you know are experiencing burning sensations and abrasions in the eyes that limit your everyday living activities, you may have dry eyes. Or, if you already have been diagnosed with dry eyes, the “solution” provided by your physician may be offering only temporary, short-term relief. So we talked with Ophthalmologist James E. Croley III, M.D., about LipiFlow, …

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Your Immune System is Aging Too!

Your Immune System is Aging Too!

Aging Immune systems Have you noticed that certain things happen as you age?  Maybe you are tire more easily and need more sleep, or don’t have as much endurance as you once had.  Do you get sick more often?  Does it take you longer to get over a cold or the flu?  Older bodies get hit harder with viruses and …

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IS A REVERSE MORTGAGE RIGHT FOR YOU?

IS A REVERSE MORTGAGE RIGHT FOR YOU?

By Mark E. Ary, MBA – Senior Licensed Loan Originator Many people decide to move forward with a reverse mortgage for various reasons, but if you’re suffering from a chronic health condition, it could be the answer you’ve been looking for. Because our population is living longer, people are searching for viable options to help them live out their best life. …

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IS A REVERSE MORTGAGE RIGHT FOR YOU?

IS A REVERSE MORTGAGE RIGHT FOR YOU?

By Mark E. Ary, MBA Senior Licensed Loan Originator A Reverse Mortgage is a great way to address deferred maintenance and safety issues needed for you or your parent’s home. Most homeowners may not consider the safety issues caused by deferred maintenance to one’s home as a concern or long-term objective, as the concept of home safety is normally seen as …

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Spider Veins – Cosmetic Concern or Tip of the Iceberg?

Examples of legs with spider veins.

By Patrick Nero, MD, FACS – Vein Specialists Spider veins are a common complaint in our vein practice here in Southwest Florida where we have sunny and warm shorts weather year round.  Most patients feel this is only a cosmetic concern though that is not true in every case.  In some cases spider veins can be a manifestation of a …

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DIABETES & HEARING LOSS

DIABETES & HEARING LOSS

By W.L. “Hunter” Huntley, III, HAS., BC-HIS According to the American Diabetes Association (ADA) and the National Institute of Health (NIH), diabetics are two times more susceptible to contract hearing loss than those without the disease. Of the 86 million adults thought to have pre-diabetes, the rate of hearing loss is 30% higher than those with normal blood sugar. In …

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How Heat Affects your Heart

How Heat Affects your Heart

August is “Safety Month” and while we take the time to consider all of the preventative ways to protect ourselves, we often overlook the negative effects that these hot summer months have on our cardiovascular systems. With weather approaching the upper 90’s and on some days, triple digits, the heat can be unbearable at times and downright dangerous, this is particularly …

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