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A Chat with the Doctor: Incontinence

A Chat with the Doctor: Incontinence

By Dr. Eric Freedman Suzanne’s mother, Jane, is 84 and was recently placed in a care home because of progressive dementia. She was referred to me for incontinence. “So how long has your mom had problems with bladder control?” I

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Want to Try a Triathlon?

By Steve Elliott Don’t let the Ironman triathlon distance scare you. Sprint or super-sprint triathlons are within the reach of almost everyone, and trying a triathlon as a senior can be a great way to get in shape while avoiding

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Fitness First: Healthy Dieting

Fitness First: Healthy Dieting

By Krista Howell ‘Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food.’ – Hippocrates Many people start exercising to lose weight. But it’s not always that easy to shed extra pounds. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve

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Fitness First: Strengthening Your Core

The desire to improve the strength and look of our abdominal area isn’t new. Yoga, the first organized exercises for what we call the core area, dates back more than 5,000 years. Move forward several thousand years to World War I, when

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Practicing Prevention: Key Screenings for Older Adults

Practicing Prevention: Key Screenings for Older Adults

By Dr. Todd Stolp At first glance, “preventive health care” appears to refer to things that prevent us from getting health care, like when the nearest participating provider for your insurance plan practices in Albuquerque. In fact, preventive health care

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Fitness First: The Best Reason to Exercise

On a normal work day I see between 100 to 150 students and patients. One day I took a quick survey, asking “Why do you exercise?” Every participant replied, “Because I feel better.” This group ranged in age from 17

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She’s Got Game: Bowler Laura Persson

She’s Got Game: Bowler Laura Persson

Laura Persson’s petite stature contrasts dramatically with her colossal determination – or giant stubborn streak, as she puts it. The 5-foot-2 Tuolumne woman is again racking up spares, strikes, and 200 games – despite a nearly fatal health crisis that

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Health on Wheels: Older Riders Savor Cycling’s Rewards

Health on Wheels: Older Riders Savor Cycling’s Rewards

With the approach of a world-class race in May, the secret is out: The Mother Lode is a cyclists’ paradise. Another revelation: How many older riders are turning to cycling for fitness and fun. It’s a story of rediscovery, passion, and for some, obsession.

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Five Sweet Rides Through Scenic Tuolumne and Calaveras Counties

Five Sweet Rides Through Scenic Tuolumne and Calaveras Counties

There are hundreds of great road- and mountain bike rides in Tuolumne and Calaveras counties, from easy to extremely challenging. Below are five local favorites: two mountain bike trails and three road routes that range from 10 to 39 miles and can be done in an afternoon. For non-riders, the three road routes listed here – Algerine Loop, Clavey Climb, and Angels-Murphys Loop- make for scenic drives. Just watch out for those cyclists.

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A Fitness Regimen He Can’t Stand … and Can’t Stop

A Fitness Regimen He Can’t Stand … and Can’t Stop

Those who exercise regularly, be they runners, cyclists or swimmers, deep in their incredibly healthy, 45-beat-a-minute hearts, know the truth:  They hate their sports. Sure, these ectomorphs will bore you with the rapture, preaching ad nauseum about runner’s highs, the

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Stoma Patients: Help After Life-Altering Surgery

Registered nurse Teresa Hernandez has started a support group to help people coping with a stoma – a surgically constructed opening, typically in the abdominal wall, that permits passage of waste after a colostomy, ileostomy or urostomy. “It changes your

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Amgen Tour of California: On May 16, 2012, the World Will Be Watching

Amgen Tour of California: On May 16, 2012, the World Will Be Watching

For one day, Sonora will be the center of the bicycling universe, attracting many of the world’s top racers and media coverage reaching millions of viewers around the globe. As host to Stage 4 of Amgen’s 2012 Tour of California

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Fitness First: Choosing a Stationary Bike

Fitness First: Choosing a Stationary Bike

I will always remember my first bike, a Schwinn Stingray with a banana seat and suicide handlebars. The only bike cooler in 1969 was Peter Fonda’s chopper in “Easy Rider.” My brother and I rode all over the dirt roads

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Cycling Resources

Here’s a list of cycle shops and services available to foothills riders.

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The Legend: Erv Kroeker

The Legend: Erv Kroeker

Erv Kroeker wasn’t always a legend among Mother Lode cyclists. He wasn’t always the wiry, fit and age-defying marvel that he is at 71. There was a time when the more than 40 bones he has broken in numerous falls

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The Joy of Nutrition: Preparing Emergency Food Kits

The Joy of Nutrition: Preparing Emergency Food Kits

By Clare Hicks During my first winter in Twain Harte a wise neighbor told me, “When you hear a big storm is coming, get all the laundry done right away.” Sage advice, considering we had a five-day power outage last

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Life in the Snow Lane

Life in the Snow Lane

Snowshoes invite a fun winter outing, but don’t be fooled by the leisurely pace: It’s great exercise.

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Fitness First: Variety is Key

Fitness First: Variety is Key

Many people tell me how great they feel while participating in an exercise program – then, something happens and they get out of the routine. Making exercise part of your daily routine is the easiest way to stick to the

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Fitness First: Pay Attention to Posture

Fitness First: Pay Attention to Posture

“Stand up straight!” We’ve all heard this great advice. How we stand and carry ourselves directly reflects how we feel, and good posture is key to a healthy lifestyle.     Our bones and muscles were designed to work together

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Wheel Man George Chambers

Wheel Man George Chambers

He’s fit, fast and faithful. For George Chambers, 82, cycling is a world-class love affair with no end in sight.

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Fitness First: Keeping, Building Muscle Mass

Fitness First: Keeping, Building Muscle Mass

By Krista Howell Here’s a new word in your health vocabulary: “Sarcopenia.” It means age-related loss of muscle mass that affects everyone starting in our mid-40s. As we age past mid-life, skeletal muscle declines at a rate of one percent

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Living with Parkinson’s

Living with Parkinson’s

Parkinson’s disease took Sarah Johnson by surprise. As a result, others diagnosed with the disease now have easier access to information and support.

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The Joy of Nutrition: Cooking for One

The Joy of Nutrition: Cooking for One

By Clare Hicks Think about a time when you helped prepare a special meal for loved ones. You may have scoured cookbooks looking for the perfect dish, and then gone to several markets to find the right ingredients. At home,

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Fitness First: Middle Age Equals Middle Weight

Fitness First: Middle Age Equals Middle Weight

If you’re over 50, less active than you should be, stressed out and in need of a good night’s sleep, a health crisis may be creeping up – onto your waistline. It’s an unfortunate formula: middle age equals middle weight.

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A Heart for Helping

A Heart for Helping

Heart disease has changed Carol Katz’s life forever. Now she wants to help other patients through a new support group called Mending Hearts.

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Fitness First: Arthritis and ‘Pre-Hab’

Fitness First: Arthritis and ‘Pre-Hab’

This may sound crazy to someone suffering from it, but it’s true: Exercise helps ease arthritis-related joint and muscle pain. Now that winter has settled in, you may be experiencing even more discomfort as the barometer drops. This is a

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A Good Night’s Sleep is Within Reach

By Peter Carrillo A good night’s sleep is harder to come by as you grow older. Although you used to be able to sleep for 12 hours at a time, doze soundly in an airline seat, or go from wide

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Fitness First: Fit to Travel?

Thinking of going on a quick one-day bus trip, or perhaps a three-week European vacation? Before booking those tickets, consider your overall fitness level. Will you be able to board the bus, then walk around all day once you arrive

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The Boys and Granddads of Summer

The Boys and Granddads of Summer

At 85, Jim Gullion still has ‘the moves’ honed from 70 seasons on a ballfield. Now he and other granddads are sharing what they know, including Jim’s fitness philosophy: Actions beats inaction every time.

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Memories of Joy Aboard an Old Gray Mare

Memories of Joy Aboard an Old Gray Mare

For two hours each week, 83-year-old Lynn Proctor sheds life’s most difficult labels and climbs back into the saddle of her childhood. The years disappear, too, as she trains her beloved mare, directing her around the dusty arena, over to

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Fitness First: Nutrition, Exercise Go Hand in Hand

Fitness First: Nutrition, Exercise Go Hand in Hand

“Hara hachi bu” is an Okinawan phrase that means “eat only until 80 percent full.” It’s also a focal point of a book I’ve just read called The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer from the People Who’ve Lived the

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Sex and the Savvy Senior

Sex and the Savvy Senior

Remember “that talk” your folks had with you when you entered the teen years and started dating? If you are over 50 and considering a new relationship or about to embark on the dating scene after a long time out,

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At 78, He Sets the Pace for Healthy Living

At 78, He Sets the Pace for Healthy Living

Groveland’s Frank Oyung, 78, has worn out a lot of shoe leather and tire rubber on the road to good health. His advice: Keep moving – and keep singing, too.

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Fitness First: Heart Attack Spurs Lifestyle Shift

Fitness First: Heart Attack Spurs Lifestyle Shift

For the fifth day in a row, Martha Silva woke with a crushing headache. She had tried to ignore the pain, but it was unrelenting. As she entered the emergency room, her chest began to hurt. The 49-year-old Sonora woman

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Senior Merrymakers

Senior Merrymakers

It’s not just about the axis of rotation or angle of entry for these avid bowlers. Wild shots and gutter balls? No problem, For the Senior Merrymakers, friendship is the kingpin.

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Fitness First: Staying Active in Winter

Fitness First: Staying Active in Winter

Winter is the season of hibernation and dormancy, which is great for wildlife and yards but not so good for humans. This can be a very challenging time to stay on a regular exercise program. The days are short, holiday

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New Treatment Options for Prostate Problems

New Treatment Options for Prostate Problems

By Dr. Doug Ankrom My patient listened carefully to the treatment options for his problem: difficulty urinating. I knew that the options we discussed could help him, but he was having a difficult time deciding what to do. Finally, he

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Sissy Mutzner: An Athlete for All Seasons

Sissy Mutzner: An Athlete for All Seasons

Sissy Mutzner is 80? The Sonora native can hardly believe it herself. Another surprise was her stunning sweep at the 2009 National Senior Games at Stanford. A fluke, she insists. As she dives headfirst into her ninth decade, she sums up her fitness philosophy in five words: “Get up and do something.”

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A Passion for Pinecrest

A Passion for Pinecrest

Gil Gilluly, 90, admits he’s “the biggest SOB in Pinecrest.” That’s not an insult, but testament to decades spent sharing the joys of summer – fishing and sailing on the popular high-country lake – with hundreds of youngsters and their parents.

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Quick Action is Key to Surviving a Stroke

Too often, we see patients who have waited at home for several hours, sometimes up to a day, to see if the symptoms disappear. A “wait and see” approach is no way to treat stroke symptoms.

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Fitness First: Choices

I was chatting with a friend recently when the word “choices” cropped up. Personal health choices have a significant link to heart disease and stroke. Most of us know this, but may not always remember it. My friend Marilyn was

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The Trip You’d Rather Not Take: Preventing Falls

Falling is worth thinking about. It’s the leading cause of injury deaths among older adults, and the most common cause of injury and hospital trauma admission, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More than a third of

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College’s Adaptive PE Classes Have a Loyal Following

By Sean Day “It is a real privilege to be around people who are doing something positive for themselves. It is absolutely fantastic.” So says Columbia College instructor Josh Bigelow, who ought to know. For 29 years he has been

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Fitness First: Exercise

The word exercise is derived from the Latin root meaning “to maintain, or to ward off.” To exercise means to practice, put into action, train, improve. Exercise is a natural way of life, but with aging we have to consciously

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Tommy Manson: At 97, She Embraces Exercise, Life and Helping Others

‘If you’re doing things that are good for your body, you’re doing good for your soul.’ – Tommy Manson

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Early Diagnosis Key to Easing Carpal Tunnel Pain

By Lili Cadeaux Hapgood One of the most common conditions that hand therapists treat is carpal tunnel syndrome. Many people believe this condition is found only in younger office workers, largely computer users, but it is quite prevalent in the

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Fitness First: Cardiac Rehabilitation

Cardiac Rehabilitation (CR) is a wonderful place to work. Patients who enter our 12-week program get individual help as they recover from major heart ailments and learn how to prevent future problems. Designed specifically for the patient’s medical needs, the

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How to be a Patient 101

Try to help the caregiver see what the world is like through your eyes.

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Diet, Lifestyle Changes Key to Eluding ‘The Silent Killer’

By Dr. Bob Uslander As an emergency physician, I am all too familiar with the unfortunate consequences of uncontrolled high blood pressure. Also known as hypertension, it is at least partially responsible for the majority of heart attacks and strokes

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House Calls

By Dr. Matt Personius Family Physician As we stepped outside the door of her mother’s apartment, I could see tears welling up in the daughter’s eyes. We spoke softly so as not to be heard through the closed door, but

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