In the year 2030 it is estimated that more than 20 percent of people will be 65 years of age or older. Individuals over the age of 65 have an average of two or more chronic conditions. With upcoming demographic changes, our health care costs will continue to increase if people do not begin to take more responsibility for their health now. Because of the increased prevelance of chronic disease, MSU Extension strives to educate Michigan residents on healthy lifestyle choices so as they age, they have a stronger health and are able to self-manage any health conditions that may arise.

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  • Eye health and diabetes

    January 15, 2015 | Diana Fair | “The Eyes are the window to your soul” is a quote by William Shakespeare that many of us are familiar with. This quote definitely applies to eye health and can be a window to your health status. Many physical conditions may be diagnosed during an eye exam.

  • Planning ahead provides peace of mind

    January 14, 2015 | Beth Waitrovich | It is important to plan ahead for financial matters in case of death or disability.

  • Aging and balance

    January 9, 2015 | Diana Fair | Aging has many benefits, such as having more experience to draw upon when faced with decisions. But growing older also has some down sides, such as increased risk for developing chronic disease and decreased mobility.

  • Traumatic brain injury

    January 5, 2015 | Diana Fair | Have you fallen recently or experienced a blow to your head? You might have a brain injury.

  • Food poisoning can change your life

    January 5, 2015 | Karen Fifield | Long term effects of foodborne illness.

  • Food safety for seniors

    January 5, 2015 | Jane Hart | The aging population is at an increased risk of food poisoning.

  • Scams when purchasing health insurance online

    December 14, 2014 | Julie Moberg | Beware of scams when buying health insurance online. Read how to protect yourself against scams. Learn the difference between a health insurance plan and a health discount plan.

  • Is it a health insurance plan or a discount plan? Know the difference

    December 2, 2014 | Julie Moberg | A health discount plan is different than a health insurance plan. Learn what the difference is before buying your health insurance.

  • HOT TOPICHypothermia: A serious risk for the elderly

    November 25, 2014 | Julie Moberg | Hypothermia can be a serious risk in the elderly, especially during the winter season. Learn how to protect yourself and others against hypothermia.

  • Fitting fiber into your diet with real food

    November 21, 2014 | Ashley Parrish | Over 90 percent of the American population does not consume enough fiber in their daily diet.

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