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World AIDS Day

By |2019-11-24T17:31:59+00:00December 1st, 2019|Categories: NHIA Blog|Tags: , , , |

AIDS and HIV are serious health conditions that impact people all over the world. In America, it was first recognized in the LGBT+ community in the 1980s. Very little was known about the illnesses at first, but more research is being done every year. While HIV/AIDS once wiped out populations, it is no longer a death sentence. Read on to learn all about HIV/AIDS and World AIDS Day.

Content warning: this article contains mentions of death, particularly in the LGBT+ community. If such subjects are sensitive for you, it may be best to skip this article.

What Is HIV/AIDS?

HIV is the human immunodeficiency virus, and it attacks the white blood cells in blood. Unfortunately, white blood cells are the body’s natural defense against outside infection. AIDS, which is the final stage of HIV, is acquired immunodeficiency syndrome. Once a patient shifts from HIV to AIDS, that is when there are serious issues. For someone with AIDS, their immune systems are so weak that the common cold can kill them.

HIV/AIDS is passed on in a number of ways. Primarily, through body fluids from an HIV/AIDS positive person entering someone else. Common means of transmission include: sexual fluids, blood, and birth fluids.

There is no cure for HIV/AIDS. However, there is medicine that fights HIV and prevents it from developing into AIDS.

What Is World AIDS Day?

World AIDS Day happens on December 1st every year, starting in 1988. In fact, World AIDS Day is the first global health day to bring awareness to a particular condition. The day is an opportunity to unite against the disease globally by raising awareness and spreading education. Everyone can support those currently living with HIV and commemorate those lost to HIV/AIDS.

The most common way to do this is by wearing red or a red ribbon. Red is the color of HIV/AIDS awareness. Wearing a red ribbon often sparks educating conversations. This is especially important for a condition that has so much stigma surrounding it.

History Of The AIDS Crisis

In 1981, medical professionals noticed a few serious health issues in previously completely healthy gay men. The illnesses – PCP & Kaposi’s Sarcoma – are both associated with immunocompromised individuals. These conditions begin to be associated with the LGBT+ community as “gay pneumonia” and “gay cancer”. There are 337 cases of AIDS this year and 130 pass away before the year is over. The condition still has no official name.

By early 1982, the term GRID is coined to describe the epidemic. GRID means Gay-Related Immune Deficiency. In September of 1982, the CDC finally establishes the term AIDS to describe the growing problem. Congress does not approve any funds for AIDS research and treatment until July of 1983.

From 1980 to 2002, over half a million people in the United States alone died from AIDS or AIDS related complications. The communities impacted are predominantly the LGBT+ community, as well as communities of color, and those of a lower socio-economic standing.

Don’t Forget

Wear red or a red ribbon on December 1st to recognize the global fight against HIV/AIDS.

How To Encourage Healthy Eating In Children

By |2019-12-03T21:34:44+00:00November 26th, 2019|Categories: Blog and News, NHIA Blog|

Picky eaters are the bane of many parents’ existences. Chicken fingers, French fries, and pizza are all well and good, but healthy eating habits are important to develop. When humans are young, our bodies can handle unhealthy foods, but for older humans, healthy eating is immeasurably important. Yet, healthy eating doesn’t materialize out of nowhere, it is a habit that must be developed. So how do parents walk the line of letting kids be kids and developing healthy eating habits? Read on to learn some tips for how to encourage kids to eat healthy without having to force them.

  1. Remain Neutral.

Everyone has seen the sitcom mom scolding “Eat your vegetables!” Turns out, forcing kids to eat a certain way is not how to develop healthy eating habits. Avoid commenting on what kids are eating or the quantity that they are eating. This can have two negative consequences. First, commanding kids may work for a little bit, but eventually they will push back. Children will eventually become obstinate and refuse to eat anything healthy as a form of rebellion. Secondly, constant commentary about food can lead to mental complexes about weight and eventually an eating disorder.

  1. Provide Balanced Options.

No matter who is doing the cooking in the house, children will pick up balanced eating habits naturally if the meals that are served are balanced. Modern parents are very concerned about sugars and fats. However, humans need those to survive. Unless a child has some sort of dietary issues, they should be allowed to indulge in unhealthy foods every once in a while.

Experts suggest cooking one meal for the family and serving it “family style”. This allows kids to pick what they want to eat and how much of each food they want. Parents or other adults should eat a balanced plate. Anybody that has children knows that they learn by mimicking adults. Even if broccoli looks unappetizing, a kid may try a piece or two if they see adults eating it. This format also allows for sampling. If a picky eater is nervous about a new food, they can give themselves a small serving and try it. If an adult serves them a large portion, it may seem overwhelming and they’ll avoid even trying it.

  1. Get Kids Involved In Their Food

If your family plans meals, let kids have some input. For example, give them two or three options for vegetables and let them choose which one sounds best to them. Another good way to do this is to take children grocery shopping with adults. If a new fruit or vegetable catches their eye, try it out with them.

A great option for involving kids is to have them help cook dinner, and allow them to experiment in the kitchen. If children help cook a dinner, they are much more likely to eat it because they are proud of what they made. Experimenting may want to be reserved for their own lunches or snacks. However, letting a kid play with food will lead to more interest and they may find new flavors to love.

Symptoms Of Poor Mental Health

By |2019-12-03T21:33:32+00:00November 19th, 2019|Categories: Blog and News, NHIA Blog|Tags: , |

Fortunately, discussions of health and wellness nowadays nearly always includes mental health. That’s for good reason. Mental health and physical health have been linked time and time again. Mental health is a spectrum with a wide variety of possibilities on both the good and bad side. No two mental illnesses look the same, even when two people have the same diagnosis. Join us as we break down the most common symptoms of mental illness.

A few notes before we start. This is by no means a comprehensive list of symptoms; every form of mental illness has different warning signs. If you or someone you love needs assistance, please reach out to a mental health care professional. There is a comprehensive list of helplines, crisis lines, online chats, and text messaging for a variety of issues here. All of these resources are free and most are operational 24/7.

  1. Excessive Sadness.

It is normal for humans to experience sadness occasionally. However, the sadness of mental illness is unmistakably different. It is a deep sadness that is almost like a cloud over people who are affected. From the outside, the sadness may seem illogical or excessive. Inside, the person is suffering greatly, and the melancholy feels inescapable.

  1. Extreme Mood Swings.

Mental illness often pushes emotions to their extreme. Those who are suffering either experience emotion at its extremes or have a complete absence of emotion. When dealing with the extremes, the mind often switches rapidly through despair, anger, and euphoria.

  1. Aversion To Socializing

Oftentimes, people with mental illness struggle to make it through the day while completing the bare minimum required of them. The sufferer is left with no social energy at the end of the day. This mental and emotional exhaustion means that they do not want to spend much time with other people. They will often disconnect from people entirely. If they do socialize, it is irregularly and often for short periods of time.

  1. Changes In Schedule

Changes in schedule include changes in appetite, sleeping habits, and sex drive. For appetite, the mental illness returns again to extreme. Either the individual loses all of their appetite, or they turn to binge eating. The same happens with sleep schedules. Insomnia is a common symptom of many mental illnesses, as is sleeping all day. Even if the person is getting the proper amount of sleep, it may be on the wrong schedule.

  1. Substance Abuse

Abusing drugs and alcohol is a fairly common way to cope with mental illness. The process is commonly referred to self-medicating. Substance abuse allows the individual to escape their problems, or at least distract themselves from them.

  1. Physical Problems

In psychology, there is a term for the physical side effects of a mental illness; psychosomatic symptoms. There is not one specific type of psychosomatic issue. It often presents as headaches, stomachaches or other vague pains. Some people may use the terms “run down” or “sore

Top Health Concerns Of Men

By |2019-12-03T21:33:16+00:00November 12th, 2019|Categories: Blog and News, NHIA Blog|Tags: , |

Last week, we explored the most common health concerns for women. Men have their own unique set of health challenges that originate from perceived masculinity. People learn very early that women outlive men. However, as the years pass, the time span that women outlive men by is ever increasing. It shifted from about a one-year gap in the 1920s to over five years today. When the most common causes of death are considered, men’s’ health concerns are thrown in a harsh light.  Of the top ten rates of death in the United States, men die at higher rates for all of them.

Men face a unique problem when it comes to health issues. After being told to “man up” all their lives, men have a tendency to try and “tough it out”.  As a result, they ignore symptoms, or simply wait for them to go away. Due to this, men tend to be underdiagnosed and do not receive life saving treatment that is readily available. Some men go years, or even decades without seeing a physician or other medical professional.

  1. Depression

Society teaches men to hide their emotions and limit any positive emotional release. This leads to much higher rates of mental illness, particularly depression. It is probably one of the main reasons that males die earlier than females. It also leads to boys dropping out of school at a higher rate than girls, and when they stay in school, they have more difficulty staying organized and completing work. The most troubling statistic, however, is that men are four times more likely to fall victim to suicide than women. Depression presents in many different ways for men.

  • Anger and aggression issues cause them to lash out at the people closest to them.
  • Substance abuse and alcoholism develop as a way to suppress or escape difficult emotions.
  • Increased risk-taking behavior, commonly referred to as a “midlife crisis”. Usually stems from their life feeling empty or meaningless.
  1. Prostate Cancer

Prostate cancer, much like breast cancer in women, is the most common cancer found in males. It is the second deadliest cancer, placing only behind lung cancer (which is the deadliest type of cancer for men and women). Prostate cancer can be extremely dangerous because it is a silent killer. Patients typically do not show signs of prostate cancer until it has spread through a significant portion of the body. This is why regular prostate exams are so important for men, particularly as they get older. Prostate cancer is more usual in older males, but the younger a man is, the more aggressive the tumor is.

Unfortunately, it can be difficult to diagnose prostate cancer. One of the reasons is the exam to check the prostate is considered embarrassing for most men. Additionally, the symptoms of prostate cancer may be considered humiliating or “unmanly”.

  • Blood in urine or seminal fluid
  • Issues with urination; needing to go frequently or struggling to empty the bladder entirely.
  • Problems performing sexually, primarily erectile dysfunction.

Top 3 Health Concerns For Women

By |2019-12-03T21:32:20+00:00November 5th, 2019|Categories: Blog and News, NHIA Blog|Tags: , |

Women typically are pretty good about going to the doctor when they are supposed to. The snag happens when it comes to communication. Women have more of a tendency to be shy about what they are actually experiencing. As a result, they downplay symptoms or don’t communicate a full family history with their doctor. It is important that women find a doctor that they feel comfortable communicating with. The more comfortable a patient is with their health care provider, the easier it is to talk about uncomfortable subjects.

On the flip side, women, more often than men, experience issues with medical professionals not believing them, or dismissing symptoms. This is a dangerous trend that puts women at risk. Medical personnel must work to confront unconscious bias that they have against non-male patients. However, as a patient, if you feel your physician is not taking you seriously, you have the right to go get a second or third opinion.

Men and women experience different health problems at different rates. In this article, we explore the top health concerns for women. Read on to learn what issues to look out for, and what may help prevent these all too common problems.

  1. Heart Disease

Heart disease is the leading killer in America, for both men and women. More men than women die of heart disease, but females are severely under-diagnosed. It all circles back to the lack of communication with medical professionals. Women experience the symptoms of heart disease and just assume that it is part of the aging process. Symptoms include:

  • A shortness of breath that may arrive even from simply standing up.
  • Movement, even around the house, results in exhaustion.
  • Physical activity, even basic activity, such as walking up a flight of stairs requires immense exertion.
  • Difficulty moving around, limited mobility.
  1. Breast Cancer

Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer in women. Modern medicine pushes hard for women to get regular screenings, and there are more treatments than ever. However, for some women, especially older adults, this is actually a bad thing. The anxiety or fear of something being found during a screening leads many women to put off the screening for as long as possible.  There are a few risk factors that the American Cancer Society has listed.

  • Increase in age, particularly hitting menopause.
  • Genetics and family history with cancer, specifically breast cancer.
  • Race may play a role. White people have a higher risk of breast cancer than black people.
  • Early menstruation or late menopause. This is linked to abnormal hormones, which is probably the true underlying cause.
  1. Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is the degeneration of bone tissue, which leads to frail and brittle bones. It can be quite a painful condition, and lead to a hunched stature. Osteoporosis normally develops later in life. A good way to prevent osteoporosis is by making sure that you ingest enough calcium when you are young. Additionally, physical activity can help strengthen the body. While genetics play a role, conditions such an anorexia or malnutrition increase risk of osteoporosis.

Understanding E-Cigarettes

By |2019-09-14T18:57:51+00:00October 30th, 2019|Categories: Blog and News, NHIA Blog|Tags: , , , |

 

Recently there has been a rash of deaths that medical professionals have linked to e-cigarettes. Electronic cigarettes are new enough that physicians cannot be certain of the long-term ramifications of using them. However, the outlook is currently rather negative. Read on to learn all about e-cigarettes, as well as how medical personnel are handling the current endemic.

E-Cigarettes

Electronic cigarettes go by many names: e-cigarettes, vapes, vape pens, or e-hookahs. Currently, there are almost 500 electronic cigarette companies registered in the United States. Different brands vary widely in appearance. Some can look like a traditional cigarette, cigar, or pipe. Certain companies design their product to look more like an everyday object. The widely known brand JUUL famously designs vape pens that look like a USB drive.

E-cigarettes have three main components on the inside of the device. The vape pen’s innards break down to reveal a heat source – known as an atomizer – and a power source – typically a battery. E-cigarette companies focus on the inner cartridge, also known as a flavor pod or reservoir. These cartridges hold the nicotine, flavorings, and other chemicals that smokers actually ingest. When a user pulls a hit from the mouthpiece of the vape, the battery powers up the heating device. The heat source vaporizes the liquid in the cartridge and this vapor is inhaled by the user.

Customers are intended to use vape pens for nicotine products. However, some people use e-cigarettes that accommodate, or can be modified to accommodate marijuana. Due to vape pens’ popularity with young adults, there are concerns about how smoking nicotine or marijuana products impacts them.

Recent Issues

Within the last few months there have been multiple cases of mysterious respiratory diseases in teenagers across the country. When the first case came in, doctors and other medical professionals were at a loss as to what was happening. As medical professionals examine more cases, they have linked the mysterious illness to vaping.

The illness begins with vomiting, fever, and fatigue. These symptoms build over days until the patient is miserable and needs assistance constantly. Oftentimes, the catalyst for a hospital trip is the trademark symptom of this illness – shortness of breath. Shortness of breath on its own is cause for concern – particularly in otherwise healthy teenagers and young adults. Once you look at the other symptoms, and the chest x-rays of the afflicted, it’s evident that something is wrong.

Purportedly, electronic cigarette companies design products for people already hooked on cigarettes. So why do they seem to appeal to teenagers?

Possible Solutions

The main concern of watchdog groups and parents across the country is how broadly e-cigarettes appeal to young people. Some states have considered banning vape pens altogether. However, states eliminating e-cigarettes altogether is not the best option. Electronic cigarettes do have the potential to help people who already smoke. Cigarettes contain tobacco, tar, and many carcinogenic products that vape pens do not.

The real goal is not to stop vaping entirely, rather, to stop teenagers from picking up smoking from vape pens. The general agreement is that the flavoring in the cartridges is what’s appealing to young people. To this end, both the federal government and many state governments (including Florida) are considering legislation that bans the flavored pods or liquids.

Re-vaccinating Against Measles

By |2019-09-14T18:57:37+00:00October 23rd, 2019|Categories: Blog and News, NHIA Blog|Tags: , , , |

Measles was an illness that the United States believed that it had largely eradicated. With the rise of the anti-vaccination movement, there have been repeated outbreaks against multiple states. This week, we explore the reemergence of measles and why some adults should consider re-vaccinating.

What Is Measles?

Measles is a viral disease that most heavily impacts children. It is an air-borne pathogen that spreads when an infected person sneezes and/or coughs. The first symptoms are cold-like. The patient usually starts coughing, followed by a runny nose, red eyes, and fevers. The trademark symptom for measles however, is a rash of tiny red spots that starts on the head and eventually covers the rest of the body.

Without vaccines, measles spreads rapidly and impacted as many as 4 million people a year, with about 50,000 hospitalized. Every year, 400 to 500 people died from measles. As with many illnesses, the deaths were disproportionately children and older adults.

The Measles Vaccine

For the measles vaccines, there are two options. The most common choice is the MMR vaccine, which protects people against measles, mumps, and rubella. There is a second vaccine called the MMRV, which adds in protection against the flu. However, this vaccine is only for children from 1 year old to 12 years old.

The CDC recommends that kids get two doses of the vaccine to increase the effectiveness. Children get their first dose between 12 and 15, and the second one from 4 to 6 years.

The measles vaccine was introduced in the 1960s. It reduced the number of measles cases in the United States by 99%. Unfortunately, while the vaccine is widespread in the United States, that is not the case in every country. With the growing movement against vaccination, the low rate of vaccination in other countries is impacting Americans.

Re-vaccinating

Measles was nearly eradicated in the United States, however, in recent years, there has been a growing movement against vaccination. When unvaccinated people travel, it opens them up to infection. If an unvaccinated American citizen gets measles while they’re abroad, they can cause an outbreak when they’re back stateside.

The original vaccine was introduced in 1963. In 1967, the form of the vaccine that is still used today became the standard. The modern vaccine is highly effective. However, there was a version of the vaccine in use from 1963 to 1967 that essentially does nothing against measles.

Due to this, there are at-risk adults who should discuss revaccination with their physician. This group includes those vaccinated with the ineffective shot, and those unsure of which vaccine they received 1963 to 1967. Adults who have never been vaccinated are also at risk. The CDC suggests that these individuals receive at least one dose of the shot.

Protecting yourself against measles is especially important for adults who live near outbreak centers. Other at-risk areas include cities that are big port cities, or with international airports.

Ultimately, your best option is to discuss vaccination or revaccination with your physician. They can conduct blood tests to see what your immunity level is. Physicians will also be more knowledgeable about the risk of outbreaks.

Top Supplements For Older Adults

By |2019-09-14T18:57:26+00:00October 9th, 2019|Categories: Blog and News, NHIA Blog|Tags: , , , |

As human bodies age, they aren’t always he best at maintaining themselves. Vitamins or supplements can help supply your body with nutrients that you would otherwise miss. Supplements do not always have the best reputation, so some people hesitate to take them.

Read on to learn ways to help your body balance itself naturally and some vitamins you can take if it needs some help.

Preventative Measures

New research suggests that many older adults are on supplements that they do not need. This likely won’t hurt you, but who wants to be taking capsules they don’t need? Fortunately, there are other ways to help your body achieve balance.

  1. Exercise

Exercising every day provides huge benefits. It isn’t necessary to run a mile every day. A simple walk around the block, or playing with your grandchildren for an hour or so is more than fine. Focus on increasing your heart rate a bit.

If you have physical limitations, talk with your physician about what will work best for you. Many experts focus on water-centric exercises because they increase activity ad muscle without impacting your joints. Swimming a few laps or water aerobic classes are the most common suggestions.

  1. Daily Activities

Keep yourself engaged! Picking up a hobby or joining a new social group is extremely healthy for older adults. Humans need engagement with other people to have a well-rounded life.

If there are days that you don’t feel in the mood for human company, there are still plenty of amazing options. Many older adults find volunteering at animal shelters and sanctuaries very fulfilling. Even getting up and doing your chores will help keep your mind and body engaged.

  1. Diet

Diet is by far the biggest influence on whether or not older people need to take vitamins or supplements. Most medical professionals now suggest that a patient’s diet should be adjusted before placing them on vitamins.

For example, older adults oftentimes lack vitamins B6 and B12. Food such as turkey, potatoes, and fish all contain these vitamins. Instead of placing someone lacking in vitamins B6 and B12 on a supplement, doctors can encourage them to eat more potatoes and meats.

Useful Vitamins

Sometimes, it doesn’t matter how hard doctors or patients try, supplements are necessary. So, let’s explore what doctors say older adults need most.

  1. Vitamin D

Vitamin D is the nutrient that our body gets from exposure to the sun. In Florida there is plenty of sun, but there can be too much of a good thing. Older adults sunburn more easily than young adults, so sunbathing is not always an option. Most physicians recommend spending at least a little time outdoors every day. However, it is totally understandable is the Florida heat and intense sun limit that time.

  1. Vitamin B12

B12 boosts blood cells and your nerves. It is important for preventing certain types of anemia. Anemia can make people feel exhausted or light-headed, putting them at risk for falls. Obviously, it is best to avoid this.

Vitamin D and Vitamin B12 can both be monitored through blood test. Discuss with your physician if a supplement for either is the right fit for you. If you do start taking supplements, your doctor can monitor the levels of both vitamins through blood work.

Boosting Insurance Enrollment In Florida

By |2019-09-14T18:57:08+00:00October 2nd, 2019|Categories: Blog and News, NHIA Blog|Tags: , , , |

Floridians are the largest population signed up for coverage under the Affordable Care Act, and that number is likely to increase. Read on to learn about the grant that a USF-based group earned, and the work that they are doing to help Floridians with insurance enrollment.

What Is The Affordable Care Act?

 The Affordable Care Act, more commonly known as Obamacare, is an insurance program that was passed in March of 2010. The legislation has three main goals. The primary mission is to make health insurance available to more people. It subsidizes healthcare for those living far below the poverty level. It also aims to help expand Medicaid and supports “medical care delivery programs”.

Why Do Groups Need Grants?

Non-profit groups aid under-served communities by connecting people to medical insurance, which can help them immensely. These groups, such as the Florida Covering Kids & Families, are designed to help simplify the insurance process. Their goal is to help the uninsured population of Florida (2.5 million people) understand insurance enrollment. They especially aim to help children and families.

Florida Covering Kids & Families does not charge people to use their services. Not only do they connect people with insurance options, they conduct research on insurance trends across the state of Florida. The catch is that Florida Covering Kids & Families is a non-profit. So how do they pay for knowledgeable insurance experts and support research across the state? With grants such as these.

How Much Will The Program Receive?

Florida Covering Kids & Families will receive 1.3 million dollars each year for the next two years. The money will go to Florida Covering Kids & Families, who will in turn work with medical and insurance organizations across the state.

The programs help enroll over 60 thousand people per year in Florida. WUSF reports that the program is grateful for the money, but frustrated at the recent budget cuts. Their budget has been slashed 85% in the past two years, from 6 million at its peak to 1.25 million last year. This grant represents a trend in the other direction though, which has inspired hope.

The director of Florida Covering Kids & Families hopes that the government will provide more opportunities for funding. “Obviously, it doesn’t give us the ability to provide the level of services that are needed across the state of Florida, but it will allow us to continue to serve Floridians through open enrollment and the special enrollment periods.”

Sexual Health As You Age: How To Have A Healthy Sex Life In Your Senior Years

By |2019-09-14T18:55:27+00:00September 25th, 2019|Categories: Blog and News, NHIA Blog|Tags: , , |

Sexuality can be an awkward topic of discussion for any age group, especially for older adults. As bodies age, different sex-related issues arise. It is important to recognize that these issues are normal and talk to a physician if you have any concerns. Sexual health needs to be discussed more in older adults, who demographically boast some of the highest and fasting growing rates of STDs in the country.

This week, learn how to protect yourself and what to discuss with your physician when it comes to sexual health.

At What Age Should I Start Concerning Myself With Safe Sex?

Turns out that safe sex is a life-long endeavor! While women are not able to carry children past a certain age, this should not discourage condom use. Condoms and dental dams serve as more than just birth control. They are barriers that halt STDs and STIs in their tracks.

Condoms come in two varieties, male and female, and are a barrier used during penetrative sex. Dental dams are essentially latex sheets that can be used as protection for penetrative sex, but are more often used for non-penetrative sex. Talk with you doctor about what is the best option for you.

What Are Some Sexual Health Issues Older Adults Can Encounter?

  1. Arthritis or other forms of chronic pain

Unfortunately, chronic pain impacts all aspects of life. With arthritis, regular light exercise may help relieve some of your pain. Warm baths or showers can relax your muscles, which may also provide some relief. Talk to your physician about what joints to avoid putting pressure on and how pain medication may be able to help. 

  1. Diabetes

Diabetes is a condition that impacts the sexuality of both men and women. In some men, diabetes leads to ED. For women, it means that they tend to get yeast infections easily. The better handle you have on your diabetes, the easier it is to prevent any secondary issues. With the price of insulin rising, consult your physician to learn your options for controlling diabetes, as well as any secondary effects.

  1. Heart Disease

Heart disease, because it limits the blood flow through the body, may impact both men and women’s sex lives, although heart disease is much more common in men. Cardiac issues can have a psychological impact on sexuality as well. If someone’s partner has a heart condition or history of heart attacks, sexual activity may be a concern for them. As with diabetes, your physician should have a treatment plan laid out for you already, but it is always smart to consult with them about any questions that you may have.

  1. Mental Health Issues

Depression and anxiety, which are increasingly common in older adults, also negatively impact sexuality. People with mental health conditions often find that they stop finding enjoyment in all facets of their life, including intimacy. The best way to try and move past these issues is to open up and communicate with your significant other. 

  1. Substances

Alcohol and certain prescription medications have the ability to decrease your libido. If the decline in intimacy is a concern, talk to your physician about alternatives to what you are currently taking. Reducing alcohol intake, or avoiding drinks with high alcohol percentages may also help.

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