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The Care and Feeding of Hands and Feet

As we age, they need more attention

(HealthDay) -- As you get older you might notice changes in your hands and feet. Sometimes they can signify medical problems.

The Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center Geriatrics Center has some advice. If your hands often feel cold, you may be suffering from hypothyroidism, the body's inability to effectively deal with the cold. Keep the circulation to your feet working well by wearing comfortable shoes that fit properly. When buying footwear, have your feet measured because they can widen with age.

If arthritis affects your hands, you may find simple things like holding a toothbrush difficult. The center says you can make brushing your teeth easier by attaching the toothbrush handle to your hand with a wide elastic band, or enlarging the handle by strapping it to a sponge, Styrofoam ball or similar object. Many people with limited shoulder movement find electric toothbrushes helpful.

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