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Health Tips

Maintaining A Healthy Weight

There probably is no proof to this but I bet if there was a nationwide closet inventory, the results would show that most of us have a lot of clothes but only a few that fit us. There are those old jeans that are now two sizes too small, but well within our goal. Then there are our “fat” clothes we have for those times we hit that awful point. And then there are our current clothes that fit. Continue reading

Five Ways To Improve Your Diet And Your Health

Diabetes, obesity and heart disease are on the increase in the United States – in fact some doctors are even calling the poor health of individuals an epidemic. Your lifestyle impacts your health and it can also impact your quality of life as well as your longevity. Consider that close to three quarters of a million people suffer heart attacks each year and about one in four of those heart attacks lead to death. Ask your doctor and he will tell you that you can reduce your risk of heart attack, lower your weight and even ward off diabetes by changing to a more heart healthy diet.
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The Dangers of Dehydration

With summer fast approaching caregivers need to not only assure they are staying hydrated, but they must also make certain their aging parents are drinking enough water as well. There is the adage that everyone should drink eight, 8-ounce glasses of water a day, but that may or may not be the case. The amount of water you drink could hinge on the activities you’re involved in or in how profusely you’re sweating. Continue reading

How Physically Fit Are You?

There are various levels of fitness, from “running a marathon” fit to “walking around the block after dinner” fit. The bottom line is that any level of physical fitness is healthier and more beneficial than being a couch potato. Continue reading

Everyday Household Health Dangers

Not to be alarmist, but there are household health dangers that lurk in your household that you aren’t even likely aware of – we weren’t! Consider this: you watch what you eat, you drink filtered water, you are diligent in the use of your seatbelt and you exercise daily.
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Fight Caregiver Stress Eating

Caregivers live with stress on an almost daily basis. The stress comes in many forms – from caring for your family, working and taking care of your aging parents, your career and more. Being a caregiver means you are running almost non-stop from place to place. When you’re hungry the easiest thing to do is grab fast food to gobble down while you’re on the road.
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Spring Allergies

Spring is a welcome relief from the long, cold winter, but for about one in five people, budding flowers and trees bring their seasonal pollen allergies into full swing causing all types of discomfort. Symptoms can be cold-like, including itchiness in the nose, roof of the mouth, throat, eyes and ears, along with watery eyes, runny nose, congestion and sneezing. Allergies can also trigger asthma, restricting airways and making breathing more difficult. And even if you don’t have symptoms now, new allergies can be acquired at any age.
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Live Longer, Healthier Lives

We have a friend who commented to us the other day that she had no idea “how I got this old.” It is a common sentiment of aging baby boomers AND their parents who are approaching 90 – 100! It is something that brings with it unique challenges as our society attempts to figure out how to deal with its again population.
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Control Sodium Intake

Spicing up our lives has always been one of goals of humans and probably more so for Baby Boomers! Our lives have been filled with hard work but also lots of experiences that have seasoned our lives with joy and feelings of being fully alive. While we can refuse to be “senior citizens” with tasteless lives, staying fully alive as we age often requires adjustments to our lifestyle and diet.
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Is It Worth It To Split Pills?

Are you or a loved one a pill splitter? If so, we encourage you to consider why you are splitting pills. Is it because you, or your loved one, have “decided” they don’t need a full dose, perhaps to save money or is it because your doctor recommended it? Another reason people split pills from time to time is to make them easier to swallow. Continue reading

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