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Shingles: Are You At Risk?

Many of us had chicken pox when we were young. We may remember our parents letting us soak in a bathtub or putting calamine lotion on our skin to help relieve the itching. It was a childhood illness that might have kept you out of school for a week, but then it went away and you carried on. Today, though, having had chickenpox means that we, as adults, are at a higher risk for developing shingles. In fact, the CDC notes that one out of every three Americans will be stricken.

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The Benefits Of Green Tea

It might be a rare occasion when you sit down and enjoy a cup of tea, but the benefits of green tea – and frankly any other tea – might make you just decide to brew up a cup. Did you know that green tea can help you relax and de-stress? It’s not that tea is the cure-all for everything, but when you’re overwhelmed tea could benefit your heart and lower your blood pressure.

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Healthy Summer Snacks For The Elderly (and Everyone!)

As a caregiver, your plate is full with so many tasks and items you have to keep track of for your aging loved ones. It’s likely that one of those tasks is making certain they not only eat, but that they are eating healthy foods. What can you do to assure they’re eating healthy when you’re not there to share a meal with them? There are some simple steps you can take to make it easier for them to have healthy meals and snacks while making it easier on yourself. (Before you make any changes to their diets, you should check with their doctor to make sure it’s all right for them to make a change. )
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Get A Hug A Day For The Health Of It

It doesn’t matter what our age is, physical contact with a loved one can make our day and can keep our health and attitude in good condition! A full body hug from your children brings not only a smile to your face, but it can help ease depression, anxiety, stress, disease and especially loneliness. When you hug your children and grandchildren, pull them close so your hearts are pressing together and enjoy the closeness.
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Daily Exercises For Seniors

Daily exercise is crucial to living a long, healthy lifestyle. If you’re a caregiver and wondering what the best exercises for your aging seniors are, here is a list of four exercises that can be done every day from home. These activities are easy to remember and will help keep your loved ones steady on their feet for years to come!

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Look To Your Body For Clues To Your Health

Your hands, eyes and even the way you walk can tell your doctor a lot about your overall health, without even taking your blood pressure, getting your weight or drawing blood!

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Weight Bearing Exercise Good For Health

It should come as no surprise that exercising is just plain good for our health – no matter what our age. As we get older though, exercise is more important for a variety of reasons that include:

  • Staying active will help keep your weight down and that will make you healthier
  • Being active will help with balance issues
  • Weight bearing exercises might stave off the effects of osteoporosis

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Why Am I So Tired?

Don’t you miss those days when you could “sleep like a baby?” Do you look at your pets with envy the way they curl up on the couch and nod off in less than a minute? If you’re a caregiver you need to do what you can to get a great night’s sleep so that you can perform at your best at work, with your family and with your aging loved ones.

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Why Can’t I Sleep?

Aging and lifestyle could play a part in the inability to sleep as fully or as deeply as we did when we were younger. There are close to 50 million Americans who say they cannot fall, or stay, asleep so you are not alone.

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Stop Sitting So Much: Movement Is Good

Leading a sedentary lifestyle has long been known to cause health issues. As we age, the less we move, the harder it is for us to keep our balance and that can make us prone to trip and fall accidents. A fall in those aged 65 and older is one of the major reasons that individuals end up in emergency rooms, nursing homes or assisted living facilities.

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