Home for the Holidays: Making the most of visits with aging parents

November 18, 2017

By Heather Imhoff MSW, LMSW Holidays are occasions that many of us spend with family, whether we live down the block or across the country. For those with aging loved ones, these visits are an important time to take stock amidst the hustle and bustle, and to make plans. Notable changes in an aging person’s…

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Rock Steady Boxing for Parkinson’s Disease

November 2, 2017

There are more than fifty published evidence-based studies that attest to the benefits of exercise to improve daily living for Persons with Parkinson’s. The studies range from examining fitness programs necessary for things like household chores to more advanced fitness levels needed to ski, play golf or hike. My personal favorite of the many published…

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You’ve Won a Prize!

October 18, 2017

You’ve Won a Prize! I was sitting in my upstairs office, deep in thought on the subject of coronary artery disease (because these are the scintillating subjects I spend my days writing about), when I heard a commotion at the foot of the stairs. Mom was calling me, “Quick! Pick up the phone! You’ve won…

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Seniors & Malnutrition: 5 Ways to Help Them Get Proper Nutrition

September 18, 2017

Seniors & Malnutrition: 5 Ways to Help Them Get Proper Nutrition  As we age, our bodies require fewer calories, but more protein, calcium, B vitamins and other nutrients. In fact, there are 3.7 million malnourished seniors in the U.S. equal to 1 in 4 older Americans. “Seniors are particularly susceptible to malnutrition, because they have…

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Oral Health

August 18, 2017

Have you ever considered that today’s generation of elders has all, or most, of their teeth, as opposed to past generations who wore dentures? Due to good preventive and restorative care, and good home care protocols, we are saving our teeth for a lifetime. But what happens when someone can no longer take care of…

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Falls Prevention

July 18, 2017

Falls Prevention By Ben Thomson, M.A., HHP Please do not try the following activities without the direct, in-person guidance of a certified instructor. Author is not responsible for any illness or injury resulting from these practices. A few days ago I lost a loved-one to complications resulting from a fall. I am inspired to write…

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Benefits of Social Life Proven Again

June 18, 2017

Benefits of Social Life Proven Again The benefits of a good social life have been proven once again in new research. A study from Humboldt University points out that the final years of life, even when challenged by health problems, can be better for both men and women if they stay active socially. “Our results…

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Sleep Yourself Healthy

December 27, 2016

For optimal regeneration of organs and health you need an undisturbed and deep sleep phase. Sleep promotes health and assists your bodily repair and regeneration processes.   Human sleep function 35% of Americans suffer from sleeping problems. Sleep is a basic requirement without which we become ill according to expert opinion. Sleep ensures important functions…

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Stress May Tax the Mind

September 6, 2016

There’s documented proof that stress wreaks plenty of havoc on the body. But stress can be damaging in more ways than you may think. For one, feeling stressed out increases the likelihood that seniors will develop mild cognitive impairment, often a prelude to full-blown Alzheimer’s disease, according to research. Scientists find that highly stressed participants…

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The Silent Healer

July 23, 2016

The Silent Healer of a Broken Heart What Is The Silent Healer? Hints: It takes no particular expertise, although with awareness and practice you can get really good at it It’s not hard to do, except when you’re thinking about something (which is most of the time!) We love it when someone gives it to…

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