Mind and Body: The Connection Between Music and Brain Health

There are many things you can do to exercise your brain. Exercise, having an active social life, getting plenty of sleep, and staying mentally active are just a few. Some studies show that listening to music can improve your brain health. Research has shown that listening to music can reduce anxiety and improve your blood pressure. Music can improve mood, sleep quality, mental awareness, and memory. In an article on Johns Hopkins Medicine website, the Brain-Music connection is explained: Experts...

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The Benefits of Intermittent Exercise

When it comes to fitness, most of us have an all-or-nothing mentality. This isn’t necessarily true. New research has shown that short bursts of exercise daily can significantly impact our health and wellness. Mini-Workouts, which can be as little as 3 minutes each, can be quickly and conveniently spread throughout your day. If you participate in a lengthy workout each morning but are sedentary the rest of the day, the impact on your health may not be as effective as...

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Traveling with Seniors? Read Our Summer Safety Travel Tips!

Summer is the best time to take a vacation. Traveling can be stressful for any of us but is especially difficult with the elderly. I want to share tips to make traveling easier with your elderly loved one. Car Travel. Seniors need to stretch often. Plan stops along the way. If possible, map out points of interest along your route so that your stops can be enjoyable. When packing your car, keep assistive devices such as canes, walkers, and wheelchairs accessible....

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Feeling the Stress? Don’t Let it Get to You! Tips for Effectively Managing Life’s Ups and Downs

It's not just tax season: April is National Stress Awareness Month! All kidding aside, stress can be good (a new job or house) or bad (financial strain, illness) but the key is to recognize how you are responding to your stressors and manage them. While that may seem simple enough, it's imperative to deal with your stress before it can negatively impact your health. As I've written before, it is well known that prolonged stress can contribute to heart disease, hypertension, a weakened immune system, and is...

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(Not) Only the Lonely: Senior Orphans & the Need for Help

Statistics show that 1 in 5 Americans over 65 are considered "elder orphans" -  defined as those of us who are aging without family to provide care. This statistic does not consider the many seniors who have a family but do not live nearby. When I founded Hope Senior Home Care 18 years ago, my mission was to be an integral part of our client's care team, including their family, medical team, and my Hope team. Some of our clients do...

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Walk This Way to a Stress Free Day

Today is National Walking Day. This is a day to celebrate the easiest way to be healthy: walking. While a walk may not seem like much activity, studies show that walking just 30 to 60 minutes each day can dramatically improve your health and prevent chronic illness. As you'll see below, I've shared the ways a walk can benefit your overall health. Once you've finished reading, grab your sneakers and head out for some fresh air! A healthy heart: Walking can improve...

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Food for Thought May Not Be Food at All

As I wrote in last week's column, March is National Nutrition Month. In discussing nutrition, I emphasized that it is more than what you eat - it's also how you treat your body, mind, and spirit.  In that theme, I'd like to introduce a new (to some of you) concept: Primary vs. Secondary food. When you think of "food," you likely think of what you put in your mouth - breakfast, lunch, and dinner. However, The Institute for Integrative Nutrition actually considers the food you eat your...

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Green Eggs and Ham? “You do not like them, so you say! Try them! Try them! And you may!

As you can see from the subject of our post, we're channeling the legacy of the immortal Dr. Seuss on his birthday and as we kick off March, which also happens to be National Nutrition Month! This serves as an excellent opportunity to remind us of the importance of a balanced diet and lifestyle. In February, we identified ways a healthy diet could improve heart health. However, good nutrition is also essential in preventing and healing most chronic illnesses. Maintaining a well-balanced diet is critical...

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Take Heart: Exercise and Your Health

After a long day of work, family, and personal commitments, exercise may be the last thing on your mind – not to mention a challenging activity to muster motivation for! However, you’ll benefit across the board by adding exercise to your ever-growing “to-do” list. Very few lifestyle choices are as impactful as physical activity and, despite popular belief, exercise doesn't necessarily require a significant time commitment or intensity. Both moderate and intense exercise can drastically improve your overall health. According to...

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Time to Rest and Recharge: The Impact of Stress on Your Heart

As we continue through Heart Health month, I'd like to do a deeper dive into stress management and how it can affect your heart. When discussing heart health, we tend to focus on food and fitness – however, there are other major players in the health game when it comes to your heart: stress and sleep. There is growing evidence that stress can contribute to heart disease. Sometimes it’s difficult to recognize the impact daily stress has on our lives – we become accustomed...

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