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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Hearts, Health and Happiness (and Hope!)

February is Heart Health Month, which explains why I've had hearts on my mind as of late (not to mention Valentine's Day is around the corner). While researching this article, I stumbled upon some alarming statistics.  The CDC reports that heart disease is the leading cause of death for men, women, and people of most racial and ethnic groups in the United States. One person dies every 36 seconds in the United States from cardiovascular disease. About 659,000 people in the US...

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Caregivers are Only Human – Guest Contributor Jill Gafner Livingston

Caregiving for your loved one can be an emotionally and physically exhausting experience.  For many families, the need for care comes on suddenly, and without the time and resources to adequately prepare for the circumstances. Throughout my career, I have counseled families as they make difficult and emotional decisions about the next steps for their aging family members. As a care provider, I found much comfort in the experiences and stories of individuals who have managed a care plan and hearing how they...

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7 Joint Friendly Workouts

As we age our bone loss often accelerates, causing a change on our bone density and mobility. What once was a nice run around the neighborhood is now a more painful and slower jog. If you are feeling less flexible and have sore joints after workouts – fear not. You can still stay active while putting less pressure on your joints.  These seven activities can help you stay active, without as much pain. Swimming. Swimming is a great low-impact and...

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