The Power of a Morning Routine

The morning is a powerful time. A positive morning routine helps us to set the tone for the day. This is more important as we age and do not have work or social schedules to get us up and moving. Without a morning ritual, we can lose our “purpose, " causing depression and anxiety, resulting in illness.  Having a morning routine can increase your energy, productivity, and positivity. What if your morning was more straightforward, focused, calm, energized, and most importantly,...

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Now is the Time for Summer Fun!

After a long Michigan winter, summer is in full swing, and this is the best time to get outside and enjoy the outdoors. We encourage our Caregivers to help our clients enjoy the warmer weather and spend some time doing some fun summer activities. The Benefits of getting outside.  One of the main advantages of being outside is soaking up some Vitamin D. It strengthens your immune system, boosts your energy, and lowers the risk of many chronic illnesses. Older...

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The Power in Positive Thinking

Exactly How Full is Your Glass? Picture a giant glass goblet filled to the halfway mark with water. How do you see it – half-full or half-empty? Consistently finding the glass half-empty and the world as a difficult place is a hallmark of negativity. Research has found that a negative outlook can contribute to everything from depression to heart disease to lowered immune system function. It can affect sleep, weight maintenance, the quality of your relationships, your social life, and...

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Summer: The Season to Reset!

Summertime: The Best Time to Improve Our Health! With Summer approaching, the days will be longer, the weather will be warmer, and our options for better health will seem endless. Explore the following tips for summertime healthy living: Physically 1. Take your fitness routine outdoors. Summer is a great time to switch up your fitness practice. The warmer weather is the perfect time to head outside. Go for a run/walk in your neighborhood. Swim laps at your community pool. Enjoy...

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Spring Into Things!

Spring is in the air! Last week's warmer weather got me thinking about what a great time of year it is to take our clients out to enjoy the outdoors! In addition to the physical benefits of natural sunlight and fresh air, being outside provides mental and emotional benefits. Experiencing the outdoors increases socialization and provides opportunities for us to interact with children and animals. In this week's column, I'd like to share some of my favorite "senior-friendly" activities: Catch a...

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Baby Step Your Way to Your Goals

We often kick off the New Year with goals to “change our lives.” Whether we want to lose weight, exercise regularly, or organize our homes, we jump in and give it all we’ve got. By the time spring arrives, many of us have abandoned the effort for achieving our goals -  however, as our name implies, we have hope! Obtaining your goals does not have to be an all-or-nothing prospect and you may just need a change of perspective relative to your goal setting. Making small changes...

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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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Personal Care at Home: Working Out with Weights for Seniors

Personal Care at Home: Working Out with Weights for Seniors

January is Shape Up Month and if you have a senior loved one that wants to get healthy and active this year weight lifting or working out with weights should be part of their plan. Aerobic exercise is a struggle for many seniors, but resistance training or weight training may be easier. Weight training has some big benefits for seniors. Even just working with light weights can help seniors stop muscle loss, burn calories, and get fit. Having personal care...

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