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Don’t Let COPD Leave You Breathless

January 21, 2019 —   Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is an umbrella term for a variety of progressive lung diseases including emphysema, chronic bronchitis, and refractory asthma. According to the National Institutes of Health, approximately 12 million Americans are diagnosed with the disease and another 12 million are thought to be undiagnosed. Death rates from the disease are... Read More

Resolve to Be More Mindful This Year

January 7, 2019 —   Mindfulness is the simple – and paradoxically challenging – practice of being more present. It focuses on becoming aware of one’s environment, breath, event and/or feelings with complete nonjudgment and allowing the mind to let go of everything else. Many use the terms mindfulness and meditation interchangeably, but they aren’t exactly the same. Mindful... Read More

How to Make 2019 Your Healthiest Year Yet

December 20, 2018 —   It’s that time of year again – time to assess what’s working well in your life and what things you can change to improve your overall well-being. Exercise your body and engage your mind We’ve all heard that physical activity is important for maintaining optimal health. But it can’t be overstated – exercise is... Read More

Staying Safe and Warm this Winter

December 5, 2018 —   Winter can be a dangerous time for seniors. Icy conditions raise the risk of falling and seniors are at a greater risk for hypothermia. Here are some tips to help you stay safe and warm this winter. Avoid going out after a snow or ice storm Pay attention to weather alerts about freezing rain,... Read More

Creating a Joyful Holiday When You’re Facing Challenges

November 20, 2018 —   The holidays can create a mix of emotions. While for many of us, the holidays are an exciting, happy time, full of visions of family get-togethers, gift exchanges and reliving memories, others face spending the holidays alone or without certain loved ones who may have passed or who aren’t able to attend the festivities.... Read More

Using Validation to Connect with Someone Living with Dementia

November 5, 2018 —   One of the biggest challenges for those caring for someone living with dementia is maintaining meaningful conversation with their loved one. People living with Alzheimer’s or other form of dementia may be living in a completely different time or place than those around them. Additionally, they may not remember what was said just minutes... Read More

How to Create a Brighter Future

October 22, 2018 —   Norman Vincent Peale, author of the book The Power of Positive Thinking, once said, “Change your thoughts and you can change your world.” Can we really alter our future by changing the way we think? In a study conducted by Harvard University, psychologist Ellen Langer invited elder men (in their 70s and 80s) to... Read More

The Importance of Vaccinations for Seniors

October 5, 2018 —   Flu season is upon us, which highlights the importance of getting the vaccines we need to stay healthy. Research tells us that many seniors aren’t getting the vaccinations they should and yet, they are one of the age groups for whom vaccines are most important. As we age, our immune systems tend to become... Read More

Natural Ways to Help Manage Chronic Pain

September 20, 2018 —   With opioids under increasing scrutiny, many seniors are being left to deal with chronic pain. Earlier this year, Medicare cracked down on long-term, high-dose prescriptions of opioids, making it difficult for many seniors to get the pain relief they need. And yet, opioids are highly addictive and cause problems. So what can you do... Read More

Six Tips to Help Prevent Falls Year-round

September 5, 2018 —   Fall Prevention Awareness Day is on September 22, which is also the first day of autumn. For seniors, fall prevention is particularly important as the risk of falling increases as we age. And the consequences of falling also increases as we age – seniors are much more likely than their younger counterparts to experience... Read More