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Image: Food Rules I know, we are late into “resolution” season. But, many of us have decided to generally “eat better.” What does this mean? Should we avoid carbs, eat more fruit in the morning, avoid sugar, avoid fat – and certain types of fat? Maybe we should try the “what’s happenin’ now” diet or the Atkins or the paleo or the vegan. Which one should we choose? It can become so complicated!   Read More...

Image: New Year, New You: Embracing Sobriety and Positivity

As the new year begins, many people are making resolutions. For those who have struggled with addiction, now is a good time to make positive changes to your lifestyle. Sobriety can be an enormous challenge, particularly in a society that makes light of alcohol abuse. However, it is fully possible to live a well-rounded, happy life without the use of substances. If you want to begin your sober life this year, here are a few tips for embracing a new, healthier you.   Read More...


Image: 4 Lifestyle Changes for Senior Citizens to Improve Independence

Whether your senior loved one lives at home or in a senior care facility, you have the power to encourage a safe level of independence in their life. Just a few small changes–all of which have to do with looking after their physical and mental health–can improve your loved one’s confidence in their ability to take care of themselves.   Read More...


Image: Nutritional Deficiencies Associated With Old Age

As we age, it is important to continue choosing healthy foods. While many of us know this, older adults still have an increased risk of developing malnutrition. The reasons are many and varied. Not consuming the proper nutrient rich foods may be due to normal eating habit changes that occur as we age.   Read More...


Image: Strategy for Starting a New Exercise Program

Well, it is the new year – you know what that means?  It means a renewed sense that maybe we should take better care of our health.  It is rare to find a discussion about health or disease prevention that does not include getting some form of exercise.  While there are many ways to get healthy – like eating right, staying connected to others, being in the present, finding meaning, etc. - exercise seems like the most common and obvious path to improved health.

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Image: Managing Priorities for Working Caregivers

Caregivers often struggle during the holidays and throughout the year with maintaining a sense of priority.  It is hard when there are so many immediate needs in front of you to know what is truly the most important to take care of.
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Image: Heart-Felt Gifts for Elderly Relatives

Do you find yourself searching for the perfect gift for an elderly family member or friend? Often older people are downsizing or are in a nursing or assisted living home with limited personal space. These issues can be challenging. You may also be facing the person who says he doesn’t really need anything. Well, search no more!   Read More...


Image: Caregiving During the Holidays

This is a joyous season filled with excitement and bustling activity. It is a time of indulgence, parties, abundance, gifts, spending, and fun.   But, what if you are an overwhelmed caregiver?  Times like this can be a little hard when it seems that everyone else is in holiday mode.  Like the song “Turn, Turn, Turn,” there is a season and a time for everything.  When life is less like a Hallmark movie and more like a chaotic series of chores, it can feel depressing that we are not in the groove with the spirit of the holiday season.   Read More...


Image: How are YOU doing?

As a caregiver attending to the needs of elderly or disabled loved ones, you may sacrifice your own physical and emotional needs. You can tell this is happening when feelings of exhaustion, stress, isolation, and guilt take over. All of this puts our own health at an increased risk. If you have not yet recognized these feelings, check in with yourself: Are you suffering from headaches, sleepless nights, weight gain, or depression? This emotional roller coaster can even cause excessive use of alcohol, tobacco or other drugs.   Read More...


Image: Healthy Spring Meals for Seniors

Healthy, Easy Spring Recipes for Seniors

Craving something fresh, healthy and delicious?  How about these recipes that bring out the best flavors of spring vegetables and are easy to prepare?  When cooking for an elderly person, some things to keep in mind are taste, variety, ease of eating, "easy" serving temperatures, and cooking that can last a few days with great leftovers for busy caregivers and seniors who may want to spend less time in the kitchen.   Read More...

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