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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: Mindfulness 101

Breathing in and out. Seems so simple. Mindfulness is about being “in the present,” “single-tasking,” and focusing on the simplest thing – like your breath, your surroundings, or even your big toe! It is taking your mind and putting it fully in the present moment with focus and when it wanders into thoughts about last night’s argument or tomorrow’s bills, just brining your focus and attention back to a moment – this moment.   Read More...


Image: How to Help Your Child with Substance Abuse

When you discover that your child is involved in substance abuse, the ramifications can be huge. For many it feels like their world has stopped and they can’t help but blame themselves. This is not the answer though, here is a helpful guide of effective steps that you can take.   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: Coping with Interpersonal Stress

 “Stress Kills” was the bumper sticker from the 80s! And it is true. Some research puts it up there with smoking as a major cause of chronic and fatal diseases. While our ancestors had lions, tigers and bears to worry about, today, we often feel stressed because of other people one way or another.   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...


Image: Living with Dad's Vision Loss

 We could never understand the full impact of what it would be like to lose our eyesight unless it happened to us. I am beginning to understand as I watch my Dad, who is losing his sight, go through the process. He had lost the sight in his right eye many years ago and recently the other eye has begun to fail him.   Read More...

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