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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: 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...


Image: Save Your Eyes with Food

Your mother may have been on the right track about carrots protecting your eyes after all. It turns out that as we age, we can develop all sorts of eye related problems – some of which may cause vision loss. As with most age-related physical problems, one way to ward off what seems like an inevitable decline is through our diets.   Read More...


Image: Vitamin D Deficiency and Seniors

 “Go outside and get some sun!” How many times have we heard this as children? It turns out that there is a great deal of wisdom to this statement! Vitamin D deficiency has become, according to some, a world-wide pandemic. There are estimates that more than 50% of elderly people are seriously deficient of this important nutrient.   Read More...


Image: Making the Nursing Home Decision

The decision to enter a nursing home is one of the most challenging a caregiver must face.  It is also a time of great stress often for the person entering a nursing home.   While the quality of life in nursing homes varies from place to place, hardly anyone is excited about the prospect of leaving their own home.   Read More...

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