Depression–it can sneak up on anyone. While clinical depression is a serious condition that requires prescription medication, there is one simple tactic that anyone can do to lift their spirits when struggling with depression, even an older adult with mobility or transportation issues. And, if taken to a deeper level, it can be life-changing. So what is it?…
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As we discover more and more about the link between diet and wellness, it’s becoming obvious that healthy living starts with the foods we consume. What we eat, how often we eat and how much we eat are the foundation of good health, fueling our ability to remain vital and active during retirement. It’s essential. It can be difficult to eat right on some days, though, as we rush through our priorities and multitask.…
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Celebrate Fall Prevention Awareness Day on September 22nd with these resources, plus a free event and fall risk analysis from Sun Health’s Center for Health & Wellbeing. Falls might sound like no big deal—an expected part of aging—but many don’t realize falling is the leading cause of injuries for older adults. According to the National Council on Aging, an older adult is treated in the emergency room EVERY 11 SECONDS for a fall, with a resulting fatality every 19 minutes.…
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There’s no denying it—as we age, our bodies and minds just don’t work quite as well as they did when we were younger. How we feel mentally doesn’t quite match up to how we feel physically. It becomes more difficult to recall names or ideas, our balance becomes less sturdy, chronic age-related diseases or conditions may begin and—despite feeling 25—changes from our true age are difficult to deny.…
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Marty Finley, M-Ed Memory Care Navigator I’m concerned that dementia is compromising the driving safety of a loved one. What signs should I look for? If other drivers are frequently honking at them, that can be a sign that dementia is diminishing driving skills. There are other things to look for, including: Inability to correctly react at an intersection Riding the brakes Failure to stay in the correct turning lane Dents on the older adult driver’s car, or a lot of “near-misses” with other vehicles Inability to park in a standard space Allowing a more-than-necessary distance from another car or object Misjudging distance does not necessarily reflect vision problems.…
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Our fast-paced world bombards us with distractions, which can make it difficult to focus on one thing at a time, like eating. “Mindful eating,” aims to refocus our attention on the experience of eating and enjoying our food. Most of us don’t pay enough attention to what we’re eating, how much we’re consuming, or to the tastes, smells, thoughts, and feelings associated with food.…
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Rhonda Zonoozi Exercise Physiologist & Health Coach BPPV is the most common type of vestibular disorders. It occurs when tiny crystals of calcium carbonate float into inner-ear canals, sending mixed messages to the brain. That results in brief bouts of vertigo, sometimes accompanied by nausea. BPPV stands for benign paroxysmal positional vertigo. The name sounds scary, so let’s break it down.…
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Carol-Ann Henritze Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist American philosopher and psychologist William James once said, “The greatest discovery of any generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitude.” Of course, there are myriad ways to alter one’s attitude, but one of the most effective ways I’ve found is through self-hypnosis. Self-hypnosis is a subconscious state that most of us move in and out of every day, often without even realizing it. …
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