Successful Caregiver Strategies

Many people find themselves in an unexpected caregiving role and while this role can be fulfilling, it’s not without its challenges. Finding balance as a caregiver is important and learning to take necessary breaks to avoid burnout. On top of taking care of ourselves, we must also learn the best way to care for someone else. If you are new to the caregiving role or just seeking a little extra guidance on how to be a better caregiver, check out these tips below.   Talk with the doctor or specialist and learn [...]

5 Heart-Healthy Nutrition Tips We Really Should be Following

In honor of American Heart Month, it’s important to raise awareness of the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States: heart disease. February is a great reminder to take care of our heart and commit to a lifestyle that improves our overall health. There are many strategies we can take to keep our hearts healthy and prevent cardiovascular disease. Healthy lifestyle changes include diet, exercise, quitting smoking, limit alcohol intake and managing health conditions. While all of these are very important factors to fight and prevent [...]

Causes and Effects of Social Isolation

Social isolation is more than just loneliness, it’s the lack of interactions with other people and can negatively affect a person’s physical, mental, and social health. Social isolation can actually shorten a person’s life span. When a person feels lonely, it's an emotion often triggered by a sense of loss; this could be related to the loss of a companion, their health, a job, or any number of things. A person who feels lonely may not actually be alone and still has social connections, this is the distinction between isolation and loneliness. [...]

The 10 Pillars of Brain Wellness

Overall wellness is important for normal brain function. It helps protect us from mental disorders that disrupt our mood, thinking, and behavior. Brain wellness provides us the chance to be the best version of ourselves and make positive lifestyle changes. To have optimal brain function, you must focus on not just the brain, but the whole person – brain, mind, body, and spirit.  It can be a lot of work to achieve brain wellness, especially if you are struggling with some sort of mental disorder or disease, but it can be done. [...]

Understanding Cancer and Depression

Cancer is life changing and a considerable amount of stress not just physically, but mentally and emotionally. According to Healthline, 1 in 4 people with cancer also experience depression, regardless of what stage they are in. It’s important to recognize the signs of depression, to not only deal with it, but understand it as well. Understanding depression for people diagnosed with cancer, whether in curative or palliative treatment, can impact overall quality of life.    Signs of Depression The first step in treating depression is to recognize the signs. Everyone is different [...]

5 Ways to Stay Active at Home for Busy People

We understand not everyone has the time to get outside and exercise, or go to the gym for that matter. Between work, school, family, and maintaining a social life, many of us feel like we are drowning. However, we know that staying active is important, and we should fit it into our busy schedules somehow. That’s why we’ve made a list of 5 ways to stay active at home. As a bonus, we’ve included activities that combine your daily task! 1. No equipment necessary.  You don’t need workout equipment to exercise [...]

Senior Weight Loss: 5 Key Factors to Keep in Mind

As we age, it’s common to become less active, our metabolism slows down and we have a more difficult time keeping the weight off. It is essential to maintain a healthy weight as a senior to remain independent for as long as possible. Losing weight as a senior doesn’t have to be difficult, in fact, there are a lot of health programs tailored for seniors, Silver Sneakers is a popular one. A quick google search of your community should reveal programs in the area. Exercise, mindfulness, and diet are the key to [...]

5 Ways to Persuade Your Elderly Parent to get Hearing Aids

Are you dealing with an elderly parent who is hard of hearing? Do you feel like they are missing out on important conversations and connections with family and friends because of it? Loss of hearing is a common symptom of aging; it can lead to social isolation, a feeling of helplessness, and the person may stop doing activities they once enjoyed because of it. Getting hearing aids is not always an easy topic to discuss with your elderly parent; they might not be ready to accept the fact they are now [...]

New Year’s Intentions for a Happier You

“New Year New You,” we’ve all heard it before. Some of the most common New Year’s goals are to exercise more, get organized, or save more money. Instead of choosing a New Year’s goal like everyone else, try something different this year, choose to be happy. As a society they teach us to never truly be happy and always wanting more. We have thoughts like, if I was 10 pounds lighter I would be happy, or if I buy a new car then that would  make me happy, but that’s not [...]

How to Introduce Regular Exercise as a Senior

Many aging adults and seniors are under the misconception that they are too old to exercise or it’s too late to start. It becomes difficult for seniors to begin exercise that may experience health problems, reduced coordination, and balance. Some seniors simply don’t know where to begin, but the fact is, you’re never too old to start exercising.  Senior Exercise Benefits Exercise in seniors prevents disease, reduces fall risk, improves mental health and cognition, and promotes a healthier lifestyle. It helps to create social engagement among seniors and [...]