By MD for Seniors

The loss of a loved one is always a somber experience, but thankfully, due to the continuing advancements in health services, the number of Americans that are able to spend their final days in a comfortable and controlled setting is growing.

End-of-life care allows individuals to experience that final chapter in life with a dignified and calm feeling, as well as offer family members that peace of mind, support and a sense of comfort that can help ease that sorrow during this time. Being informed and conscious of this subject makes taking those steps in coordinating this care much easier …read more

By MD for Seniors

An ongoing cough may be the first warning sign of your loved one developing COPD.

Receiving the news that you or a loved one has developed a condition like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease can be overwhelming.

According to the American Lung Association, there are more than 11 million people who have been diagnosed with the disease, but it’s predicted that millions of others have it and don’t even know it.

If you’re concerned about your respiratory health and want to be more aware of what could happen in the future, it’s important to educate yourself on the risk factors, early warning signs, symptoms and treatment options for COPD. Here’s what you need to know:

What is …read more

By MD for Seniors

Add more salmon to your weekly diet.

Spring is only a few months away, but we’re still in the middle of flu season.

Now’s the time to be proactive about your overall health and do whatever you can to reduce your risk of seasonal illness.

Besides reaching for medication this winter, consider a natural remedy. With a proper diet, you’ll fuel a healthy body that’s less likely to develop the flu this winter, according to Karen Ansel, RD, a spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

“Now’s the time to be proactive about your overall health.”

“You can’t underestimate the importance of good nutrition when it comes to …read more

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If your loved one needs help walking more often than usual, her independence may be declining.

As a caregiver, you’re constantly looking out for your loved one’s health and overall well-being.

To determine a person’s current state of mobility and whether or not some level of assistance is required, you should address how well they perform activities of daily living.

What are activities of daily living?
Activities of daily living are the tasks people should be able to perform on an everyday basis without the need for assistance. There are two main groups: basic ADLs and instrumental activities of daily living.

ADLs include:

  • Bathing
  • Dressing
  • Eating
  • Toileting
  • Transferring
  • Continence

IADLs include:

  • Transportation
  • Meal preparation
  • Basic communication
  • Housework
  • Taking medications
  • Managing finances
  • Shopping

Both groups of actions are considered essential day-to-day tasks. If your …read more

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Talk to a loved one about shoveling your entryway for you.

Winter has officially arrived.

For many, the colder temperatures are here to stay for the next several months and preparing your home is critical for your health and well-being. By taking precautionary measures, you can reduce your chance of falling and stay warm and cozy in your home all season long.

Here are four ways to get your home ready for winter weather:

1. Prepare for slick walkways
You may not be spending as much time outside when it’s cold, but you’ll still want to prepare the walkways. Sprinkle slick sidewalks with salt to reduce your chance of slipping and sliding. Make sure …read more

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Stuffed peppers are as beautiful as they are delicious.

Sticking to a healthier diet is an excellent New Year’s resolution, but sometimes people can struggle to maintain this pledge. Having a few healthy but tasty recipes on hand can make sticking to your resolution easier.

A healthy diet consists of two factors. First, it’s essential to limit fatty red meats, cut out processed sugars or additives and to eat in moderation. But beyond eliminating what is considered bad for you, you also want to give your body foods that are full of essential minerals and vitamins that bolster the immune system and keep the body and mind feeling their best. …read more

By MD for Seniors

Peppermint is the flavor of winter, and with good reason.

Candy canes are a true symbol of the holiday and winter season. They complement a tall glass of hot cocoa on a cold winter’s day so well and make a delicious addition to many desserts. But this timely treat isn’t only delicious. It harbors numerous health benefits!

Here are six ways peppermint can enhance your overall well-being:

1. Relieve stress
If you’re feeling stressed or anxious, consider a cup of peppermint tea. Organic Authority said the natural menthol found in peppermint leaves works as a muscle relaxer, which can help to relieve …read more

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Recent research has found that the proportion of older adults living with dementia in the U.S. has dropped in the last decade, but overall, more and more Americans are being diagnosed. How can this be?

For a number of reasons, the rate at which Americans are being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia has dropped considerably. Unfortunately, the population of the U.S. is aging as the baby boom generation grows older. With a larger group of elderly adults, experts believe that the total number of cases of dementia will continue to climb in the coming years, even if …read more

By MD for Seniors

Don't set a goal that someone else wants you to achieve.

There’s something about the idea of a fresh start that gets people motivated to make positive changes in their lives.

For many, the best time to make an improvement is on Jan. 1, also known as the perfect day to set a New Year’s resolution.

But while nearly half of the population has the drive to start anew, only 8 percent of those people actually achieve their goal, according to research from the University of Scranton. This coming year, don’t let your good intentions be the only step you take. Follow through and accomplish your resolution to better your overall …read more