June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Health Awareness Month

  • Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness Month

While researchers have spent many years looking for a cure for Alzheimer’s and dementia, they still have not found one. As the search for a cure has continued, some researchers have chosen to look for changes people can make earlier in life to decrease their likelihood of getting these diseases […]

Nature’s WD-40 – Cartilage and Osteoarthritis

  • Woman with joint pain in her knee

There is an old saying “If it moves and it shouldn’t use duct tape. If it doesn’t move and it should, use WD-40.” If you want to understand osteoarthritis, think of cartilage as nature’s WD-40.   When your bones move against one another at your joints, cartilage works like lubrication. […]

Lifespan Isn’t Just Diet and Exercise 

  • Multi-generation outdoors smiling

In 2004 researchers identified four areas in the world where people enjoyed significantly longer life spans. In these areas, known as “Blue Zones”, people not only lived longer, they also remained active, healthy and independent longer.   Researchers noticed that a plant-based diet and routine physical activity weren’t the only things that set these communities apart.   Here are some of […]

Helping Parents Cope With Downsizing 

  • Couple downsizing and holding boxes

Downsizing to a smaller home is a logical step for many seniors, but frequently not a welcome one. For younger people, moving is often the result of a positive change: a new job, a more desirable location, making room for a new baby, etc. For aging seniors, moving is more […]

4 Ways Avocados are Good for the Skin

  • Woman holding an avocado in a kitchen

Avocados contain Vitamin E, an antioxidant that helps protect against damage from free radicals. They contain Vitamin C, which helps the body use Vitamin E more effectively and also helps to build connective tissue needed for healthy, more youthful-looking skin. They contain lutein and zeaxanthin that help protect the skin […]

Healthy Aging: Strength Training and Osteoporosis 

  • older couple exercising in gym

Many of us associate strength training with weight lifting muscle builders working on their six-packs. This stereotype, however, ignores the overall health benefits of strength training. When done over a long period of time, strength training can help prevent multiple chronic illnesses, including osteoporosis.   Osteoporosis, which causes a decrease […]

Do Our Elderly Residents Need Post-Quarantine Support?  

  • Nurse talking to elderly woman

Rush County has many elderly residents. Most of them suffered through 15 long months of Covid-19 related isolation and forced inactivity, either at home or in long-term care facilities. It is not surprising when family members and caregivers become concerned about recent physical and mental changes they see in their […]

Menopause Can Increase Risk of Broken Bones

  • older woman taking a break from walking to tie her shoe

Women lose up to 20 percent of their bone density in the five-to-seven years after menopause. This can lead to osteoporosis, a condition in which the bones are weakened and become easier to break. They may become so light that they look more like a sponge than solid material.   Unfortunately, people with osteoporosis […]

10 Tips to Help You Age Healthy

  • Older couple doing yoga outside

Healthy aging, like having enough money to retire, is largely dependent on choices you make long before old age actually arrives. Here are 10 tips that will help you look forward to a healthy old age.  Know your family history and share it with your primary care provider. If your genetics put you at higher risk for particular health […]