Wellness

How to Choose a Treadmill

Before you start reading treadmill reviews, there are a few questions you need to ask yourself.   Where will I Put it?   Do you have enough dedicated floorspace for a 7 by 3’ machine? If not, consider looking at folding treadmills that can fold down when in use and then fold up against a […]

Menopause and Insomnia

The transition into menopause involves many changes, including changes in how well we sleep. As menopause approaches, women may have more difficulty falling asleep and staying asleep. When they wake up, they often don’t feel well-rested.   Sleeplessness doesn’t just leave us feeling “out of sorts”. It’s also associated with a higher risk for depression, diabetes and high blood pressure.   If you’re having trouble sleeping […]

Protect Your Blood Pressure, Protect Your Brain 

Most people know that high blood pressure is bad for the heart, but many people don’t realize that it is also bad for the brain. High blood pressure can cause the blood vessels in the brain to become narrow or damaged. When this happens, the brain may not get enough blood to stay healthy. Brain cells may […]

What to Expect When You Bring a Loved One Home after a Suicide Attempt 

When you take a loved one to the ER after a suicide attempt, the visit is extremely stressful but it can also be a relief. As long as you’re at the ER someone else is in charge. While you’re there, once the physical crisis is over, you know that your loved one is safe.   When the ER staff has done […]

5 Hobbies that Relieve Stress 

Fishing  Whether holding a pole or tossing an elegant cast into a trout stream, fishing is truly a “zen” hobby. Water is a calming element, relaxing to sit beside and calming to touch, as long as it’s not too cold. Instead of causing stress, the very uncertainty of fishing gives […]

Your First Mammogram – What to Expect 

A mammogram is a procedure used to screen for breast cancer. A screening checks for disease when there are no signs and symptoms present and can help detect cancer in its early stages when there is the greatest likelihood of successful treatment.  Since breast cancer is the second most common form of cancer in women, mammograms are […]

Free Active Brain Apps 

Looking for a way to keep your brain active? Here are a few suggestions:   Learning a New Language  Do you speak Klingon? Or High Valyrian?  Star Trek and Game of Thrones fans young and old may be interested to know that Duolingo, the popular, free language learning app, offers free lessons in both fictional […]

A 4-H Lesson for Healthy Aging

September is Healthy Aging Month. For those looking for healthy aging tips, there is no better inspiration than the 4H’s of 4H that so many Rush County seniors remember from their youth. The 4-H’s are “head”, “heart”, “hands” and “health”.   “Head”   The 4-H “head” represents clear thinking, which includes making […]

Taking the Meat-Free Plunge 

Going meat free isn’t the “fringe diet” that it once was. Vegetarian and even vegan options are popping up on restaurant menus. Vegetarian blogs such as “Cookie and Kate” or vegan blogs such as “Pickles and Honey” offer countless recipes for meat-free home cooking.   What do we mean by […]

Spinal Cord Stimulation for Chronic Back Pain

Back pain can be one of the most uncomfortable kinds of pain to live with, and one of the most difficult types of pain to treat. When back pain doesn’t respond to surgery, injections, medications or rehab therapy, it can sometimes be treated with spinal cord stimulation or low-level electrical […]