Wellness

Vacations and Dieting – Is there room for compromise? 

  • Restaurant worker serving salads

Vacations and diets never seem to mix well, and with good reason. Who would want to miss out on the cinnamon rolls in Shipshewana? Or the funnel cakes at the state fair? Would Chicago be the same without the pizza?   Even when travel food isn’t part of the destination, it can still be a big part of […]

CT Scan vs MRI – What’s the Difference?  

  • Woman and CT Scan

If you’ve ever had a CT scan or MRI done, it’s easy to realize that these two tests are very different from the patient’s point of view. An MRI is done with a machine that makes a lot of noise (Patients are typically offered ear protection and music). An MRI takes 25 to 40 minutes […]

The Benefits of Stretching

  • Man stretching on the ground before a run

If your idea of stretching is to stretch out a muscle and then hold it in position for 30– to 40 seconds, you are not alone. ‘Static stretching”, as this is known, is the most commonly recognized form of stretching. In recent years, however, “dynamic stretching”, or stretching combined with movement, has begun to replace static […]

Medication Safety  

  • Older man taking prescription at home

When taking a medication, if you miss one dose, don’t double up on the next one. In some cases, more can be worse than not enough.  If you don’t take all of a prescription, don’t save the rest for “later”. This can cause all sorts of negative consequences that only your healthcare […]

Why Men Need More Calories

Our weight isn’t the only thing that matters when calculating how many calories we need in a day. Body composition also matters. Muscle burns more calories than fat, even when we’re not moving. Someone with a higher percentage of muscle is going to need more calories than someone of equal […]

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 […]

Primary Care Providers Help Patients Maintain Wellness 

  • Doctor taking patients blood pressure

While it’s easy to get tired of the “same old” advice to eat well, exercise, and get enough sleep, these wellness basics are much easier to live with than a series of escalating healthcare issues resulting from years of neglect. Obesity, inactivity and a lack of sleep put the body under continual stress, leading to pain, decreased function and, in many […]

Staying Active During COVID-19 

  • Woman walking in a park

Those at greatest risk from COVID-19 frequently have other health concerns, including old age, auto-immune diseases, obesity, diabetes and heart conditions. Physical activity can improve function and reduce pain for many of these conditions. Unfortunately, social distancing and quarantining can make it harder than ever to find opportunities to exercise.   Here are a few tips for remaining physically active in spite of these difficulties:   Shorten your workout. This may sound […]

Tips for Organizing Medications

  • Medication organizer

Organizing medications for a loved one can be exhausting.  To make things easier, it helps to have a medication list and a pillbox.   The MEDICATION LIST should contain the following information:   Medication Name  Name and phone number of prescribing healthcare provider  What is it for?   How much should be taken?  […]

Long-Distance Caregiving 

  • Caregiver helps push wheelchair

Long-distance caregivers represent 11% of those providing care for a loved one, according to a 2020 AARP study. Providing care from a distance is challenging, but doable, in many cases, with the right amount of planning and sufficient “on the ground” help.   Healthcare   Watching over a loved one’s health is […]