Wellness

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 […]

Strength Training with YouTube 

  • Woman exercising with a video on TV

Since we posted about Online Yoga Resources in October, and How to Buy a Treadmill in November, we’re rounding December out with suggestions for Strength Training with YouTube.   YouTube is full of exercise channels that will get you motivated for doing “at home” strength training workouts. Only a minimum of equipment is required. Here are just a few:   POPSUGAR Fitness, which […]

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

  • Woman laying in bed starting at alarm clock

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 

  • Man getting blood pressure taken

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 

  • Woman sitting and holding someone's hand

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 […]