Category Archives: Health and Wellness

The Benefits of Dance For Seniors

Physical fitness at a more advanced age is just as – or even more – important as when we were younger. Constant physical activity of any form has many beneficial effects on muscular, cardiovascular, and bone health. The benefits of exercise are not limited to physical condition though. There are a lot of studies showcasing the mental benefits of physical activities. The lasting effects of physical activities make it a great tool to stay physically fit and mentally sharp.

Any type of physical activity can be beneficial to us. This is why many people opt for activities which they enjoy. This gives them the benefit of having fun without having to do some boring repetitive exercise. A good example of such an activity is dancing.

Healthy foods for seniors

You Are What You Eat

Maintaining that youthful glow and feeling energized begins with what we put on our plates. Focusing on whole foods and eating a wide variety of colorful fruits and vegetables can help reduce heart disease, lower cholesterol, and boost overall health inside and out.

Let’s talk packaged processed foods for a moment: We’ve all seen those packages that promise only 100 calories per serving, fat-free, sugar-free, low carb, and the list goes on. Let me tell you that if you can’t pronounce the ingredients on the label, chances are our bodies will have a tough time too. In fact, did you know that foods like this are designed to increase cravings and cause overeating? Who wants that?

The Benefits of Coconut Oil

The Health Benefits of Coconut Oil. The recent direction of fad diets has led us to believe that fats are bad for our bodies. We now know that this isn’t true – and there are a lot of studies backing it up. However, many people are still in doubt when advised to use fatty oils such as coconut oil to improve their health. I’m letting you in on a secret. Coconut oil is actually heart-healthy food that will keep your body operating smoothly in many different ways.

What are the health benefits of coconut oil?
There have been a lot of studies showing the potency of taking coconut oil to combat many types of illnesses. Studies also state that it improves insulin use of our body (making it ideal for people with overly-fluctuating blood sugar levels); other suggested health benefits include improved thyroid function, increased energy, increased metabolism, and good digestion. Note that the health benefits are not limited to these – many health benefits are still being discovered today. At this rate, coconut oil could well be considered the best oil for the body.

Beating the Winter Blues

Beating the Winter Blues

Transitioning into the winter solstice means even shorter days and chillier weather that makes us want to huddle under a blanket with a plate of cookies instead of making a green smoothie, and tackling a morning workout. Seasonal Affective Disorder is better known as S.A.D is the culprit behind the case of the blues many people experience this time of year and leaves many of us feeling lackluster and unmotivated. The good news is that you’re not alone, and there are some great tips to get you out of hibernation mode, and feeling your best.

Weight Training For a Healthy Brain

Next time you go to the gym, you might want to skip your treadmill workout in favor of a few bicep curls. Researchers are linking weight training to better brain function, and a lower risk of diseases such as dementia, and Alzheimer’s. It’s a known fact that physical fitness and longevity go hand in hand, but resistance training is proving to be particularly beneficial for older adults. Baby boomers are getting younger by the second, surpassing millennials in many aspects including signing up for gym memberships. Fitness centers across the country are seeing an increase in 55+ members, many becoming personal trainers.

Caretaking When Your Parent Has Cancer

Caretaking When Your Parent Has Cancer

Many of us have either experienced it personally or have known someone battling cancer. When it happens to a parent, it can feel like the world has crumbled around you, and you’re left with this melting pot of emotions that you can’t seem to sort through.  Shock, grief, helplessness, and how can this happen?  As a caregiver. there’s a delicate balance of trying to pull yourself together, and being the pillar of support your parent needs during this difficult time. Coping with my mother’s illness, there were moments I felt like giving up, but I didn’t want her to see me falter. I’ve always been known for my trademark stoicism, but those years took us both on an incredibly emotional journey of laughter, tears, and facing challenges we never thought were possible. Would I do it all again? In a heartbeat.  Do I have any regrets? Not one.

Benefits of Having Health Insurance

Do Retirees Need Health Insurance?

Health insurance is usually offered in your workplace. However, it has become a huge challenge for many employers. Over the last two decades, many large companies have stopped offering health insurance after retirement. If you are 65, you can rely on Medicare to take care of your health costs. But, what happens if you are not 65 and retired without health insurance?

If you are not 65 and retired, you will have to find a way to pay for health insurance. Health insurance can be costly especially if you are in poor health. However, it is vital to not let your health insurance lapse. This can mean taking your retirement savings if you meet with an accident or become ill.

Are Multi-generation Lifestyles Linked to Longevity?

According to a research article by JAMA, feeling young regardless of age may help you live longer, but what does it really mean to be younger than your years? For some that might be an active social calendar, maybe it’s the stamina to chase after grandkids or the passion to pursue a favorite hobby. For nursing homes in Deventer, Netherlands, watching the game with energetic college students is how their seniors are finding a youthful vitality. As a swap for paying apartment rent, a small group from surrounding universities have taken to providing companionship, and an energetic vibe to residents that proves age is all relative.