Triglycerides: A Healthy Number = A Healthy Heart

Triglycerides are a type of fat that circulate in your blood. Your body uses them for energy, and you need some for good health, especially good cardio health. Unfortunately, many in the medical fields say that people tend to ignore their triglyceride levels, since most people with high triglycerides don’t exhibit any symptoms. But, like cholesterol, triglycerides can come in “good” and “bad” manifestations, with bad stuff considerably increasing your chances of heart disease.

It’s not unusual for people to confuse ...

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Diabetes: Recognizing and Living with High Blood Sugar

If you suffer from diabetes, you are part of an ever-growing demographic group in America. The United States Department of Health & Human Services (USFHH) reports that diabetes affects nearly 26 million people, a whopping 8.3% of the total population. And, as Southerners, we live in a region that has the unfortunate clinical designation “the diabetes belt,” where incidences of diabetes are the highest in the U.S.

In 2010, the American Diabetes Association reported that 1.9 million new cases of diabetes ...

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The Numbers Don’t Lie: Seniors Have More Than They Think

It cannot be denied that Americans are getting older. Here are some staggering stats that I keep coming back when considering the aging of America: Over 10,000 U.S. seniors will turn 65 years old every day for the next 20 years; every six seconds, someone turns 50 years old; 55 million people in the U.S. are now 55 or older and 34 million are 65 or older (those last two figures will double; and the over-85 age group is the ...

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Exercise for the Brain: How Your Workout Can Improve Memory

It goes without saying that exercise – any exercise – is beneficial for all of us and can increase our physical well-beings. But recent studies indicate that certain types of workouts and exercise can improve seniors’ mental well-beings, specifically, their memories.

This is great news for seniors at risk for mild cognitive impairment, a condition New York Times blogger Gretchen Reynolds, says “makes a person’s memory and thinking more muddled than would be expected at ...

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Our Seniors’ Stories: Lives Worth Living and Recording

“The unexamined life is not worth living.” – Socrates

It’s clear, based on the ever-increasing number of published biographies and autobiographies of the famous (and infamous!), there are many people who are more than happy to throw open the doors of their lives to scrutiny.

And while the autobiography of a celebrity or political figure can make for a compelling read (or in this day of books-on-disc, listen), the stories and remembrances of a loved one sound even more captivating. In recent ...

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A Living Will: An Easy Way to Plan for the End of Life

The adage that “people don’t plan to fail – they fail to plan” is a well worn cliche, but it’s also very true. Failing to plan properly can not only lead to plenty of heartbreak and problems at the end of life as well.

Many people familiar with the term living will, but they might not completely understand what it means. There are standard wills, in which a person makes known where assets should be distributed after his or her death; ...

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The Wonderful World of Home Care:  Remain At Home’s Innovative Vision for Taking Care of Seniors

Let me begin this article with the well-known The Wizard of Oz quote:

“There’s no place like home.”

In all my years of working with seniors, I’ve only met a handful who were adamant about being put in a skilled nursing facility (and their primary reason was that they didn’t want to be a burden to their loved ones). Fair to say, placing a loved one in a nursing home can be a traumatic experience for all involved. ...

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