Glaucoma Awareness Month: Everything You Need to Know

Glaucoma Awareness Month: Everything You Need to Know

Did you know that glaucoma is the leading cause of blindness in the United States? This eye disease affects more than 3 million Americans, and yet many people are still unaware of what it is and how to prevent it.  We're going to discuss everything you need to know about glaucoma including; what it is, who is most at risk, what the symptoms are, and how to prevent it. Although glaucoma can occur at any age, it is most common in older adults.  We hope this information will help increase awareness about this serious eye disease and that what you read here today will encourage you to spread knowledge to those around you during and after Glaucoma Awareness Month. What Is Glaucoma and What Does It Do to the Body? Glaucoma is a condition that affects the optic nerve, which can lead to vision loss and even blindness. The optic nerve is responsible for carrying visual information from the eye to the brain. When...
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Raising Awareness For Cervical Cancer

Raising Awareness For Cervical Cancer

January is cervical cancer awareness month and we want to talk about it. This disease can often go undetected until it is too late. That’s why it’s important to be aware of the symptoms and know what you can do to prevent it. Did you know that cervical cancer is the fourth most common type of cancer in women? And that each year, more than 12,000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer in the United States alone? Although we work to raise awareness for cervical cancer in January, this should be done year-round.  We’re going to explain just what cervical cancer is, what can cause it, risk factors to keep in mind, how to reduce those risks, and ways we can educate others. Keep reading; you might just find out something you didn’t know.  Understanding What Cervical Cancer Is Cervical cancer is a type of cancer that affects the cervix, which is located at the bottom of the uterus and connects it to the...
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Strength Training for Seniors

Strength Training for Seniors

Good nutrition, proper rest and medical care are all recognized as important elements of senior health. Social media and marketing professionals do an outstanding job of targeting seniors with information (and misinformation) about food, drugs, Medicare plans, and sleep aids. There is another essential element for maintaining good senior health that is not heavily advertised. Regular physical exercise is a key to maintaining seniors’ good health. Participating in regular strengthening exercise promotes emotional and mental health as well as physical wellbeing. It can be of benefit in managing medical conditions often seen in seniors including arthritis, diabetes, osteoporosis, heart disease and back pain. Beyond all of that, strength training will make daily living a far more enjoyable experience. Climbing stairs, carrying groceries, or simply rising from a chair unaided are tasks that younger people do without a thought. As we age, these simple abilities can become more and more of a challenge, but regular strength exercises can keep seniors independent, mobile and healthy. It is a common misconception that “bodybuilding” or muscle-building exercises are exclusively...
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Covid-19 and Real Treatments that Work

Covid-19 and Real Treatments that Work

  In nearly two years since the first cases appeared in the U.S., we have learned a lot about the effects Covid-19 may have on our bodies. Symptoms of the virus may appear 2-14 days after exposure. The most common of these symptoms include fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, and diarrhea. A lot of this sounds familiar because many symptoms of Coronavirus are no different than those of a cold or flu. If you are asymptomatic or experience minor symptoms. You may choose to self-care in quarantine. The CDC recommends the treatments: Don’t exert yourself. Get plenty of rest and stay hydrated. Drinking water throughout the day is important, and there are plenty of other fluids you can find (low-sodium and low-sugar) that replenish nutrients you may have lost because of a decreased appetite. Take over-the-counter medicines, such as acetaminophen, to...
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The Dangers of Dehydration in the Fall Months

The Dangers of Dehydration in the Fall Months

When it comes to proper hydration in people, most believe that we should be concerned with the summer months when temperatures can spike to over 100 degrees. The risks of dehydration are particularly high for infants and seniors. Each year there are warnings from several resources encouraging people to stay hydrated during the summer to avoid some serious health problems. Unfortunately, many people aren’t aware that the fall months of September, October and November, when temperatures can still reach the upper 80s, can be just as dangerous for anyone that does not maintain proper hydration. This is especially true for seniors. As we age, our bodies' ability to retain fluid decreases. Our bodies require more fluid intake to function properly but the ability to conserve water is greatly reduced. Many seniors also experience a lessened ability to sense thirst, which means we need to be more aware of the amount of water we intake each day. Health Risks Caused by Dehydration There can...
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Balance and flexibility are A Great Tool for Every Golfer

Balance and flexibility are A Great Tool for Every Golfer

The average golfer will roll up to the course just before tee time. Hit some golf balls. Play 18 holes. And then is perplexed they feel tight during and after the round. Does this routine sound familiar? If you’re like most golfers, you probably know how important flexibility is to the swing. Even tour players from Adam Scott to Tiger Woods have pre-round stretching routines to get their bodies ready to play. It’s not just your flexibility but also your posture that makes a difference. Posture is how your body is balanced from left to right, anterior and posterior. In all great machines for perfect performance, you must keep the machine balanced. The same goes for your body! If you weren’t born with fantastic flexibility or happen to be a weekend warrior who sits from 9-5 every day, you probably could use an exercise and stretch routine to help you improve your flexibility both before a round and on a regular basis. Enter Fitworks Perfect Posture® Natural Pain Solutions, a personalized program...
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How to help a loved one affected by COVID-19

How to help a loved one affected by COVID-19

Covid-19 affected everyone in the new United States. Feelings of uncertainty regarding the effects of being infected, transmission to others, quarantine and isolation recommendations, and vaccines affected us all. But no group may have been impacted more than seniors. And as pandemic restrictions begin to ease in the U.S., many seniors will likely have new questions about what is and isn’t allowed. Many would like to revisit with friends and family and lend a helping hand in any way possible, especially when it comes to helping those that have been affected by Covid-19. Know the Difference Between Quarantine and Isolation The CDC recommends people quarantine if they have been within 6 feet of someone who has Covid-19 unless they have been fully vaccinated. Despite being fully vaccinated you may still contract the disease and will need to quarantine if you have any symptoms or test positive within 5 to 7 days after exposure. If you are not fully vaccinated and have been...
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The fight against diabetes starts with awareness

The fight against diabetes starts with awareness

More than 100 million Americans have a high risk of developing diabetes or already have been diagnosed with the condition. Due to such a high number of the population being exposed to the early development of the disease, you may already know someone that has it or you may have received the diagnosis yourself. There are various things that you may not have known about the condition itself. Did you know that you can have diabetes or even prediabetes and not know it? Increasing awareness is of growing importance because diabetes when uncontrolled can affect different aspects of your health. You may not have known that diabetes can affect your dental and skin health. Your digestive health is also at stake because the condition can damage the nerves that control how food moves throughout your intestines. You may also be at significant risk for a stroke, high cholesterol, or heart disease because of the condition and if you weren't already aware, high...
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Cooking every day can be complicated, meal delivery services are not

Cooking every day can be complicated, meal delivery services are not

One of the biggest challenges faced by many seniors is the task of daily meal preparation. It is not uncommon to find a senior who has resorted to eating breakfast cereal or some other very basic food at every meal. Planning, shopping for, storing and preparing a balanced meal can be a complicated task, even for seniors who are physically up to the job. Sometimes, this seems so troublesome that seniors simply give up and skip regular meals. If you or a senior loved one has difficulty getting “three squares” a day, a meal delivery service may be a solution. Senior meal delivery or food delivery services may help to fill in gaps in nutrition and save preparation time, making it possible for a senior to remain at home. If you are thinking about this possibility for yourself or a loved one, here are some things to keep in mind: Think about the budget. The costs of these services vary from basically...
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How to boost mental awareness after quarantine

How to boost mental awareness after quarantine

Throughout most of 2020 and 2021, we have been told by federal and state officials that quarantine is one of the best ways to help eradicate Covid-19 and maintain the safety of oneself and others. Yet, the impact quarantine orders have had a major impact on the lives of millions, especially seniors. The challenges of isolation and the absence of social interaction have affected mental health in ways that most seniors were unprepared for. Information we received from the internet, television, radio and newspapers left many people confused and uncertain, leading to overwhelming levels of stress. Social distancing has made a lot of seniors feel isolated, frustrated, and depressed. All these reactions can increase anxiety and stress which can have a negative toll on mental awareness. The good news is that we are heading toward the end of quarantine orders. The following are four great ideas for boosting mental awareness as we transition out of quarantine and into normalcy: Take Care of...
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