Breathe Easier when Living with COPD

  Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is an umbrella term for a variety of progressive lung diseases including emphysema and chronic bronchitis. According to the National Institutes of Health, approximately 12 million Americans are diagnosed with the disease and another 12 million are thought to be undiagnosed. Death rates from the disease are rising; currently... Read More

The Drug Epidemic Few People Talk About

  When we think of a drug problem in America, many think of illegal drugs, such as heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine crossing our borders and corrupting our youth. But, there’s another, often-ignored drug problem that kills thousands of Americans each year – adverse reactions from medications prescribed by doctors. Not surprisingly, seniors are the largest... Read More

The Healing Power of Humor Is No Laughing Matter

We’ve all heard the old adage that laughter is the best medicine. And like much folk wisdom, there is more than a kernel of truth in it. One of the major benefits of laughter is that it reduces stress – almost immediately. Have you ever been in an awkward situation that was broken because someone... Read More

Tai Chi Is an Outstanding Exercise for Older Adults

  May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month. For many older adults, physical activity can be a challenge, due to a chronic medical condition or recent surgery. But one form of exercise that can get older Americans moving safely is the traditional Chinese martial art of tai chi. Tai chi uses slow movements which,... Read More

Can Your Faith Improve Your Health?

  Spring ushers in a variety of important religious holidays. On April 19, Jews will celebrate the beginning of Passover or Pesach, which celebrates their liberation from slavery. On April 21, Christians celebrate rebirth and renewal during the Easter holiday. Muslims begin a month of spiritual and physical cleansing beginning at sunset on May 5,... Read More

How Seniors Can Use Nutrition to Promote Healthy Aging

  March is National Nutrition Month, a time to bring attention to how eating well can help us age well. According to the National Institutes of Health, even if you already have one or more chronic diseases, eating well may help you better manage conditions such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes. Mediterranean-style... Read More

How to Live Well with Congestive Heart Failure

  Congestive heart failure (CHF) sounds scarier than it is. While it is a serious condition that needs prompt medical attention, it doesn’t mean that your heart has “failed.” It simply means that the heart is unable to pump enough blood to meet the body’s optimal needs. This can be because of a leaky valve,... Read More

Protect Yourself Against Cold and Flu

  We’re in the midst of cold and flu season. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), February tends to be the peak month for flu. One study showed that wintertime increases your risk of getting the flu because cold temperatures and low humidity dramatically increase the transmission of the virus. So... Read More

Creating a Joyful Holiday in the Midst of Alzheimer’s

  For many, the best part about the holidays is getting together with family and friends. If you’re used to entertaining during the holiday season, you may be reluctant to keep that tradition alive if you’re caring for someone living with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia. But it’s important to continue living your life... Read More

Improving Patients’ Quality of Life Through Hospice and Palliative Care

  November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month, which exists to raise awareness of hospice and palliative care and the needs of those living with pain and life-limiting illnesses. Many people are reluctant to enlist the services of hospice or palliative care, because they see it as “giving up.” In truth, hospice/palliative care is... Read More