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Category Archives: Health & Wellness

You have probably heard the age-old saying, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away,” but has anyone ever told you that the sweet treat, dark chocolate, could improve your health as well? Studies suggest that eating raw unprocessed cocoa, a natural rich source of flavanols, can positively increase energy levels, raise exercise stamina, and …

Horticulture has been used as therapy for centuries. In 1798, Dr. Benjamin Rush, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, wrote that gardening improved the conditions of mentally ill patients. Gardening as a means of physical and occupational rehabilitation was employed in U.S. Veterans Administration hospitals for returning World War II veterans. The idea of …

It requires just a few minutes to conclude that Marie T. Zukoff, a nationally known watercolorist, keenly observes human behavior and possesses a naturally calm demeanor. Reflecting her personal painting style, which conveys tranquility and peaceful solitude, Marie gracefully makes her way around the room, giving attention to the residents attending class this afternoon. Marie …

For many families, choosing a nursing home is a challenging and emotional task – and with the rising costs of long-term care, it is critical to find a facility that is affordable and puts your loved one’s wellbeing first. Here is some advice for finding the right nursing home. Make a budget: The services offered …

The need for friends is instinctual. Our survival once depended on having close friends to comfort and help us. They helped us hunt and find food, build shelter, and keep our families safe. They also offered companionship. Good friends add a special meaning to life. They help you share the good times and overcome the …

Social worker is visiting a senior woman

1. Take a break without feeling guilty. Maggie, a Home Instead caregiver, says, “The one thing I would advise a family caregiver is to allow themselves respite time, at least a couple times each month, without feeling guilty. A refreshed caregiver is a much better provider of care when they themselves have taken a much …

Male and female senior holding weights

United Methodist Communities recently opened SeniorFITness at United Methodist Communities at The Shores (Ocean City). It follows the unique and highly beneficial program’s implementation at United Methodist Communities at Bristol Glen (Newton). SeniorFITness, a venture with United Methodist Communities partner Alliance Rehab, is led by professional exercise physiologists. The multidisciplinary program designed to be both fun and …

Long-term daily multivitamin supplement use may lower cataract risk in men, according to a study of nearly 15,000 male physicians published this month in Ophthalmology, the journal of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Past observational studies have indicated a relationship between nutritional supplement use and eye health. However, randomized trial data on the effects of …

Cold Weather Blues Ahead Road Sign in snowy landscape.

Is your elderly loved one feeling sad or blue? If so, they may be suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder, commonly referred to as SAD.  Seasonal Affective Disorder is a form of depression that occurs during the winter months when the days are shorter and there is a chill in the air. The exact cause of …