It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

December 15, 2016 | Patricia Wuest

While the holidays are a time of joyful gatherings with family and friends, they can also be a source of stress, weight gain and depression for older adults. Here’s how to avoid all three. Make Healthy Choices It’s OK to enjoy tempting and tasty homemade meals and snacks, but try not to overindulge. Follow Dietary […]

Home for the Holidays

December 1, 2016 | Patricia Wuest

The holiday season — Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa — can be a wonderful time of year if you’ve got grandchildren around. Have you ever marveled at those grandparents who find it effortless to spend time doing fun things with their grandkids? Finding holiday-themed activities to do with your grandkids doesn’t have to be elaborate or […]

Stick to It!

November 15, 2016 | Patricia Wuest

We’ve all had those moments when we’ve resolved to exercise: Sometimes, it starts with a New Year’s resolutions, or following a doctor’s visit or stepping on the scale after avoiding it. And for a few weeks, we’re consistently working out. But then for many of us, we stop, only to restart again. Men’s Health magazine […]

Berry Good For You!

November 3, 2016 | Patricia Wuest

Fresh berries are some of the most powerful — and delicious — disease-fighting foods available. That’s because they are rich in antioxidants that fight cell damage in your body. The terms “antioxidants” and “free radicals” are ones you’ve probably read or heard about, but if you don’t quite understand them, you’re not alone. Simply put: […]

Stop Wi-Fi Hackers in Their Tracks

October 15, 2016 | Patricia Wuest

If you are very attached to your desktop computer, laptop, tablet or mobile device, you may be using a home-based wireless network as an efficient way to stay connected to the web, no matter which device you’re using. Commonly called Wi-Fi, a wireless network consists of a modem, which “translates” the data signal from your […]

Prescription for Your Medicine Cabinet

October 1, 2016 | Patricia Wuest

Many of us keep prescription and over-the-counter medications in our medicine cabinets or bathroom vanities. Often, if it’s medicine that we take for a short period of time, we forget about them. It’s important to track these medications and to take stock periodically. Make an inventory. Studies show that many people over 65 take between […]

Why You Should Get the Shingles Vaccine

September 15, 2016 | Patricia Wuest

You may still remember getting chickenpox as a kid and how uncomfortable you were, but trust us, not as uncomfortable as getting a bout of shingles. You may know someone who has suffered from shingles, a painful viral rash that’s caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox. According to the Mayo Clinic, “After you’ve […]

Here Comes the Sun!

September 1, 2016 | Patricia Wuest

Do you remember telling your kids to go outside and enjoy the sunny day? It turns out, this is good advice for senior adults, too. Studies have shown that just a few minutes of sunshine each day has significant health benefits. Three important reasons to get a dose of daily sunshine are: To keep your […]

Play On!

August 15, 2016 | Patricia Wuest

What is the value of joining a club — like a book club or card-playing group — or participating in a group activity — such as community gardening or a water aerobics class — as a senior adult? The University of Rochester Medical Center says that “staying socially active and maintaining interpersonal relationships can help […]

Make the Move

August 1, 2016 | Laura Tenpenny

Are You Tired of Being Tied Down to Your House? Do you enjoy mowing the lawn, painting the house, shoveling snow, pulling weeds, dusting and vacuuming, and repairing leaky faucets? If you do, you’re not ready for the carefree lifestyle of a senior retirement community. But if you’re ready to use that extra leisure time […]