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Food Label Facts for Older Adults

— Is your diet made up exclusively of dishes you create from scratch, using fresh ingredients? Most likely not! Most of us use plenty of canned, boxed, frozen or bottled products, and that’s just fine—so long as what’s in those packages is healthy and meets our nutritional needs. If you are an older adult, you probably... Read More

Lifestyle Changes to Lower the Risk of Cancer

— According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), cancer is the second leading cause of death in the United States, only following heart disease. Each year, almost 1,800,000 people will be diagnosed with cancer, and close to 600,000 people will die of the disease. Just as the CDC’s name implies, “control and prevention”... Read More

Did You Resolve to Lose Weight in 2022? Here’s Some Motivation!

— Here’s a common question: “What’s your New Year’s resolution this year?” And a common answer: “To lose some weight … same as last year and, come to think of it, the year before!” It can be so hard to lose weight! If you’re facing this challenge, you’re not alone. More people in the U.S. are... Read More

A Healthier Fast Food Drive-Thru Trip

— September was National Cholesterol Education Month, when patients are reminded about the importance of controlling their intake of dietary cholesterol to protect their heart and vascular system. We can improve our cholesterol numbers by improving our diet. And 2021 is an especially good year to give our diet a makeover! Many people report that during... Read More

Did You Resolve to Cut Down on Sugar?

— Our New Year’s resolutions often include weight loss and healthy eating—and reducing our sugar intake can help us meet both of those worthy goals. USDA guidelines recommend that we take in less than 10% of our daily calories from sugar. For older adults, consuming too much sugar increases the risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, hypertension,... Read More

Seven Great Ways to Protect Your Immune System

— During 2020, prevention has been top of mind for many of us! Though we can and should be immunized against seasonal influenza (“the flu”), a vaccine for COVID-19 isn’t available yet. The tools at our disposal for lowering our risk include wearing a mask and practicing physical distancing. Many of us also are thinking of... Read More

Family Caregivers Should Consider Their Own Nutritional Needs

— During November, we celebrated National Family Caregivers Month. The year 2020 has certainly been a challenging one for the many family members and friends who are providing care for an older or disabled loved one! Whether their loved one lives with them, or in a senior living community, or independently, the workload of family caregivers... Read More

What Is Prehabilitation?

— After surgery or another medical procedure, patients often take part in a rehabilitation program to help them achieve optimal healing and function. Rehab helps them build their muscles, regain function, and cope with the emotional and cognitive aspects of recovery. But what about before surgery? Experts report that there’s a lot of beneficial preparation patients can do... Read More

Prediabetes Is a Wake-Up Call

— As experts are learning more about COVID-19, they’ve found that certain underlying health conditions raise a patient’s risk of serious complications and death. Diabetes is one of those conditions. The American Diabetes Association (ADA) explains that while having diabetes doesn’t raise a person’s risk of being infected with the coronavirus, people with diabetes are more... Read More