Let’s Not Slow Down while we Hunker Down

Let’s Not Slow Down while we Hunker Down

Although we are isolating ourselves from each other and keeping our distance, this is not an excuse for slowing down our life or discontinuing our routine. While things have changed and our social gatherings, outings and other activities have come to a halt, we should not give up on our socializing and entertainment. We should just change it up in the meantime! There are a variety of creative ways we can socialize with friends and family during this time of social distancing. If you have not tried using Facetime (on the iPhone) or Skype, this is a great time to learn the technology and see your loved ones face-to-face. Once you have a hang of it, you can include multiple people to your conversation and set up a date and time to have a virtual get together. Whether you previously got together for dinner, happy hour, morning prayer or afternoon lunch, you can incorporate this routine to an online format to...
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Coronavirus Update for Seniors!

Coronavirus Update for Seniors!

Seniors, there are more than 375,000 cases of the new Coronavirus (COVID-19) circling the world. As of March 23, there was a minimum of 39,819 cases across every American state. However, there is no need to panic. One of the reasons why there is a spike in reported cases is due to more testing kits being handed out across the nation. This new access to packages was predicted by experts to create a rise in the confirmed number of outbreaks. We are living in historical times, and we must stay strong by uniting. If we all practice social distancing, we can stop and slow down the spread of this highly contagious virus. If you have self-quarantined, practicing excellent hygiene will help spread the virus within your home. Here are a few tips to help you prevent the spread of COVID-19 inside your home: Do not have close contact with anyone sick Stay home especially if you are sick (unless you are...
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Best Diet for Type-2 Diabetes

Best Diet for Type-2 Diabetes

Losing weight and trying to maintain your blood sugar under control can seem unattainable. Though the journey is far from comfortable with a little grit and a positive attitude, you can achieve your weight loss goals. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, you do not have to give up your favorite foods to lose weight. By practicing moderation and eating the correct amounts at the right time will keep your blood sugar in its target range and help you drop pounds. There are plenty of programs available to support you on your journey. Here are a few programs to help guide you: The DASH Diet Mark Bittman's VB6 Diet The Mayo Clinic Diet Weight Watchers Ornish Diet/The Spectrum The Biggest Loser Diet American Diabetes Association Carbohydrate Counting The Volumetrics Diet The Mediterranean Diet However you decide to manage your weight loss journey is up to you, but always make sure you consult a doctor before you start any of...
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Seniors, Do Not Panic!

Seniors, Do Not Panic!

Is the media keeping us informed or creating mass panic? Every hour there is a discovery or latest update strategically flashing on our screens. When the news that cases of the novel coronavirus were verified in over 40 states, pandemonium broke out. Americans all over the nation jumped into a frenzy emptying supermarkets nationwide. This hysteria left many individuals without toiletries, food or water. Fear is a powerful tool and marketing tactic used by industries worldwide to sell. Do not fall victim to these tactics! Panicking will only make our situation worse and cause mass hysteria. Yes, the health risks posed by this virus have the potential of being severe for our community, but we must remain calm. By practicing social distancing and staying informed, we can reduce the spread of the virus. Through excellent hygiene and preventative care, we can fight the spread of this virus. Our community is strong, and our nation has the best medical teams in...
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A Touch of Sugar

A Touch of Sugar

Have you been recently diagnosed with diabetes? You are not alone, more than 100 million Americans have diabetes or prediabetes, and the number is steadily growing. There are two types of diabetes, type-1 diabetes and type-2 diabetes. In type-1 diabetes, the body cannot produce insulin which is a hormone that regulates the amount of sugar in the blood. In type-2 diabetes, the body can not properly use insulin. The most common form of diabetes is type 2, and it usually develops in adults over age 45. The cause of type-2 diabetes is still a mystery, but it is known that genetics and factors like being overweight play a role. The good news is that both types of diabetes are manageable. By exercising and eating healthy people diagnosed with diabetes can live an extraordinary life. There are also methods like insulin therapy and other treatments, that help individuals manage their condition. In the next few weeks, we will be breaking down...
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It’s Wellderly Awareness Week!

It’s Wellderly Awareness Week!

This week is Wellderly Awareness Week, which we think is an important observance for talking about total wellness. When we hear the word “wellness,” we usually think about exercising and eating healthy, but what you may not know is that it also includes financial, mental and emotional wellness for a happy and healthy life. Mental, emotional and physical wellness can all affect each other as physical wellness positively affects mental and emotional wellness, and if you do not focus on your mental and emotional wellness, then you may not be prioritizing physical wellness. By getting outside, taking a stroll with a friend or family member or engaging in senior-friendly exercises and classes can help get you to a place where you feel benefits all around. Sometimes, when we are lacking motivation or feeling a bit low, we think we will feel better by sleeping the day away or sitting and not doing anything. Science shows that this is one of the...
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A Seniors How To: Reduce the Spread of the Coronavirus

A Seniors How To: Reduce the Spread of the Coronavirus

Seniors listen up! Coronavirus has reached the United States and is now in the state of Florida. There have been 19 cases confirmed in the sunshine state since March 9th and 650 nationwide. Though most of the cases are overseas, the virus is continuing to spread and is seriously affecting the world's senior population. Most people who become infected experience mild symptoms, but seniors who become infected can undergo severe conditions, especially those with underlying health conditions. Protect yourself and others by: Washing your hands often with an alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water. If you are sick, stay home. Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces with any EPA-registered household disinfectants, a solution of bleach and water, or an alcohol solution with at least 70% alcohol. Maintain at least three feet distance between you or anyone coughing/sneezing (to avoid breathing in small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth). Do not touch your eyes, nose, or mouth (avoid transferring the...
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Best Ways to Lose Weight After 50

Best Ways to Lose Weight After 50

America is obsessed with weight loss trends and being skinny. There have been so many fad diets in the past decades it would be hard to keep track of them all! The pressure to be thin is overwhelming, and the older an adult is, the harder it can be. However, losing weight is possible without a crazy diet and expensive gym equipment. All you need is a little prep and dedication. Tips and tricks for weight loss after 50: Eat leaner protein (helps keep you fuller longer and even reverse muscle loss) Lift weights (strength training aids in weight loss) Drink water (hydration aids weight loss and keeps the body young) Limit added sugars and processed food Workout with a community of friends (to keep you motivated and on track) Move around more (take the stairs instead of the elevator, walk to a coffee shop) Try intermittent fasting (check with your primary care physician first) Prioritize your sleep (without proper sleep...
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Aging African Americans

Aging African Americans

Did you know that African American seniors are living longer? The death rate of African- American adults aged 65 and older has dropped 25% in the past 17 years. Death rate disparities are narrowing between African Americans and Anglo-Saxon Americans, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). However, the death rate for African Americans is still much higher. These numbers are caused by social and economic conditions that are more common in the African-American community. Lower levels of education or living near the poverty line diminish access to healthcare for individuals. All seniors deserve access to healthcare and opportunities that will lead to happy aging. There is still much work to be done to reach equality but being aware of these differences is the first step. You can help break down these barriers by supporting programs like REACH, which help reduce racial and ethnic health disparities. This topic deserves recognition every month, not just in February. Please...
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Seniors Protect Yourself from The Coronavirus

Seniors Protect Yourself from The Coronavirus

A new virus called the Coronavirus or 2019-nCoV has erupted and claimed the lives of 81 people. This virus was first detected in China and has infected almost 3,000 Chinese citizens and citizens in 12 other countries. Since January 21, five people have been identified as positive carriers of the virus in the United States, and there are still 73 people pending investigation, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. The pneumonia-like illness linked to SARS is now spreading from person-to-person, yet it is not clear how easily. The World Health Organization has yet to declare the outbreak as a global emergency but keeping yourself safe is critical as the death tolls rise and the virus spreads. How to keep yourself safe and reduce the risk of infection: Wash your hands often with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds Disinfect and clean your home and common areas (doorknobs, cabinets) Try not to touch your eyes, nose,...
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