Senior Summer Skincare

Senior Summer Skincare

Wow! Is it me or is it hot out here? These past few weeks in Florida were blistering hot! You might be thinking, “Well, it is Florida; it’s supposed to be hot.” Correct, but our sunny state has shattered summer temperature records this month already, and it’s only been summer for two days. This summer, taking care of your skin is brutally essential. Ultraviolet rays that cause cancer and damage the skin are proving to be unforgiving. Developing a skincare routine that protects and nourishes skin is the best way to lower the risks of a severe skin injury, not to mention sunburns! Below are a few tips recommended by the American Academy of Dermatology on how to protect yourself this summer: Hydrate! Hydrate! Hydrate! Make sure you drink plenty of water. It supports the major systems in your body. Wear broad-spectrum sunscreen, water-resistant that is SPF 30 or higher every single day. Make sure to apply it to hard to reach areas. ...
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Returning to Normal—What to do first?

Returning to Normal—What to do first?

With Florida already in phase one of the reopening process, businesses are putting up their “open” signs, doctors are seeing patients again and we are thinking of the ways to return to our normal schedules. It may seem overwhelming. Should we go shopping for home goods? Go get our hair trimmed? See family members and friends? Is any of this even safe to do right now? It’s important to know what to prioritize and what should be left for the future. Even though we were able to do telemedicine while in quarantine, there are things we were unable to do like get our bloodwork done. This is a great opportunity to do that and see a general practitioner about any concerns we have had these past two months. Many doctors have waiting lists, so now is the time to call them and see when they have the next time available. If you are looking for a new general practitioner or do...
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Do Not Wait Until You’re Sick!

Do Not Wait Until You’re Sick!

Seniors, when was the last time you saw your doctor? How well, does he or she know you? Traditionally the doctor-patient relationship was led by the physician, but today a successful relationship between both entities requires teamwork. Patients as well as doctors, nurses and other healthcare providers work alongside each other to manage and ensure an individual's health. This new approach of care requires seniors to actively participate in their care by placing the responsibility for excellent communication on them as well. Long gone are the days when people felt it was taboo to talk about symptoms or irregularities with their provider. Now it is your responsibility to let them know if you feel off in any way. Establishing a long-lasting, trusting relationship with your provider is a crucial step in maintaining good health. Here are a few examples of why practicing honest and lasting communication between you and your physician are essential for your health: Helps you get the...
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Where’s the Beef?

Where’s the Beef?

Americans love red meat, and they also love quick bites like processed meats. According to a study done by the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, processed meat accounts for 25% of all red meat and poultry eaten annually. Unfortunately, the International Agency for Research on Cancer classifies processed meat as a carcinogen! This means that processed meats are 100% known to cause cancer. Here are a few processed types of meat you need to avoid: Hot dogs Bacon Some deli meats Sausage Ham In other words, anything that has been salted, cured, or smoked is most likely processed. If you cannot understand or read all the ingredients listed on the package, then the meat is processed. Stay away. These meats cause cancer and heart disease. Avoid them at all costs. In order to live a healthy senior lifestyle, you must focus on the things you are eating and how you treat your body. Convenience is not worth the price...
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