Health

Getting back to a healthy diet after the holidays can be tricky! With leftover cookies sitting on the counter and half a bottle of eggnog still in the fridge, it can be tempting to drag out the holiday dining for a few days or weeks longer than planned. Though indulging during the holidays is perfectly normal, studies show that the pounds most adults put on between November and January never come off. Instead of letting those extra slices of pie hang around your hips, get back on track with your health in the new year! Follow these simple tips to get back to your pre-holiday baseline... more ...

Most of us don’t spend much time thinking about our healthcare providers. By the time we’re contemplating a doctor’s visit, most of us are already in need of an examination or a prescription renewal. When it comes to seeking out a new doctor, it’s easy to become overwhelmed. Almost all of us have had negative experiences with dismissive, patronizing, or misguided medical professionals in the past. How can we improve the odds of finding a fantastic physician on the first try? Though there’s no simple way to guarantee success, these simple guidelines may a... more ...

The state of our sleep is becoming an issue of global concern. In 1942, adults were averaging a healthy 8 hours of sleep per night; today, that average has dropped to just 6.8. Studies reveal that sleep disorders are on the rise, with factors like growing obesity rates and nighttime technology use accelerating these trends. Poor sleep quality may ultimately lead to reduced cognitive function, decreased sex drive, heart conditions, mental health issues, weight gain, and more. If you’re practicing good sleep hygiene and still experiencing frequent sleep disturbances, you may be strugg... more ...

Our oral health can have an impact on our well-being at any age. As we grow older, adhering to good dental hygiene practices becomes even more important. Oral conditions like gum disease and dry mouth affect well over a third of seniors over the age of 60. Whether you have a complete set of dentures or all of your natural teeth, it is important to keep an eye on your oral health. Follow these simple hygiene guidelines to ensure the health of your mouth and body!  Cavities & Tooth Decay Cavities can form at any stage in our lives. When acidic plaque builds up on the teet... more ...

When we picture assisted living homes, many of us imagine older seniors being wheeled around by caregivers. In countries like Japan, Germany, and the United States, rapidly aging populations are quickly outpacing the number of individuals entering caregiving professions. Social isolation, physical handicaps, and mobility issues challenge many individuals during their twilight years. Impressive developments in robotics, however, will likely alleviate many of these problems, likely within the coming decades. The following projects offer a few interesting insights into the rapidly-changing world ... more ...

Most of us dream of living long and healthy lives. Reaching one’s 100th birthday, however, is easier said than done! Maintaining the right attitude and habits can play an important role in boosting our longevity. In addition to standard beliefs regarding health and wellness, certain less conventional practices have been shown to elongate the average lifespan. Do you dream of becoming a centenarian? Follow these tips to extend your life while aging gracefully! Don’t Eat Quite So MuchJapan’s Okinawan populace is known for having some of the lowest obesity rates and lo... more ...

Sexual abuse is among the worst experiences a person can endure. Regardless of the circumstances surrounding the act, sexual abuse is almost universally traumatizing. Far more children and adults are affected by sexual abuse than we realize. The profound psychological wounds left by these despicable crimes affect a heartbreakingly large percentage of the population. Abuse is a difficult subject to navigate. Every victim has had a different experience and may be comforted or triggered by different acts. By offering an open ear and allowing your partner to process their abuse on their own t... more ...

Have you ever been told by others that you’re too quiet, anxious, or introverted? Do you pick up on details that others seem to miss? Does noise or stress seem to affect you more than your peers and colleagues? If you relate to this description, you might be considered a “Highly Sensitive Person.” Sensitivity: A Survival Strategy Though HSPs do not make up the majority of the population, up to 1 in 5 adults appear to have this increased sensitivity to sensory processing. Researchers have also discovered highly sensitive populations in animals ranging from horses to ... more ...

90% of people experience tension headaches throughout their lives. Though most of us occasionally experience these common headaches, many also suffer from other types of head pain. Differentiating these headaches from one another, however, can sometimes be a challenge. Are you trying to decipher which kind of headache you're suffering from? Skim this quick guide to gain a better understanding of the type of headache you may be experiencing. Tension Headaches Tension headaches are the most common type of headache. Pain is generally felt in the forehead or in the neck and back... more ...

Resilience is the ability to bounce back from painful or challenging situations. In your day to day life, you've likely encountered individuals with both high and low levels of resilience. After surviving a traumatic life event, a person with limited resilience may struggle to recover, perhaps slipping into negative thought patterns or engaging in destructive behaviors. A highly resilient individual will likely recover from the same event more quickly. Despite enduring hardship, these resilient individuals are able to process their experiences in more productive ways, resulting in faster r... more ...