Heart Conditions…Not Only for Adults

A large portion of the time, when we discuss heart conditions we think adults, especially seniors. However, did you know approximately 40,000 babies born each year have some type of congenital heart defect (CHD)? CHD is the #1 birth defect, according to Little Hearts.org. Another study claims every 15 minutes a child is born with CHD. Congenital meaning “born with”...

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Low Vision Awareness Month

We are starting our month-long series, “Keep Your Eyes on the Heart” with the topic of February being Low Vision Awareness Month. The National Eye Institute (NEI) website defines low vision as “a visual impairment that cannot be corrected by standard eyeglasses, contact lenses, medication, or surgery.” Low Vision Projection Chart Table provided by National Eye Institute   The NEI...

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Do you feel S.A.D.?

Do you feel like every year around the same time you are just…SAD? There is an actual medical condition, which you could be suffering from known as Seasonal Affective Disorder…SAD. SAD is a form of depression which normally occurs during the Winter months, but can be experienced during warmer months too. The Center for Disease for Control and Prevention has...

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Stave off Post-Holiday Depression …

The Christmas trees are put away, all the family has returned home, the New Year is into its 3rd week, and the credit card bills have begun to arrive in the mail. Now is the time, to watch out for post-holiday depression. PsychCentral.com shares in an article entitled “How to Manage Post-Holiday Depression”: “It’s not that unusual. Some studies show...

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Healthier, Happier You…Elimination

We are continuing our blog series, “Healthier, Happier You in 2018” with the topic of elimination. Elimination may conjure up thoughts of resolutions such as “no sugar”, “no soda”, or just a bunch of “no’s”. Promise, these eliminations are not like that. On the other hand, some of the eliminations may, at first, seem contrary to popular belief. We must...

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Communicate with Your Healthcare Provider …

As we look to 2018, and the emphasis of a “Happier, Healthier You in 2018” we turn our focus to our healthcare providers. Our healthcare providers are an integral link in our “Happier, Healthy You” journey. The National Institute of Aging declares, “A good patient-doctor relationship is a partnership built on communication.” One may assume with our hyper-connected world of...

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When the Holidays are Difficult …

The holidays are meant to be a time for cheerfulness, gaiety, family, smiles, laughter, and memory making. On the other hand, how do we go about handling the holidays if grieving the loss of a loved one or we are living with a mental health issue?     The website, “What’s Your Grief” shares 64 tips in an article entitled...

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Eat Healthy During Holidays …

It is possible to eat healthy during the holidays. Even with the multitude of parties and overabundance of food, you can achieve a healthy balance…with a little planning.   Incorporate these quick tips from The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ website, Eat Right’s article entitled, “Healthful Tips for Healthy Holiday Parties” and you will be good to go: Start your...

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Alzheimer’s and the Holidays …

We have come to the end of Alzheimer’s Awareness Month. Yet, with last week being Thanksgiving, it is a good time to look at Alzheimer’s and the holidays. The fact is everyday life with an Alzheimer family member can be challenging. Add in the holiday’s, which are already stressful, can become tension-filled.   Families will be gathering and celebrating. We...

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