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Keeping Steady on Our Feet

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Falling counts as one of the things we most fear as we get older. In fact, this fear, if we let it, can drastically shrink our activities and the breadth of our lives. Can balance be improved even in the elderly? Yes! Here’s the good news: simple and fun ways exist to keep us upright […]

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Gardening: Good for Your Health? You Bet!

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When the world grows wearies, and society ceases to satisfy, there is always the Garden. Minnie Aumônier This quotation about gardening has lived under the glass on my desk for as long as I can remember. Decades before I became a gerontologist and learned that gardening is good for you—physically, mentally, and spiritually—I have shared […]

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The Life-Changing Sleep Secret!

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I was born a night owl, loving the quiet of the late evening hours, when all the chores are done, commitments completed, the house nicely buttoned up for the night, and I have time for myself. In my younger decades I could easily stay up until 12 midnight or 1 AM, and wake up at […]

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Can You Really Give Up Sugar?

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As we nested at home these last few months, and will continue to stick around the house for at least a while longer, I had a fresh look at my processed sugar consumption (white sugar, molasses, maple syrup, etc.) and helped clients answer the question, “Can you really give up sugar?” Like many of us, […]

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Reversing the Dreaded Dowager’s Hump

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Dowager’s Hump. You might know someone who has it. Your mother or grandmother may have suffered from it. You think you are developing one. Whatever your experience, direct or indirect, I am betting you have heard of this term and have seen women, and men, who walk hunched over and with difficulty; who struggle to […]

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Kick Mobility Issues with Vitamin K

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I just finished reading the results of a new study on vitamin K and its role in decreasing disability and increasing our mobility as we get older, and I want to share these latest findings. We gerontologists, and many researchers worldwide, consistently focus on what we call “novel” risk factors affecting vibrant aging. These include […]

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Electrolytes – We Need Them

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What the devil is an electrolyte, and why do we need them? The main electrolytes in our body are calcium, chloride, magnesium, potassium, phosphate, and sodium. These nutrients, or chemicals, conduct electricity when dissolved in a liquid, like water. Our body is 70% water, and electrolytes are important in so many of our internal functions, […]

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Powering Up Our Immune System to stave Off Illness

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Building up our immune system to fighting fitness always ranks as our first choice of defense against disease, and that holds true for avoiding all pesky colds, flu and viruses. Tapping in a bevy of trusted sources, including Dr. Mark Hyman and the Institute of Functional Medicine (IFM), Dr. Tieraona Low Dog, and Dr. Andrew […]

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Susan Lucci’s Heart Attack Scare

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People Magazine reported that Erica Kane of Pine Valley* suffered a heart attack in October of 2018. As I read the article, it didn’t surprise me that she never mentioned being tested for heart disease before the heart attack scare. Obviously, her doctor failed to order tests for her which would have revealed the 90% […]