Category Archives: Health

Change up your exercise routine by changing its intensity

It’s easy to think our days are jam packed with activities and there’s simply not enough time for just one more item.  However, some items shouldn’t be on the arbitrary schedule of things to do when you have time.  One of those things is exercise.  People who don’t exercise on a regular schedule see exercise…

Depression and older adults often go hand in hand

The holidays are upon us and so is the relentless cheer we associate with them but for many people the holidays aren’t happy no matter what everyone claims.  Depression is a major problem for older adults.  Some older adults will begin to experience it for the first time in their older age and they are…

New listing of 41 powerhouse fruits and vegetables

Many Americans are confused about the food values of fruits and vegetables. While most health sites make the argument that Americans should eat more fruits and vegetables, those same fruits and vegetables don’t pack the same value across the board. For instance, a carrot does not provide the same benefits as celery. So, if you’re…

Medicare Open Enrollment closes Sunday

Dec. 7 marks the last day for Medicare Open Enrollment.  Saturday will be your last day to contact the radio station and get your Medicare questions answered by Christine Levay from United Healthcare.

Flu season is here! Are you ready?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced today that this year’s flu season statistics suggest it could be a severe season.  Anyone unvaccinated that can get vaccinated should do so.  The CDC also recommends that people at high risk of complications who develop flu should receive prompt treatment with antiviral drugs.  The reason…

What emergency personnel see when they pull up to the scene of a fall

Ed Hrivnak, the Assistant Chief of Prevention and Education with Central Pierce Fire and Rescue spoke about falls prevention at a recent meeting I attended.  This isn’t a new topic if you are a senior but Ed brought with him the actual situations that cause people to have to call the fire department out to their…

Does your end-of-life documentation say what you think it says?

Everybody dies.  A search for the fountain of youth has gone on for at least hundreds of years.  No one people seem immune to its draw, 100 percent of us will eventually draw our last breath and then die.  That cold fact alone ought to make more of us susceptible to talking about what that…

Caring for the caregiver begins with you

Nearly 30 percent of adult Americans provide unpaid care to someone who is ill, disabled or aged according to the National Alliance for Caregiving, amounting to about 65.7 million people.  Of those, nearly half provided care associated with clinical tasks such as wound care, ostomy care, IV and injections making the caregivers burden complex and…

Medicare’s Open Enrollment ends soon

Thanksgiving is here and Christmas is just around the corner and you know what that means.  It’s just days until the end of Medicare’s  Open Enrollment.  You only have until Dec. 7 to make changes to your Medicare supplemental drug plan coverage.  If you to enroll in a plan during Fall Open Enrollment, your coverage…

Alzheimer’s risk higher in African Americans yet many fear seeking help

If you’re African American, you stand a better chance of getting Alzheimer’s disease than your white neighbors.  In fact, you are nearly twice as likely to develop the disease even though rates of Alzheimer’s disease are lower in Africans living in Africa than they are in those living in America.  In the United States, African…