Arthritis is one of the most debilitating conditions affecting mostly people over the age of 55. It doesn't only affect that specific age group, but also a percentage of young adults. It's not just a simple disease but a group of conditions that may cause damage not only to your bones but also to other organs in the body. Different forms of arthritis manifest different symptoms. Common symptoms of arthritis include: persistent joint pain; tenderness in a joint which is aggravated by movement; inflammation indicated by joint swelling, stiffness, redness, and/or warmth; pain and stiffness in … [Read more...]

Hydration and the Elderly

elderly water

Water, it’s the most essential chemical substances for life. We could not survive without this clear, odorless and tasteless (1) nutrient within a matter of days. Water is regulated by the kidneys, and therefore drinking plenty of water on a daily basis will protect these two vital organs. However, as the healthy kidneys age, they will function normal but slower. The kidney’s function decrease due to physiological changes such as the reduction of the number of filtering units (the nephrons) which filter waste from the blood, and a decrease in the kidneys tissue and blood supply (2).  In … [Read more...]

Senior Summer Slimdown

senior summer slimdown

People of ALL ages think that the best way to lose weight is to eat less. Especially seniors! They figure because they are less active, the should eat less to accomodate for the less activity in their lives. That is a point. Your body is like a car...if you drive down the road with the gas light on, your car will run out and gas, and eventually your car will start sputtering, and then stop driving. You don't want that to happen to your body, do you? You won't drop dead...what happens is your body starts to store everything you eat as fat.   It begins to store all … [Read more...]

Exercise For A Healthy Heart

Participating in any type of regular physical activity that gets your heart beating faster will strengthen the heart muscle and help lower the risk of heart disease and stroke, lower blood pressure, relieve stress and reduce the chance of depression. A stronger heart means the blood is pumped more efficiently through the body which also helps increase the “good” cholesterol levels ( HDL) and lower the “bad” cholesterol levels (LDL). There are many other positive benefits from exercising as well: Strengthen your cardiovascular system. Improve your circulation and help your body use … [Read more...]