Howard, 45, an avid runner, started noticing foot pain while running. He tried a new brand of running shoe, massaged his feet and calves daily, and finally went to the doctor for pain relief. To Howard’s surprise, his doctor diagnosed him with osteoarthritis. Like many people, Howard had mistakenly believed that arthritis affects only people of advanced age. But osteoarthritis, or OA, affects over 32.5 million U.S. adults of all ages. According to the CDC, within the next 20 years, an … [Read more...] about Arthritis Signs and Symptoms
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The main job of the body’s immune system is to protect you from infection and disease. It does so by attacking whatever it perceives as an invader (antigens), such as bacteria, viruses, cancer cells, and allergens. The process of protecting and defending your body from invasion consists of four steps. The immune system will: Recognize something foreign or invasive in the body.Summon the immune cells to the area of the invasive element.Attack the invader and drive it from the body.Signal … [Read more...] about CAN A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE BOOST YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM?
Nobody wants a rash. They’re unsightly and can be irritating, but they can also be a sign of something deeper and scarier going on. Determining the cause of your rash is the quickest way to decide whether or not you need to see a doctor. Rashes of All Kinds A rash is often a sign that your skin came into contact with an allergen or other skin irritant. A rash is a visible notice that our skin or in some cases our entire body is reacting to negative stimuli. While it might be hard to … [Read more...] about Is My Rash a Concern?
DAY HIKING CHECKLIST Cooler weather is just around the corner, so if you’re ready to get out where social distancing is normal and do a bit of hiking, be sure to bring what you need to keep you and your family safe on your day hikes. Click the list below to download a printable Day Hiking Checklist. … [Read more...] about Hiking
WHAT TO DO WHEN AN OLDER PERSON FALLS Karen’s 72-year-old mother has fallen twice in the past year. Although neither fall resulted in serious injury—and in fact, her lively, active mother brushed off both incidents, reassuring her daughter, “I’m fine, stop fussing!”—Karen is concerned. She has good reason to be. While most falls in adults over age 60 are little more than a spill, requiring a bit of dusting off and clambering back to their feet, you should take every fall seriously, … [Read more...] about Elderly Falls
Staycation – A Vacation from the Usual For some of us, our homes are our sanctuaries. Being able to travel has taken on new meaning and traveling for leisure will be something we contemplate as we deal with health and safety issues of recent times. When will it be safe to travel again? What will that look like? That question is yet to be answered. Homeowners are installing pools, outdoor kitchens and home gyms at record rates. We long to be outside and enjoy the summer and adding amenities … [Read more...] about Staycation Self-Care
HOW TO RESPOND TO SOMEONE WHO IS HAVING A SEIZURE If you’ve ever witnessed someone having a seizure, you know it can be somewhat alarming. Seizures can occur without warning, causing a person to exhibit unusual, even frightening behavior. Bystanders want to help, but like most sudden health emergencies, a seizure can leave you feeling confused and helpless. A seizure is a sudden burst of uncontrolled brain activity that may produce abnormal behavior, convulsions, or even loss of … [Read more...] about Seizures
Road Trips Revisited in 2020 Getting places by public transportation is on hold for many of us. That doesn’t mean traveling is on hold. Gas prices are unprecedentedly low and the road beckons. Before flying became mainstream, Americans romanticized the road trip. Suitcases strapped to the top rack of the Vista Cruiser used to be a thing. Vehicles today are packed with creature comforts and space. Let’s look into lens of your ViewFinder and create the perfect road trip together. Make a … [Read more...] about Road Trips
Healthy Road Trip Snacks Traveling by car with family can be fun or a fiasco. Most of us can remember back-seat “wrestlemania” that goes with sitting too close to a sibling. “Mom, he looked at me!” “Mom, she took my iPad”, “Dad, are we there yet?” “I have to go to the bathroom!” Just like anything else we do with precision as parents, a travel plan is a must, especially when it comes to snacking. Who remembers sandy bologna sandwiches from a fold over baggie on the beach? Point made. We have … [Read more...] about Healthy Road Trip Snacks
IS IT AN EMERGENCY WHEN SOMEONE COLLAPSES? A collapse—your legs suddenly give way and you fall to the ground—is called by many names: fainting, passing out, losing consciousness. The medical term for fainting is syncope (SINK-a-pee). Before you actually faint, you are likely to experience one or more signs that it’s about to happen: sweating, lightheadedness, or a sense that your surroundings are going dark are some of the signs that precede loss of consciousness. Fortunately, most … [Read more...] about Collapse