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  • Holiday Stress

    Stress and depression can ruin your holidays and hurt your health. Being realistic, planning ahead and seeking support can help ward off stress and depression. First we have to see what some of the causes are: Bad memories: You may associate the holidays with a bad time in your life such as the loss ...
  • Gardening for Seniors - Useful Tips

    Growing your own vegetable garden can do more than provide tasty produce—gardening can improve health, save money and even boost mood. Community gardens, backyard plots, and even window boxes are gaining in popularity, and tomatoes are among the first seeds new gardeners plant. Whole generations of ...
  • Post Holiday Blues

    While it is true some people may feel down during the holidays because they don’t want to see certain family members, go to a crowded mall, or shovel the driveway, others feel sad after the holidays after over. Out of town relatives have now gone home. You have gained some weight from overeating. ...
  • Surviving Holiday Eating

    To help you survive the seasonal parties without packing on the pounds, Qualicare has some tips to help you survive the holidays without having to make a New Year’s Resolution to lose weight. Trim back the trimmings. To shave calories, go easy when adding nuts, cheese, cream sauces, gravy, butter, ...
  • Doorways and Forgetting

    Have you ever found yourself standing in a room wondering why you went there in the first place? You look at the object that you’re holding in your hand and have no idea what you were supposed to do with it. Have you ever had to retrace your steps and get strange stares from people? If so, you’ll be ...
  • Coping Mechanisms

    Coping mechanisms can also be described as 'survival skills'. They are strategies that people use in order to deal with stresses, pain, and natural changes that we experience in life. Coping mechanisms are learned behavioural patterns used to cope. We learn from others ways to manage our stresses. ...
  • My Grandmother, the Riverboat Pianist

    by Raphael Adams She was a river boat pianist in her youth. There was a picture above her bed that showed a stunning young woman who could have been a silent film star. That was all very hard to imagine as I coerced my kids to visit their 90-something grandmother in the nursing home. She had ...
  • Ask a Nurse - Aids for Standing and Reclining

    Question: With my condition, I find that I am having a lot of trouble changing positions – from sitting to standing to reclining. Are there devices that I can use to ease my mobility when I am by myself? Answer Many people have difficulty raising themselves into a standing position or lowering ...
  • Ask a Nurse - Tinnitus

    Question: I am a 55 year old man that is constantly being plagued with ringing in my ears. My Doctor has made me an appointment with a specialist, but unfortunately it is a few months off. Can you give me some ideas on why this is happening and how to cope with it in the interim? I am not sleeping ...
  • Drowning in Holiday Debt

    by Milena Filazzola C.M.A. So the holidays are over. Presents have been exchanged, family gatherings are over, and leftovers are almost gone. Now is the time to relax--maybe not. A haunting villain has entered your life--overextended credit card debt from those extravagant purchases or special gifts ...
  • The Power of Music

    Every one of us has, in our brain, a file folder of songs and melodies that are capable of evoking very distinct memories – of schools, of relationships, of events, of family traditions. Usually they make us feel very happy, but they can also be bittersweet or even quite frightening. Scientists are ...
  • Brain Exercises for the Elderly

    When a loved one gets older, it is often harder for their children to cope with even small amounts of mental deterioration, even though the physical changes are more pronounced. Arthritis, diabetes, loss of appetite – these are almost natural, inevitable signs of aging. They can be dealt with by ...
  • Holiday Budgeting

    Holiday shopping can be dangerous, especially with credit card debt. Believe it or not, it is possible to come out of the season on top -- or at least not in the red. Follow some of these helpful guidelines: 1. Set Your Budget The best way to start making a holiday budget is to look at your spending ...
  • Seniors and Aging - A Vital Combination

    As people grow older, exercise is the key to staying strong, energetic and healthy. As we age our body’s metabolism naturally slows which is why it is difficult for seniors to maintain a healthy weight. The answer is exercise. Because exercise helps speed up the body’s metabolism and builds muscle ...
  • 10 Ways to Help Seniors have a Happy Holiday

    Although the holiday season can be a happy and joyous time for most of us, many older adults and seniors find the season hectic, confusing and even depressing depending on their mental, physical and emotional conditions. The good news is that we can all help contribute to a happier season for the ...
  • Healthy Living - You Need to Get Some Sleep

    By: Dr. Heather Tick Using both the data of modern science and the time-proven traditions of complementary medicine, Dr. Heather Tick M.D. has helped tens of thousands of patients reach their peak levels of health over the past 30 years. She is the first holder of the prestigious Gunn-Loke Endowed ...