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The Many Benefits of Gardening.

Gardening can be a very rewarding hobby for older adults as it provides many benefits including social, physical, and emotional ones. Tending to a garden is a leisurely activity that can help to improve one’s overall health.

  • Creates a sense of community amongst members of your neighborhood.

  • Helps build social networks, especially through community gardening.

  • Lowers the risk of heart attack, stroke, and high blood pressure.

  • Increases physical activity and improves physical strength.

  • Strengthens coordination, limb dexterity, and increases hand strength.

Eating Well Without Breaking the Bank, Part 2: Eating Healthy for Less At Home

Maintaining a healthy diet while also staying budget conscious can be challenging. The reason for this is that healthier food choices tend to be more costly. As mentioned in our most recentblog post, there are many steps that can be taken to save money while at the grocery store. Coupon clipping and scouring the sale section of the local grocery store flyer can be helpful in cutting down costs. However, there are a few things that can be done athometo further your savings:

  • Repurposing leftovers will ensure that you aren't throwing away or wasting food.

Eating Well Without Breaking The Bank, Part 1: Shopping Healthy For Less

Eating well is important to everyone, no matter their age.As people get older, having a healthy diet can help to reduce the risk of health issues such as heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Even though this is common knowledge, for some older adults, buying nutritious food can be challenging on a fixed income. There are many steps you can take to save money at the grocery store:

  • Collect coupons for brands you typically purchase and items you know you need.

  • Make a list of groceries you need so you don't buy unnecessary items.

Traveling and Health, Part 2

Thank you, my devoted readers, for waiting so patiently for Part 2 of "Traveling and Health."  Now that I have returned, I have had the opportunity to reflect on my journey. I would like to share my experiences with you, so that you too, can remain healthy and safe during your summer travels. 

As I quickly discovered, and you are no doubt 
aware, not all motels/hotels are createdequally.  The biggest issue I had was with safety in the bathrooms.  Let's take a look:

Traveling and Health, Part I

My daughter recently made the decision to relocate to Los Angeles.  Being the good and supportive mom I am, I was not going to let her travel alone across the country.  That said, we left Connecticut on Saturday, making our way to the west coast. 

Since I am diabetic (not insulin-dependent), I had to give thought as to how I was going to keep my blood sugars steady while on the road.  After all, the last thing I want is an episode of either high or blood sugar. Here is what you can do to stay safe, especially while driving:

Older Americans Month: What is it and What You Can Do to Help

Each May since 1963, we celebrate the contributions and sacrifices of our older citizens.  President Jimmy Carter
designated the celebratory month as "Older Americans Month," replacing the original name "Senior Citizens Month."   This celebration recognizes older Americans for their accomplishments, and demonstrates our nation's commitment to helping them stay healthy and active. 
The theme for this year's Older American Month is "Safe Today.

Time to Spring into Action

Thankfully, the long, snowy winter here in Connecticut is now well behind us!  The piles of snow that accumulated in my neighborhood have been replaced with pretty, pink blooming trees.  Even the geranium I nurtured all winter long is sporting beautiful new pink flowers!  Such reawakening of life inspires me to take advantage of being active outside.  When I think about the multitude of health benefits of physical activity, how can I resist?  Benefits of being physically active include:

Diabetes: What You Don't Know Can Hurt You

Choosing the topic of diabetes for the present blog post is timely, given that Tuesday, March 25th, is Diabetes Alert Day.  The American Diabetes Association reports that as of January 2011, approximately 10.9 million adults over the age of 65 have diabetes!  If left untreated, diabetes can result in serious health consquences such as heart disease, blindness, amputation of lower limbs, and kidney disease.  Did you know that people with diabetes are two to four times more likely to have a stroke (diabetes.

Medications: Can They Make You Sick?

As the body ages, it is prone to developing chronic conditions such as high blood pressure and diabetes.  Treatment may consist of taking several medications, which can be quite a daunting task, particularly for older adults.  Consider the fact that as people age, they face challenges in hearing, sight, digestion, absorption, and memory.  Arthritis sufferers bear an additional burden when handling medications and pill bottles.  Although these drugs are often a necessity, they can pose a risk if not used properly.

Lifestyle Changes Can Make a Difference

During a recent presentation, I spoke about how a nutrient-rich diet, combined with physical activity can delay and/or prevent the onset of many chronic diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and cardiac issues.  In fact, in many cases, medications prescribed to treat such conditions can be alleviated with a commitment to a change in lifestyle.  As a professional familiar with these facts, I decided that an improvement to my current regimen would not be a bad idea.  Here is what I suggest, which helped me tremendously: