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What Makes Your Happy?

What makes you happy?

To some, this is a simple question, but to others, it may be one of the most difficult questions to provide an answer to. Why is this? Why is it that we see others laughing and having a wonderful time, but Continue Reading →

Knowing How to Converse with Your Healthcare Provider on Your Annual Checkup

Anyone over the age of 65 should have an annual physical. Generally speaking this is usually covered by your insurance. This is important in your overall healthcare record. If you are someone who has held off seeing your health care provider for years the first appointment might be intimidating. With an annual physical insurance allows for more time, which is a good thing as you are able to ask more questions. However, you want to maximize the time that you have. There are several tips to help with getting the most out of the appointment and get your questions answered.

 First, try to have someone you feel comfortable with come with you to your appointment so that you don’t miss anything. Often it is a family member, i.e., daughter, husband, etc. They can be your extra set of ears so that the information you receive is complete.

 Second, you will need to maximize your time by having a specific list of questions. You will need to recognize that it is unlikely that all of the questions will be answered due to the time limitation. So, make sure that the top three (3) questions are your priority. They are those questions that need the most complete answers and perhaps tests that are required. For example, if you are having some trouble remembering appointments, or forgetting to pay bills, you may be asked to take an exam to give your healthcare provider a baseline record of your memory at the time of the appointment. Based on the grad, your provider may want to have more tests run.

 Once the exam is finished, you want to make sure you have a follow-up appointment scheduled. This might be to review tests that the healthcare provider schedules or just a bi-annual or annual visit. In any case, you need to start a regular pattern of visits so that you have a relationship with your provider. The more the provider knows about you the better they will be able to help you.dr visit


Ways to Speed Up Your Metabolism

Everyone wants to speed up their metabolism in some way, shape, or form. How does one achieve this seemingly far fetched goal, however? Well, there are steps people can take to accomplish this.


1.) Eat regularly! This does not mean large meals should be consumed all throughout the day. This means that one should have their three main meals, with two to three smaller meals (snacks) in between. This will keep the metabolism constantly going and not letting it venture into starvation mode.

2.) Drink more water. We have all heard this, however, it is true. Most individuals require a half gallon up to a gallon of water per day (depending on the size and health levels of people-it will vary) and this amount should be spread all throughout the day.

3.) Spicy foods help! If you can tolerate spices like curry, chili pepper, and other spicy ingredients, these aid in increasing one’s metabolic rate.

4.) COFFEE! For all of you coffee drinkers, coffee, in moderation, can help give your metabolism a quick boost. Just keep in mind that too much of anything can have negative side effects, so don’t overdo it.

5.) A morning workout. Some people love working out in the morning, and some despise it. Whichever type you are, it is beneficial to do at least a 10-15 minute exercise program to jump-start your brain, body, and organs. Plus, it will help wake you up and give you more energy throughout the day!


Blog post on 3-25-16

The Relationship Between Stress and Dementia

There is new research on the relationship of stress and dementia which was published in the January issue of Current Opinion of Psychiatry. Rothman Research Institute at Baycres Health Sciences recently conducted a study that found people who experienced chronic stress; including, anxiety, fear and stress were more precursors to dementia. When these psychiatric issues are only occasional and temporary, for example before an exam, they are not harmful. However, when these short-term reactions become chronic (long-term) they can have an impact on one’s health.

Chronic stress can cause a serious impact on your immune and cardiovascular system. Pathological anxiety and chronic stress are associated with increased risk of neuropsychiatric diseases, including depression and dementia. Current research has emphasized interventions such as exercise, mindfulness and cognitive behavior therapy will often help in reducing this type of stress.

There are numerous ways a person can get the right kind of exercise.  A person does not need to become a marathon runner, or super weight trainer to get adequate exercise for their brain health. Some of the best types of exercise is walking and swimming. You do not need to know how to swim as many local gyms have water aerobics where the person who does not swim is supported by a belt that keeps the person afloat. If a person is not able to walk there are numerous exercises one can do from a chair or bed. Check with your local adult activity center to find the right exercise class for you.Stress and depression

Food for Thought

Fun Fact:

Brains do not function properly without well-balanced meals! If one does not eat a well-balanced meal, it could make an individual become forgetful, overly emotional, tongue-tied, and/or light headed! This is common especially amongst teenagers due to their ever evolving nature of their brain at this time. Teenagers are more susceptible to outside influences like stress and depression during this period, as well as those disorders having more of a long-term effect on the brain. This can lead to adult depression and higher stress rates later on in life if not managed properly.

Eating a well-balanced meal can mean different things to individuals; one may believe that a healthy meal is more protein and carb based while another individual may believe that fiber and vegetables is the way to go. So what does a healthy meal consist of really? A healthy heart, and brain, meal as stated by the American Heart Association consists of: A variety of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy products, skinless poultry and fish, nuts and legumes, and non-tropical vegetable oils. An individual should also limit the amounts of saturated fat, trans fat, sodium, red meat, sweets and sugar-sweetened beverages that is consumed. If a person chooses to eat red meat, compare labels and select the leanest cuts available.

However, keep in mind that the food guides do change slightly once an individual becomes 65 years of age and older. For example, when a person is younger, he or she can normally eat higher amounts of sugars, sodium, and fat daily; this can lead to a short energy boost, but then feel lethargic afterward. For individuals 65 years of age and older, it is best to completely cut out these food groups because they are more harmful to the brain at this time. For older adults, it is recommended that greater dosages of B vitamins as well as foods and drinks that are full of antioxidants are consumed daily.

Not only does eating well-proportioned meals decrease the risk of heart related diseases, but it also enables an individual to function properly on a day-to-day basis. A person’s mood will improve, their stress level will be lowered, exercise will be easier to get through, and many more added benefits are all a product of healthy eating. The term “brain food” is not necessarily a joke; it really does make a difference what we put into our bodies! The old adage of “put good in, get good out” is quite fitting for this scenario. When we put healthy, nutrient dense food into our bodies, it will be processed and distributed throughout the body accordingly, and will enable individuals to function and accomplish tasks at a higher level of productivity.

An Important Rule for Aging Positively is to Have An Annual Physical

If you are over 65 and trying to stay healthy, you need to make sure you have an annual physical with your healthcare provider. This way you can have a record of all of your medical and  lab results and start a baseline for future years. If you have not seen a doctor in several years there are certain things you should know about when looking for a new health care provider. Here are some things to think about:

When learning about a doctor, consider asking questions like:

  • Do you have many older patients?
  • How do you feel about involving my family in care decisions?
  • Can I call or email you or your staff when I have questions? Do you charge for telephone or email time?
  • What are your thoughts about complementary or alternative treatments?

When making a decision about which doctor to choose, you might want to ask yourself questions like:

  • Did the doctor give me a chance to ask questions?
  • Was the doctor really listening to me?
  • Could I understand what the doctor was saying? Was I comfortable asking him or her to say it again?

Now that you have things outlined you should start your search for a new provider. You can contact the local Medical Society to find our what physicians are taking new patients. Get recommendations from your family and friends. And remember, if you find that the person you pick is not a good match for you, you have the right to change.choosing a dr.