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Exercise May Stop The Fraying of Cell’s

Today, scientists have begun determining a cell’s biological age – meaning how well it functions and not how old it literally is – by measuring the length of its telomores.

In case you don’t know every portion of our cells’ interiors, telomeres are tiny caps found on the end of DNA strands, like plastic aglets on our shoelaces. They protect the DNA from damage.

As a cell ages, its telomeres shorten and fray (are tiny caps found on the end of DNA strands, like plastic aglets on our shoelaces). They protect the DNA from damage.. Many things can advance the damage, i.e. obesity, smoking, insomnia, etc. However, a recent study at the University of Mississippi and University of California, San Francisco have found exercise may slow this process.Telemores

Benefits of Journal Writing

journalThere are many health benefits that can be related with journal writing. Here are ten (10) benefits that help you decide to start writing your thoughts, feelings, etc.

  1. Stretches Your IQ.
  2. Evokes Mindfulness.
  3. Helps You Achieve Goals.
  4. Develops Your Emotional Intelligence.
  5. Boosts Memory and Comprehension.
  6. Strengthen Your Self-Discipline.
  7. Improves Your Communication Skills.
  8. Helps You to Heal.
  9. Sparks Creativity.
  10. Helps You To Develop Self-Confidence.

Give it a try for a month and see if it makes a difference.

Tips for Healthy Aging

images (1)There have been numerous studies on what it takes to have a healthy life as we age. Without a doubt there are several areas that run through all of the studies. Here are the top ten that are generally found in all research studies.

  1. Live an Active Life
  2. Eat Healthy Foods
  3. Maintain Good Brain Functioning
  4. Develop Your Relationships
  5. Get Enough Sleep
  6. Decrease the Stress in Your Life
  7. Practice Prevention
  8. Take Charge of Your Health

To find out more about each of these follow our Facebook and Blogs for the month of September. September is Healthy Aging Month.

Treating Depression Early May Protect the Heart

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In a recent study published in the November 2014 issue of Psychosomatic Medicine researchers in the US, Australia and China found that symptoms of depression and anxiety may identify youth at risk for cardiovascular disease.

Other studies in the past 25 years have shown that people with depression have more inflammation throughout their body and nervous system. New studies have suggested that depression can be a symptom of something as simple as an infection.




Palliative Care

How Can It Help?


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Palliative care can provide pain and symptom relief, support, and coordinated, holistic care for people who have serious illnesses. Find out more about palliative care. By Mayo Clinic Staff

If you or a loved one has a serious or life-threatening illness, you might have thought about palliative care. To understand palliative care and how it can help relieve pain and improve quality of life, consider the following questions.

Palliative care is a multidisciplinary medical specialty that aims to improve quality of life for people who have serious or life-threatening illnesses. Palliative care takes into account the person’s emotional, physical and spiritual needs and goals — as well as the needs of his or her family.

Palliative care doesn’t replace primary medical treatment. Instead, palliative care is provided in conjunction with all other medical treatment.

Palliative care is available at any time during a serious or life-threatening illness, while hospice care is available only at the end of life — when curative or life-prolonging treatments have been stopped. You don’t have to be in hospice to receive palliative care.

Anyone who has a serious or life-threatening illness can benefit from palliative care, either to treat symptoms of the disease, such as pain or shortness of breath, or to ease the side effects of treatment, such as fatigue or nausea.

Palliative care may be a good option for someone with a serious illness who needs help:

  • Managing pain or other symptoms
  • Understanding and coping with his or her condition
  • Navigating the health care system. A palliative care specialist works with the primary care doctor and a team of other health care professionals to create a treatment plan that eases symptoms, relieves pain, addresses spiritual and psychological concerns, and helps maintain dignity and comfort. Here’s one example of how palliative care works: You have a history of heart failure and are increasingly short of breath, which makes it hard for you to do even simple chores around the house. You live at home with a partner who also has health problems. You find that getting all of the care you and your partner need is becoming more difficult, and you’re not sure how to plan for the future. This has been stressful for you and your family physically, psychologically, spiritually and financially. If you’re interested in obtaining palliative care for yourself or a loved one, ask your doctor or your loved one’s doctor about palliative care options and if a program is available in your area.
  • Your primary care doctor suggests that you consider palliative care and explains that a palliative care team will work with you to determine how to ease your symptoms and improve your quality of life.
  • A palliative care specialist can also help you or your loved one communicate with doctors and family members and create a smooth transition between the hospital and home care or nursing facilities. The palliative care team will educate you and your family members about what to expect and schedule routine meetings to discuss ongoing care throughout the course of your illness.
  • Palliative care can be provided throughout treatment for a serious illness — whether you or your loved one is being treated on an outpatient basis or in a hospital or a nursing home. This type of treatment can be provided by various specialists, including doctors, nurses, social workers, psychologists, counselors, chaplains, registered dietitians, pharmacists and rehabilitation specialists.


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  7. Palliative care and end-of-life hospice. Rochester, Minn.: Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research; 2012.
  8. Meier DE, et al. Palliative care: Benefits, services, and models of care. Accessed Dec. 18, 2012.

Keep Kidneys Healthy To Prevent Mental Decline

A recent study found an association between loss of kidney function and declines in memory and reasoning. The study suggests that maintaining health kidneys may be one way to protect against cognitive decline. Often kidney function problems are not identified until there is a substantial reduction in their function. To protect your kidneys you can help by following these suggestions:

  • Request a urinalysis and blood test when you have regular check-ups.
  • Maintain healthy blood pressure levels
  • Keep levels of LDL(bad) cholesterol and triglycerides within healthy range
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Reduce your sodium intake to less than 1,500 milligrams per day
  • Quit smoking, limit alcohol to 1 drink per day
  • Limit diet sodas
  • Consume lean meat
  • Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables
  • Control your weight

Incorporate these into your life and you should experience positive results.

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Quit Smoking and Increase Life Expectancy

For those individuals who smoke you can greatly increase your life expectancy by quitting. Here is what the Centers for Disease Control indicate are the benefits of quitting smoking:
• Lowered risk for lung cancer and many other types of cancer.
• Reduced risk for heart disease, stroke, and peripheral vascular disease (narrowing of the blood vessels outside your heart).
• Reduced heart disease risk within 1 to 2 years of quitting.
• Reduced respiratory symptoms, such as coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breath. While these symptoms may not disappear, they do not continue to progress at the same rate among people who quit compared with those who continue to smoke.
• Reduced risk of developing some lung diseases (such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, also known as COPD, one of the leading causes of death in the United States).
• Reduced risk for infertility in women of childbearing age. Women who stop smoking during pregnancy also reduce their risk of having a low birth weight baby.
If you are ready to try quitting check with your health insurance company for Smoking Cessation classes and counseling.

Music is Medicine to the Brain

Historically, music has been used as treatment for brain disorders to help people restore language and motor skills. Learning new musical pieces can help trigger neuroplasticity which will help make new connections in the brain. These will often help people compensate for impaired parts of the brain.

Music is helpful in many ways. It is physical in the fact that it encourages to move to the beat of the music. This physical exercise can help with circulation, motor functioning and brain health.

Secondly, it is emotional. Music induces emotional states that help activate neurochemicals that will encourage positive moods.

Third, music is social and through collective experiences such as symphony, etc. it helps the person to engage with others rather than become isolated.

Check with your local Adult Activity Center or Center for Performing Arts to see what events might be going on large or small that you would enjoy and experience the positive results.

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