Enjoying Healthier Meal Alternatives
Are you already working toward a more consistently healthy diet? Like many challenges, beginning the process can be the hardest part. Are you wondering how you can still eat your favorite dishes and have them be nutritious and delicious at the same time?
Darin Leonardson | posted April 08, 2013
Treating Osteoarthritis Pain in the Elderly
Osteoarthritis is one of the most common chronic diseases of older adults and may result from genetics, excessive weight, joint injury and overuse, and loss of strength in muscles supporting joints. Symptoms of osteoarthritis include morning stiffness, aching pain, and decreased joint function.
Albert Barber | posted April 04, 2013
Drugs for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) – The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
Many people are confused about the difference between asthma and COPD. Asthma is a reactive airway disease (airway closes due to a reaction to smoke or other allergens or even exercise in cold air) while COPD is an obstructive airway disease (larger airways become obstructed with mucous and other materials over time). Most asthma sufferers use short-acting inhalers to open the airways (bronchodilators) and drugs to prevent the airway constriction (corticosteroids). Patients with COPD may also use these same drugs, but rely mainly on long-acting bronchodilators to keep their airways open.
Albert Barber | posted March 14, 2013
National Nutrition Month
It is National Nutrition Month® and this year’s theme, “Eat Right, Your Way, Every Day,” emphasizes the advantage of developing a healthful eating plan that incorporates individual food choices and preferences.
Darin Leonardson | posted March 11, 2013
Fiber Up Your Diet
You’ve most likely heard that your diet should incorporate plenty of fiber, but many of us aren’t sure how beneficial fiber really is or how to incorporate it into our diets. National Fiber Focus Month is celebrated in February and gives us the opportunity to spread awareness about the importance of healthy eating and maintaining a balanced and nutritional diet.
Darin Leonardson | posted February 22, 2013
Food Your Heart Loves
February is American Heart Month, a national opportunity to raise awareness about heart health and heart disease. Heart disease refers to a variety of health conditions with coronary artery disease, or atherosclerosis, being the most common type affecting those in the United States. But, there is good news for those concerned about their heart health. Making positive changes to your lifestyle has proven to reduce the risk of heart disease.
Darin Leonardson | posted February 13, 2013
Weighing in on Your Health
Do you often feel that maintaining a healthy weight and living a healthy lifestyle is a challenge? Although it’s easy to say, sometimes it takes a little extra work to get ourselves on the right track, especially when it means we’ll have to alter or even develop new eating habits to get us there. Some extra guidance and encouragement from family and friends can help you or your loved one maintain a healthy weight and lifestyle.
Darin Leonardson | posted January 18, 2013
Activity Professionals Week
Activity professionals are individuals who are responsible for establishing activity programs that meet the social, physical, cognitive, and emotional needs of residents under their care. These dedicated individuals provide a variety of services that help enrich the lives of seniors through community involvement, mental stimulation, and support for the physical and mental well-being of patients and residents.
Golden LivingCenters | posted January 16, 2013
Enjoying a Gluten-Free Holiday
It’s that time of year when we love to enjoy a good holiday meal…with seconds of course! As if these portions aren’t enough, we just can’t seem to resist the temptation of the “oh so healthy” cookies, cakes, and pies. After all what’s a good holiday celebration without dessert, laughter, and more? But what if you or a loved one is gluten sensitive or has a genetic disorder like Celiac disease? Can they still enjoy all the holiday meals without having to suffer afterwards? What do you need to know to provide healthy and satisfying foods for the holidays?
Darin Leonardson | posted December 18, 2012
Sleep is essential for happiness and health
The importance of sleep is a given, as it’s in the news regularly, everywhere from checkout-line magazines to elite journals. But if you’re like me, sleep is one of the first things you're willing to sacrifice when your schedule gets hectic. Why is this?
Sandra Kingsley | posted August 23, 2012
Seven super spices for health
Now there’s a bigger reason to season your food than just a flavor boost — your health! Put away the saltshaker and pull out your spice rack. Many spices provide great health benefits and pack a powerful punch when it comes to disease-fighting properties.
Darin Leonardson | posted August 10, 2012
National Immunization Awareness Month
This August, as we recognize National Immunization Awareness Month, take the time to protect yourself against the upcoming flu season and all communicable disease by getting all your vaccines. Contrary to what some may think, being immunized as a child is not enough. Immunizations should occur across the life span, from infants to the elderly.
Gail Geisenhoff | posted July 31, 2012
Summer fun with frozen fruits
With the dog days of summer upon us, why not try a refreshing and sweet treat without all the guilt. Frozen fruit is a quick and easy way to satisfy your sweet tooth, while boosting your antioxidants and cooling down with an icy treat. Try these frozen fruit summer delights.
Darin Leonardson | posted July 16, 2012
Act FAST with stroke symptom awareness
The human brain needs a constant supply of oxygen-rich blood, brought to it by arteries from the body. A stroke occurs when one of these arteries is blocked or bursts. This means that a specific region of the brain is not getting the blood it requires, and it starts to die. Every second counts when a person is having a stroke, so your knowledge of stroke symptoms could save a life.
Sandra Kingsley | posted July 12, 2012
Fish oil: Separating fact from fiction
Fish oil from food sources, or in supplements, is widely touted to cure or prevent many human ailments. Therefore, it is very important to understand how the benefits of these products compare to risks for individual patients. We want to separate the fact from the fiction
Albert Barber | posted June 28, 2012
Tips for talking to your doctor
Research has shown that building a great relationship with your primary care physician leads to greater patient satisfaction and better health results. Communicating effectively with your doctor doesn’t have to leave you tongue-tied or in cold sweats. Simply knowing what questions to ask and applying a few key tips can help you to be an active and vocal member of your own healthcare team.
Dotty Reid | posted June 22, 2012
The heart of your skilled nursing facility
Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) are “at the heart of caring” in a skilled nursing facility. They help patients and residents with a variety of daily activities and the facility staff with various duties. At Golden Living, we want to thank all nursing assistants for their dedication during National Nursing Assistants’ Week, June 14-21.
Linda Neelen | posted June 14, 2012