Health and Beauty

Mask wearing and hearing loss

Written by Shelly Horvat, AuD, CCC-A. Posted in Health and Beauty

IN JANUARY 2020, the World Health Organization declared the SARS-CoV-2 virus, or COVID-19, to be a public health emergency. The virus has since spread rapidly across the globe. To slow the pace of the deadly COVID-19 infection, we are all being asked to stay home, avoid public events and social gatherings, social distance at least 6 feet when in public, wear masks and other personal protective equipment (PPE), wash hands frequently, only be in close contact with members of our own household, and get vaccinated when possible.

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Self-care for parents during the COVID pandemic

Written by Joy Stocker. Posted in Health and Beauty

Parenting is challenging. Whether you are pregnant, have a newborn, have a teenager, or anything else in between, parenting is just challenging. Over the past year, the universe has brought to us a new challenge, a global pandemic. This past year has tested our boundaries, empathy, and, most of all, our patience with each other and the people that we care for the most, our children.

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Eating Well - Immunity-boosting nutrients

Written by Laurie Syring, RD/LD. Posted in Health and Beauty

Immunity is on a lot of people's minds right now as the campaign to vaccinate the public against COVID-19 gets underway and another flu season kicks into high gear. We know that a healthy immune system gives the body the protection it needs to ward off illness or prevent an existing illness from becoming worse than it already is, so we want to make sure we’re giving our immune system all that it needs to put up a good fight.

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A Glimpse at Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Written by Healthy Living News. Posted in Health and Beauty

ACCORDING TO THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF OPHTHALMOLOGY, age-related macular degeneration, or AMD, is the leading cause of vision loss in people age 50 and older. This common eye disorder develops when the macula—the part of the retina responsible for clear vision in your direct line of sight—gets damaged, potentially resulting in the loss of central vision in one or both eyes. However, while AMD affects the sharp, central vision that is crucial for activities like reading, driving, and other everyday tasks, it does not typically affect peripheral vision and cause total blindness.

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Delirium in senior loved ones

Written by Healthy Living News. Posted in Health and Beauty

OBSERVING THAT A SENIOR loved one is suddenly experiencing worse-than-usual mental confusion or disorientation can be alarming to family members. The most common concern when this symptom arises is that the individual must be developing dementia. However, this sudden shift in the person’s mental status more likely indicates that he or she has delirium—a very common condition among older adults.

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Don’t let sneaky calories sabotage your weight-loss effort

Written by Healthy Living News. Posted in Health and Beauty

You've increased your intake of fruits and veggies, foresworn high-fat foods, said “sayonara” to sweets, and added a three-mile brisk walk to your list of daily activities. Still, you’re seeing no results on the scale—or, worse, you’re actually gaining pounds. What gives? Are you the victim of a slow metabolism? More likely, your weight-loss efforts are being sabotaged in some sneaky ways. Keep an eye out for the following:

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SMART changes for the new year and beyond

Written by Tom Duvall, LISW-S. Posted in Health and Beauty

How many people out there made a New Year’s resolution? How many of you have so far kept it? If you are like most people who make resolutions, the answer is that you probably have not. It is estimated that by the beginning of February, 80% of people who have made resolutions fail, and only 8% of people keep them all year.1 If you made one and have not kept it, the good news is that this puts you in the majority. The not so good news, of course, is that you likely made a resolution to better yourself or your life in some way and that positive change is not happening.

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How to eat healthier when dining out

Written by Healthy Living News. Posted in Health and Beauty

Restaurant dining—both in fast-food and sit-down venues—poses seemingly insurmountable obstacles to healthy eating. Portion sizes are absurdly overlarge. “Hidden calories” make the actual caloric content of menu items difficult to gauge. Even foods that are supposed to be good for us, such as vegetables and salads, are often brought to the table drenched in high-calorie or high-fat sauces or dressings. And if you’re trying to keep kids on the nutritional straight and narrow while dining out, well, you’ve definitely got your work cut out for you!

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