Taking Care of Your Life

New Year’s resolutions

Written by Erin Wiley, MA, LPCC. Posted in Taking Care of Your Life

Erin Wiley, MA, LPCC

“This year I will lose those last 15 pounds!” “I promise to be a better spouse and parent!” “2020 is the year I am finally going to get organized!”

Are you someone who sets New Year’s resolutions? Researchers say at least 50 percent of those who set resolutions at the beginning of the year will fail before February is even over. Even more sobering, some research suggests that only 8 percent of people are still going strong with their resolutions by March. What is it that makes resolutions so hard to stick to? And what can we do to increase our chances for successfully reaching our goals and achieving self-improvement?

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Winter-driving safety tips for seniors

Written by Healthy Living News. Posted in Taking Care of Your Life

Safely operating a motor vehicle in wintry weather is a challenge for drivers of all ages. For seniors, the hazards of winter driving can be compounded further by a variety of issues such as decreased reaction time, reduced mobility, and other age-related health concerns. However, with a little extra planning, preparation, and caution, senior motorists—and younger drivers alike—can commute with confidence this winter. Here are some timely tips that will help drivers stay safe behind the wheel when winter weather makes driving dangerous:

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Commonsense fireplace safety tips

Written by Healthy Living News. Posted in Taking Care of Your Life

Gathering with family and friends around a traditional wood-burning fireplace is the very essence of comfort in wintertime, especially during the holidays. But that cozy, crackling fire can also present some serious hazards—ranging anywhere from smoke filling your family room to a full-fledged house fire—if you don’t use and maintain your fireplace properly. Here are some commonsense safety tips that will help you enjoy the warm glow of a wood fire without all the worry:

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Practice safe snow shoveling this winter

Written by Healthy Living News. Posted in Taking Care of Your Life


Every winter, snow shoveling causes more than its share of injuries, ranging from strained or pulled muscles to thrown-out backs. Also, after a heavy snowfall, it’s not unusual to hear news reports of people who suffer heart attacks—sometimes fatal—while shoveling. These avoidable injuries and tragedies occur because it’s easy to underestimate how the sudden, intense exertion of snow shoveling taxes the body—especially when that body has been otherwise sedentary for most of the year.

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Build a personal support system

Written by Daniel J. Jachimiak. Posted in Taking Care of Your Life

Isolation is a major cause of depression. As we move into adult responsibilities, such as work, parenting, and marriage, we tend to let our relationships fade into the background. The trend to work remotely has increased our isolation. In the ever-increasing tasks of “adulting,” self-care often takes a back seat. Self-care includes physical, psychological, emotional, spiritual, personal, and professional tasks. A healthy support system plays a role in all these categories of self-care.

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A WALK IN THE PARK | Bandelier & Hovenweep: An Archeological Tour

Written by LeMoyne Mercer. Posted in Taking Care of Your Life

In a recent issue, I told about our visit to Mesa Verde National Park in southwestern Colorado. But, wait, there’s more. On that same trip, Shirley and I also stopped at Bandelier National Monument about an hour northwest of Santa Fe and Hovenweep National Monument on the Colorado-Utah border. All three parks are dedicated to the preservation of Ancient Puebloan Indian sites.

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It’s never too early to set your New Year’s fitness resolutions and Dave's Races

Written by Amanda Manthey. Posted in Taking Care of Your Life

With 2020 just a month away, it’s time to start thinking about those New Year’s resolutions and a perfect time to re-evaluate your personal fitness goals. If you’re a novice runner, an advanced runner, or even a member of a local gym, the approaching New Year is a great time to set short- and long-term goals for yourself. Whether it’s for weight loss or to improve your 5K run time, personal goals will keep you on track.

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Think twice before giving pets as holiday presents

Written by Healthy Living News. Posted in Taking Care of Your Life

Given all the benefits that companion animals bestow upon us, it’s no wonder that puppies, kittens, and other pets make such popular holiday gifts. But before you bless one of the loved ones in your life with a furry friend, keep in mind that what you’re actually giving is a major commitment that will stretch far into the future. If you give a companion animal to someone who is unprepared for this high level of commitment or if the animal proves to be a poor match for the recipient’s lifestyle, energy level, or financial resources, the outcome could be disastrous. And when the reality of pet ownership collides with preconceived, unrealistic expectations, it’s almost always the pet that gets the short end of the stick.

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Celebrating the holidays with loved ones in senior living

Written by Healthy Living News. Posted in Taking Care of Your Life

Moving to a senior living community can benefit older adults in a variety of ways. A broad range of amenities and services, enhanced opportunities to socialize, engaging and stimulating programming, and access to a broad continuum of care are just some of the rewards they stand to reap in a quality community. Not to mention, they get to leave behind all the burdensome chores of private homeownership, which frees up time that they can now devote to their favorite pursuits and passions.

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