I can’t smell! Is it Covid? Aging? or something more?

One of my favorite childhood memories was the smell of Mom’s cinnamon rolls when I walked into our house after school, knowing there was probably a batch coming out of the oven at that moment. And working in the Flogstad Bakery for a few years had the same effect on me, as well as mostContinue reading “I can’t smell! Is it Covid? Aging? or something more?”

What did you say?

Seven years ago, Frozen was the top Disney movie, and “Let it Go” became the song every young girl in the country knew by heart. Ebola broke out in Africa, causing the deaths of 6,000 people world-wide. The winter Olympics were held in Sochi, Russia. So how long is seven years? That’s the average lengthContinue reading “What did you say?”

Cataracts and your vision

We all enjoy birthdays, but the more you have, the closer you get to some unpleasant side effects, and one of those is the risk of cataracts. The National Eye Institute estimates that about half of all Americans 80 and over either have had surgery for or have developed cataracts. Cataracts occur when the lensContinue reading “Cataracts and your vision”

Handling the Heat

Minnesota’s had record-breaking heat already this summer, and while it’s good to feel the summer sun, excessive heat can cause all sorts of problems. Here are a few ideas to stay comfortable, healthy, and most of all, safe when the temperatures soar. For many people, it’s easy to stay cool if your house and carContinue reading “Handling the Heat”

Drink up, Seniors!

Do you think you’re drinking enough water these days? You probably aren’t, and if you’re a senior, it’s even more likely that you’re not. Yet drinking enough water, especially on hot days, is critical for good health. Water is necessary for almost everything your body does, from pumping blood, lubricating joints or keeping a constantContinue reading “Drink up, Seniors!”

PD New Exercise Recommendations

The Parkinson’s Foundation, working with the American College of Sports Medicine, has recently created new recommendations for a comprehensive exercise program geared to those with PD. Their collaboration over the past year has produced multiple goals to be included in this regular, ongoing program. Domains include aerobic activity, strength training, balance, agility, multitasking, and stretching.Continue reading “PD New Exercise Recommendations”

Power of Attorney

Just as an advance Care Directive will help guide family members through medical decisions for an aging or sick loved one, a Power of Attorney will allow family or trusted caregivers to help with legal and financial affairs. It’s another part of a thoughtful plan that all adults should prepare so that someone they trustContinue reading “Power of Attorney”

Advance Care Directives

Looking ahead toward the end of life is never an easy task for our elders, their caregivers or other family members. But having an Advance Care Directive can make the process easier for all involved, including their medical providers. It’s an opportunity for adults of any age to let their loved ones know what kindContinue reading “Advance Care Directives”

3-Minute Exercising for Everybody

Newton’s First law of motion explains that a body at rest will remain at rest, and nothing shows that better than some of us spending a winter sitting in front of the TV. Once that remote’s in hand, the next show may look just as good as the last one. But now that it’s spring,Continue reading “3-Minute Exercising for Everybody”

Strategic Snacking for Diabetics

Who knew that prunes have one of the lowest sugar concentrations in fruit, and may help in preventing bone loss? Or that avocados not only have healthy fats, but are 79% fiber, which slows down digestion and prevents a spike in blood sugar? Or that by combining popcorn with nuts, you get a healthy protein-fiber-fatContinue reading “Strategic Snacking for Diabetics”