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!”

The Importance of Socializing for Senior Adults

Now that we have been through a pandemic and months of being and feeling isolated from family and friends, we can better understand why our aging loved ones so enjoy a visit from their children, grandchildren or friends. For those of us not yet in our “Golden Years”, it’s can become busy with life andContinue reading “The Importance of Socializing for Senior Adults”

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”

How to Keep the Conversation Flowing

Have you ever been with your aging loved one and found you are at a loss as to what to talk about? You’ve exhausted the usual topics of weather, your favorite sports teams and if you’re really desperate maybe even politics. Beyond those things you just don’t know how to begin a conversation that wouldContinue reading “How to Keep the Conversation Flowing”