June is Men’s Health Month

Each year we celebrate Men’s Health Week during the week leading up to Father’s Day.  During this week the medical community takes time to point out important health facts and statistics that are unique only to men.  For instance, did you know men live on average 5 years less than...

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NATIONAL HEART HEALTH MONTH

Every year, more than 730,000 adults experience heart attacks.  Cardiovascular disease remains the leading cause of health-related fatalities in the United States. Most people associate having a heart attack with symptoms of severe chest pain that is often described as a tightening or heaviness What is heart disease? When people...

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HEALTH TIPS FOR HOLIDAYS

The holidays are a time to enjoy family, friends, special meals and treats but with all the extra activity and delicious goodies our bodies may have some trouble keeping up with all the fun.  So take a few minutes to check out these tips to help you stay healthy throughout...

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SEPTEMBER IS HEALTHY AGING MONTH

September is Healthy Aging Month September is Healthy Aging Month. It’s a good time to take a look at your lifestyle habits and routines and see if perhaps, with a few minor adjustments, you can look and feel better as you age. Many people over the age of 50 may...

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Baby Boomers and Hepatitis C

    Many of us have heard the term Hepatitis C but most of us don’t know what the disease is or what it can do to the human body. Hepatitis C is a liver disease that results from an infection with the Hepatitis C virus, and it is the...

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June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month

Stages of Alzheimer progression Changes in the brain related to Alzheimer’s begin years before any signs of the disease. This time period, which can last for years, is referred to as preclinical Alzheimer’s disease.   Mild/Early Stage Alzheimer’s In the early stage of Alzheimer’s, a person may function independently. He...

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BONE FRACTURES IN THE ELDERLY ARE OFTEN CAUSED BY OSTEOPOROSIS

What is Osteoporosis? It is a disease of progressive bone loss associated with an increased risk of fractures. It  literally means “porous bone.”  The disease often develops unnoticed for many years with no symptoms or discomfort, until a fracture occurs. Osteoporosis often causes a loss of height and a severely...

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MARCH IS NATIONAL SLEEP AWARENESS MONTH

Research has shown that getting a good night’s sleep is one way to stay healthier and more productive during the day.   Here are some tips to help you get a better night’s sleep:  Stick to a sleep schedule of the same bedtime and wake up time, even on weekends: ...

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LEARN THE SIGNS OF GLAUCOMA DURING GLACOMA AWARENESS MONTH

Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases that lead to damage of the optic nerve and in some cases to severe vision loss, if undetected.  Once optic nerve damage and vision loss occur, it is permanent.   If left untreated, glaucoma can lead to blindness in the affected eye.  Unfortunately, chronic...

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HOLIDAY HEALTH TIPS 2017

Holiday Health Tips The holidays are a time of celebration and enjoying gatherings and activities we wait for all year.  Special traditions and meals fill the days and nights until it seems we can’t eat or enjoy one more thing.  So in order not to miss any of the festivities,...

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NOVEMBER IS BLADDER HEALTH MONTH

  Bladder Health for Older Adults While everyone uses their bladder many times each day, older adults may need to know about the changes that typically take place in the bladder as people age, and how to keep their bladder healthy.  Although people sometimes feel uncomfortable talking about bladder issues, discussing concerns with...

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JUNE IS MEN’S HEALTH MONTH

  Here are some tips and suggestions to help you get started  living a healthier  lifestyle: Take a walk or do desk exercises instead of a cigarette or coffee break at work. Keep a pair of comfortable walking or running shoes in your car and at work. Choose physical activities...

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A WORD ABOUT ARTHRITIS

  Arthritis means inflammation in the body’s joints (places in the body where two bones meet).  Inflammation is swelling, redness and pain.  It’s your body’s reaction to injury or infection. Most of the time, your body can heal the injury or infection, and the area returns to normal.  But with...

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APRIL IS AUTISM AWARENESS MONTH

Here are some tips from the National Catholic Partnership on Disability to help create an environment of acceptance and comfort when interacting or working with those on the Autism spectrum. Develop a consistent routine or schedule Minimize distractions and clutter Create a positive environment Provide choices Allow for processing time...

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MARCH IS NATIONAL KIDNEY DISEASE AWARENESS MONTH

March is National Kidney Month . . . Take some time to learn how you can keep your kidneys functioning properly and keep them as healthy as possible at every stage of life. Hydrate, – but don’t overdo it. While it’s always a good idea to drink enough water, drinking...

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FEBRUARY IS HEART HEALTH MONTH

10 Quick Tips to Keeping your Heart Healthy!     Aim for 7 hours of sound sleeping a night. Cut out Trans fats. (Trans fat appears on the ingredients list as partially hydrogenated oils.  Look for 0 %  trans fats.) Floss your teeth and get regular checkups. (There has been a...

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CATHOLICS WITH CELIAC DISEASE

For those who suffer from gluten sensitivity – did you know there are “low gluten” hosts available?  Check with your parish  to see what their procedure is  for preparing to receive Holy Communion when you need a special host set aside. Here is some information that explains what Celiac Disease is and...

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WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT CATARACTS

A cataract is a clouding of the lens in the eye that affects vision.  Most cataracts are related to aging.  Cataracts are very common in older people.  By age 80, more than half of all Americans either have a cataract or have had cataract surgery. A cataract can occur in...

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HOLIDAY HEALTH TIPS

  Have a Healthy and Happy Christmas ~Schedule down time to rest and recharge, do something for yourself! ~Eat the Best and leave the rest – be selective about what you are eating. ~Drink seltzer with juice for a non-alcoholic festive option. ~Eat slowly and thoughtfully, put your fork down...

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NOVEMBER IS ALZHEIMER’S AWARENESS MONTH

Alzheimer’s is a devastating diagnosis for the person and their family and friends. One of the best ways to handle this disease is early diagnosis and treatment. Many people deny it is happening to them or a loved one. New treatments and medications have slowed the progression of the disease...

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BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH

Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the United States, other than skin cancer. It is the second leading cause of cancer death in women, after lung cancer. The cancer of a woman having invasive breast cancer some time during her life is a little less than...

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SEPTEMBER IS HEALTHY AGING MONTH

HEALTHY AGING TIP :  MAINTAIN A HEALTHY ATTITUDE A healthy life always starts with a healthy attitude and outlook.  You must balance any sense of loss or disappointment with positive inputs such as finding new things to enjoy, learning to adapt to changes in your body and your surroundings and...

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AVOIDING HEAT STRESS IN OLDER ADULTS

Hot weather is dangerous, and everyone feels the heat differently but for the elderly, heat stroke and heat exhaustion are a real problem.  Over 40% of heat-related fatalities  are among people over 65. The elderly are more susceptible to heat for various reasons such as, a person’s ability to notice changes in their...

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TAKING CARE OF YOUR SKIN THIS SUMMER

  Did You Know. . .   Protection from ultraviolet (UV) radiation is important all year round, not just during the summer or at the beach. . .   UV rays from the sun can reach you on cloudy and hazy days, as well as bright and sunny days, and can reflect...

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SUMMER EATING HEALTH TIPS

Bringing Food to a Picnic or Cookout: *   Use an insulated cooler filled with ice or frozen gel packs. Frozen food can also be used as a cold source. *   Foods that need to be kept cold include raw meat, poultry, and seafood; deli and luncheon meats or   sandwiches; summer...

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JUNE IS MEN’S HEALTH MONTH

“Recognizing and preventing men’s health problems is not just a man’s issue. Because of its impact on wives, mothers, daughters, and sisters, (fathers, brothers and sons), men’s health is truly a family issue.” Congressman Bill Richardson (Congressional Record, H3905-H3906, May 24, 1994).   When you get a preventive medical test,...

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TIPS TO MANAGE ANXIETY AND STRESS

When you’re feeling anxious or stressed, these strategies will help you cope:   . Take a time-out.  Listen to music, meditate, get a massage, or learn relaxation techniques.  Stepping  back from the problem helps clear your head.  Prayer and the Rosary provide a calming focus. . Eat well-balanced meals.  Do...

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ACTING F.A.S.T. IS KEY FOR STROKE TREATMENT

If you think someone may be having a stoke, act F.A.S.T. and do the following simple test: F – FACE:  Ask the person to smile.  Does one side of the face droop? A – ARMS:  Ask the person to raise both arms.  Does one arm drift downward? S – SPEECH:  Ask the...

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HEALTHY HYDRATION

Something so many of us take for granted, the ability to quench our thirst. Medically speaking water is necessary for human life yet do we ever think about being thirsty.  Humans cannot go more than 72 hours without hydration. Water is the ultimate thirst quencher. Here are some basic facts...

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MARCH IS NATIONAL NUTRITION MONTH

  Here are some tips to help you make the best possible food choices:   Apples and other fruits should make up part of breakfast. Varying your protein routine is essential to a healthy lifestyle, mix it up with seafood, beans, peas, unsalted nuts and seeds, soy products, eggs, lean meats...

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TAKE CARE OF YOUR HEART!

KNOW THE FACTS ABOUT HEART DISEASE What is heart disease? Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. More than 600,000 Americans die of heart disease each year. That’s one in every four deaths in this country. The term “heart disease” refers to several types of...

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JANUARY IS GLAUCOMA AWARENESS MONTH

Make a Resolution for Healthy Vision ! Glaucoma is a leading cause of vision loss and blindness in the United States. People are often unaware that glaucoma has no symptoms in its early stages. If detected early, before noticeable vision loss occurs, glaucoma can usually be controlled and severe vision...

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HEALTHY AND HOLY HOLIDAYS!

Tips to prevent holiday stress and depression When stress is at its peak, it’s hard to stop and regroup. Try to prevent stress and depression in the first place, especially if the holidays have taken an emotional toll on you in the past. Acknowledge your feelings. If someone close to...

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