The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Aging Initiative is one leg in the current trend of planning for an aging America. This agency's contributions will be in the area of the environment.
Conflict arises in the best of relationships. Some people view conflict as a signal that something is wrong in a relationship. Instead, look at how conflict resolution can strengthen the bond.
The Patients' Bill of Rights established a set of standards by which health care providers should conduct themselves in patient care. Know your rights when it comes to your medical care.
Withdrawal from methadone can be accomplished safely and with minimal withdrawal symptoms. You have to be safe, motivated and patient with yourself and success CAN be yours.
Mindfulness-based therapy is based on ancient teachings that encourages self-knowledge as the basis for the mind's freedom and peace.
You may imagine yourself to be immune to the effects of stress in your busy life. Those effects will show up sooner or later as health problems if you don't learn how to relieve stress now.
Whether you call them a senior citizen, older adult, elderly or old person, there are some tips to know when cooking for this age group, including special nutritional needs.
The costs of funeral services and related expenses such as the casket, burial fee and more can run into thousands of dollars. Here's some practical ways to reduce funeral expenses.
Plantar warts, also referred to as verruca, cause discomfort and pain. Early treatment is preferred. Learn when at-home treatments may be enough and when it is vital to seek medical attention.
Diet scams appeal to so many because they promise fast or easy results. In fact, some of the ideas that promote weight loss can be dangerous to your health or provide disappointing results.
Maybe you've never considered why you shouldn't share prescription drugs with anyone else, but there are a number of dangers that could be involved with what seems a helpful action.
Skin cancer rates continue to increase. Learn how to do a skin self exam to spot early symptoms of skin cancer. Early recognition leads to early treatment and the best chances of survival.
Common courtesy, consideration and common sense will go a long way toward helping you use proper telephone, cell phone, text message and email etiquette. When in doubt -- don't!
Sometimes everyday odds and ends can add up to stressful situations or a series of events may signal a crisis. Whatever the situation, be ready to handle the stress.
Tracking weight loss via a weight chart or graph or one of the many free online weight tracking programs is one of the five fundamental of successful weight loss and maintenance.
Aging in place refers to the ability of older adults to remain in their homes and communities throughout the lifespan. Changing needs and resources can make aging in place a challenge.
Biofeedback can be useful as a stress management method. Learn how biofeedback can help you regain control over stress reactions and more.
Learning how to respond to criticism or feedback is sometimes a matter of holding your tongue and being receptive to the message. Sometimes criticism is due, sometimes not. You control the outcome.
Migraine headaches affect millions of people throughout the world. Learn about remedies for migraine headache pain and ways to prevent migraine headaches from occurring.
When it comes to choosing the best compost tumbler for your situation, there are four main factors to consider. You may then decide to purchase a compost tumbler, make on or build a compost pile.
Patient advocates are not a new phenomenon, but they are becoming increasingly more popular and in demand. The complexity of health care cries out for such patient-centered spokespeople.
Anxiety and tension creeping up on you? Learn how to find natural relief of your anxiety and stress through some easy-to-do techniques.
What you don't know about stress, or may misunderstand, may not kill you, but your quality of life can be better if you understand the truth about stress and stressors.
Spring is perhaps the most perfect season to learn how to reduce stress. The renewal of the earth often brings heady emotions -- spring fever -- and with it a desire to be free of stress.
Self-healing encompasses many disciplines and techniques, but the most important factor is you. Reiki, guided imagery, reflexology -- none work without positive thinking and positive attitude.
Learn how to have a positive attitude and discover that doing so will help to change your perspective and insights, and ultimately, relieve stress.
The effects of exercise on seniors are much like that of younger adults in that the benefits are mental, emotional and physical. In addition, regular exercise slows loss of brain function.
Social support -- friends, co-workers, family members -- is important not only for happiness in life, but to survive and thrive as an individual. Where do you find social support? The answers are many.
People the world over are seeking back pain relief. Hundreds of thousands of people endure chronic back pain. Learn how to reduce and relieve back pain without the use of drugs.
When you're searching for ways to avoid or manage your reactions to stress, remember to look inward. Your attitudes, reactions and self talk may well be factors in the drama in your life.
Social support and the interpersonal relationships that make up our social support systems aren't part of our everyday thoughts, but their importance in good health and maintaining healthy habits should not be overlooked.
How you handle the diagnosis of a condition or disease? The answer to that depends on what the diagnosis is, whether the diagnosis is for you or for someone for whom you care. Regardless of the specific diagnosis, there are common coping strategies to help.
Your health care provider prescribes a medication that has just recently become available after being newly approved by the FDA. Are you the beneficiary of the latest medical research -- or a human guinea pig?
When a friend or loved one is in the hospital, they can become vulnerable to medical mistakes or misunderstandings. A hospitalized person has enough on his/her mind with their illness or condition. You can learn how to advocate for someone in the hospital to ensure his/her best interests are...
Reverse mortgages are not for everyone. Only people age 62 and over are eligible to apply for a reverse mortgage and qualification is based in part on home equity. Before you decide if a reverse mortgage is for you, learn more about what a reverse mortgage is, how it works and some of the pros and...
There are healthy and there are unhealthy relationships that last long term, but most people's goals for a long-lasting relationship or marriage is that it be a healthy one, allowing for growth and mutual respect and affection. Love is the first ingredient, but intimacy of all types is the spice...
Successful living with an elderly person, a senior citizen, requires the same set of behaviors as living with a person of any age. It is a process of give and take, according to both people's ability and needs.
Maybe a better title would be "How to Get Over Your Ex Without Losing Yourself," because so many of us react to the end of a relationship by second-guessing ourselves or wondering where we've failed as a human being. These tips for getting over a breakup will help you to move forward in your life...
Guided imagery is a mind-body technique of focused relaxation. It is a gentle but powerful tool to relieve stress, decrease pain, improve healing and even deal with PTSD.
Stress, as popularly used, is the negative emotions we feel in reaction to events, people, and the everyday minutia that makes up life. Developing a stress management plan allows you to nip those negative emotions in the bud.
Fortunately there are numerous methods available for pain relief. A method that helps to relieve pain for some may not work for others, but it is likely that at least one of these pain relief methods that will help relieve your pain.
There is a wide number of stress management and stress relief techniques available for use. Meditation is one method of stress relief that requires no outlay of money, can be done any time and any where, and has lasting mental health benefits.
Getting divorced is near the top of the list for life's most stressful life changes. Whether the divorce was her choice or yours, there are many changes and challenges to be faced. Depression is often an issue following divorce; there are healthy ways to handle it and regain your vitality for life.
Everyone, everyday is exposed to situations, people and places that cause us to feel tense or unsure. Learn some of the best ways to relieve stress, tension and anxiety and find that calm center within yourself.
Hypothermia, a danger in cold weather, is a medical emergency. Learn how to prevent, recognize and provide first aid for hypothermia.
One of the most important cold weather precautions is knowing how to avoid frostbite. Learn what to do to keep yourself safe from hypothermia and frostbite, two of winter's dangers.
You've made up your mind to take charge of your health by eating nutritionally and following an exercise plan. Don't sabotage your success by having unrealistic expectations; learn how to set realistic goals.
Just as you had first date jitters as a teenager, you'll likely experience some nervousness as an older adult re-entering the dating world. Learning some basic tips to reduce first date jitters will allow you to focus instead on enjoying yourself.
The way people meet others for dating has changed a lot since baby boomers and their seniors were younger. Let the Internet introduce you to others through some of the best dating sites out there.
Two of the most difficult parts of being a caregiver is the feeling of isolation and that of guilt -- guilt you could be doing a better job, guilt that you should be spending more time with your other family duties and more. Learn about the support services and resources available to caregivers and...
Learning how to reduce or relieve man sources of stress in your life can be as simple as learning how to stand up for yourself. Assertive communication is simply the art of saying what you think and feel without invading the rights and feelings of others.
You likely have a winter go-to skin care routine for your face, but special hand and nail care is important, too, to avoid the harsh, drying effects of the season. Winter foot care is also a necessity, and keeping feet smooth and supple all season long will go a long way towards beautiful feet in...
Being a caregiver requires dedication and can be both mentally and physically taxing. Do yourself and those you care for the favor of taking time out to care for yourself. You'll have renewed energy and motivation, both for life and for caregiving.
An optimal quality of life is dependent on good mental and physical health, balanced nutrition, physical activity and safety. These issues become increasingly important as you age because the accumulated effects of choices you made in earlier years now come home to roost. Make your mid-life and...
It's time to prepare for the upcoming flu season. Some good choices now before the season begins may prevent you and your family from influenza in the months to come.
Tai chi as exercise can be done by almost anyone with an interest. This gentle, low impact exercise has many proven and likely health benefits, ranging from improvement of circulation to lowering blood pressure. Your doctor is likely to give you the green light when you mention this ancient form of...
At least 65 percent of communication is non verbal. Body language expresses at least as much of a message as does verbal communication. Increase your ability to decode non verbal signals.
Effective communication requires not only the ability to convey messages but also the ability to be a good listener. Using active listening skills will improve the effectiveness of your communication in both the work place and your personal life.
Statin drugs, medications given to lower blood cholesterol levels, help protect against heart attack and stroke. Research is revealing some of the risks associated with taking statin drugs.
Pradaxa is one of a new class of anticoagulant medications. It's used to treat atrial fibrillation not caused by heart valve problems. New research is examining the potential side effects and risks associated with use of this drug.
Do you want others to actually hear the message you are saying? Are you looking for a communication style that puts you in better control of the message that is received? Assertive communication does all this and more.
Let's face it: We are overweight because we eat more calories than we use in physical activity and daily living. We can choose to make the lifestyle changes that lead to weight loss and better health -- and likely, a happier life.
Vitamin supplements may seem to be an easy solution to ensuring good health, but is that always the case? Compare the nutrition provided by a balanced diet with the vitamins provided by supplements.
Making a Chinese-inspired dinner can be easy and delicious. From soup to dessert, let this menu be your inspiration.
Flu season runs October through May in the United States. Protect yourself and others from catching this illness through simple preventive measures.
Don't believe the old cliche that after 25 your brain power goes downhill. It's just not true and believing it can cause a self-fulfilling prophecy.
Protection from the harmful effects of the sun's rays is important for all people. It is the single most important preventative measure you can take against skin cancer.
Composting is good for the environment and good for your yard and garden. Making compost is easy to do and the final product reduces or eliminates the use of chemical fertilizers.
Heat stroke and heat exhaustion can occur any time of year, but they conditions are especially prevalent during periods of hot, humid weather. Learn how to recognize the symptoms and prevent them from occurring.
It's hard to find a fruit or vegetable more versatile and loaded with nutrition as the tomato. On top of that, tomatoes just plain taste good!
Meat rubs, whether wet or dry, and marinades are an easy method of adding flavor to your food. Rubs and marinades increase the versatility of your cooking and allow you to get creative with flavors.
Having a conversation with your parents about advance directives such as a living will and durable power of attorney for health care can seem daunting at first, but with a little preparation and knowledge you can handle it successfully--and both you and your parents will be glad that you did.
Family caregivers can feel alone and confused without access to proper resources. This article provides both community and Internet resources for caregivers.
The younger you are, the less likely it is that you've given much thought to who you would name as an emergency contact for health-related issues. Even older adults don't always understand the importance of choosing an emergency contact person with care. While it may be unlikely your emergency...
Ayurveda is an ancient system of health care treatment. Ashwagandha is a herb that has long been used in ayurveda and now has been the subject of initial scientific studies.
There's few things in life more satisfying than growing your own vegetables. Starting a vegetetable garden just requires a little pre-planning.
Care giving is all-consuming whether it is done as a profession or individually for a family member or loved one. A family care giver needs the support of others to prevent burnout and do their job most effectively.
Choosing a long-term care facility is not a decision that most people look forward to, but knowing what to look for will go a long way to making the process a positive one.
The sandwich generation: People who are caring both for their children or grandchildren as well as looking after one or both parents. How do these individuals cope with the demands of life?
There are many options available for older adults for senior care services, from aging-in-place, meaning remaining at home, to assisted living and long-term care. At home care is available if needed. It can be difficult for seniors and their families to make these important choices, as one older...
Family caregivers are people who provide care and supervision for a spouse or someone in the family. In addition to the difficulties a traditional caregiver faces, the family caregiver has the additional emotional aspect of providing care. Family caregivers exemplify the meaning of unconditional...
There are many sites on the world wide web where you can find health care information. Many hospitals throughout Oklahoma offer such information free; you just have to know where to look.
Come on, admit it--you've wondered what the difference is between these two amphibians before, haven't you? I did, and decided the information was interesting enough to share with equally curious people. What ARE the differences between frogs and toads?
Much of the general public look upon eating disorders as simply a lack of willpower on the part of those who have them. But the origin and treatment of many of these disorders go beyond the dinner table.
Hepatitis C, or HCV, is a viral infection of the liver. Many people who have it don't even know it. Hepatitis C is thought to affect as many people as HIV/AIDS.
No one said exercise had to be dull and tedious to be effective. Dancing can be an enjoyable method of getting regular physical activity and exercise.
Omega 3 fatty acids play an important role in good health. Many fish and fish oil supplements provide this essential nutrient.
Skin cancer is one of the most preventable types of cancer, yet is on the rise. Prevention is the key; early detection is also vital.
Health care providers are free to prescribe medications for conditions other than the federally-determined indications. Is this in your best interest?
The "good old days" mean different things to different people. A longing for simpler times calls to some people; others are drawn to vintage products from earlier times.
There's a lot of information these days about nutrition. It can be confusing to try and decipher all that info. This is a brief but informative guide introducing you to to the glycemic index.
The prevention of hypothermia is simple enough, using a few common sense steps to prevent over-exposure to the cold. There are a number of risk factors, including age and medical conditions, that make some people at an increased risk for the development of hypothermia. Learn your risk, prevention...
There are so many ads promising great skin, but what are the essentials to know about products for your sensitive skin? The answer may depend on whether you have acne, rosacea, or another skin condition.
Advance directives--living wills and durable power of attorney for health care--put you in charge of your health care in all of its stages. Advance directives are important at any age for an adult. Putting it off means you are abdicating control of your health should a life-threatening illness or...
The basics of skin care is to keep your skin soft and supple. Maintaining your skin's moisture balance is key. Should you choose a lotion, cream, oil or ointment?
What qualifies as news today is a far cry from the days of Walter Cronkite. The instant availability of information has changed the world of journalism.
It is real and it is scary; the number of Americans with diabetes is rising at an alarming rate. See what you can do to avoid the diabetes epidemic.
High fructose corn syrup--is it friend or foe? Weigh the known information on this frequently-used food additive to determine for yourself.
Maintaining the health of your eyes and promoting good eyesight throughout your lifespan can be as easy as eating the right foods.
Traditional Chinese cuisine--when prepared in the original manner--provides quality nutrition. Consider the nutrition values of several main ingredients in this cuisine.
Second hand shopping can be fun and it certainly saves money. Second hand shopping includes venues such as thrift and consignment shops, flea markets, garage sales and pawn shops.
Chapped lips can occur any time of the year. Prevention is the key, but if you already have chapped lips, knowing the best treatments will help your lips to be healthy and supple.
In science's quest to better understand the beneficial properties of aspirin, one study has shown that daily low dose aspirin may reduce the risk of death due to cancer.
Google entered the e-reader arena in December 2010. By June 1, 2011 the company had provided more than 2.5 million downloads to customers.
According to the United States Constitution, laws in this country are meant to protect citizens from others, not to legislate morality. But consider many of the laws already on the books and you'll see that morality is the basis of many of them.
Nearly 1 in 4 American adults have three or more of the five risk factors for metabolic syndrome. This syndrome greatly increases your chance of experiencing a stroke, heart disease and diabetes.
Diet, in this hub, simply refers to the foods eaten in a particular eating style. The Mediterranean style diet is original to a region of Europe known for longevity and good health. Learn more about this eating style and how it can help you improve your heart health and so much more.
Glycemic index is a relatively new term in the science of nutrition. The index ranks carbohydrate-based foods by their ability to cause spikes in blood sugar levels. This explanation helps to de-mystify the term.
Carbohydrates are not the villains of nutrition as some eating plans suggest. It is true, though, that some carbohydrates provide higher levels of nutrition than do others. Learning which is which has helped me develop a more solid eating plan.
As we eat our meals and snack foods each day, we aren't usually thinking about what food really is to our body--namely fuel. When you consider the function food serves to the appropriate workings of the body, it becomes more clear why eating a nutritionally balanced diet is important to your...