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By Julie Friend, 9:17 am on August 8, 2018

Will Your Parents Make Healthy Changes? Of course, you’re occasionally worried about your aging parents, but especially so if you think they need some healthy lifestyle changes. You may have noticed that they’re not getting as much activity anymore, have limited social interaction, or aren’t nourishing themselves with regular meals. You love and care about them. You want to help…

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By Julie Friend, 12:47 pm on July 26, 2018

What is caregiver burnout or syndrome? Can it be prevented? Work-related stress that leads to burnout is often studied and talked about, but there hasn’t been enough research to specifically address caregiver burnout, and it may be more than just stressful. It may actually damage the brain, as well. Caregiver Burnout Why would you be concerned about stress from caring…

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By Julie Friend, 3:42 pm on July 14, 2018

“We never outlive our need or capacity to be useful.” —Richard Watts When it comes to long life, happiness and vitality, have you considered how important love and connection might be? Imagine if a physician prescribed this: “Keep immersed in a community filled with people you love by continuously making new friendships, while maintaining old friendships, too. Remember to always…

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Older gentlemen getting his heart checked by his family doctor in Knoxville, TN
Older gentlemen getting his heart checked by his family doctor in Knoxville, TN
By Julie Friend, 11:57 am on June 30, 2018

A healthy lifestyle typically goes hand in hand with a healthy heart, and it’s good to know that even small lifestyle improvements can potentially increase your heart health. With a staggering 17,000,000 deaths worldwide annually from heart disease, it’s sad that up to 80% of these untimely deaths could actually be prevented. Heart disease is often silent and sneaks up unnoticed…

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How Caregiver Stress Can Impact a Senior's Wellbeing in Knoxville, TN
How Caregiver Stress Can Impact a Senior's Wellbeing in Knoxville, TN
By Julie Friend, 9:00 am on May 30, 2018

Stress can disrupt a caregiver’s life and also affect his or her elderly loved one’s wellbeing. Caregivers need to find ways to manage their stress levels instead of bringing the negative vibes into their loved one’s home. Here are some of the ways the stress family caregivers experience affects the wellbeing of their loved ones.  Induces Panic  Your loved one…

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7 Healthy Goals to Set in the Senior Years in Knoxville, TN
7 Healthy Goals to Set in the Senior Years in Knoxville, TN
By Julie Friend, 9:00 am on May 16, 2018

Seniors should make the most of their retirement years. To ensure post-retirement life is fulfilling, older adults should set goals that keep them active, social, and healthy. Here are seven goals sure to inspire senior citizens.  1. Exercise for 30 Minutes a Few Times a Week To stay physically healthy, seniors need to incorporate exercise into their weekly schedules. Regardless…

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Medication Management Tips for Family Caregivers in Knoxville, TN
Medication Management Tips for Family Caregivers in Knoxville, TN
By Julie Friend, 9:00 am on April 25, 2018

As seniors grow older, they may have to take multiple medications to maintain their health and wellbeing. From vitamins and daily supplements to medications for chronic conditions like diabetes and high blood pressure, keeping track of prescription pills can be confusing. Mixing up medications or forgetting about them can potentially be life-threatening. Here are some things you can do to…

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7 Low-Impact Exercises for Seniors in Knoxville, TN
7 Low-Impact Exercises for Seniors in Knoxville, TN
By Julie Friend, 9:00 am on April 11, 2018

Physical activity is vital for seniors to enjoy ongoing health. However, due to arthritis or other musculoskeletal issues, some seniors may need to avoid high-impact exercises. There are many activities that strengthen muscles and bones while minimizing stress on the joints. Older adults should vary their exercise routines to include activities that increase balance, endurance, flexibility, and strength.  1. Walking…

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10 Foods Seniors Should Not Eat in Knoxville, TN
10 Foods Seniors Should Not Eat in Knoxville, TN
By Julie Friend, 9:00 am on March 28, 2018

Some foods lack essential nutrients, while others contain germs that make them difficult to digest. Here is a quick glimpse of 10 foods people over the age of 65 should avoid at all costs.  1. Raw Eggs Many people don’t realize that hundreds of popular dressings, dishes, and beverages contain raw eggs, including stuffing, eggnog, certain types of mousse, fresh…

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6 Common Alzheimer's Risk Factors in Knoxville, TN
6 Common Alzheimer's Risk Factors in Knoxville, TN
By Julie Friend, 9:00 am on March 14, 2018

Alzheimer’s disease is an incredibly complex medical condition. Researchers aren’t quite sure what triggers cognitive decline, and they haven’t yet discovered a cure. However, they have identified several important risk factors. Here are six of the most common factors that lead to Alzheimer’s disease.  1. Age After reaching the age of 65, the risk of Alzheimer’s disease increases dramatically. The…

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