The Downright Weird History of Holiday Traditions

Winter feels like a time for traditions, doesn’t it? Maybe it’s the cold and the dark, but it seems so natural during this season to hunker down with loved ones and do something you’ve always done (and if a fireplace and hot cocoa is involved, all the better). You’ve probably got your own traditions, whatever…

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Feeling SAD? It Could Be Seasonal Affective Disorder

With winter coming, you might be feeling some mixed emotions. Maybe you’re sad to say goodbye to the sun and fun of summer, and the beautiful weather of fall, but maybe you’re also sustained by thoughts of holiday togetherness, or some cozy hibernation time. On the other hand, you might see nothing good in the…

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Can You Avoid Medications with Lifestyle Changes?

Now that you’re getting older, do you have one of those days of the week pill holders that keeps your multitude of prescription drugs sorted? Or are you dreading having to get one as your health changes? There’s no doubt that aging affects your health, and you might have more trips to the doctor, more…

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Busting Myths About “Immune-Boosting” Practices

Are you thinking a lot about your immune system these days? We don’t blame you: Covid-19 is still plaguing us, and winter is here, bringing the usual cold and flu season upon us. Not only that, but this cold and flu season is most likely going to be a crazy one, since most of us…

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The Complete Guide to Seasonal Stress for Seniors

This time of year looks different for everyone: we all have different holidays we celebrate, different traditions, and different types of families - and that’s great! That’s what makes our lives unique and keeps the world interesting. But as you get older, things might seem a little, well, different in a bad way as the…

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Yes, You Can Stay Fit During the Long, Busy Winter!

Working out is hard. It’s right there in the name: working out, right? And it’s not only the physical act of moving your body (however you like to do it) that’s difficult, it’s also the sticking to it that can be a sticking point for many people. Add to that difficulty the craziness of this…

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Being Grateful Feels Good – And It Can Actually Change Your Brain

Turkey Day is approaching and this year we want you to forget about the effects of tryptophan (that amino acid in turkey that everyone claims makes you sleepy) on your body, or of pumpkin pie on your waistline, and focus on something more important to the season: the effects of thankfulness (hey, it’s right there…

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How to Avoid the Holiday Debt Trap

‘Tis the season again... so what does the thought of the approaching holidays conjure up in your mind? Families blissfully singing carols around a roaring fire? Dinners with loved ones, parties with friends? Children excitedly ripping open presents? How about a credit card bill a mile long? If it’s the latter, you’re certainly not alone.…

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‘Tis the Season…For Illness! How Seniors Can Boost Their Immune Systems

These days, we’re all thinking about our health and immune systems, and if you’re an older adult, that probably goes double for you. But even before people of all ages were wondering whether they should be disinfecting their groceries, you’d probably been noticing that your immune system just wasn’t what it used to be. And…

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Mental Health: There’s an App for That

Seems like there’s an app for everything these days. You can keep track of your sleep, track your fitness, find a date, make sure you’re drinking enough water or standing up enough, monitor your heart health...and the list goes on and on. But did you know that there are actually a ton of apps -…

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It’s Time to Get the Skinny on Fats

The holiday season is quickly approaching, and your thoughts might be turning to the damage that this time of year can do to your waistline, and maybe you’re even making some early resolutions to avoid all that fatty food that you ate last year. But wait! Before you start swearing off anything that isn’t low-…

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Bullying Doesn’t Always Stop at the Playground: Dealing with Bullies as an Adult

There are some things you just want to be done with once you’re an adult, like braces, acne, homework, bedtimes (although you really should have those), and, without a doubt, bullying. But while the word “bully” might conjure up images of children or adolescents tormenting each other in the schoolyard, the truth is that there’s…

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The Hidden Problem of Seniors and Alcohol Abuse

We’re heading into what, for some, is the most wonderful time of the year; for others, though, it can be the most stressful, or even the loneliest. It’s also the time of year when some people will be enjoying a few drinks with friends at dinners and parties, while others will turn to alcohol use…

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Is 10,000 REALLY a Magic Number When It Comes to Your Health?

Do you wear a fitness tracker? If so, do you love the little celebration it gives you at the end of the day when you’ve hit that magical target of 10,000 steps? And do you feel a little bummed if you don’t get to that goal? It’s understandable - we all want to feel like…

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No More Excuses: You CAN Get a Great Workout at Home!

You know what stinks? Getting in your car and having to drive to the gym to get your workout in -  in fact, it’s a pretty convenient excuse for not exercising! But if not wanting to join and commute to a gym is an excuse you’ve been using not to move your body, we’re here…

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Is This Normal? A Revealing Look at Breasts

It’s time to talk about “the girls.” October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, so there’s going to be a lot of focus on preventing, detecting, and fighting breast cancer this month - and all of that is incredibly important! But since we’re already focused a few inches below your collarbone, let’s take this time to…

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You’re Only As Old As You Feel? Subjective Age Vs. Chronological Age

Here’s what we want you to do: close your eyes for a moment and try to forget how old the calendar says you are, then think about how old you feel. Is every joint and bone aching and creaking, making you feel your age or even older - or do you feel a whole lot…

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Dry Spell? The Effects of Not Having Sex on Your Mind & Body

Not getting any? Hey, we’ve all been there! Anyone who is sexually active knows the feeling of also being, well, sexually inactive. And that’s totally OK: dry spells happen to everyone, whether by choice or not, and whether you’re in a long-term relationship or not. Maybe you’ve had a bout of ill health, you’re stressed…

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