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Stress: Good and bad

A little is OK. But too much will wear you down, affect how you think, how you feel – physically and mentally. We are referring to stress. Stress is your body’s reaction to events in your life, how you protect yourself from danger or risk of harm. Short term, it kicks you into action when ...

Optical afflictions are easy to see

Editor’s Note Thanks to breakthroughs in medicine and nutrition in recent years, we are living longer than ever before. But this increase in life expectancy also brings an increase in the number of diseases, injuries and impairments that affect older adults. With this in mind, we at the ...

Ready, set, go… Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Today the world is filled with uncertainty, challenges and changes. One thing that is certain is the need to continue to recycle, reduce and reuse materials. On average each person in the United States throws away 1,609 pounds of trash per year. The United States is the number one trash ...

What’s in a name?

What’s in a name? The “walking wounded” is a term that was first applied in the middle of the 20th century to refer to victims of war, earthquakes or some other disaster, according to an online dictionary. The “walking wounded” are people whose physical or psychological injuries are ...

What are you doing in 2021?

What are you going to do differently in 2021? Have you made any promises (aka resolutions) to yourself? We are talking about realistic goals for you to focus on for the next 12 months, achievable goals that contribute to your healthier, happier living; motivation to improve your way of life ...

Diet can play role in easing arthritis

While some forms of arthritis are genetic and cannot be prevented, people who suffer from other forms of the disease are able to control their symptoms through diet. Not only can certain foods contribute to the inflammation associated with many types of arthritic conditions, but other foods can ...

Recovery: What it means to those most affected

Today, I hope you all have had a very nice Christmas Day and your family and friends remembered their masks and socially distanced around your Christmas Tree. I chose to look at my closing statement from a year ago, and obviously forecasted the wrong future when I stated: “wishing you and ...

When life gives you lemons

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. The winter holiday that you celebrate is near. At our house, this is Christmas. You have your family traditions: the decorations around your home, the delicious foods you prepare only at this special time of the year, the exchange of gifts, the ...

When life gives you lemons

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. The winter holiday that you celebrate is near. At our house, this is Christmas. You have your family traditions: the decorations around your home, the delicious foods you prepare only at this special time of the year, the exchange of gifts, the ...

The earlier, the better

Those of us who have never dealt with a substance use disorder have no profound understanding of how it happens or why that loved one can’t get past the need for the substance. But, if or when it happens, we can be a part of their treatment and recovery in a positive, proper way. Does that ...

Advancing age and the holidays

Editor’s Note Thanks to breakthroughs in medicine and nutrition in recent years, we are living longer than ever before. But this increase in life expectancy also brings an increase in the number of diseases, injuries and impairments that affect older adults. With this in mind, we at the ...

Don’t forget about the flu, get your shot

COVID-19 and the seasonal influenza are two different diseases. The “regular” flu can be deadly — though not nearly so much as COVID. The good news is that you don’t have to wait to get protection against the flu. Immunization shots to guard against it are available widely at health ...

Reaching out with a little compassion

Compassion. When we have compassion we allow ourselves to see the suffering of another human being and do what we can to help stop the suffering, to help prevent it from happening again. The tools of compassion are found in our abilities to be patient and use our best wisdom to encourage the ...

Navigating the holidays and a pandemic

Navigating the holidays can often be tricky. The holiday can bring about great joy and connection for many. It can also add stress, anxiety, and feelings of isolation. Navigating the holidays while also navigating a pandemic may increase feelings of stress, anxiety, isolation, and depression ...

Methamphetamine use rising

The woman’s heart broke for her nephew when she recognized “meth mouth.” His life had been troubled. His mother had come right out and told him she had wanted nothing to do with him. His extended family reached out to make a difference in his life to no avail. The damage was done, ...

Arthritis not just ‘old people’s’ disease

Americans often think of arthritis as a disease that only affects older adults, the body’s joints wearing out after years of use. However, there are over 100 conditions that can cause pain or loss of use in the joints. Not all of them are the result of wear, and not all of them are exclusive ...

Vaccines are key in our fight against coronavirus

Ohio, like the rest of the country, is currently experiencing an unprecedented surge in coronavirus cases. The number of new cases per day in Ohio has more than doubled over the last three weeks. In short, the trajectory is not good, with not just more cases, but more hospitalizations, more ...

Time for giving thanks

There is a children’s picture book, The Berenstain Bears and the Prize Pumpkin.Through the story, all Papa Bear can think about is besting his friend, Farmer Ben, in the great pumpkin contest. Farmer Ben has a pumpkin farm. He has won every year for about ten years. Mama Bear repeatedly ...

Making the mold through family

November is Family Stories Month. People don’t just write novels in November (NaNoWriMo, in case you’re interested). With the holidays around the corner, it is a time of families sharing stories about their lives, their families, their most valued, most treasured memories of the loved ones ...

Fighting war on wrinkles

Thanks to breakthroughs in medicine and nutrition in recent years, we are living longer than ever before. But this increase in life expectancy also brings an increase in the number of diseases, injuries and impairments that affect older adults. With this in mind, we at the local Visiting Angels ...