Pet Therapy: VNA canine volunteer brightens days for many

Visitors are always a bright spot when you are not feeling well. Perhaps even more special is a visit from a very large soft dog who patiently allows you to pet his thick fur and look into his understanding eyes.

Social Media: Are You Losing the Game of LIKES?

It is difficult to imagine a time without computers or smartphones. I recall heading to college with an electric typewriter feeling fortunate as typing would be so much easier than with a manual machine.

Good carbs, bad carbs, keto and you

The current trend to be on reduced-carbohydrate diets, such as the keto diet, has made us all junior nutritionists discussing ketosis and what it takes to put our bodies into and out of that state. The ketogenic diet is a very low-carb, high-fat diet that involves drastically reduced carbohydrate intake and replaces it with fat.

Osteoporosis: Recognize this often silent bone loss condition

People often say how they are shrinking and becoming shorter with age, and we often see the elderly in a stooped posture. What has only become known relatively recently is that the compression of the spine, due to weakened bones that make up the vertebrae, is what causes this posture and reduced height.  It’s not to be taken lightly.

Laughter is the best medicine

Everyone loves a good laugh. A comedy. Cute antics of pets. A funny joke. When we laugh, we relax. We often share the moment with a friend or loved one. We feel good.

Pain Management

There are many experiences that cause apprehension and fear. Pain is at the top of the list of things that we fear, wish to avoid, minimize and resolve quickly.

Parkinson’s disease: An overview

Parkinson’s disease was first recognized in 1817 by Dr. James Parkinson in England, however the symptoms of the condition were written about as early as 175 AD.  Previously referred to as the shaking palsy It was often simply assumed that a shaking voice or hand was part of aging. Dr. Parkinson saw similar characteristics in patients with tremor and specific decline in motor skills.  Today, as celebrities Michael J. Fox, Alan Alda, and the late Robin Williams and Muhammad Ali, acknowledge having Parkinson’s, it is now a familiar medical condition with one in 300 individuals diagnosed.