Being a friend can help prevent loneliness

April 5, 2017

Recently, one of my good friends observed her neighbor sitting quietly on a chair in her front yard. As a woman who is normally milling around her yard tending to her flowers, it was unusual to see her there. “I’m lonely,” she replied when asked how things were going. Turns out, one of her dear

Research can help ease your mind on nursing home questions

April 4, 2017

Ever since I was a teenager, my mom has been giving me instructions on how to take care of her as she grows older. “Put me in a nursing home,” is one of her dictums. As a teenager, I balked at the idea. But as I have learned more through my work with the Association

Is your carpet making you sick?

April 2, 2017

Carpets have been around for thousands of years. The oldest known carpet, believed to be over 2000 years old, was found in the 1940s in a Scythian tomb in southern Siberia. While the carpet in most of our homes is not quite that old, it sometimes looks that way. More importantly, it can be dangerous

4 simple things missing from your fitness routine

April 5, 2017

Do it. Get out there and exercise. It’s good advice. The advantages of leading a healthy and active lifestyle have been well-researched. But after investing in the cute exercise clothes, and selecting the ideal activity, what happens when the preparation for a daily fitness routine proved more interesting than the routine itself? Something is missing

Heart health: debunking the myths

April 5, 2017

Heart disease is the number one killer in America. But 75 percent of Americans are not worried about dying from it. Most of us are not familiar with the best daily habits we should be doing to protect our heart, nor are we able to recognize the warning signs of a heart attack. A survey