Wellness

Compassion for Depression: When a loved one is suffering

You have noticed that your loved one hasn’t been feeling like themselves. You want to make them feel better, but you just don’t know what to do. What are the right words to say? What are the right things to do? You may feel like you’re walking on thin ice when you’re around them because you just don’t know how to help. Depression can be a tricky road for everyone involved. Here are some suggestions to help you navigate when your loved one is suffering from depression.
By Haley Dexter | June 16th, 2016

Summer Heat Safety Tips: Seniors, Kids and Pets

While a lot of people associate the warmer temps of summer with fun in the sun, the rising thermostat can mean danger if proper precautions aren’t taken, especially among senior citizens, children and pets. For those people that spend a lot of time outdoors or do not have measures to cool their home, the summer heat can take its toll. Here are some summer heat safety tips.
By Catherine Montgomery | June 2nd, 2016

Suicide Awareness & Prevention

It’s a hard truth that at some point we all may be touched by suicide. Often we focus on diseases with visible symptoms, but we forget that depression is a silent disease that can be just as deadly as any other. According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, about 42,773 people die each year from suicide, it’s the 10th leading cause of death in the US and each day there are 177 suicides nationwide. These are just a glimpse at the staggering statistics surrounding suicide, and they don’t begin to include the number of people who attempt and fail to take their life. Suicide doesn’t discriminate by age or race and the effects are devastating. We may assume that if someone we know or love is considering suicide, we will be able to help them before it is too late. But the reality is when someone is suffering from depression or mental illness, oftentimes you can’t tell by looking at them or even by talking to them. Here are some signs to look out for and what you can do to help.
By Brandy Langley | May 19th, 2016

Nutrition for Seniors

Seniors have different challenges for proper nutrition, loss of appetite, problems chewing or swallowing, depression or a need to reduce fat or sugar with certain chronic conditions. It may take a little work to figure out what’s keeping your loved one from eating, but once you do, you can help. Good nutrition keeps muscles, bones, organs and other body parts strong for the long haul. Eating vitamin rich foods boots immunity and fights illness causing toxins and helps in healing and recuperation.
By Karen Foster | May 12th, 2016

The Benefits of Gardening

Spring has officially sprung, and warm weather is right around the corner! Gardeners have been waiting to get their green thumbs dirty. Now is the perfect time to plant the seeds to start a garden of your own. No matter how large or small, there is something very special about growing your own plants and food that is so rewarding and will make you want to keep growing year after year. Keeping a garden is something that can work for anyone and any family! If you’re new to the world of planting and sowing, here are some of the benefits to having your own garden.
By Marisa Smith | April 14th, 2016

Steps to Stress Less

Stress is a pretty common factor for many people, and some stress can even be considered beneficial. However, when stress becomes a constant way of life, your health and well-being can begin to suffer. As we celebrate National Stress Awareness month, it’s a great time to focus on identifying and reducing unnecessary stress in your life. Here are a few ways to help you stress less.
By Mary Kate Goodman | April 7th, 2016

How to Stay Healthy at the Office

Are you just waiting to get the bug that’s going around your office? Do you find yourself moving less and eating more while at work? Is your afternoon slump coming earlier and earlier? While you probably spend a majority of your week at your office, you don’t have to succumb to its unhealthy environmental influences. Here are some tips to help you maintain and improve your health while at work.
By Mary Kate Goodman | February 18th, 2016

The Facts about Frostbite

Winter is a wonderful time to enjoy activities made for chillier temps. Everything from skiing and ice skating to sledding and snowball fights, this time of year brings so many new opportunities to take on outdoor fun for all ages. However, while you and your family are enjoying your icy activities, it can be easy to lose track of time while outdoors. As the saying goes, time flies when you’re having fun, but being outside for too long can lead to potential health hazards, including frostbite. Here are some facts to help you understand and prevent frostbite for your whole family.
By Catherine Montgomery | February 11th, 2016

Understanding the Stages of Grief

Death is inevitable. At some point in our lives, we will all share the path of losing a loved one. Feelings of grief and loss are a part of that path. Although everyone will experience grief and loss, each person is unique in how he or she deals with these feelings. Understanding the stages of grief can be helpful for you or a grieving family member or friend. Here we examine the five common stages of grief.
By Melissa Wallace | January 28th, 2016

Resolution Solutions

The New Year is here and most of us have decided on what our resolutions will be for 2016. But have we stuck to them, or have we already given up? While thinking of all the areas in our lives that we want to make improvements or changes, it's also important to think about how we can actually implement our goals and then stick to them. Whether it’s losing weight, quitting smoking, getting a promotion, finding love, or whatever else your unique goals may be, making changes isn't easy. More often than not, our motivation wanes, our busy lives take back over, and by the end of the year, we find ourselves setting the same goals again. Make this the year that you stick to your resolutions with these five tips to help make your resolutions a reality.
By Erica Purdy | January 7th, 2016