Diet and Exercise

Chocoate Bunny

Easter is Spelled: C-h-o-c-o-l-a-t-e

The holiday filled with little chocolate bunnies, jelly beans and colorful eggs is fast approaching. Easter is a fun time of year; it brings family together, honors religious views and let us all feel a bit like a kid again. There is one thing that we all share in common and that we love about this holiday; the candy. However, the little delicious morsel your about to pop in your mouth could be unhealthy and without moderation, could have serious effects on your body.

Chocolate is so last year. Be a trend setter and give Life Alert this holiday! It’s a sweet little treat you can slip yourself and feel good about. A piece of candy is gone in an instant, but Life Alert keeps giving back every day, every minute, every hour. Don’t worry if that stray Easter eggs finds its way under your foot and you slip and fall, just push your Life Alert button and receive medical attention FAST!

For those of you who are sweet-a-holics, don’t worry! Below we have provided a list of Easter candy do’s and don’ts. Now you can have your candy and eat it too!

Do’s:

1. Hollow Chocolate Bunny
This lighter treat is portion controlled and will set you back with fewer calories than a solid bunny. Also, opt for darker chocolate which is linked to many health benefits including, lower cholesterol, lower blood pressure, improved mood and a reduced risk of blood clots.

2. High-Quality Fudge
Looking for a candy that will satisfy your sweet tooth and avoids artificial flavors and additives? Fudge is your winner! For an extra punch of nutrition reach for fudge filled with heart-healthy nuts or dried fruit. As an added bonus, make your own with the family!

Don’ts:

1. Chewy and Sticky Candy
Steer clear of the gummy bears, gum drops and caramels. Beside the artificial sweeteners and dyes they contain, they can wreak havoc on your teeth. After eating a sticky candy, you can usually feel little bits still stuck in your teeth, right? Well, “when sugar sticks to your teeth by means of sticky candy, it spells long-term tooth decay for your mouth. The longer sugar stays in your teeth, the more the bacteria break it down into acids. The more acid, the more tooth decay.”

2. Creme Eggs
Soon enough you won’t be able to walk into the supermarket without seeing these sweet delights everywhere. However one  Crème Egg is “equivalent to what the American Heart Association considers an entire day’s worth of sugar (20g or 5 teaspoons of sugar).” That is a sugar overload!  If you are trying to control your blood sugar level, this little delight is best kept at the supermarket.

With all of this candy knowledge, we hope you feel armed and ready to take on the Easter bunny and his sweet treats! Make sure to indulge a little, just remember that moderation is key.

While you’re munching away on your little chocolate bunny this year ask yourself this question: Do I feel safe, alone in my home? If you answered no, then it is time to get Life Alert. While the Easter bunny may only come once a year, Life Alert is available at your beck and call 24/7. Your waterproof, Life Alert pendant can be worn at all times and with a simple push of a button you will receive emergency medical attention fast. Now that is something to celebrate! For a free brochure, call 1-800-513-2934.

Works Cited:
1. Philpott, Shannon. “The Best and Worst of Easter Candy.” Livestrong. 18 April 2014. <http://www.livestrong.com/slideshow/1011043-worst-easter-candy/#slide=4 >.
2. “Why (Halloween) Candy Is Bad for Your Teeth. 31 October 2014. <http://lawyerdds.com/2014/10/31/why-halloween-candy-is-bad-for-your-teeth/ >.
3. Roussell, Dr. Mike. “Ask the Diet Doctor: Anatomy of a Cadbury Crème Egg.” 20 April 2014.
< http://www.shape.com/healthy-eating/diet-tips/ask-diet-doctor-anatomy-cadbury-crme-egg&gt;.

The Diet That Isn’t A Pain

There seems to be many diet fads going on these days. You can go vegan, paleo or even MediterrJanuary2015Menuanean. But, did you know that there is a diet specifically designed for those suffering from chronic pain? It is aptly named, the anti-inflammatory diet. For seniors, chronic inflammation can be the root cause of many serious illnesses including, heart disease, cancer and Alzheimer’s disease. Inflammation is the keystone of the body’s healing response bringing additional nourishment, immune activity and protection to the site of injury.1 With careful food selections, you can aid your body in maintaining optimum health and reducing the risk of serious diseases.

A diet can be a difficult lifestyle change for some, but what if I told you that you could protect your heal

th, wellness and add safety to your home without changing your lifestyle or routine? Well, today is your lucky day! Believe it or not, there is a medical alert system that can get you emergency medical attention fast with just a push of a button. Life Alert is the perfect addition to any independent living senior because it will provide security and an emergency response in the event of a fall, home invasion or fire, 24/7. Thanks to Life Alert, there is no complicated gadget to figure out, just wear your weightless, waterproof pendant and continue on with your day!

The anti-inflammatory diet isn’t so much a diet, as it is more of a conscious decision to help fuel your body with the nutrients it needs to fight off those feelings of aging and to help keep you feeling younger longer. Thanks to Health.com and their article “14 Foods That Fight Inflammation” , they have provided a list of specific foods that you can add to your diet to help curb inflammation.

1. Fatty Fish: To get the benefits from fish, you need to consume it several times a week. Choices such as, salmon, mackerel or tuna are high in omega-3 fatty acids, which have been shown to help reduce inflammation. A recent study revealed that men, who ate baked or boiled fish, cut their risk of heart disease by 23%.

2. Whole Grains: The consumption of whole grains has been shown to reduce levels of C-reactive protein, which is a major marker of inflammation in the blood.

3. Dark Leafy Greens: Vegetables such as spinach, broccoli and kale offer high concentrations of vitamins and minerals such as, calcium, iron and phytochemicals. They are also robust with vitamin E which can help to protect the body from pro-inflammatory molecules called cytokines.

4. Nuts: All nuts are packed full of antioxidants which can help your body fight off and repair the damage cause by inflammation.

5. Berries: Fruits are low in fat and calories, high in antioxidants and can help fight inflammation. However, berries are especially extra-ordinary because of anthocyanin, the powerful chemical that gives them their bright color. This chemical has been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties.
Including these healthy food selections in your everyday diet will, in fact, decrease your body’s inflammation and promote a stronger, healthier you! So head to the super market and fill up your cart with these superfoods.

It is possible that while cooking up one of these anti-inflammatory meals, that you could get distracted—you realize you forgot to turn off the hose while watering your plants, so you go out to turn it off. You notice the roses need trimming…one thing leads to another and before you know it you see smoke coming from your kitchen. You could feel helpless in this situation, but not if you have installed Life Alert’s Fire Protection System. Standard fire alarms only make noise to alert a homeowner of a possible fire. However, Life Alert’s Fire Protection system not only alerts you, but it also has an entire team of emergency dispatchers standing by. If and/or when a smoke detector is triggered the alarm will send a signal to a dispatcher who will immediately notify the proper authorities– getting you the help you need fast. The cherry on top- you may be able to receive a 15% discount on your homeowners insurance if you get Life Alert’s Monitored 24/7 Fire Protection Smoke Alarm! So, turn off the stove, pick up the phone and call 1-800-513-2934 for a free brochure.

Works Cited:
1. Weil, Andrew Dr. “Anti-Inflammatory Diet & Pyramid.” <http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/ART02012/anti-inflammatory-diet >.
2. “14 Foods That Fight Inflammation.”
<http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20705881_14,00.html >.

The Hidden Danger Behind PolypharmacyPill

Medication management is very often over looked. The importance of accuracy cannot be overstated for senior citizens taking multiple medications. Polypharmacy, the official term for over-medicating, has a number of potential health hazards, including but not limited to, overdosing and hazardous drug interactions, just to name a few.  According to an article in American Nurse Today, “44% of men and 57% of women older than age 65 take five or more medications per week; about 12% of both men and women take 10 or more medications per week2.”
So what can you do to ensure you take your medications safely? Consider these few suggestions to get started.

1. Talk to your Pharmacist.
If you have any concerns about a medication, how it will affect you or how it may react with your current medications—ask your pharmacist or doctor. Get informed about the potential side effects, proper dosage, storage and how to take your medication correctly.

2. Is your dosage age-appropriate?
As we get older, we become more sensitive to drugs because our bodies metabolize various medications differently2. Make sure to check with your doctor that the dosage on your prescription is age-appropriate. Ask if it is wise to start with a lower dose and slowly increase if necessary.

3. Reduce the amount of pharmacists and providers you use.
Communication is important to avoid complications. By maintaining only a small handful of doctors and pharmacies, you can develop a personal relationship. This will help ensure your safety when being prescribed multiple medications. They will be more aware and be better able to suggest alternative medications or additions based on your current health records.

4. Stick to a regimen.
Consistency is key. Make sure you are taking your medication as prescribed. If you tend to be forgetful, try using a pill box so you can organize your medications weekly. If possible, get in the habit of taking your medication(s) at the same time daily. Should you have to take multiple medications at different times in the day, consider posting a chart to help remind you.

At Life Alert, safety is their number one priority. Polypharmacy is a real life danger and Life Alert wants you to take the necessary precautions to avoid any harm resulting from this serious issue. However, if accidental over-medication does happen, or if a sudden allergic reaction occurs with taking a new prescription, all you need do is press your lightweight, emergency HELP button to summon help.

For many senior citizens, Life Alert can be a great addition to maintaining an independent lifestyle safely. You can be in control of your life and allow yourself the freedom to live alone, all while knowing Life Alert is only a simple button push away. If you fall, injure yourself, or feel sick from your medications, simply press your Life Alert button and help will be sent fast, 24/7. Don’t wait, get yours today! Call 1-800-513-2934 for a free brochure!

Works Cited:
1. Stevenson, Sarah J. “12 Medication Management Tips That May Save Your Life.” A Place for Mom. 02 January 2014. <http://www.aplaceformom.com/blog/1-27-2014-medication-management-tips/&gt;.
2. Woodruff, Kathleen. “Preventing Polypharmacy In Older Adults.” American Nurse Today. October 2010. <http://www.americannursetoday.com/preventing-polypharmacy-in-older-adults/&gt;.americannursetoday.com/preventing-polypharmacy-in-older-adults/>.

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