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Should You Try a Plant-Based Diet?

Posted by Kendal at Home on February 20, 2020 at 7:30 AM

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Flip on Netflix and you’ll likely be confronted with a slew of documentaries touting the benefits of plant-based diets. From the Forks Over Knives movement to growing concern about the health of our planet and climate change, the adoption of plant-based diets is increasing.

Though the benefits of plant-based eating have health benefits, does that make the vegan or vegetarian lifestyle the right choice for you? Here are some things to consider before changing your diet.

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Brain Health News for February

Posted by Kendal at Home on February 18, 2020 at 7:30 AM

Bigger isn’t Always Better

Experts have long believed that the larger the hippocampus, the better the memory. Now, however, research has shown that the size of your hippocampus doesn’t predict memory or learning abilities.

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Researchers in Germany examined 330 older adults and found that having a larger hippocampus is only beneficial if you also have more white matter circuitry intact. That’s because this circuitry helps link the hippocampus to the rest of your brain.

Source: US News & World Report

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Meal Delivery Kits Evaluated

Posted by Kendal at Home on February 12, 2020 at 7:30 AM

To help people create healthy meals using fresh ingredients, numerous companies have created a meal delivery service. With these subscription services, you receive exactly the ingredients you need to make a dish, which helps to eliminate food wasteGettyImages-1165063882 and reduce prep time. You also receive corresponding recipe cards that guide you as you prepare delicious meals at home.

In this post, we’ll share information about four meal kit delivery services, along with links to articles sharing even more options.

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Home Organization Tips to Try

Posted by Kendal at Home on February 6, 2020 at 7:30 AM

Your home is your oasis: A place for you to unwind and relax. But if you’ve got a cluttered or disorganized space, it can be difficult, even impossible for you to relax at home. In fact, studies have shown that clutter induces a physiological response, GettyImages-1028298576raising levels of the stress hormone cortisol. Organizing your home, or even just your primary living space has several benefits.

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What to Know About Tech Support Scams

Posted by Kendal at Home on February 4, 2020 at 7:30 AM

You step into your home after a morning running errands when your phone rings. On the other end is a person telling you they’re a technician from Dell and they’ve detected a problem with your computer. Not to worry, they explain, they can fix the problem for you, but first, they need payment. They ask you to transfer $500 to them via a money transfer app.

The person on the other end of the phone isn’t a tech support worker from Dell, GettyImages-1142845130however. They’re a scammer, and this is just one version of a tech support scam targeting older adults.

These scams typically start in one of two ways: A phone call like the example above or a pop-up on your machine.

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Tips for Living with Osteoarthritis

Posted by Kendal at Home on January 29, 2020 at 7:30 AM

According to the Mayo Clinic, osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis, one that occurs when the cartilage protecting the ends of your bones wears down. It’s sometimes called degenerative joint disease—or, more informally, wear and tear arthritis. Note that this is different from rheumatoid arthritis, which is an autoimmune disease.

Symptoms of osteoarthritis include joint pain and stiffness, typically in the person’s knees, hips, hands and spine, although you can develop osteoarthritis in any joint in GettyImages-1153605990your body.

Millions of people have this condition. Although the damage caused can’t be reversed, there are osteoarthritis treatment plans that can help to reduce the associated joint pain and stiffness and improve your quality of life.

Here’s more information.

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Winter Driving: How to Winterize Your Car

Posted by Kendal at Home on January 16, 2020 at 7:30 AM

When you live in an area like Northeast Ohio, roads can often get covered with snow and ice during the winter — and when those roads get covered with snow and ice, driving conditions can become significantly more challenging. To help, here are several safe driving tips to help you effectively navigate road conditions in winter weather.

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Looking for Love Online? Online Dating Tips for Older Adults

Posted by Kendal at Home on January 14, 2020 at 7:30 AM

If you’re like most people, online dating can conjure thoughts of apps like Tinder or sites like Plenty of Fish. And while swiping left or right may sound appealing to the 20-something crowd, it can seem overwhelming to anyone over the age of 25.

These days, dating is a little more complex than simply meeting or being introduced to someone, exchanging phone numbers and chatting. Online dating has taken the GettyImages-828523802“traditional” meet-cute and turned it on its ear, letting singles connect easier and quicker than ever.

If you’re looking for love or companionship in the age of technology, here’s what you should know to stay safe.

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Work and Retirement: What Older Americans Need to Know

Posted by Kendal at Home on January 2, 2020 at 7:30 AM

retirement work imageThis has truly been a year of transition, with the last of the baby boomer generation turning 55 in 2019. Because of the aging population in the United States, overall participation in the labor force is naturally expected to decline as more people retire. Having said that, more older Americans are working than in years past — and this trend is also anticipated for the future.

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How Sleep Affects Your Brain

Posted by Kendal at Home on December 31, 2019 at 7:30 AM

sleep brain image“Quality sleep — and getting enough of it at the right times — is as essential to survival as food and water . . . Everyone needs sleep.” (National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke)

Although plenty about the purpose of sleep still remains a mystery, experts know that, if you don’t get enough quality sleep, your brain can’t form or maintain pathways that allow you to learn or create memories. With poor sleep, it’s difficult to concentrate or to react quickly to situations. A recent study showed that sleep likely plays a key role in removing toxins from your brain, ones that accumulate while you’re awake.

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