LifeCare Healthcare Highlight: Parkinson’s Disease

—   April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month. According to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, nearly one million Americans live with the disease and another 60,000 are diagnosed with the disease each year. Despite extensive research on the subject, we still don’t know for sure what causes Parkinson’s disease. Many believe that it is caused by a combination... Read More

Elder Care: Retirement and Health Planning

— This is the first in a two-part series on key steps you or your family members can take to plan for a more comfortable living and financial experience in the later stages of retirement. Written by LifeCare Advocates’ CEO Kate Granigan, it originally appeared in Fiduciary Trust‘s online newsletter.  As most people are aware, life... Read More

Do Spiritual People Lead Healthier Lives?

—   The arrival of spring ushers in a variety of religious holidays – on March 31, Jews will celebrate their liberation from slavery during Pesach, or Passover. On April 1, Christians celebrate rebirth and renewal during the Easter holiday. Muslims begin a month of spiritual and physical cleansing on May 15, when Ramadan begins. While... Read More

Setting the Record Straight on Six Nutrition Myths

—   March is National Nutrition Month, so we thought it would be worthwhile to explore some of the “conventional wisdom” about the food we eat. We’ve all heard that fat is bad, we should eat more fish, and that eggs raise cholesterol levels. Unfortunately, much of this advice is just a part of the story... Read More

Can Fasting Improve Your Health?

—   You’ve heard of fad diets that limit your intake of food, cut carbs, or have you drinking a shot of apple cider vinegar every morning. While some of the more recent fad diets have doctors raising their brows, fasting—or going without food for a controlled period of time—has been around for thousands of years,... Read More

What You Need to Know about Cholesterol

—   February is American Heart Month. One of the main risk factors of heart disease, according to many doctors, is high cholesterol. We’ve all heard that cholesterol is bad for us. But beyond that, there are a lot of misconceptions about this naturally occurring substance, which is essential for life. About 75 percent of the... Read More

Use Tai Chi to Increase Your Health and Well-Being

—   If one of your New Year’s resolutions was to exercise more, but you already find yourself not fulfilling that goal because it’s painful or seems like too much work, consider an exercise than is gaining popularity, especially among older adults – tai chi. Tai chi, a Chinese martial art, uses slow-moving movements which, when... Read More

The New Year Provides an Opportunity to Look at Life in a New Way

—   Norman Vincent Peale, author of the book The Power of Positive Thinking once said, “Change your thoughts and you can change your world.” But is it really that simple? According to a study at Yale University, researchers discovered that people who had positive thoughts about aging lived 7-1/2 years longer than those who saw... Read More

This Year, Make Resolutions You’ll Actually Keep

—   Most of us have probably had the experience of setting a goal and falling short of that goal. And most New Year’s resolutions fall into that category. According to Statistic Brain, only 14 percent of people over 50 achieve their resolutions each year. Perhaps that’s because many resolutions – losing weight, exercising more, quitting... Read More