February is Heart Health Month

February is Heart Month.  You will no doubt read and hear lots of messages about heart health, healthy diet and exercise, losing weight, lowering cholesterol this month.  Heart month for me stimulates a renewed focus on my “Heart to Heart” conversations.  When I reflect on the journey my life has taken, the significant steps have […]

Get Ready To Giggle! Benefits of Laughter

Author: E.C. LaMeaux 1. Lowers blood pressure People who lower their blood pressure, even those who start at normal levels, will reduce their risk of stroke and heart attack. So grab the Sunday paper, flip to the funny pages, and enjoy your laughter medicine. 2. Reduces stress hormone levels By reducing the level of stress […]

How Can You Prevent the Flu?

Good habits are important in helping prevent the spread of all respiratory illnesses. Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze – then throw Clean your hands often with soap and water or alcohol-based hand gels Avoid close contact with people who are sick If you get the flu, stay home. […]

Surprising, Science-Backed Health Benefits of Music

“One good thing about music, is when it hits you, you feel no pain.” Judging from the quote above, Bob Marley was part poet, part scientist. That’s because there’s truth to his head-bobbing lyrics from the song Trenchtown Rock. Research suggests that music not only helps us cope with pain—it can also benefit our physical […]

It’s Official Flu Season…

Influenza – “The Flu” Influenza, also called the flu, is a highly contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It is a very unpredictable disease that can cause mild to severe illness. The flu can lead to more severe complications, such as bacterial pneumonia, dehydration and worsening of chronic illnesses such as asthma, diabetes and […]

Winter Safety Tips

Baby, It’s Cold Outside! When the temperature drops, older adults run a higher risk of health problems and injuries related to the weather, including hypothermia, frostbite, and falls in ice and snow. Like most things in life, it is better to be prepared. Here are a few precautions everyone should take, especially older adults, during the winter. Hypothermia […]

Myths Dispelled: Enriched Housing Program at Quail Summit

We have heard questions about the Harbor.  We have heard several rumors too.  Time to dispel some myths: “The Harbor is a Nursing Home”. This is not accurate.  Quail Summit’s whole community is a housing program that provides care and amenities; nursing homes are medical facilities where people live. “I will lose my independence if […]

Can Diabetes Affect Your Vision?

Diabetes brings a variety of health complications. Aside from affecting the heart, the nerves, and the kidneys, diabetes also affects the eyes. Having diabetes causes blood sugar levels to soar, which damages the eyes over time. Diabetic eye disease is the umbrella term for eye diseases that affect people with diabetes, and these specific diseases […]

Preventing Falls and Improving Health

Among older adults, falls are the leading cause of injury deaths, unintentional injuries, and hospital admissions for trauma. Falls can take a serious toll on older adults’ quality of life and independence. Falls are not an inevitable part of aging and there are many ways to help prevent them. Falls threaten seniors’ safety and independence […]

Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month

Alzheimer’s is a type of dementia that causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior. Symptoms usually develop slowly and get worse over time, becoming severe enough to interfere with daily tasks. It is the most common form of dementia, a general term for memory loss and other cognitive abilities serious enough to interfere with daily […]