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Over the years many studies have shown a massage has amazing benefits to our overall wellness, such as reduced stress, improved range of motion….
In the South, people will often say, “Bless your heart.” And while it sounds endearing and sincere, it sometimes isn’t. Sometimes it means the very opposite of what people (especially people not from the South) think it means. However, when we here at Health&Wellness say “Bless your heart,” we mean it. Heart health is an important
component of our lives, especially for women, so the more we can learn about how to care for our hearts, the better off we’ll be. Whether you wear your heart on your sleeve or come to us heart in hand, just know we have your best interests and your best health at heart.
Here’s to your health,
Jacqueline Kennedy has over twenty-
Kim Wade has been a marketing consultant for more than 20 years specializing in the funeral industry. Currently, she is the Community Relations Director for Milward Funeral Directors, the 37th oldest continuously operated family business in the United States which operates three locations in Lexington including its Celebration of Life center at 1509 Trent Boulevard.
Dr. Barry Lord is a licensed psychotherapist in California who has worked in the field of counseling for over 25 years. He was the Dean at Southern California Seminary. He continues to teach as an adjunct professor in the graduate program at SCS and lectures at national and international seminars, Webinars and radio programs throughout the United States.
Dr. John Patterson is past president of the Kentucky Academy of Family Physicians and is board certified in family medicine and integrative holistic medicine. He is on the family practice faculty at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine and the University of Louisville School of Medicine, Saybrook University’s School of Mind Body Medicine (San Francisco) and the Center for Mind Body Medicine (Washington, D.C.).
Dr. Brewer completed her Doctor of Audiology degree at the University of Louisville’s School of Medicine and her undergraduate degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology at Miami University in Oxford, OH. She is licensed by the state of Kentucky as an audiolo-
Dr. Gerhardstein is a native of Fort Thomas, Ky. He is a graduate of Northern Kentucky University and the University of Kentucky College of Medicine. He joined Family Practice Associates of Lexington in 2003. His specialty is family practice. Dr. Gerhardstein shares Nietzsche’s phi-
Harleena Singh is a professional freelance writer with a background in teaching and education. She has a keen interest in food and health related issues and can be approached through her website freelancewriter.co. Checkout her blog and network with her on Google+, Twitter, and Facebook.
Thomas W. Miller, Ph.D., ABPP, is a professor emeritus and senior research scientist, Center for Health, Intervention and Prevention, University of Connecticut; retired service chief from the VA Medical Center; and tenured professor in the Department of Psychiatry, College of Medicine, University of Kentucky.
Dr. Graebe received both his B.S degree in Visual Science and Doctorate of Optometry from Indiana University. He is a Behavioral Optometrist and learning expert. He has been in private practice here in the Bluegrass area for the past 32 years.
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You experience the breadth of your emotions in your heart. Your heart is where you feel the love for your romantic partner, dear friends and family, children,….
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There is nothing funny about a diagnosis of dementia. That being said, there are many ways to make the life of someone with the diagnosis more enjoyable.
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The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has been working on a proposed rule regarding labeling of lab-
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Consistency with your bedtime routine can help you fall asleep at an optimal time. Researchers say falling asleep between 10-
Heart failure with reduced ejection fraction (also known as HFrEF) is a condition in which the heart muscle is too stretched and weak to pump out the blood the body needs. Symptoms of heart failure include shortness of breath when performing everyday activities; swelling (edema) in the legs, feet and ankles;….
Heart disease won’t happen to you, right? Think again. Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of both men and women. Heart disease is prevalent at midlife as well as old age. Each year, 500,000 Americans die from this condition, and half of those affected are women.
According to recent physical activity guidelines, adults ages 18-
Dementia is a syndrome describing a wide range of symptoms that impact a person’s ability to perform everyday activities independently. These symptoms make it hard to remember, think clearly or make decisions. In simplest terms, dementia is a decline in mental function, and it is usually irreversible.
When you forget your keys – again – do you immediately wonder, “Oh, no, am I developing Alzheimer’s disease?” The Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Research Foundation (www.alzinfo.org) says these are the top 10 signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease:
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently approved Aduhelm (aducanumab-
The hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease is an individual’s cognitive decline. Some memory problems are normal with aging. Cognitive decline that happens quickly or hampers day-
Not getting enough sleep can lead to serious health problems – even dementia. Only about one-
According to the National Institutes of Health, a long-
We work hard to mange our lives, prepare for known expenses, save for our kids’ college tuition and set aside money for retirement. But nothing fully gets us ready for what the later stages of life may throw our way, especially when you have family who are in their senior years.
Cancer affects 1 in 3 people in the United States. Trillions of cells in the body normally grow and divide as needed over the course of one’s lifetime. When cells are abnormal or get old, they usually die. Cancer starts when something goes wrong in this process and cells keep making new cells and the old or….
Kentucky has the highest incidence and mortality rate of all site cancers, and Kentuckians residing in the Appalachian region, where cancer is a leading cause of death often have worse outcomes1. Focusing on colorectal cancer (CRC) specifically, Kentucky ranks first nationwide for incidence ….
With breast cancer, certain cells in the breast become abnormal and rapidly multiply to form a tumor. Cancer develops in cells lining milk ducts or it may be in the glands that produce milk. Sometimes cancer cells invade surrounding breast tissue; this is known as invasive breast cancer.
Believe it or not, more and more people are surviving cancer these days. Cancer survival rates are going up. These statistics tell you the percentage of people who have survived a certain type of cancer for a specific amount of time. They are often based on an overall five-
Medical experts recommend most patients with cancer or a history of cancer get a COVID-
Recent advances in DNA sequencing technologies have allowed the investigation of the composition and functional dynamics of complex microbial communities in our bodies. The scientific community has focused on microbiome research to establish and better understand the function of….
A balanced and nutritious diet is critical for providing nutrients that are important to health and wellness and for the prevention of deficiency-
One of the most overlooked assets of good health is getting enough sleep. Your body repairs itself and recovers while you sleep, so it’s essential that you get at least 7 to 9 hours of good-
What’s summer without a barbecue? When you fire up the grill, be sure to follow these tips for safety and getting the best taste out of whatever you cook.
The key to improving your health is acquiring healthy habits. Positive health behaviors need reinforcement, and when you practice them, they could lead to better health, not only for the immediate future but for the remainder of your life.
Menopause is a natural biological process. It is the time that marks the end of a woman’s menstrual cycle. Menopause occurs when you go one year without a menstrual period. Often referred to as the “change of life,” it can begin any time from age 40 and older – sometimes even earlier.
Q. What is an Elder Law Attorney?
A. An Elder Law Attorney is an Attorney that focuses on the specific issues in the Law that Elders face. The Elder Law Attorney might specialize in various areas of the law such as Family Law, Elder Financial Abuse, Estate….
If you’re starting a new exercise program for your dog, start slowly and let your dog build up its endurance and tolerance. Just as it takes time for you to get in shape, the same is true for your dog. Watch for signs of exhaustion such as heavy panting, wheezing, lameness, disorientation and slowing or stopping
Feline leukemia virus, or FeLV, is a common ailment that affects 2 percent to 3 percent of all cats in the United States – as many as seven out of every 20 cats. FeLV is a leading cause of death in cats, second only to trauma. The good news is the prevalence of FeLV has decreased significantly in the past….
Our dogs and cats and birds and other animal companions are good for our health. Here are the top five reasons this is so:
1. They make you get out and about. If you own a dog, you know you have to take it for daily walks. Therefore, dog owners….
It’s an important decision – finding a veterinarian to care for your family pet. It is as big a decision as deciding on a physician for the humans in the household. One of the best ways to start your vet search is by asking friends and family members about their vets. If someone has had the same vet for a….
An aquarium stocked with colorful fish, appropriate plants and interesting decorations has been proven to be a great way to calm ruffled spirits. Just sitting there watching the fish and contemplating their watery world can help you de-
It looks like this summer we’ll finally be able to travel again! And of course you don’t want to leave your four-
At the end of every taping of “The Price is Right,” host Bob Barker would remind viewers to “help control the pet population. Have your pet spayed or neutered.” Spaying or neutering your cat or dog is an essential element in the fight against pet homelessness. With fewer litters being born, fewer animals….
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A healthy, nutritious diet helps children grow and learn. It also helps prevent weight-
Developing a healthy lifestyle has become quite popular, and with it has grown the availability of several apps, fitness trackers and smartwatches that monitor your food consumption and exercise activity.
Apps compliment the current technology and programs available for improving our health and lifestyles. Programs that can be used on an iPhone or Android-
We’ve been on lockdown for over a year now, thanks to the COVID-
Vaccinations against COVID-
Kidney stones are very common. There are more than 3 million cases of the disorder every year in the United States. They occur more frequently in men. Kidney stones can last for several weeks or months. If left untreated, they can be dangerous or even life threatening.
When you think of the word diet, you probably think about reducing the amount of food you eat or cutting back on certain foods, such as fats or carbs. These diets may work by regulating what you eat. However, a new kind of diet is gaining popularity. This new trend, which includes intermittent fasting ….
Across her lifespan, a woman’s health status matters to herself, her family and to her community. While life expectancy is higher for women than men in most countries, a number of health and social factors combine to create a lower quality of life for women.
In these unprecedented times where no emails are “finding us well” and all interactions are over Zoom, everyone could use strategies to destress. Here we break down some proven strategies for managing stress. Use one or more of these options daily to help you destress or manage a stressful moment more smoothly.
Usually these reactions are a good sign. They tell you your body is developing the immunity it needs to fend off serious coronavirus illness. But a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report published last month found among the first roughly 13.8 million doses of the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-
This is a story of a group of women who were essentially in stay-
If you have uterine fibroids, you are not alone. About 50 percent of women develop these noncancerous tumors in or on their uterus during their reproductive years; by menopause, two-
An estimated 10 percent of women in the United States have endometriosis, a painful disorder that occurs when endometrial tissue migrates from the uterine lining and lands in places where it doesn’t belong.
It is easy to succumb to the dark clutches of depression at any stage of life. Life is full of surprises and twists, and not all of them have a positive effect on the psyche. However, once a senior is in the grasp of depression, it is often difficult for them to find release.
Daisy Hill Senior Living’s emphasis is on aging in place, pared with plenty of activities and opportunities for social interaction, in an atmosphere that supports the spiritual, emotional, social, physical and intellectual needs of every resident.
The ideal scenario for seniors as they age is to be able to stay in their own homes, independent and active. But the reality is, a majority of older adults will have to make a decision about whether that is a viable option, both from a financial and a physical standpoint.
Especially now, during the isolation and uncertainty of the COVID-
Recently, I was brainstorming with my wife about how to explain what an elder law attorney does and why it’s important. I kept running these ideas past her that were very logical, analytical and compelling to a guy like myself. Phrases such as “fiscally responsible,” “preservation of assets,” “generational planning” and….
Often at Bluegrass Elderlaw, the initial contact with a client comes in the form of a panicky phone call: “My mom just died. What do I do?” It can be a tough, confusing time for anyone who hasn’t had to deal with these types of legal matters before. “You just don’t know what you don’t know,” …..
A year later, we are still battling the COVID-
Shingles lurks out there for many people. After a person recovers from chickenpox, the virus stays dormant (inactive) in the body. According to the National Institutes of Health, one out of three people over age 60 years will get shingles, and 50 percent of all Americans will experience this disease before they’re….
Life has numerous turns and twists. Women encounter many stages of growth and change, from puberty and menstruation to giving birth to menopause. All these rites of passage create emotional ups and downs. Because of these factors, women may have a greater susceptibility to depression.
Whenever seniors are asked about their primary concerns as they age, the most common answer relates to financial concerns. Once you’ve lived long enough that you can’t die young, you start to worry about living too long – specifically about outliving your resources.
Quarantining during the current pandemic has certainly created stress for many people. As a result of the public health guidelines advocated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last year – including masking and social distancing – people report experiencing sadness, isolation, fear and….
As we continue to confront the coronavirus pandemic, it is heartening to learn that two vaccines are now joining the battle. Pfizer and its partner, BioNTech, and Moderna have each developed a vaccine that is now available. Here are some important points to note about the vaccines:….
A calm mind is worth its weight in gold, especially in this day and age. With the COVID-
There is so much going on in our nation and in our world today – not the least of which is the pandemic and politics – that it’s no wonder many of us are stressed out. This includes our children and teenagers. They have had to adjust to a whole new way of going to school and forego many of the rites of….
One of the most important things you should do before, during and after exercising is to hydrate. Drinking water – whether you’re working out in the heat of summer or cool of winter – helps keep your muscles working. It helps you avoid fatigue and prolongs endurance. It helps replace the fluid you lose….
Do you struggle to stick to an exercise plan? Maybe you start out with ambitious fitness goals, such as completing a half marathon or conquering CrossFit, but the fun stops once you’ve got your new running shoes and have stocked up on workout gear.
Regular physical activity, such as walking, cycling, playing various sports or participating in other kinds of active recreation such as dancing and yoga, provides significant benefits for your health, says the World Health Organization (WHO).
Even though we have been quarantining and practicing social distancing during the ongoing pandemic, it’s still important to keep active. But what can you do when gyms are closed and masks are mandated whenever you’re outside? Here are some ways you can continue exercising at home during COVID-