The Value of Friendships in Living Healthier Lives In Our Later Years

friendships2When Eleanor Skolnick met Dr. Howard Woocher at the Tradition of the Palm Beaches, the independent living residence on the MorseLife campus 10 years ago, she asked him if he would dance with her at an upcoming party.  He responded that he was still mourning the passing of his wife and could not at that time, but encouraged her to ask him in six months.  At a July 4th party, she asked him again, and they have been loving partners ever since at the age of 94 and 101 respectively.

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Focusing on Women’s Health: A Head to Toe Assessment

women1Women have health issues unique to them, or have health issues that affect both men and women, but affect women differently.   The following is the next in a series of articles for Chai Times that will cover a variety of women’s health issues:

Women and Heart Disease

Most women know the symptoms of a heart attack such as squeezing chest pain, shortness of breath, and nausea.   But as it turns out, these symptoms are more typical for males.   Female heart attacks can be quite different — and it’s important for all women to learn the warning signs.

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Focusing on Women’s Health: A Head to Toe Assessment

Women and Strokewomen1

Stroke is a medical emergency and a leading cause of death in the U.S. It occurs when a blood vessel in the brain bursts or, more commonly, when a blockage develops. Without treatment, cells in the brain quickly begin to die.

Each year, 700,000 people suffer a stroke. Five hundred thousand of these strokes are first occurrences, while the rest are repeat strokes.   Someone has a stroke in the United States every 45 seconds.  Some risk factors for stroke are hypertension, diabetes and smoking.

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The Habits You Can Develop to Maintain Your VITALITY in your OLDER Years

vitalityYou know vitality when you see it:  the effervescent 80-year-old grandmother who does yoga every day; the inspired artist whose passion has you wanting to take up art lessons; the empathetic friend whose centered, calm demeanor seems to radiate inner peace.

People with vitality overflow with that special something, and they stand out from the crowd like shiny pennies.

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Early Warning Signs of Vision Loss

visionEyesight tends to disappear gradually rather than suddenly. In fact, the warning signs of vision loss in adults can be so subtle that you don’t even notice them until a “nuisance” complaint, like trouble focusing or irritation, sends you for an overdue eye exam. That’s when an unrelated but more serious vision robber, like glaucoma, may be discovered.

That’s why a baseline exam at age 40 is important, says San Francisco ophthalmologist Andrew Iwach, a spokesman for the American Academy of Ophthalmology. “You may not have major symptoms, yet have a major problem.”Read More »

Dealing with Stress/Building Resilience and Grit: An Exercise

gritFew of us will live our entire lives without some loss, sadness or regret.  Have you ever heard of the top five regrets people have noted at the end of their lives?

  • I wish I hadn’t worked so hard.
  • I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.
  • I wish I had let myself be happier.
  • I wish I’d had the courage to express my true self.
  • I wish I’d lived a life true to my dreams, instead of what others expected of me.

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