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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Aging Gracefully

agingIf your aim is to be lively and robust in your 80s and 90s, you’ll need to learn some anti-aging secrets that focus on the mind, body and spirit. You are an integrated model — there are many aspects of a healthy life that rely on each other.  Anecdotal information and science have both shown this to be true [Crush the spirit and the body will follow. Stimulate the mind and your mood will lighten. Exercise the body and your mind will be sharper] In many ways, these anti-aging tips are interdependent.

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Ways to Relieve Stress For Caregivers

stressAt some point, most of us will be concerned with caring for an aging relative or loved one.  Caregiving is stressful!  Studies indicate that caregivers report trouble in finding time for themselves, have difficulty managing emotional and physical stress, and trouble balancing work and family responsibilities. In addition, caregivers need help in keeping safe the person they care for; help talking with doctors and making end-of-life decisions.  The stress of caregiving has a physical effect, as well. Caregivers have chronic conditions at nearly twice the rate of non-caregivers.

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