THE VALUE OF LEARNING DANCE ROUTINES

Have you ever found it to be frustrating to try to keep up with the steps in a line-dancing class?  Well, not to worry.  Whether or not you miss a few steps, the entire exercise experience of the line dancing (or any new dance routine) is dramatically helping your brain.  Specifically, recent scientific research suggests that dancing, particularly dancing where you are continually learning new steps and routines, not only has an anti-aging effect on the hippocampus part of your brain, which controls memory, learning, and balance, but it also dramatically improves balance. Continue reading

PROTEIN: THE NEW SPINACH FOR SENIORS

  Do you remember how Popeye used to open up a can of spinach when he needed strength?  Today, PROTEIN is the New Spinach for Seniors.  Read this article to find out WHY: We may come from different backgrounds, geographic areas, and even from different attitudes and perspectives, but one thing that We Seniors have in common is the loss of muscle mass as we age.  This is a serious issue for Seniors because the loss of muscle mass may lead to more frequent falls, frailty, and other mobility issues as we age. Continue reading

TOMORROW'S ANSWER: MICROSCOPIC LIFE

  The science of microbes is one of today’s hottest research subjects.  Within recent decades, we have learned that we are made up of approximately 100 trillion microbes.   These microbes, which are collectively called microbiome (bacteria, viruses, some fungi and algae, and so on), help our bodies perform life-sustaining functions. Continue reading

A NEW STRATEGY FOR PAIN

Did you know that pain affects more Americans than the combination of cancer, heart disease and diabetes?   Continue reading

FALL PREVENTION: BUILDING STRENGTH AND BALANCE

Did you know that falls are the leading cause of injury and death in seniors? As a matter of fact, sources show that approximately one of out every three seniors falls every year.  There are many contributing factors causing this problem, such as, lack of physical activity, vision issues, diseases, such as, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease, fogginess from medications, and environmental factors causing tripping and falling.    Continue reading

HEALING THROUGH TAI CHI & QIGONG

Over the past few months, we’ve written about how high intensity training is the best anti-aging exercise and non-contact boxing helps Parkinson’s disease patients.  But, did you also realize that slower exercises, such as Tai chi and Qigong, provide great health benefits? Continue reading

Spicing Up Our Vegetables

How do you prepare and eat your vegetables?  Do you sauté, steam, boil, or bake them?   Do you prepare them with herbs and/or spices?  If so, are there specific herbs/spices that you prefer, such as, garlic, paprika, cayenne pepper, cilantro, dill weed, ginger, curry, rosemary, thyme, and so on? Researchers at the University of Illinois are interested in understanding adult vegetable-eating habits, so that they may be able to figure how to convince adults to eat more vegetables.  According to many studies, we are supposed to eat an average of 2-3  1/2 cups of vegetables each day, but on average, most of us only eat 1  1/2 cups per day.   Continue reading

BOXING WORKOUTS HELP PARKINSON'S PATIENTS

Given all of the research indicating that concussions contribute to the acceleration of brain disorders, it may seem counter-intuitive to associate 'boxing' with 'helping Parkinson's Disease patients.'  However, non-contact boxing programs are helping Parkinson's patients dramatically improve their strength, balance and walking abilities, tremors, and overall quality of life.    Continue reading

ONE CUP OF TEA EACH DAY

If you haven't become a tea drinker by now, maybe this will convince you.  Research is suggesting that tea consumption may reduce the risk of cognitive impairment in seniors at 55+ years of age. Specifically, according to research conducted by the Department of Psychological Medicine at National University of Singapore's Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, daily tea consumption can reduce cognitive impairment in elders by as much as 50%... and by a whopping 86% in seniors with a genetic predisposition for the Alzheimer's Disease.  Continue reading

Acupuncture: Ancient Medicine the World Needs Now!

  Acupuncture has been around for quite a long time. This form of medical treatment is a part of Chinese Medicine, a complete and separate system of medicine that has been used in China and Asia for over 3,000 years and is now used widely throughout the world.  It has survived to modern day and has evolved and been refined over the centuries. It is still practiced, used by millions daily, and its methodology is mostly intact from its early roots and humble beginnings. In those terms, it is most likely the longest research study in history. It is, by nature, a true holistic health system of prevention and treatment. It is a “path to balance” in one’s life. Continue reading