Aging Gracefully: Reducing the Risks of Polypharmacy

It is no secret that we are living longer. Unfortunately, we are not necessarily living healthier. An ever-growing percentage of the population is managing one or more medical conditions, which are managed by one or more medicines. While medicines can help maintain health and prevent further illness, taking combinations of drugs means that you could be at risk for drug interactions. Polypharmacy is defined as the concurrent use of many different medicines by the same

The Use and Mis-Use of Antibiotics

The long standing, overuse of antibiotics has led to an alarming rate of prevalence of multi-drug resistant bacteria, such as, (MRSA) Methylcillian Resistant Staph Aureus and (VRE) Vancomyacin Resistant Enterococcus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that more than half of all antibiotics prescribed are not necessary.  Antibiotics do not treat viruses, such as, colds and flu.  Antibiotics treat bacterial infections. Antimicrobial stewardship programs promote the appropriate use of antibiotics, improves patient

Why Water Exercise? Time to Take the Plunge!

Aquatic exercise is one of the best all-around workouts for seniors. Here are a few reasons to take the plunge and try aqua fitness. Less impact on your joints While in the water, your body is buoyant and the impact to your joints is significantly less than exercising on land. More resistance Water provides substantially more resistance, making each movement in the pool more challenging.  Additionally, muscles typically work in pairs; i.e. biceps & triceps

Living Stress Free

Stress, you have it, I have it, we all have it and it doesn’t look the same for everyone. Stress can look like emotional distress that can be seen by others:  the agitation, anger, or tremors.  Or maybe your stress is more subtle, maybe you don’t even think of it as stress, such as you can no longer handle certain types of foods, whether it’s nightshades, gluten, corn, or wheat, those are all signs of

Good Nutrition Cannot Be Overlooked

Did you know that seniors’ walking speed is directly related to longevity and that proper nutrition is important for seniors’ to maintain good ambulatory balance? Recent studies have demonstrated that good nutrition is vital for seniors to live happier and safer.  Yet, it is also common to find seniors eating poorer diets as they age.  This leads to a more sedentary lifestyle because a person just may not have the energy to move about much.