Living Longer, Stronger Lives

The goal for most of us is not to simply to live longer lives, but to continue to live healthier, more engaged, more vibrant lives. Groundbreaking scientific studies now reveal that only about 30-35% of the chronic diseases we acquire are genetically based. This is really big news, because it means that approximately 70% of diseases that afflict us can be avoided by making good choices about our health and our lifestyles. What can be

Is it safe? When to Use Complementary or Integrative Products and Practices

An entire branch of the National Institutes of Health is dedicated to complementary and integrative health. This field offers treatments and therapies that do not require surgery or medication, allowing a more holistic and gentler approach. Many are quite effective, and for certain people they can be more effective without the side effects of more traditional treatments. The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, abbreviated as NCCIH has great resources. Their main website is

How Can a Rehabilitation Hospital Help You and Your Family?

Deciding on care for a loved one with serious medical conditions can be confusing. In south central Pennsylvania, rehabilitation hospitals offer patients opportunities to move toward wellness and independence. An inpatient rehabilitation hospital provides physical medicine as well as rehabilitation programs and services. These hospitals offer advanced treatment tailored to each patient’s goals. Patients who may benefit from this type of care include those with some of the following conditions: • Fractures, joint replacements, musculoskeletal

Get Active, Feel Great!

Rosemary Thomas proudly endorses physical fitness and the saying, “If you don’t move it, you will lose it.” After two hip replacements and fluctuating weight, she knew she needed to step up her fitness routine to regain mobility. Joining SilverSneakers® provided her with the consistency she desired and the confidence she needed to begin fine-tuning her body. In addition to attending SilverSneakers classes regularly, she loves cardio and dancing. Thomas encourages others to get active

Balancing Wellness

“Holistic wellness is about the whole person and not the parts,” according to Dr. Jennifer Hunter, a senior fellow at the National Institute of Complementary Medicine. How do you describe wellness? Is it eating salads for one week out of the year; taking a walk in the morning; getting a flu shot? Wellness is more than changing a few habits. “Holistic wellness is about the whole person and not the parts,” according to Dr. Jennifer

Planning Ahead

Assembling a care team or “support team” for an aging adult is a critical step in planning for wellness and longevity. The best time to assemble a team is when all is well—this allows everyone to think and plan creatively and effectively. Since emergencies typically occur when we least expect them, proactively assembling reliable back-up is our assurance that our loved ones will be cared for when they most need help. Who should be on