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National Wear Red Day Raises Awareness of Heart Disease in Women

Go RedFebruary is all about the HEART! MediLodge of Richmond reminds you that it isn’t just all about the Valentine flowers, cards and candy. This is a perfect time to keep those New Year’s Resolutions going strong – to be a healthier and stronger you in this New Year! Heart disease has been called the Silent Killer because it often has no noticeable symptoms. It’s more deadly than all forms of cancer combined. And it’s not just “an old man’s disease.”AHA

In 2003, research revealed that heart disease was by far the No. 1 killer of women, and actually killed more women than men. To save lives and raise awareness of this serious issue, the American Heart Association launched Go Red For Women. And the red dress has become the iconic symbol of our battle against heart disease in women.

National Wear Red Day® — the first Friday each February — is our special day to bring attention to this silent killer of women. We encourage everyone to wear red, raise their voices, know their cardiovascular risk and take action to live longer, healthier lives.

A decade of success since the first National Wear Red Day in 2003, we’ve made tremendous strides in the fight against heart disease in women. Through research and education to healthy lifestyle changes, we’re proud that:Heart Health
1. 34% fewer women now die from heart disease, saving 330 lives every day.
2. More women are taking ownership of their health by developing healthy lifestyles:
37% are losing weight
43% are checking their cholesterol
more than 50% exercise more
60% have improved their diets
33% have developed heart health plans with their doctor.
3. Awareness is up. 23% more Americans now realize heart disease is the #1 killer of women.
4. Awareness among minorities is up, doubling among Hispanic women and tripling among African American women.
5. 15% have quit smoking, and high cholesterol has declined by 18%
6. More communities have joined the fight. Registration in Go Red For Women is now more than 1.75 million. More than 25 million Red Dress Pins have been worn to support the cause. More than 185 cities host GRFW events and luncheons. And more than 2,000 landmarks light up in red on National Wear Red Day.
7. Legislative efforts are making a difference. Women no longer pay higher premiums than men for health coverage. And 20 states have programs for low-income women to get screenings for heart disease and strokes through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s WISEWOMAN.
8. More gender-specific guidelines have been developed, because women’s symptoms and responses to medication differ from men’s.
9. Gender-specific medical research is up. The FDA now requires clinical trial results be reported by gender.
10. Gender-specific inequalities have been identified; ensuring women receive the same level of heart treatment as men.
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According to the 5 best ways to improve your heart health could be something that you already enjoy and love! Taking a brisk walk, swimming, going for a bike ride or do a little circuit training. Take time to take care of YOU and your Heart!


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Happy New Year Cookies!

New Year Wishes!
To the many wonderful lodgers and very helpful staff I have met, thank you for making me feel so welcome. I look forward to being a part of a Zensational Journey at MediLodge of Milford.

Happy New YearI wish you health…
So you may enjoy each day in comfort.
I wish you the love of friends and
family and peace within your heart.
I wish you the beauty of nature…
That you may enjoy the work of God.
I wish you wisdom to
choose priorities…
I wish you happiness and joy…
and blessings for the New Year.
I wish you the best of everything…
That you so well deserve.
Happy New Year, Friends!
Roxanne Pappas, Leisure Coordinator at MediLodge of Milford

In honor of National Oatmeal Month, try this zesty twist to oatmeal cookies!
orange oatmeal cookiesOrange Oatmeal Cookies
1/2 cup (1 stick) softened butter
1 egg
1/4 cup mashed ripe banana (about 1/2 banana)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons orange zest
1 cup whole-wheat flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 cup golden raisins (or 1/2 cup chocolate chips)
Preheat oven to 350°F. In bowl, cream butter and egg together until well blended and smooth. Gradually beat in banana, vanilla and brown sugar. Add orange zest. Mix well with wooden spoon until all ingredients are blended. In large bowl, mix flour, salt, baking powder, oats or 4-grain cereal, coconut, walnuts and raisins or chocolate chips. Use wooden spoon to combine dry ingredients until they are blended well and evenly distributed. Stir dry ingredients into wet ingredients and mix thoroughly until there is no sign of dryness. Very lightly butter baking sheet, drop heaping tablespoon of dough onto greased sheet 2 inches apart, and press down lightly against dough to flatten. Bake 20 minutes in preheated oven until lightly browned. Cool on wire rack. Makes 16 large cookies.


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The Role of Nutrition in Sarcopenia Prevention

MediLodge of Yale understands the important connection between nutrition and health. Approximately 45% of older adults in the United States are affected by Sarcopenia, a number that will continue to increase as the population ages. Sarcopenia, the Greek term meaning “poverty of the flesh,” is the progressive loss of muscle mass, function, quality, and strength driven by the aging process. This loss of muscle mass often leads to diminished strength and decreased activity levels and can contribute to mobility issues, osteoporosis, falls, and fractures, frailty and loss of physical function and independence.

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Factors that accelerate an older adult’s loss of muscle mass include: decreased physical activity, refusal to consume meals related to restrictive therapeutic diets, decreased ability to eat independently, adverse consequences of medications, and depression. The older adult on average consumes fewer calories and protein than younger adults. Studies illustrate the correlation between protein ingestion and muscle mass. So it is very important to consume proteins in an effort to support good health and to stimulate protein synthesis within the body thus promoting muscle mass. Beneficial proteins are listed below. Try to incorporate and encourage older adults to enjoy these foods and promote good health this holiday season and throughout the year.

Examples of Beneficial Proteins include:

• Pudding

• Cheese / Cottage Cheese / String Cheese

• Peanut Butter / Nuts

• YogurtMediLodge of Yale

• Hearty Soups

• Milk / Dairy Products

• Hard Boiled Eggs

• Hummus

• Granola / Seeds / Nuts

• Tuna / Beef / Pork / Poultry


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Holiday Super Foods

For those on a calorie budget, the holiday season can seem like a dietary minefield. Cookie platters, office parties, holiday buffets. How do we survive without going up a size? MediLodge of Milford suggests we trade-in fattening, empty-calorie treats for holiday super foods. These traditional seasonal offerings are low in calories and packed with nutrients. Most holiday super foods are also high in fiber to fill you up, making it easier to resist temptation. potatoes

This holiday super food has a beta-carotene content that is off-the-charts – providing 377 percent of your daily vitamin A needs per 103-calorie serving. In addition to promoting eye health, some research shows beta-carotene may help prevent cancer both by neutralizing free radicals and by promoting communication between cells.

Brussel sprouts

A top source of glucosinolates. These “indirect” antioxidants activate the body’s own natural detoxification systems. Brussel sprouts also contain other phytonutrients like indole-3-carbinol, which helps protect against breast cancer. Containing just 36 calories, one serving of four brussels sprouts provides 100 percent of your daily vitamin C. This promotes skin cell turnover and collagen formation, helping to enhance your “holiday glow.”


At just 44 calories per cup, cranberries are high in fiber and help lower levels of LDL (“bad”) cholesterol and may even help boost levels of HDL (“good”) cholesterol. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, cranberries rank sixth in total antioxidant capacity (the amount of antioxidants in a serving) out of more than 100 commonly consumed foods. They also supply procyanidin, a phytonutrient that protects against urinary tract infections.

Baked apples

Three different varieties of apples – Red Delicious, Granny Smith and Gala – made it into the top 20 of the USDA’s antioxidant capacity ranking. In fact, apples provide the main supply of polyphenols – powerful antioxidants that may help inhibit cancer cell proliferation and prevent the oxidation of LDL cholesterol – in the American diet. Fiber content also contributes to apples’ cholesterol-lowering effect. One medium apple contains 80 calories.


pumpkIn addition to serving as an excellent Source of eye-healthy vitamin A, pumpkin also serves as a top source of alphacarotene, an antioxidant linked to lower lung cancer risk in several studies. Beta-cryptoxanthin, another pumpkin carotenoid, was also found to have potentially protective benefits against lung cancer in a recent research review by the Harvard School of Public Health. One cup of pumpkin, sliced into cubes, contains 30 calories.


Though usually overshadowed by nut headliners like almonds and walnuts, pecans actually come out on top in terms of antioxidant activity. Like other nuts, pecans contain healthy mono- and polyunsaturated fats, which may contribute to their heart health benefits. But pecans are unique in their high amounts of naturally occurring gamma tocopherol – a unique form of vitamin E that may promote prostate and intestinal health. But don’t go overboard. Pecans, like all nuts, are high in calories, containing 196 calories per ounce.

During meal preparation, don’t negate the health benefits of super foods by drowning them in butter. You can cut fat content by partially substituting with applesauce or pureed plums. Put a brake on the gravy train by letting fat congeal in the fridge, skimming it off then reheating the rest before serving. You can also turn stuffing into a health food by adding extra onions (a top source of an anti-Alzheimer’s antioxidant called quercetin), carrots, beans, wild rice or dried fruit.


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The Top Eleven Physical And Mental Health Benefits Of Massage


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Massage For Your Health

Massage therapy has been used as a therapeutic measure for generations, and across cultures around the world. Although different types of massage techniques are designed to target specific areas, dysfunctions, and promote natural healing processes, there are some distinctive benefits that can be received from regular massage. Physical benefits range from improved circulation, lower stress levels, and increased flexibility in tense muscles. Mental benefits include a calm mind, increased awareness, better focus and concentration, and increased alertness. Here are the top eleven physical and mental health benefits of massage.

1. Promotes deeper breathing. Deep breathing is vital to ensure that oxygen circulates easily throughout your body, and encourages healing and growth in the process. Decreased oxygen circulation results in headaches, tension aches, and random muscle pain that can accumulate into a significant problem over time. By enhancing your oxygen intake, you will naturally promote the release of toxins and negative energy within the body.

2. Improves posture. Although massage should never be used as a replacement for a chiropractic diagnosis, posture can slowly and naturally improve as the spine and muscles around the spine become more flexible and supple. Improved posture also aids in breathing and less tension throughout the body.

3. Improves circulation. An improvement in both blood and lymph circulation helps your body gain strength and maximizes your energy level. Especially during the winter months when circulation and metabolisms may be slower, massage can help in removing toxins in the blood and encouraging fresh energy to circulate easily. Efficient circulation also helps in muscle recovery, growth, and promotes the natural healing process.

4. Enhances skin tone and skin health. When using a high quality oils and creams, massage can significantly improve the tone and health of your skin after just a few massage sessions. Skin cells are revitalized, moisturized, and replenished naturally. Choose Vitamin E and natural grapeseed oil bases for maximum benefits.

5. Increases and promotes joint flexibility. Repetitive stress and overused joints can stunt growth and create problems later. Massage helps to relieve stored tension and encourages flexibility of the joints after rest. Any soreness experienced after a massage can be an indication that these are tension spots for you, and focusing on these areas on your next massage will increase joint recovery. There are even some special oil formulations to target joints, so do check with your massage therapist beforehand to discuss options.

6. Enhances a calm mind. Encouraging a calm mind creates an avenue for creativity. It is during these times that our minds are most conducive to creative thinking, developing plans, organizing thoughts, and reducing stressful thoughts. Massage can encourage this state of mind by relaxing the entire body.

7. Reduces anxiety. As a natural deep relaxant, a successful massage can significantly reduce anxiety. Usually, anxiety is stored in some key areas of the body; the lower back, shoulders, abdomen, and neck. By relieving the anxiety stored in some key areas of the body; the lower back, shoulders, and neck , the mind can “let go” of anxiety and experience a light, almost freeing sensation.

8. Increases self awareness. The mind-body connection is often overlooked in today’s fast-paced society. From the minute you wake up, to the moment you go to bed, it is easy to slip into ‘mind-only’ mode.When you re-establish the connection with your body, you will experience greater ease of movement, a more centered feeling and an enhanced feeling of well being.

9. Promotes mental alertness. Although a massage can bring you into a state of deep relaxation, this is also a state of heightened mental alertness. Your mind is relaxed and calm, but acutely aware and in this state, capable of solving even the toughest problems!

10. Increase peace of mind. With your ability to feel relaxed and naturally aware, peace of mind becomes a necessary result. Peace of mind can be defined as a sense of calm well-being and just feeling good naturally.

11. Satisfies need for human touch. As human beings, we all need to feel the touch of another human being. This can range from a simple hug, handshake, or a nurturing touch. A massage encourages this type of connection and increases your appreciation for this human need.

These are just the top eleven benefits of regular massage. Check with your local spa or individual massage therapist to define what you need, and what your body will most benefit from. During different times, or stages of your life, you may need a specific treatment or an individual recommendation. Try various approaches and see what works best for you. Alternative bodywork sessions may also include Reiki, an energy-focused consultation; Chakra-balancing massage, an Eastern approach to energy balance and release of anxiety; or a ‘traditional’ deep therapeutic massage targeting a specific area.

by Sabah Karimi,Yahoo Contributor Network

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From The Therapy Department: MediLodge Observes National Safety Month

The National Safety Council encouraged businesses and communities across the country to participate in National Safety Month this past June—an annual observance to increase awareness of the top causes of preventable injuries and deaths and to encourage safe behaviors. Each week in June we highlighted a different leading cause of unintentional injury and death:  Summertime Safety; Preventing Overexertion; Teen Driving Safety; Preventing Slips, Trips and Falls; and On the Road, Off the Phone.
Each year, one in every three adults age 65 and older falls. Falls can lead to moderate to severe injuries, such as hip fractures and head traumas, and are the leading cause of injury death among those age 65 and older. It is important to understand the leading risks for falls and take measure to help keep you and your loved ones safe. Many falls can be prevented by making simple personal and lifestyle changes. Your doctor can also assess your risk of falling and suggest ways to prevent falls.

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  • Mild weight-bearing exercises, such as walking, climbing stairs and water workouts, may help slow bone loss from osteoporosis. Having strong bones, especially in your lower body, can prevent fractures if you fall.
  • Practicing tai chi will help prevent falls by improving your balance and control. It uses slow, flowing movements to help you relax and coordinate the mind and body.
  • Group and community exercise programs will help increase flexibility, strength, balance and coordination. These kinds of exercises can also be done at home.


  • Have your vision tested at least once a year or if you think it has changedBlog Eye
  • Get an annual physical examination and have your blood pressure checked both lying down and standing up
  • Walkers, canes and all medical equipment should be properly sized and fitted by a qualified medical professional
  • Reduce your risk of hip fracture by maintaining a diet with adequate amounts of vitamin D and calcium

Shoes and Clothing

  •  Wear properly-fitting, sturdy shoes with nonskid soles.Taylor Balance
  • Replace slippers that are stretched out or too loose.
  • Use a long-handled shoehorn if you have trouble putting on your shoes.
  • If you’re a woman who can’t find wide enough shoes, try men’s shoes.
  • Make sure clothing is properly fitted to prevent it from catching on something.


  • Ask your doctor or pharmacist to review your medications—prescription and over-the-counter medicines and any vitamins,minerals and herbal products you are taking. Some medications do not work well together and may affect your coordination and balance.
  • Make sure all medications are clearly labeled and stored in a well-lit area according to instructions.
  • Have an up-to-date medication list and bring it with you to all doctor visits
  • Take medications on schedule with a full glass of water and avoid drinking alcohol in excess


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MediLodge Celebrates National Healthy Vision Month

Keeping An Eye On Vision Health In Women

Doctors say maintaining vision health can be especially important for women. In fact, a new report from the National Women’s Health Resource Center, “Women and Healthy Vision,” shows that women are at higher risk than men for having vision problems, including blindness, as they age.  Fortunately there are ways to keep your eyes healthy.

Quit smoking. Blog Eye

If you smoke, you’re much more likely to develop age-related macular degeneration, or AMD, than nonsmokers.  AMD is the most common cause of blindness in those over 65.  While there are some ways to slow its progression, there is no cure.

Wear sunglasses and a wide-brimmed hat when you’re in the sun.

These two simple steps can reduce your exposure to eye-damaging UV rays up to 18-fold.  If you wear contacts, ask your eye care specialist about contact lenses with UV protection.

Watch your weight.

Being overweight is a major risk factor for developing Type 2 diabetes.  Diabetic retinopathy is the leading cause of blindness in those under 65.  In addition, the Nurses’ Health Study from Harvard Medical School found medically obese women were 36 percent more likely to develop cataracts.

Take fish oil supplements daily, or eat fish two or three times a week.

There’s some evidence that the omega-3 fatty acids found in fish and other foods may reduce your risk of AMD. Conversely, limit the amount of vegetable oil in your diet.

Eat three or more servings of fruit a day.fruits and veg

In one study, women who did so reduced their AMD risk by 36 percent compared to those who ate less than 1.5 servings.

Eat your spinach.

What Popeye didn’t know was that spinach is a rich source of lutein and zea-xanthin, powerful antioxidants that can reduce the risk of certain eye diseases, like AMD.  Other good sources include any kind of leafy green vegetable such as collards and kale, as well as eggs and orange-colored fruits.

See your eye care professional for a full vision examination at least once every two years.

Go more often if you have diabetes or any other eye-related condition.

Get a walk in every day.

In one study, glaucoma patients who walked briskly four times per week for 40 minutes lowered the pressure within their eyes enough so they could stop taking their glaucoma medication.seniors walking

Change your eye makeup every three to six months.

It becomes contaminated with bacteria and can infect your eye.

Don’t fall asleep in your daily wear contact lenses.

In fact, don’t ever wear them longer than they’re designed to be worn.



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