Life throws us curveballs. Our moods go up and down. We all have good days and bad days. But sometimes, the lows begin to last longer than the highs. When the everyday blues begin to deepen and endure, it may be a sign of depression.
A Clearer Picture
Much has been learned in recent years about depression – what it is, what can cause it, what it does to us, and some of the things we can do about it. Depression can affect people very differently, and the best approach to managing it is unique to each person.
Have you stood up today? Raised a cup of coffee to your lips? Walked a few steps? It’s easy to take these kinds of movements for granted, but we humans are incredibly agile creatures. And we’ve got our bones and joints to thank for much of that strength and flexibility.
One way to express our gratitude to these multi-talented body parts is to take good care of them. The first step in maintaining – and even improving – healthy bones and joints is knowing a bit more about them.
Most of us have been affected, either directly or indirectly, by breast cancer. Given the statistics, it’s no wonder. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, breast cancer is the second most common cancer diagnosed in women in the United States (behind skin cancer) and is the second leading cause of women’s cancer deaths (behind lung cancer). Approximately one in eight American women will develop invasive breast cancer at some point in her life.
Like our bodies, our brains change with age. But just because you take slightly longer to find your keys or can’t quite recall the name of your first-grade teacher doesn’t necessarily mean you’re losing your memory. For most people, age-related brain changes are simply a normal part of the privilege of growing older.* Still, there are things you can do to nurture your noggin so it stays in its best form, however many birthdays you’ve had.
Here are ten ways to be both older and wiser:
As you add more candles to your birthday cake, it becomes even more important to take care of yourself – physically, emotionally, intellectually and socially. Here are some recommendations to keep you at your best inside and out throughout your life.
Modern realities have changed the art and science of traveling. These days, when we seek “to move, to breathe, to fly, to float,” we sometimes need inhalers or motion sickness pills to ease the journey. Whether your next sojourn takes you across the state or around the world, keep these tips in mind to make it a safe and healthy trip.
PROMOTE BRAIN HEALTH AND CHALLENGE YOUR MIND
If you’ve ever forgotten a familiar person’s name or important items on your to-do list, why shrug it off? Medical experts recommend taking steps to improve your memory.
According to Gary Small, M.D., director of the UCLS Center on Aging and author of The Memory Bible and The Memory Prescription, “the big four” in promoting the brain’s health and memory capability are:
LET’S FACE IT: TODAY’S SUPERSIZE PORTIONS CAN LEAD TO SUPERSIZE JEANS. TO HELP MANAGE YOUR EATING AND WEIGHT, TRY THESE QUICK TIPS.
Consider this: Two-thirds of today’s Americans are obese. But back in the 1970s, just 14 percent were. Experts point to one factor that’s made a big difference: portion size.
Staying active is easy in the Bay Area—no matter your age or physical inclination
It’s time for the whole family to get active: you'll build healthier bodies, bond and have some fun along the way. Following are a few good-for-you options in your vicinity that can keep your crew—from tots to grandparents—healthy and fit.
Whether you work in an executive suite, a cubical, a home office or a library study carrel, if you have a “desk job,” you occupy a sedentary work environment. And all of that sitting and typing can be more detrimental to your body than you realize. Working in any kind of office setting can put you at risk for stiff joints, carpal tunnel syndrome and arthritis.
Learn how to minimize office pains with these simple innovations and easy tricks:
Wrists and Hands