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Isolation as Bad as Smoking?

We all know modern society is more disconnected than the world we grew up in. That is especially true as we age.

Isolation is different than simple lonliness. Isolation means emotional and physical disconnection with friends and family members and researchers say it affects more than 8 million Americans over the age of 50.

Prolonged isolation can contribute to poor health. A recent study suggests it's as bad as smoking 15 cigarettes!

To find oout your risk of isolation, AARP has posted a quiz online at their webite. If you'd like to take the quiz, click here.

Taking the Burn Out of Heartburn

As we get older, sadly, we can’t eat like we once did and heartburn may become a problem, particularly during the nighttime hours.

The experts say these foods can be part of the problem:

  • Caffeine
  • Citrus
  • Chocolate
  • Tomatoes
  • Spicy Foods
  • Fatty Foods
  • Alcohol
  • Spearmint or Peppermint (Who knew?)

The first rule in relieving the discomfort is: don’t go to bed on a full stomach!

Other things that might help:

  • Lose weight (which eases the pressure on your stomach)
  • Elevate your head – if you can, your head should be about 6 to 8 inched above your body to help prevent reflux
  • Minimize your meals – Try eating smaller portions more frequently
  • If you smoke, stop – tobacco smoke can weaken the gateway between your stomach and esophagus.

Be Healthy - Eat Chocolate!

Yes! Here's a health tip we just know you're going to want to follow!

Doctors say that eating two squares of dark chocolate (60-70% pure cocoa) can actually help prevent diabetes.

Before you break open the Hershey's, make sure you consult with your personal doctor.

Tips for Managing Arthritis

When we were young, “joint” probably had a different meaning than it does for many of us today. If you are one of the 52.5 million adult Americans who have some form of arthritis, joint is where the pain can be and the National Arthritis Foundation has multiple ways you can ease your pain by “being good to your joints.”

Keep reading to discover some of them:

Read more: Tips for Managing Arthritis

Healthier Breakfasts

When the waitress at your favorite breakfast stop asks you “bacon or sausage,” take the bacon. On average, bacon has 35 calories a slice while a die of sausage contains 277 calories. Surprisingly, bacon also contains less sodium.

If she asks, “hash browns or home fries,” take the home fries. They’re less greasy, than the hash browns and contain 15% fewer calories in comparable servings.

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