Monthly Archives: January 2013

Eat Safer…and Ward Off Tummy Troubles

Thoroughly rinsing fresh produce before eating it is one of the best ways to avoid getting sick.

It’s been making headlines across the country this week: the norovirus, first spotted in Australia, is now sweeping the U.S. And, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), contaminated food is one of the primary culprits in spreading the virus.

Did you know that 76 million people get sick from food borne illnesses in the United States every year? As we age, our bodies change – including our immune systems — making older people more susceptible to food borne illness and food poisoning.

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Help is There…When You Need It

Martha Mobley says she never worried about losing her independence when she made the transition from independent to assisted living.

SGV resident Martha Mobley is well acquainted with transition — and says there is nothing to fear from it. When Mrs. Mobley left her home of  34 years to move into an Independent Living apartment at SGV, she maintained her active life, making friends in her new community while still visiting her old neighborhood and friends. Then, she experienced an illness that moved her from the hospital to skilled nursing and then to Assisted Living at SGV’s Wellington Court.

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Vitamin D is Crucial to Your Overall Health and Well-Being

Supplementing your diet with vitamin D can improve physical and mental health.

Recent studies show that bone and teeth health, as well as breast, colon and immune system health, can be improved simply by making sure you get enough vitamin D.

Senior citizens, especially, can be affected by low levels of vitamin D.  According to a study published in the Archives of International Medicine, an estimated 40-100 percent of older adults in the United States are deficient in vitamin D. As a result, they can experience declines in thinking, learning and memory, and may have an increased risk for Parkinson’s disease. Additionally, this deficiency has been linked to bone fractures and various chronic diseases.

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Living With Macular Degeneration

Breda Kosakowski’s macular degeneration may have affected her eyesight, but not her zest for living life to the fullest!

St. George Village resident Breda Kosakowski has been living with macular deneration for the past 12 years. The disease, which causes loss of vision in the center of the visual field and leaves only peripheral vision, is a major cause of visual impairment in older adults.

Undaunted by her diagnosis, Breda still lives independently and has found many aids to help her cope with her vision loss, such as a talking watch, a magnifying screen for reading books and magazines, and a magnifying glass for reading menus in restaurants. But some things were a little trickier to figure out, such as food preparation.

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