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Indoor Activities to Combat Cabin Fever

This time of year, the weather truly IS frightful. February is a cold month stuck in between the holiday fanfare of New Year's Day and the first inklings of spring in March. Extremely cold temperatures, gray skies, snow and ice all make it difficult, if not impossible, to be outside. Let's face it, cabin fever is kicking in. Here are some fun activ...
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The Health Benefits of Dark Chocolate

The month of February is filled with celebrations – Valentine's Day and Fat Tuesday /Mardi Gras are both celebrated with special treats and offerings that we only indulge in once a year. With our New Year's resolutions not too far behind us, keeping your weight goals on track can still be accomplished even with all the sweet temptations. Chocolate ...
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Shingles and the Risk to Seniors

You have probably heard about shingles – a viral infection that is caused by the same virus responsible for chickenpox. If you have had chickenpox, the virus remains inactive in your body; present in nerve tissue near your spinal cord and brain. When a shingles outbreak occurs, the nerve roots are infected, which is what causes the deep, debilitati...
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Seasonal Affective Disorder and Seniors

We have heard it called "the winter blues" or the "doldrums of winter", but Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a very real condition that affects millions of people every year. Brought on by the changes in the seasons, SAD most often begins in late fall as the skies get darker earlier and continue into winter as the excitement of the holidays win...
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Pneumococcal Disease & What You Should Know

Now that is it mid-January, we are deep in the trenches of the cold winter season, and with it the height of cold and flu season. Scientists now know that our immune systems are weaker when the weather is cold outside. For persons with chronic medical conditions, receiving the proper vaccinations is especially important to help maintain optimal hea...
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