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Claremont’s site helps guide you through information and practices to maintain physical and emotional well-being throughout your life. At Positivity Center, you’ll find key information about following topics:
Berkeley Wellness – Got Migraines? Get Moving: It might seem counterintuitive to assume that more exercise—more pounding, more sweating—could reduce the frequency and severity of migraines, but that’s what some preliminary research has found. These headaches affect an estimated 11 percent of the global population, including children.
Harvard Health – Improving Memory: In many ways, our memories shape who we are. They make up our internal biographies—the stories we tell ourselves about what we’ve done with our lives. They tell us who we’re connected to, who we’ve touched during our lives, and who has touched us. In short, our memories are crucial to the essence of who we are as human beings.
Harvard Health – Is Exercise Good for Arthritis? One reader asks, “I have arthritis and my doctor recommended I start exercising, but I’m worried it will make my pain worse. Should I follow her advice?” Find out what the doctors say.
Medical News Today – Belly Fat May Reduce Mental Agility from Midlife Onward: A study of thousands of middle-aged and older people has linked having more body fat and less muscle mass to changes in mental flexibility with age. The research also suggests that changes to the immune system may play a role.
FDA – Food Safety For Older Adults: A need-to-know guide Adults for those 65 years of age and older. Food safety is important for everyone—but it’s especially important for you. That’s why the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Food and Drug Administration have prepared this booklet.It is designed to provide practical guidance on how to reduce your risk of food borne illness.In addition to this guide, we encourage you tocheck with your physician or health care provider to identify foods and other products that you should avoid.
Healthline – Listening to music while driving may put the brakes on driving stress: When you’re stuck in heavy traffic, it’s very common to feel stressed. Many things can go wrong while you’re on the road, causing your heart to race and your blood pressure to soar. Research indicates that the stress of your daily commute may take its toll over time. Driving stress has been implicated as a risk factor of both heart disease and heart attack. You don’t have to succumb to this stress, however. Researchers say your best weapon against it may, in fact, be your car stereo.
Medical News Today – Plan-based diet may prevent cognitive decline: New research finds that following a diet rich in plant-based foods and low in animal products during midlife is associated with a significantly lower risk of cognitive impairment later in life.
NIH – Health tips for older adults: Healthy eating and regular physical activity are your keys to good health at any age. They may lower your risk for obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and certain cancers. They may even help you ward off depression and maintain orthopedic health (related to bones and muscles). Among older people, being underweight is of concern and may be related to not having enough to eat, not eating enough foods that are nutrient dense, or having an illness or disease.
CDC – Check-Up Checklist: Things to Do Before Your Next Check-Up: Getting check-ups is one of many things you can do to help stay healthy and prevent disease and disability. You’ve made the appointment to see your health care provider. You’ve reviewed the instructions on how to prepare for certain tests. You’ve done the usual paperwork. Done, right? Not quite. Before your next check-up, make sure you do these four things.
Diabetes.org – Eating doesn’t have to be boring: It’s all about finding the right balance that works for you. When you’re managing diabetes, your eating plan is a powerful tool. But eating healthy can feel boring and dull, right? Well, it doesn’t have to because there are tons of things you can do to add flavor to your daily routine—including healthy twists on your favorite foods.
Medical News Today – How a high salt diet may lead to cognitive decline: New research suggests that a diet high in salt may promote cognitive decline by destabilizing levels of the protein tau. Excessive levels of tau are a hallmark of dementia.
Kaiser Permanente – Heartburn or Heart Attack? Hot to Tell the Difference: Chest pain can be scary. And it’s not always easy to tell the difference between heartburn and a heart attack — especially since heartburn-like symptoms can be from a heart attack. Columbus Batiste, MD, an interventional cardiologist and chief of cardiology at Kaiser Permanente’s Riverside and Moreno Valley Medical Centers in Southern California, breaks down the symptoms — and details the importance of knowing if you’re at risk for heart disease.
MDVIP – 7 Drug-Free Sleep Solutions: 46 percent of older Americans have trouble falling asleep one or more nights per week, according to the National Poll on Healthy Aging. One in three older adults use medication for their insomnia. While sleeping pills (and even the supplement melatonin), do have their place, they’re not always necessary. Most of the time, sleep problems can be solved with other methods.
Medical News Today – Social Activity in Your 60s May Lower Dementia Risk by 12%: New research over a 28-year follow-up period finds significant evidence that frequent social contact at the age of 60 can lower the risk of developing dementia later on.
US News – Take a New View of Aging: The way you view aging can affect how well you manage stress. Older people who see aging negatively have stronger (negative) emotional reactions to day-to-day stresses, while such events have little effect on the moods of adults who are more positive about getting older. Their sunny outlook acts as a buffer against little annoyances.
Kaiser Permanente – Wellness Video: Fall Prevention Tips for Seniors: In this 3-part video, seniors get helpful strategies for preventing falls. After George breaks his hip in a fall, see how he and his wife take steps to improve their balance and fall-proof their home.
WebMD: How Aging Affects Your Immune System: Does it seem like you get sick more than you did when you were younger. When you are under the weather, does it take you longer to feel good again? Immunity — your body’s defense system — tends to get weaker with age. “Just as you probably can’t run as fast as you used to in your 20s, your immune system doesn’t work as well as it used to,” says Aaron E. Glatt, MD, chairman of the department of medicine at South Nassau Communities Hospitals. But fear not — at least not much.
Vaccines.gov: Which vaccines are recommended for adults age 65 and older: Vaccines are especially important for older adults. As you get older, your immune system weakens and it can be more difficult to fight off infections. You’re more likely to get diseases like the flu, pneumonia, and shingles — and to have complications that can lead to long-term illness, hospitalization, and even death.If you have an ongoing health condition — like diabetes or heart disease — getting vaccinated is especially important. Vaccines can protect you from serious diseases (and related complications) so you can stay healthy as you age. Getting vaccinated can help keep you, your family, and your community healthy.
Stay Active with AgeWellFresno: Joining a group keeps people engaged, happy, and healthy. There are many senior groups in Fresno; from volunteering, to socializing, learning, and being physically active there are groups to meet a wide variety of needs in later life.
WellPATH has collaborated with community partners to create a Fresno County Diabetes Resource Guide. Take a moment to check out this helpful new resource guide and find out more information about the valuable programs and resources currently taking place in our area, including:
Migraines are more than just bad headaches — they can sometimes be a sign of problems with your nervous system. People who get migraines usually have strong, throbbing pain on one side of their head.
Most people feel the pain in their temples or behind their eye or ear. They can cause some people to see spots or flashing lights. Migraines can also cause upset stomach, vomiting and sensitivity to light and sound. Migraines can happen any time of day, though they often start in the morning.
Download the more detailed flyer from Anthem Blue Cross for more details on what causes a migraine and how to stop/treat its debilitating conditions.
Looking for some ideas to switch up your workout routine this summer or maybe just some tips on how to get started?
Check out this helpful PDF from Anthem with 5 body-weight exercises you can do in 15 minutes to work out your abs, chest, glutes, legs, quads, and more.
From the video – “Cookbooks like the ‘National Institute of Health: Deliciously Healthy Dinners Keep the Beat’ is a great place to start. In it you not only have these wonderful recipes but you also have the time it takes to prep.”
Download the cookbook mentioned in the video.
Delta Health Systems has the option for you to receive electronic Explanation of Benefits (EOBs). By following the simple instructions in the flyers provided below, you can choose to opt-in to receive electronic copies only.
Once this change is made, you will receive an email every 7 days if you or a family member has received care. You will still be able to view and print EOBs via the Delta Health Systems website once a claim is processed.
NOTE: Dependents over the age of 18 must log in and select their option separately.
If you do not login and select this option, you will continue to receive episodic EOBs paper copies in the mail every 7 days. Please download and review the flyer below for more information.
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