Category Archives: Wellness

5 Diet Tips for Surviving Holiday Parties

Learn how to eat at holiday parties to save nearly 2,000 calories and still have fun!

The holidays are a whirlwind of parties and happy hours. Every event may seem like an excuse to splurge, but the consequence just might be the worst kind of post-party affliction: a food hangover. These 5 tips to save calories are so easy to follow you won’t even miss that extra scoop of creamy dip.

—Holley Grainger, M.S., R.D.

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Preventing the Flu – rgVision Magazine

Every fall, temperatures cool down, providing a welcome relief from the hot summer days. Unfortunately, the fall also marks the beginning of everyone’s least favorite season — flu season. The flu, or influenza, is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and lungs. It can cause mild to severe […]

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Worried About Your Eyes After the Eclipse? Here’s What You Should Know

You were warned about looking at the solar eclipse without protection, but you did it anyway. Eye specialists are ready to help.

Despite all the warnings about looking at the eclipse without safety glasses, some may have been tempted to defy scientific advice and steal a peek. Don’t feel bad — even the president of the United States did it.

But staring at the sun for even a short time without the right protection could have damaged your retinas permanently or caused a specific type of blindness called solar retinopathy, according to the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

You were warned

There was plenty of advice in the run-up to the eclipse about the dangers of looking at it directly. As The Times reported on Monday, humans cannot see infrared light coming from the sun, but it can cause damage that won’t heal. And there are no pain receptors in the retina, so you would not have even felt the damage occurring.

The damage is not literally a burn — but the light stimulation on the eye induces chemical changes that are damaging, said Dr. Stanley Chang, a professor of ophthalmology at Columbia University.

 

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Technology and the Senior Citizen

As our business here has been increasing our internet presence, I have been thinking more and more about how our residents use their technology.  I found it interesting to note that there is quite a large range of usage within our community, from not at all, up to daily dependence on it.

According to the Brookings Institute, seniors spend most of their time online communicating with friends, shopping, and searching for health information.  Nearly seventy-one percent of those who use the internet go online almost every day. Many of the internet using seniors believe that “people without internet access are at a real disadvantage because of all the information they might be missing,” Most of them think that “the internet makes it much easier to find information today than in the past.” In a research study at Loughborough University, older adults reported that being online gave them more social support. They also reported feeling more mentally alert, challenged, useful, and younger.

Only 27% of senior adults use social media (46% of online seniors) even though online connections may enhance their social interactions and reduce isolation. Also, 81% of those seniors who report using social media say they socialize with others on a daily or near-daily basis (compared to 71% of those who are online but do not use social networking sites and 63% of seniors who are not online at all).

Here at Twin Lakes, we have tried to create more opportunities for social media interactions with our residents through our Facebook page, Youtube Videos, and this website with its blog posts and community forum page that invites users to participate.

Last November, a documentary called “Cyber Seniors” aired on a PBS channel that explored the interactions of seniors and technology.  The trailer is below:

If you would like to watch the whole thing, click the link below

Cyber Seniors on PBS