• Sun Danger: Beyond Skin Cancer

    By Kindred Healthcare

    As we welcome the sun again and haul out the sprinklers and pool noodles for our kids, it is vital for our health and safety that we approach our relationship with the rays with caution. Doctors, health publications, and sunscreen manufacturers have all ingrained in us the threat of skin cancer in the face of excessive sun exposure. However, an equally alarming risk of spending too much time in the sun—immunosuppression—is gaining serious attention.

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  • Get Moving, Even with Arthritis

    By Kindred Healthcare
    This post is adapted from Insights to Healthy Aging, our Kindred at Home newsletter.

    Get Moving Even with ArthritisAs many as one in two Americans are expected to develop symptomatic osteoarthritis, the most common form of arthritis, by age 85.

    Do you think exercise is out of the question for you or older family members who have osteoarthritis? Actually, exercise becomes more important than ever. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there is ample scientific evidence suggesting that exercise can reduce pain and improve function, mood and quality of life for people with arthritis. It may also positively impact the symptoms of diabetes, heart disease and obesity. Read Full Post
  • AARP presents Life @50+ this May at the Miami Beach Convention Center. Each year, AARP hosts a national expo inviting companies and vendors from around the US to participate and this year, it is expected to draw 15,000 attendees. Kindred Healthcare will be present to share information about our Contact Center, 1.866.KINDRED, which is a free service anyone can call to speak with a Registered Nurse to help navigate healthcare-related questions. Conference goers can learn about options available for post-acute care during the three days. Kindred’s booth will have a photo booth and an opportunity to win an Apple TV and an iPod Touch. The expo is taking place May 14-16, 2015, so be sure to register now and come check out Kindred’s booth to learn a little more about how we can help enjoy life at 50+. Read Full Post
  • How a Garden-Fresh Tomato Can Be Therapeutic

    By Kindred Healthcare
    How a Garden-Fresh Tomato Can Be TherapeuticIf you've grown your own vegetables, herbs or fruits, you know these fresh foods can be delicious. What you may not know is that the entire process of planting, growing and cultivating a garden can make you feel better physically and mentally. And it doesn't have to be edible plants -- flower gardens and mixed gardens have the same benefits. The beauty of gardening is that it can be a group or family activity that everyone can do together and your garden can be as big as your yard or just a corner by the fence. Read Full Post
  • Tips for Healthy Eating On the Go

    By Quincie Grounds, RD/LD, CNSC

    March is National Nutrition Month®, a nutrition education and information campaign sponsored annually by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

    Quincie Grounds 3.2.2015National Nutrition Month® focuses attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating habits. There is no one food, drink, pill or machine that is the key to achieving optimal health. A person's overall daily routine is what is most important. This year’s theme, "Bite into a Healthy Lifestyle,” reflects taking steps for improving your health. Sometimes this is easier said than done, especially when you step out of your daily routine.

    Travel is one of these situations that take you out of your daily routine. Whether you travel for work or just a trip with family or friends, eating healthy can be done with a little planning. First, take snacks with you in pre-portioned bags. Good items to pack are trail mixes, nuts, dried fruits, whole grain cereal bars, protein bars, peanut butter and crackers, pretzels and popcorn. These items pack well and are foods that will clear security in the airport. If you are traveling by car, pack a small cooler with fresh fruit, low fat yogurt, low fat cheese, hummus, finger sandwiches (homemade pimento cheese is a favorite), bottled water, flavored unsweetened water, fruit or vegetable juice, sparkling juice and unsweetened bottled tea.

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  • Tips for the Family Caregiver

    By Kindred Healthcare
    Tips for the Family CaregiverThis story is adapted from The Pulse, the health and wellness magazine of Kindred Hospitals of Massachusetts.

    Being a caregiver for a family member who is ill or disabled is an incredible show of kindness, compassion and dedication to a loved one. It can also be challenging and exhausting mentally, physically and emotionally. While you want to do everything possible to keep your family member comfortable and content, sometimes it is a struggle. Pain management may be challenging; moods may be unpredictable or seem unwarranted. You may mourn the loss of your loved one’s abilities. You may be worn thin between caregiving and other commitments like your career, other family members or your social life. Read Full Post
  • Improve Your Heart Health with Fitness

    By Kindred Healthcare

    This blog post is adapted from The Pulse, the health and wellness magazine of Kindred Hospitals of Massachusetts.

    Increase Your Health Health With Fitness shoesWhile it may be common knowledge that exercise is beneficial to our health, many people assume it’s a timely or exhaustive commitment. In reality, 30 minutes of daily activity is all it really takes. And you can break it up into smaller time increments if you don’t have a solid half hour or more to dedicate to exercise. But think of it like this: there are 1,440 minutes in a day, so 30 minutes is 2% of your day. Bump it up to an hour and it’s still just 4% of your day.

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  • Avoiding Winter Falls

    By Kindred Healthcare
    This blog post is adapted from The Pulse, the health and wellness magazine of Kindred Hospitals of Massachusetts.

    Avoiding Winter FallsSlips, trips and falls are some of the most common accidents leading to injury. While most falls result in only minor bumps and bruises, thousands of people are admitted to hospitals each year after suffering a more serious injury.

    During winter months, slips, trips and falls happen more frequently due to dangerous conditions created by wind, snow and ice. The good news is that most falls can be prevented by taking extra precautions. Whether you’re heading for the mountains or just the mailbox, take these steps to avoid winter falls. Read Full Post
  • The Right Medication…The Wrong Time of Day

    By Kindred Healthcare
    The Right Medication The Wrong Time of DayMedications can help ease the pain or minimize the symptoms of diseases or conditions such as osteoarthritis or high cholesterol, but just as important as finding the right drug and dosage is making sure you're taking daily pills at the right time of the day. Not only does this help you to establish a set routine, it can also make some medications as effective as possible.
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  • National Eating Healthy Day

    By Kindred Healthcare

    National Eating Healthy Day

    National Eating Healthy Day takes place on the first Wednesday in November each year. The theme for this year is “Produce Results” with a focus on eating more fruits and vegetables. According to the American Heart Association, Americans typically consume half their recommended daily servings of fruits and vegetables. The AHA recommends eight or more servings – or about 4.5 cups – of fruits and vegetables daily.

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