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Envy is an ugly thing. But I’ve got to admit that when I see one of my friends fit as a fiddle, ripped and lean after their last immersion in the latest exercise craze—I’m a bit envious. Why can’t I have the fortitude, gumption, stick-to-it-ness, sisu, or just plain guts to persevere through one those incredibly challenging exercise programs? Why can’t I transform my pathetic fleshy softness into ab-hardened steel? But if

Autumn is around the corner. Have you had your flu shot yet? Well, folks, ‘tis the season! I received my vaccine last week. This means in the next few days my body will have developed immunity to this year’s prevalent influenza virus strains. I feel safer already! Did you know that every year the flu vaccine is custom designed to protect us against specific strains of the virus? Because influenza virus

As we enjoy the last days of summer, it's also good to remember National Immunization Month! Did you even know we had such a thing? August is a great time to review and update personal immunization records. It’s back-to-school time, so, if you’re a parent of school-aged children, you’ve likely already done this for your kids. If you aren’t sure about which immunizations your children should have, the CDC will help you with

Envision Home Health and Hospice serves patients of varying ages and with a variety of needs. However, the majority of our patients are older adults. As a result, we have numerous opportunities not only to care for these individuals, but also to learn from their wisdom and wit. Here on the Envision blog, we’d like to share some of these unique and wonderful moments with you from time-to-time. We call them

I’ve heard alot lately about how Vitamin D helps protect us from heart disease and other health problems and that spending time in the sun helps our body produce Vitamin D. I also know that exposure to UV radiation from sunlight (or tanning beds) is the number one risk factor for developing skin cancer.[1] We all love the sunshine. It helps plants grow, lifts our spirits, warms the planet and literally keeps

If you are a caregiver for an older adult, you probably know that preventing dehydration in the elderly can be a major challenge. Several factors contribute to why older adults may become dehydrated. For example: thirst sense becomes less acute, the body's ability to conserve water diminishes, certain medications (such as diuretics) contribute to water loss, and as we age, we tend to eat and drink less. [1] What can caregivers or

Unfortunately, it’s likely to happen to each of us when we least expect it: we hear the news that a friend or family member has lost a loved one through an unexpected or expected death. We may have an immediate feeling of doubt about how we should respond. What do we say? What do we do? What if we say or do the wrong thing? These are important questions because what

How much water should you drink each day? The answer is 1-2 liters for the average adult. If you aren't familiar with metric measurements, substitute quarts for liters and you'll come close to the same amount. The human body is well equipped to regulate its fluid balance. Many systems contribute to this balance. In healthy adults and children the urinary system does the majority of the work by preserving fluid or producing

We all experience stress. It's an unavoidable part of life. Some stress is positive – like when we’re preparing for a party. Other stress is negative – such as dealing with loss of employment, natural disaster or debilitating illness. The normal human response to stressful events is emotional or physical tension. The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) lists the following as common reactions to a stressful event. Disbelief and shock Tension and

Administrator's Note: Welcome to the Envision Home Health and Hospice Blog. This post is the first of many to come on a variety of health topics. At some point it’s bound to happen: your elderly mother or father is no longer safe to live at home. It may be because they’ve had a long illness that has left them debilitated—or they keep falling and hurting themselves—or they just need a little