Wellness & Nutrition
The importance of estrogen Hormones are chemical messengers your body naturally releases into the bloodstream to regulate function by interacting with specific receptors. Contrary to popular belief, the hormones estrogen, progesterone and testosterone aren’t just for your reproductive system. Estrogen alone serves more than 400 important functions in the body. As women age, the natural […]
“The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.” —Socrates What is wisdom? Wisdom is a complex human trait that can be difficult to define. It’s a unique personality trait that has many different components. But more than that, it’s a specific brain state with its own biological and cognitive signature. Studies have shown […]
What is “Old?” Old age is relative. As human life expectancy continues to increase, people are living decades longer than what was once considered “old.” The exact figure is hard to define. What age is considered old to you? What does old mean to different people? A PEW Research Center survey showed that what people […]
Depression and Anxiety in Seniors Depression and anxiety in seniors is common, but that doesn’t mean it’s a normal part of aging. In older adults, many signs of depression can be misinterpreted as symptoms of a health condition, cognitive decline or medication side effect. As we age, people experience many important life changes that may […]
Age-related heart changes The heart is an amazing organ that circulates blood and infuses our entire body and organs with vital oxygen and nutrients. Aging can cause changes in the heart and blood vessels, including arteriosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) and arrhythmias (rhythm disorders). As we age, blood vessels in the heart can become diseased […]
Getting a flu vaccine is always the first, best step in staying healthy through the prolonged flu season, which begins in the fall and can last well into spring. It’s even more important this year during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, as health experts caution that it is possible have flu and COVID at the same […]
Staying home to stay safe during the COVID-19 pandemic doesn’t have to mean staying still. It’s more important than ever to get moving so that our bodies are as strong and flexible as possible. Research has shown that regular aerobic and strength exercises can reduce the risk of falls, maintain healthy muscles and joints, and […]
February is the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women Month, a national movement to end heart disease and stroke in women. At Belmont Village, we’re known for implementing Whole Brain Fitness throughout our programming and, fortunately, we know that what’s good for the brain is good for the heart. This month, we’re taking the […]
Though thankfully not as pervasive as in years past, the 2018-2019 flu season marches on and could stretch into May.
Keep safe through the dog days of summer and beyond by following a few simple tips, from staying hydrated to limiting time outdoors during midday, and learn to recognize the signs of heat-related illness.