Health & Wellness Magazine, launched in 2004, has one of the highest circulations of any free publication in Kentucky. Found in over 2,500 locations with a readership exceeding 75,000 a month, Health & Wellness was created to raise awareness of health-
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Over the years many studies have shown a massage has amazing benefits to our overall wellness, such as reduced stress, improved range of motion….
How is your summer going so far? It’s a great time of year to get in tune with nature because of the long hot days (remember the longest day of the year is June 21). This issue of Health & Wellness focuses on women’s health. Many singular and natural events happen to women throughout their lifetimes – PMS, childbirth, menopause and more. One of our
articles gives heartfelt advice about taking care of your heart. Another has advice about vitamins that can help you deal with those dreaded menstrual cramps. Are you having trouble with ringing in your ears or jaw problems? We give you some tips on how to handle these concerns so you can get back to the activities you enjoy. And while you’re at it, remember what the poet John Greenleaf Whittier advised: Buy hyacinths to feed your soul.
Here’s to your health,
Jacqueline Kennedy has over twenty-
Kim Wade has been a marketing consultant for more than 20 years specializing in the funeral industry. Currently, she is the Community Relations Director for Milward Funeral Directors, the 37th oldest continuously operated family business in the United States which operates three locations in Lexington including its Celebration of Life center at 1509 Trent Boulevard.
Dr. Barry Lord is a licensed psychotherapist in California who has worked in the field of counseling for over 25 years. He was the Dean at Southern California Seminary. He continues to teach as an adjunct professor in the graduate program at SCS and lectures at national and international seminars, Webinars and radio programs throughout the United States.
Dr. John Patterson is past president of the Kentucky Academy of Family Physicians and is board certified in family medicine and integrative holistic medicine. He is on the family practice faculty at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine and the University of Louisville School of Medicine, Saybrook University’s School of Mind Body Medicine (San Francisco) and the Center for Mind Body Medicine (Washington, D.C.).
Dr. Brewer completed her Doctor of Audiology degree at the University of Louisville’s School of Medicine and her undergraduate degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology at Miami University in Oxford, OH. She is licensed by the state of Kentucky as an audiolo-
Dr. Gerhardstein is a native of Fort Thomas, Ky. He is a graduate of Northern Kentucky University and the University of Kentucky College of Medicine. He joined Family Practice Associates of Lexington in 2003. His specialty is family practice. Dr. Gerhardstein shares Nietzsche’s phi-
Harleena Singh is a professional freelance writer with a background in teaching and education. She has a keen interest in food and health related issues and can be approached through her website freelancewriter.co. Checkout her blog and network with her on Google+, Twitter, and Facebook.
Thomas W. Miller, Ph.D., ABPP, is a professor emeritus and senior research scientist, Center for Health, Intervention and Prevention, University of Connecticut; retired service chief from the VA Medical Center; and tenured professor in the Department of Psychiatry, College of Medicine, University of Kentucky.
Dr. Graebe received both his B.S degree in Visual Science and Doctorate of Optometry from Indiana University. He is a Behavioral Optometrist and learning expert. He has been in private practice here in the Bluegrass area for the past 32 years.
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Just relax! It sounds so simple, but it isn’t necessarily easy. There are many unskillful, unhealthy ways to relax. But you can achieve significant cardiovascular and….
Technology is rapidly changing in all aspects of our lives. This evolution can easily be seen in the automotive...
There is never a dull moment at Liberty Ridge Senior Living Community. How can there be? Thanks to...
If you’re tired of clocking in hours at the gym with little to no results, try not to fall into the trap of the idea your workout regimen is not hard enough.
Stress fractures are the painful bane of runners and other athletes such as soccer, tennis and basketball players. These tiny cracks in a bone are usually....
Do you want to live a long, healthy life, reduce your risk for disease, keep your mind sharp and prevent injury? Great!
Whether you’re a boomer or the child of a boomer, you may have started talking about the next 10, 20 or even 30 years and planning for the retirement years.
There is nothing funny about a diagnosis of dementia. That being said, there are many ways to make the life of someone with the diagnosis more enjoyable.
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Tinnitus (pronounced tin-
People frequently think that pain is a purely physical sensation. However, pain has biological, ....
When the time comes to find help for aging parents, the team at Aging Life Care Solutions is here to answer...
When Lexington resident Hannah Andrews started suffering from pain in her jaw that migrated toward her ear, she visited an urgent care clinic to confirm....
Spring is ending and summer is almost here. The sun shouldn’t be the only thing shining bright this season. Your smile is a great feature to flash at friends,....
For six months, Swiss cheese maker Beat Wampfler and a team of researchers from the Bern University of Arts played different songs unceasingly to cheese....
There aren’t many things that can cheer your heart and bring beauty to an otherwise dreary day than flowers. Everyone, it seems, has a favorite flower; perhaps...
Are you working to have a healthy heart? Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women in the United States. Twenty-
Before deciding to take birth control pills, do your research and understand what they will do for you. Every woman makes the decision to use birth control for different reasons. “There are women as young as 14 starting birth control pills, all the way up through women who have not gone through menopause ….
During the last seven to 10 days of the menstrual cycle, many women suffer from a variety of unpleasant physical, emotional and behavioral effects called premenstrual syndrome (PMS). PMS symptoms include bloating, breast tenderness, headaches, joint pain, food cravings, mood swings, frequent….
Menopause is the time when a woman stops having monthly periods. It is also commonly viewed as the end of the reproductive years. It usually occurs around age 50. The North American Menopause Society says menopause is a normal, natural event.
Do you have back pain, headaches and stomach issues during your menstrual cycle? If so, you are not alone. Research has shown over 90 percent of women experience premenstrual symptoms, and more than 50 percent of women report pain during their period.
It’s difficult to imagine life without sight. Each year, thousands of people lose the battle with macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy or glaucoma. The University of Kentucky Eye Research Fund supports work that helps doctors and scientists better understand and treat these diseases.
Horseback riding is not just a sport for physical body building but also a hobby which brings happiness, great health, and balance. Hopping on to the saddle can guarantee measurable benefits ranging from therapeutic profits, including treatments for cerebral palsy, autism, anxiety, depression and injuries.
The uterus, or womb, houses and nourishes the fetus until birth. But one in five women are born without a uterus. Additionally, absolute uterine factor infertility – an abnormality of the womb that interferes with fetal development – affects 5 percent of women worldwide. Successful uterus transplants over the….
There are many great resources in the community for women preparing to conceive, including gynecologists, internists and healthcare professionals at the Women, Infant and Children (WIC) program at the Lexington-
Expecting moms, are you eating a well-
During pregnancy, blood volume increases by about 1.25 liters. That’s a 50-
For most women, it is a most joyful occasion – letting her husband know she is pregnant. But a women with diabetes needs to prepare for and make specific plans before getting pregnant to ensure the health of mother and baby during the pregnancy.
It may surprise you to know men and women can be affected by infertility almost equally. The American Pregnancy Association names declining sperm counts, testicular abnormalities and decreased reach of climax as causes of infertility in men.
Preeclampsia is serious condition that affects up to 9 percent of pregnant women. Once known as pregnancy poisoning, it is the second most frequent cause of death for pregnant women. About 76,000 of the 10 million pregnant women worldwide die each year from preeclampsia.
Swimming is an excellent way to get physical activity. It is the fourth most popular sports activity in the United States. Working out in the water is one of the best therapeutic activities you can participate in. It builds cardio, strength and resistance and at the same time it’s easy on the joints. And swimming is fun.
The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) (2018) has emphasized the importance of youth participation in physical activity and sport programs. Noted among the benefits is the development of children and adolescents physically, mentally and socially.
Sports are an excellent way to keep your child in shape and socializing with his peers. Be aware of the necessity of the pre-
A day of play could end in mayday depending on the vigor of your child’s physical activity and play environment. Prolonged or high-
Sports are a great way for kids to get out of the house, make new friends and burn off some of that seemingly unlimited energy. But all that energy has to come from somewhere. For a young athlete, most of the energy needed for a soccer match or basketball game (high-
Searches on the topic of phone addiction have risen steadily over the past five years, with social media addiction closely following, according to Google Trends. Phone and social media addictions are closely intertwined, especially for young people. Several studies and former high-
A concussion or mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI) is caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to either the head or the body that makes the brain move rapidly inside the skull. A concussion changes the way the brain normally functions. An estimated 1.6 to 3.8 million sports-
Playing sports can be a lot of fun, but it also requires taking precautions to avoid getting hurt. Taking preventative measures is equally as important as learning how to pitch perfectly or use the best technique when hitting, kicking or throwing a ball.
In a historic building adjacent to Cheapside in downtown Lexington, a group of women are making a difference in the lives of seniors and their families. Bluegrass Elderlaw, PLLC is comprised of two partner attorneys, two associate attorneys, and three support staff.
It can be a challenge when looking for a senior living community such as independent living, assisted living, personal care or memory care. Understanding these different levels of care and how each level of care is different as well as the various costs involved can be very overwhelming to family members.
The Alzheimer’s Association is front and center when it comes to new discoveries related to Alzheimer’s disease. The majority of the association’s funding goes toward research and there are always new clinical trials starting.
When it comes to common health issues, pneumonia and the flu are at the top of the list for seniors. “The flu is associated with more hospitalizations, co-
“Now where, oh, where, did I put my keys? I can’t find them.” Everyone has memory slips from time to time, and as we get older, we may have more of them. You may have forgotten that doctor’s appointment you didn’t write down. You may frequently have difficulty finding your glasses, your keys or….
If you are aware of the famous psychologist Abraham Maslow and his theory of “Hierarchy of Needs,” he says for every person to thrive and grow in life, they have some basic needs to feel a level of certainty in life. These include the basic needs for comfort and safety in both our relationships and our….
Hearing aids are no longer mere sound amplifiers. Not only do manufacturers continue to try to make them smaller, more attractive and easier to use, they also aim to keep pace with the latest technology by including apps and wireless connectivity.
“The Arnold family always hoped for something like this type of care setting to come to Versailles,” said Executive Director Laurie Dorough. “They are still involved with our senior living community.” As a social model, Daisy Hill’s emphasis is on aging in place, spiced with plenty of activities and….
Dementia rates have skyrocketed among the aging population around the world. There are many types and causes of dementia, but Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form, accounting for between 60 percent and 70 percent of all cases.
The brain is always working. To do so, it needs a constant fuel supply. This fuel supply is the food we eat. What’s in food matters to the brain. What we eat directly affects its structure and function and ultimately our development, energy and moods.
You probably know someone who is affected by arthritis. It may even be you. “There are almost 56 million people, or more than one in five, who have arthritis,” said Marcy O’Koon, senior director in consumer health at the Arthritis Foundation.
When we think of fitness, we often think of physical health, but mental fitness is just as important as physical fitness. Generally, fitness refers to a state of health and well-
With a new year in full stride, many of us are resolving to exercise more in 2019. It’s easy to be lured into taking supplements, shakes and other nutritional interventions to aid your fitness goals. Fortunately, sports nutrition doesn’t have to be complicated or costly. Remember these three tips to assist….
Getting preventive screenings is one of the best measures you can take to promote good general health. If you are concerned you have a certain condition because it runs in your family or age group, there may be a test for it. It’s a good idea to have a bone density test if you are a woman approaching senior age.
If you’re not eating after a workout, you are missing a prime opportunity. A post-
Sports and outdoor leisure activities can be the perfect ways to get in needed exercise without having it become a chore. The best activities for improved fitness build strength and endurance and burn calories and excess body fat. Truthfully, just getting up and out and moving will result in tremendous benefits….
Exercise, you say? No way! If you are like many Americans, you’re busy and think you don’t have time to exercise. You no doubt have a sedentary job or you feel it’s just too much of an effort to exercise each day. But exercise is one of the best things you can do for yourself, and it’s never too late to begin.
Where are you on the emotional mental health spectrum? Do you feel good about yourself and have good relationships? Are you able to bounce back from setbacks, cope with life’s challenges and keep problems in perspective?
Sixty percent of those with Alzheimer’s disease will wander at some point during their diagnosis. This is a significant safety concern for the more than 71,000 people living with Alzheimer’s in Kentucky. A person living with Alzheimer’s or another dementia may not remember his or her name or address and can….
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) strongly urges people to get a mental health screening – the earlier the better. The alliance reports approximately 50 percent of chronic mental health conditions begin by age 14 years and 75 percent begin by age 24 years. NAMI wants to bridge the gap….
The American Psychiatric Association (APA) defines mental illnesses as health conditions involving changes in emotion, thinking or behavior or a combination of these. Mental illnesses are associated with genetic predisposition, biochemical imbalances, learned thinking and behaviors, distress….
Inflammation, especially systemic inflammation, has been found to be a root cause of nearly every physical malady. Inflammation makes the immune system kick into hyper gear, often leading to damage. This cause-
While it has long been understood how challenging schizophrenia can be for the person suffering from it and for their loved ones, the fact that mental illness runs in families is often forgotten. The inheritance of the disease becomes tricky, as with many genetic diseases, because there is a likelihood of….
January – the beginning of a new year – is a good time to consider your mental wellness. “We all have mental health,” said Marcie Timmerman, executive director of Mental Health America of Kentucky. “It is a spectrum between how bad it might be, such as one bad day, or something clinically relevant.”
It has been established that overweight individuals do not perform as well on tests of memory and visual-
The ear has three main parts. The outer ear picks up the sound waves that travel down the ear canal. They hit the eardrum and cause it to vibrate. The middle ear is a closed space behind the eardrum that is normally filled with air, but sometimes fluid collects there, too.
Each person dealing with hearing impairment faces numerous challenges. Among these are psychological issues that may arise. One of the most serious challenges is the potential isolation from social experiences. A person with hearing loss may feel emotions similar to those Elizabeth Kübler-
Many people use headphones without knowing the negative health issues the devices can cause. According to a 2011 study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, the use of headphones and ear buds has led to a major increase in the prevalence of hearing loss in adolescents and young adults.
Sound is measured in decibels (Db), which describes its intensity. Listening to any sounds at or above 85 Db for a prolonged period can damage hearing. About 40 million U.S. adults aged 20-
We are all busy. Work, family, hobbies and daily distractions constantly vie for our attention. The everyday “need-
With more than 20,000 nerve endings, the foreskin is the most sensitive part of the penis and the most erogenous part of a man’s body. The foreskin protects the glans – the rounded tip of the penis – and keeps it healthy, clean, moist and sensitive. It also protects the urethra from contamination.