Of every three people in the United States living with Alzheimer's, two are women. And, even factoring in women's longer lifespans, they're twice as likely as men to develop the disease. But a recent poll indicated that many women don't know about their elevated risk, nor what they can do to reduce it. It's time to shift that. Studies show that brain changes quietly start to take place … [Read more...] about Women and Alzheimer’s: Did You Know?
Many of us associate food with comfort, security, and celebration. Think of some good memories you've had around a dinner table. Who was there? And what was served? Bring to mind the feelings you have about the occasion. Sweet memories, yes. But when we tie all those good feelings to the food itself, it can be easy to turn to food and overdo it when times are tough and we want those good … [Read more...] about 25 Non-Food Rewards to Celebrate Your Healthier Habits
People typically have questions about health coaching, whenever I introduce myself as a coach. And often, depending on the time someone has to talk, the questions start out general and then move to the specific and personal. Perhaps you have a few questions yourself. So today, let's take a look at some of these frequently asked questions about coaching, and some answers. We'll start with the … [Read more...] about 3 Questions I’m Constantly Asked about Coaching
Mind-body practices strengthen our parasympathetic nervous system, which tells us to relax after a threat is past. And when this system operates effectively, we complete the stress cycle. We relax. But what happens when chronic or severe stress prevents that "rest and digest" system from kicking in? Over time, it can harm our health. Research indicates that our thought patterns and … [Read more...] about Mind-Body Practices to Complete the Stress Cycle
Stress sometimes gets a bad rap. Most of the time, we think of stress as something negative, and it can be. Stress can lead to a host of health issues including heart disease and cognitive decline. But other types of stress can deliver benefits, including to your brain. Defined in part as a physical and mental reaction to life's experiences, stress affects all of us. But not in the same ways … [Read more...] about This is Your Brain On Stress
Finding time and energy to care for yourself can be challenging for anyone at any time. But add a full- or part-time role as a caregiver to your list of responsibilities, and that challenge becomes even greater. Your loved one may need significant attention, day in and day out. Your routine changes, as you juggle established priorities and new caregiving-related ones. And you want to be at … [Read more...] about Care for the Caregiver: Prioritizing Your Loved One and Yourself