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Do You Know the Warning Signs of a Stroke?

by Lisa Anderson

iStock_000005623222XSmallDo You Know the Warning Signs of a Stroke? Learn to recognize a stroke because time lost is brain lost. Today there are treatments that may reduce the risk of damage from the most common type of stroke, but only if you get help quickly-within three hours of your first symptoms.

Call 911 immediately if you experience any of these warning signs!

The American Heart Association wants you to know:

  • Sudden weakness or numbness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body.
  • Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding.
  • Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes.
  • Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination.
  • Sudden severe headache with no known cause.

The next time you see your healthcare provider ask how you can reduce your risk for a stroke. The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association want you to Learn and Live!

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Tips for Living with Rheumatoid Arthritis

by Lisa Anderson

Grandparent and daughterLearning to live from day to day with Rheumatoid Arthritis can be an overwhelming task at times. Although some days are much more difficult to cope with than others, I have learned some things that do help in the over-all picture. Foremost would be to enjoy a well balanced diet. There is no such thing as a diet that cures arthritis. However, a healthy diet of foods rich in Omega 3’s, cold water fish such as mackerel, salmon and herring can be beneficial. Also add eggs, olive oil and flax seed to your routine regime, as well as fruits, vegetables and whole grains.

Maintain a healthy weight to reduce stress on already painful arthritic joints. This will also help to boost your energy level and reduce fatigue. Eat regularly to avoid binge eating. Limit your high-fat and cholesterol intake and watch your portion sizes.

Exercise regularly to help maintain that healthy weight and to help keep joints from stiffening. This does not mean join a kick-boxing class! Try yoga, swimming, stretching, walking and even tai chi. This can also help with the emotional stress caused by rheumatoid arthritis. Depression can take its toll on you and cause a feeling of worthlessness and poor self-esteem.

Visit your local Humane Society and adopt a grown dog for companionship. I know for me, puppy training days are long gone! Besides this is supposed to be helpful, not add more stress to your life! Put a leash on your new friend and go out and enjoy a leisurely walk along the beach.

A strong support system is vital to your well-being! Make sure your family and friends know and understand that some days you just don’t have the strength. There will be times that are better than others and if you can’t make it today it is not a reflection on your love for them.

For more information and support, visit The Arthritis Foundation at arthritis.org.

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Tips for a Healthier 2009

by Lisa Anderson

shutterstock_4402021When it comes to New Year’s Resolutions, two goals always seem to make it onto everyone’s lists: eat healthier and exercise more. While they’re are commendable resolutions, they are also hard to keep.

This year, increase your chances of success by creating a workout plan and writing it down. If you have clear objectives, you will be more likely to follow through.

If you want to exercise more in 2009, decide what you are going to do, when you are going to do it, and for how long. The Society recommends adults get at least 30 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity on 5 or more days a week; 45 minutes to an hour is ideal.

To eat better, follow the American Cancer Society’s guidelines and keep track of how well you are doing in a food diary. Get 5 or more servings of a variety of vegetables and fruits everyday, choose whole grains over processed grains, limit intake of processed and red meats, and watch portion sizes.

Here are some more tips to help you stay on track:

1. Make One Small Change Each Day. If getting in 5 fruits and vegetables everyday sounds daunting, start by eating just one apple a day until it feels effortless. The next week, try adding a small side salad to your lunch menu. Keep going until you have hit 5 a day.

2. Anticipate Situations That Might Lead You Astray. If your evening workout constantly gets sabotaged by dinner plans, carve out time in the morning instead. Or, if you are habitually at the vending machine because you are short on time, keep healthy snacks at your desk or in your purse.

3. Stay Motivated by Focusing on Immediate Benefits. Not seeing 6-pack abs yet? Focus instead on the ways exercise is already making you feel better, such as having more energy.

*   The American Cancer Society’s Healthy Living Newsletter, January 2009.

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Are You Young Enough to Retire?

by Lisa Marriott Anderson

gfc-logoIf you have been asking yourself this question, allow me to introduce you to a wonderful new active-adult community designed specifically for those 55 and better.  The residences at Grant’s Ferry Cove have been thoughtfully designed by Summerour and Associates with interior appointments by IDAC, and are sure to please! Amenities and activities designed for adults include a lakeside clubhouse with pool, fitness center, yoga room, card room, and tennis courts. And, more than 200 holes of golf are nearby. Each residence will feature 3 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, modern kitchens, raised ceilings, courtyard entries, private garages, and more. Select plans will overlook the lake and/or natural marshlands. Construction has begun on the clubhouse and model. Please frequent our blog for updates as the first residences at Grant’s Ferry Cove are constructed. Or, call me for personalized information on life at Grant’s Ferry Cove.  Lisa Anderson. 888-638-4750 xt. 161.