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 Data is overwhelming that a healthy diet rich in fruits and vegetables is associated with increased longevity and improved quality of life.  However, this does not translate into the concept that taking vitamin supplements confers the same benefits as eating healthy foods. Al Barber discusses the pros and cons of adding vitamin supplements in this article.

Albert Barber | posted July 11, 2014


Theresa Willard doesn’t just come to work. She comes to work with a smile! As a CNA in the Golden LivingCenter - Independence in Independence, Missouri, Willard is known to go above and beyond every day. 

Golden LivingCenters | posted June 17, 2014


One of two Golden Living CNAs named a district finalist for CNA of the Year for the Missouri Health Care Association (MHCA), Mellonie Russonno has served as a CNA since receiving her certification in high school in 1985 and currently serves in the Golden LivingCenter - Jefferson City. 

Golden LivingCenters | posted June 12, 2014


In celebration of our 50 Years of Service, we acknowledge the dedication of the longest tenured employees beginning this week with Jean Richert, the interim executive director at Golden Living Center - Golden Age in Tomahawk, Wis.

Golden LivingCenters | posted June 11, 2014


The U. S. Pharmacopeia Medication Errors Reporting Program states that approximately 50 percent of all medication errors involve insulin. Also, half of all insulin dosing errors are in patients 60 and older. This article talks about the most common errors. 


Albert Barber | posted June 02, 2014


As part of Golden Living’s celebration of 50 Years of Service, the company pays tribute to the 10 longest tenured employees who each have more than 45 years of service providing care to patients, residents and their families.

Golden LivingCenters | posted May 28, 2014


The Golden LivingCenter - Independence has a significant number of residents and rehabilitation patients who have served in one of the armed forces. And even though their military service may have ended, often these veteran residents and patients continue to volunteer and serve. Read their stories in this article.

Golden LivingCenters | posted May 23, 2014


 Providing long term care to our nation’s heroes has become a passion for Tonia Carroll, Executive Director for Golden LivingCenter - Independence. When asked about serving this population, Carroll offered some insights she has gleaned over the years in this article.

Golden LivingCenters | posted May 21, 2014


It has been 50 years since the first facility now associated with Golden Living -- GLC-Redding, Calif. -- and two other facilities were incorporated in 1964 and began a legacy of caring for patients and residents of its community. Read more about the Golden Living story in this article. 

Golden LivingCenters | posted May 11, 2014


Drug therapy to treat Alzheimer’s Dementia should be considered a last resort and not a permanent solution. This article talks about the different kinds of medications that should be used to treat specific symptoms.  

Albert Barber | posted May 07, 2014


When considering a treatment plan for Alzheimer’s Dementia, there are several ways to manage symptoms without rushing to medication. This article explores some different options to assist an Alzheimer's Dementia patient that are non-medication based.  

Albert Barber | posted May 02, 2014


The first of a three part series, Albert Barber takes a look at the major symptoms of Alzheimer's Dementia and the different categories of them. In the next articles, Barber will examine the non medication and medication treatments for Alzheimer's Dementia. 

Albert Barber | posted April 30, 2014


We are a nation at war with multiple enemies that threaten the health and well-being of our people.  Some of these enemies include worsening epidemics of obesity, diabetes and drug abuse.  While we typically do not think of being at “war” with obesity and diabetes, we have been waging the war on drugs for several decades.  

Albert Barber | posted April 15, 2014


 Thought to be a childhood phenomenon, sibling rivalry often resurfaces when the family is forced to come together again to help an aging parent. This article talks through some objective steps a family can take to help navigate this challenging experience while avoiding old rivalries and deep rooted sentiments. This can be a time to cherish with a loved one. Learn more. 

Golden LivingCenters | posted November 14, 2013


Actually keeping medications in the medicine cabinet or any storage in a bathroom is a bad idea due to the excessive heat and humidity that can degrade medications. A kitchen cabinet away from the stove and refrigerator is a much better place to store medications – both prescription and non-prescription.

Albert Barber | posted September 04, 2013


Are you already working toward a more consistently healthy diet? Like many challenges, beginning the process can be the hardest part. Are you wondering how you can still eat your favorite dishes and have them be nutritious and delicious at the same time?

Darin Leonardson | posted April 08, 2013


Osteoarthritis is one of the most common chronic diseases of older adults and may result from genetics, excessive weight, joint injury and overuse, and loss of strength in muscles supporting joints. Symptoms of osteoarthritis include morning stiffness, aching pain, and decreased joint function.

Albert Barber | posted April 04, 2013


There has been a lot of discussion in the media recently regarding the nutritional benefits and drug-interaction risks associated with grapefruit. The topic deserves increased awareness as it is estimated that 21% of families in the U.S. consume grapefruit which is an excellent source of fiber, vitamin C, antioxidants, phytochemicals, and flavonoids. 

Marc Coggins | posted April 01, 2013


Many people are confused about the difference between asthma and COPD. Asthma is a reactive airway disease (airway closes due to a reaction to smoke or other allergens or even exercise in cold air) while COPD is an obstructive airway disease (larger airways become obstructed with mucous and other materials over time). Most asthma sufferers use short-acting inhalers to open the airways (bronchodilators) and drugs to prevent the airway constriction (corticosteroids). Patients with COPD may also use these same drugs, but rely mainly on long-acting bronchodilators to keep their airways open. 

Albert Barber | posted March 14, 2013


It is National Nutrition Month® and this year’s theme, “Eat Right, Your Way, Every Day,” emphasizes the advantage of developing a healthful eating plan that incorporates individual food choices and preferences.

Darin Leonardson | posted March 11, 2013