To Be or Not to Be: On Vitamins?
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
Golden Living Celebrates Heroes Who Continue to Serve
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
When Caring for Veterans, Honesty is the Best Policy
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
Golden Living Celebrates 50 Years of Service
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
Dementia Part II: Non-Prescription Symptom Management
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
Dementia Part I: Risk Factors and Common Symptoms
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
The War on Drugs Becomes the War on Patients in Pain
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
Sibling Rivalry Resurfaces Its Ugly Head
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
Seasonal Cleaning for Your Medicine Cabinet
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
Enjoying Healthier Meal Alternatives
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
Treating Osteoarthritis Pain in the Elderly
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
Drugs for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) – The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
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
National Nutrition Month
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