Nutrition has far-reaching effects on our wellbeing, influencing everything from physical health to mood to energy levels and even cognitive function. As we age, nutrition has an even greater impact on our quality of life. Unfortunately, due to the myriad physiologic and lifestyle changes that accompany aging, many seniors don’t maintain a sufficiently healthy diet or consume the quality of nutrition they need to feel their best.
Jessie Warburton, Executive Director of Keelson Harbour Senior Community in Spirit Lake, IA, is approaching a decade of service at Vista Prairie Communities. She’s been with Keelson Harbour since the very beginning, joining the team as a memory care resident assistant when the community opened its doors in 2007. A natural caregiver, Jessie was soon promoted to lead care manager and later to memory care coordinator.
January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month. While glaucoma is the leading cause of preventable blindness, many people don’t realize they have the disease until it is too late because glaucoma doesn’t show symptoms. Spreading awareness about the importance of regular vision will help more people receive treatment while the disease is still in its early stages.
A month when many people prioritize health and wellness, January is a fitting time to dedicate increased awareness to an often overlooked but hugely impactful influence on our health: the thyroid gland. The American Thyroid Association (ATA) has designated January as Thyroid Awareness Month. Throughout January, the ATA promotes outreach, education, and fundraising efforts to support the prevention, treatment, and cure of thyroid diseases and thyroid cancer.
The decision to move a loved one to assisted living is never an easy one to make, but it can be especially difficult if your aging parent has been living independently for a number of years. Some of the signs that it’s time to move to assisted living are subtle, making them easy to overlook or deny for some time. If you haven’t seen your aging parent in a while, spending time together over the holidays provides an ideal opportunity to pay attention for changes that may have cropped up since your last visit.