Regular physical activity is essential for healthy aging. Physically active adults age 65 and older are less likely to experience falls and, if they do fall, are less likely to be seriously injured.
About 90% of new breast cancer cases in the U.S. are found in women older than 45. Women ages 50+ should get a mammogram at least once every two years. Detecting cancer early can save lives.
Not sure when you should start having mammograms? Talk with your primary care physician to decide what's right for you.
We all think negatively sometimes, but negative thinking can quickly become a bad habit that's hard to shake. If it's not managed, it can be linked to depression, anxiety, and chronic worry. The good news? There's hope! Practicing mindfulness can help you refocus your thoughts. To get started, try sitting still and focusing on your breathing for several seconds. If something takes your attention away from your breath, acknowledge that, and then gently bring your attention back to your breath.
With everything parents have to remember, it can be easy to forget your child's wellness check-up. These visits are important for several reasons: making sure they're up-to-date on vaccinations, checking vision, hearing, development, and more. Don't wait until sickness strikes - schedule your child's check-up today!
Coffee fans will be happy to know that the coffee that improves your morning may also have health benefits, including protecting against Parkinson's disease and type 2 diabetes, improving cognitive function, and even decreasing the risk of depression. Keep in mind that black coffee is always the healthier choice over coffees with lots of added sugar.
Deaths from cervical cancer have decreased, largely due to women getting routine screenings. Women ages 21-29 are encouraged to get a pap test every three years. When cervical cancer is found early, it's highly treatable.
When it comes to bone loss, prevention is far better, and far less costly, than treatment after a bone is broken. 3 ways to help avoid bone loss:
- Ensure your diet contains enough calcium.
- Get the FDA recommended daily allowance of Vitamin D (400 IU) in your diet.
- Engage in weight-bearing exercises, like walking, hiking, or climbing stairs. Always ask your doctor to help you decide which activity suits you best.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in men. Major risk factors include tobacco smoke, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and physical inactivity. At Dardanelle Regional, we strive daily to exceed the standards in heart care.
Vitamin D is essential for bone health and it may also help guard against other diseases, including heart disease and depression. Many people can get enough Vitamin D with sun exposure (in moderation) and a healthy, balanced diet including foods like yogurt, milk, salmon, and cereal fortified with vitamin D. Be sure to schedule regular wellness visits to monitor your vitamin levels!
Practicing good sleep habits can improve your quality of sleep. A few simple habits to consider: remove phones and other devices from your bedroom, go to sleep around the same time each night, and make sure your room is cool, dark, and quiet around bedtime.
Heart disease is the number 1 killer of both men and women in the U.S. While there are hereditary risk factors for heart disease, there are also lifestyle factors, and your current lifestyle can affect your risk for heart disease down the road. Take steps now to care for your heart health.
The holiday season can be stressful! Don't forget to take care of yourself. Choose a few relaxing activities you love and work them into your routine to help deal with stress. This could include getting a massage, eating lunch outside instead of at your desk, or walking your dog.
You should never be too busy for breakfast. It's true what they say: it's the most important meal of the day, helping to jumpstart your metabolism and give you the energy to make it through the day. Plan your breakfast the night before and, if you need to, choose something you can eat on the go so you're not tempted to skip it.
Too often, older adults with serious psychiatric conditions are dismissed as “senile” and therefore untreatable early intervention may prevent your loved one from suffering unnecessarily. Our senior behavioral health program assesses to determine a treatment plan, schedule daily therapeutic activities, and prepare for a smooth transition to either the home or an appropriate setting.
Getting a full night's sleep can be tough for some people. Some people are suffering from sleep disorders and they do not even know it. Dardanelle Regional Medical Center is now offering diagnostic and therapeutic sleep services to the residents of Dardanelle and surrounding areas.
Relaxing and recharging is extremely important. It doesn't matter who you are—everyone needs some "me time" to recharge and relax after a stressful day. Some common relaxation techniques include yoga, meditation, bubble baths, or tai chi. Whatever it is, find a relaxation technique you enjoy and practice it regularly to help manage stress.
Trouble sleeping? ? Dardanelle Regional offers diagnostic and therapeutic sleep services. These services are provided in a newly-renovated, private area of Conway Regional Medical Center that has been designed to be conducive to a quality night’s sleep. Learn more with the link in our bio, and take the first step toward a good night's sleep.
High blood pressure (hypertension) increases your risk for heart disease and stroke, two leading causes of death in the U.S. The good news is you can take steps to prevent high blood pressure or control it if it's already high. Check your blood pressure regularly, maintain a healthy lifestyle, and ask your doctor for more information.
Kids can get many of the nutrients needed for healthy growth and development from a healthy diet. Maintaining a healthy diet can also help adults protect against several chronic diseases like heart disease, type 2 diabetes, some cancers, and obesity.
Stress is a normal reaction to the challenges we encounter. But it can be hard to shut off our stress and, over time, chronic stress can have serious effects on our health. Don't wait until stress hurts your health. Start practicing stress management techniques today.
✅ Identify your triggers - what makes you feel tense or worried?
✅ Think about strategies to deal with them - if you can control them, what changes can you make?
✅ Seek help from family, friends, or a professional.
✅ Maintain a healthy lifestyle, including regular exercise, plenty of sleep, and relaxation.
#TruthORMyth: The flu shot gives you the flu? MYTH. In the few weeks after you get the shot, your body is building immunity to prevent the flu and you may feel achy, but you'll be building an immune response without causing infection.
Don't let the flu slow you down - schedule your immunizations today!
Breakfast is an important meal. Starting your day off with a nutritious breakfast provides you with energy throughout your day.
Here are some breakfast ideas for you to enjoy:
- Greek yogurt, with peanut butter and a frozen banana
- Whole grain Toast with avocado spread and sliced hard-boiled egg
- Overnight oats with raisins and chopped walnuts
- Whole grain English muffin with lean ham and swiss cheese
Serving up a delicious dinner this weekend? Add roasted carrots to the menu for a variety of health benefits! ? Carrots are packed with vitamins and minerals. They're a particularly good source of beta carotene, fiber, vitamin K1, potassium, and antioxidants and have been linked to lower cholesterol and improved eye health.