Hormones and Aging – Can hormones keep you from getting old?/ Hormones- the Fountain of Youth

Hormones are vital chemicals made by the endocrine glands that travel through our blood carrying instructions to the cells, which in turn influence our organs and overall function of our bodies. The endocrine system plays a role in regulating mood, growth and development, tissue function, metabolism, and sexual function and reproductive processes. Without hormones our body stops working the way it should. With age, hormone production changes, resulting in unfavorable changes to body, mind and mood.  If you’ve been feeling tired, overwhelmed, cranky, forgetful, depressed, gained a few pounds or have had trouble sleeping, chances are your hormones are to blame. Dr. Philip Borgardt, a specialist in bio-identical hormone replacement therapy says, “In women the lack of hormones leads to atrophy of the female anatomy, hot flashes, mood swings, sleep problems, memory problems with higher rates or dementia, 50% chance … Read More

Top Outdoor Winter activities for People over 50

Travel Not surprising, travelling in winter is one of the top outdoor activities for seniors. Seniors have the time and oftentimes the money, to travel which is why pre-arranged tours and cruises to popular destinations in Asia, Europe and Latin America are so popular among people over 50.  There is also a new trend is for “experience” travel  focused on senior citizens, such as safaris in Africa, camel riding in Mongolia and snorkeling in the Caribbean.   T’ai chi T’ai chi’s focuses on balance both of the mind and the body. It is for that reason that T’ai Chi has become very popular with senior citizens, as it stimulates blood flow, concentration and flexibility. It can also help alleviate stress and develop a deeper sense of self-identity and spirituality. You will find T’ai Chi is best enjoyed outdoors in the … Read More

Do you suffer from Dry Eyes?

   Your eyes depend on the flow of tears to provide constant moisture and lubrication to maintain vision and comfort. Tears are a combination of: water for moisture oils for lubrication mucus for even spreading antibodies and special proteins for resistance to infection What causes Dry Eye? : Extended contact lens wear Dry, dusty climates Indoor heating and A/C Menopause Medications (antihistamines, birth control pills) Lasik eye surgery Auto Immune Disorders When tears do not adequately lubricate the eye, a person may experience Dry Eye symptoms: Pain Light Sensitivity A gritty sensation A feeling of a foreign body or sand in the eye Itching Redness Blurring of vision   Eyesential® sunglasses’ wrap around frame design combined with a comfort foam barrier, create a protective seal around the ocular area which… Helps to maintain moisture around the eye Prevents irritants from entering … Read More

Behold the SHOFFICE! What is a Shoffice?

Is it a shed? Is it an office? It’s both. It’s a shoffice!   Have you heard of the “shoffice”? It’s the hot new homeowners trend are people are going wild over these structures. Building and remodeling are expensive and timely and our space needs tend to change over time, so the shoffice is the perfect solution. These high end sheds are being used as art studios, offices, kids play rooms, guest rooms, teen ‘hang-out rooms’ or multi-use rooms. We’re seeing them in back yards all over the country.         From prefabricated aluminum sheds to custom-made spaces, shoffices are taking the country by storm. DIYers are converting garden sheds, shipping containers and play houses micro-dwellings of all kinds. Shoffices are ideal man caves where you can retreat to work, watch football, tinker with your model airplanes or shift through … Read More

What makes puppies and kittens so irresistibly cute?

We can spend hours looking at pictures and videos of puppies or kittens ogling at their cuteness. Those cute little button noses, big round eyes, clumsy bodies, over-size paws, soft loose fur folds and round fat tummies are simply irresistible. But what exactly makes puppies and kittens so cute?    Zoologist Konrad Loranz claimed, in 1949, that the typical baby face – big eyes, large heads in comparison to their bodies and small noses, and soft smooth skin turned adults into happy baby-tending machines. These infantile features trigger nurturing responses in adults which helped ensure that they cared for their young, ensuring the survival of the species. The same is true for puppies and kittens with similar features. We make us want to hold them, kiss them and take care of them.   A new study from England’s University of … Read More

Support our Troops

Are you looking for ways to support U.S. military personnel? After all, we should all honor the individuals who protect our security and freedom. Long gone are the days when you could put together a care package and mail it to “Any Service Member”. With increased security restrictions, the government is asking people to help by making financial contributions, writing letters and e-mails, purchasing authorized pre-made care packages and by volunteering to organizations that support the military, rather than sending anonymous packages. The following charitable organizations do a great job sending gifts, cards, and care packages to our troops. Adopt a Platoon, Blue Star Mothers, Books for Soldiers, Cell Phones for Soldiers, Commissary Gift Certificates, Operation Gratitude, Operation Homefront Hugs, Operation Troop Aid and Operation USO Care Package. Visit their websites to learn more about ways you can contribute to … Read More

Autumn Outdoor Activities / Fall is the Perfect Time to be Outdoors!

Just because summer is over, don’t lock yourself indoors. Autumn is a great time to be outdoors. Here are some ideas of things you can do outside in fall: Go pumpkin picking – for carving or decorating your house, it is great fun.       2. Go on a hay ride           3.  Collect & photograph leaves turning colors      4. Go Camping. Cooler, dryer weather means fewer bugs and fewer people, so fall is one of the best times to camp.      5.  Visit an Orchard. This is apple season. Many orchards now offer apple and cider tastings.       6.  Go for a stroll in the cool fall weather…. a great way to spend the day!         7.  Play Football! Labor Day weekend officially kicked off football … Read More

5 Essential Travel Accessories you should take with you on your next trip/ Travel Essentials

Travel in general has a sour connotation these days due, in part, to airline and federal restrictions and cumbersome, albeit necessary, procedures. The good news is many companies are coming up with great gadgets and products to make travel fun, or at least bearable, again. Here are some of our favorite finds. Vinni Inflatable wine protective bag for liquids and breakables. Can’t carry liquids with you on board? No problem. The Vinni inflatable bag protects single or multiple items by suspending them in an air cushion and meets TSA requirements. Bordeaux anyone? E bags packing cubes. Do you find yourself digging through your bag looking for that one top you wanted to wear and made a mess of your clothes in the process? Ebag cubes are soft nylon cube packs with zippers and a mesh top panel for easy identification … Read More

Fall Eye-Loving Foods

Eyes rely on tiny arteries for essential oxygen and nutrients, so it is important to eat a diet low in fat and nutrient rich. The good news is that many of the foods we love to enjoy in fall are also some of the most beneficial foods for your eyes. Granted, maybe not in the way we prefer to eat them, as in a pie, muffin or casserole.   One cup of cooked, mashed pumpkin has more than 200 percent of the recommended daily intake of vitamin A, which supports vision, mainly in dim light, according to the National Institutes of Health. The Vitamin A in pumpkins can also help protect eyes from developing cataracts and macular degeneration. Pumpkins are rich in carotenoids which the body transforms into a form of vitamin A for additional eye- protection.   Apples can … Read More

LASIK, light sensitivity and Solar Comfort Sunglasses /Sensitive Eyes After Lasik

  LASIK, which stands for laser in-situ keratomileusis, is a type of eye surgery performed to correct vision, mainly nearsighted, farsighted and astigmatism. LASIK surgery reshapes the cornea, the clear front part of the eye, so that the light that travels through it is properly focused onto the retina located in the back of the eye. • Around 96% of patients will have near perfect vision after LASIK. • LASIK is virtually painless. • There is no need for anesthesia. • Only numbing eye drops are used. • Vision is corrected practically immediately. • No bandages or stitches are required after LASIK. • It literally takes seconds to perform the procedure. • Adjustments can be made years after LASIK to further correct vision if vision changes while you age.   After LASIK your eyes will be getting adjusted to the … Read More