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Driving promotes independence and creates a sense of individuality, particularly for older adults who value autonomy and flexibility. It’s important to consider changes in the natural aging process to ensure safe driving. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 32,000 deaths occur each year on U.S. roads. Safety measures like wearing a seatbelt, adjusting car mirrors, and programing navigation devices prior to driving are simple measures that can be implemented.

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Considering a new diet plan? You may want to look into the Mediterranean diet. Along with traditional food choices in most diet plans like fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, the Mediterranean diet also encourages healthy fats and moderate intake of wine. Research continues to support the benefits of consuming a Mediterranean diet on cardiovascular health. The Mayo Clinic shares insights on the Mediterranean diet noting, “A meta-analysis of more than 1.5 million healthy adults demonstrated that following a Mediterranean diet was associated with a reduced risk of cardiovascular mortality as well as overall mortality.”

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You’re motivated to stay active and eat nutritious foods for ultimate wellness and wellbeing. Perhaps you attend the gym, have a diet plan, or engage in recreational activities. In today’s busy world it can be challenging to consistently maintain health goals. Life gets busy, workload increases, and other responsibilities demand our time and attention. This often results in healthy habits pushed aside for a more opportune time. Fortunately, with a just few strategies you can jumpstart a healthy lifestyle!

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There are numerous factors to consider when planning for retirement. Preferred living arrangements, employment opportunities, and income are some of many examples. Although finances are often the driving force in determining retirement age, health is also a major element to consider. According to the Health and Retirement Study (HRS), older people’s ability to work can be influenced by health status. The HRS goes on to share, “More than half of men and one-third of women who left the labor force before the Social Security early-retirement age of 62 said that health limited their capacity to work.” When mapping out your plan consider lifestyle factors influencing health and future retirement.

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Eustress is a healthy form of stress increasing mental focus and productivity. On the other hand, prolonged stress can result in distress or burnout. Being faced with numerous responsibilities beyond one’s capability is one of the many factors leading to continuous stress.

The body reacts to stressors through an automatic response known as fight-or-flight reaction. The fight-or-flight response is a protective mechanism to stress or anticipated danger. If stress becomes chronic or prolonged it can cause health risks.  According to the Mayo Clinic long-term stress exposes the body to extended release of cortisol and other stress hormones, contributing to anxiety, depression, sleep problems, digestive disturbances, weight gain, heart disease and others. The good new is there are ways to decrease stress and promote healthy living!

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