While there are different opinions about where this quote comes from, these words of wisdom are hard to dispute. If you are the parent or caregiver to a child or adolescent with a chronic illness, including the approximately 210,000 Americans under age 20 estimated to have diagnosed diabetes, these words can be particularly meaningful.
Susan was on her way to visit her daughter when a simple bathroom break landed her in the emergency room. She simply stepped out of the car and tripped as she stepped up onto the curb. It could have happened to anyone, but the fact is falls like this are common among older adults with as many as 1 in 4 older people taking a fall each year.
If you are living with a chronic health condition, you may spend lots of time “doing” your disease. Maybe that means giving yourself insulin shots if you are living with diabetes or changing an ostomy pouch if you have a serious bowel problem such as Crohn’s disease. All of that busy-ness is an essential part of keeping yourself healthy.
Of all the personal topics out there, fecal incontinence is one of the toughest to discuss. The condition is also known as bowel control problems, fecal incontinence, or accidental bowel leakage (ABL). By any name, living with this condition is a pain in the backside (if you’ll forgive the pun), often causing distress and embarrassment.
You’ve probably heard this before: Exercise is the secret sauce that helps keep older adults healthier, happier, and more independent. However, like anything that delivers so much value, it doesn’t always come easily.
The naturalist John Muir said it best, “Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.” Whether it’s a heart-pumping summit or a nice little trail in the neighborhood, there’s something positively joyful about taking a hike.
Think about the hard stuff you’ve faced in your life—and we know there’s been plenty! Whatever you’ve gone through, you probably noticed that dealing with it was easier with the support of someone who understands, doesn’t judge, and finds ways to help.
Don’t Let Incontinence Keep You Out of the Garden! For millions of people, playing in the dirt is one of life’s greatest pleasures. In fact, about a quarter of all American households garden.
“It does get better, I promise.” These are the words of Becky, a young woman living with an ostomy.
If you have diabetes, or are actively trying to avoid developing it, you’ve probably heard of a blood test called the A1C. The hemoglobin A1C test is the gold standard for measuring blood sugar because it tracks glucose over 2 to 3 months.