Do your prescriptions decrease your nutrients?

If you watch any TV at all, you probably know that taking statins –medication to lower your cholesterol — also lowers your Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) levels. But did you know that if you’re also taking antidepressants, they do the same, as well as lower vitamin B2? Coenzyme Q10 is an antioxidant that helps cells protect against damage. Low levels of C0Q10 weaken the immune system, leaving you with low energy levels. If you are taking a statin or a red yeast rice supplement your CoQ10 levels should be monitored.

Taking antihypertensive medications for high blood pressure depletes other nutrients, including vitamin B1, B6, and zinc. Antacids, another huge million-dollar seller depletes vitamin B12, folic acid, vitamin D, calcium, iron and zinc. If you read the label on most antacids, they caution you not to take longer than a few months, even though many people use them for years. Talk to your health care practitioner about possible underlining issues.

Oral contraceptives, which most of the younger women take for many years, deplete vitamin B1, B2, B3, B6, B12, folic acid, vitamin C, magnesium, selenium and zinc.

Anti-inflammatories such as corticosteroids and prednisone deplete calcium, magnesium, zinc, selenium, chromium, vitamin D, vitamin C and B vitamins. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDS, such as Motrin, Advil, Aleve, etc., decrease folic acid.

With the rise in diabetes, many people are on a popular drug called Metformin. Metformin depletes CoQ10, vitamin B12 and folic acid.

Antibiotics including penicillin lower vitamin K and B vitamins, while tetracyclines deplete calcium, magnesium, iron, vitamin B6 and zinc. Antibiotics do just what they are named for—they are antibacterial, eliminating most of the bad and good bacteria in your gastrointestinal tract. They may also cause bloating, gas, decreased digestion and absorption. A probiotic will repopulate your gastrointestinal tract with good bacteria.

Eating a healthy diet including fish, poultry, lean meat, legumes and 11 servings of vegetables and fruit, will provide many of the vitamins and minerals that are imperative for your body to function. When taking any of the above medications, discuss monitoring your vitamin and mineral levels with your health care practitioner and supplement if necessary.ncn

Barb Mahlmeister, Dietitian Nutritionist
Barb Mahlmeister, Dietitian Nutritionist

Retirement Checklist

It’s never too soon to start planning your retirement; it’s never too late to review and improve that plan to meet the ever changing challenges of life.

Are you really prepared to transition to retirement? You’ve probably already taken some steps to prepare for retirement. But have you taken the right steps to help you transition?

Utilize this simple checklist to help identify steps you may need to take before making the transition to retirement.

□ I have a good idea as to when I want to retire and I’m able to do so.
□ I have a list of the expenses I will have during retirement.
□ I talk with my financial advisors about how much income I’ll need.
□ I have a good sense as to how I’ll spend my days when I’m not working.
□ I understand my Social Security benefits.
□ I have a plan for when I should begin taking my Social Security benefits.
□ I’ve updated necessary insurance policies, including health insurance.
□ I know where my health insurance will come from once I’m retired.
□ I understand Medicare and how it works with my health insurance.
□ I’ve consolidated similar financial accounts, such as 401(k) plans and IRAs.
□ I know how much of my retirement income will come from my retirement accounts.
□ I have a good idea as to whether or not I need long-term care insurance.
□ I regularly discuss retirement goals and interests with my spouse.
□ My spouse and I have similar ideas about where and how we’d like to live.

Have you left any box unchecked? If so, it’s time to be proactive today so you get the retirement you deserve. Get on track for a successful retirement by reviewing this checklist with your trusted financial professional.

James Whitaker, PHD, Financial Planner Social Security Expert
James Whitaker, PHD, Financial Planner Social Security Expert

Senior housing offers a better lifestyle

Traditional lifestyles have evolved greatly in America over the past several decades; perhaps nowhere is this more evident in than in the senior living industry where the old stereotypes of senior communities have been replaced with model lifestyle and care environments.

“Life expectancy in America is now at an all time high, says” Kelly Foley, Executive Director at Brookdale Senior Living in Lutz, FL. “Now seniors and families have new questions about where and how seniors can find the best lifestyles and care options. But really, it’s all about knowing where to turn for help, because the services are all out there and available.”

Take, for example, activities. There are many places where senior centers offer daily programs and meals to older adults, along with a calendar of activities that include exercise, discussion groups, arts and crafts, health information and social events. For those with physical or other issues which preclude them from remaining unsupervised, there are also adult day care programs.

Many hospitals provide wellness centers, and those who have loved ones with specific senior diseases such as Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s can usually find an association that provides help and answers for them.

“Beyond the traditional care outlets, today there are home health agencies, in-home and care companions and hospice care,” says Foley. “And if full time senior living is an option there is every kind of lifestyle and care option available, from independent living, to assisted living and Alzheimer’s care, skilled nursing and communities that offer continuing care within a Life Care Plan.”

The move to pursue senior living with or without care services at a rate the senior or their family can afford is often triggered by life-changing events when a decision must be made quickly. The biggest problem is– knowing where to turn for a quick education about the choices and options in the senior living network, especially where the health of the individual is an issue.

“There is no substitute for planning ahead,” says Foley. “But the good news is that there is help available for anyone who needs it. At our community we probably spend more time getting to know and advising individuals and families who are making this decision for the first time than we do working with those actively seeking to move into our community.

“It can be difficult to navigate through all the options, especially where old stereotypes exist,” says Foley. “But we’ve found that many people are just happy to get the information they need to make the right decision – and we’re happy to help them chart the best course for their families.”

For more information call Kristin Albritton 813.909.9679
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Ignorance is not bliss!

The scary thing about ignorance: We don’t know that we don’t know. It makes us blind to some hidden truth. Without realizing what is happening, our options, choices and outcomes are limited. The consequences can be devastating.
I believe getting breast cancer 12 years ago happened as a result of my ignorance about the risk factors and causes of cancer. Once I got the diagnosis, I played Sherlock Holmes to this villain. My detective work has paid off. Today I am cancer free and my body is healthy. I owe the Sherlock part of me a debt of gratitude because I am off daily asthma medicine too! (I took it for 35 years.)
Is there a situation in your life that needs more awareness—more light? It could be physical or emotional discomfort, toxic relationship or work environment, negative thinking, stressful situation, or addiction, to name a few. Any of these situations could be managed better or eliminated with the right perspective or information. You might even prevent a “train wreck.”
Here are three strategies to help you become aware and break through the blindspots that may be compromising or limiting your life:
Be curious and open minded – If your choices are not bringing you the results you want, explore other options until you discover something that works. With an open mind, you have fewer distorted beliefs preventing you from finding a creative solution to the problem. You are also more likely to consider relevant information before you deny or reject it prematurely. Be curious about what is possible!
Do the research – Gathering the right information can stretch your personal resources—time, attention, energy and sometimes money. Do it anyway! Focus on the benefits of your efforts, and inspiration will carry you. Explore different sources. When you find a truth repeated in different places by different people, you have probably hit a jackpot!
Follow your intuition – Your intuition is a powerful resource. Develop it and allow it to become your trusted guide. Once you have done your research, your body and intuition can take it from there. They will guide you to what feels right for you, and it usually is. Life can feel magical when you integrate thinking and knowing!
Commit to the adventure of getting to the heart and truth of what matters to you. Explore options and become a creative problem solver. You will improve your sense of self, health, finances, spirituality, relationships, career or lifestyle. When you take charge of what is within your power to change, you are on your way to an abundant lifestyle. Make discovery and learning a life-long mission!

Sandra Miniere, Author, Life coach
Sandra Miniere, Author, Life coach

Biographical Information
Sandra Miniere, M.Ed., offers personal life and executive leadership coaching and Emotional Freedom Techniques consultations in person and on the telephone. She is an author and speaker. A former holistic mental health counselor, she has been helping people transform themselves and their lives for 30 years. In her book, A Lighter Side to Cancer – From Wake-up Call to Radiant Wellness, she shares her uplifting and empowering adventure through breast cancer twelve years ago.
www.IntegrativeWellnessExpert.com
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Help for Chronic Disease and End of Life needs

Everyone wants to have a positive life experience, living independently and making their own decisions. As declines of aging or serious illness take a toll, LifePath and most hospice groups have services that help patients and families manage the challenges.

Important Considerations
• If you or a loved one was seriously ill or in pain, do you know of helpful resources and services ? What is the difference between palliative care and hospice care?
• Do you have a written plan stating what kind of health care treatments and support you would want (or not want) if you could not speak for yourself?
• Have you talked with family or physician about your wishes for medical treatment and end of life care?

Steps That Help Ensure Your Wishes Will Be Honored
• Learn about your options at each stage ( serious illness, end stage illness, terminal illness, vegetative state) and consider how you would like to manage conditions.
• Document your wishes. Complete Advance Directives and clarify the issues that are important to you ( tube feeding vs. withdrawal of nutrition/ hydration, ventilator assistance, comfort measures vs. continuing treatment, burial vs. cremation, etc.).
• Designate a Healthcare Surrogate to carry out your wishes. Tell your family and physician whom you have selected and what you specified to encourage their support.
• Learn about hospice and palliative care so that you can receive pain and symptom management while seeking a cure and when treatment is no longer beneficial.

Things You May Not Know About Hospice Services
Most of us know that hospice service provides pain and symptom management for
people who are no longer seeking a cure. But you may surprised by these facts:
– Patients frequently improve under hospice care and may be discharged because they no
longer meet Medicare criteria. When they decline again, they are easily readmitted.
– At the end of life, the patient may be more focused on spiritual needs while families are
concerned with medical interventions.
– Adult children especially have difficulty coming to terms with the realities of their parent’s
condition . Emotional and spiritual counseling are offered to any family member who needs
help in dealing with the circumstances. Social workers facilitate family meetings to gain
support for patient’s wishes.
– Hospice care is a choice; but the benefits are covered by Medicare, Medicaid and many
insurance .
– Hospice provides respite care of up to five days so that a caregiver can take time off.
– Inpatient care at a Hospice House may be available for a period.
– Information visits with hospice representatives can answer family questions.
– If a physician has not made a hospice referral, a family or friend can request the service.
Remember, a referral is not an admission. It is simply a request to review a patient’s current
condition.

For more information , contact Sue Pagano, Community Representative for LifePath Hospice, Inc. Call 813.838.6523 or via email: paganos@chaptershealth.org.
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Getting older isn’t for sissies!

bc sunnyMost people won’t seek help until their hair is on fire!

Here’s a startling fact: Today’s baby boomers will live 40-50 years beyond retirement.  For some, that’s longer than they were in the work force!

As the last self-sufficient generation in America, we are expected to maintain control of our physical and financial well being.  We must learn how to maximize assets and utilize all  possible benefits in order to remain independent.

In a split second, you can become one of 65 million Americans who is caring for a loved one, spending thousands of dollars annually and taking as much as 10 years off your life!

Where do you go for help?

Search our website for the help you need.

From being downsized at the job–to preparing final arrangements for a loved, we’ve all been there!  We know how costly it can be to make the wrong choices or fail to plan for the inevitable.

Our goal is to help others navigate through the maze of growing older in America while living well in our community.  With some forethought and planning, your hair will remain intact!