New House Health Plan Is Making More Waves

New House Health Plan Is Making More Waves

By Kristina Mancino

Last month, The American Health Care Act (AHCA) was shut down due to severe bipartisan opposition, even though the AHCA was heavily being pushed onto Americans by President Donald Trump. This week, the highly controversial American Health Care Act resurfaced with yet another arguable feature. The new installment would allow insurance companies to charge higher premiums for those who have preexisting conditions like cancer, diabetes, or heart disease.

This latest amendment, which helped the bill gain the support of a majority of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, shows a dramatic change from the current law that hinders insurers from discriminating against people with preexisting health conditions. However, not all are praising the new addition, it has raised concerns among Republican moderates, Democrats and consumer groups. This new bill future remains highly uncertain.

AARP released a statement saying that they “continue to oppose legislation that would impose an age tax, eliminate protections for preexisting conditions, weaken Medicare, erode seniors’ ability to live independently because of billions of dollars in Medicaid cuts, and give sweetheart deals to drug and insurance companies while doing nothing to lower the cost of health care or prescription drugs.”

On Wednesday, AARP sent a letter to each member of the House, reiterating its pledge to make sure all it’s 38 millions members know exactly how their representatives votes on this bill.

AARP stands by its members and making sure the House knows that allowing insurance companies to charge prohibitively high rates for people with prior health issues would hit especial hard for those older adults, most who are too young to qualify for Medicare. According to the AARP Public Policy Institute (PPI), 40 percent of Americans ages 50 to 64 a total of 25 millions people have a preexisting condition.

If you remember the last month’s version of the AHCA, the disputed age tax would have raised the limit for older Americans to pay five times for than a younger consumer. Under the current law, older consumers cannot be charged more than three time the amount of younger consumers, by insurers. This latest version eliminates the limit entirely, giving insurers the options to charge older Americans a much higher rate.

States that want to allow insurers to charge more for people with preexisting conditions would have to have a high-risk pool program or a reinsurance program. For any consumer who would have to buy coverage in a high-risk pool, AARP’s PPI projects the premium could reach as high as $25,700 a year in 2019, which is when this provision would go into effect if the House allows the bill to go through.

As we already know, the American Health Care Act (AHCA) was put on hold last month after the Congressional Budget Office claimed, over the next decade, 24 million American would lose coverage with the legislation. They also concluded there would be a hefty increase in premiums for people ages 50 to 64.

Medicare’s finances would worsen and the war on raising costs of prescriptions drugs would not be reduced. AARP said, “the legislation would provide a windfall for special interests in the healthcare industry, including insurers and drugmakers.”

If you would like to tell your congressional representatives to vote no, you can do so through a letter online.

Soda Lovers Beware: Stroke & Dementia Risk

Soda Lovers Beware: Stroke & Dementia Risk

Study links artificially sweetened drinks with higher risk of stroke and dementia.

We’ve been told countless times in the last 20 years that regular soda is bad for our health. It’s packed with sugar which experts have been saying for years, the dangers of consuming excessive amounts of sugar can cause numerous health issues like obesity. As companies try to combat the “bad ingredients” they try to roll out “healthier” versions of sodas like “sugar-free,” “diet,” “caffeine-free.” Soda companies try to praise themselves on making people think theses versions are healthy for them.

New research published by the American Heart Association’s journal Stroke found that the artificial sweeteners used in “diet drinks” are just as much a concern. Diet soda is linked to a greater risk of stroke and dementia. The April 2017 study involved 2,888 adults older than 45 and 1,484 adults older than 60. During a seven year period, researchers asked participants a series of questions about their eating and drinking habits, at three points in the study. For the next 10 year, researchers kept tabs on those who participated, noting those who suffered from a stroke or developed dementia.

By the end of the study, researchers concluded that those who drank at least one artificially sweetened drink per day were nearly three times more likely to have a stroke or develop dementia. Even after adjusting for other factors such as age, gender, calorie intake, diet quality, physical activity and genetic risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease, their findings still held up.

The data in the study did not distinguish which types of artificial sweeteners were used in the drinks.

Lead researcher Matthew Pase of the Boston University School of Medicine stated that the findings only showed a correlation. It’s not a definitive causation but did provide one more piece of evidence that diet drinks are not a health alternative to sugary drinks. In a statement, Pase said, “We recommend that people drink water on a regular basis instead of sugary or artificially sweetened beverages.” He further stated that the study showed the need for more direct research to this area, with the increased amount of people drinking artificially sweetened drinks.

American Beverage Association released a statement responding to the study saying that low-calorie sweeteners found in beverages have been proven safe by worldwide government safety authorities.

“The FDA, World Health Organization, European Food Safety Authority and others have extensively reviewed low-calorie sweeteners and have all reached the same conclusion — they are safe for consumption,” the statement said. “While we respect the mission of these organizations to help prevent conditions like stroke and dementia, the authors of this study acknowledge that their conclusions do not — and cannot — prove cause and effect.”

Regardless, based on studies and researcher statements, you should think twice about reaching for a diet soda or soda of any kind. In a 2015 study of adults aged 65 and older, those who drank diet soda had an increased weight gain compared to those who didn’t drink it. Other studies have connected diet soda and the disruption of gut bacteria, leading to glucose intolerance in some people and raising the risk of type 2 diabetes.

 

Written by Kristina Mancino

Elderly Exercises Using Theraband

Elderly Exercises Using Theraband

By Kristina Mancino

         Resistance band exercises have become popular in recent years. Now there is an exercise designed to strengthen muscles without putting too much stress and pressure on elderly aging bodies. Low-resistance resistance-bands involve numerous repetitions and can simply be done in a gym, with a personal trainer, or even at home. Here are some recommendations of isolated areas you can exercise with resistance bands.

Resistance Shoulder Exercise

This exercise is to help strengthen your shoulders and back muscles. First, start by sitting down on the floor with you back upright and your legs straight. Second, wrap the center of the band around both of your feet and grab the handles with your hands. Once you are finally in position, pull back on the band until you feel the tension in your shoulders and back. Hold for 5 seconds and release. Do 25 reps before taking a break.

Ankle Strengthening

Focusing on your ankle muscles as well as other leg muscles, grab a chair and resistant band (use whichever level you are comfortable with) and beginning this exercise sitting down with your back straight and knees bent. With your resistance band around your foot while holding the knotted end of the band with your other hand. Now, the leg with the resistance band, lift it off the floor and straighten it out and away from your body. While your leg is still up and straight, flex your leg muscles and twist your ankle against the tension of the resistance banc. Repeat on other ankle and leg before resting.

Seated Leg Presses with Resistance Bands

This exercises we will focus on strengthening your quadriceps. Sit at the front edge of your chair with both ends of the resistance band in each hand, bend your right foot and loop the band around the bottom of this foot (For a more comfortable feel, place the band where the arch of your foot it). With your left foot remains flat on the floor, exhale and extend your right leg as you press against the resistance of the band. Inhale and bend your right knee and slowly return to the starting position. Repeat 15 to 20 times on each leg.

Alternative Chest Presses

Again, using your resistance bands, we will be using them to aid a chest press which will strengthen your pectoral muscles and biceps. Lie flat on your back, divide your band in two with each end of the band in your left and right hand. Alternate extending each arm out in front of your body. Use only your arm and chest muscles and try not to use your neck muscles. This defeats the purpose of this exercise. Do 10 repetitions for each arm before taking a break.

Re-defining Home: Home Today, Home Tomorrow Design Competition and Home Renovation – AARP

“Walter Moody, a 54 year-old veteran can now welcome his mother and family members home. The Home Today, Home Tomorrow Design Challenge partners presented a newly renovated home, with universal design elements and features in Memphis, TN, to Mr. Moody. This project beautifully illustrates how residents and communities can develop housing designs and features that meet the needs of families at any life stage.”

by Kristina Mancino

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Spring Quinoa Bowl

Spring Quinoa Bowl

The Perfect Healthy Meal For Spring Time!

Yield: SERVES 1  

Prep time: 15 MINUTES

Total time: 15 MINUTES

INGREDIENTS:

For the Lemon Dressing:

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons golden or white balsamic vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • Pinch of salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

For the Quinoa Bowl:

  • 2 cups arugula
  • 1/2 cup cooked quinoa
  • 4 asparagus spears, cooked and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1/4 cup peas
  • 2 radishes, sliced
  • 1/2 avocado, sliced
  • 1 hard boiled egg, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons chopped Blue Diamond Whole Natural Almonds
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste

DIRECTIONS:

  1. In a small bowl or jar, whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice, vinegar, garlic, honey, salt, and pepper. Set aside.
  2. Place the arugula in a salad bowl. Top the arugula with the quinoa, asparagus, peas, radishes, avocado, egg slices, and almonds. Drizzle with dressing and season with salt and pepper, to taste. Serve immediately.

Note-you probably won’t use all of the dressing. Store leftover dressing in a jar in the refrigerator for up to one week. I usually make this salad when I have leftover asparagus, quinoa, and hard boiled eggs so it doesn’t take long to put together. You can cook everything the same day and it still won’t take too long. Make extra so you can eat it a few days in a row for lunch!

 

 

Son Documents Mother’s Lewy Body Dementia For Awareness

This son is documenting his mother’s dementia in a heartbreaking video series.

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10 Ways To Fit Fitness Into Your Day

10 Ways To Fit Fitness Into Your Day

By Kristina Mancino

         We’ve been told that we should exercise at least 30 minutes a day. With how busy we’ve become, finding that 30 minutes to exercise can be difficult. We completely understand! So how can you get the same blood pressure, cholesterol and waistline benefits within the day without having time for a long workout?

         One study suggests you can do simple workout motions throughout the day in one minute increments. Here’s what top trainers Chris Freytag, founder of gethealthyu.com, and Lindsay Hunt, founder of walkonthehealthyside.com say about being more active all day long.

  1. Standing around waiting…

 

Waiting in line? Here’s a full body routine that isolates certain areas and muscles. Squeeze your behind 10 times. Tighten your stomach muscles 10 times. Stretch your arms downward behind you and squeeze your triceps 10 times. Rise up on your toes and squeeze your calves 10 times.

  1. While sitting around…

Keep a tennis ball at your desk and at home to improve your grip strength. Twice a day, grip the ball and squeeze it tightly, holding for 10 seconds, repeat 10 to 15 times per hand.

  1. Walking around in the supermarket…

Do you need to grab some things at the grocery store? Why not skip the shopping cart and opt for reusable totes. Put one over each shoulder and walk around the aisles for your items. The weight of your items in the reuseable totes will mimic walking with a backpack which boosts your heart rate and burns calories.

  1. While sitting at your desk…

Does your job require you to sit all day? Time to switch it up! Sitting all day can be just as harmful as smoking. Opt for a stability ball and sit on it for 20 to 30 minute periods throughout the day. The stability ball activates your core muscles and builds them while you work and it may reduce back pain. Make sure to stand up and walk around frequently.

  1. When brushing your teeth…

With age, our balance starts to waver. Here’s a trick to getting it back! While brushing your teeth, stand on one foot for 60 seconds and then switch. Once that becomes easier, try balancing while lifting your leg to the side.

  1. Waiting for dinner to cook…

To relieve joint pain and to keep your shoulders strong and flexible, do some arm circles. Use the time that your dinner is cooking to lift your arms up out to the side and do 15 circles in the clockwise direction. Then do 15 counterclockwise arm circles.

  1. While making a beverage…

While waiting for your morning drink, tea to steep or coffee to brew, loosen up your calves and Achilles tendons. With ages comes common heel pain like plantar fasciitis. To keep your calves and Achilles tendons from tightening up, stand at arm’s length from the wall and place one foot behind the other. Keep your heels down and knees straight, lean towards the wall bracing with your arms. Bend your forward leg to stretch the calb of your back leg, holding for 30 seconds before switching.

  1. When getting up from a chair…

Surprisingly, getting up and down in a chair can give you implications of your health and longevity. When standing up or sitting down, use your legs – if you need assistance, use one hand at first. Do this 10 times a day and without knowing it, you’ve done 10 squats.

  1. Stuck at a stoplight…

Overtime muscles to our uterus, bladder and bowels can weaken leading to incontinence issues.  While sitting at a stoplight, tighten up your pelvic floor muscles (like you have to pee and you’re “holding it’). Hold for a 10-count, releasing for 10. Repeat this until the light turns green.

  1. While watching tv…

Do a lower body workout! Lie on your side and do 3 sets of 15 leg lifts. Then do 3 sets of leg circles – raising your leg and rotating it in a circular motion, then switch sides and repeat on the other leg.

 

Each exercise increment takes a few minutes each task and can be work into any part of your day. Make sure you find time within your day to do this simple task and help boost your health.

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No Plans To Retire: 44 Years at McDonalds

At the age of 94, McDonald’s employee has no plans to retire after 44 years.

Meet Loraine Maurer, she’s spent nearly half her life serving customers at McDonald’s. The 94 year old says she likes the work and her customers. “That’s why I work, because I love them,” Maurer told ABC News explaining why she has spent 44 years working for the fast food restaurant.

Last week the McDonald’s franchise in Evansville, Ind., celebrated her long time services with customers stopping by to say they loved her and show appreciation. Customers say Loraine provides inspiration as well as cheerful service while making constant efforts to get everything right. To her coworkers, “don’t serve them anything you wouldn’t eat,” in a video published by Evansville Courier & Press.

Loraine regularly sees her family, a mother a four, grandmother of six and great-grandmother of seven, comer to the restaurant to eat. Of course Loraine’s favorite dish is that fish sandwich.

When it comes to work, she is on a mission! She rarely misses a day of work, “I get in here at 5 o’clock when they open,” she further explains, “I have to get up at 3.”

Loraine’s co workers and customers are so close, they offer to pick her up and drop her off at home after work. “I know what goes on with them. I know some of their children. Some ask me to say a prayer, and I do.”