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Nancy Heinrich
Economic Wellness Works

If you have been told by a health care professional that you have type 2 diabetes, it is normal to feel anxious or uncertain. But you are not alone – almost 10.5 million adults aged 60 and older in the United States have diabetes.

Diabetes is serious, but you can manage it.  Nancy Heinrich gave us the following 10 tips that can help you take care of yourself and prevent or delay some of the serious problems diabetes can cause. Read the rest of this entry »

I asked a friend of mine, Nancy Heinrich, a specialist in Diabetes if there are common misconcptions among diabetics that could be causing them issues in their own self care or that senior caregivers need to be aware of.

The following tips from Nancy are so simple, yet easily overlooked: Read the rest of this entry »

Ryan Malone
Inside Assisted Living

As a resident of an assisted living community, maintaining good nutrition is one of the most important ways to insure a long and healthy life. Food, for better or for worse, is the fuel we run on. Just like vehicles, bad fuel can cause us many expensive and troublesome problems, especially as we age. Unfortunately, even with this knowledge, nutrition inside many assisted living communities can be more of an afterthought than a norm. Assisted living communities are not federally regulated so each state develops its own regulations and this can be challenging when choosing a new home. Nutrition, foodservice, and sanitation guidelines can vary widely across the country.

Educating yourself on elder nutrition guidelines, coordinating with doctors and creating good communication with the staff, both on the floor and in the kitchen, is key. It is necessary to ask the administration for specific information, such as: Read the rest of this entry »

I see and read so many articles that talk solely about the physical aspect of  older adult and senior fitness.  Granted, I teach a fitness program in Independent and Assisted living centers, so I yes I strongly believe keeping active is an integral part of the wellness package.  However, it is only one part.

I believe in the whole person concept of wellness and fitness.  As people, our lives are comprised of a myriad of parts.  We need to keep a balance in our lives.  Although we are all similar, we all crave different amounts of each area that are important, which is what makes us unique.  Most of us do require the following to be whole fit: Read the rest of this entry »

Nancy L. Heinrich, M.P.H.
Economic Wellness Works

My life changed at 2:45 PM this afternoon. March 11, 2009.

At the conclusion of my “Healthy Cooking and Diabetes” class today at the Okeechobee Senior Center and sharing the grilled pepper and mushroom quesadillas I prepared as part of the lesson about dietary fiber, one woman lingered. She approached me and said she wanted to personally thank me for the class lesson, her husband several steps behind her. She gave me a hug and quietly whispered in my ear so her husband could not hear, “You are the answer to my prayers. My husband has diabetes and I’ve been so worried about him. You have just taught me how I can help him. Thank you so much.” I will never forget the sincerity of her whispered voice. I will never forget the warmth of her voice and the soft touch of her hug. Read the rest of this entry »


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