Resources for Caregivers

November is National Family Caregivers Month – a time to celebrate and support those family members who provide care to a loved one. If you’re providing care for a loved one, Optum Medical Network has provided a few helpful resources for caregivers.

Caregivers Month

November is National Family Caregivers Month. Below is an article on tips to help manage caring for you own family while also caring for your parents.

Balancing Act: Caring for Your Kids and Your Parents

Six helpful tips for “sandwich generation” caregivers.

Many parents are used to juggling their children’s hectic schedules. But what happens when another ball is thrown into the mix — the responsibility of caring for aging parents?

More and more middle-aged Americans find themselves in this position. They’re sandwiched between caring for their children and caring for their parents. If you’re in this situation and feeling stressed or overwhelmed, take heart.

Be Active With Diabetes

Help keep your diabetes under control with physical activity.

If you have type 1 or type 2 diabetes, it’s time to get moving — if you aren’t doing so already.

For people with prediabetes or diabetes, exercise can play an important role in managing the disease.

Prostate Cancer

September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month.

Understanding Prostate Cancer. Learn about the symptoms of prostate cancer and the screening procedures used to detect it.

In the United States, prostate cancer is the most common cancer found in men, after skin cancer. Even though prostate cancer is fairly common, often it can be slow growing and may not cause health problems. In the early stages, there may be no symptoms.

Healthy Grilling Ideas

Get some great ideas for grilling your favorite fruits, veggies and meats. All healthy, nutritious and delicious

Many people forget or just don’t realize that you can cook vegetables and fruits right on the grill. Though burgers and chicken may be old-time favorites, why not branch out for better health?

Try grilling more veggies and fruits for added color, flavor and more vitamins and nutrients in your meals. Start today with these easy suggestions:

The Healthy Habits of Older Adults

Your behaviors and choices can help you stay fit and able in your later years.

There is no question that Americans are living longer. In 2000, adults 65 or older made up 12.4 percent of the population. Just 10 years later, that number rose to 13 percent. The number of people living to 100 or older also went up about 6 percent.

And guess what? More than half of the people 65 or older who do work are working full-time. So what are the keys to living a longer life?

Lots of factors contribute to how long you live. Managing any chronic conditions you may have and tending to your overall health are high on the list. Staying active to keep your muscles strong and prevent falls are also vital to healthy aging.

9 Ways to Make Fitness Part of Your Life

Make Fitness Part of Your Life

You don’t need big blocks of time to exercise. Squeeze in activity throughout the day and reap the benefits!

One of the most important aspects of an exercise program is simply starting it. Getting off the couch or out of your seat to start walking, running, bicycling, swimming or other activity may help you lead a healthier and happier life.

Experts say you should get at least 150 minutes a week of moderate-intensity aerobic activity. Those activities can include walking briskly, gardening, bicycling slowly or even ballroom dancing.

Picnic Ideas

Healthy Summertime Picnic Ideas!

With a little careful planning, you can turn a picnic lunch into a nutritious spread that kids and adults alike will enjoy!

Whether it’s a day at the beach, a local park or your own backyard, picnics are a great way to celebrate an event. Picnics also offer a chance to relax and pass the time with friends and family on a beautiful day.

But typical picnic foods are often not as nutritious as they could be. They may include high-calorie and high-fat foods. With just a little careful planning, though, you can create a nutritious picnic spread that kids and adults alike will enjoy.

Stay Strong as You Age

Build strength to help you stay independent and manage your health in your later years.

As you get older, keeping your body strong will help you feel your best. Exercising your muscles helps build that strength, and can help make daily activities easier for you to perform.

If you’re battling a health condition, you might think of that as an excuse not to exercise. But in truth, stronger muscles can help you live better with arthritis, diabetes, osteoporosis or back pain. Strength building can help you lose excess weight and improve your mental outlook. Almost everyone can benefit from getting stronger!
One great way to get started on a healthy path is to list some goals you’d like to reach. Examples might be joining a neighbor for a walk around the block or taking a weight class at an activity center. Maybe it’s working out at home with a resistance band to make your arms and legs stronger.

Understanding Depression

May is Mental Health Awareness month. Nearly 1 in 5 people over the age of 18 had a diagnosable mental health condition in the last year and nearly half will experience a mental health disorder in their lifetime. Depression is a common but often misunderstood illness. Read the article below to learn about its causes and treatment.

Understanding the Causes and Treatment for Depression

You probably have days when you feel sad or blue. Most people do. You just hit an emotional low point. But after a few days your feelings should start to lift.

If you find it hard to move on and feel better, and that your sadness is starting to interfere with daily life, it may be time to seek help. Your bout of sadness might really be depression. If your depression has lasted more than two weeks, it is definitely time to speak with your doctor.