Fibromyalgia sufferers know what it’s like to live with chronic pain and have their lives turned upside down.
For anyone living with a chronic disease, whether it’s cancer, an auto-immune disorder, pain issues or any other health problem, it is imperative that you optimize your intestinal health.
In an interview with AARP some years back, they mentioned that so many people serving as caregivers don’t necessarily see themselves or identify as a caregiver. They asked, “How do people know if they are indeed a caregiver?”
May is Mental Health Awareness month and a good time to be open about mental health. Statistics tell us that one in five people in the United States experience a mental health problem every year, including seniors.
I am a first generation American. My parents immigrated from England in the early 1950s, included with the wave from the United Kingdom who set sail across the Atlantic due to a stagnate economy and a desire for breathing room.
Editor’s note: In March, our writer Vanessa Salvia accompanied some friends and their 2-year-old son to Barcelona, where her friends were participating in a conference. Here, she shares what it was like to fly overseas, and the highlights of her experience there.
Our kidneys work hard to keep us healthy so it is good to take some time to think about what we can do to keep them healthy. Our kidneys work 24/7 filtering our blood, removing toxins and fluids to keep our bodies well.
An organization called Washington Women in Trades is searching for women in the greater Willamette Valley who worked in nontraditional jobs in the 1940s, especially during World War II.
After this crazy winter weather, many of us have been looking to amp up our fitness routine outdoors. But there’s one fitness activity that is independent of the weather — your local aquatic center.
If you think you’re the only one susceptible to scams, think again. In 2018, Oregon Department of Justice received 38,000 phone calls, which resulted in more than 7,000 written complaints, running the gamut from telecommunications to medical services and products.
Back when I was a newbie gardener, I planted marigolds in April. The nursery had them for sale in little four-inch pots and they looked so healthy and sweet.
Colleen Milliman only started running at age 90 and has been crushing her competition since. (Photos by Paul W. Harvey IV)
Heart health is a very important topic. Many of the people I work with have atrial fibrillation, or a-fib, on some level. A-fib is when the upper chambers of the heart get too many signals to beat, so the heart quivers without really giving a good strong beat.
With spring almost here, it’s time to start thinking about planning out our vegetable gardens. I always enjoy seeing the new products that seed companies and growers offer. Mostly, they’re just improved varieties of standard vegetables but some companies like to throw in a bit of whimsy to k…
More Oregonians are making their end-of-life wishes known through forms known as Physician Order for Life-Sustaining Treatment, or POLST, according to research published in the Journal of Palliative Medicine.
In 1819, Donald McKenzie was exploring the Snake River for the Hudson’s Bay Company when he came to its confluence with another river. Unsure of its origin, he sent three members of his fur trapping expedition to further explore the river. They never returned.
By age 50, the average person will have walked 75,000 miles, according to the American Podiatric Medical Association. That’s a lot of steps, even without the Fitbit tracker.
Every afternoon, Amtrak’s eastbound Empire Builder pulls out of Portland’s Union Station headed through the Columbia Gorge to Spokane where, in the wee hours of the morning, it hooks up to the train originating in Seattle.
In our hurry to prepare for a wonderful holiday season, many of us often want to pause and reflect on what really matters during this time of year. The 25th annual Corvallis Nativity Festival is an opportunity to recharge your spirit and add joyful meaning to the Christmas season.
For those with hearing loss, the options for hearing better are usually limited to sitting closer or turning up the volume. But a newer technology is allowing those with hearing aids not only to hear better, but avoid the stigma attached to this common ailment.
The Contreras family owns a small bakery but bakes traditional Mexican goodies with a big heart. “We love what we do,” says Maria Contreras, who runs Pilos Mexican Bakery in Corvallis with her parents, Celestino Contreras Padilla and Marcelina Lopez de Contreras, and brother Alberto Contreras.
Like most teens in the mid-1960s, Robert Santelli found himself glued to the television as Ed Sullivan introduced the Beatles. And, like so many, it was a life-changing experience. On that day — Feb. 9, 1964 — 12-year-old Santelli made an emphatic decision – he would be a musician.
Every Saturday since 1970, rain or shine, vendors have set up booths to sell their wares in downtown Eugene. Little did Lotte Streisinger, founder of The Saturday Market, know that 48 years later her idea would have such staying power. It’s now the oldest weekly open-air crafts festival in the United States.
Several months ago, I was corresponding via email with famed plantsman Allan Armitage about — obviously — plants. In the course of our conversation, he offered me a copy of his latest book, “Of Naked Ladies and Forget-Me-Nots: The Stories Behind the Common Names of Some of Our Favorite Plants,” to read and review. I gladly accepted and promptly received the book in my mailbox.
Hear the word “barbecue” and what comes to mind? Warm summer gatherings? A piece of cooking equipment? Or does your mouth begin to water as you remember smoky, tangy flavors that delight your taste buds?
Jan Felton pours a lifetime of experience into her theater group, Past Prime Time Players. It’s a vivacious theater community set apart from others in Lane County because it was started by older adults for older adults.
Stephen Uhle’s art is really too heavy to travel, so he only sells at one art show each year. And although he’s never been trained in art, he sells nine out of 10 pieces he creates. “I make art based purely on what looks good to my eye,” says Uhle, 68. “Evidently it has proportions that a lot of people like because my stuff sells.”
“Slow down” are two words Alice Carter does not keep in her verbal dictionary. “I like being very active,” says the 88-year-old, who finished two years of Peace Corps service last year. “The Peace Corps is a good way for seniors to serve in a meaningful way, making connections of a good kind with another country and its citizens.”
Physical inactivity is a major health concern that contributes to some of our nation’s leading causes of death, including heart disease and stroke. It also increases risk for obesity, diabetes, hypertension, and high cholesterol. Fortunately, there is something we can do about this.
What form of exercise equals walking five miles in a single evening, but packed with more fun, health and social benefits?
For some older adults, the connectivity of personal computers, smartphones and Facebook changed their lives for the better. According to AARP, 76 percent of adults over age 50 own a desktop, laptop or tablet. Those aged 65 and younger, and those with higher incomes, are more likely to have access to the internet at home, as well as have a device and consistently use it.
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