Root Vegetables: Old School Nutrition
May01

Root Vegetables: Old School Nutrition

If you are struggling to eat more vegetables and get more natural fiber in your diet, think about returning to your roots. Fifty years ago, many black families had gardens — even if they lived in urban areas. They grew staples from down home: turnips, carrots, beets and onions among other delicacies. Getting your hands in the earth was both financially and physically beneficial. Even if you are green thumb-challenged, getting...

Read More
Vitamin B12 Deficient in Many Elders
Apr21

Vitamin B12 Deficient in Many Elders

Deficiencies in the level of B12 can cause serious problems for seniors, including but not limited to cognitive problems, anemia, poor circulation and balance issues. As a person ages, their ability to absorb Vitamin B12 is reduced, even if they are eating meat and dairy products. Find out more about how this deficiency can harm seniors from A Place for...

Read More
What to Eat Before a Run
Apr11

What to Eat Before a Run

If you are just starting out as a runner, one of the big questions might be what to eat before you hit the trail. Being too full can weigh you down and might cause you to get queasy. If you are hungry or running first thing in the morning, skipping breakfast might cause you to run out of steam or, worse yet, get dizzy. Black Girls Run, a fabulous sisterhood of sisters who run or who would like to run but don’t know how to get...

Read More
Is Fish Oil Good for You?
Apr08

Is Fish Oil Good for You?

A recent report in the New York Times that fish oil might not lower your risk of heart attack and stroke touched off renewed discussion over the benefit of eating fish or supplements. The New York Times headline that “Fish Oil Claims Not Supported by Research,” could be misleading, some health advocates said. The studies that the Times looked at involved research on people who already had a history of heart disease or were...

Read More
Aging in Place: Make Your Home Elder-Friendly
Sep23

Aging in Place: Make Your Home Elder-Friendly

When I was shopping for a house in Central Phoenix last year, I had a couple of must-haves on my list. It had to be one-story, smaller than the last three homes I owned and with a wide, open-floor plan. And I wanted it close to public transportation. This isn’t a list that is unusual. Many urban professionals are looking for the same things — convenience, style and simplicity. But it was the reason that I had to have these...

Read More
How Music Mends Memory
Aug02

How Music Mends Memory

A new film delves into the world of the aging mind and finds that music — the music of our elders’ youth — can help bridge the gap between remembering and not. The new documentary, Alive Inside, shows elders — some with advanced Alzheimer’s — coming back into themselves when they hear the music from their younger years, be it swing, country, ballads or be-bob. Think of your own experience, when a...

Read More