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Back-to-School Savings

Aug 08 2013

It is that time of year when children start heading back-to-school and it is almost certain that also means extra spending for parents.  A new school year comes with the need for new school supplies, shoes, and clothes, so today we want to link you up with a few websites that offer money saving ideas for parents. 

First, click over to the Woman’s Day website and check out their Secrets of Back-to-School Savings.  Next, the Real Simple website provides their own tips for How to Save on Back-to-School Shopping.  Finally, offers their helpful two cents on How to Save on Back-to-School Supplies

With all of these resources, we hope you keep more cash in your pocket and we wish your family a great school year!

A Link Between Anemia and Dementia?

Aug 01 2013

A new study published in the journal Neurology, reveals that anemia may be an indicator of an increased risk for dementia. Click over to CNN Health to read about this study which followed 2500 participants, all in their 70‘s, beginning in 1997. Over time, the researchers found that the participants who already had anemia when the study began, had a 41% higher risk of developing dementia.  There is still a lot more to research about this link, but if you are worried about anemia, be sure to talk to your doctor.  To help prevent anemia, a diet in iron-rich foods may reduce your risk, and you can read more about prevention on the Mayo Clinic’s website at this link.

Summer Family Fun

Jul 25 2013

Summertime usually kicks off in high gear with many fun plans, but after a while you may run out of ideas for you and the family.  The 50 Fun Summertime Activities Checklist provided by Real Simple offers great entertainment ideas, and the best part is that most of them cost little or no money.  (Note that a few suggestions may be out of reach due to your locale.)  If your family is a bit adventurous, check out the 5 Summer Activity Ideas for Active Families on WebMD.  Finally, if you have an older parent or grandparent who is looking for some new things to do, consider the 5 Activities for Seniors to Enjoy the Outdoors this Summer, courtesy of All Green Tips.

Healthy Eats Throughout the Day

Jul 24 2013

Smart meal choices throughout the day can result in better health and wellness.  Today we will review all of your daily meals, while learning some of the latest health news relating to them. 

First off is breakfast, which by now you have probably heard is the most important meal of the day.  The latest news reports that Skipping Breakfast May Increase Heart Attack Risk, especially in men, so read why this may happen on USA Today.

Next up is lunch, which is a great way to refuel during the day.  If you are on the go and eat out often, your take-out meal may come with high calories, fat, sodium and cost.  Click over to to get a collection of Healthy Lunches to Bring to Work.  Even though these recipes are recommended to bring to work, they are perfect for eating at home or taking on a picnic, etc. 

Before you prepare your next dinner, visit Yahoo News to check out a Summer Salad Built for Filling You Up with Flavor, which may be a great change from your typical evening dish.  You can search through many, many recipes on the Food Network’s Healthy Eating webpage to find the perfect meal or side for all diet types including gluten free, diabetic, vegetarian, and more.

Finally, you can get a summary all daily meals on Healthland in the article, Why You Should Eat Breakfast and the Best Times for the Rest of the Day’s Meals.

Alzheimer’s and Memory

Jul 18 2013

The Alzheimer’s Association International Conference concludes today in Boston.  Unfortunately, there is no cure yet for this disease, therefore the medical world continues to research how Alzheimer’s can be prevented and treated.  What they have discovered so far is that Memory Decline May be the Earliest Sign of Dementia, as explained on USA Today.  As people age, most will normally be come a bit more forgetful, so it is important to figure out the difference between being absent-minded and actual memory loss.  This article also includes the 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease, as provided by the Alzheimer’s Association.  If you think that you or a loved one may be suffering from these symptoms, be sure to discuss with your doctor or health care provider. 

If you are interested in improving your memory skills in general, be sure to click over to AARP’s website for Simple Tricks to Remember Everyday Things.  These skills can help keep your mind challenged while benefitting you with better organization and productivity. 

If you would like to learn more about Alzheimer’s and dementia, visit the Alzheimer’s Association website or feel free to contact us here at The Villas.

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