Tips On Lowering Your Energy Bills This Winter

If a few changes in behavior could save you hundreds of dollars each year on your energy bill, wouldn’t you change them? Most people are not aware that there are many, simple actions they can implement to lower monthly energy costs. A few things you can do to save money on utility bills are: Turn off lights in rooms you aren’t using; invest in fluorescent light bulbs; turn your thermostat down and open your blinds on sunny days to take advantage of the sun’s warmth. This is undervalued: unplug electronics that are not in use. Also, wash your clothes in cool or cold water. More here 

Senior Downsizing Tips

As we age, we tend to require or desire a smaller living space. If you are in the process of downsizing or even considering a change, here are a few tips that may make the process easier: Decide which possessions you can not part with, this will give you a general idea of how much space you will need. You may want to consider getting rid of items that you don’t use. Measure your new space and your furniture to see what will and will not fit in your new home. Have a yard sale to get rid of your old things so you can pocket some extra cash, or you can take them to a local thrift store or a Goodwill. More here

Considering Adding On To Your Home?

As your family or lifestyle changes you may consider adding extra space to your home rather than moving into a new space. Here are some tips you should consider before adding extra living space to your home: Look at your options and decide if you want to hire an architect or skip that step and hire a construction company straight-away. Decide how much you are willing to spend. You can use helpful sites like CostHelper.com to estimate your total expense. Consider adding the room to an existing base of your home, like the basement in order to cut costs. Lastly, prepare yourself for a noisy atmosphere or other discomfort while the work is being done. You may want to make arrangements to stay with family or friends while the construction crew is on site. More here

New Alzheimer’s Detector Created

A new, non-invasive approach has been created to detect signs of Alzheimer’s years in advance. The MRI device will help doctors treat the disease, which affects one out of every nine people over the age of 65. Neuroscientist William L. Klein, a leader of the research team said, “we have a new brain imaging method that can detect the toxin that leads to Alzheimer’s disease. Using MRI, we can see the toxins attached to neurons in the brain. We expect to use this tool to detect this disease early and to help identify drugs that can effectively eliminate the toxin and improve health.” More here

Global Life Expectancy Has Risen 6 Years

According to a recent study published in the journal Lancet, health care advances have helped increase global life expectancy approximately six years for both men and women over the last 20 years. Experts say that infectious diseases have decreased globally while noncommunicable diseases such as heart disease, cancer, and diabetes have increased. The study, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is valued by governments, scientists, and philanthropists. More here

Research Finds Giving May Benefit Health

A new study From Harvard Business School has found that the warm, fuzzy feeling you get when you give a gift might not be a coincidence. Giving has now been linked to long-term positive health benefits. The study involved a focus group, with some people giving various amounts of money to shoppers while the other group kept the money to spend on themselves. Those who gave the money away to shoppers were in better spirits when compared to those who kept the money to spend on themselves. Happier people tend to have lower blood pressure, lower stress levels, and lower heart rates. So give this holiday season and be happier and healthier! More here

Women Who Workout Outdoors May Be Healthier And Happier

  A recent study out of Canada stated that older women who exercise out of doors may feel happier after their workouts when compared to those who get their exercise indoors. The author of the study, Isabelle Dionne said, “finding the right activity, meaning that it provides pleasure and motivation, is the key to remaining active as long as possible, because adherence is the main problem with healthy lifestyle, I felt training outdoors may be part of the answer to help people start and, especially, remain active.” More here

Keep Your Home Safe From Burglars This Holiday Season

During the holiday months, burglaries in the U.S. increase significantly according to the FBI. Taking a few extra measures to keep your home safe may help decrease your risk. A few things you can do to keep your home free from burglars are: Make sure all of your doors and windows are locked at all times. If you are visiting family or friends for a few days ask your neighbor(s) to watch over your house and get your mail for you while you are gone. Don’t leave hide-a-keys out, hand your spare keys out directly to trusted family members and friends. More here

Flu Vaccine Does Not Give You The Flu

A large percentage of Americans believe that the flu vaccine actually causes you to get the flu. Dr. Gregory A. Poland, a professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic said, “it is absolutely biologically impossible to get the flu from the vaccine.” Experts believe that there should be many easy-to-find outlets for flu vaccine education available to the public in order to distinguish myths. Many people also believe that that vaccine is useless, and the virus may still be contracted after receiving the vaccine. In response, doctors explain that there are different strains of the virus, and the vaccine can only protect against known strains. The flu virus can mutate leaving vaccinated individuals at risk. More information here

Nintendo Wii May Benefit Stroke Survivors

According to a recent study, computer games may help stroke survivors repair arm movement. The Nintendo Wii may be for more than just fun, according to recent research from Lancaster University. The study found that stroke survivors who played interactive games on the device had significant arm movement returned. The leader of the study, Dr. Emmanuel Tsekleves said, “the innovative use of the Nintendo Wii could present a way to enhance community based stroke rehabilitation of the arm by providing a motivating and cost-effective way of exercising that could be remotely monitored and exercises adjusted as required by a physiotherapist.” More here