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How to boost mood and memory at home


ociety has become much better at recognizing the importance of mental wellness practices. It’s now common knowledge that exercise, a healthy diet and quality sleep are essential to both physical and mental health. This is great progress, but many people overlook other ways to take care of mind and mood besides treating the body. Mental hygiene practices directly improve mental wellness and go beyond simply managing stress. A wave of new research has demonstrated that implementing practices like meditation can increase mind-body awareness/mindfulness, raise self-esteem, improve concentration, strengthen memory and prevent depression. An example that is trending for its effectiveness and accessibility is the Kirtan Kriya meditation. A type of meditation from the Kundalini Yoga tradition, Kirtan Kriya has been shown to reduce symptoms of depression and dementia, while being beneficial to both mood and overall mental wellness. SCIENTIFIC SUPPORT Recent studies show the numerous mental health benefits of this non-religious, meditative practice. For example, researchers out of UCLA, West Virginia University, and the Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation have used functional imaging studies, genomics, biomarkers, and neurocognitive testing to study the effects of Kundalini Yoga and Kirtan Kriya on individuals with cognitive decline over six months. Intervention groups practicing Kirtan Kriya saw improvements to memory and cognitive functioning as well as improved

mood and quality of life. These findings are supported by other research studies on the practice, with Kirtan Kriya meditation shown to improve blood flow to the brain, reverse memory loss and ease depression. The results demonstrate how Kundalini Yoga and meditative practice are beneficial for memory and may even stave off the symptoms of cognitive decline, which are often a precursor to Alzheimer’s disease. PRACTICE FROM ANYWHERE Experiencing the benefits of Kirtan Kriya can happen in just six minutes of practice each day. Since yoga and meditation techniques can be done at home, it’s something that anyone can do to support their mental wellness. To make Kirtan Kriya meditations part of your mental hygiene routine, follow these steps: POSITION: Sit comfortably in a chair with feet flat on the floor or sit on the floor with legs crossed. The key is to be comfortable with the spine straight. Keep eyes closed and breathe naturally as the meditation unfolds. MANTRA OR CHANT: The chant uses the basic sounds, “Sah, Tah, Nah, Mah”, taken from the Sikh words “Sat Nam,” meaning “my true identity.” MUDRA OR HAND POSITION: The thumb is touched to each of the other four fingers in sequence. Both hands perform the same sequence simultaneously.

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- When you chant Sah, touch the index fingers of each hand to the thumbs. - On Tah, touch your middle fingers to your thumbs. - On Nah, touch your ring fingers to your thumbs. - On Mah, touch your little fingers to your thumbs.

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It’s time...


f you are about to turn 65, retired and are taking Social Security payments, enrollment in Medicare will be automatic as of the first day of your 65th birthday month.

Oct. 15 through Dec. 7 is the time of year to re-evaluate your Medicare health coverage to be sure it will meet your health care needs going forward, learn whether your prescriptions are still covered in 2021 and understand any changes that occurred in your current plans. Medicare can be confusing, so how will you choose the best plan(s) to fit your unique health needs? The website of www.Medicare.gov is there to create your own MyMedicare account, store medical records, sign up for Medicare for the first time at age 65, check or compare drug costs, and to find out which procedures are covered and find and research medical providers in your area. If you are about to turn 65, retired and haven’t started taking Social Security payments, you should know that enrollment in Medicare is not automatic. You will need to enroll in Medicare Part A (Hospital in-patient coverage), Medicare Part B (out-patient services) and Medicare Part D (prescription plan).

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Also, some people with lower incomes may qualify for programs that can reduce Medicare-related costs. There is a Medicare Savings Programs for people on Medicare with limited income and resources that can help with coinsurance, co-pays, deductibles and prescription drug costs. Your drug plan must tell you each year if your drug coverage is considered creditable coverage. They may send you this information in a letter, or draw your attention to it in a newsletter or other piece of correspondence. Keep this information, because you may need it if you join a Medicare drug plan later and want to avoid the Part D late enrollment penalty. If you have creditable prescription drug coverage when you first become eligible for Medicare, generally you can keep it without paying the late enrollment penalty if you sign up for Part D later. At Southwind Agency, our best advice helps you generate a comprehensive set of recommendations. Our step-bystep process will lead you to a relevant solutions and give you the confidence that you have made the right decision. Contact Tammara Lawson 706-867-0009 or visit www.Southwind.Agency to make an appointment

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Neck Pain...

Chiropractic and the Older Patient


eople of all ages suffer from neck pain, and many frequently turn to chiropractors for care because it’s been found to be one of the most effective and efficient forms of treatment available, and it carries minimal side effects! It has been projected that by 2030, nearly one in five residents in the United States will be 65 or older. Currently, approximately 14% of the patients treated by chiropractors are 65 or older, making it one of the most frequently utilized forms of complementary and alternative care used by older adults. What kind of care can a senior citizen expect when seeking treatment from a chiropractor? Let’s take a look… Musculoskeletal pain—pain in the neck, back, arms, and/or legs—drives the majority of elderly patients to chiropractors. While low back and neck pain are the most common complaints, it’s not unusual for patients to also have one or two other conditions (or more) that they did NOT know chiropractic care could help. In fact, common “goals” for managing every patient

(not just the elderly) include services related to patient assessment, maintenance of health, and prevention of illness, in addition to treatment of illness or injury. Common chiropractic treatment approaches include spinal manipulation and/or mobilization, nutritional counseling, physical activity/exercise, and (especially important for the elderly population) fall prevention. Focusing on neck pain there are various chiropractic management strategies that might be encountered by an elderly patient. Common reasons patients present regarding the neck include limited movement, stiffness, and pain. Neck pain can also interfere with sleep, as finding a comfortable position in bed can be quite challenging! Lifting, carrying, and playing with grandchildren is a very common issue for either causing a new complaint or irritating an existing one. Neck pain may also interfere with reaching and lifting. Thus, activities like yard or garden work may become more difficult and less enjoyable. Neck pain is often associated

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with headaches, which can make daily tasks even more challenging. When visiting a chiropractor for the first time or for a new complaint, he/she can expect to fill out some initial paperwork, as well as provide a history of the main complaint and any lesser complaints. This may also include providing a family and medical history. The examination usually includes general observations, palpating or feeling for muscle tightness, tenderness, warm/cool, range of spinal motion (neck, back, extremities), orthopedic tests, neurological tests, and possibly x-rays. Treatment of the neck may include massage or mobilization to loosen up the neck, manipulation to free up restricted joint motion, and even exercise training. The goal of treatment is to improve neck motion, activity tolerance, and quality of life (less pain, improved sleep, etc.). So, whether you are 10, 20, 50, 70, or 90 years old, give chiropractic a chance to help you manage your neck pain. To help manage your neck pain, call Blue Ridge Wellness and Massage today!

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N. Georgia Hearing Aid Specialist, LLC 281-C Young Harris Street 706-745-1861 Connie Duncan hearing aid specialist serving the local area for over 25 years. All make repair, new digital technology, any brands except franchise. “Hearing Aid Specialist of the Year - 2012” Conviently located for over 15 years, next to the Blairsville Post Office.

BLUE RIDGE Blue Ridge Wellness & Massage 2710 E First Street 706-946-9355 We offer a full array of holistic/wellness services. Massage, Skin Therapy, Wellness Coaching, Natural Healing and Fitness Classes, Diagnostic Testing and more... blueridgewellnessmassage.com See pg 7

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Established 42 year Community medical practice that offers many services. Variety of Insurance, Medicare, Medicaid, and Assistant Payment programs available. chatugefp.org See pg 3


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Peachtree Community Health Center 4048 E US 64 ALT, Suite 1 828-837-8131 Providing whole person care by integrating primary care and behavioral health at one location, during one visit. Our services encompass individualized treatment, health education, and community assistance from a team of providers that include physicians, nurses, Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSWs), community health workers, and peer support specialists. Monday - Friday | 7:30 am - 5:30 pm amchc.org See pg 16

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Improve Range of Motion with INSTRUMENT ASSISTED SOFT TISSUE MOBILIZATION Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM) is a modern form of traditional Chinese medicine. IASTM is a non-invasive treatment where a therapist uses uniquely designed stainless steel tools to break down scar tissue. Similar to how a comb works out knots in your hair, these tools are used to release tissue abnormalities. These tools are uniquely designed with specific edges to mobilize soft tissue and decrease adhesions in the area. IASTM enables therapists to efficiently locate and treat soft tissue limitations. This allows the therapist to mobilize one layer of soft tissue on top of the other layer by causing the adhesions to break up and aid the healing process. IASTM is a popular procedure due to its effectiveness and efficiency. Many of our patients see results in a couple sessions. It has been proven to increase healing response time, decrease scar tissue, increase blood flow and strengthen tissues. Adhesions

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10 Tips to Recognize Ripe Fruits

Keeping fresh fruit around the house provides a healthier alternative when your sweet tooth comes calling. Understanding how and when to buy at the peak of ripeness (or just before, in some cases) can help you avoid food waste while keeping your doctor happy. Consider these simple tips for recognizing ripe fruits: • Strawberries: Check the area at the top of the berry near the stem and leaves. A ripe strawberry is fully red; green or white near the top means the fruit is underripe.

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• Watermelon: The “field spot,” or the area where the melon sat on the ground, should be yellow, and a tap on the rind should produce a hollow sound. • Cherries: Flesh should appear dark with a crimson color and feel firm. • Blueberries: Similar to cherries, color should deepen to dark blue. A reddish or pink color may be visible in unripe berries. • Blackberries: Look for a smooth texture without any red appearance. Because blackberries don’t ripen after being picked, they tend to spoil quickly. • Cantaloupe: You should detect a sweet smell, and the melon should feel heavy upon lifting. • Peaches: A sweet, fragrant odor should be apparent. Skin should feel tender but not soft. • Pineapple: Smell is again an important factor for pineapple - a sweet scent shows it’s ready, but a vinegary one likely means it’s overripe. • Raspberries: Generally follow the same rules as blackberries. Best eaten within a couple days of purchase, a bright red color represents ripe berries. • Bananas: A ripe banana features a peel lightly spotted without significant bruising. Your best bet may be to purchase bananas still slightly green and allow them to ripen at home. Photo courtesy of Getty Images #14869 Source: Culinary.net

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Improve Heart Health with Daily Nutrition from a Refrigerator Staple


Add 100% orange juice to family recipes and routines Taking care of your heart requires a commitment to the right routines and smart decisions, but it doesn’t have to be difficult. Simple ingredients already in your kitchen may offer powerful protection to keep your heart healthy. For example, more than a decade of research shows 100% orange juice and its vitamins and minerals may play a beneficial role in helping lower blood pressure and other risk factors for heart disease. A study published in the “European Journal of Nutrition” by researchers at Eurecat, Centre TecnolÚgic de Catalunya, in Reus, Spain provides further support for 100% orange juice’s role in heart health, and offers additional insight into a unique component in orange juice, called hesperidin, that may have antioxidant activity and contribute to orange juice’s cardiovascular benefits. The study, which was funded by the Florida Department of Citrus, determined that adults with pre- or stage-1 hypertension who drank about 2 cups of 100% orange juice per day saw significant reductions in systolic blood pressure and other markers of heart health and inflammation. “Nearly half of adults in the United States have high blood pressure,” said Dr. Rosa Walsh, scientific research director at the Florida Department of Citrus. “For those with mild hypertension, including something as simple and pure as 100% orange juice in your daily healthy routine may help make significant improvements in such a prevalent problem.” Beyond its heart health benefits, many studies, including a National Health & Nutrition Survey published in “Nutrition Journal,” have found that 100% orange juice consumption is associated with higher diet quality and increased levels of key nutrients, including many that are under-consumed, like potassium. “The vitamin C, antioxidants and potassium found in 100% orange juice can help maintain a healthy blood pressure, which

is a big factor in heart health,” said Kaleigh McMordie, RDN and founder of the blog “Lively Table.” With no added sugar and no fat, cholesterol or sodium, Florida Orange Juice can help you take advantage of these nutritious benefits from breakfast to dinner with dishes like Poached Salmon with Collard Green Salad, an easy way to add potassium and vitamin C at the family table, especially when paired with an 8-ounce glass of 100% orange juice. For those busy mornings on the go, an Orange Kale Smoothie can be the fuel you need as a filling option with less than five ingredients that’s an excellent source of vitamin C, folate and vitamin K and a good source of potassium and thiamin. For more information on the heart health benefits of 100% orange juice, visit FloridaJuice.com.

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1 1/4 cups Florida Orange Juice, divided Nonstick cooking spray 1 pound salmon filets 1 cup white wine 2 cloves garlic, smashed 2 teaspoons finely grated fresh ginger, divided 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar 1 tablespoon finely minced shallot salt, to taste pepper, to taste 1 small bunch collard greens (about 8 ounces), stems and center ribs removed 1/2 cup toasted, slivered almonds

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Are you a classic or a jalopy?

Do you ever look around and see people your age that seem much younger, spryer, more energetic than you? They are cruising around, enjoying their lives, looking and feeling much younger than their age. They are classics, timeless. Or are you one of the lucky ones who think “That’s not what a (insert your age here) year old should look like.”? You see people you went to school with and think, man, they got OLD. They have been rundown, beat up, and look every one of their years- and FAR older than you. Which one are you? Classic or Jalopy? Which one do you want to be? And what is the difference between the two?

Simple answer-Care and maintenance. It is amazing that people will do all sorts of things for their cars, washing, waxing, buffing, detailing, oil changes, new brakes, annual maintenance. These cars look as good as when they rolled off the showroom floor. But when it comes to their most important vehicle, the one that lasts (if we are lucky) 100 years, they think wear and tear is normal and expected, and they neglect it, sometimes abuse it. And then seem surprised when it does not last. Thankfully, these neglected chassis can be rebuilt. Here’s how...

HighroadsLiving.com Volume 9 • Issue 5 - Highroads Living 15 GREAT FUEL= HEALTHY ENGINE Classics know the most important thing that we can do is provide the right fuel for our bodies. Fresh, seasonal produce, grass-fed meats (if it is in your budget) and lots of water will make your internal engine hum. Keep your food natural and as close to how it was created as possible. No franken-foods- mass produced food like products that line most supermarket shelves. IF your great grandparents would not recognize it as food- your body will not either.

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Need a little power boost? Try a good food-based multivitamin to supplement your diet. Post-menopausal women should look for lower iron varieties. And always check with your doctor before taking ANYTHING, as some may interfere with prescription meds. BALANCE- IT’S NOT JUST FOR TIRES Classics know the importance of having balanced tires, but your body needs balance too. Balance training is one of the simplest things you can do. First, start with your shoulders back, chest lifted, abdominal muscles tight, and feet together. Stand next to a counter or chair. Do not lean on it, just rest one hand lightly. Now lift one leg to the front and hold it. Now the other leg. Repeat the process holding your leg first to the side, then to the back. Too easy? Close your eyes and repeat. Another easy trick to help with balance, move your head. Left to right, side to side and up and down. Keeping your head moving is one of the best things you can do for balance. MUSCLES AND MUSCLE CARS Jalopies have been told (once you hit a certain age) it is all downhill from here. And you know, if you haven’t taken care of your vehicle, that might be true. But this is also true, restoration is possible. You can fix much of what is going wrong, the sagging, the lack of power, the extra shimmy in the rear, all by doing a little body work. TURNING A JALOPY INTO A CLASSIC Start with the basics. Depending on where you are in the jalopy to classic continuum, the basics can be pretty, well, basic. Walking without stooping, standing up and sitting down with ease. Lifting the arms outstretched to the front and side. Using soup cans to do biceps curls. Going up on your toes, or doing pushups against a wall or counter. Add rubber. Resistance bands are the next step. Get an inexpensive set at your local national retailer, look up appropriate exercises (or ask your doctor), and start shaping and toning that chassis. Another great place to try this is at your local gym for Silver Sneakers classes. Classes can be done standing or seated, and utilize bands, balls and other fun toys in a warm, supervised environment with others just like you. Time for some iron. If you are already a gym member, this is best accomplished by doing a training session with your club’s personal training staff.

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TheGymGA.com Most clubs have trainers experienced with classics and wannabe classics, and can recommend a safe program for you. Initially, you will probably be using machines, and most clubs will provide you with a simple circuit to build strength with the lowest risk. If you are not a gym member, a small set of dumbbells (hand-weights) will go a long way in adding resistance, and helping you become stronger. Bicep curls, triceps extensions, simple squats, rows, planks and presses are all you need to reshape your vehicle and rev your engine FIND A GREAT “BODY”SHOP Aside from great equipment and classes, gyms and health clubs provide the additional benefit of camaraderie, peer-support and accountability all in a safe and social setting. You will find additional resources in the form of personal trainers and get detailed advice on how to restore your most important vehicle. Many insurance providers also have gym programs, so all or part of your membership fee is free. Check with your provider to find out. Your own chassis needs the same care as your classic car, so you both can keep running as long as possible. Take a little time on the care and maintenance of your most important vehicle. Stay on the road longer. Be a classic. As always please consult a physician before starting any physical activity.

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