Senator Shelley Moore Capito

The West Virginia Hospice Council recently produced this public service announcement to help increase awareness of hospice and what we can do to help your loved ones when the time is right.

Video Games - Not Just for Kids Anymore

Improving mental and physical well-being games?

Video games are absolutely massive among the younger generations, but can you believe researchers are discovering they may hold health benefits for those of us in our golden years?

Bloomberg's Paul Allen reported on this interesting trend from overseas, where gamers like 83-year-old Yaeko Sasaki explained how their new activity was making a difference in their lives, saying, "I had never played with games before, but...I discovered them, I learned they were good for the muscles at my age, so now I play a lot." The games have been shown to increase activity levels, as well as improve blood flow and activity levels in the brain, and, in the arcade Allen visited, are built especially for older players, being set lower to the ground and with more places to grip for balance.

Although we're pretty certain we aren't going to see special arcades for the 50+ crowd popping up on every corner here in the U.S., we do see video games being used more and more often in therapy and as a way to stay active even with limited mobility. And, of course, they're a great way to bond with the grandkids as well!

Healthy Eating Tips for the Over 50 Crowd

Eating well is simpler than you think

In today's world it's easy to fall into unhealthy eating habits. Fast food, delivery services, and the plethora of frozen options bring us quick gratification, but too often leave our bodies lacking vital nutrients.

The folks at have put together a fantastic list of health tips focused on those of us over 50, which is full of useful info like the tips for wholesome living below.

Reduce sodium (salt) to help prevent water retention and high blood pressure. Look for the “low sodium” label and season meals with garlic, herbs, and spices instead of salt.

Enjoy good fats. Reap the rewards of olive oil, avocados, salmon, walnuts, flaxseed, and other monounsaturated fats. The fat from these delicious sources can protect your body against heart disease by controlling “bad” LDL cholesterol levels and raising “good” HDL cholesterol levels.

Add fiber. Avoid constipation, lower your risk of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes, maintain a healthy weight, and feel fuller longer by increasing your fiber intake from foods such as fruits and veggies, whole-grains, nuts, and beans. Women over 50 should aim to eat at least 21 grams of fiber per day, men at least 30 grams.