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ASTRONOMY FROM THE PATIO: APRIL 2015

Monday, March 30, 2015 -- We start our look at April with a peek at some upcoming celestial events, and then I have another observing challenge for you!

To begin with, we have yet another eclipse coming up. This time it's of the lunar variety on Saturday, April 4th. But, before we get too carried away, you can only see it if you go west of the Mississippi River!

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WALK YOUR WAY TO BETTER HEALTH!

Monday, March 23, 2015 -- More and more, we hear that sitting is the new smoking. National Walking Day on Wednesday, April 1, is a great day to quit the sitting habit – and improve your heart health at the same time.

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ALERT DAY! DO YOU KNOW YOUR RISK FOR DIABETES?

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 -- This coming Tuesday (March 24) marks the 27th annual American Diabetes Association Alert Day®, a one-day “wake-up call” asking the American public to take the Diabetes Risk Test to find out if they are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Americans are urged to take the risk test, share it, and start living a healthy and active lifestyle.

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COOKING IN THE KITCHEN WITH VISION LOSS

Tuesday, March 10, 2015 -- On Tuesday, March 3, the Eastwyck Low Vision Support Group hosted a special presentation titled “Kitchen Safety with Aging Vision.” Certified vision rehabilitation therapist, Maureen Strainge of the Northeastern Association of the Blind at Albany (NABA), presented common concerns for people with aging vision as they prepare meals and bake in the kitchen.

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ASTRONOMY FROM THE PATIO: MARCH 2015

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 -- Sorry to say our computer is out of whack this month, but the celestial show must go on, so we come to you from a handy iPad!

This March will be the month the planets "play tag" in our evening skies, we say farewell to an impressive visitor and we might see footage of a solar eclipse on our televisions. In addition, I have an observing challenge for you, so here we go!

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KNOW THE 10 SIGNS OF ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE

Monday, March 2, 2015 -- The recent release of the award-winning film Still Alice has prompted many people to ask themselves if the memory loss they are experiencing is part of normal aging or a symptom of Alzheimer’s disease. In order to help people make the distinction, the Alzheimer’s Association has published a list of 10 warning signs to help individuals decide if they should discuss this issue with their primary care physician.  Have you noticed any of these warning signs?

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PHYSICAL ACTIVITY IMPROVES QUALITY OF LIFE

Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015 — Do you want to add years to your life? Or life to your years? Feeling your best boosts your zeal for life!

The American Heart Association recommends at least 150-minutes of moderate activity each weekAn easy way to remember this is 30 minutes at least 5 days a week, but three 10-minute periods of activity are as beneficial to your overall fitness as one 30-minute session. This is achievable! Physical activity may also help encourage you to spend some time outdoors.

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DIABETES AND HEART DISEASE: KNOW YOUR ABCs

Friday, Feb 20, 2015 — It’s a fact that many people do not realize: heart disease and stroke is the number one cause of death and disability in people with diabetes.

Many of us are aware of the complications of diabetes including skin and eye complications, as well as painful neuropathy in your feet and kidney disease. Two out of three people with diabetes will die from heart disease or stroke. 

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INITIAL STEPS TO TAKE WHEN DOWNSIZING

Monday, Feb. 9, 2015 — Downsizing and relocating can feel overwhelming and scary. At first, you may feel negative and fearful – fear of letting go, fear of the unknown. You focus on what you’ll lose – the home and things you’re comfortable with. Because downsizing raises mental, emotional and physical challenges you’d rather not face, you resist starting.

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COULD AN AVOCADO A DAY KEEP THE DOCTOR AWAY?

Monday, Jan. 26, 2015 — Eating one avocado a day as part of a heart healthy, cholesterol-lowering moderate-fat diet can help improve bad cholesterol levels in overweight and obese individuals, according to new research published in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

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