From the Parish Nurse, Dora Muller

“You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.”

A brand new year with all the expectations can lead to a better and healthier life.  We all try to eat right, exercise, and adopt healthier behaviors.  However, all these steps will not prevent the natural process of aging.  Our body is a perfect machine, but all machines will show some wear and tear.  Or, like my husband says, some depreciation is expected.  This year we will discuss the role of chronic diseases that can affect our health.  Some of these diseases can be the result of unwise health behaviors such as smoking; others can be occupational hazards such as fumes or gases in the environment in the work place.  And we cannot forget those genes that we inherit from our parents, which we can do nothing about.  For 2019, our goal will be to understand how chronic diseases can affect our lives, how to prevent them, and more importantly, if they are unavoidable, how to manage them.  With careful management and knowledge of preventive measures, we all can adopt measures to decrease the risk of suffering from chronic diseases all too common during our golden years.