Archive for March, 2012

Popcorn is The World’s Healthiest Snack.

Thursday, March 29th, 2012


The results from a University of Scranton study are in and popcorn reigns supreme in the snack world. Why? Well, in addition to the grain and fiber benefits one would obviously expect from popcorn, the study showed that popcorn has higher levels of healthy antioxidants than some fruits and vegetables.

“Based on fiber, whole grains, and antioxidant levels, popcorn is the king of snack foods,” says Joe Vinson, PhD, professor of chemistry at the University of Scranton.

The antioxidant levels, more specifically the most common form of them called polyphenols, were studied using a milligrams (mg) per serving basis in two forms of microwavable popcorn and two forms of the old-fashioned kettle variety. The results showed an average polyphenol count of 242-363 mg in popcorn, compared to an average of 160 mg in most fruits and vegetables.

The scientists are quick to point out that while popcorn in its most basic form is the healthiest of snack foods, quickly piling on the salt, butter, and oil can easily turn it into one of the more unhealthier snacks out there. And while the study showed a higher amount of antioxidants in popcorn, it is yet to determine how much of that is absorbed from the kernel into our bodies.

Researchers are already planning the next steps in determining absorption rate, and plan to continue discovering more benefits to the newly crowned “king of all snacks.”


Study Shows More Cities Need To Prepare For Age Wave.

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

As the population of people 65-and-older grows during the Age Wave, more and more cities are taking notice that they need to be better prepared for this growing segment of the population. Because, by 2030, 1-in-5 Americans are expected to be over 65.

The Huffington Post recently wrote an interesting article concerning larger communities and how prepared they are for the boom. The report was based on a study done six years ago by the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging, which reported less than half of cities it surveyed were preparing to deal with the needs of aging individuals. The group revisited the cities studied last year and found that little had differed from six years ago.

And while the economy had played a part in the lack of action by some cities, the group reiterates that the wave is coming whether the economy picks up or not, and cities must be prepared.

In Indiana, many communities are testing pilot neighborhood programs that are specifically developed and created to accommodate people of all ages. On a more personal level, Indiana has certification courses available for home builders and designers to teach them how to optimize homes for the safety and comfort of aging individuals. These Certified Aging-In-Place Specialists (C.A.P.S.) can help you learn how to stay in your home for as long as possible.

And remember, our Care Coordinators are available to provide you with the valuable resources you need to ensure your safety in your home. To learn more, you can contact one of them today here.