Sugar cubes.

Sugar in various forms is a naturally occurring part of many foods. After all, sugar is a basic building block of energy. As humans, we certainly have a taste for it. Thus, manufacturers have added extra sugar to many foods to make them more palatable to Americans.

Container of salt.

Almost all Americans (90%) consume too much dietary sodium, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Far too much, in fact. “The average American eats 20 times more sodium than is recommended,” says Lauri Wright, Ph.D., R.D.N., L.D., assistant professor in public health at the University of South Florida and spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

An assortment of fresh vegetables

Woman with a urinary tract infection.

According to the National Institute on Aging (NIA), urinary tract infections (UTIs) are the second most common type of infection in the body (behind respiratory infections). These infections of the kidneys, ureters, bladder, or urethra cause more than eight million visits to health care providers in the U.S.

image of senior woman wearing glasses and squinting

If you are over 50, your age is a major risk for developing age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a painless disease that’s a leading cause of vision loss in older adults. Smoking doubles that risk, and other factors related to the disease include a family history, obesity, white race, and being a woman.

Woman vacuuming for exercise.

Everyone wants energy so they can do the things they want to do. It is well known that exercise can confer this needed energy and is good for your health in practically every way.

But can you keep your energy up if you can’t exercise for a few days, or just don’t feel like it? 

Fuel up

Erickson Living’s Memory Care approach in its comprehensive Memory Support program includes trained and dedicated professional staff who design and lead structured activities seven days a week.

Editor’s note: This article, which describes Memory Care, is the last in a three-part series about components of Erickson Living’s comprehensive Memory Support program. 


Two senior friends in their gardening hats.

Edith C. remembers how she used to have a long list of friends. “When I was a child in school, making friends was effortless,” she says. “While I was working and raising my two children, it was also easy. I spent time with my closest friends practically every weekend.”

Senior couple sitting on a bench.

Erickson Living has developed a three-fold Memory Support approach that promotes an individual’s cognitive health and wellness no matter where they live in their Erickson Living community.