HERBS FOR HEALTH MANAGEMENT

Herbs are a foundational root in medicine and health treatments, dating back thousands of years throughout every culture around the world. Modern Western herbalism comes from ancient Egypt. The Greeks developed a comprehensive philosophy of herbal medicine by 100 BCE and the Romans built upon it to create a variety of medical practices, some of which are still used today.

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ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE IMPACTS PSYCHOLOGICAL HARDINESS

Psychological hardiness is an individual’s resistance to stress, anxiety and depression. It includes the ability to withstand grief and accept the loss of loved ones. Alternative medicine is a more popular term for health and wellness therapies that have typically not been part of conventional Western medical approaches but are often used along with conventional medicinal protocols.  Coping and dealing with stress in a positive manner play a major role in maintaining the balance needed for health and well-being.

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ALTERNATIVE REMEDIES FOR ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION

Interest in complimentary and alternative medicine (CAM) is increasing as consumers and health care professionals search for additional ways to treat anxiety, depression and other mental health disorders. Some of these remedies include:

St. John’s Wort.  More than 30 studies show it to be effective for treatment of mild forms of depression,…

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Angela is a staff writer for Health & Wellness magazine.

You can design your particular Road Scholar experience to be as involved as you want. The trips have different levels of structure, from detailed itineraries full of learning experiences to lightly structured schedules with lots of free time. The levels range from Easy Going (keep walking to a minimum) to On Your Feet (some walking during the day; able to get on and off a coach; able to stand for a few hours when learning in museums) to Keep the Pace (spending most of the day exploring) to Let’s Go – you’re game for anything.


Grandparent Adventures will take you and your grandchild(ren) to intriguing places in the United States and abroad. Grouped under interests such as animals and wildlife, fantasy, myths and legend, film and theater, sports and active outdoor adventures, you and your grandchild can choose a journey together and find yourselves bonding as you learn more about the world.


The Road Scholar Assurance Plan, included at no extra cost to participants, provides 24-hour assistance in the event of an emergency during your program. This includes emergency medical evacuation, assistance with lost or delayed baggage and lost, stolen or damaged baggage insurance. The Plan does not provide protection for cancellations, interruptions or travel delays.

Travel is on hold for now due to the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, but that doesn’t mean you can’t plan for the time when you can answer the call to go and explore this and other countries.


To help with your dreaming and preparing, check out Road Scholar, a senior-friendly travel program that’s “open to all inquisitive explorers.” With more than 5,000 excursions to 150 countries – from Albania to Zimbabwe – and all 50 states, you can hit the road in ease and comfort, ready to learn and experience the world. Many Road Scholar participants are over age 50 years.


Road Scholar was founded in 1975 as Elderhostel by Marty Knowlton and David Bianco. It was rebranded Road Scholar in 2010 to reflect its growth and evolution. In 1985, the organization began offering trips for grandparents and their grandchildren.


The programs are all inclusive. This includes lectures presented by experts, field trips, lodging, most meals, gratuities and group transportation. Road Scholar has negotiated special fares and routings for international flights. It also has scholarships for people who don’t have the resources to go on a Road Scholar learning adventure. Caregiver Grants provide a respite from the emotional and physical demands of being a caregiver. Road Scholar will even help you offset the costs of arranging substitute care while you’re on a Road Scholar learning adventure.