The effort to declutter can be worthwhile for our homes and for our health.

Getting rid of things you no longer need or want may have a positive effect on mental health and can also make for a safer environment.

It’s a sobering fact that every 12 seconds, according to the CDC, someone over age 64 will fall and end up in the emergency room. Decluttering can help keep paths clear and obstacles to a minimum.

A study at Indiana University showed that people with clean houses are healthier than people with messy houses. Regular household chores like vacuuming and washing windows can be great physical activity. A tidy home can also mean we’re more likely to invite people over — prompting interactions that can help alleviate feelings of depression and isolation that can accompany aging.


Stay hydrated this summer and year-round

Staying hydrated is a necessity, but sometimes it’s difficult to tell when your body needs water, especially during warmer months. Experts say on average men need 15 cups and women need 11 cups of water per day. Our bodies are about 60 percent water, and just losing 1.5 percent can be the tipping point for mild dehydration. Try these tips from Culligan to keep yourself well hydrated.

1. Bring a reusable water bottle with you when on the go.

2. Drink good water — use a filtration system at home.

3. Establish a hydration routine, like drinking water at the beginning of each hour.

4. Drink water before, during and after a workout.

5. Load up on fruits and veggies that are high in water content.


Tips for healthy summer fitness and eating

Have a healthy summer with this tips from Eggland’s Best:

Explore Mother Nature: Hike local parks, visit a beach and take a paddleboard class, rent a kayak with a friend and explore a regional river — the opportunities are endless.

Eat a wholesome breakfast: Registered Dietitian and Nutritionist Dawn Jackson Blatner recommends staying fueled with eggs.

Visit the local farmers market: “Seek out fresh fare from your local farmers market and enjoy all the flavors of the season,” says Chef Jonathan Poyourow, a registered and licensed dietitian, and assistant professor at Johnson & Wales University’s College of Culinary Arts.


Families find hope for rare genetic brain disorder

For most parents, their child’s first steps or words are incredible moments in their lives and a reason to celebrate.

For parents Mike and Lori Cecere, there were times they worried they would never arrive at these milestones. The youngest of their three children, Weston, was diagnosed with Angelman syndrome at 15 months. They were told he would never be able to walk, and the simple things that may seem insignificant to most (like using a straw) may be impossible for him.

Angelman Syndrome, a rare genetic disorder that affects between 1 in 12,000 to 20,000 people, is characterized by delayed development, cognitive disability, severe speech impairment and problems with movement and balance.

With the help of research and specialists, Weston learned how to walk, and he can use a straw. These are more than milestones, they are victories that point to a hopeful future for many families.

— Brandpoint