Published on May 05, 2014

How you live makes a difference

Learn healthy tips from Mercy LIFE staff

Eating right, exercising regularly and enjoying social activities are all important parts of healthy aging. It’s never too late to change your habits, says Donna Raziano, MD, MBA, FACP, Mercy LIFE and Mercy Home Health Chief Medical Officer.

At the Mercy LIFE Centers, clinicians can help keep your health on track, or help you change for the better. A first step is building a relationship with your primary care physician, says Dr. Raziano.

Mercy LIFE’s primary care physicians administer flu and pneumonia shots, update immunizations and educate patients on the benefits of smoking cessation. Primary care doctors can help you stay on top of all the important yearly screenings, such as prostate exams or mammograms. They also offer annual depression screenings.

Even small changes, such as a little bit more exercise every day, can help. “Sometimes, all a patient needs is one friend to walk with, in order to be motivated to make a change for the better,” says Dr. Raziano.

“Exercise releases endorphins that make you feel good and want to keep doing it,” adds Daisy Tran, CRNP, MSN, a Mercy LIFE nurse practitioner. “We see lots of positive changes in the people who come to the LIFE centers.”