Leaving the Nest

One family's true life transition from independence

It all began six years ago, the year my parents turned 80 within a month of one another. Suddenly my strong father, a former steel worker, couldn’t lift most things. At the same time, my multitasking, do-it-all mother became increasingly frustrated by all that she couldn’t accomplish.

Aug 31, 2012 Sharon Frederick

Hands-On Healing

Can massage therapy change your life?

Tony Mickela doesn’t consider his weekly massage an act of decadent pampering. The 67-year-old retired Sacramento educator instead views the therapy, which he has been receiving for the past 10 years, as an integral part of a healthy lifestyle and his effort to keep an array of health problems at bay.

Aug 31, 2012 Anne Gonzalez

Alternative Lifestyle

In holistic medicine, patients find healing and hogwash

On a spring day in 2011, 60-year-old Russell Edgar checked himself into a 14-day Newstart residential program at the Weimar Center. In the Sierra Nevada foothills above Sacramento, the center promised to teach people with diabetes, obesity and cancer how to reverse their health problems through natural healing methods.

Aug 31, 2012 Jean Yung

Posed for Growth

Sacramento's yoga market thrives

In a Thursday morning’s darkness, the hardwood floor of Yoga Shala is covered wall to wall in rubber mats. Seated, students center their breath as instructor Tyler Langdale begins the Vinyasa class.

Sep 30, 2011 Andrea Kennedy

Who Cares?

Determining the best care option for your loved one

When a family member needs more care than you’re able to give, you may automatically think they need to be placed in a nursing home. However, that’s not always the case, according to Jason Pollock, administrator of Oak Ridge Health Care Center in Roseville.

Aug 31, 2011 Carol Crenshaw