Do you have health care proxies for all adults in your household?

31993041 - happy 3 generation family in grandparents' backyardHave you created health care proxies for all adults in your household?

A health care proxy — also known as a durable power of attorney for health care —is a document that lets you appoint another person to make health care decisions for you if you cannot make those decisions or speak for yourself.

You should have signed health care proxies for all adult family members living with you and make sure these documents are easily accessible in the event they are needed.

Don’t forget to have a health care proxy for any children in college as well. Under Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) privacy rules, once a child becomes an adult, his or her parents cannot access their medical information without permission. Without a signed health care proxy, you will not be able to make medical decisions for your child in the event he or she is unable to make them.

Three ways to get more exercise

Fitness class exercising in the studio at the gymRegular exercise has an array of health benefits. But for many, going to a gym, running, or biking aren’t great options. Here are three other ways to get in shape:

Yoga. Have aches and pains? A majority of Americans who suffer from regular aches and pains or chronic pain turn to yoga. It’s not complicated to learn, and you can do it at home. This ancient practice strengthens your core muscles, helps with relaxation and can even help with pain relief. 

Pilates. Want to increase your core strength, breathe deeper and feel more relaxed? Regularly practicing pilates can be a great way to get in shape. Like yoga, research shows that pilates can assist with pain relief.

Walking. Did you know that walking for 30 minutes most days of the week can have some big health benefits? The great thing about walking is that you can sneak it in before work, during lunch or in smaller sessions throughout the day.