Call it the winter blues or blahs, seasonal sadness does occur. As the days get shorter and colder we tend to spend more time indoors and being more sedentary which impacts our energy. You can help fight the feeling of being blue by taking these steps:1. Get some rays. Seasonal changes affect people differently. Some people tend to feel more sluggish and less energetic. Get some sunshine, 20 minutes a day, seems to be the key.2. Keep up regular physical activity. Take a walk, or try a new exercise routine at home.3. Eat a variety of foods. Eat lots of fruits and vegetables. Colder weather makes us crave sweets and starches, be mindful to keep protein in your diet....
October is breast cancer awareness month!
Other than skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women. Each year more than 250,000 women get breast cancer and 42,000 die from the disease. Men can also get breast cancer yet it is not as common. Approximately 1 out of every 100 breast cancers diagnosed in the United States is found in a man.
How to reduce your risk of breast cancer:
- Keep a healthy weight.
- Exercise regularly.
- Limit, or refrain from drinking alcohol.
- Breastfeed your children.
- Get regularly scheduled mammograms.
- If you are taking hormone replacement therapy or birth control pills consult with your doctor about any risks.
- Talk with your doctor if you have a fam...
Live Life Healthy!
Healthy Ways to Strenghten your Immune System:
Mostly your immune system does a remarkable job from defending you against disease causing micro-organisms. But sometimes a germ invades successfully and makes you sick. Although there are no scientifically proven direct links to boost your immune system, every party of your body, including your immune system, functions better when protected and bolstered by healthy-living strategies such as these:
- Don't smoke.
- Eat a diet high in fruits and vegetables.
- Maintain a healthy weight and exercise regularly.
- Get adequate sleep.
- Try to minimize stress.
- Take steps to avoid infection, such as washing your hands frequently.
The start of summer is always a great time to get outside and get active. It's the 26th annual men's Health Month. The facts about Men's Health:
- Men are at a greater risk of death in every age group
- Men have a higher rate of suicide than women
- Men have a higher rate of workplace injuries than women
- Men do not get physical exams from physicians as often as women
Here are some top ideas for celebrating Men's Health Week and promoting male health all throughout Men's Health Month:
- Excercise - Walk, run, bike, hike, garden, play ball. Find a type of exercise that gets their heart pumping and accompany them for 30 minutes at least several times a week.
- Examine - Schedule a physical. Setting a health bas...
Rub on Capsaicin - This is the stuff that gives chili peppers heat. When you put it on your skin, it blocks pain signals.
Dip your Hands or Feet into Wax - Research shows that dipping your hands or feet into melted paraffin wax may ease arthritis pain and stiffness.
Use a Pain Patch - Over the counter pain patches have medicine that is delivered through your skin. Research shows that these patches can help some, but they wear off quickly.
Use a Brace or Splint - These support swollen, painful, joints and let them rest. They also can align joints and help them work better. Wearing a brace may also prevent deformities.
Sun damage to eyes can occur anytime during the year, not just in the summertime, so be sure to wear UV- blocking sunglasses and broad-brimmed hats whenever you're outside. Don't be fooled by clouds: the sun's rays can pass through haze and thin clouds. Never look directly at the sun. Looking directly at the sun at anytime, including during an eclipse, can lead to solar retinopathy, which is damage to the eye's retina from solar radiation.
**Remember sunscreen, sunglasses, hats and plenty of fluids - WATER, WATER, AND MORE WATER!
Please be aware that if you have a house doctor, you are NOT seen each time they visit the community. If you ask to be placed on the doctor's list to be seen, please be specific as to WHY you are wanting to be seen. If you are out of the community or not easily located within the community, and no reason is logged as to why you are requesting to see the physician, please know that the doctor may not see you that day. Some physician groupls do visit our community very early in the morning, making it difficult for you to be seen after they have rounded for non-urgent matters. Thank you!
If your loved one starts smoking or resumes smoking, it is imperative that y...
With springtime weather, please make sure that your loved one has appropriate clothing and supplies. Clothing should be loose-fitting and cover the arms and legs. A wide brimmed hat will protect the neck. Use sunscreen that says broad-spectrum on the label of at least 15 SPF; apply 30 minutes before sun exposure and reapply often. Remember that sunburn occurs even in overcast weather, and the sun can interact with medications your loved one may be taking. ALWAYS use sunscreen and drink plenty of fluids.
Please remind your loved one that there is to be NO over the counter or prescription medicine in the resident's room. Please also discourage your loved one from ordering these types of...
Age - Alzheimer's disease is the most common form of dementia. About 1/3 of people 85 and older show signs of the disease.
Heart Disease - Heart disease could lead to heart attack or stroke, which makes dementia more likely. It is usually caused by plaque buildup in arteries around your heart which slows blood flow to the brain, making it harder to think well or remember things.
Diabetes - People with diabetes are more likely to have damaged blood vessels. This can slow or block blood flow to the brain, and damage areas of the brain, leading to what's called vascular dementia.
High Cholesterol - Some research shows that high cholesterol in midlife could be risk for Alzheimer's disease later in ...
Diabetes can harm your nerves. That damage, called neuropathy, may be painful.
It can happen in several ways, and they all seem to be related to blood sugar levels being too high for too long. To prevent it, work with your doctor to manage your blood sugar.
Early symptoms usually get better when your blood sugar is under control. There are medications to help manage the discomfort.
What you should do:
- Check feet/legs daily
- Use lotion for dry skin
- Take care of toenails
- Wear shoes that fit well
If you think you may have a nerve problem, talk with your doctor so they can check for the cause.