Keep A Closer Eye On Your Loved Ones This Holiday Season

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Submitted by the Baylor College of Medicine

grandparentsThe holidays are meant to bring joy, but for the elderly, they often cause emotional stress and may even bring health issues to light. An expert at Baylor College of Medicine gives tips on signs and symptoms to look for when traveling with or visiting an elder adult.

Safe travel advice

“Simply traveling long distance to visit relatives can become increasingly stressful as individuals age,” said Dr. Angela Catic, assistant professor in the Huffington Center on Aging at Baylor.

During their travel it is important for family members to ensure that elders have their medications and assistive devices easily available. They should monitor loved ones for signs of increasing fatigue, difficulty walking or that they are too warm or cool. If traveling by plane, elders should be encouraged to walk about the plane one time per hour, if they are able, or at least pump their legs while sitting in their seat.

Health checks at the holidays

If family members do not see elders on a regular basis, getting together during the holidays is a practical time to check on their health and assess if their living conditions highlight any concerns. This may include increasing forgetfulness, difficulty taking medications appropriately, lack of balance or physical issues such as appearing more short of breath.

In addition, a home not being as clean or tidy as normal may indicate issues with cognition or a lack of physical ability to maintain a past level of cleanliness. If elders are not wearing clean clothing or grooming to past standards, children should investigate if it is because they are physically unable to do so or if cognitive issues are playing a role.

Loved ones should be aware of signs of anxiety or depression in elders including becoming withdrawn, seeming more anxious or agitated than baseline and tearfulness. If children notice these symptoms, they should discuss them with the elder and encourage evaluation by a medical provider.

“Elders with dementia are particularly vulnerable during the holiday season,” Catic said. “As dementia progresses, change in routine can be very difficult and may result in increased confusion and behavioral issues.”

Some good practices for families include:

* Maintain the elders’ routine as much as possible

* Minimize overly noisy or boisterous gatherings

* Simplify gift giving and elaborate meals

* Be sure that the elder has plenty of time to rest.

With permission from the elder, it is often helpful for family members to discuss concerns with the elder and their home health providers or physician. To make this holiday season less stressful, family members are encouraged to assist elders with house cleaning, car service for travel, cooking meals and help them with their shopping.

5 Health Benefits Of Soccer

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By Jeff Nachmani

boysoccerSoccer is a very beneficial game. Soccer is the greatest sport in the world. Soccer involves a higher number of viewers per year than any other team. In soccer almost one hundred and fifty teams perform. But it is played all over the world because some teams can’t even qualify in the count. Football is a very tough game to play as in a world cup there are more than a hundred teams which tend to qualify, but only thirty-two are selected. Football World cup provided by Fifa is one of the biggest sports events to happen. A football World cup takes place after four years of the previous World cup to happen and collects a great revenue. There are a lot of spectators willing to see the world cup and the viewers of a single world cup are near to the population of World. Which means this game is supported by billions of people.

There are many other events which happen to give soccer a better image. But soccer is not only beneficial for watching but it even helps us physically with these five health benefits.

1- Better Stamina

If you play football regularly and for more time it can affect your stamina a lot. In football, you need to perform a sprint in regular intervals and throughout your game. These sprints help you a lot with your stamina. If you play for a longer time, you can gain an ability to play for more time with the increase in your stamina.

2- Strong body

With better shape playing football can give you a more tough body. In football, you must go against many hurdles such as tackles. You can get injured while playing football. But receiving regular tackles and suffering pain can make your body stronger and tougher against many odds.

3- Decreases the body fat

Another big advantage of playing soccer is that it decreases the body fat of a person. Body fat is a big problem for a person. This body fat makes a person look uglier and unfit. With the increase in body fat, a lot of unhealthy problems can occur in the form of pain. With an increase in your weight your strength of doing any task decreases and if you perform any unusual or difficult task it can result in pain. But soccer helps us burn our calories to decrease our body fat.

girlsoccer4- Strength

In soccer, you regularly face hurdles and tackles. With regular receiving of these hesitations, your body gains the essential strength to overcome them.

5- Brain activity

In soccer, you have to think of various tactics, and you have to analyse the game. This helps us get Increase in Cognitive Brain Function.

If you want to get healthy, you must play football. But if you want to play soccer you must know how to play it. Soccer gap can help you as a guide.

– Jeff Nachmani is a football coach. He is obsessed with soccer and encourages outdoor games. He regularly posts at soccergap.com.