Bright Ideas For Sun Protection And Skin Care

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Submitted by the Baylor College of Medicine, please share your comments below…..

sunSun Protection Factor (SPF) is not the only factor to consider when protecting your skin from the sun’s harmful rays.

“We all know SPF is important, but it extends beyond that,” said Dr. Ida Orengo, professor of dermatology and director of the Mohs/Dermatologic Surgery Unit at Baylor College of Medicine. “Diet, clothing and familiarity with your skin type all factor into sun protection.”

Diet

Diet can play a role in preventing skin cancer, Orengo said. The following items have been proven to reduce the growth of malignant cells and skin tumors:

* Omega-3 fatty acids

* Green tea

* Resveratrol (an ingredient in red wine)

“We have also conducted a study that proved low-fat diets play a role in preventing skin cancer,” she said.

For those looking to increase their skin’s threshold for sunburn, Heliocare® sun pills can help and, according to Orengo, a recent study showed that nicotinamide, a type of B vitamin, also may reduce the number of skin cancers one gets.

She recommends vitamin D supplements for people who are experts at avoiding the sun.

“It’s important to remember that we do need sun,” she said. “When sun hits the skin it transforms vitamin D into its active form. We need about 10 to 15 minutes of daily sun exposure for proper vitamin D levels. Vitamin D supports healthy brain, heart and immune system function.”

Your physician should be consulted before changing your diet or taking supplements. Orengo warns that diet alone cannot prevent or cure skin cancers, only help aid in the process.

Clothing

For long days out in the sun you’ll need more than sunscreen. Orengo suggested tossing out the baseball caps with ventilation holes and opting for a hat with no holes and at least a 3-inch brim.

“Consider buying lightweight clothing that properly covers and protects your body from the sun’s rays,” she said. “Many outdoor stores now sell sun-protective clothing. There also are products that will add SPF to your own clothing.”

Types of skin

Another tip to protecting your skin is to know your own skin type, said Orengo. The Fitzpatrick scale is a numerical classification system that recognizes how varying types of skin respond to sun exposure. Orengo said dermatologists are familiar with the scale but individuals should also take time to understand their own risk. .

Type 1: burn all the time

Type 2: burn every time, then turns into a light tan

Type 3: burn but get a good tan

Type 4: sometimes burn, always tans

Type 5: rarely burns, always tans

Type 6: never burns, always tans

“Types 1, 2 and 3 are more likely to get skin cancer,” she said. “Types 4, 5 and 6 can get skin cancer, but it’s less likely. They should still protect themselves from the sun.”

For some types of skin, sunblock may work better than sunscreen because it physically blocks ultraviolet radiation from penetrating the skin. This is especially true for people who have sensitive skin, Orengo said.

Regardless of your skin type, Orengo said skin health should be everyone’s concern and following these tips, as well as seeing your doctor regularly for skin checks, is a good way to prevent skin cancers.

How New Tech Is Changing Dental Care For The Better

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toothbrushpasteThe world of dentistry is changing fast and it’s in no small part due to new advancements in technologies. Patients and dentists alike are seeing real advantages with new dental tech. Here are some of the best new dental technologies changing oral care.

1. Tooth brush

Finding the right toothbrush is the first step to good oral care. The tooth brush has been around for almost a hundred years. While most toothbrushes resemble the original design, some have made real advancements. Today’s dental experts recommend using an electric tooth brush. Electric toothbrushes come in a wide array of choices and price points. Some have basic electric oscillation, while advanced brushes add additional vibration, and rotation.

Some of the best electric tooth brushes are loaded with options like, settings for sensitive teeth, gum massaging and extra whitening capabilities. Some have pressure sensors which alert the user to overly hard brushing, while others even have built-in sensors which let you know when it’s time to replace the brush head. Most come with chargers to ensure your brush is fully powered and ready to go even when on the go.

Prices can vary from a few dollars to over a hundred dollars. This may sound like a lot for a toothbrush but the costs can even-out over the life of the brush, as most electric brushes last longer than other traditional brushes. Be sure to consult with your dentist on which toothbrush is best for you.

2. Laser Dentistry:

Nothing sounds more futuristic than lasers. While it might seem crazy to imagine lasers and oral care in the same sentence, laser tech is changing dental care for the better. Dental laser tech is proving to be more efficient for both the patient and the doctor. Laser tech is helping to eliminate oral discomfort in many procedures which were traditionally long and painful. Lasers are being used to help fill cavities, mitigate tooth sensitivity, whiten teeth, and even remove oral tumors.

The process is proving to be really fast, reducing patient care time. This is good for both the patient and the doctor. Laser care is not only faster but nearly painless, which is a very good thing. Laser tech is also very good at eliminating all forms of bacteria, which is the leading cause of plaque, tarter, and dental complications. Laser treatment is ensuring patients avoid future problems and keeping patients’ teeth and mouths clean and healthy for longer periods of time.

3. Digital solutions and online support:

The world of dentistry is going digital. Dentists and patients are seeing digital tech driving the industry and making oral care simple and effective. Online resources are allowing easy communication between doctor and patient.

New digital dental practice solutions are helping doctors reach patients through automated systems over email and cell phones for updates, reminders and more. Solutionreach, a leading voice in dental practice solutions, writes that digital platforms increase revenue and reduce cost. These new tech systems are allowing more efficient doctor/patient communication through, patient outreach, automated reminders, unlimited custom messaging, and built-in appointment confirmation. Digital solutions can make the hassle of scheduling appointments much easier. Online support systems are making it easier for doctors and patients alike.

tooth4. Intraoral Cameras:

This new dental tech is allowing doctors and patients the ability to better see, in real time, what’s going on inside the mouth. This camera resembles a wand-like device that can take images from inside the mouth and project them onto a screen that can be seen by both the doctor and the patient. These images can show fractured teeth, gum disease, broken fixes and damaged fillings.

This new tech is allowing doctors to better assist potential problems and gives the patient the ability to see for themselves any potential issues. This means the doctor can see the problem first hand taking the guess work away from the solutions and treatment options. These images are so good they can even be used as documentation for insurance claims meaning more patients are ensured better and more reliable insurance coverages.

5. Air Abrasion:

Air abrasion is a fast and painless way to remove tooth decay and/or prepare a tooth for a fixing procedure. Using compressed air to gently blast teeth with aluminum oxide for better cleaning and preparation of the tooth surface. The procedure is fast a relatively painless and can be done without the use of anesthesia.

This is a great new option for patients who dislike needles, the sound of the drill, or tooth vibration. While this procedure cannot be used for every issue it can be used in many situations that previously required more painful treatments. Air abrasion means less pain, less fear, and better oral health.

– Submitted by Katherine Smith

Start Planning Now for Long-Term Care

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seniorcoupleexercisesmallIt’s important to plan now for long-term care that may be needed later in life. Types of long-term care include private-duty care at home, adult day care centers, assisted living, and nursing homes.

Most people in the United States will need at least three years of long-term nursing or other care after age 65. But less than half of people in their 40s and beyond are saving for it or even talking about it, reports the May 2015 Harvard Health Letter.

By not planning, people risk two problems. One is losing control over the care they’ll receive. “Many people push it off to their families,” says Dr. David Grabowski, a professor of health care policy at Harvard Medical School. “But family members may make decisions that are very different from the ones the individual would make.”

The other problem is that people may not have money to pay for long-term care if they don’t plan for it. That lack of funding often forces loved ones to provide care. Families are actually the biggest providers of long-term care in the country. But when a person’s need for care exceeds what a family can provide, care often falls to an institutional setting. “If the finances aren’t in place to pay for that, the risk is ending up in a low-quality setting,” says Dr. Grabowski.

Several types of long-term care are available. Some allow people to live at home, being cared for by a family member or by certified aides. There’s also adult day care. Options outside the home include assisted living facilities and nursing homes.

Paying for long-term care is limited to a few options, including private pay (full price from one’s own pocket), long-term care insurance, Medicaid, and veterans’ benefits. Obtaining some of these benefits can be complicated and time-consuming.

Read the full-length article: “The dollars and sense of long-term care”

Also in the May 2015 Harvard Health Letter:

* Pill-free ways to lower blood pressure

* Simple tips to sit less and move more

* The latest concerns about diet sodas

The Harvard Health Letter is available from Harvard Health Publications, the publishing division of Harvard Medical School, for $20 per year. Subscribe at http://www.health.harvard.edu/health or by calling 877-649-9457 (toll-free).

Healthy Eating, Physical Activity To Child Care Providers

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twokidsunFunding from Blue Cross provides certification to child care programs who go the extra mile to create healthy environments for the state’s youngest residents.

Getting Minnesotans off to a healthy start early in life is critical to their health in adulthood. So where better to begin such healthy activity than in the settings children spend much of their time: in early learning and care environments. With the help of the Center for Prevention at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota (Blue Cross), Providers Choice – a leader in supporting child care professionals in serving healthy meals and snacks to children in these settings – has developed their unique Twist & Sprout initiative that child care providers can adopt to implement healthy foods and physical activity into their practices.

The research on healthy child behavior and the importance of early intervention, gives great support to the Twist & Sprout program, with data from the American Heart Association showing obese children as young as 3 will already show indications for developing heart disease in adulthood, and overweight children between the ages of 7 and 13 could develop heart disease as early as 25. Using such a unique program, early child care providers have the opportunity to both provide a healthy environment for children and educate parents on incorporating those healthy habits at home. The Twist & Sprout initiative supports child care providers through offerings like engaging, in-person workshops; seasonal menus with breakfasts, lunches and snacks that meet the Child and Adult Care Food Program standards; instructional videos led by a real chef; culinary skills refresher videos; and resources for parents.

“We know through the research that children who attend child care settings that participate in initiatives such as the USDA Food Program eat healthier than those who don’t, and that children who consume a healthy diet are sick less often, have more energy and fewer health problems,” said Janelle Waldock, director at the Center. “At the Center, we believe in the importance of providing children with healthy environments from a young age so they are ready to enter kindergarten, succeed in school, and in life. Twist & Sprout embodies that principle, which is why we are so proud to fund the Twist & Sprout initiative through Providers Choice.”

One of the most impactful parts of the program is the opportunity for child care programs to become Twist & Sprout Certified. The certification is awarded to child care providers who put best practices into action by creating a healthy environment for children in their care. To receive certification, providers have to meet a number of criteria, including the incorporation of healthy eating and physical activity into their care on a daily basis and having a written wellness policy. The certification allows child care providers to show off their skills and differentiate themselves from others, and also serves as a great tool for parents to make more informed decisions about where to send their children for care.

kidsunningtogether“Having the certification sets us apart from other child care options,” said Becky Gill, who offers child care services in Inver Grove Heights, a suburb of the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area. “Parents know that their children are going to eat healthy, nutritious foods while they’re here, which makes it easier for parents to feed them that same food when they’re at home. We also keep them engaged with active play that helps create an overall healthy environment. We’re so proud to know that the children we care for will be healthier because they were here.”

Twist & Spout workshops are available across the state, and there are already 45 Twist & Sprout Certified child care providers who have demonstrated a commitment to safe and healthy eating policies as well as structured active play to help keep the next generation of Minnesotans healthy. To find a Twist & Sprout Certified provider, visit http://www.providerschoice.com and click on “Search for Child Care in Minnesota.” Twist & Sprout Certified providers have the Twist & Sprout logo next to their name.

About Providers Choice
Providers Choice supports child care professionals in serving healthy meals and snacks to the children in their care. As the largest nonprofit sponsor of the Child and Adult Care Food Program in the United States, we provide training, compliance monitoring and technical assistance to over 4,000 family child care providers and centers. Providers Choice is headquartered in the west metro of the Twin Cities and serves all 87 counties in Minnesota. To learn more about Providers Choice, visit their website at ProvidersChoice.com. To learn more about the Twist & Sprout program, visit ProvidersChoice.com/TwistandSprout.

About the Center for Prevention
The Center for Prevention at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota delivers on Blue Cross’ long-term commitment to improve the health of all Minnesotans by tackling the leading root causes of preventable disease: tobacco use, lack of physical activity and unhealthy eating. Funded through proceeds from Blue Cross’ historic lawsuit against the tobacco industry, we collaborate with organizations statewide to increase health equity, transform communities and create a healthier state. Visit CenterforPreventionMN.com for more information.

About Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota (bluecrossmn.com), with headquarters in the St. Paul suburb of Eagan, was chartered in 1933 as Minnesota’s first health plan and continues to carry out its charter mission today as a health company: to promote a wider, more economical and timely availability of health services for the people of Minnesota. Blue Cross is a not-for-profit, taxable organization. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, headquartered in Chicago.

5 Winter Skin Care Tips To Banish Dry, Itchy Skin

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femalewashingfaceSkin guru and founder of the award-winning skin clinic FACE Skincare~Medical~Wellness, Holly CaSaroll, is detailing several tips for dealing with dry, itchy skin during the winter season.

Holly CaSaroll, skin care expert and founder of FACE, an award-winning beauty clinic, is detailing several tips for individuals who suffer from dry, itchy skin during the winter season.

1. Exfoliate: “Your skin sheds thousands of dead cells on a daily basis, which can slow down as we age and cause a build-up of dry, itchy skin,” says CaSaroll. “AHA exfoliates adds moisture to the surface aiding in the repairing of sun damage and dryness. BHA exfoliates have anti-inflammatory agents beneficial to skin that is oily, acne and blackhead prone. I recommend exfoliating up to four times per week.”

2. Hydrate: Humectants work as a moisture magnet, pulling it from the air to the skin. According to CaSaroll, if there isn’t more than 70 percent humidity in a house then there isn’t enough moisture for the body to do its job properly. “Invest in a humidifier,” she says. “I also recommend using products containing hyaluronic acid because it’s water-binding and holds 1,000 times its weight in water which is vital for skin moisture.”

3. Use soothing agents: Looking for soothing ingredients such as aloe, oat bran, chamomile, cucumber, rose hip oil, burdock root, licorice root, and glycyrrhetinic acid. Incorporate toner or a spray mister in skin routines. “This step is often underrated, misunderstood and forgotten,” says CaSaroll.

4. Apply antioxidants: Antioxidants protect the skin from harmful free radicals. They also help protect from exposure to the sun, skin damage, signs of aging, and change in pigment. “Look for products that contain vitamins A, C and E, CoQ10, green tea, grape seed extract, plant oils, soybean sterols, and beta-glucan.”

5. Repair and protect: Products designed to repair increases moisture levels by providing an actual physical barrier, which prevents the loss of water from the epidermis. Look for products that contain pharmaceutical-grade mineral oil, ceramides, Shea butter, beeswax, silicone, cholesterol, fatty acids, and vegetable oils (think avocado or olive oil). “My favorite product is the new Avene Xeracalm. It is the most advanced cream for dry and itchy skin,” she says.

About FACE Skincare~Medical~Wellness:

FACE is a multi-award winning beauty and wellness clinic that has been providing successful innovative solutions to skin conditions for over a decade. Founded by skin expert, Holly CaSaroll, FACE offers 24 laser and facial machines, liquid facelifts and body makeovers. Over 17 years ago, CaSaroll rebuilt her own skin, disfigured from cystic acne, and has since created one of the most extensive clinics around. CaSaroll is a go-to skin guru and has been featured on TV and a bevy of publications. She currently pens a monthly column in “My Magazine,” titled “Ask the Expert.” Their Skin Management Experts™ specialize in non-invasive therapies using their unique 3D Face Therapy™ approach to healing skin that accelerates results from a cellular level. Her wellness division, headed by Dr. Doug Cutler, a Licensed Naturopathic Physician, finds the root cause of imbalances in the body to create overall well-being from the inside out. To see what FACE can do for you, please visit http://www.facebeautyscience.com/.

How To Take Care Of Your Child Against Skin Infections?

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By Brendon Buthello

kidsChildren are more prone to the skin disorders than adults mainly because of their carefree attitude and as they lack medical knowledge. They tend to take the skin disorders very lightly and are often seen to mingle with an infected person irrespective of making them alert of the consequences. Besides, it is always required to keep an eye on their habits concerning cleanliness. For parents and caregivers preventing skin disorders to transmit to their children is a responsibility that needs constant vigil. Here below we will discuss on four crucial aspects to take care of your child against skin infections.

Getting infected through direct contact

Children have a carefree and casual approach to illness, especially if it seems to them as merely an inconvenience on body surface but not a very painful or threatening one. Medically speaking a majority of the skin disorders is contagious. Children thanks to their casual simplicity often forget the danger involved in getting close to a person with skin disorder. Maybe the person in the next door suffers from skin rashes for a long time without your knowing. He may reach to your child for caressing or for engaging in a merry pastime and though it seems perfectly innocent and harmless, chances of transmitting a skin disorder lurks there.

Getting infected indirectly

There are more to be careful when it is about getting infected indirectly. There is multitude of avenues to get skin infection and a vast majority of them are indirect in nature. You might have made full proof arrangement to assure that your child does not come into contact with anybody with a skin disorder and you might have thoroughly maintained cleanliness inside the house. But irrespective of all these suddenly you may observe fungal infection in his body. You wonder how it happened in spite of so many precautions. It is quite simple, the groceries, vegetables, fruits and all those items that come from stores might have been handled by an infected person. In schools or playground your child may come to direct contact with someone infected or items used by infected one. While such exposures are hard to avoid you can at least guard your children by maintaining utmost cleanliness. Make sure that when coming from outside the exposed body parts are cleaned thoroughly and garments are cleaned regularly.

Transmission through droplets

groupkidswbgThere are many infectious diseases that transmit through droplets and contagious or infectious skin disorders are no exception in this regard. Droplets are nothing but moisture expelled from the nasal tract. Our respiratory tract is most sensitive to infections of any kind and naturally when a person is infected it can affect others through droplets as well. The infection borne moisture in the respiratory tract can quickly transmit when the infected person sneezes, exhales breath or expectorates cough. Make sure that your children do not get close to anyone suffering from such infectious disorders. Insist on boosting their immunity to fight all these airborne infections including that can be transmitted through droplets.

Airborne infections

From the dust particles in the air or from other pollutions also your children can get infected with skin disorders. Hardly you can ensure a throughout protection from these invisible airborne infections. But obviously you can take some preventive measures and protections to stop them from getting inroads into the body. First of all, try to let them remain in cool and dry conditions as long as possible and make them avoid getting moist and get into dusty atmosphere. Secondly, insist strengthening their immune system to fight the germs and fungal infections from within. Against airborne infections boosting immune system is the best guard.

Brendon Buthello is a healthcare blogger at ranzynn.com. He spends time to get detail knowledge of different types of skin infections and how to protect yourself from these skin disorders.

How Winter Skin Care Works: Tips To Glow In The Snow

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By Elizabeth Rago

womanskinThe harshness of winter calls for a modified approach to skin care in relation to the summer months and even though we might be tempted to slather on moisturizer and call it a day, it’s best to know how your skin responds to the cold weather. Sure, the exposure to extreme elements takes a toll on the skin, especially if your profession warrants you working outside, but the bigger culprit is lack of humidity in the air and the dryness that heating units bring to homes and offices.

We all know we should drink more water and switch up our skin care regimen, but how can you kick skin care up a notch in winter? Here are 8 tips to glow in the snow:

1 – Enroll in Moisturizer 101

Figure out your winter skin type. You are one, if not a combination, of the following: normal, oil, dry, sensitive, or mature. If you are not sure, Mayo Clinic has a convenient guide that can help you determine the nature of your skin. Next, consider the definition of the two kinds of moisturizers: humectants and emollients. Humectants draw water from the middle layer of the skin and the environment to the outer layer, while emollients seal in moisture. Skin care manufacturers often create product where emollients and humectants work together in moisturizers to hydrate the stratum corneum (aka, the outermost of the 5 layers of the epidermis).

2 – Troubleshoot with a professional.

Take the guesswork out of your skin type and resist blindly selecting a cleanser and moisturizer appropriate for your specific needs by reaching out to a dermatologist or esthetician. These professionals are trained to dig a little deeper and help you get to the root of your skin care concern.

3 – Bust out the Vaseline for your body.

If you are not taking a proactive approach to moisturizing your skin during the winter and persist to scrape a razor blade over the top layer of your skin, no wonder you are seeing cracks similar to the parched floor of the desert. Petroleum jelly contains no colors or fragrances, is hypo-allergenic and non-comedogenic and has a variety of uses to protect and soothe irritated skin. Classified as an emollient, petroleum jelly seals in moisture and can also help diminish the pain of plucking your eyebrows.

4 – What’s the big deal about humidity?

Bottom line, it’s dry in the winter. According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Americans spend 90 percent of their time indoors. Most likely heating units are firing quite often and when they do, moisture is sucked out of the air. Skin irritation arises right along with difficulty breathing and static electricity if indoor humidity is too low.

In the winter, humidity should be in between 30 and 40 percent. Any lower and you risk increasing the battle of dry skin and cold-like symptoms.

5 – Moisturize within 2 minutes of showering or washing.

WomanCreamAfter you wash, towel off and leave the skin a little damp. Moisturize using a fragrance-free product, one appropriate for the body and one for the face. FYI – men are not excluded from skin care maintenance, even if they have a facial hair. Under-the-beard skin maintenance means using a beard conditioner and weekly exfoliant. The all-male guide to fitness and health, Men’s Health, suggests using an aloe-based cortisone cream or soothing aftershave with vitamin E to calm the skin as opposed to a universal body moisturizer.

Other suggestions include buying a believable bronzer that is not too dark for your complexion and working a serum into your nighttime skin care regimen. Truth be told, a take-charge attitude and consistent strategy when it comes to treating dry skin is the key to glowing in the snow. Off with you now! Plug in the humidifier, size up your skin, moisturize and repeat.

– Elizabeth Rago is a writer working alongside Thrive Medical Spa specializing in health, wellness, and women’s lifestyle content, working with yoga studios, chiropractors, mental health, and wellness practitioners. Elizabeth writes the weekly column, The Circular Home for Chicago Shopping (an editorial partner of the Chicago Tribune) and is Senior Editor of All Things Girl, highlighting topics related to the modern domestic woman. She has been published in various online magazines. Connect with Elizabeth on Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google+.

Dementia Care Surpasses Cost Of Care For Cancer And Heart Disease

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seniors2The number of Americans with dementia is estimated to be between four and five million dollars, which when you factor in Alzheimer’s, has become the most expensive malady in the U.S., costing families and society $157 billion to $215 billion a year, according to a new Rand study. Cancer and heart disease are bigger killers, but their attending costs are lower than that of Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia due to not only drugs or other medical treatments, but the care that’s needed just to get mentally impaired people through daily life.

The Alzheimer’s Association reports the number of people 65 and older with Alzheimer’s disease is estimated to increase 40% to 7.1 million by 2025. Without medical advancements, that number is projected to rise to 13.8 million people by 2050 and could reach as high as 16 million.

“Dementing illnesses are chronic, terminal conditions, with a variety of underlying causes. In some instances, confusion is reversible and is due to another medical condition that could be attributed to something as simple as a hearing loss or medication side effects. Mental confusion is not always due to the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease. A healthcare practitioner should be consulted for assessment and treatment if necessary,” recommends Chizek, an RN and president of Charism® Eldercare Services in Westmont, Illinois.

On top of direct medical costs, researchers factored in unpaid care using two different ways to estimate its value – foregone wages for caregivers and what the care would have cost if bought from a provider such as a home health aide. That gave a total annual cost of $41,000 to $56,000 per year for each dementia case, depending on which valuation method was used.

Caregiving fatigue is now a real health concern for today’s caregivers, especially since six in ten family caregivers are employed. In fact, 73% of family caregivers who care for someone over the age of 18 either work or have worked while providing care; 66% have had to make some adjustments to their work life, from reporting late to work to giving up work entirely; and 1 in 5 family caregivers have had to take a leave of absence.

“Dementia care costs will inevitably rise, but family members and caretakers can help reduce long-term care costs of dementia by paying close attention to seniors who start exhibiting confusion and memory loss. Early intervention can help control the severity of some dementia cases, so communicate with a senior’s medical team and begin a treatment plan, advises Chizek.

For more information on making informed decisions about dementia care, visit Mardy Chizek and Charism Elder Care Services on-line at www.charism.net.

Turning Healthy With Good Chiropractic Care

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By Dana Smith

doctorEveryday life is stressful that there are times we just don’t realize how hard it can be. Life is so fast paced that we are on our toes for a good part of the day and our body goes through the motions without realizing how much of a strain we put on it. When we sit, stand, work or even rest, it all has to be done in a particular way and not always do we get this right. A chiropractor is someone who can help set things right for you and give your body the chance to get back to its strong self in a very non-invasive and structured way.

Some of the approaches to this would be:

● Customized chiropractic care
● A personalized diet
● An exercise regimen suited to your body
● Specific herbal supplements
● The ability to inculcate a more holistic approach to good health

A family chiropractor will help you and your family get you more disciplined about how you look after yourself. There are several new trends that evolve with chiropractic care and each one is targeted at making the recipient feel better about their bodies. One of these new trends is to combine chiropractic care with weight loss. The human race is primarily a hunter. Being able to walk long distances and eating a mix of meat, vegetables and herbs found in nature is but natural. Incorporating this form of exercise and a balanced diet that combines all the essentials is now a part of chiropractic care and aims at being a holistic and personalized form of treatment.

bigpantsWhen you lose weight with chiropractic care, it combines the right kinds of foods and supplements and ensures that the weight you lose is not temporary. The addition of muscle is what is encouraged and this prevents the weight from coming back. Of course each person, young or old has their own unique genetic makeup and even the best chiropractor will take all of this into consideration before coming up with a customized treatment plan.

With all of this, the inclusion of spinal massages and manipulations enhances the flexibility of the body and reduces the stress on the spinal column. With the spine firmly and well aligned, the body will be in a better position to absorb the nutrients that come its way. There are numerous studies that support the fact that a good spinal massage will help in building muscle and making the body fitter. With this done, an individual’s ability to build muscle and sustain it gets stronger and muscles remained toned for a longer while.

What will help push these measures forward in a better way are a person begin to think healthy. A holistic approach to get healthy is something that can cultivate over a period of time. Regularly revisiting diets, exercise regimens and supplement intake can help your body along with all the changes it undergoes. Paying attention to posture, reduction of stress even when you are working and giving your body regular time to relax will go a long way. Adding in a visit to a chiropractor will complete the package for you.

– This post is created by Dana Smith, a writer and blogger currently working for a renowned chiropractor – Effective Chiropractic.

What It’s Really Like To Live In A Care Home

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By Nisha Sharma

seniorcitizenMany older Americans are opting for assisted living facilities that provide a number of different levels of care, as the need arises. Though many people find these care homes a good solution, others may find it difficult to adjust to an institutionalized setting. In addition, the quality can vary widely from facility to facility. Experts advise that you talk to residents about the quality of care and other features of the care home.

Types of Services
Care facilities can offer a broad range of services, including all daily meals, housekeeping, laundry services, help with grooming, dressing and medical monitoring. In addition, some facilities may offer care for those with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, which requires more intensive interaction and supervision. Most frequently, help with these daily chores helps the resident to feel safe and secure. However, when facilities reduce staffing to save money, it can leave residents feeling without proper support, especially with the physical assistance that can be critical to them. People researching care homes, as well as family members, should pay attention to the particular needs of the individual to ensure that the facility is set up to provide the services they need.

Living Space
livingroomThe resident’s living space is often one of the most critical factors in his satisfaction with a care home. The type of living space can vary widely. Some offer whole apartments for residents, while others may only have a private bedroom with a shared space as a cooking and living area. Still others may provide a roommate for the resident. The needs of the resident should be fully understood before choosing a living condition for their needs. Many people require more privacy than others. On the other hand, other people may enjoy the company of someone who shares their living space. Most facilities offer attractive decors for their residents. However, the cosmetic appearance of the facility should never be the sole consideration for your selection.

Food
Food quality can vary widely in care homes. Some facilities keep a close eye on costs in the area. As a result, both the quality of food and the variety of dishes can suffer. One resident of a care home expressed her displeasure by saying, “It’s the same thing over and over—and everything is too bland.” Variety is a common complaint among residents in these facilities. However, other facilities take special care to ensure that their residents get a broad range of foods and may have ethnic food nights and culinary treats for special occasions. Many care homes may engage residents in cooking meals as a way to encourage group interaction. This action can be a good way to spark appetites and ensure that residents feel engaged in their own care.

Housecleaning and Laundry
Care home facilities generally provide housecleaning for residents, along with laundry services. These tasks are often too burdensome for those in advanced years or individuals with memory problems. Leaving the chores to others is frequently a relief to residents and their families take great comfort in the knowledge that these tasks are no longer on the shoulders of their loved ones.

Activities
seniorcoupleexercisesmallIn many facilities, keeping resident engaged in social activities of many kinds is an important concern because it aids in both physical health and emotional well-being. Music, plays, crafts, exercise, pet therapy and speakers on current issues are often featured to keep residents active and involved. Field trips to shopping malls or nearby museums may also be scheduled. However, though some care homes advertise enriched activities for residents, they do not always deliver on their promises, and residents may end up feeling bored and restless from lack of stimulation. Always inquire about the frequency of activities and talk with current residents about how often these activities occur.

Social Interaction
A care home facility will take an active role in getting residents together for movie night, birthday celebrations, holiday festivities and field trips. They will take proactive steps to cajole and persuade residents to interact with others to prevent isolation and depression. They will closely monitor residents’ behavior to ensure that they are in good mental and physical health.

– Nisha represents a site called mhaauchlochan.org.uk. She has been writing about dementia care for the last two years.