How Technology Has Helped Children To Live Healthier Lives

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kidsWhile the debate rages as to whether or not children spend too much time online, there are other less obvious facets of technology that have made a positive impact on our children’s health. With medical advances being made by the day, there are a number of ways in which technology can be utilized to assess and monitor the state of health in both adults and children. Before assuming that technology is damaging the upcoming generation, it’s time to take a look at just what those advances are that have helped our children live healthier lives.

Wearable Glucose Monitors

At some point in time, someone, somewhere came up with the idea to create a wearable device that continually monitors glucose levels in the blood without the need for those annoying finger pricks. They may be only an annoyance to adults, but many children find them painful. Wearable glucose monitors are the result of medical device engineering and technology working together to provide a better option for use with both adults and children.

As more and more techies work together with medical professionals, other types of wearables will be developed by companies such as DeviceLab that will enable data on a child’s health to be digitally uploaded to the health provider’s computer in real time. If the child has a life-threatening problem, it can be dealt with immediately, many times more quickly than an ambulance could arrive on scene.

Programs and Apps for Health Awareness

Kids today are getting cell phones at a younger and younger age. This could pose a problem if they were to use it inappropriately during school hours, but what about turning the tables by using that same phone to raise awareness on all things health. From teaching them about food groups and healthy foods to eat to providing educational games on anatomy or the ecology, kids can begin learning in an environment that stimulates their sense of wonder. After all, what kid isn’t fascinated by cell phones? If parents are going to provide them to children in grade school, they might as well download games and apps that will raise the child’s awareness of the world around them.

The World at Their Fingertips

Technology has literally brought the world to their fingertips…..

Technology has literally brought the world to their fingertips so kids today have access to a wealth of knowledge that their parents and grandparents weren’t privy to. Just as mobile devices and wearables can help to monitor and assess the state of our children’s health, so too can desktop computers be tied into a healthcare program for kids. There are so many ways in which a young mind can absorb knowledge if taught how to do so using technology as a tool.

Instead of lumping all technology together into something that is ruining the minds of our children, it is necessary to teach them how to use it wisely to enrich their lives and help them to live a healthier lifestyle. Like anything else in life, it isn’t that something is inherently bad but rather how you use it. Technology can be good and conversely, it can be bad. It’s all in how it is employed. So is technology ruining the minds of our kids? Maybe, but then again, maybe it is offering benefits we are only just beginning to understand.

– Article submitted by Carol Trehearn

Tips For Success When Seniors Live Alone

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This article is courtesy of PRWeb and the Harvard Health Publications, please share your comments below…..

seniorcoupleexercisesmallSeniors who live alone face many risks, such as isolation, depression, and a lack of help in emergencies. Despite the many tools to help reduce those risks, some older adults don’t take advantage of them. “The misconception is that any acceptance of help is somehow the beginning of a slippery slope into dependence and losing control of one’s life,” says Barbara Moscowitz, a geriatric social worker at Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital. But utilizing tools and services to remain independent enhances the ability to live alone, reports the February 2016 Harvard Health Letter.

One of the most important tools is a safety alert button, a waterproof device that alerts 911 with a single touch. “This device must stay on the body 24 hours a day,” says Moscowitz. “It won’t do any good on a nightstand if the person has fallen in the shower.” Prices range from $25 to $50 per month, depending on the system.

Moscowitz also recommends an emergency supply kit for electricity outages or times when older adults can’t get to the store. The kit should include three days’ worth of supplies, such as food and water. And to avoid running out of medications, it’s best to refill prescriptions when there’s a one-week supply remaining.

Convenience services are also a must for older adults who live alone, such as ride services; pharmacies, restaurants, and grocery stores that deliver; and errand services. And if the activities of daily living — such as bathing, dressing, taking medication, and cooking — become too difficult, private-duty care can keep seniors independent and at home longer, and help them avoid moving to a retirement home. These services can be expensive, but moving to assisted living can also be costly.

Read the full-length article: “Steps to stay independent when you live alone”

Also in the February 2016 issue of the Harvard Health Letter:

* Why more doctors are prescribing mindfulness

* Easy exercise breaks for “keyboard athletes”

* The health benefits of intimacy in the older years

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).

How Long Do You Want To Live?

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By Kac Young PhD, ND, DCH

seniorjogger“Do this one thing and add years to your life.” Dr. Andrew Weil. What does he mean?

Dr. Weil says, “Make regular, moderate exercise part of your healthy lifestyle routine. Physical activity is good for the body, mind and spirit; helps maintain and improve the health of your heart; reduces the risk of diseases such as diabetes and Alzheimer’s; promotes energy, quality rest and a healthy weight; helps manage unhealthy stress; and may alleviate mild to moderate depression.”

Ever since my heart attack in 2006, I realized I wasn’t getting the “right” kind of exercise. I thought I was active enough, but I wasn’t following a routine that gave me the aerobic factor for cardio strength-building. I researched many exercise programs until I found the best one for me – the one I could easily stick with – and then I put it on my calendar 4 times a week. Literally, if it’s scheduled on my calendar, I do it.

Years ago I was lucky enough to have a trainer come to my house and put me through the paces. Judy Kain was fit, healthy, beautiful and willing to coach me at 6:30 AM three times a week. I never felt better in my life. Since then, Judy has gone onto much bigger, better and more famous career things, so I am left to my own devices and self-discipline. Can I be trusted to do this all by myself?

Following what Judy taught me about regular routines, I now adhere to a schedule of treadmill exercise (30-40 minutes a session) four times a week. And, I walk somewhere every day. I lift (1 and 2 lb) hand weights to keep my muscles toned, my bones healthy and I also practice QiGong on the non-treadmill days. I have also taken up beginning Aikido which I never thought I would ever be able to do. The best part is that on my 65th birthday I signed up for both Medicare and the martial art on the same day.

As a result of my routine I have stamina, flexibility, strength and I feel that I am aging well. I know that exercise helps me live a better life and it will also extend my years as long as I am faithful to my practice.

joggerA To-Do list to get you started:

1. Find a good fitness DVD. Rent several and pick the one that suits you. Purchase it. Use it.

2. Download a workout app to guide you through a routine.

3. Join a gym and sign up for a class you enjoy. Try out several to see how you body responds to the exercise. Will it be Pilates, Yoga, Tai Chi, QiGong, Boot Camp, Stretching, Kick Boxing, Zumba?

4. Get an exercise buddy and make it a social event plus a commitment to better health and longer life for two.

5. Walk. Park further from the store, take the stairs, always choose the path of most vigor when you do your errands.

6. Babysit children under five and let them keep you young and active.

To reap all the benefits of exercise and cardio improvement most people only need 30 minutes of moderate aerobic activity at least four days a week, including two days of strength training, and a stretching routine. You can do that! It will pay off like a winning slot machine of health benefits for your mind, your body and your spirit.

Kac Young , a former television director and producer, has earned a PhD in Natural Health and is a Doctor of both Clinical Hypnotherapy and Naturopathy. She is the author of 11 books. Kac also completed 36 courses in nutrition from Baylor University.

Five Simple Tips On How To Live A Happier Life Today

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An interesting article supplied by PRWeb written by Dr. Sanjay Jain with tips on leading a healthier life. What are your thoughts on this article, please share in the comments section below…..

womantwistingMany people dwell on the negative aspects of life, but that isn’t beneficial. New York Times and USA Today Best Selling author, Sanjay Jain, M.D. MBA provides some tips from his new book on five simple ways to increase happiness today.

Forbes recently reported that as many as 52 percent of Americans are unhappy with their jobs and as a result, their relationships, health and finances suffer. While it may take a change of jobs to be happy in the workplace, there are many things that anyone can do to make their life happier. New York Times and USA Today Best Selling author, Sanjay Jain, M.D. MBA provides tips from his new book on five simple ways to increase happiness today.

1. Soak in some sun. A daily dose of sunshine, about 15 minutes around midday significantly boosts vitamin D levels which in turn increase serotonin production. Mood neurotransmitter not only helps helps you feel better, it boosts immunity and protects against some forms of cancer.

2. Stay home more. For people with families or a partner, staying home more and investing in relationships with loved ones is a surefire way to feel happier. Spend evenings and weekends reading books out loud, flipping through old photo albums, making a fancy dinner or gardening. These activities stimulate conversation and bring everyone together, something that is lacking in many relationships now that most people have a mobile device which rarely leaves their side. When choosing to spend time with friends, spend more time with the optimistic, positive, glass-is-half-full ones than the woe-is-me pessimistic types who infuse every conversation with mood-bashing negativity.

3. Keep a gratitude journal. This may seem like a fad since many people these days are trying to be more mindful and practice gratitude, but there’s really something to it according to researchers at Mayo Clinic. Write down one good thing every day and read through past entries right before bedtime. Develop the habit of looking for good in every situation: the line at the coffee shop might lead to some new professional connections, and having to make four dozen cookies for the school bake sale allows time to make memories with the kids.

happyteens4. Lend a helping hand. Schools teach kids to practice random acts of kindness, so why shouldn’t adults. Adults should try doing an act of kindness every day for a month in order to increase happiness. Participants in a study at the University of Illinois noticed that they had an increased level of happiness by day 10. Try tipping double the going rate; taking coffee to a friend; giving construction workers ice-cold bottles of water; raking leaves for the neighbor; sending a card and encouraging note to a new mom.

5. Eat an anti-inflammatory diet. Most people’s diets could stand at least a minor overhaul to boost health and healing. Eat your way to happiness by following an anti-inflammatory diet that’s rich in vegetables, fruits, cold-water fish, olive oil and healthy whole grains. Most foods that are whole and unprocessed, meaning they’re the closest to their most natural form as possible, are excellent at reducing and controlling inflammation, which is responsible for so many of the illnesses and diseases that people suffer from the standard American diet. By attaining better health, people are much more energetic and happier.

On their own, each of these tips can make a powerful impact on one’s levels of happiness. Start off by implementing one tip this week, and another each week thereafter to experience more happiness.

For more information on living a happier life please visit Dr. Sanjay Jain’s website at http://www.sanjayjainmd.com/.

About Dr. Sanjay Jain:

Sanjay Jain, M.D. MBA is a New York Times and USA Today Best Selling author, accomplished medical doctor, health expert, life coach and inspirational keynote speaker who has dedicated his life to helping people find their purpose by achieving a meaningful life that they deeply cherish. Sanjay Jain is U.S. trained and a board certified physician with over 15 years of clinical experience. He holds certifications in Diagnostic Radiology, Integrative Medicine, and Healthcare Quality and Management. He is a graduate from the accelerated BS/MD program at The Northeast Ohio Medical University. He has diversified experience in the private practice, academic, and integrated multispecialty settings.

Recognize The Intuition And Live Free

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By Jennifer Martin

yogaposeThe holistic path of yoga is a practice in which physical, mental and spiritual peace is attained. The union of transcendental self and physical psyche is yoga. Vedic knowledge is integrated in yoga practice; hence there is a great significance of Veda in yoga practice. It connects the body and the mind with its soul.

The prior decision of starting yoga classes

The ultimate goal of practicing Yoga is liberation. When the lucidity of spirit and the material nature is in equilibrium freedom is achieved. Apart from the peace of mind, the physical postures of yoga also as a healing effect on various health problems. It can be practiced as a complete exercise routine or program on a daily basis for healthy body and mind.

Practicing yoga as a daily routine is suggested by yoga teacher Zurich. This is the best way to start a day and continue with positive energy throughout. When health issues are the concern not only as an ailment, it is also adopted as a healthy weight loss program.

Yoga studios in Zurich give the healing touch

Yoga studios in Zurich focus on all the above mentioned benefits of yoga. If you’re stressed out after the long day at your workplace, then defines yoga comes to your help. Students who are not able to concentrate on their studies can practice the yoga for better concentration and memory power. It is believed that in earlier times the yoga was practiced from the childhood itself and it comes under the daily life chores. The people of that era used to heal themselves from various diseases by practicing yoga, which is the best way of self-healing. The yoga poses actually activates the parasympathetic nervous system of our body. This directly helps in proper hormonal functioning. All these factors help in distress your body with a more concentrating power.

3 reasons to console your mind

yogaposeIn the Zurich yoga studio, we serve our best to serve your mind body and soul. In a serene environment, we offer yoga of various purposes:

• Yoga classes for the students. The students often suffer from mood swing, emotional depression, and less concentration power. Yoga and meditations help a lot to recover from such problems.

• Yoga practices for working individuals. Distressing and other symptoms, like blood pressure, diabetes and many more can be overcome with this method.

• Get beautiful with a glowing skin. Yoga helps to detoxify your body and makes it more glowing and beautiful from inside without any king of dermatological medications or doctors helps.

Every session in our studio is about 60 minutes. Each of these training processes is accompanied by experienced teachers. Every trainer takes individual care to each member. The classes consist small mass maximum of 10 students per sessions. All the classes are in the lap of nature, with greenery all around you. Your eyes, mind and body will attain the purity and feel peaceful.

So still if you’re doubting to find other reasons to join with us, then you may be lagging behind. Thinking will make you more stressful. Join us and live your life the fullest.

– After a long, stressful life, yoga has gifted Jennifer with a lease of life. Yoga teacher comes to the help in getting back the refreshing new birth.

Will You Live to Be 100?

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Three Health Experts Release New Book Exploring the Secrets to Longevity

seniorjoggerIn their third book together, ‘Age to Perfection: How to Thrive to 100, Happy, Healthy, and Wise’, Drs. Walter Gaman and Mark Anderson, along with health and wellness expert Judith Gaman, are blowing the lid off the club that everyone wants to be a part of – the ‘Centenarians’. Filled to the brim with helpful tips, lists and real-life stories, this is one book that is easy to implement – no matter your age!

People from around the world travel to the Executive Medicine of Texas practice, searching for their own personal ‘fountain of youth’.

What they find are Drs. Walter Gaman and Mark Anderson, and health and wellness expert Judith Gaman. Between running the practice and anchoring the nationally syndicated ‘Staying Young Radio Show’, the three are also prolific and successful authors, penning three books together on the subject of aging – and aging well!

In their latest, ‘Age to Perfection: How to Thrive to 100, Happy, Healthy, and Wise’, the experts are opening up their treasure trove of knowledge on how to live for a century, and how the decisions we make at 50 – and even 30 – can affect the rest of our lives in a ways we never imagined.

Synopsis:

Ever wonder why some people live longer than others? Age to Perfection is packed with sound medical advice and tips on how you can live a longer and healthier life. This is a preventative and proactive approach to longevity. Filled with lists, charts, and helpful tools to help each reader reach their 100th birthday happy, healthy and wise. Age to Perfection concludes with interviews from several centenarians who are living life to the fullest. A fun and informative read on anti-aging that is different than anything else on the market.

As the authors will attest, ‘100’ is the ‘new normal’ and they’ve met many centenarians that show living to such an impressive age can be easy and enjoyable.

“We want people to know that living to 100 is going to become the rule, not the exception. Everyone should be thinking about what 80, 90, and even 100 will look like for them,” states Mark Anderson, MD.

Judy Gaman explains: “Many of our media appearances are made with Lucille Fleming, one of our favorite centenarians from the book. At 101 years, she really makes this book come alive. We want everyone to be able to enjoy life as much as she does at 101.”

Continuing, “The reality is that people are living longer and the number or people over 100 has grown exponentially over the decades. Although medicine has advanced, the basics of living a healthy lifestyle are still the most important part of thriving as we age. Want to know why some people are old at 50, while others are young at 90? Read this book to find out and to learn how you can be happy, healthy and wise at 100!”

Readers are equally as thrilled with the myriad of helpful tips and information in the book.

Geraldine Cutliff writes, “This book is Fantastic! Written in a knowledgeable and comfortable format that is user friendly. You feel like you can relate to the authors because they teach without preaching at you. I especially like the insight from the people who are living at 100 and doing it well.”

‘Age to Perfection: How to Thrive to 100, Happy, Healthy, and Wise’ is available now from Amazon.com: http://amzn.to/1cwjvGS.

About the Authors:

Walter Gaman, MD, is Board Certified and a Fellow of the American Board of Family Practice. As a seasoned professional and medical expert, he is a regular on Fox News Radio, as well as Good Morning Texas and other media outlets. In addition, Dr. Gaman co-hosts the nationally syndicated Staying Young Radio Show (www.stayingyoungshow.com). As a founding partner at Executive Medicine of Texas, Dr. Gaman’s passion is to educate people on how they can be proactive about their health. He believes everyone has the ability to reach their 100th birthday, while still having a smile on their face and a skip in their step. It was this very passion for health that lead to Newsweek Magazine naming him as a “Best Doctor in Texas” in 2010, as well as numerous other accolades.

J. Mark Anderson, MD is Board Certified in Family Practice. Named a HealthCare Hero 2013 by the Fort Worth Business Press, he has devoted his career to helping others reach their full health potential. His dedication to keeping up with the latest science and technology is what makes him one of the most sought after physicians in the country. Dr. Anderson can be heard around the nation each week on The Staying Young Radio Show. As a much sought after health expert in the media, he has made a name for himself on both the local and national level with appearances on multitude of shows. Dr. Anderson is a regular guest on Fox News Radio as a top medical expert.

Judy Gaman, BSHS, CCRC is a health and wellness expert at Executive Medicine of Texas, as well as co-host on the nationally syndicated Staying Young Radio Show. She graduated from The George Washington School of Medicine and Health Sciences with a degree in Clinical Research and has over 25 years of experience in the healthcare industry. She is an award-winning published author with many titles to her name. She enjoys speaking to large groups and continues to empower individuals with health information and useful tips. Judy appears regularly in the media as a health and wellness expert, and is heard regularly across the nation as a Fox News Radio expert.

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Natural Hormones – Can They Extend Your Quality Of Life And Help You Live Longer?

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By Dr. Michael Wald

seniors2Who wants to live longer with impaired memory, loss of sex drive, heart disease and diabetes? Optimizing one’s hormone levels has been shown to improve sex drive, increase ones overall sense of wellbeing, burn fat, strengthen bones, help maintain muscle throughout the body, lower cholesterol levels, improve memory and help ward off almost every major killer of modern living…and that’s not all!

Human beings age and die largely because our hormone levels diminish or fade away completely, resulting in loss of quality of life and shorter life span. Women are outliving men in part because of estrogen levels. Estrogens signal longevity genes in the body that reduce the formation of molecules I like to call “cell-killers”, otherwise known as free radicals. Free radicals cause genetic damage, resulting in shorter lifespan from disease. Studies of men demonstrate similar health promoting effects of testosterone, but in both men and women, it is the combined effects of many dozens of hormones that get the job done! My research has demonstrated that every single thing you eat has an effect, either positive or negative, upon hormonal levels. Because of this, it is possible to “turn the hormonal tide” in your favor – live better!

How do you get the hormone balance right? Endocrinologists, or hormone doctors, are seemingly not interested in longevity approaches. Their education is focused on correcting obvious hormone deficiencies in children that fail to thrive (largely by giving them growth hormone), providing people with low thyroid hormones, synthetic hormone replacement, and similar approaches in other deficiency conditions. Hormone-blockers are used if hormone levels are too excessive. Beyond just these patients who are “obviously deficient” in hormone levels, there are also those who can potentially benefit from “optimal hormone levels” and not merely “average hormone levels”. In longevity health care, we utilize different laboratory measurements to determine where “optimal” hormone levels should be. (see – intmedny.com).

seniorcoupleexercisesmallAs you age and experience disability and disease your hormone levels are declining. Doctors say that the decline in hormone levels are natural, but longevity doctors say that they are contributing to your loss of of life. Lifestyle factors such as exercise, stress reduction, sleep and diet can help keep hormones at “optimal” levels for far longer than what normally occurs in our fast-paced, stressed society. It cannot be claimed that the loss of quality of life and disease experienced today by so many of us is “normal,” or to be expected. Why? Simply because we are aging unnaturally and inappropriately due to too much stress, bad food, air pollution, radiation and other adverse environmental factors.

Laboratory testing by a longevity practitioner, careful consultation, and questionnaires are used to discover how to best balance hormone levels. After all, do you want to have the average heath of a person your age? Look around – it’s not so fantastic! Obesity, overweight, poor memory, loss of aerobic capacity, high cholesterol, arthritis and bone loss are just a few of the problems resulting in part from a decline in our hormone levels throughout our lives. However, with the use of what are known as bioidentical hormones (hormones that are exactly identical to those made in the human body naturally), scientific studies suggest that we can stay biologically younger for far longer than was ever expected.

Health issues including anxiety, weight gain, depression, pain, memory loss, loss of libido, sleep disturbances, acne, muscle strength and tone, and pre-and postmenopausal are often helped when one supplements with natural hormones, makes improvements to his or her diet, and takes the right nutritional supplements.

– Dr. Michael Wald, aka The Blood Detective, is the director of nutritional services at Integrated Medicine of Mount Kisco, located in Westchester New York. He has appeared on ABC World News Tonight with Diane Sawyer, Channel 11 PIX, Channel 12 News, CNN, The Food Network and other media outlets. Dr. Wald earned the name Blood Detective for his reputation to find problems that are often missed by other doctors. He earned an MD degree, is a doctor of chiropractic and a certified dietician-nutritionist. He is also double-board certified in nutrition. He has published over a dozen books with three additional titles due for release late 2013 including: Frankenfoods – Genetically Modified Foods: Controversies, Lies & Your Health and Gluten-A-Holic: How to Live Gluten Free and the Blood Detective’s Longevity Secrets. Dr. Wald can be reached at: www.intmedny.com or www.blooddetective.com or by calling: 914-242-8844.

If You Could Live Longer By Doing Four Things, Would You?

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By Kac Young PhD, ND, DCH

seniorcoupleexercisesmallWhat do supercententarians (people who live to be 110 or older) have in common that makes them live longer (1)? We can narrow it down to four things.

1) Body: They are physically active. The simple act of walking, taking the stairs instead of the elevator, participating in activities that involve exercise such as tennis, gardening, hiking, and other sports. (Riding in a golf cart for 18 holes does not qualify as a sport!) One women at 105 walks in place and lifts light hand weights when she watches television. Another 103 year old walks his dog twice a day rain, sleet or snow. Not keeping the body active and engaged in exercise allows the internal systems and organs to weaken and atrophy from lack of stimulation. Your heart, for example, is a muscle and a pump. If you don’t work it, it will lose its strength and you will be a prime candidate for cardio vascular disease – something that is 90% preventable through exercise and diet.

2) Attitude. Optimism, smiling, laughing, letting things roll off your back, being grateful for all that you have, forgiving those who have hurt you… you know, the easy stuff! (Laughter.) Actually, it is easy. Our attitudes are formed based on our beliefs. What we once learned, we can re-learn and unlearn. If you are willing to teach yourself a new way to look at life, you can increase your lifespan and the enjoyment of your life. Next time you have a negative thought, flick yourself on the wrist and change your thought, comment, expression from a downer to an upper in an instant.

3) Social Networking. This doesn’t mean Face Book, Twitter, or Pinterest. It means having and making real, live friends that you can share activities and interact with. It means you will have to come out of hiding behind your work, computer, isolation and reach out into society. Volunteering is a great way to meet new people and share a common bond.

In one study, for example, researchers found that people who had no friends increased their risk of death over a 6-month period. In another study, those who had the most friends over a 9-year period cut their risk of death by more than 60% (2).

4) Spirituality. Having a belief in something bigger than ourselves accounts for added years and happier feelings says a study from the University of Toronto (3). When you have a balanced set of beliefs, share common values of family, friends, community and the environment you are going to live longer. This doesn’t mean you have to belong to an organized religion, but the study does suggest regular attendance within a social atmosphere filled with inspiration and common bonds is a prominent key to long life.

There you have it. Four steps to a longer life. It’s free, it’s easy and it’s yours for the taking. If you are starting fresh, begin with step one and work your way through the steps one at a time. If you dedicate one half an hour each day to improving your life and integrating the four steps, you will begin to see and feel an improvement in your health within three weeks.

Maxwell Maltz says it takes twenty one days to change a habit. You’re only three weeks away from a healthier, happier and longer life. Why not start today so you can see many more tomorrows.

(1) http://www.econ.ucla.edu/costa/genusreviewessay.pdf
(2) http://www.anapsid.org/cnd/gender/tendfend.html
(3) http://www.thirdage.com/spirituality/spirituality-longevity

– Kac Young , a former television director and producer, has earned a PhD. in Natural Health and is a Doctor of both Clinical Hypnotherapy and Naturopathy. She is the author of 10 books and a crusader for a happy healthy life and heart. Heart Easy is a system of nutritionally sound, delicious meals that promote heart health, long life and taste great. In the cook book sound nutritional advice is followed by traditional recipes that have been turned into heart healthy meals that anyone can make and everyone will love. Learn more: HeartEasy.com

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.

Best Ways To Motivate Your Children To Live An Active Physical Lifestyle

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By Kennith Campbell

boyrunninggreenDeveloping strong bodies and minds is a critical part of childhood, but few too many kids nowadays have the inspiration or motivation to do much more than sit on the couch watching television. Add to this the fact that over half the US adult population is considered overweight, and one in three kids under the age of 12 are medically overweight. The Centers for Disease Control advises that children who are overweight have a high chance of being obese in adulthood, and this can lead to a laundry-list of health issues, including:

• 70 percent of obese kids have or will develop high blood pressure and cholesterol levels that are above the normal range, which are both risk factors for heart disease.

• Inactive kids who are obese often have breathing problems, such as asthma and sleep apnea, which can be deadly.

• Kids are at an increased risk for impaired glucose tolerance and insulin resistance which lead to hormonal imbalances and type 2 diabetes.

• Children who are obese or inactive have a greater risk for mental illness and social problems due to poor self-esteems and discrimination that affects them well into adulthood.

The good news is that none of these risk factors have to happen, if you can get your children moving and leading a physically active lifestyle. It starts with good parenting and setting an example for your kids, to inspire them to see exercise and other forms of physical activity as a normal part of everyday routines.

Here are some good ways to motivate your kids to be physically fit, and avoid the problems associated with childhood obesity.

1. Make physical fitness fun. Exercise doesn’t have to be boring or uncomfortable in order to be good for your health. Instead, it’s time to look at physical fitness as something to look forward to and a time for having fun. Put on some music when you do chores and encourage your kids to dance around the house. Try adding a basketball hoop to your home’s exterior and challenge your kids to a weekly game. Reduce television, computer and video game time to an hour each week, and offer alternative entertainment options.

2. Plan family activities in the outdoors. Perhaps one of the best ways to motivate your kids to get more physical fitness into their lives is by participating as a family unit. Stop doing activities that encourage sitting around, and start planning outdoor activities in community parks and playgrounds. Buy everyone a bicycle and go for rides to the store instead of driving in the family mini-van. Kids will follow in your footsteps, so you want to be a good example.

3. Stop revolving around food. A major reason why many families have a high incidence of obesity is not just about genetics; it’s also about values concerning family time and food. Families who plan events and celebrations around the food they will serve are teaching kids that in order to be happy, one must overeat. Instead, when planning or attending family activities, avoid indulging in rich foods and instead encourage personal interaction by walking around the room.

4. Set weekly goals for physical activity, with rewards. Your kids will become more self-motivated if they are challenged. This is because kids all like to feel special and they will respond to the positive reinforcement of weekly fitness goals. Create a wall chart where kids can track their fitness minutes, with a non-food treat rewarded when goals are met.

Living a healthier lifestyle and encouraging kids to get fit is a big part of who they will grow up to be someday. Make sure you are doing all you can to inspire them to be their very best.

– Kennith Campbell writes about the benefits of physical activies and physical fitness among other topics. Kennith is a writer for UltraSlide.