Today is National Give a Compliment Day! Compliments make you and the person you are giving it to feel good! It can really make someone’s day and can even have a ‘butterfly effect’ where they pass a compliment forward. Receiving compliments can help someone feel noticed, validated, appreciated, or confident. Giving and receiving sincere compliments help encourage positive attitudes, and at Private Home Care we believe that the more positivity is spread around, the better!
Women’s healthy weight day January 23 2020. Private Home Care is particularly passionate about women’s health. Any woman will tell you that it is harder for women to lose weight than men. This is because women store higher levels of fat in their body and men have higher levels of muscle. Women are typically smaller boned than men, so their caloric needs are lower, which means when eating at a restaurant it is easier for women to overeat. Women also experience more hormonal changes throughout the aging process. They have different needs at different times, which can be challenging to maintaining a healthy weight.
Here are some steps you can take to maintain a healthy weight:
- Consult with your doctor – they can help you set realistic goals and order screening tests that provide insight about your weight.
- Drink water regularly.
- Get enough sleep!
- Eat more fruits and veggies.
- Avoid processed foods as much as you can.
- Regular aerobic exercise – it can be walking or a zumba class at your gym, whichever you like best! It can be helpful to have a ‘workout buddy’ told hold each other accountable and make exercise more fun.
This week we celebrate National Healthy Weight Week! We are able to provide the best care at Private Home Care because we are committed to health and wellness. We encourage maintaining a healthy weight, which is essential for long lasting health, especially brain health.
Watch what changes happen in your brain when you lose weight and improve your health!
Stay tuned for more National Healthy Weight Week blogs 🙂
January is National Blood Donor Month!
There are many benefits of donating blood! Private Home Care encourages all who are able to donate, so donate blood at your local Red Cross today!
Reduces Risk of Disease – Donating blood can help those who eat foods rich in iron limit the build-up and oxidation of iron in the body, which has been linked to heart attacks, strokes and cancer. Studies have shown that regular blood donors are 88% less likely to suffer a heart attack.
Emotional Well Being – The satisfaction of knowing that you helped save a life.
Improves Blood Circulation – After donating your body creates more blood, which is distributed and circulated more evenly.
Mini Medical Exam – During the blood donor screening process your pulse, blood pressure, body temperature and hemoglobin levels are checked. Your blood is also tested for certain diseases. This provides great insight into your health because screening can detect problems or irregularities that could otherwise go undetected.
Donating blood can save lives, and less than 10% of eligible donors do. January has been designated as National Blood Donor Month because it is usually a period of serious blood shortages. People tend to stop donating blood during the busy holidays or due to illness during cold and flu season. Blood donations may also be cancelled due to snow.
Almost everyone knows someone who has required a blood transfusion due to illness or injury and how important it is. Blood donations from people with rare blood types are especially critical.
Private Home Care urges you to give the gift of health and save a life by donating blood!
“Pooh, how do you spell love?” – Piglet
“You don’t spell love Piglet, you feel it.” – Pooh
Today is National Winnie the Pooh Day! Private Home Care loves the timeless heartwarming character Pooh and his friends. Spread some kindness today inspired by Pooh Bear!
Research has shown that familiar music can engage those with Alzheimers and dementia, and so can reading classic childhood stories like Winnie the Pooh! https://newoldage.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/04/22/many-alzheimers-patients-find-comfort-in-books/
Winnie the Pooh is named after a black bear in the London zoo during WWI whose name was Winnie. The author A.A. Milne’s son, Christopher Robin, loved visiting Winnie in the zoo, and wrote a book about it.
January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month
Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases that steal your vision, and can go undetected in early stages. Populations over sixty are at higher risk for glaucoma so make sure to get your eyes examined at least once a year! Private Home Care makes sure to always keep an eye on you and your loved ones 🙂
Like many other illnesses, you can reduce your risk or slow progression for glaucoma with a healthy diet.
In Dr Neil Barnard’s TEDtalk a study indicated that you can literally ‘reverse the clock’ in your brain!
The hippocampus region of the brain (pictured above) is responsible for memory, and gradually shrinks in older adults as we age. The brain images of subjects who went for a brisk walk three times a week for a year showed that not only did their hippocampus stop shrinking, but gradually grew – as if time was going backwards! Those who walked also did substantially better on memory and cognitive tests. Yet another reason for Private Home Care to promote exercise!
Dr Neil’s exercise ‘prescription’ for making walking a habit:
Week 1: A 10 minute walk three times a week
Week 2: Add 5 minutes to each walk, for a 15 minute walk three times a week. Increase tempo.
Week 3: Add another 5 minutes to each walk, for a 20 minute walk three times a week, with the tempo increased.
Keep increasing until you have reached a 40 minute walk at a brisk pace three times a week!
TIP: Feel like you don’t have the time? Try splitting the walks up, perhaps 20 minutes in the morning and 20 minutes in the evening.
Harsh weather conditions? If the weather is bad, you can go to a health club. Or you can invest in a recumbent stationary bicycle with back support to ride at home. A good idea is to have the bike stationed next to a window – that way you can get the benefits of sunshine. You can even make it a part of your day and enjoy your morning coffee and read the newspaper while pedaling on a gentle setting!
TEDtalk with Dr. Neil Barnard (we are big fans of his at Private Home Care!)
“Power Foods for the Brain” is a fascinating TEDtalk about how our lifestyle impacts our risk of developing Alzheimer’s. One study followed over 1,000 adults with the Alzheimer’s gene (APOEe4) for over 20 years where the average age was 50. Researchers found that those who ate less saturated fat (<21.6 grams per day) were 80% less likely to develop Alzheimer’s than those who ate more saturated fat (>21.6 grams per day), EVEN IF THEY HAD THE GENE!
December 28th is National Card Playing Day! Playing cards is not only fun for the whole family and friends, but it can improve your memory and has been linked to larger brain volume! People of any age and ability can enjoy, and all you need is a deck of cards. Playing weekly games of Bridge (or any card game!) can offer both intellectual and social stimulation. Private Home Care can sure support any activity that is fun and is healthy for your brain!
Other great brain-stimulating games include checkers, mahjong, backgammon, chinese checkers dominoes, scrabble, crossword puzzles, jigsaw puzzles and more.