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National Father-Daughter Take a Walk Day!

National Father-Daughter Take a Walk Day!

Happy National Father Daughter Take a Walk Day!

National Father Daughter Take a Walk Day is observed annually on July 7th. This day promotes the benefits of family bonding time between fathers and daughters as well as the benefits of physical activity.

The memories made during your time together will stay with you forever. During the summer season, there are many incredible places to walk and enjoy nature as you spend time talking, laughing, and bonding. While taking a stroll, cherish the time spent together. Your child will value the gift of the time you give no matter how old they are.

As you’re walking, you will also be setting an excellent example of a healthy lifestyle – another valuable gift. Walking is one of the best exercises and the easiest to incorporate. Walking is something the whole family can do together, so don’t be surprised when the rest of the family asks to go for walks, too.

Father-daughter walks can be as long or short as you like. Walks around your neighborhood help increase interactions with neighbors. Another great place for walks is along local walking or hiking trails. These well-marked trails offer a little bit of nature while keeping from getting lost. During inclement weather, indoor walking tracks or large indoor spaces could take the place of the sunshine and parks.

It is especially important now for daughters to take a walk with their older fathers. It has been hard on seniors to be socially distanced from their families. As long as applicable safety guidelines are being followed, going for a nice stroll through the park should be a lovely time! Being around people you love boosts the immune system and is actually GOOD for your health! Take a walk with your father, for his health and his!

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Say ‘Yes’ to Strawberries!

Let’s talk about strawberries!

Not only are they delicious, but these wonder-berries are a nutritional powerhouse!

There is a good reason why strawberries are naturally shaped like a heart – because they are very heart-healthy! Strawberries increase HDL (good) cholesterol, and lower your blood pressure. They protect against heart disease and heart attack because strawberries have anti-clotting properties. This means that nutrients in strawberries make blood thinner so there will not be blood clumps that can potentially travel to a major organ, like the heart, and cause a blockage, which can lead to a heart attack.

Many people take medications for this condition…but what if you could just eat a simple berry to prevent this from happening? This does not mean that you should stop your medications immediately, but there is a chance that you could lower your dosage (or even not have to take medicine) by enjoying delicious strawberries every day!

Antioxidants in strawberries counteract the effect bad cholesterol ‘LDL’ in the blood, which causes plaque to build up in arteries. They also provide an anti-inflammatory effect, which is also good for the heart.

Antioxidants! Strawberries are chock-full of gorgeous antioxidants! Scientists found that the high levels of antioxidants in strawberries helped reduce oxidative damage, as well as blood lipids — both of which play a role in heart disease and diabetes. The antioxidant properties in strawberries may also help to prevent cataracts!

VITAMIN C: One serving of strawberries provides half of your daily recommended about of Vitamin C! As we know, Vitamin C is powerful immune booster, and a powerful, fast-working antioxidant. Because of high levels of Vitamin C, next time you are sick, reach for fresh strawberries and not sugar-laden orange juice!

Strawberries can help ward off cancer! Vitamin C is one of the antioxidants that can help with cancer prevention, since a healthy immune system is the body’s best defense!

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National Strawberry Sundae Day!

Today is National Strawberry Sundae Day! Hot summer days call for a sweet, refreshing treat. National Strawberry Sundae Day is July 7 and there is no better way to escape the summer heat than with this delicious dessert. There are many U.S. cities that still battle over claiming stake as the birthplace of the sundae in the late 1880s, but one thing is for sure, the sundae is an American favorite. Happy Strawberry Sundae Day – try saying that a few times in a row! 🙂

At Private Home Care, we love nutrition and we also love to indulge! Strawberries are naturally very healthy but a traditional sundae is not the healthiest. That is why we are sharing a recipe for healthier ice cream so make can still enjoy your strawberry sundae and keep on track with a whole foods diet and lifestyle!

Once you make your ice cream, add on strawberries, maple syrup, healthy chocolate syrup (recipe in comments!) and cacao nibs! Throw in some dried strawberries to take your strawberry sundae to the next strawberry-fueled level!

P.S. Want an ‘on-the-go’ strawberry sundae? Blend up strawberries in your morning JuicePlus vanilla protein shake – you will thank us later!

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Blackberries – A Delicious Superfood!

Blackberries – A Delicious Superfood!

We love blackberries at Private Home Care! They are packed with antioxidants (our favorite!) and have many other health benefits. Pretty cool for a little berry, huh?!

1. Packed with Vitamin C!

One cup of raw blackberries has half of the daily recommended value of Vitamin C! Vitamin C is integral to collagen formation in bones, connective tissue, and blood vessels. Vitamin C may also help heal wounds, regenerate the skin, battle free radicals (molecules released by toxins) in the body, absorb iron, shorten the common cold, and prevent scurvy.

2. High in Fiber

Blackberries are high in fiber, which helps to: reduce cholesterol,promote regular bowel movements, control blood sugar levels by slowing the rate of sugar absorption, lose weight by making you feel fuller longer, and provide fuel to nourish healthy gut bacteria.

3. Good Source of Vitamin K

Vitamin K is the reason why you don’t bleed profusely when you cut yourself: It helps your blood clot. Vitamin K also plays a role in bone metabolism. Vitamin K deficiency may lead to bone thinning and bone fractures. It may cause easy bruising, heavy menstrual bleeding, and blood in the stool or in the urine. Just one cup of raw blackberries provides almost 29 micrograms, which is over one-third of the daily recommended value of vitamin K.

4. High in Magnese

Magnese is vital to healthy bone development and a healthy immune system. It also helps your body metabolize carbs, amino acids, and cholesterol. Like vitamin C, manganese plays a key role in the formation of collagen. And the enzyme that helps manganese form collagen, prolidase, also helps wounds heal properly.Manganese may help prevent osteoporosis, manage blood sugar levels, and reduce epileptic seizures.One cup of raw blackberries contains 0.9 milligrams of manganese, almost half the daily recommended value.

5. Good For Your Brain!

Blackberries may improve brain health and help prevent memory loss caused by aging, according to a review of research in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. The review concluded that antioxidants in berry fruits help fight free radicals and alter how brain neurons communicate. This may help reduce brain inflammation, which can lead to cognitive and motor issues common with aging.

6. May Help Support Oral Health

Blackberry extract has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory abilities against some types of bacteria that cause oral disease, which suggests blackberry extract may help prevent and control gum disease and cavities.

A one cup serving of this delicious fruit provides over half of the recommended daily value of Vitamin C, K, and magnese. Blackberries also help boost brain health and oral health. Sounds like a perfect snack!

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Exercising in Hot Weather

Today we talk about how to keep yourself safe and healthy while exercising during the summer. Here in New England, we are lucky that we get to experience all four seasons. But, summer is typically shorter, and people may not be used to the heat. Now that gyms are closed, many of us are exercising outside when we are not used to the heat, let alone exercising.

1. Hydrate!

Hydration is always very important for exercising, but during the summer it is especially so. In hot weather we may start getting dehydrated unintentionally just sitting in the car waiting for the air conditioner to come on!

A good way to make sure to stay hydrated is to drink water before, during, and after your workout! If you are doing a tough workout, try diluting sports drink down with water, with 25% sports drink and 75% water. That way you receive the benefits of the sports drink but not all of the extra sugar that your body does not need! It is actually better to drink smaller amounts of water at more frequent intervals (such as every 20 minutes) because it helps keep the body more hydrated as you sweat.

2. Pick a time!

It is best to exercise in the morning or in the evening, when the sun is not strong and it is cooler outside. If you are exercising before or after the sun, wear reflective clothing and a headlight or small flashlight. Make sure to have your cell phone on you just in case!

3. Sun safety!

We have written about it many times – sunscreen, hat, clothing that covers, etc. Keep yourself healthy!

4. COVID Guidelines

Follow COVID guidelines appropriate to your situation. For example, if you have an at-risk loved one at home and you decide to walk on a busy beachside sidewalk where there are many people, it could be good idea to wear a mask. However, if you are walking in a park at 6 a.m. when it is silent and no one is there, there is not much of a need to wear a mask.

5. Fitness Fashion

Wear loose, breathable, light colored clothing because it allows more air to pass over the body, which keeps you cool. And, as we mentioned above, wear a hat to beat the heat!

6. Don’t Push It

When you are exercising outside in warmer weather, your body is working harder. Don’t try to push it to achieve the same workout that you would normally be able to in a highly air conditioned gym. Wearing a fitbit or similar device can be helpful for monitoring your movement while keeping track of your heartbeat to make sure you do not push it too much.

7. Stop Immediately At Any Signs of Illness

Make sure to monitor for signs of heat exhaustion or dehydration, including headache, fatigue, dizziness, muscle cramps, tingling, confusion, change to heartbeat, seeing spots, or confusion.

*Please note – may of these tips apply for swimming as well! Even though you are surrounded by water, that does not mean that your body cannot overheat or become dehydrated!

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National ‘Fried’ Chicken Day

National ‘Fried’ Chicken Day

Today is National Fried Chicken Day! (Or, for health-conscious people, it is National Oven-Fried Chicken Day!)In the United States, July 6th chicken lovers across the country recognize National Fried Chicken Day.

Scottish immigrants brought their tradition of deep-frying chicken in fat to the southern United States. After its introduction to the American South, fried chicken soon became a staple. Over time, cooks added seasonings and spices to enrich the flavor of the chicken. Traditional fried chicken is a dish consisting of chicken pieces floured or battered, then pan-fried, deep-fried or pressure-fried. The breading adds a crisp coating to the exterior of the chicken. Knowing how to get a good crisp on the chicken may seem elusive to some. However, some of the best cooks will tell you the keys to achieving the crispiest fried chicken involves seasoning well and early in the process, adding starch to your flour and frying your chicken at the right temperature. The oil should be 300°F. Finally, let the chicken rest before serving to allow the juices to be absorbed back into the meat.

Let’s be honest – fried chicken is not the healthiest food. Private Home Care is passionate about nutrition, that is why we are here to show healthy alternatives! Here is a recipe for healthy ‘fried’ chicken, that is actually oven baked and not deep fried! Eliminating oil eliminates a lot of calories, saturated fat, and using skinless chicken breast lowers that even more! Enjoy this delicious recipe!

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National Sushi Handroll Day!

July 6th ushers in National Sushi Hand Roll Day with the freshest flavors! The day encourages us to explore our senses by experiencing one of sushi’s most popular forms – the sushi handroll.

Japanese sushi hand rolls delight the senses with vibrant color, taste, and texture. Since every delicate hand roll is masterfully designed, the chef presents each one as a work of art. A delicious dip into soy enhances the perfect bite, too. Whether it’s spicy or sweet, or a combination of both, we delight in eating hand rolls with friends over sake, wine, or a Japanese beer.Ideally, a hand roll is eaten right away and consists of the freshest fish. Hand rolls also include specially harvested seaweed, house-made sauces, and warm rice. When everything comes together, the final result is not only beautiful but incredibly delicious.

Traditional sushi hand rolls come in 6-8 pieces and they are made with fish, veggies, sushi rice (high in iron because of the extra vinegar added!), wrapped up in dried seaweed. Not only are sushi handrolls very, very healthy, they are also delicious and so much fun to eat! Enjoy!

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National Workaholic Day

National Workaholic Day

National Workaholics Day on July 5th reminds us to balance our work and home life. Work isn’t everything!  Do you come in early, skip your lunch and stay late or know someone who does? This day is dedicated to the people who fit that description – the workaholics. 

A workaholic feels the need to be busy at all times which may cause problems. They might perform tasks they are not required to do or are unnecessary for project completion. These unnecessary tasks cause inefficiency where the focus should be on production. Workaholics may have trouble delegating or entrusting co-workers with tasks. They struggle with organizational skills due to taking on too much work at one time. The solution for workaholics is to step back, regroup, and slow down a little bit.

Having to work from home because of COVID may be especially challenging for a workaholic. A workaholic may feel pressure to work even longer hours because they cannot be in the office. Other stressors related with COVID, such as childcare, or concern about a loved one’s health, can exacerbate levels of stress. This kind of negative stress is bad for the body, and can negatively impact health. At Private Home Health Care we value health and well being. We encourage everyone to live a healthy lifestyle and when stress levels get a bit too high, you should take a step back, take a breath, and drink some water. Remember, health is wealth! 

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How to Celebrate 4th of July with Seniors

How to Celebrate 4th of July with Seniors

How to Celebrate 4th of July with Seniors

Parade or Concert!

Even though this year seniors may not be able to go to in-person parades or concerts, there are still ways to enjoy! There are many concerts for 4th of July being shown on TV, like the Boston Pops Orchestra!  

Fireworks!

Fireworks are a 4th of July favorite for all! Fireworks are displayed in places where they can be seen from far away, so a senior does not have to be in the middle of a crowd to watch fireworks! They can watch from a secluded spot outdoors, or from a car. If your loved one can watch fireworks from their own home, that would be wonderful! 

Eat Traditional Fourth of July Foods!

Food can evoke wonderful memories. Include your loved one with mealtime (or prep if they feel up to it!), and ask them if they would like to eat anything in particular to celebrate the 4th of July. 

Some seniors may have difficulties with eating or swallowing, but they can still enjoy foods like ice cream, pasta salad, lemonade, shredded chicken or beef, and (my favorite) shortcake with strawberries, blueberries and whipped cream – yum!

Honor veterans

Take time to remember veterans by visiting a memorial, donating to charity, reflecting on memories with loved ones, looking at family pictures of servicemembers or writing a thank you note to a member of the military.

Bring the Celebration to Them!

If your loved one has mobility issues, bring the celebration to them! Celebrate 4th of July by helping decorate their yard or house with an American flag or red, white, and blue flowers. Another good idea is to watch a patriotic movie to celebrate American Independence!

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Private Home Care and 4th of July!

Private Home Care and 4th of July!

Tomorrow is July 4th, Independence Day!

July Fourth is one of our favorite holidays at Private Home Care! We love the fireworks, barbecues, and fun times where we celebrate American freedom and independence.Private Home Care values freedom and independence for all, especially for your loved ones. Aging in place allows for seniors to maintain the liberty and independence of living in their own beloved and comfortable homes.

Our expert caregivers support your loved ones so they can maintain their freedom and live life to the fullest. Home truly is where the heart is, and at Private Home Care, ‘Compassion is at the Heart of Our Care’.

We embrace American values every day by helping seniors maintain independence and freedom at home. We wish you a Happy 4th of July and God Bless America!

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