Celebrated annually on March 26, Epilepsy Awareness Day, or Purple Day, was created to increase the public’s understanding of this brain disorder and to eliminate the fear and stigma surrounding it. With over 3.5 million people diagnosed with epilepsy in the U.S. and over 50 million worldwide, it is likely you know someone living with the day-to-day challenges epilepsy brings. The good news is epilepsy can be easily managed if diagnosed and treated correctly, so awareness and research are important. Join Private Home Health Care in observing Epilepsy Awareness Day by wearing purple!
Epilepsy is caused by electrical disturbances in the brain resulting in seizures of various types. It can be a scary condition to people who do not understand what is going on, which has led to many unnecessary assumptions and even laws about the disease and the capabilities of those who live with it. It’s the fourth most common neurological disorder after migraines, strokes, and Alzheimer’s. Estimates show that one in 26 Americans will develop epilepsy at some point in their life.
The motto is ‘Anyone with a brain can have a seizure and anyone with a brain can help those with epilepsy.’ So, that means YOU can help today!
Education and awareness is key to fighting diabetes. At Private Home Health Care, we are passionate about advocating for health and wellness, including diabetes. In honor of National American Diabetes Association Alert Day, here is more information that may help you or a loved one.
There are two types of diabetes. While Type 1 diabetes is not as preventable, it can be managed well with insulin injections. Managing Type 1 diabetes might also require frequent blood sugar monitoring, eating healthy foods, exercising regularly, and maintaining a healthy weight. Education is key to learning how to manage symptoms of Type 1 diabetes. Type 1 diabetes often has a very strong genetic component.
However, type 2 is much more preventable, and some actions can be taken. Making healthy choices provides the best chance of protecting against type 2 diabetes. In the United States, 9 out of every 10 cases of diabetes can be avoided if the above lifestyle changes are implemented. Families, schools, workplaces, communities, and healthcare providers can all work together to make healthy choices easy ones.
Ways to Prevent Type 2 Diabetes:
-Eliminate sugar and refined carbs
-Work out regularly and avoiding a sedentary lifestyle
-Make water the primary beverage
-Maintain a healthy weight
-Eat a high fiber diet-Optimize Vitamin D levels
The best way to treat disease is to prevent it in the first place. By leading a healthy lifestyle, it is the best way to set yourself up for long term health.
-Diabetes affects about 34.2 million Americans or about 10.5 percent of the U.S. population.
-Nearly 1 in 5 adults living with diabetes, or 7.3 million Americans, are unaware that they have the disease.
-Approximately 88 million people aged 18 years or older have prediabetes, a condition in which blood glucose levels are higher than normal, but not high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes.
-An additional 1.5 million Americans are diagnosed with diabetes each year.
At Private Home Health Care, we offer excellent caregiving for seniors with many conditions, such as diabetes. We understand the importance of properly caring for diabetes, and have decades of knowledge of best practices for your loved ones. With proper care, diabetes is quite manageable.
Today is American Diabetes Association Diabetes Alert Day! Observed annually on the fourth Tuesday in March, Diabetes Alert Day is a one-day “wake-up call” that focuses on the seriousness of diabetes and the importance of understanding your risk. We encourage you to find out if you—or someone you love—is at risk for type 2 diabetes. This quick test helps raise awareness and even alert someone that they may be at risk for diabetes.
Yesterday was National Goof Off Day!
Everyone needs to goof off every once in a while! Being goofy and silly is a wonderful way to relieve stress and have smiles all around. Celebrate National Goof Off Day by doing something like telling jokes, playing charades, watching a comedy, wearing a silly hat or playing fun games (office chair races, anyone?)
Whatever you choose, let yourself goof off a bit! Scientific studies show that people who add more fun into their life are not only happier but more productive and successful
Today is National Let’s Laugh Day! The old saying is true-laughter is the best medicine! There are many health benefits of laughing. It releases feel-good chemicals in your brain such as endorphins that improve your mood. Laughter is also a proven pain reliever, is great for the lungs, and just makes you feel good!
Have you ever had a bad day and then something funny happens that turns it around around? Anyone can tell you that laughter is a great stress reliever. It also helps social bonding, which is a known factor in longevity. Try to laugh at least once a day! At Private Home Health Care, we love laughter and enjoying life! Mary is always cracking jokes and making everyone laugh. We suggest to everyone to make sure to laugh at least once a day for health and happiness!
On National Let’s Laugh Day, do things to make you laugh! Tell a joke, watch a funny movie, or be silly with loved ones. Laugh it up!
Private Home Health Care proudly celebrates National Certified Nurses Day!
Certified Nurses Day, celebrated annually on March 19, shines a well-deserved spotlight on nurses who have chosen to enhance their professional knowledge through certification. There are over 3.8 million nurses in America today. Not only is it one of the largest professions, but it is also one of the most significant and far-reaching in its impact on society.
Did you know there are over 200 nursing specialties and subspecialties? The complexity of the medical field is ever-growing and nurses strive for professional excellence and superior patient care in their desire to become certified in one or more of these areas. Today, let’s thank and recognize the work these men and women have done to obtain their professional certifications.
At PHHC, we support nurses for their amazing work that they do every single day, around the clock to keep us all healthy and well. Thank you nurses!
Adults need naps too. Naps can cure a cranky baby, and it can do the same for grown ups. If you are feeling down, taking a nap can help lift your spirits. Daily life can be so busy that we may not realize how tired we are, and napping is the perfect solution. In fact, Studies have found that napping is a more effective energy boost than coffee or energy drinks. This is because napping is nature’s way of recharging. Napping is also great for problem-solving. If you are dealing with a stressful situation
The million dollar question: how long should you nap for? Sleep experts say that it depends on what your needs are. Generally, a 20-30 minute nap leaves you feeling refreshed but not lethargic. A 60 minute nap can make you feel groggy afterwards, though sometimes your body needs a longer nap. If you feel like you are coming down with a cold, napping strengthens your immune system and may prevent you from getting sick. Additionally, if you are anticipating reduced sleep at night (such as travelling), taking a 90-120 minute nap can help make up for the lost sleep.
Napping is not just for cats. Medical studies have found that napping has many health benefits. In fact, it is one of the healthiest things you can do for your physical, mental, and emotional health. Napping results in increased awareness, brain performance and a decrease in stress. One of the biggest benefits is that it keeps your heart healthy. People who nap reduce the risk of heart disease and heart related death.
Your Brain on Naps: Napping can improve your memory and job performance. Sleep plays an important role in storing memories. A nap can help you remember things learned earlier in the day as much as a full night’s sleep. Napping works to keep you from forgetting things like motor skills, sense perception, and verbal recall, too. After resting, the brain is also better at recognizing patterns and making connections.
Naps are great for healthy aging. As you age, your energy levels decrease. By listening to your body’s natural rhythms and taking a nap, you keep yourself healthy. As we know, stress plays a big role in aging. Naps help relieve stress, which is key to maintaining brain function later in life. Using brain scans, scientists have found that seniors who regularly nap generally have more blood flow and activity than those who do not. This decreases the risk of cognitive decline.
Who doesn’t love a good nap? Today, March 15th, is National Napping Day. At Private Home Health Care, we certainly think that it is worth celebrating! March 15th was chosen as National Napping Day because often people feel jet-lagged after daylight savings. Naps are the perfect day to help you
recuperate from the “spring forward.” Studies have shown that people are already at their most tired and sleep deprived after daylight savings changes. The change of the hour really makes a difference, but National Napping Day can make you feel like there was no change at all.