Keeping our bones strong is key to our health and well-being. Osteoporosis makes the bones weak enough to fracture at the slightest impact. On this day we raise awareness about osteoporosis and the importance of checking and maintaining bone density.
The condition affects one in three women and can affect men as well. Unhealthy bones can be life-threatening and can cause great pain and discomfort.
Bone density tests can help detect the beginning of osteoporosis. The JAMA recommends bone density testing for women over age 65 and postmenopausal women younger than 65 who are at risk.
What can we do to avoid this condition? Regular bone density testing for one. Eating foods high in calcium like yogurt, cheese, green vegetables like kale, collard greens and broccoli. Milk is also high in calcium. Balancing exercises like rising up on toes then back down to heels, hip and back exercises and wall slides for posture also help keep us strong.
Private Home Health Care encourages bone density testing and working to stay strong as we age.
Home Health Care Aid Day of October 18 was created by the Manitoba, Canada government to honor healthcare aids. As the services have grown in the United States we also take the time to honor our home health care aids on this day.
The elderly population has grown and the profession has grown over the past 10 years. Healthcare aids have changed people’s lives as they are able to care for where they live, where they are comfortable, safe and dignified. They are dedicated to their patients and provide services around the clock.
Private Home Health Care has provided services for 45 years to the North Shore, Metro West and other regions in Massachusetts. We applaud our healthcare aids and their commitment to the patients we serve.
Portobello, shiitake, crimini, button, truffle . . . it’s the day to celebrate mushrooms!
Mushrooms are native to North America and Europe and are a part of the fungi family. Did you know that mushrooms have an amazing amount of health benefits?
They are a great source for Vitamin D to help your bones, potassium to offset the sodium in your body, copper, phosphorus and iron. Mushrooms are low-calorie and studies have shown that they can also help your immune system.
We at Private Home Health Care love mushrooms and we encourage you to find healthy recipes to add them to your diet.
Did you know that evidence shows that dinosaurs had arthritis in their ankles? It’s been noted in humans as far back as 4500 B.C.
Today raises awareness about the many forms of arthritis, inflammation of the joints, that afflict people. The majority afflicted are elderly people over the age of 65 but it also affects 30% of those under 65, including teenagers.
We have made great strides in understanding and caring for those stricken with the disease but there is more work to be done.
We at Private Home Health Care understand how joint pain can cause mobility issues. We strongly advocate early detection and exercising and physical therapy to keep joints loose and decrease inflammation. Walking and a healthy diet are good ways to help yourself.
Today is National Child Health Day. In 1928 President Calvin Coolidge proclaimed the first National Child Health Day. The day moved to the first Monday in October in 1960.
In the 1860’s hospitals specializing in the care of sick children were developed. Today, many hospitals for children exist including St. Jude’s, Shriners and Boston Children’s Hospital.
On this day: exercise with a child to promote physical fitness, review healthy food choices to add to your diet or donate to the Miracle Network Dance Marathon held each year to promote children’s health (https://dancemarathon.childrensmiraclenetworkhospitals.org).
Heart health is important to everyone across the world as millions of people die from heart disease every year.
The World Heart Federation started this day in 2000. Each year there is a theme and this year’s theme is “Use heart to Connect”.
Connect via digital health with online forums and podcasts or participate in local walks outdoors or free health checkups.
The hope is that if we connect by sharing our knowledge and compassion with our families and communities it will lead us to healthy lifestyles that will nourish our hearts and lead us to fulfilling lives.