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National Sons and Daughters Day

National Sons and Daughters Day

National Sons and Daughters Day on August 11th brings parents and their children together for quality time. On this day, be with the joys of your life.

Let your children know that you are glad they are part of your life. While listening to the events of their day, share family stories. Find out about their hopes and dreams. Learn what inspires them. Teach them something new, or maybe there’s something they can teach you.

Enjoy every day you have with them and spend as much quality time as you can. Every child is different and has a unique personality. That’s exactly how it’s supposed to be. Children grow up quickly, but they never stop being your sons or daughters. Take today to celebrate them and create lifelong memories that they will cherish. Celebrate them and the parts they play in your family.

Private Home Care celebrates National Sons and Daughters Day for all families, especially those with older parents. It can be a big task for a son or daughter to be a caretaker of an aging parent, that is why Private Home Care is here to help. PHC is committed to providing the very best care for your loved ones, because ‘Compassion is at the Heart of Our Care’.

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National Mountain Day

National Mountain Day

On National Mountain Day we appreciate mountains as a beautiful part of our landscape. Mountain Day encourages everyone, especially those who are boxed into the flatlands of dense, urban centers; to use the day exploring nature and taking in wonderful views while breathing deeply of fresh, mountain air. 

Seeing mountains, whether you live near them or are visiting, is good for your health in a number of ways. Mountains are a great place to get fresh air and exercise! You can hike, mountain bike, ski, or do many other activities. Clean mountain air is very good for your lungs and body, and it smells wonderful. Also, mountains can help keep you cool because the temperature goes down when the elevation rises. That is a great reason to visit the mountains during the summer months!

The natural beauty and calming scenery of mountains can help alleviate anxiety and promote inner peace. To celebrate National Mountain Day, visit your nearest mountain or plan a hiking trip! If your mobility is limited, driving by mountain scenery or looking at pictures of mountains is also a great way to enjoy National Mountain Day! 

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Farmers Markets!

Farmers Markets!

The first week of August is National Farmers Markets Week! At Private Home Care, we love farmers markets for a variety of reasons!

Fresher = healthier. We all know that eating a healthy diet rich in fruits, veggies, and lean meats is important for your well being. Studies have shown that when foods are their freshest, which they are at farmers markets, they are healthiest for you! At grocery stores, fruits and vegetables have to be harvested sometimes well before their prime, and do not get a chance to develop quite as many yummy nutrients. Although the produce is fresh, it likely has been days or weeks since leaving the earth, and it is not as deliciously fresh as produce from a farmers market, which is grown locally and goes straight from farm to consumer. 

Local = Healthier. Farmers markets feature in-season offerings, which means that crops picked at their peak of ripeness are also better tasting and full of flavor. Studies have shown that fruits and vegetables contain more nutrients when allowed to ripen naturally on their parent plant, meaning that they are more nutritionally dense and you gain the full benefit of eating the fruits and veggies. 

Foods eaten in season are just tastier! When produce is in season and ripe, you are likely to incorporate more into your food. Also, even the pickiest eaters will be more open to fruits and veggies in season because they simply taste better!

The farm is where it’s at – When you buy directly from farmers, you have the opportunity to ask what practices they use to raise and harvest the crops. When you know where your food comes from and who grew it, you know a lot more about your food! They also have great tips for recipes – at a recent farmers market, a farmer shared that you can add golden raisins and pine nuts when cooking swiss chard. We tried it, and it was delicious!

Pesticides and ripening agents? No thank you. When foods are grown out of season, they aren’t able to follow their natural growing and ripening rhythms. In order for certain fruits and vegetables to be available year-round, post-harvest treatments, known as ripening agents, are used. These include chemicals, gases, and heat processes. Some produce is also coated with an edible film to protect it. 

Keeps your community beautiful! Purchasing locally grown foods helps support local farms and maintains farmland and open space in your community. Living in a beautiful environment is good for your health, as it is relaxing and promotes environmental wellness. Also, local food supports the local economy. The money you spend on products from local farmers and growers stays in the community and is reinvested with other local businesses, which helps maintain a lovely community.

Don’t forget – farmers markets are fun! They are lively and feature many different vendors. It is a fun opportunity to socialize and chat with the vendors and other shoppers in your community. Often there is live music, cooking demonstrations, and community events!

See you at the market!

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National Book Lovers Day

National Book Lovers Day

Happy National Book Lovers Day! For all those who love to read, National Book Lovers Day encourages you to find a comfortable space and dive into your favorite book!

Reading books is a great thing to do, especially for seniors! There are so many benefits, especially cognitive benefits!

Reading is a great mental workout! You learn new things when you read, and it helps keep the mind sharp! In fact, studies show that reading can delay the onset of dementia or Alzheimer’s.

Reading helps maintain concentration. This is especially so for reading books, which are longer than newspaper or magazine articles. When you read a book, you have to focus, and it helps strengthen the attention and focus part of your brain!

All seniors and older adults can benefit from books, and there are options for everyone. For instance, if someone has vision problems, then they can use large print books or audiobooks! If a book is heavy, then a digital book like an ‘Amazon Kindle’ is a great option – and the devices are designed so that light is not shining in your eyes!

If someone has cognitive difficulties, then having someone read to them can be a fun and social way of enjoying a book! For older adults with more advanced cognitive challenges, having someone read simple picture books is also enjoyable and still provides brain stimulation.

Reading can help reduce stress. In fact, when a senior reads a book that they read when they were younger, it can help transport them back to those times and remind them of good memories. Also, reading can be a great escape, especially when one may be physically limited.

In addition, visiting libraries is a lovely social opportunity for seniors. Many public libraries hold regular events, such as book clubs and knitting circles, which is a great way to make friends and connect with others!

No matter which genre you prefer, you cannot go wrong with reading a book! Find your favorite spot and start reading to celebrate National Book Lovers Day!

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National Lazy Day

National Lazy Day

It is National Lazy Day! Today, let yourself be lazy and hang out. In today’s hustle and bustle world, being productive and busy 24/7 is valued.

However, that is not always the best for your health. Studies show that being lazy once in a while is actually very good for you in many different ways.

Taking naps is key to good health! By being lazy and taking a nap, it helps reboot your brain and body. Benefits of taking a nap include improved memory, decreased inflammation, a sharper attention span, and less stress.

Lose fat – yes, you heard right! How can this be? When you allow yourself a good night’s rest followed by a relaxing day, your body is able to produce ample HGH (human growth hormone) which is the hormone responsible for many things like muscle tone, energy, and cellular regeneration.That is like giving your body a full 24 hours to recover from the stresses of the world. Stress makes it harder for you to lose weight, no matter how much you work out. By rebooting your body with rest, it allows the hormones in your body to balance and to not retain excess visceral fat. This does not mean that you should sit on the couch all day and eat ice cream to lose fat, but rather it shows the importance of balance.

Enhances Creativity -Ever wonder why your best ideas come to you in the shower? Being relaxed and unfocused allows your brain to relax, which prompts your brain to connect ideas and sow creativity.

Good For Your Skin – Your skin is quick to reflect your mental and physical state. Stress and associated inflammation triggers flare-ups. Relieves

Anxiety – Being lazy is very good for your mental health as well! Being lazy and letting yourself relax helps relieve anxiety, especially when you listen to music, watch a comedy show, or chat with a good friend. Today, on

National Lazy Day, give yourself permission to put aside your to-do list and just relax in the moment, no guilt allowed! Life is meant to be enjoyed!

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August 5 was National Oyster Day!

Oysters are enjoyed in many parts of the world, and are considered a delicacy. Oysters are a New England coastal favorite, especially during the summertime! There are over 100 species of oysters, and their taste varies in flavor according to their location. East coast oysters tend to be smaller and saltier, whereas west coast oysters tend to be larger and creamier.

These small sea creatures are very nutritious. Oysters are low in calories yet loaded with nutrients, including protein, healthy fats, vitamins, and minerals.

Vitamins and minerals: A serving of oysters provides over 100% of the recommended daily intake for vitamin B12, zinc, and copper, and over 75% of your daily needs for selenium and vitamin D!

‘Good’ fat: Oysters are high in omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 is beneficial in many ways: it can lower cardiovascular mortality risk, can benefit brain health, has anti inflammatory properties, which decreases risk of chronic disease, as well as reduce symptoms of high blood pressure.

Protein: Not just the amount, but the type of protein you eat matters! Oysters oysters offer seven grams of protein for only 68 calories, which rivals lean red meat for protein density. And unlike lean red meat, oysters contain a high amount of omega-3, which means they offer a high amount of quality protein.

Zinc: Zinc plays an important role in your body – it helps promote immunity, protein and DNA synthesis, as well as general growth and development. In fact, oysters are the world’s best dietary source of the mineral!

Vitamin D: Among its many functions, vitamin D promotes bone health and modulates cells, immune function, and inflammation. Also, it even has anti-cancer properties. Sunshine is the single best source of vitamin D, but we can also get it from our diet, and oysters are one of the best sources.

Vitamin B12: This is important for maintaining healthy blood cells and nerves, and it plays an essential role in DNA synthesis. When people think of vitamin B12, red meat usually comes to mind. However, oysters offer far more of this nutrient than any typical meat!

Oysters are indeed delicious, but you have to be careful when eating them raw. A bad oyster can make you feel ill or lead to food poisoning. However, you can still enjoy oysters if you prefer not to eat them raw! Oysters can be grilled, steamed, or fried. Steaming oysters is the healthiest option, and keeps the original flavors most intact!

Now we know just how good oysters are for you, time to start slurping!

Did you know:

-The world loves oysters! We consume almost two billion pounds of oysters each year around the world.

-Only one out of every 10,000 oysters will produce a pearl.

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August is National Wellness Month

August is National Wellness Month

August is National Wellness Month. This month focuses on self-care, creating healthy routines and stress management. Observers of National Wellness Month are encouraged to challenge themselves to create new, healthier habits that promote holistic wellness.

Wellness is an active process of becoming aware of and making choices toward a healthy and fulfilling life. At Private Home Care we value wellness highly, and this is especially true for our clients. Wellness is more than just physical health. Most models of wellness include at least six dimensions: physical, mental, emotional, social, environmental, and spiritual.

In addition to standard caregiving needs, we incorporate wellness into the lives of our clients. Here are examples of how we incorporate different dimensions of wellness for our clients, depending on their specific preferences, abilities and needs.

Physical: Providing nutritious meals, supporting gentle stretching, easy walks

Mental: Doing a jigsaw puzzle, playing cards, coloring

Emotional: Listening to favorite songs (Frank Sinatra is always popular!), supporting client’s emotional needs through kindness and listening, accompanying trips to the salon or barber – everyone feels refreshed and lifted after getting a nice haircut!

Social: Helping with family visits, engaging conversations, supporting visits with friends

Environmental: Sitting outside, putting fresh flowers on the table, driving by the beach

Spiritual: Accompanying our clients to church services, watching a meaningful movie

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Dental Health: How to Combat Bad Breath

Oral hygiene and the fresh breath associated with it are part of healthy, daily habits. Over time, poor dental care will cause mouth odor. Of course, the foods we eat contribute to bad breath, too. However, bad breath may be a symptom of a health condition of a side effect of a medication

Dental hygiene refers to the practice of keeping the mouth, teeth, and gums clean and healthy to prevent disease. Dental hygiene and oral health are often taken for granted but are essential parts of our everyday lives.

Bad breath in particular can be embarrassing and in some cases may even cause anxiety. It’s no wonder that store shelves are overflowing with gum, mints, mouthwashes, and other products designed to fight bad breath. But, many of these products are only temporary measures because they don’t address the cause of the problem.

Certain foods, health conditions and habits are among the causes of bad breath. In many cases, you can improve bad breath with consistent proper dental hygiene. If simple self-care techniques don’t solve the problem, see your dentist or physician to be sure a more serious condition isn’t causing your bad breath.

Most bad breath starts in your mouth and there are many possible causes. First we must consider what you put in your mouth. The breakdown of food particles in and around your teeth can increase bacteria and cause a foul odor. Eating certain foods, such as onions or garlic, also can cause bad breath. Smoking causes its own unpleasant mouth odor. Smokers and oral tobacco users are also more likely to have gum disease, another source of bad breath.

We also have to be aware of how we take care of our mouth. If you don’t brush and floss daily, food particles remain in your mouth, causing bad breath. A colorless, sticky film of bacteria, also known as plaque, will begin to form on your teeth. If not brushed away, plaque can irritate your gums and eventually form plaque-filled pockets between your teeth and gums.

Some ways to combat bad breath include:

  • brush after meals
  • floss before bedtime
  • gargle and rinse with mouthwash regularly
  • chew sugar-free gum
  • stay hydrated
  • seek regular dental care

The best way to treat bad breath is to take the steps to ensure that it doesn’t happen in the first place. Brush and floss regularly and take care of your mouth!

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National Root Beer Float Day

A nice glass of refreshing root beer with rich vanilla ice cream, it doesn’t get much better than that! On August 6th, National Root Beer Float Day tells us to float a scoop of vanilla ice cream in an ice-cold mug of frothy root beer.

Also known as the “Black Cow”, the root beer float got its start in Colorado in a mining camp. Frank J. Wisner of Cripple Creek, CO gets the credit for creating the first “Black Cow” way back in August of 1893. Rumor has it that one night as he was contemplating his mountain soda business, he looked out the window and thought the full moon looked like a scoop of vanilla ice cream. He ran home and added a scoop of vanilla ice cream to his favorite soda from his childhood, root beer, and the rest was history.

Gather up some root beer and ice cream and mix up the perfect root beer float. Enjoy a root beer float over lunch or dinner either at your favorite restaurant or make it yourself at home!

Follow this recipe to enjoy the perfect sweet treat:

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National Chocolate Chip Day!

National Chocolate Chip Day!

Today, August 4th, is National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day! People old and young enjoy chocolate chip cookies! It can remind older people of their childhoods when their mothers would bake chocolate chip cookies or would eat a chocolate chip cookie found in a school lunchbox. There are so many styles of chocolate chip cookies and flavors, like hard or soft chocolate chip cookies, chocolate chip cookie ice cream, or chocolate chip cookie ‘butter’ spread!

Chocolate chip cookies are a classic American dessert and now a popular cookie all over the world, but did you know that they were invented right here in Massachusetts? In 1938, Ruth Graves Wakefield owned the popular restaurant ‘Toll House Inn’ in Whitman, MA. She planned on making regular chocolate cookies but got the great idea of throwing in chunks of a chocolate bar into it. Much to her surprise, the chocolate did not mix well with the cookie and instead, it filled up with tasty chunks of chocolate.

Locally the cookies were very popular, but they reached widespread status was during WWII. Soldiers from Massachusetts who were stationed overseas shared the cookies they received in care packages from back home with soldiers from other parts of the United States. Soon, hundreds of soldiers were writing home asking their families to send them some Toll House cookies, and Wakefield was soon inundated with letters from around the world requesting her recipe. Thus began the nationwide craze for the chocolate chip cookie. Soon, this spread all over the world, and now people everywhere enjoy chocolate chip cookies!

On National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day, celebrate by baking and eating the cookies! In addition to eating them, bake your own chocolate chip cookies. You can even add your own spin and add white or dark chocolate chips, nuts, M&M’s, or more!

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