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National Napping Day

National Napping Day

Today, March 9th, is National Napping Day. Adequate sleep is essential to well-being, and it can help protect your physical health, mental health, well-being, quality of life, and safety. Sleep allows the body to perform important functions in order to repair and recharge.

Not getting enough sleep can compromise the immune system. Lack of sleep can make you more prone to chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease and Alzheimer’s.

Napping can help make up for lost sleep, and has been proven to improve mood and performance.

Private Home Care supports a healthy lifestyle, so go ahead and take a nap!

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Golfing for Your Health

Golf is a fun, leisurely pastime that millions enjoy all over the world. But did you know that the sport is very beneficial for your health? Golf is great for the mind and body (it is also Mary’s favorite hobby)!

Fosters Relationships – Golf is a great way to keep in touch with friends and family. Because golf is not a high intensity or competitive sport, there is plenty of opportunity for meeting new people and connecting with a community. There have even been studies showing that a large number of business deals are closed on the golf course!

Physical Activity – Sports improve your physical fitness. Golf is a moderately intense physical activity due to the walking, swinging, and carrying bags. What is great about golf is that you can tailor the amount of physical activity to your level of ability. You can use golf carts and caddies to fit your needs.

Heart Health – Any physical activity is good for your heart. Golf keeps your heart rate up for hours as you walk and play. This can help reduce the risk of heart disease and many other illnesses. 

Weight Loss – Playing golf burns calories! You can easily reach the 10,000 step a day recommendation for weight loss during a game of golf.

Low Injury – Golf is a low-impact activity and is easy on the joints. This is a great sport especially for more mature players because golf has a low risk of injury but still allows golfers to burn calories.

Time Spent Outdoors – Spending time outside is great for your health. Being surrounded by nature is known to help alleviate stress and anxiety. Exposure to sunlight lets the body soak up Vitamin D, which helps promote bone growth as well as reduce depression.

Brain Health – Golf requires focus and memory, and playing regularly can help prevent or reduce cognitive decline.   

Vision and Coordination – Players need to hone in on small objects far away, which helps exercise their vision. While swinging the club you work on your hand-eye coordination, and walking around on the gentle putting greens encourages balance and stability. 

Socialization – Human beings are social animals, and socializing with others is a mainstay to a healthy life! Regular golfers may have enhanced social connections, interpersonal skills and emotional control.

Private Home Care encourages you to come join us out on the putting greens!

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Kindness and Well Being

Kindness and Well Being

Kindness: good for your mind, good for your body! Make sure to be kind to yourself!

Practicing kindness is beneficial for both your mental and physical health. Many physical and mental health conditions are caused or aggravated by stress, and kindness reduces stress.

When you are in a positive mood from practicing kindness, your blood pressure is lower, your immune system is stronger, and it can even reduce your ability to feel pain.

When you practice acts of kindness, it releases hormones that improve your mood and well being! It is so effective that it is being formally incorporated into types of psychotherapy.

Kindness is most beneficial when it is a regular practice – you become more aware of it, and it becomes a habit, which may inspire others to be more kind as well. When you share kindness you have no idea how far the ripple will go.

Private Home Care encourages everyone to add more kindness to your life – to others and yourself!

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Almonds are a Superfood!

Almonds are a Superfood!

Yesterday was National Almond Day! They are a nutritional SUPERFOOD and you gain all of the benefits from almonds from eating about a handful (1 oz) a day. Almonds are technically seeds and not nuts. 

Almonds are a great go-to snack and can be enjoyed in a variety of ways such as salty, savory, and sweet! Private Home Care snacks on almonds daily, it gives us energy to provide the very best care for you and your loved ones!

Health Benefits of Almonds:

Lowers overall cholesterol levels – Almonds are high in unsaturated fat and the American Heart Associate recommends that in moderation unsaturated fats may improve a person’s blood cholesterol status. Vitamin E found in almonds is an antioxidant that can help stop the oxidation process that causes cholesterol to clog the arteries.

Decreases cancer risk – Especially breast cancer.

Reduces risk of heart disease – Scientists found that almonds significantly increased the levels of antioxidants in the bloodstream, reduced blood pressure, and improved blood flow.

High in Vitamin E – Vitamin E and other antioxidants help prevent oxidative damage in the body. This damage may occur when too many free radicals accumulate.

“Free radicals result from natural bodily processes and environmental stresses. The body can eliminate many of them, but dietary antioxidants help remove them, too. High levels of free radicals can cause oxidative stress resulting in damage to cells. This can lead to various diseases and health problems.” – Yvette Brazier on December 1, 2013

There is even a link between higher vitamin E intake with a lower risk of Alzheimer’s Disease.

Decrease risk of obesity – Almonds may help manage weight because they are low on carbohydrates but high in protein, healthy fats and fiber, which helps you feel fuller for longer.  

Stabilize blood sugar for diabetics – Almonds are high in magnesium and scientists have found that there is a link between low magnesium levels and insulin resistance. 

Almonds increase bone health – Almonds contain calcium, magnesium, manganese, copper, vitamin K, protein, and zinc, which all contribute to bone health. 

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Heart Health and Almonds

Almonds are a nutritional #SUPERFOOD, especially for heart health. February is #AmericanHeartMonth and yesterday was #NationalAlmondDay. Coincidence? We think not.

Private Home Care snacks on almonds daily, it gives us energy to provide the very best care for you and your loved ones!

Almonds are a great go-to snack and can be enjoyed in a variety of ways such as salty, savory, and sweet!

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Random Act of Kindness Day

February 17th is National Random Act of Kindness Day.

Kindness explained – Kindness is one of the only things that doubles when you share it!

Kindness is free and can just take a moment,such as opening a door for someone behind you or giving a genuine smile to a stranger.

Private Home Care celebrates and promotes kindness for a happier, healthier world. Each and every one of us has kindness to give, and deserves kindness in return. What is your random act of kindness for today?


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Happy Valentine’s Day!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Happy Valentine’s Day from Private Home Health Care. Did you know that there are many health benefits of love?

  1. Increases positive emotions. Love releases feel-good chemicals in the brain such as oxytocin and dopamine. Love feels great – people love to love!
  2. Better immune system – Humans are wired to form close relationships and bonds, and when that doesn’t happen biological systems can get overwhelmed. 
  3. Less depression and substance abuse – social isolation is linked to depression and substance abuse, and having a loving relationship reduces that.
  4. Lower blood pressure – studies have found that happily married people have the best blood pressure.
  5. Less anxiety – Having strong social supports helps ease anxiety.
  6. Natural pain control – studies have found that ‘kissing a booboo’ actually helps, touch from loved ones reduces levels of perceived pain.
  7. Faster healing – A study at Ohio State gave participants blister wounds and found that the wounds of those happily married healed twice as fast!
  8. Better self care – Couples encourage each other to take care of themselves, eat better, go to the doctor and look after their own well being.
  9. Longer Life – People tend to live longer because they feel happier and connected.
  10. Happier Life – A study in the Journal of Family Psychology found that happiness depends more on the quality of family relationships and not on the level of income.

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The Key to Successful Hip Replacement

Dr. Brick is a leading orthopedic surgeon at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and is affiliated with Harvard Medical School. He helped pioneer surgery techniques such as Anterior Approach to Hip Replacement, a less invasive procedure for hip replacements. New medical technology advancements have broadened hip replacement surgery as a more widespread operation and is now attracting patients from many different age groups. Most hip replacement surgeries still require weeks or months of care and rehabilitation. 

Special attention to your daily habits and living area during recovery (such as bending to tie shoes or making sure there is clear and easy access throughout the house) is required to ensure the best possible results. Over the years Private Home Care has cared for many clients who have undergone single and total hip replacement replacement surgeries. We are experts at caring for pre-op, post-op, and extended care. We are well known for our excellent cooperation and partnership with doctors. 

Private Home Care works with your medical professionals to come up with personalized care plans that our clients continue to use even after their recovery. We also assess the home for fall risk to ensure safety and well being. One of our goals is to make sure that your loved ones have the most successful recovery, and with decades of experience we are confident that we can provide the best care.

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