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Cinco de Mayo

Happy Cinco de Mayo to everyone from Private Home Health Care.

Don’t be fooled thinking it’s Mexican Independence day.  It was an important day for Mexico because the Mexican resistance was able to keep the French army and Napoleon III from reaching Mexico City.  The French had hoped to overthrow the Mexican President on that day of May 5, 1862. This was the Battle of Puebla.

Look forward to the US Civil War and what could have happened if the French had won and then supported the Confederacy.  The United States would be a very different place today.

Try adding a little bit of Mexico into your life today by enjoying guacamole with tortilla chips.  Below is a recipe for chunky guacamole from Food Network.

In a small bowl, mash 3 avocados.  Mix in ¼ cup of diced white onion, ½ cup of diced plum tomato and chopped cilantro.  Add a bit of lime juice for taste.  (If you want a little spice you can add 1 diced seeded jalapeno).

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National Hospital Week

Today begins National Hospital Week.  The week is set aside to recognize and commend all hospital workers in our community.  

Hospital workers serve people in many kinds of hospital settings like long-term, short-term, children’s hospitals and Veterans Hospitals.  They include nurses, doctors, and also lab workers, office workers, and maintenance and cleaning workers.  Each hospital worker has an important role in providing quality services to its patients.

Our communities need the dedicated services of hospital workers.  This week take a moment to thank a hospital worker or share a story of someone in a hospital setting who showed you compassion.  If you use social media you could share a story online with using #NationalHospitalWeek.

Private Home Health Care would like to thank all of the hospital workers that have entered our lives over the years.

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National Arbor Day

Today is National Arbor Day.  How many different types of trees can you name?

Nebraska is actually the state that first started Arbor Day back in the 1870’s.   A Nebraskan named J. Sterling Morton had a passion for trees.  This passion coincided with a time when Nebraska was an open territory with lots of open space and little trees.  

In 1872, Morton proposed a holiday to plant trees at a meeting of the State Board of Agriculture.  The proposed name was “Arbor Day”.  A contest with prizes for the most properly planted trees on April 10 of that year there were an estimated one million trees planted in the state. Nebraska’s nickname before “The Cornhusker State “was The Tree Planter State. 

Over the years tree planting grew across the country and by 1920 over 45 states adopted a celebration of Arbor Day.  Today there is Arbor Day in all 50 states. This last Friday of April is National Arbor Day in most states but a few have different dates due to their growing season.

We can take trees for granted because they are all around us.  Even our cities take care to plant trees to help the environment.  

To celebrate Arbor Day take a hike in the woods and admire the trees and nature.  Try paying bills or get statements online to save on printing.  If you have a need you can also research trees and plant one in your yard.  After a few years the shade in the summer can be awesome. Enjoy the day!

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National Guide Dog Day

The last Wednesday in April is set aside for National Guide Dog Day.  The day is to acknowledge the unbelievably important place guide dogs have in people’s lives.  It’s a way to say thank you to the faithful guide dog.

Guide dogs are a lifeline for the visually impaired.  After very specific training, guide dogs provide ways for those visually impaired to live fulfilling and productive lives.  Not only do the dogs provide assistance to move about, they also provide great comfort.  A very strong bond grows between the guide dog and its owner.

Tennessee hails the home of the first US guide dog school back in 1929 and in 2010 the American Disabilities Act included legal protections to those using dogs as service animals.

The Top 5 Guide Dogs according to worlddogfinder,com:

Golden Retriever – goldens are very dedicated to their jobs, they obey rules well and they are devoted and affectionate.

Border Collie – these collies are very intelligent and their mission is to herd.  These dogs are very energetic so they need to be paired with a person with an active lifestyle.

Boxer – these devoted and loyal dogs have strong bonds with their owners.  They need consistent training because they can be playful and stubborn.

Labrador Retriever – Labs are the most popular of the guide dogs.  They are natural leaders who love to take charge.  Their temperament is friendly, calm and loveable.

German Shepherd – these intelligent, strong and energetic dogs need an owner with an active lifestyle.  They work hard and are very devoted to their owners.

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National Get Organized Day

Yes, today is the day to take some time to get yourself organized!  Every year April 26 is set aside for us to declutter or clean our living space.

Research has shown that cleaner, more organized spaces can give us mental clarity and happiness.  As we age, mental clarity can help with a good quality of life.  

Do you have lots of notes around and do you still need them?  Are you saving old papers that have outlasted their use? Are there clothes that need to be put away or donated? Do you see any areas that could use organizing?

When we get older there can be a lot of “things” we accumulate.  It can be overwhelming to think about getting organized and hard to think about throwing things away.  

Private Home Health Care believes that it is important to live a good quality of life and to feel productive.  If it’s too much to do alone, reach out to a family member or friend to help you and take your time.  You don’t have to try and get organized all in one day.  A little at a time can go a long way to helping you feel productive and restful.

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Earth Day

Today is Earth Day and if the sun is shining where you are we hope that you can get outside and relish the day.

Earth Day actually started over 50 years ago as a Proclamation signed by the Secretary-General of the United Nations and then on April 22, 1970, Gaylord Nelson officially founded the day.

The day is set aside to encourage ways to help the earth stay healthy.  Helping clean up in your community is a great way to get involved.  Look for information on your community’s website or on social media.  It’s a nice way to meet people.

Another easy way to help is by reusing bags when you shop.  There are bags of all sizes available and some have fun designs.

Private Home Health Care hopes that you get a chance to observe and enjoy the day.  #NationalEarthDay

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Bananas

It’s National Banana Day!  The yellow, fingerlike bananas are one of the most cultivated fruits in the world.  You can eat them when they are green, with a few brown spots or very soft and wow the health benefits!

One medium banana gives you 450mg or 13% of your daily potassium intake.  Potassium helps lower your blood pressure and fuels your muscles. Troubled by kidney stones?  Bananas can help keep them away. 

How about getting 10% of your fiber intake from a banana?  What about all the vitamins and minerals like Vitamin B6 (metabolism), Vitamin C (immune system), Magnesium (blood pressure and blood sugar) and Vitamin A (vision).

Bananas are jam packed with goodness but some of us need to be careful too.  If you have kidney problems you need to watch your potassium intake or when living with diabetes you should eat no more than half a banana for a snack.  Check with our physician for guidance.

Private Home Health Care loves bananas and we have a delicious recipe for a yummy protein shake below:

1 cup almond milk

1 scoop of JuliePlus+ Chocolate Complete Shake Mix

1 ½ Tbsp Peanut Butter

1 ½ tsp cocoa

1 frozen banana (freeze in slices)

Mix all together in a Magic Bullet or a blender and enjoy!

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Occupational Therapy Month

April is National Occupational Therapy month, a month to recognize the contributions that these therapists make.

Physical therapists and occupational therapists can often get confused.  Both help you get better but physical therapists focus on specific areas of the body to improve strength, movement and balance.  An occupational therapist focuses on getting you back to the activities you need, want or should be doing.

Occupational therapists help us get back to our day-to-day activities when we need it.  They advise us on how to bath, get out of bed or do household chores.  If you’ve had hip surgery, an occupational therapist can help you return home and adapt to doing tasks while your hip and joints are recovering.  

As we age we can get a disease that needs to be managed.  An occupational therapist can help us by slowing the progression with modifications and exercises.  The therapist would also help if you need to learn assistive devices and review if there are environmental changes that are needed.

Private Home Health Care understands the education and certifications needed by occupational therapists.  We are sharing this website to help find a properly certified therapist:  https://www.healthgrades.com/occupational-therapy-directory

#OTMonth or #OccupationalTherapyMonth

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National Volunteer Week

Today Private Home Health Care wants to talk about volunteering.  Next week marks the beginning of National Volunteer Week.  The week is set aside for us to thank the volunteers in our life for all they do.  It can also be a time to think about volunteering ourselves.

Volunteering is very rewarding.  It can give you a sense of purpose.  You can have great interactions with others who share similar interests.  You can also stimulate your mind doing a different activity.

There are many organizations where volunteers play an important role.  Animal shelters, nursing homes, food banks and soup kitchens are a few that come to mind.  If you are a resident at an assisted living or nursing home you might find that greeters are needed or perhaps help in the facilities’ library.  

Age is not always a factor when it comes to volunteering so if you feel well and it sounds like fun try and find a volunteer opportunity for you.  You can also spread good feelings by thanking a volunteer you know.  Share a story about volunteering that you have done in your lifetime.  Next week, take some time to think about volunteers and the important role they play.

#NationalVolunteerWeek

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