Whether you lie in bed staring at the ceiling at night or wake up at 3 am and can’t seem to get back to bed, sleep problems are nothing to laugh about. We’ve all heard the saying “try counting sheep”, but when you are five hours away from your work day or a screaming child, there’s little comfort in knowing you could count to 100 and still be up. I know that in my final trimester of pregnancy, sleep was an allusive beast for me.READ MORE
Article obtained through Emergency Management Preparedness and Recovery
Have you ever considered what your game plan would be in case something severe ever happened where you worked or lived?
You don’t want to be caught in a crises situation like a tornado touching down or severe flooding, even a massive fire that engulfs a neighborhood. There are certain things you should have available to help you and your family in case of an emergency. You should have a basic survival kit that can keep you, your family, even your neighbors safe.READ MORE
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently noted that only half of the 75 million adults in America who have hypertension (high blood pressure) have it under control. One reason, says the expert team, is that people with hypertension often fail to take the medications that could help keep it under control. As hypertension typically has no symptoms, it might be “out of sight, out of mind,” even as it raises the risk of heart disease, stroke, vascular dementia, vision loss, kidney disease and other dangerous health conditions.READ MORE
As we all know, we are living much longer than our grandparents perhaps or even our great grandparents. Our parents are living longer and as adult children we might be missing signs that our parents are having difficulty living alone. It’s hard to admit that our parents are aging, our mothers gave birth to us and nurtured us, and our fathers were our protectors and providers. So sometimes its hard to come to a realization that perhaps our parents need some assistance with activities of daily living.READ MORE
Are you pregnant and taking medicines? You are not alone. Many women need to take medicines when they are pregnant. There are about six million pregnancies in the U.S. each year, and 50% of pregnant women say that they take at least one medicine. Some women take medicines for health problems, like diabetes, morning sickness or high blood pressure that can start or get worse when a woman is pregnant. Others take medicines before they realize they are pregnant.READ MORE
“Even to your old age, I am He, and to gray hairs I will carry you…” (Isaiah 46:4)
During the Winter season when there is sleek sidewalks and driveways, we would expect an increased risk for falls, but for seniors, it’s the inside of their homes that can be downright dangerous. Falls are very common and often preventable. Falls are the #1 cause of death due to injury for people age 65 and older.
Seniors are at greater risk for falls due to health problems and physical hazards, such as throw rugs.READ MORE
A 2012 study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences shows an association between loneliness and mortality, placing what used to be perceived as a relatively benign social problem on a par with smoking in its impact on lifespan, and even worse than obesity in this same regard.
The number of seniors living alone is estimated to be 11 million and growing. While living alone does not in and of itself guarantee social isolation and loneliness, it is most certainly a risk factor.READ MORE
Advent is the time of year that we wait in contemplation for Christ’s coming and enjoy the Christmas Season and in that waiting, here is something else worth contemplating: Silence can be beneficial for our brains!
In 1859, the British nurse and social reformer Florence Nightingale wrote, “Unnecessary noise is the most cruel absence of care that can be inflicted on sick or well.” Every careless clatter or banal bit of banter, Nightingale argued, can be a source of alarm, distress, and loss of sleep for recovering patients.READ MORE
Flu season is quickly approaching. Here a few quick tips use you can use every day to avoid getting sick:
Wash your hands: You should be washing your hands often, especially before eating, after using the bathroom and after being around those who are ill. Avoid touching your mouth, eyes and nose, and if you do, make sure those hands are clean.
Two methods to effectively clean your hands: Use alcohol hand gels/foam or, use soap and water. To engage your children, having them wash their hands while singing “Happy Birthday” twice which provides the 15 second requirement for clean hands and makes it fun for kids.READ MORE
Domestic abuse and violence refers to a pattern of violent and coercive behavior exercised by one adult in an intimate relationship over another. It is not a private family matter. Domestic violence, also known as intimate partner violence (IPV) is defined by the Centers for Disease Control as a serious, preventable public health problem that affects millions of Americans. It refers to the physical, sexual, or psychological harm by a current or former partner or spouse and does include teen dating relationships. A statistic from the Bureau of Justice indicates that from 1994 to 2010, about 4 in 5 victims of intimate partner violence were female. Domestic violence affects the whole family, including any children. (obtained through Catholics For Family Peace)READ MORE
For decades Medicare, skilled nursing facilities, and visiting nurse associations applied the so-called “improvement” standard to determine whether residents were entitled to Medicare coverage of the care. The standard, which is not in Medicare law, only permitted coverage if the skilled treatment was deemed to contribute to improving the patient’s condition, which can be difficult to achieve for many ill seniors.
Three years ago in the case of Jimmo v. Sebelius the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) agreed to a settlement in which it acknowledged that there’s no legal basis to the “improvement” standard and that both inpatient skilled nursing care and outpatient home care and therapy may be covered under Medicare as long as the treatment helps the patient maintain her current status or simply delays or slows her decline. In other words, as long as the patient benefits from the skilled care, which can include nursing care or physical, occupational, or speech therapy, then the patient is entitled to Medicare coverage.READ MORE