Here is a great article written by Sharon Roth Maguire, MS, RN, GNP-BC Chief Clinical Quality Officer, BrightStar Care that is very helpful with suggestions for those who are long distance caregivers.
In a perfect world, we’d all live close to our aging parents and grandparents. But careers and the needs of our immediate families often cause us to become long-distance caregivers, spending less time face to face with aging loved ones than we might like.
Many families see each other in person only a few times a year, often around the holidays or special events. Health declines that have developed over time may seem to have appeared out of the blue. When you can’t get together in person regularly, you can keep an eye on your loved one’s health by learning what to watch for and listen for when you communicate.READ MORE
We all know that we live and work amongst germs that others spread especially in public places, whether it’s the grocery store, the airports, public bathrooms, or even our church. We try and be diligent about washing our hands, covering our mouth and nose when we sneeze, and use hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available.
Something we may not be aware of is that we can easily track the yucky germs inside our own sanctuaries, our homes. Tracking nature indoors can affect the cleanliness of your home and cause potential health issues, such as frequent colds, asthma attacks, breathing difficulties and allergies.READ MORE
Do you know your risk for heart disease? Each year in the United States, 1 out of every 3 deaths is caused by heart disease. But heart disease is preventable and controllable. So, it is very important to identify and understand the risks to your heart health.READ MORE
The Holidays can bring on a lot stress, but after the holidays, a coffee spill, bad hair and a broken down car – the perfect recipe for a bad day. Whatever the reason may be, we have all had these kind of days. Most of these bad days are attributed to a variety of causes including work-related stress, a lack of sleep, illness and financial worries.READ MORE
Small changes make a BIG impact. From Goblins to Gobblers, to Gifts and Goodies…this time of the year can be draining! Some days you can be so low on energy that you are drowsy by lunchtime and in need of a nap by mid-afternoon. Think about all the extras you have been adding to your already hectic lifestyle—office parties, gatherings with the relatives, costume shopping, trick-or-treating, holiday shopping, extra cooking, entertaining guests and visitors from out of town, school parties, religious celebrations.READ MORE
One of the longest Nurses’ Health Study, which tracked more than 72,000 women aged 40 to 65 for eight years. Those who walked briskly for three or more hours a week were 35 percent less likely to suffer a heart attack or die from coronary heart disease than those who walked infrequently. But no sweat doesn’t mean no benefit. Walking around the block or hitting a shopping mall is better for your heart than sitting around the house. Don’t worry if you can’t do too much at one time. It’s the total amount that matters. If you have time for only a half-hour brisk walk during lunch and then another half-hour walks at the end of the day, you’ll essentially get the same benefit as taking an hour-long walk.READ MORE
Fall is upon us and a warning has already been issued about the upcoming flu season.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) released flu vaccine recommendations for the 2018-2019 flu season that advise all children ages six months and older receive a flu shot as soon as it becomes available, and no later than the end of October.READ MORE
Kids are back in school which means their backpacks are chock full of heavy school supplies! Kids are carrying more than ever in their backpacks and the load is getting heavy! Backpack injuries are a real concern. Doctors treat at least 14,000 children each year with injuries related to heavy backpacks.READ MORE
Got high blood pressure? You’re in good company.
Nearly half of U.S. adults now have hypertension, according to recent guidelines from the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology.
That means that many people who had “prehypertension” according to the old guidelines now have “stage 1 hypertension.” Most of them don’t need to start taking drugs to lower their pressure (that depends on other risk factors). Instead, the guidelines recommend a healthy lifestyle.
Why? Because it works. Below are ways to lower your systolic pressure (the higher of your two blood pressure readings), according to the new guidelines:READ MORE
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