Monday, March 26, 2012
Living alone is a common situation for many elderly people and can present many challenges. One of the great advantages of home care is that it permits an elderly person to maintain a feeling of independence and comfort in familiar surroundings. Also, you and your family may be better able to control the care received. Everyone hopes that experience with aging will be healthy and trouble-free. However, many medical disorders and conditions can make doing daily activities more difficult and limit independence. Understanding these conditions can help people live as healthy a life as possible. Reading about them is a good start.
Alzheimer disease, Dementia's, and Memory Loss: A person with dementia may not be able to take responsibility for his own safety. He is no longer able to evaluate consequences the way the rest of us, and because he forgets so quickly, accidents can easily happen. He may not realize that he can no longer manage tasks. The disease may affect those portions of the brain that remember how to do simple things, such as turn on the shower and slicing meat. This inability to do manual tasks is often unrecognized and causes accidents. Because the person also cannot learn, you will have to take special precautions to guard against accidents. Families may need to take responsibility for the safety of even a mildly impaired person. This is the time to create a change of pace before a serious accident occurs. An evaluation by a professional can give you a picture of what the person can do safely. If you do not have this resource, observe the person closely as he does various tasks.
In the House: Put away dangerous items such as medications, kitchen knives, matches, power tools, and electric gadgets like curling irons that if misused could start a fire of hurt the person. Safely lock away insecticides, gasoline, paint, solvents, cleaning supplies. Mildly impaired people may use them inappropriately. Consider that the person will easily become confused by clutter, may try to do things that are no longer safe, like using the stove, and may gradually become clumsy, so he will trip over things like low furniture or loose throw rugs. Consider the person's level of impairment now, but plan ahead for increasing impairment. The person can decline without your realizing his increased risk. As the person's illness progresses, repeat your survey. There are books about "Alzheimer proofing" your home and the Alzheimer's Association has helpful resources to advise you.
Home care may consist primarily of making sure that the person does not become lost, disoriented, or injured. For these kinds of assistance, home care is often better than residential care. Also, what the care people need at home is not primarily medical or nursing care, but help with what are called the activities of daily living (ADLs). These include cooking, eating, dressing, and bathing, using the toilet, help with household chores, shopping, paying bills.
Undernutrition: A type of malnutrition caused by inadequate food intake or the body's inability to make use of needed nutrients. Undernutrition is a problem for many aging people who live alone or who live in nursing homes. Undernutrition and weight loss do not always go together. People can undernourished without losing weight. They can be overweight and undernourished. Most people who do not consume enough food also do not consume enough vitamins and minerals, sometimes resulting in a vitamin or mineral deficiency. Many do not drink enough fluids, sometimes resulting in dehydration. There are books to help about "undernutrition" or go to Nutrition.org online access to government information on food and human nutrition for consumers.
Home care may consist primarily of making sure that the person eat a varied diet. It should include lots of fruits and vegetables, protein-rich foods (such as fish and poultry), and high-fiber breads and cereals. Drinking plenty of fluids is also important. Water, fruit or vegetable juices, and caffeine-free and tea are good choices. For most healthy, active elderly who eat a varied diet, eating large amounts of a particular food or using dietary supplements is not necessary.
Osteoporosis: means porous bones. In people with osteoporosis, bones become less dense or more porous. Bones do not become porous overnight. Bones slowly begin to become less dense long before people reach old age. And the process continues as people age. Osteoporosis is recognized as a disorder that can be detected early, treated effectively, and often prevented.
Osteoporosis is common. In the United States, about 8 million women and 2 million men over 50 have osteoporosis. In millions of other women and men over 50, bone density is low but not low enough to be considered osteoporosis.
To keep bones dense, the body needs an adequate supply of minerals (mainly calcium and phosphorus) and vitamin D. Minerals are incorporated into bones, making them dense and strong. This process is called mineralization. Vitamin D helps the body absorb calcium from food and incorporate it into bones. Calcium, phosphorus, and vitamin D can be consumed in foods. The body needs sunlight because vitamin D is formed when the skin is exposed to sunlight. To keep bones dense, the body also needs to produce appropriate amounts or several hormones.
Saturday, March 17, 2012
It is perfectly normal for every one of us to want to improve something about his body. Maybe you think you should lose some weight in order to feel better? Or going to the gym twice a week for more self-confidence? We all want to improve something in ourselves. Keeping yourself in shape will not only make you feel better, but will also help your organism to fight against diseases more efficiently. If you are willing to change your life in a better way, let's get started:
Drink a lot of water. Seriously, most of the people don't take the necessary daily fluids in their bodies. Thus, you could become dehydrated and the systems in your body may stop to work effectively. If you have hard time to drink mineral water, maybe you can make some tea.
Don't smoke. It is well known that smoking can be the sole cause of several type of diseases such as: cancer, respiratory problems and heart disease. Many will dispute this fact, but at the end - is it more important than your health? If you have the determination to quit, you can always find a local public quit-smoking programs or support groups.
Eat healthy foods. For example: why not think about fish oil? A research study has shown that you will burn up to 400 extra calories with the help of fish oil supplement. This is one good argument to try it. It will also prevent hardening of the arteries, which could ultimately lead to heart disease. But never forget to check with your personal doctor when adding new supplements to your daily dietary regime. I am not saying of course not to eat the occasional chocolate or higher fat food in front of the TV - it is ok as long as it is only once awhile. Perhaps you can start your day freshly - with an apple before work or school, or small yoghurt and slice of fruit. The choice is yours.
Restrict the alcohol. It can cause high blood pressure and harm your live, brain and heart.
Rest plenty. Avoid getting stressed or being full of negative emotions. It is vital for your organism to sleep at least 8 hours a day in order to keep your heart and other systems healthy.
Do regular physical exercises. You should pay attention to your physical condition as well your mental. If you have a busy daily routine, you will surely be surprised at how many calories can you burn. It is not obligatory to go to a gym, a walk in the park is enough to stretch your legs. Or how about skipping for 10 minutes in the garage? This can an easy burned off 100 calories. You can do it even in your room. Another option is - get a couple of dumbbells and do some exercises - use your imagination. Deep knee squats or bi-cep curls - all will go slightly with the best song on. It will not only "wake you up" but it will burn some calories and in time - get you in shape!
Friday, March 9, 2012
Despite the modern advancement of science and medicine, the old way of healing like massaging the body is still the easiest when it comes to joint pains, muscle spasms and the like. Needless to say that PT is truly essential to the community in the modern health care system. The function of physical therapists is to ensure that each body functions well so that every person can fully live a healthy life.
This is the only job in the world that is fulfilling. What other job pays more? At the same time be able to assist other people who cannot walk, move or work efficiently due to bodily impairments. But majority of the physiotherapists do finds fulfillment not only in the monetary aspect but also with the thought that their job can help other people.
If you want to be part of a career that pays well and at the same time help other people, it is best that you look for an accredited school. Never ever enroll in a school that does not have an accreditation. You can scan through the list of accredited school that is available online from the American Physical Therapy Association. Enrolling in a school that is accredited by the American Physical Therapy Association means having the assurance that the institution you are enrolled in is giving you nothing but the best quality of education. This is very important since you will have to take a licensure exam, if you are enrolled in an accredited school the chances of passing the said exam is high. This is because you are assured of having updated coursework and training.
Check if the school has higher licensing passing rate to its students. The passing rate of a school only reflects the quality of education they are providing as well as the kind of students they are producing. The National Physical Therapy examination is very important in order for one to practice as a PT. A good school is one that helps students pass the National Physical Therapy examination by providing updated information about the course, train students to become the best PT etc.
The job of a physical therapist is more than just providing physical therapy to its patients but it also pertains to how you communicate with your patients. Every day you will be interacting with your patients, whether in your clinic or in their home that is why it is important that you know how to respond to your ailing patients' clamors and demands. Communication is one key element that can make or break a relationship between the patient and the physiotherapist. A school that can provide its students maximum exposure to the real world of physical therapists is the best school. There are many institutions that limit the learning of a student to textbooks, thus, the education of the student is only limited.
Using the internet is the cheapest and quickest way of finding the right PT school. Do a background research about the school before you enroll yourself.
Sunday, March 4, 2012
How would you like to start every morning on the beach? Or sitting in front of a blazing fire? Or standing at the top of a mountain on a brisk winter day? With a creativity meditation, you can. Focusing on a calming scene for just five minutes every day will help you to clear your mind and prepare for the day ahead. Meditation is also a great tool to use for those days that are stress-filled. Sneak away for a few minutes to ease your nerves and rest your mind.
The first step to meditating is to steady your body. The most common way that people meditate is by sitting down. Find a quiet, serene place to meditate. Sit on a sturdy, comfortable surface either with your feet planted on the floor or crossed underneath you. Keep your spine straight and your body erect. Place your hands on your knees with your palms facing up. Close your eyes and focus on your breathing. The first few times you try to do this, your mind will be jumping from thought to thought. Continually bring it back to focusing only on your breathing, and remember that this will get easier the more you practice. Start by sitting like this for only 5 minutes a day. When you're ready, practice creativity meditation by focusing on particular scenes.
Mountains are known as sacred places in a variety of cultures. While meditating, focus on the image of a mountain that you've seen before or one that you've made up. Focus on the overall shape of the mountain, the mountain peak, where the mountain meets the ground, and the angled slope of the mountainsides. You can sprinkle snow on the top of your mountain, line it with bushy green trees or add several peaks to a wide, sprawling mountain. Build the mountain the more you envision it and focus on every minute detail of it. Picture the mountain during sunrise or sunset and pay attention to how the sun hits the mountain and the color of the sky behind it.
Some people may be more comfortable imagining a lake for their meditation instead of a mountain. When a mountain feels too abrasive and overwhelming, water is more soothing and enchanting to some people. Picture a lake in your mind and give it a definitive depth. Envision the surface of the lake as either clear or muddy, and assign a specific color to it, like green or blue. Take note of what's reflected in the lake, such as hills, trees, clouds or rock. Watch the lake as it ripples when the wind blows. Picture the way the sunlight reflects off the lake or how the moon rises over the water.
"Waking Up" from Meditation
While you may think that coming out of meditation should be quiet and peaceful, it's actually tradition to make a loud, sharp sound at the end of meditation. This will bring you out of the meditation completely so that you don't have a dreamy feeling for the rest of the day. Set your alarm clock to sound loudly after five minutes.
Monday, January 30, 2012
Osteopathic treatment is a medical profession wherein its practitioners do not use any drugs or invasive methods to treat their patients. Osteopathy is the practice of instead using the hands to assess, diagnose, and treat patients suffering from various conditions. The practice of osteopathy, although non-invasive and drug-free, is able to help many patients achieve long-term pain relief from many kinds of diseases and conditions. Following the principle that the body functions as a whole and therefore should be treated as a whole, the osteopathic approach is able to help in the treatment of the following disorders, diseases, and conditions:
Osteopathic treatments are able to help in diagnosing and alleviating the symptoms and pains caused by conditions such as: Spondylosis and osteoarthritis, tennis and golfers elbow, depression and fatigue, sinus congestion and sinusitis, irritable bowel syndrome, and glue ear. The discomforts and pains caused by these diseases and conditions may be relieved by non-invasive osteopathic treatments such as massages, stretches, and exercises.
Osteopathic treatments are also beneficial with people who are suffering from various pains and injuries in the muscular and spinal areas including the shoulders, back, extremities, neck, and joints. People suffering from disc injuries, muscle spasms, muscle tensions, headaches, referred pains, fibromyalgia, frozen shoulders, musculoskeletal problems, digestive and circulatory problems, may also be assisted and treated by osteopathic treatments.
Furthermore, osteopathic treatments can also help and assist pregnant women during and after their pregnancy. Because pregnant women undergo many changes in their body during pregnancy such as change in weight, posture, and alignment of some body parts to pave way to childbirth, pregnant women may experience a lot of discomforts and pains during these times. They may feel pressure and pain in their knees, hips, and back. They may also feel nausea, heartburn, and difficulty in breathing. In these stages, osteopathic treatment may be of great help to ease the tension, pain and discomforts pregnant women are feeling through varying massages. This kind of treatment may also provide breathing exercises, stretching routines that will help pregnant women in going through their labor period. Moreover, after giving birth, this may also be very beneficial in a way that the treatments will help women go through the healing process faster and easier. Seeking for this treatment may also help in correcting the malformations in the musculo-skeletal parts of the body of the newborn babies.
Lastly, osteopathic treatment may be used in improving the overall lifestyle of a person. The practice of osteopathy is mainly concern in the holistic approach of treating patients. This means that from your posture, your diet, your ways of relieving stress, up to the alignments of all your body parts will be covered in the practice of osteopathy.
Truly, the practice of osteopathy is something that should not be overlooked at by the public and by other health care professions. Osteopathy is an encompassing and holistic approach of treating patients and improving their living conditions.