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Natural Ways to Fight Depression This May


Depression is the most common form of mental illness. As much as 26% of the adult population in the United States suffers from depression. Since 1949, Mental Health America has observed that May as Mental Health Awareness Month. Mental Read more

The Benefits of Exercise and an Active Lifestyle


May is National Sports and Physical Fitness month. Now is a great time to spread awareness of the many benefits provided by engaging in an active lifestyle. Many Americans don't get enough exercise in their day to day lives. Read more

7 Ways Gardening Can Extend Your Life


In honor of April being National Garden Month, and this beautiful spring weather, we’d like to share some of the amazing health benefits gardening can bring into your life. Gardening is so healthy that it could, in fact, add Read more

8 Ways Pets Improve Our Health


If you ask any pet owner who their best friend is, they just might name one or several furry little friends. Scientists, doctors, and therapists all agree that having a pet is beneficial to both your physical and mental Read more

How to Lower Stress (Part 2)

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Knowing how to lower stress is useful because everyone deals with it. According to a Psychology Today post, stress is simply a reaction to a stimulus that disturbs our physical or mental equilibrium.

No one is exempt. It doesn’t matter how happy their profiles pictures look on Facebook or how many Tweets they post about their “perfect” relationship. Everyone gets stressed out at some point. Some people just hide it better than others.

The trick is to learn how to lower stress.

Bob Greene shared a list of foods that help relieve stress in an article on oprah.com.

Other mood enhancing foods include sunflower seeds, as well as fruits and vegetables with orange and yellow pigments, such as papaya. Papayas, along with red bell peppers, contain vitamins A and C and folate, which increases energy and repairs cell damage caused by stress. Stress-reducing herbs include basil and arugula.

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In addition, foods you may want to stay away from include caffeinated beverages, trans fatty acids, sugar and alcohol. Caffeine raises stress hormone levels, while trans fat comprises your immune system, which increases stress on the body. Sugar and alcohol both affect the adrenal glands, which protect your body against stress.

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Keep this in mind during your next trip to the grocery store. If you know someone who is suffering from stress, feel free to share these tips. By teaching others how to lower stress, you may be making a huge difference in their lives and the lives of the people they associate with. Sometimes stressed out people make others stressed out by simply being around them and giving off that negative energy.

If you or a loved one is suffering from long-term or chronic stress, be sure to contact a doctor to get more information on how to lower stress.

If you’re seeking help, MD Home Health Home Assist provides both medical and non-medical home care and can offer you a free in-home consultation!

 


How To Lower Stress (Part 1)

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Learning how to lower stress can be a very difficult task.  Stress can be both mentally and physically draining, so it is important to do what you can to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Here are a few steps you can take to lower your stress levels:

Identify the source of your stress.

Your stress could be caused by lack of sleep, an upcoming exam, unemployment or problems with your relationship. Sometimes your stress can be caused by multiple factors, so it is important to determine what exactly the cause is. If you don’t know what the problem is, how can you fix it?MDLowerStress2

Create solutions for each source of stress you have identified.

For example, if you are stressed about an upcoming exam, develop a study chart. Break down your studying time into sessions to decrease the likelihood of becoming overworked. Try joining or creating a study group. Be sure not to procrastinate. Leaving everything until the last minute is sure to spike your stress levels.

Add some relaxing activities to your day.
Try joining a yoga class or purchasing a DVD to workout at home. If you find yourself getting overstressed, stop what you’re doing and count to ten, while breathing deeply. Meditating is also a great way to soothe your mind and body. If you’re not the quiet type, even some calm and relaxing music or nature sounds can do wonders. Play this in your car on your way to work. It may help keep you relaxed during rush hour traffic.MDLowerStress

Try implementing the above-mentioned tips on how to lower stress. Remember that while some stress is normal, long-term or chronic stress can wear you down and cause serious issues.

According to a WebMD article, there are emotional, physical, cognitive and behavioral symptoms that occur because of stress.

Ongoing, chronic stress can lead to serious health problems, including mental health problems, cardiovascular disease, obesity, menstrual problems, sexual dysfunction, skin and hair problems and gastrointestinal problems.


Nutrition for Seniors

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As we get older, it becomes more and more important for us to take extra care of ourselves. Nutrition for seniors is especially vital to keep their bodies strong, minds sharp and energy levels up. Eating a healthy, well-balanced variety of foods is an excellent way to prevent and control health problems now and in the future.

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1. Fruits and vegetables

Stadler recommends choosing from the darkest reds and deepest greens for a strong dose of vitamins and antioxidants. She also suggests blueberries, red raspberries, dark cherries and dark, leafy vegetables. Stadler stated, “When it comes to nutrients, frozen is just as good as fresh.”

2. Dairy

Dairy provides you with a great source of calcium and vitamin D. Low-fat or nonfat milk, yogurt and cheese are great options to choose from.

3. Whole grains

Whole grains are a good source of B vitamins and fiber and a key component in nutrition for seniors. According to the Whole Grains Council, whole grains can cut pre-diabetic conditions, decrease body fat, reduce stroke risk, lower the risk of many chronic diseases and much more.

4. Meat

Try to avoid going the Fred Flintstone route by consuming ridiculous amounts of red meat. Try to stick with leans meats like skinless chicken and turkey breasts. Although fried chicken can be tasty, it can also be a health hazard. Baking your meat is a great and healthy alternative to fried foods.

5. Fish

Fish oil is a great source of omega-3 fatty acids and is normally excluded from multivitamins. There are tons of great recipes available, but if you’re not a seafood person, try fish oil pills.

In order to maintain good nutrition for seniors, use this list as a guide toward a healthier eating lifestyle.

Also, be sure to check out MD Home Health Home Assist for great home health services and more tips on nutrition for seniors. Your health is essential. Don’t hesitate to seek help if you require it.


Age Like A Fine Wine With The Proper Corkage

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An aged wine is nothing without the support from the cork acting as a gatekeeper blocking oxygen from getting in. It is our duty as the gatekeeper for our elders to make sure they are getting the best nutrition, guidance, and advise. We want to give back and assist elders and what better way to do that than by giving them opportunity to see their grandchildren grow. While, living in heat can take a toll on anyone no matter the age, it is more fatal in our elders. Heat, especially the unforgiving heat in Arizona, causes stress, and discomfort. To alleviate the stress and provide more comfort suggest and assist elders with a cold shower or bath.

One way to give back to the generation that gave us everything we have today is to return the favor by caring for them, and educating them. You may be thinking, what could I possibly teach someone that has lived a long, full life that taught me all I know? You play a huge role in their health and success by checking up on them as they did to us when we were young-ins. Simple tasks like taking them to and from doctor appointments and check ups. Go the extra mile and tint your car windows to help avoid the sun blazing down and causing further discomfort. Assist elders by ensuring there is AC, access to a fan, and easy access to a cool place with an abundance of water.

Educate yourself so you make informed decisions for the ones you care for on proper foods like veggies and fruit that help clear toxins circulating in our MDFineWinebodies and plaque build up which leads to clogged arteries. Oversee and manage meals that provide whole grains verses processed TV dinners. Assist elders by researching their finances so you know they are not being taken advantage of. Review their medical records so you know the best way to get them what is needed. Inquire about discounts to help with the cost of medical bills, visits, and prescriptions. If you or someone you know has a loved one that needs adequate compassionate care, please contact: MD Home Health/MD Home Assist.


How Can Dogs Affect Your Aging Health?

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As a kid, I always wanted a dog! I guess what little kid doesn’t? After years of trying to convince my parents to get a dog, I finally succeeded!  Looking back, begging them for a dog proved to be a big time commitment on my part, however at the same time, well worth it! Fast-forward to today and I can still remember how happy our dog made me!  Just like when we were kids, dogs can help adults lead a more happier and healthier life! Dogs can be the perfect medicine to some of our adult health ailments! Read on to find out – how can dogs affect your aging health!

How Can Dogs Affect Your Aging Health? MD Home Health has the answers.

Dog’s Can Increase Physical Activity:

Just like when we were kids, adults need exercise too!  As an aging adult, daily exercise can lower cholesterol, maintain a healthy blood pressure, reduce hypertension and ward off diseases such as diabetes.  With our busy workloads, sometimes we may have difficulty finding the motivation to exercise.  This is where a dog comes in! What better way to get mobile then a dog.  Bigger dogs such as a labrador, collie or retriever require at least one hour of exercise a day.  Adults will have no choice but to get outside and move around.  By being active, adults can reap the health benefits of daily exercise and lead a longer, happier life thanks in part to a dog!

Dogs Can Lead to Better Mental Health:

Not only can a dog lead to better physical health but a dog can also improve our mental health.  As we get older, we have to deal with daily stressors, mood swings and for some of us, mental illness.  These adult issues can by trying and tough.  Sometimes we need a little bit of relief.  Taking time out of our day to play with a dog can provide us with this relief.   Studies show that playing with a dog can lower stress, elevate moods and help combat mental illness.  By improving our mental health, dogs allow us to lead a happier and healthier life especially as we age.

Dogs Can Get Us Social

Lastly, how can dogs affect your aging health?  By getting us social! Studies show that interaction with friends and family can improve our overall health.  As our social activities increase, we become happier and healthier individuals. Having a dog increases our chances of having social interactions.  Whether it be at the dog park or on walk, we have more opportunities to meet and engage with people by having a dog.  With a wag of a tail, dogs give us the ability to increase our social community and lead a happier more fulfilling life.

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Whether you have a dalmatian or shit zu, dogs can help us age in a happier and healthier way!

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Arizona Health Care

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Whether you are looking for Arizona health care or health care anywhere else, it is important to know the right steps to take in order to find the right health care services for your needs. We value our loved ones above all else, so it is a top priority to know what questions to ask in order to find the right Arizona health care providers. MD Home Health and MD Home Assist has put together a short list of tips on how to find the right Arizona health care services for you or your loved ones.

Finding the Right Health Care

Does the patient need 24 hour health care, or health care on a daily or hourly basis? Is the patient homebound or can he/she visit a hospital or physician’s office? What are the exact needs of the patient? Clearly there are many questions that arise when searching for the right Arizona health care provider. Arizona has many health care options, so how do you find the right one? Every person has different needs when it comes to health care so it is very important to work with a patient’s previous physician and family in order to make a detailed plan that meets the patient’s exact needs.

A good place to start when looking for a new health care service is to get recommendations from friends, neighbors, and coworkers, but ultimately you should do some thorough research. A great way to see if the physician or health service will meet your needs and expectations is to ask if you can schedule an “interview” appointment. This way you can get to know the service provider before committing to see if they are the right person or service for your Arizona health care needs.

Educate Yourself and Ask Questions

We are lucky to enjoy an innovative and highly advanced health care system in Arizona and the United States, but it is not above human error. Therefore, it is very important that family members are educated and actively involved in a loved one’s health regimen. A good portion of health depends on effective communication—not only with physicians and health care providers, but also with family and friends. Ask a lot of questions and make sure that all medical terms are defined so that everyone involved has a good understanding of the health situation as whole.

Get into the habit of writing down all of your questions before an Arizona health care appointment so that you do not feel rushed and forget something during your appointment. Good communication with health care providers and physicians will lead to enhanced health, results, safety, quality and benefits. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has a very helpful guide on how to ask the right questions and communicate with your health care team. Visit the question guide at: www.ahrq.gov/questions/

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Aging and Fitness

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As the years go by, each workout seems a little more painful then the last.  The running and lifting that used to come easy now leaves our bodies winded and sore.  However, this should not be a reason to stop exercising.  Aging and fitness go hand-in-hand, and continuing to exercise can lead to a better quality of life especially for adults and the elderly.yoga

Fitness is amongst the best anti-aging tools that we have.  Exercise can help prevent health related problems that occur later in life. Exercise such as weight lifting and aerobic activity can help lower the risk of cancer, heart disease, diabetes and depression.  By lifting weights or performing weight-bearing exercise, adults can increase bone density and reduce fractures that can lead to less hospital visits and home care.  Aerobic exercise can lead to lower cholesterol, therefore decreasing health related problems and need for medication.  With aging and fitness, exercise can lead to a happy and healthy aging process as long as adults continue to make it a regular habit.

So, what exercises should adults tend to lean toward as they become older to avoid injury?  Older adults should tend to do more low-impact activities.  Some of the better low-impact exercises are walking, swimming, cycling, lifting weights, and yoga.  Walking is easier on adult joints and can be done practically anywhere.  Swimming can help improve endurance, flexibility and conditioning.  Cycling aides with building muscle and endurance.  Lifting lighter weights can also help older adults build muscle and strength.  Finally, yoga can increase muscle without putting unnecessary strain on the body.  Yoga classes can typically be found at gyms or studios around the community.

So although exercise can be painful at times, adults should continue to maintain a regular regime. A good regime can have positive results on the aging and fitness process.

As always, adults and the elderly should consult a professional or a physician before starting any new exercise regime.  For information or questions regarding aging and fitness for the elderly contact MD Home Health / MD Home Assist at 602.266.9971 or visit their website at www.mdhomehealth.com.


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The Active Senior Lifestyle in Phoenix

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It’s a new year and as always, people think about what changes they can make to live the active senior lifestyle in Phoenix. Time for the famous New Years Resolution!

Whether you want to focus on better nutrition, losing weight, or quitting smoking, one of the best resolutions is to invest in your health. As a senior, it may be more difficult to incorporate activities and exercise into your lifestyle, but the more active you are, the better you will feel. Now that we are in perfect weather mode here in Phoenix, there is no better time to take up a new activity or re-visit an old hobby. We compiled a short list of activities in the Phoenix area so you can start the New Year with an active senior lifestyle.

Hiking Trails in Phoenix

Hiking is one of the most delightful ways to get some exercise and a fresh dose of nature.  The Phoenix area has many hiking trails, so here are some easy to moderate trails to get your hiking regimen started and kickstart your active senior lifestyle.

Lost Dog Wash Trail 

North Trail

Tortilla Creek Loop

Golf Paradise

Phoenix is full of golfing options, and there is no better time than the winter and spring seasons to take advantage of them and help maintain your active senior lifestyle. From world-renowned golf courses to automatic driving ranges to miniature golf, Phoenix has all types of golfing opportunities to suit your skill-level and mood.

Golf Courses

Troon North Golf Club

Stone Creek Golf Course 

Driving Range and Miniature Golf

Cracker Jax 

Jambo! 

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 Ballroom Dancing

One of the best ways to stick with you active senior lifestyle and have fun is ballroom dancing. Learn some Dancing With the Stars moves and twirl around the dance floor while getting a great workout and meeting some new people. The Phoenix Chapter USA Dance is a great resource to find events, classes, and senior dancing groups in the Phoenix area.

Arizona Senior Olympics

If you are into competition and want to test your skills, consider signing up for the Arizona Senior Olympics. The annual event is held on February 16- March 10, and includes many diverse sports such as archery, bowling, road race, tai chi, swimming and dance.

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Arizona Senior Care

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At MD Home Health and MD Home Assist, we have been involved in Arizona senior care for over 27 years. As our loved ones age, it is important to not only think about present care, but also consider being actively involved in healthy aging and preventative Arizona senior care. Making healthy choices for yourself and your loved ones is the best way to prevent ailments and live a long healthy life. It is never too late to start making healthy changes, so here are some easy tips on how to live healthier in sunny Arizona:

Exercise

There are vast benefits of exercise for people of all ages, but an active lifestyle becomes increasingly important as you grow older. For Arizona senior care, regular exercise can help boost energy, maintain independence, and manage symptoms of illness or pain. An active lifestyle also helps maintain or lose weight, reduces the impact of illness, improves sleep, and enhances mobility and balance. Whether you are generally healthy, managing an illness, or feel like you are too old or frail, there are many ways to be more active and improve your fitness. This doesn’t mean you have to go out and exercise 2 hours a day, but take small steps to incorporate more activity into your life. You can easily be more active by going on walks, parking at the far end of the parking lot, or choosing stairs over the elevator. When you are ready for more concentrated exercise, try yoga, a water aerobics class, or tai chi. Take advantage of the beautiful Arizona winter and go on an easy hike!

Nutrition

Making healthy eating choices is a great thing at any age, but seniors should especially make an effort to eat healthier. According to the National Institute of Health, studies show that a good diet in your later years reduces your risk of osteoporosishigh blood pressureheart diseases and certain cancers. A good diet for Arizona senior care focuses on plant-based foods, which means lots of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and some lean meat such as fish and poultry. Limit red meat and dairy, and avoid processed foods and empty calories, which are foods with a lot of calories but few nutrients, such as chips, cookies, soda and alcohol. The American Institute of Cancer Research has a helpful, healthy eating guide called Nutrition After 50.

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