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Most people are aware that the overall population of the U.S. is aging, and that more and more elderly people require partial or full-time care, just to carry out the basic daily necessities of living. The professionals at MD Read more

The Best Spring-time Activities in the Phoenix Area


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Tips for Keeping Seniors Connected


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Tips for Helping Seniors With Their Taxes  


When tax season rolls around, it can be a particularly anxious time for many seniors, and this is true for several reasons. First of all, any income received is often not via employment, so the tax model they were Read more

Top Fruits and Veggies for Seniors

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The Importance of a Healthy Diet

Fruits and veggies are extremely beneficial to seniors and are packed with crucial vitamins and fiber which are an important part to diets not only for seniors, but people in general. With as little as 3 servings of fruits and veggies everyday you can obtain the amount of vitamins needed to stay healthy and prevent future health problems. The beautiful part is that most fruits taste great as they are without any added preparation time or ingredients and can be taken on the go easily. Vegetables often take time to prepare, but can make an average meal healthy and add flavor as well as variety to the meal. An easy and delicious way to eat your daily intake of veggies is to make a tasty salad with dark, leafy greens which have the most vitamins in them. A good size salad with lunch and dinner can be extremely impactful toward your health. Both fruits and veggies have been proven to improve your health and prevent health problems in the future.

fruits and veggiesWhen it comes to fruits, it is better to avoid juices and stick with good old fashioned whole fruit to obtain your healthy daily intake. Apples and bananas are a couple of the best on the go fruits for seniors. According to Cara Rosenbloom of Canadian Living, apples can help decrease the risk of diabetes as well as asthma because of the antioxidants they have. She also brings up a fun fact about apples that many people may not know about saying “Apples are also a natural mouth freshener and clean your teeth with each crunchy bite.” Rosebloom describes bananas as a very healthy fruit with a large amount of potassium which can bring down blood pressure. These two fruits are great for seniors and can be easily taken on the go or prepared as a side with breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Veggies can be easily added to the three daily meals and bring out amazing flavors when prepared well. Sarah Kelsey from She Knows Health & Wellness has broken down the top ten veggies along with their health benefits and I was intrigued by the top two although one may not be considered a veggie all. According to Kelsey, both tomatoes and broccoli are extremely healthy veggies with many added health benefits. Tomatoes are packed full of vitamins and help fight cancer as well as lower blood pressure. Broccoli is one of the healthiest veggies out there and helps to fight off different types of cancers and can increase immunity during cold/flu season. It is amazing how beneficial the best fruits and veggies truly can be for seniors.


Stress: The Effects on your Health

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The Benefits of Living Stress Free

StressThere are many negative effects of stress on health. It is important to reduce stress to maintain optimal health.  In this modern world we experience many causes of stress in our daily lives. This is why it is important to actively reduce stress and causes of stress. There are multiple methods of stress reduction that can help you live a healthier, happier and longer life.

 The Effects of Stress on the Body

 Some of the effects of stress on health include heart disease, depression, weight gain and obesity, digestive problems, sleep problems, depression and skin conditions. It is important to reduce stress to prevent these effects. Some other effects of stress on the body include muscle tension and soreness, lung problems, arthritis pain, stomach ulcers, and many other disorders. 

 You may notice the effects of stress in your body by your heart racing, sweaty palms, inability to sleep, upset stomach, nausea, stiff neck or jaw, tightness or pain in your back or diarrhea. Another effect of chronic stress is low fertility.  Some effects of stress are noticeable through your mood. People that are jumpy, cranky, moody or get frustrated or angry easily are often under stress.

 Causes of Stress

 Stress can be caused by many different factors. We can experience stress from our jobs, our relationships, our lack of self-care, world issues, traffic and the busyness of this modern lifestyle. It is important to identify what is causing stress in your life and change your lifestyle so you experience less stress on a daily basis.

 Stress Management

 There are many ways to combat stress with stress management techniques. Some of these include meditation, proper exercise, meditative movement such as yoga, tai chi or qi-gong, time spent in nature, and spending more time with loved ones. It is also important to have a balance between work and pleasure, so make sure that you have enough time in your schedule for leisure activities.

 Another way to manage stress is getting the proper care you need. At MD Home Health we provide caregiver services that help take care of your basic needs as well as your medical needs. When you are well taken care of with your basic needs met and the proper medical assistance, you will notice that your stress level lowers. This in turn will improve your health and reduce the effects of stress in your body. We are happy to provide these services for you to help reduce the effects of stress on your health.

 

 


Arthritic Knee Workouts

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Everyday Arthritic Knee Exercises

arthritic Exercise is essential for everyone regardless of age. When it comes to those who are older and have limitations to working out, there are still effective exercise routines that can be used daily. Those who are older and have arthritic knees can benefit from the exercises below.

 Arthritic Knee Exercise #1: Side Stepping: This easy exercise is literally hard to resist. Just place a resistance band around both of your ankles, and step sideways until you feel resistance. Move 10-20 steps in one direction, then reverse. As your muscles strengthen, you’ll notice you can take larger steps.

Arthritic Knee Exercise #2: Knee Strengthener: This is a great exercise to do while loafing on your couch or easy chair. With your knees bent, cross one ankle over the other. Press down with the top leg and up with the bottom leg, maintaining equal pressure. Hold 10-20 seconds.

Arthritic Knee Exercise #3: Quad Strengthener: Remain seated. Extend one leg out, gradually lifting it until you can feel your quad muscles tighten (the quads are the four muscles on the front of your thigh, just above the knee). Hold for 10-20 seconds. Repeat with your other leg. You can also do this exercise in a standing position to improve your balance.

Arthritic Knee Exercise #4: Quad Stretch: Now that you’ve strengthened your quadriceps, it’s time to stretch them. In a standing position, with your left hand holding on to something for support, grab your right foot or ankle with your right hand and gradually bring the heel of your foot toward you until you feel a stretch. Hold for 10-20 seconds. Repeat with your other leg.

Arthritic Knee Exercise #5: Walking: One of the best things you can do for your knees is to move them, even if it feels a little uncomfortable. In a classic Catch 22, lack of use will make the muscles around your knees gradually become weaker, making it even more difficult and painful to move around (hence the old saw – use it or lose it). Try walking with a buddy or listening to your favorite music to distract you. Once you get past the initial discomfort of walking, the activity will become easier and more enjoyable.

 


Healthy Eating and Longevity

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The Benefits of Healthy Eating and Longevity

Health and Longevity

Eating healthy has many benefits, including adding to your longevity.

Healthy eating and longevity go hand in hand. Your body is a high performance piece of machinery.The food you ingest is your fuel, and like all high performance machines you want to supply your body with foods that promote a long and healthy life, the best fuel possible, to increase longevity and performance. I will be giving you tips on longevity eating; these tips, if followed, will have you feeling and looking your best.

First on the list for foods that promote a long and healthy life is wheatgrass. Wheatgrass is a great food to ingest to help your performance and longevity. Wheatgrass is 70% chlorophyll, which is the first product of light and contains a substantial amount of energy. Wheatgrass also contains a lot of oxygen, which helps improve brain and tissue functions. In addition the wheatgrass shot can improve blood sugar problems, washes drug deposits out of the body, is great for your skin such as acne and even scars/scar tissue. Taking a one or two ounce shot once a day, over time, will do great things for your body.

Next in the foods that promote a long and healthy life is bee pollen. Bee pollen is a great food to improve your health and the longevity of your life. You can have it blended into green smoothies, or sprinkled on top of your acai or pitaya (we will get to those in a minute.) Bee pollen is richer in protein than any animal source. It contains more protein than beef, cheese, or eggs in equal weight. It provides energy, aides in allergy issues, soothes irritated or inflames skin, can improve respiratory issues, and really boosts the health of your digestive system.

The most tasty, and easy way to get bee pollen in your diet is an acai or pitaya bowl. Acai and pitaya’s are super fruits. They are high in fiber- which is amazing for your digestive system, have key vitamins and nutrients the body needs, as well as antioxidants to help your immune system fight cancer. While there is so many great food and tips for improving your longevity health- these few tips are really some of the best out there. Improving your brain and tissue function, skin, respiratory system, helps with allergies, and gives you key nutrients to fight cancer and keep a healthy digestive tract are all things your body- as a high performance machine- needs and deserves.

While the effects of eating these snacks and pick me ups wont instantaneously cause you to start glowing or improve your IQ, if practiced over time and made into a life style there is no doubt you will see the results. Looking and feeling your best is something MD Home Health wants for you, why not start now!


The Importance of Early Diagnosis

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Instances when people have unknowingly possessed a disease or cancer that could have been treated prove the importance of early diagnosis. Getting checked regularly, especially if you notice any abnormal symptoms, is critical.

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Below are some reasons why early diagnosis is crucial to your health.

1.     Your symptoms may be reversible.

Depending on your specific situation, there is a chance that your symptoms could be reversible. For example, if you have underlying dementia, such as Alzheimer’s disease, diagnosis and treatment of reversible conditions can improve your brain function and help to reduce symptoms.

2.     You may be treatable.

The sooner you get diagnosed the better. For example, if you are in the early stages of breast cancer, you are highly treatable. You can receive treatment through surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, hormonal therapy or adjuvant therapy.

3.     You can make better decisions.

Once you are diagnosed, you will obviously need to make some lifestyle changes to adjust to the news. For example, if you have lung cancer and a smoking habit, you will need to begin some type of program to help you quit if it is too difficult to stop cold turkey.

4.     You will be aware and prepared.

While news of a diagnosis may be unsettling and even scary, it is better to be aware than oblivious for your own protection and safety. For instance, if you have dementia, it would be best not to travel alone. Therefore, if you have somewhere you need to go, you will have to make plans accordingly.

As you can see, there are several reasons showing the importance of early diagnosis. Being told you have a cancer or disease may not be easy, but you can make the process go a little smoother by tackling the situation head on right from the start and MD Home Health Home Assist is ready to help you do it.



Treatment for Dementia

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Early diagnosis is important, especially if there is a possibility for treatment for dementia.

MDdementiaAccording to the Alzheimer’s Association, dementia is a general term for a decline in mental ability severe enough to interfere with daily life. Memory loss is an example.

The most common type of dementia is Alzheimer’s.

Living with dementia can be difficult for both those suffering from the disease and for those around them.

Because there is a possibility of treatment for dementia, you should make sure to look out for warning signs for you and your loved ones.

Based on information from the Alzheimer’s Association, here are 10 warning signs to watch out for:

  1. Memory loss that disrupts daily life.
  2. Challenges in planning or problem solving.
  3. Difficulty completing familiar tasks at home, at work or at leisure.
  4. Confusion with time or place.
  5. Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships.
  6. New problems with words in speaking or writing.
  7. Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps.
  8. Decreased or poor judgment.
  9. Withdrawal from work or social activities.
  10. Changes in mood and personality.

By looking out for these signs, you will be able to seek help early and get treatment for dementia.

According to a WebMD article, you can do the following in order to treat the cause of dementia:

  1. Take vitamins for a deficiency of vitamin B12.
  2. Take thyroid hormones for hypothyroidism.
  3. Have surgery to remove a brain tumor or to reduce pressure on the brain.
  4. Stop or change medicines that are causing memory loss or confusion.
  5. Take medicines to treat an infection, such as encephalitis.
  6. Take medicine to treat depression.
  7. Get treatment for reversible conditions caused by AIDS.

If you or a loved one is suffering from Alzheimer’s/Dementia, you can seek help from MD Home Health Home Assist, which offers a specialty program designed specifically for Alzheimer’s/Dementia patients.

Contact MD Home Health Home Assist today for your free in-home consultation, regarding treatment for dementia.


Cognitive Training Exercises

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Cognitive training exercises target a group of mental processes that include attention, memory, producing and understanding language, learning, reasoning, problem solving and decision-making.

Cognitive training exercises provide mental benefits for people of all ages.

Lumosity – the leading brain training program designed by neuroscientists ­– is currently known as the web’s #1 brain training program. Lumosity is a free online program that offers games in the areas of memory, attention, flexibility, speed of processing and problem solving. While you’re having fun playing games, you’ll forget that you’re also training your brain.

Cognitive Training Exercises Provide Mental Benefits

Over 35 million people and climbing already use Lumosity.com with positive results.

“Competitive rowing requires focus, flexibility, alertness, and strong peripheral vision. Lumosity training has increased all these for me: I am able to maintain my focus on the finish line for the last kilometer of each head race, I am able to adapt to new situations I encounter during these events, I am much more focused on the task at hand during training and racing, and I have increased the range of my peripheral vision. Thanks, Lumosity, for helping a fifty-something win medals!”

–      Linda E.

It’s possible that cognitive training exercises provide mental benefits for people suffering from dementia, as well. Although more studies need to be conducted in order to state that cognitive training exercises can prevent or delay dementia, such as Alzheimer’s, a WebMD article stated that a number of studies have shown the benefits of staying mentally active.

“I play to keep up with my 2-year old and to hopefully stave off Alzheimer’s or any other deterioration of the brain.”

–      Whitney M.

If you or a loved one is suffering from dementia, such as Alzheimer’s, you can seek help from MD Home Health Home Assist.

“I will not hesitate to recommend MD Home Health and MD Home Assist to my friends and family when in need of home care services. Thank you for everything you did for my husband and me.”

-Kent & Adriana M. Patient April 2010

MD Home Health Home Assist has specialty programs for Alzheimer’s/Dementia for individuals in their homes or group facilities. Services are available 24 hours per day/seven days per week and are provided on a visit, hourly or daily basis.

For more information on how cognitive training exercises provide mental benefits, contact MD Home Health Home Assist today for your free in-home consultation.


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.