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Preventing Boredom: Out-of-the-Box Ideas to Engage Your Loved One 

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The activities you share with your senior loved one during visits or when you’re home from work, can have a tremendous effect on her quality of life and general outlook, so it’s really important that these times are maximized and enjoyed to the fullest. Even if it is not readily observable, the impact of shared activities can go a long way toward boosting her mood, and significantly reducing anxiety or agitation that might otherwise trouble her.

After you’ve gone through some of the old standby shared activities, you should consider some really inventive, out-of-the-box ideas which can maintain her interest and really engage her. Here are a few possibilities to consider.

Playing with children’s toys

This might seem like an odd suggestion, given the fact that these objects were created with children in mind, but older adults can experience these very same objects in an entirely different manner. For example, a simple puzzle might take your senior loved one back to childhood days and recall warm memories of the time. A children’s toolbox might trigger recollections from your senior parent about home repairs or do-it-yourselfer activities that he used to enjoy doing around the household. If you discover that ideas like this work really well with your parent, by all means, get involved yourself, and enjoy playing with children’s toys to engage your loved one.

Fun group activities

There are any of community groups which regularly meet to benefit seniors, and provide them with an outlet for socializing and engaging in fun activities. There are dance groups, card-playing groups, movie-watching groups, and even tap dancing groups, which have formed in almost every community in the country for this purpose, and which can really get your senior your loved one involved, and enjoying life again.

Treasure hunting

One very different way of really engaging your senior loved one is to take her on a treasure hunting expedition with a metal detector. This can be a very exciting time, as new discoveries are encountered, and interest is sustained throughout the entire treasure-hunting experience. It can be even more exciting, when there’s a legitimate chance of finding something interesting, but even without any spectacular discoveries, the whole experience can be a very usual and engaging way of spending some time with your loved one.

Community projects

There are always community projects which you can participate in with your senior loved one, and there is a double good feeling associated with such activities. In the first place, it will be excellent therapy to have your loved one involved and participating in a large project. It will also make her feel good to be contributing to society in general, and performing some kind of action that makes the community a better place. Some activities like this might include planting trees in the neighborhood, gardening around public buildings, and doing sponsored walks for a good cause.

Monthly or weekly game nights

Set aside a regularly-occurring night each week or each month, when you get together with your senior loved one, and play a different game each time. There are numerous board games which you could play that are fairly easy to grasp, and your senior your loved one will probably just love the fact that you’re taking the time to be with her, and share an activity you can both enjoy. Something as simple as Yahtzee might be a wonderful way of engaging with your loved one, and showing her that you really care.

Additional care for your senior loved one

There are of course, situations where your busy life at work and with your own family simply won’t allow for as much regular engagement with your loved one as you would like to have. For these situations, you should contact MD Home Health/MD Home Assist, so we can help fill in the gaps in home health care for your loved one. The compassionate and caring companionship provided by a professional caregiver from an Arizona health care specialist might include many of the same creative ideas, and others like them, which are described above.


4 Ways to Stay Healthy and Active in the Cooler Months Ahead

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Active Fall

Both the calendar and the cooler weather are telling us that fall is fast approaching, and that means it’s time to start thinking about healthy fall activities to keep you active, while also enjoying the change of seasons. Here are some activities you can do which are low-impact in terms of effort required, and yet still take full advantage of the delightful freshness of the autumn season.

Raking leaves

This is not only a very practical activity, but it’s also pretty good exercise which you can do while appreciating the beautiful colors of the falling leaves. If there are kids in your household, they’ll find tons of ways to have fun and enjoy the piles of leaves you rake up, but even if no one else is around, this is a very productive and satisfying activity that goes beautifully with the season.

Take a walk

Walking is one of those healthy activities which burns calories and strengthens muscles, and also provides you an opportunity to just enjoy the sights and sounds of the fall season as it descends on your neighborhood. It’s also great for lifting your spirits, because you’ll probably be walking in sunshine and breathing in clean fresh air, all of which helps to brighten your outlook and improve your mood for the rest of the day. There’s even a benefit to you from just soaking up a little sunshine, because it supplies needed Vitamin D to your body.

Do some volunteer work

If you are physically able to do so, volunteering to help out with some worthy cause can do a world of good for you, and with the cooler fall weather, you won’t be exerting yourself in difficult weather conditions. This can be something as simple as volunteering at a local soup kitchen for a couple hours, or getting involved with a neighborhood cleanup project. The beauty of this activity is that you can exert yourself to whatever level you’re comfortable with, and afterward you’ll also have a wonderful sense of having made a contribution that helps others. One other definite benefit is that while you’re assisting other people, it gets your mind off your own problems, to give you a break from anything troubling you.

Go for a bike ride

Riding a bike is a wonderful cardiovascular activity, and it can be a very enjoyable experience as well, as you ride around your neighborhood and appreciate the signs of autumn all around you. Bike riding is one of those activities which you can do at just about any age and any level of fitness, as long as you’re not physically disabled. It gets you out into the fresh air to enjoy a little bit of the world around you, especially that part of the world which doesn’t include your favorite couch or chair.

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You can learn about more healthy activities from the health experts who provide Phoenix home health care, and are dedicated to helping others with programs of wellness. Our Phoenix home care can be tailored to fit the needs of people of all ages and all health conditions. For more information on our services, experience, or rates, call (602) 396-5742 or fill out our contact form. We look forward to serving you.


Tips for Staying Healthy this Summer

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Two little funny kid boys and their father on organic strawberry farm in summer picking and eating fresh ripe berries. Happy family spending time together.

The warmest season of the year is upon us, and although fun in the sun is something everyone looks forward to throughout the nine months beforehand, it’s just as important to be mindful of your health as the days grow longer and the nights shorter. There’s a good chance your stress levels decrease, since the summer’s usually marked by vacation and family time. The following are more great things you can do to maximize both your physical and mental well-being.

Be Mindful of Your Diet

It seems like everyone’s trying frantically to alter their diet in the months leading up to summer, in order to get into some semblance of a beach body shape. Truth is, too many people neglect essential vitamins, minerals and nutrients in an attempt to cut calories. One way to combat the decreased potency of your diet is to add fruit to it. Blackberries, strawberries, watermelon – any assortment of berries will do wonders for helping your body fight off disease and energizing you for the day. In fact, these fruits are chock-full of antioxidants, which are powerful natural remedies against many different illnesses.

Customize a Program of Care

Whether you’re young or old it’s essential to ensure you join us in having a healthy summer. This means making sure to get plenty of exercise – whether it’s taking a swim in the pool of the local YMCA, or making sure you have a dedicated caretaker to accompany you on daily walks. After all, school may be out for the kids, but the adults still have to work and provide a living for their families during the summer months. There’s no substitute for quality care; especially when your loved ones are involved. Exercise has been proven to increase mental well-being, in addition to the obvious physical health benefits – and both the young and elderly should engage in it this summer.

Take a Vacation

Two little funny kid boys and their father on organic strawberry farm in summer picking and eating fresh ripe berries. Happy family spending time together.

After all, what other time of the year will the whole family be together? This is what you work so hard for all year long, and a trip to any of the many wonderful destinations on the planet would do wonders for bonding and overall health. You can keep the vacation local, or spend a little more to see one of the wonders of the world, such as the Dead Sea on the border of Israel and Jordan. The combination of salt in this sea isn’t replicated in any other body of water in the world, and it represents a fantastic opportunity for memories and rejuvenation. Even within your own state, there are plenty of destinations that are sure to recharge.

Are you interested in hiring an in-home caregiver for help around the home, help with a family member, or for some extra support with the kids this summer? MD Home Health/Home Assist is happy to help Phoenix area households keep their cool during the summer months.


Healthy Indoor Plants for a Healthy Home

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It is well known that spending time outdoors in nature is proven to reduce anxiety and depression. But, there can also be many health benefits of bringing nature inside. Adding a few indoor plants to your home will not only boost your mood by adding splashes of color, but will also improve your health. Indoor plants naturally filter the toxic air in your household. Toxins can come into your house in many ways, through dry cleaning chemicals, household-cleaning products (such as furniture polish and oils), and from dish and laundry detergents. By selecting a few of your favorite plants or flowers and bringing them into the house, you will minimize the respiratory and neurological damage outside toxins can cause.

Flower Power

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Indoor flowers will require a little work and a lot of light. However, they bring cheer, fragrance, and cleaner air into any room you place them. Gerbera Daisies are beautiful flowers that come in a wide variation of pinks, reds, and yellows. These flowers can assist in removing the toxins benzene, which is present in many inks and dyes, and Trichloroethylene (also known as TCE), which contaminates our drinking water.

 

The popular Chrysanthemum, or ‘Mum’ is another fun, colorful flower option for your home. With lots of water and light, Mum’s will flourish in your home and clarify your air from benzene. For an added health benefit, use the leaves to make your own Chrysanthemum tea. The tea is known for its amazing health benefits, which range from helping clear sinuses, to preventing eye deterioration as you age.

Pick a Plant

Indoor plants tend to be a bit more durable compared to their flower counterparts, but still offer amazing health benefits. For a no fuss option, consider a Rubber Plant, which can tolerate low temperatures and little light. Bamboo Palms can add a tropical flair to your home while removing toxins such as benzene, trichloroethylene and formaldehyde. Your Bamboo Palm will do best in a window with direct sunlight, and you can enjoy watching it grow to be several feet tall. If you are someone who often forgets to water your plants, consider an Aloe Vera plant .The Aloe plant requires minimal attention but still detoxifies your air, and can also be used to treat minor cuts and burns.

For more creative ways to make your home and body healthier, read more on our blog or contact MD Home Health


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.