Archives for health

What to Do if Diagnosed With Parkinson’s

After receiving a Parkinson’s diagnosis, it can be difficult to know what to do next. No matter your age or stage we’ll be discussing things that are universally worth trying out. Some strategies may work better than others, whether adjusting lifestyle, mindset, or both. Just know that there is something you can do and know that while all the advice may be overwhelming these are some basics starting points. While you may need some time for the diagnosis to sink in, do not despair or decide your fate before getting educated. There are a lot of resources to consult so
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What to Know Before Getting Your Booster Shot

Why All This Talk About Boosters There are a lot of factors to consider when deciding to get a booster shot. Here we will talk about what those factors are so you can feel confident in your decision. There are three COVID-19 vaccines authorized and approved for use in the United States to prevent COVID-19. Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna (COVID-10 mRNA vaccines) are the preferred vaccines, but a Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen COVID-19 vaccine is available in some situations. The COVID-19 vaccines are hard at work. During the recent Omicron surge, those who were boosted were 21-times less likely to die
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Benefits of Regular Check-ups for Seniors

Regular check-ups and screenings are an important health habit. However, they become more and more important the older we get. Diseases like diabetes, heart disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), cancer, and arthritis are more likely to occur the older we get and more likely to go undiagnosed the less we see a doctor. Several of these conditions don’t show symptoms until they’ve gotten worse. Nearly a quarter of visits to family physicians and 60% of hospital visits are from older adults. An annual checkup is an opportunity for a doctor to find something early and treat it or cure
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Heart Month and Heart Health Activities

What is Heart Month? February is American Heart Month, which is a month dedicated to the improvement of cardiovascular health. This month the Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention is shining a light on hypertension or high blood pressure. This is a leading risk factor for heart disease and stroke. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States across populations. Each year one in every four deaths is a result of heart disease. Heart Month is dedicated to reducing these odds and helping individuals learn to take better care of their heart.   Be Aware
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Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast Cancer Awareness Month takes place during the month of October every year. It is an annual campaign to raise awareness about the impact of breast cancer. Through the spread of awareness then early detection will more likely happen as well as an intentional pooling of resources to fight breast cancer. Ultimately, this is a month dedicated to help uplift women in need. Stay On Top Of Your Health! The past year saw a setback in screenings and early detection, so the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc. (NBCF) is rising to the challenge! Rise with them! When breast cancer is
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Worldwide Heart Health Day

September 29th is just around the corner. This day is observed each year as Worldwide Heart Health Day. With over a year of an unrelenting virus, now is the time to take extra precautions to protect you heart. This blog will discuss how to protect your heart, heart health and COVID-19, and how to spread awareness. Read more from Freedom Home Care below. Protecting Your Heart Spreading awareness regarding cardiovascular health is very important. According to the World Heart Federation, cardiovascular disease (CVD) “is a class of diseases that affect the heart or blood vessels”. Cardiovascular disease can occur based
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How to Disinfect Your Home

During these uncertain times, we are continuously reminded of the importance of keeping both ourselves and our surroundings clean and disinfected. Did you know cleaning and disinfecting are not the same thing? When you clean, you are removing the dirt and germs from a surface, usually using just soap. When you disinfect a surface, you are killing the pathogens, often done using specific chemicals. Disinfecting is more important than ever, because many of the viruses that make us sick, including COVID-19, are transmitted person-to-person from shared contact with objects and surfaces. How to Disinfect: Clean -The first step to disinfecting
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Tips to Give Yourself a Calming Environment

  The space around us can have a huge impact on mood, concentration, comfort, and safety. For the elderly, particularly those living with Alzheimer’s or dementia, a calming environment can make a huge difference. An environment that creates a state of calm and relaxation can reduce agitation and confusion. The following are three key things to consider when creating a calming environment for yourself or an elderly person you love. 1. Lighting – Since the elderly often struggle with sight, a well-lit room is essential to creating a calming environment. Provide as much natural light as possible, but when that
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Tips to Keep Your Heart Healthy

This month is American Heart Month! What better way to take care of your heart than by following the tips below! 1. Exercise – Being active is a major contributor to keeping your ticker ticking. Getting enough exercise can significantly improve your cardiovascular health. At least 30 minutes of exercise a day is recommended. 2. No Smoking – There are numerous reasons to quit smoking, including improved heart health. So, if you are trying to keep your heart healthy, it is time to quit. 3. Healthy Diet – Diet plays a huge role in our health, including the health of
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Health Benefits of Houseplants

  Are you looking to improve your health and happiness for 2020? Well, you can in so many ways, one simple and fun way to do so is with houseplants. You can add more indoor plants to your home and it can benefit your health. Learn more about this below. • Boost Mood – Humans have a connection to nature and nature calms us, so bringing plants indoors can help boost a person’s mood. Plants indoors also help increase oxygen levels, regulate humidity, and make people feel calmer. All of this can lead to a heightened mood. • Reduce Stress
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