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Caring for a senior loved one during a global pandemic comes with a lot of worries, especially when it comes to their long-term care. Many assisted living facilities have had to make drastic changes to their policies in order to keep their patients safe during the pandemic, making it harder to find openings. The stress that comes with making decisions for your senior loved one can be overwhelming, and those feelings are often exacerbated by health issues they may be living with. Take a look at Enlighten Me Today, which offers resources and tips for those living with various disorders, to get some support. Then, think about how you can help your senior loved one stay healthy and happy down the road.
Plan for the costs.
When it’s time to think about making a move to assisted living or a retirement home, many seniors pin their hopes on their insurance to cover some of the cost. Unfortunately, Medicare only pays out for specific services, and these are short-term: hospital care, home nursing after an injury or illness, and doctor’s visits. Medicaid will cover some of the costs associated with assisted living, but the coverage varies by state, so it pays to get familiar with their policies according to where you live.
Your senior loved one might also be able to secure a private loan to pay for their care, although this can be pricey and isn’t a viable option for everyone. Long-term care insurance is also available, but your loved one would need to have a policy in place before they need it. Finally, they might be able to secure a reverse mortgage on their home, but this can have major implications on their estate planning, so make sure your loved one understands all that comes with this decision.
If selling isn’t an immediate option, consider helping your loved one look for financial assistance that would allow for home modifications and aging-in-place.
Utilize real estate.
Another option for funding long-term care is for your loved one to sell their home altogether. Many seniors utilize real estate sales to help pay for assisted living, and while putting a house on the market looks a little different than it used to due to the pandemic, it’s still possible. With virtual tours and video chats available these days, it’s easier than ever for potential buyers to check out a home while staying socially distanced.
When you’re ready to help your loved one get started with the sale, start by looking up local safety guidelines and contact a realtor who can answer any questions you or your loved one might have. Next, start cleaning, decluttering, and preparing the home for viewers.
Take their needs into consideration.
Your senior loved one’s long-term needs may change over time. Although it’s impossible to see into the future, it is necessary to think about how to help them make the most of their living situation. Once you’ve figured out how to fund the move, think about what type of facility is best. Some offer everything from health care to meal preparation, while others allow for more independence. If your loved one is living with a disability or has trouble with daily tasks, a full-care facility will likely be the best option. Those who are at risk for mobility issues down the road or may need memory care will also benefit from a facility that offers a wide range of services.
Helping a senior make decisions about their long-term care can be daunting and may even take an emotional toll on both of you, so it’s important to practice self-care during this time. Pay attention to your loved one’s emotional needs, especially if the decision is made to sell their home. If possible, work on a plan together so they’ll feel more comfortable with the outcome.
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In the 1860s, Florence Nightingale taught her nurses about the importance of being exposed to fresh air and sunlight during convalescence.
It is fitting to highlight one of the many health benefits Florence Nightingale advocated during this week as it is National Nurses Week. Her birthday is May 12th as well, marking the end of the Nurses Week.
Flash forward to today where 93% of our time is spent indoors. There is now more than ever a greater need for supplements or other therapies to make up for some peoples lack of time with natural light. That or find the time to get out more.
Light therapy is used by some healers – in different forms – to treat a variety of ailments... For instance, photobiomodulation therapy – which targets the regenerative properties of cells in the body.
Turns out, the body has three pathways by which it uses light: through the eyes and vision, through a non-visual optic path, and via photobiomodulation as detailed below:
The chart to the left shows all the possible
treatment targets using photobiomodulation therapy.
Essentially, light can be used to help you regrow hair, heal wounds, reduce pain, and even rejuvenate the skin.
Light therapy is commonly used as a treatment for seasonal affective disorder ("SAD"). SAD is a form of depression that occurs as the result of lost sunlight exposure during the winter months. SAD is generally experienced as moodiness and the loss of energy. More than 10 million people in the U.S. experience SAD.
To counteract the lack of sunlight received during the dark winter months, people can use light therapy lamps at home or in the office. This technique is called bright light therapy. Spending just 20 minutes a day sitting in front of a sun lamp is known to have great effects on people's mood and levels of depression.
Bright light therapy mimics the sunlight through a lamp. Spending 15 to 30 minutes in bright light – at least 10,000 lux – stimulates your retinas, which then activates the hypothalamus. The hypothalamus then regulates your circadian rhythm (your sleep-wake cycle). The exposure to bright light also stimulates the production of melatonin (also used in the circadian rhythm cycle) and regulates the use of serotonin (which regulates your mood).
A 2020 study published in the Public Library of Science found that bright light therapy is also an effective treatment for bipolar depression. A total of 12 studies were included in this meta-analysis and a total of 847 patients with bipolar depression were examined. Using bright light therapy to treat bipolar depression usually yields quick results, whereas many medicines can take a month to build up in the system enough to have an effect.
Bright light therapy has been found to be an effective treatment for people with Parkinson's disease who are experiencing sleep disturbances and depression. It also has been shown to improve motor function in people with Parkinson's.
Additionally, bright light therapy is helpful for people experiencing panic disorder or post-traumatic stress disorder ("PTSD") and who are also being treated with exposure-based cognitive behavioral therapy.
While we have fantastic technology these days to use light to our advantage, getting full spectrum natural sunlight is still very important. Here are seven ways we can practice getting more good light to support our general health and well-being...
1) Use halogen or incandescent bulbs – they are the closest to broad spectrum daylight.
2) Avoid fluorescent and compact fluorescent lamp ("CFL") bulbs – because they are prone to flickering, emit UV radiation, and contain mercury vapors that can escape if the bulbs are broken.
3) Choose "warm white" light emitting diode ("LED") bulbs – using them will minimize the effect of harmful blue light. You can find these warm whites at the grocery store or online – wherever you're buying your bulbs. Household LEDs generally are sold at 6 watts.
4) Avoid fluorescent and LED bulbs with excessive flickering – they cause unnecessary stress.
5) Avoid light sources in your bedroom at night, especially electronics.
6) Spend as much time as possible outdoors in daylight, especially in the winter.
7) Expose yourself to daylight without your glasses or contact lenses on. Letting the light hit your eyes without a barrier allows for better absorption of the sun's rays.
The great news is that spending time in the sunlight is a very low risk activity. Some risk is associated with being exposed to ultraviolet light – which in large enough doses is linked to skin damage, retina damage, and accelerated aging over long periods of time. Otherwise, being bathed in the light of the sun is essential to your health and well-being.
Not only will you be healthier, but you will find yourself happier as well. They don't call it a "sunny disposition" for nothing.
Portions of this article were an extract from Doctor Eifreg (Optometrist).
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GroupThink explores the herd mentality phenomenon. It exposes why and how mob mentality and mob psychology shapes our every move, thought, emotion, and belief system. It explores how the average individual can transform to do things they normally would never do once in a crowd.
This timely pamphlet explores how the average individual can transform to do things they usually would never do once in a crowd. Discover how our personal frustrations and grievances take hold and create an environment that breathes life to more frustration and more reasons to think, act, believe a certain way.
Fear, anger, and rage shape our days, thanks to an influx of conflicting information from news outlets, government officials, unofficial commentators, doctors, and citizens everywhere. Most of us will never truly understand how we got to this point.
Is there a good side to groupthink? Surprisingly, YES. We can learn to use this human phenomenon to our favor, both personally and financially.
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"May you live in interesting times."
The quote is the English translation of a traditional Chinese curse. We most certainly are living in interesting times. It definitely can be labeled as a black swan type of year.
Faith Over Fear is a pamphlet to be opened to guide you through times of trouble. Stress less and arm yourself with a tool to calm your rattled nerves. The world has changed but not all is lost. The bright spot is that we will move forward. Tragic events have happened throughout human history, and although challenging, we have always been able to overcome, survive, and excel.
This timely guide will explore faith in detail and combine it with hope. It is a tool to keep our dreams alive in difficult times. God willing, it will ease our minds and deter us from panicking with directives to keep us calm in trying times.
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Why does the flu/influenza come and go? Where does it go when it doesn’t come? Hmm…Points to ponder.
Viral diseases erupt as vitamin D blood levels decline. Could it be due to less sunshine exposure? It makes sense as far fewer people have colds/flu during the summer.
It would be interesting to compare the coronavirus infection ratio of the United States to that of say the Caribbean Islands, Central America, or Africa for more insight.
Quarantines May Backfire
The coronavirus epidemic may worsen with quarantine. That is what happened on a cruise ship off the coast of Japan and in Italy. Coercing people to stay indoors further lowers vitamin D levels.
After close to a month of quarantine on the Diamond Princess, the number of confirmed cases out of 3711 people quarantined on the boat who became infected rose from 174 to 712. Perhaps the increase is due to deprivation of sunlight. Or perhaps it is the poor or recirculated air in a small confine of a cabin room or apartment.
Regardless, The CAT was out of the BAG on this virus a long time ago (it was first reported in 2019) so I suspect the virus has been in the U.S. for some time and we did not know it. Any early cases were probably attributed to the flu. A headline from USA Today from January 27, 2020 said: “Rush is on to develop vaccine for coronavirus.” (the online version was dated Jan. 24).
Pray for an Early Spring
It is pure speculation at this time, but since the “common cold” versions of coronaviruses are seasonal, COVID-19 may act similarly. It is worth considering. Seasonal coronaviruses favor cool, dry climates. Therefore, looking forward to April and May, with the onset of Spring and more intense sun rays, the epidemic may vanish.
The President of the United States said on February 27 that: “It’s going to disappear. One day — it’s like a miracle — it will disappear.”
Whether it is by Vitamin D or something else, this too will end.
In the meantime, there is vitamin D in a bottle. Click this link to see how a little bit of vitamin D can quell viruses.
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Mayo Clinic-Approved Natural Remedies for Anxiety
Kava appeared to be a promising treatment for anxiety, but reports of serious liver damage — even with short-term use — caused the Food and Drug Administration to issue warnings about the use of dietary supplements containing kava.
While these initial reports of liver toxicity have been questioned, use extra caution and involve your doctor in the decision if you’re considering using products containing kava.
A few small clinical trials suggest that passion flower might help with anxiety. In many commercial products, passion flower is combined with other herbs, making it difficult to distinguish the unique qualities of each herb.
Passion flower is generally considered safe when taken as directed, but some studies found it can cause drowsiness, dizziness and confusion.
In some studies, people who used valerian reported less anxiety and stress. In other studies, people reported no benefit.
Valerian is generally considered safe at recommended doses, but since long-term safety trials are lacking, don’t take it for more than a few weeks at a time, unless your doctor approves.
It can cause some side effects such as headaches, dizziness and drowsiness.
Limited data shows that short-term use of chamomile is generally considered safe and can be effective in reducing symptoms of anxiety.
But chamomile can increase the risk of bleeding when used with blood-thinning drugs.
Use of chamomile can cause allergic reactions in some people who are sensitive to the family of plants that includes chamomile. Other members of this family are ragweed, marigolds, daisies and chrysanthemums.
Some evidence suggests that oral lavender or aromatherapy with lavender can reduce anxiety; however, evidence is preliminary and limited. Oral lavender can cause constipation and headaches. It can also increase appetite, increase the sedative effect of other medications and supplements, and cause low blood pressure.
Preliminary research shows lemon balm can reduce some symptoms of anxiety, such as nervousness and excitability. Lemon balm is generally well-tolerated and considered safe for short-term use, but can cause nausea and abdominal pain.
Herbal supplements aren’t monitored by the FDA the same way medications are. Despite enhanced quality control regulations in place since 2010, the quality of some supplements may still be an issue. Remember, natural doesn’t always mean safe.
If you’re considering taking any herbal supplement as a treatment for anxiety, talk to your health care provider first, especially if you take other medications. The interaction of some herbal supplements and certain medications can cause serious side effects.
Some herbal supplements taken for anxiety can cause you to feel sleepy, so they may not be safe to take when driving or doing dangerous tasks. Your doctor can help you understand possible risks and benefits if you choose to try an herbal supplement.
If your anxiety is interfering with daily activities, talk with your doctor. More-serious forms of anxiety generally need medical treatment or psychological counseling (psychotherapy) for symptoms to improve.
This article is written by Brent Bauer, M.D., director of Mayo Clinic’s Complementary and Integrative Medicine Program. Find more health and medical information on mayoclinic.org.
Dear Readers, I have been very busy during the past year with my work on my latest research and book. I am happy to announce that my latest book has been completed just in time for the fall reading season and upcoming holidays. The Probiotic Constitution is available on Amazon. Consider this book as a compliment to Remedy. I do believe it will be well received and am excited about the release.
It is a go-to book for deciphering the confusing world of probiotics. A MUST READ for anyone suffering from a digestive illness and wants an additional weapon and knowledge in their alternative path to healing.
I am pleased to announce that Remedy: How I Cured the Incurable was blessed to receive another award. This time with the Xulon Press Christian Author Awards. Remedy was third place in the HEALTH category. Thank you to everyone for their support.
I am very pleased to announce that the October 2017 issue of the Midwest Book Review online book review magazine "Small Press Bookwatch" features a review of "Remedy: How I Cured The Incurable".
This was the only selection under the Health/Medicine Shelf. It was an honor to receive this distinction for Remedy as Midwest Book Review is completely independent in their reviews and highly respected in the industry. Find the review here.
Critique from Midwest Book Review: Exceptionally well written, organized and presented, "Remedy: How I Cured The Incurable" is a 'must read" for the estimated 60 to 80 million Americans suffer from digestive ailments. While unreservedly recommended for both community and academic library Alternative Medicine instructional reference collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "Remedy: How I Cured The Incurable" is also available in a digital book format.
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