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Get Creative with Cardio and In Home Assisted Living

I just don’t have time to go to the gym today. I bet this sounds familiar to some. Getting up and going to the gym can be a pain, but the good news is that you don’t have to go to the gym to squeeze in a little exercise! Exercise doesn’t have to mean going to the gym and hitting the treadmill. Taking your dog for a walk can help you reviver your workout. Walking a dog is great cardio. You’ll improve your heart rate and lose inches off your legs. Two other health benefits of dog walking are less stress and the loss of abdominal fat. Walking is a great stress buster and works out your entire core. Walking, along with playing basketball with your children, and even dancing in your living room are great and fun ways to build a healthy heart without feeling the pain of tedious workouts. Just a few minutes of regular, daily exercise can greatly reduce your risk of heart disease. Combine physical activity with other lifestyle measures, such as maintaining a healthy weight, and the payoff is even greater.

Seniors Do Best with Care Provided in Their Homes and Trading in the Candy Hearts for a Healthy Heart

Chances are you received some sweets from a sweetheart or another loved one this past Valentine’s Day. While savoring a sugary treat from time to time isn’t terrible, it’s important to keep your heart’s health in mind while snacking. Certain foods such as walnuts, chickpeas, and fruits have been medically proven to decrease your chance of heart disease. But don’t worry! Your taste buds can still enjoy a delicious and nutritious snack! There are plenty of ways to incorporate healthy foods into your favorite treats. Take a look at some of these scrumptious ideas:

Building a Healthy Heart: Stress Management and In Home Help for Seniors and Elderly

Take a deep breath in and slowly let it out. Stress is a major factor for poor heart health. Luckily, stress can be managed! It’s easy to let stress take over your life, but it is important to remember that taking a deep breath and facing your stress triggers can lead to a healthier lifestyle for you and those around you. We’ve all heard someone tell us to take a deep breath, and we may have thought it was silly, but it is a medically proven fact that taking a few deep breaths can alert your brain to calm your body down and immediately relieve stress.

Caregivers at Risk for Heart Disease and the Benefits of Professional In Home Care

Know the risks. Knowing and understanding the risks of heart disease is the first step towards a healthy heart. Whenever possible, try to get in at least thirty minutes of exercise each day. When you combine daily exercise with other lifestyle measures, the payoff is much greater. Remember that activities such as housekeeping, gardening, or taking the stairs whenever possible will count toward your daily workout total. You don’t have to exercise strenuously to achieve benefits and reduce your risk of heart disease.

Embracing Change to Build Consistency in 2013 with In Home Dementia Care

By nature, most people are hesitant about change. We don’t want to get stuck in a rut, but at the same time, we like things comfortable and familiar. But as we begin a new year, filling our minds and hearts with resolutions to do better, do more, be better, and reach our goals, what we’re really calling for is change. In light of that, and especially for those who have become caregivers in life, the old adage ‘the only constant in life is change’ hits close to home. As a caregiver, a word you hear a lot is ‘consistency’, which can often feel like a challenge in the face of change. This year, though, maybe there is a way to embrace that change in order to build consistency into your life. How? Here are a few ideas we’ve come up with to help shape your approach to 2013.

Psychology of Resolutions: Making and Keeping Them with Affordable in Home Senior Care

The word new is such a powerful one, isn’t it? New babies, new job, new opportunities. And the obvious: New Year. It is an opportunity to reinvent, start over, wipe the slate clean and create something fresh. A good beginning point for whatever it is you hope to achieve, the New Year can represent your chance to go, do achieve, or grow. That’s probably why there is such positive psychology behind making New Year’s Resolutions, even if you don’t end up carrying all of them through to perfection. This year, avoid burning out on your resolutions by keeping them in perspective with these fun facts.

Caregiver Resolutions for Families Impacted by Dementia and In Home Dementia Care

“But they need me”. Does that sound familiar to you? You’ve probably said some version of that to yourself, your spouse, your friends, and your children more times than you can count since becoming a caregiver. And when dementia or Alzheimer’s falls into the mix, it can almost become a mantra. While it is true, it also can become a phrase that overtakes your life in an unhealthy way. After all, you’ll struggle to fully care for someone else if you forget about your own wellness. This year, avoid caregiver burnout by extending yourself some grace. Make a few resolutions that enable you to stay refreshed and cared for, while fitting into the lifestyle and schedule of caring for someone with Alzheimer’s and dementia. Know what you need, and commit to accommodating for it.

Caregiver Resolutions for Friends and Families with Senior Care at Home

You see how hard they work each day. How loving, patient, and giving they are as they provide care to their aging loved one on both good days and bad days. So often, all they need from friends and family is for you to show them you’ve noticed and provide a little support and encouragement throughout the year. Don’t feel pressured to make grand sweeping gestures or huge displays of self-sacrifice; rather, just remember to be thoughtful and consistent will mean the world. This January, as friends and family of a caregiver, why not make a few New Year’s Resolutions to support the caregiver in your life. Here are a few ideas

Caregiver Resolutions to Help You Care for Yourself with Reliable in Home Care for the Elderly

Suddenly, it’s quite. The holiday buzz has died down, gifts have been unwrapped, family has dispersed, and the parties have come to an end. It’s January, and though your life was full of love and merriment for the past month, you may be completely exhausted. Don’t worry, you aren’t alone! In 2013, why not approach the post-holiday burnout with fresh eyes? You may feel conflicted: all you want to do is sleep, but at the same time you feel the pressure to kick off the year right. Instead of letting your world, circumstances, and external pressures determine the way your 2013 starts, set aside a few minutes each day to focus on your own wellness. And what better way to start than creating some personal resolutions that will help you care for yourself. Not sure where to start? We’ve put together a few ideas for you:

Ring in the New Year with Affordable in Home Senior Care

It is usually during the Christmas holiday season that families notice their elderly loved ones are less active and less able to perform some household duties as they had in the past. You may worry that Mom and Dad are struggling to keep up with their daily tasks and they may feel overwhelmed by the responsibilities. Some families feel that a move to an assisted living facility or nursing home is their only option. Not only is this not the case, it is also least favorable among seniors. If your senior loved one had always participated in an active lifestyle, a life altering move to an institutionalized setting can prove to be very detrimental to their wellbeing. Not only will they have to learn new rules of an establishment, but they are moving from their beloved home and all that is familiar to them. Not only is in home senior care most preferred, is also more affordable than a major move to an assisted living home. Give your senior loved one the gift of independent living in their own home in their familiar community. Ring in the New Year with affordable in home senior care.

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