Category: Health News
|January 10, 2014||Posted by Jennifer EasierLiving under Aging, Caregiving, Disabilities, Health, Health News, Wellness|
January is Glaucoma Awareness Month! Glaucoma is an eye disease that eliminates a person’s sight suddenly, without any warning. The most common cases of Glaucoma dominantly affect the middle-aged and the elderly, but glaucoma can effect people of any age. Damage to the optic nerve is the main cause of the permanent vision loss. This nerve is solely responsible for carrying images from the eye to the brain.
Unfortunately, there is no cure for glaucoma. Medication and surgery can slow or prevent further vision loss. Early detection is vital to stopping the progress of the disease, which is why annual eye exams are extremely important, as well as the use of appropriate low vision home healthcare supplies. Here are 10 facts ever caregiver should know about Glaucoma:
- 2.7 million people in the United States over age 40 have glaucoma
- The National Eye Institute projects this number will reach 4.2 million by 2030. (58% increase)
- The World Health Organization estimates that 4.5 million people worldwide are blind due to glaucoma.
- Glaucoma is called “the sneak thief of sight” because there are no symptoms and once vision is lost, it’s permanent.
- Glaucoma is the leading cause of preventable blindness.
- The best way to protect your sight from glaucoma is to get a comprehensive eye examination.
- Up to 40% of vision can be lost without a person even noticing.
- There are two common types of glaucoma: primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG), and angle-closure glaucoma.
- African American and Latino populations, glaucoma is more prevalent. Glaucoma is 6 to 8 times more common in African Americans than Caucasians.
- If you suffer from low vision, or Glaucoma, you can take advantage of home healthcare supplies that will assist you in your daily life!
|January 9, 2014||Posted by Jennifer EasierLiving under Caregiving, Happiness, Health, Health News, Stress, Top Products, Uncategorized, Wellness|
According to the National Alliance of Mental Health, “Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is characterized by recurrent episodes of depression, usually in late fall and winter, alternating with periods of normal or high mood the rest of the year.” Although a staggering 16% of the people in the United States suffer from SAD, it can be treated simply with the appropriate home healthcare supplies.
Light therapy, the therapeutic approach of sun light simulation has several recognized positive effects for individuals who suffer from SAD. Blood levels of the light-sensitive hormone melatonin, which may be abnormally high at certain times of day, are rapidly reduced by light therapy. Depending on when bright light is presented, the body’s internal clock, which controls body temperature, hormone secretion, and sleep patterns, increases when stimulated by light. This shift is the result of a positive response to light therapy for SAD.
Lamps that simulate natural sunlight are the most common method of light therapy. The Outdoors-In Desk Lamp (on sale this month for only $99.99) is a perfect addition to your home healthcare supplies! Due to it’s sleek design, this light therapy lamp works for both office and personal use, increasing your time and maximizing your results.
Light therapy can treat more than just SAD. The amount of light that reaches you from interior lighting is extremely less than natural sunlight. Because of this, during the winter, you are relying on electric light for a majority of your photons. Light therapy essential tricks your brain into thinking it’s actually summer during the winter months! Learn more about symptoms of SAD or to purchase the Outdoors-In Desk Lamp
|January 2, 2014||Posted by Jennifer EasierLiving under Aging, Caregiving, Food and Nutrition, Happiness, Health, Health News, Prepare for Care, Sleep, Stress, Top Products, Wellness|
Are you struggling for energy during the winter months? Do the “Winter Blues” have you down? This may be a sign that you suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder, a form of depression that is attributed to the lack of sunlight during the winter months. You are not alone! Every winter, nearly 15% of the population struggle with SAD. This winter we will continuously inform you on SAD and the home healthcare supplies that can decrease affects and eliminate the struggle!
- Immune System Weakness
- Lack of Energy
- Difficulty Sleeping
- Increased Weight Gain
- Unusual difficulty in social situations
Studies suggest that for individuals that suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder, a lamp that simulates natural sunlight is the perfect addition to your home healthcare supplies.
The Outdoors-In Desk lamp is the ideal product! Because of it’s sun simulation, the fatigue associated with SAD is eliminated, while also decreasing glare and eye strain. It also uses a color-corrective lens that makes it ideal for color matching, photography, crafts and all normal activities. The full spectrum bulb (included) works perfectly to help with the Winter Blues. It is an ultra silent lamp, and produces minimal heat and energy compared to halogen lamps. If you’re looking to bring the summer sun into your home this winter, the Outdoors-In Desk Lamp is the way to go!
|December 18, 2013||Posted by Jennifer EasierLiving under Aging, Caregiving, Happiness, Health, Health News, Stress, Uncategorized, Wellness|
|December 13, 2013||Posted by Jennifer EasierLiving under Aging, Caregiving, Fitness, Food and Nutrition, Happiness, Health, Health News, Medications, Prepare for Care, Sleep, Stress, Wellness|
Every year people are moving at such a fast pace during the holidays and tend forget a few common measures to prevent illnesses during the most wonderful time of the year. Caregivers are not immune to this common mistake. Follow these guidelines to keep yourself as healthy as possible during this holiday season! Remember, Caregivers can’t give their best if they aren’t feeling their best!
- Prevent germs by wiping down surfaces and carrying extra forms of sanitation, like antibacterial hand soap.
- Add vitamins to your daily routine. Vitamins A, B, B12, C and D are among the most common vitamin deficiencies during the winter months. Speak with you medical professional to see what you should add to your regular daily multi-vitamin.
- Practice healthy nutrition. Know what foods help you feel and do your best, then focus more on giving your body what it needs. During the winter months it’s important to increase your protein and fiber while maintaining a balanced portion of healthful fats in your diet.
- Keep it moving. Physical activity is the clearest step you can take to benefit your health during the holidays and any time of year. There are plenty of home healthcare supplies that can double as exercise outlets if you are short on time or on a budget!
- Get adequate sleep each night! Sleep is crucial for caregivers throughout the entire year, but during the winter it’s an absolute necessity.
- Stay hydrated! Aside from the normal benefits of drinking adequate amounts of water, it also prevents dry skin and chapped lips.
- Drink Alcohol in Moderation. Because the holidays are filled with celebrations, the exposure to alcoholic beverages is higher than the rest of the year. Pace yourself! Alternate between alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, such as sparkling water with lime; this will also help to keep you hydrated.
- Relaxation is non negotiable! Take a moment each day to relax, even meditation. When you’re mind is in a good space, your body follows suit!
- Keep track of your own needs as well as others. Are there parts of your body that aren’t working well? Keep track and make an appointment with your doctor for after the holidays.
Happy Holiday from everyone at EasierLiving! This week are are participating in CareGiving.com‘s Holiday Progressive Blog Party. Stay tuned for more insightful blog posts for caregivers during this week. Also, take a look at the other participants and their blogs as well.
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|November 14, 2013||Posted by Jennifer EasierLiving under Aging, Caregiving, Happiness, Health, Health News, Prepare for Care, Stress, Wellness|
Caregiving is a 24-hour a day job. Everything from managing prescriptions, home healthcare supplies and the day-to-day needs of a loved one can take a toll on a caregiver. In addition, many caregivers have full time jobs of their own. Due to the demands and pressure of caregiving, it’s important that caregivers know the best way to manage their stress.
On our mission to provide you the best home healthcare supplies and a simplified caregiving community, we’ve compiled some tips to reduce stress for caregivers.
- Exercise: Physical activity is a proven method for stress relief and also benefits your personal health. There are many forms of exercise that are specifically for stress management, like yoga or tai-chi.
- Meditate: Allowing yourself a moment of “silence”, during activities like meditation will allow to you relax and regroup. Meditation can be as short as just a few moments, or can last as long as you see fit.
- Ask for help: According to a study from Caregivingstress.com, 72% of caregivers perform their daily duties without any outside help. Caregivers need to know that they are not alone. It is perfectly ok to ask for assistance. Whether you reach out to another family member or friends, or seek support and advice from others in a similar position, asking for help will help relieve stress! You may be surprised how many people are willing and able to help. Even a simple task, like having someone pick up your home healthcare supplies, will decrease your stress.
- Take a break: Don’t forget to make time for yourself. Like any job, you need a break from caregiving. Find someone else to fill-in for you, even if it’s only for a few hours a week. It will certainly decrease your stress level.
- Don’t forget about yourself! Eat well, keep up with all of your own medical appointments and indulge in something for yourself every once in a while. You can’t give your best to the one you’re caring for unless you’re at your best!
|November 1, 2013||Posted by Jennifer EasierLiving under Aging, Caregiving, Disabilities, Health, Health News, Prepare for Care, Stress, Uncategorized|
National Caregivers Month is upon us! As a leader in the home healthcare supplies industry, it’s our privilege to provide a simplified caregiving community that ranges from products to information. Caregivers are family, friends, and loved ones that care for elderly, sick, injured and disabled individuals every day.
The act of caregiving is not only time consuming and stressful, but it’s often a thankless job. There just aren’t enough days in the month to express the appropriate gratitude for the nation’s caregivers.
The chances are high that even if you aren’t a caregiver, you know more than one caregiver. According to the Administration on Aging:
- 65.7 million caregivers make up 29 percent of the U.S. adult population providing care to someone who is ill, disabled or aged.
- Family caregivers provide an estimated $450 billion worth of uncompensated care to loved ones annually
- The average age of caregivers is 48 years old.
- 51 percent of caregivers are between the ages of 18 and 49.
- Of those caregiving for a person age 65 plus, the average age of caregivers is 63 years with one third of these caregivers in fair to poor health.
Take a moment to thank a caregiver in your life or community! Send a card, post on social media sites to spread awareness or if you can, purchase home healthcare supplies to donate to a family or caregiving facility. A warm and heartfelt thank you to all of our Easier Living caregivers. We admire your hard work, commitment and sacrifice everyday!
|October 31, 2013||Posted by Jennifer EasierLiving under Aging, Arthritis, Caregiving, Disabilities, Ergonomics, Fitness, Health, Health News, Knee Surgery, Mobility, Pain Management, Prepare for Care, Stress, Stroke, Surgery, Wellness|
It’s common to be overwhelmed when recovering from surgery or an injury. Aside from the physical aspect, the emotional component can really take a toll on you! Everything from understanding all of your home healthcare supplies around the house, to the thought of your recovery time frame, can rapidly increase stress. When it comes to recovery, mindset is everything. We’ve found some great tips on how to mentally approach recovery!
- First, identify the positives. The discipline involved in maintaining a proper recovery regimen improves your mental toughness. There is a positive in every situation!
- Use the down time you have wisely; you now have the time to learn things about yourself that you haven’t picked up on in the past! (Add this to your list of positives!)
- In addition to just learning about yourself, educate yourself on new topics! Personal growth is something you will have far beyond the end of your rehabilitation! (Another positive!)
- Education can also directly apply to your rehabilitation: Become an expert in your therapy and condition. It’s also important to know the ins and outs to all of your home healthcare supplies. The more you know, the better prepared your are during this process.
- Find support. Reach out to local and virtual support groups. You’re never alone! People in similar situations can serve as invaluable resources! Easier Living acts as a resource and support system for many conditions. Our Facebook and Twitter community could start you off in the right direction!
- Be visual. If you see it, you’ll believe it! Create a positivity board with motivational photos, quotes, etc. that you can look to for inspiration.
- Most importantly, set multiple goals. Although you ultimate goal is complete recovery, set smaller goals. When you hit these mini-milestones, you’re one step closer to your goal. It gives you something short–term to strive towards.
Although staying positive in your recovery is a constant challenge, it’s crucial to your success. Your emotional well being is equally as important as the proper home healthcare supplies and actual physical rehabilitation regime. Use these suggestions to make your road to recovery the smoothest one possible!
|October 29, 2013||Posted by Jennifer EasierLiving under Aging, Disabilities, Fall Management, Health, Health News, Knee Surgery, Making a Home Accessible, Prepare for Care, Surgery, Top Products, Uncategorized|
If you or someone you are caring for is suffering from a chronic disease or even recovering from an injury, there is one common challenge: bathroom use. Circumstances that range from a total knee replacements, more common in elderly patients, to those of ACL surgery, common at any age, can cause challenges when it comes to comfortably using the bathroom. While many home healthcare supplies offer assistance in this area, we haven’t found a product comparable to our Toilevator!
The Toilevator, designed to raise the toilet by 3.5″, acts as a spacer between the floor and toilet base. Regardless of what you currently own, the Toilevator fits most standard toilet shapes and sizes. You can now raise your toilet without worry of inconveniencing guests or installing an unattractive seat that sits in plain view. In addition, the toilevator is easily installed and comes complete with a universally designed modification kit to insure the toilet is raised safely and hygienically. While the toilevator is sold only in ivory, it can easily be painted to match any bathroom decor. Its design, level of comfort and easy assembly sets it apart from other home healthcare supplies in its category.
Trying to decide if a Toilevator is the best option for your condition? Take a look at these facts and decide for yourself!
- First and foremost: the use of the Toilevator helps prevent other medical problems for both those suffering from chronic illness and those recovering from an injury.
- Toilevators enable patients to use the bathroom conveniently, and for the most part independently. This increases both dignity and self confidence in a patient.
- While providing undeniable benefits for users, it is also aesthetically appealing.
Regardless of condition, one thing most people take for granted in the easy use of the bathroom. Investing in the proper home healthcare supplies can make your situation much more tolerable. The Toilevator has a proven track record as the go-to product in this category!
|October 25, 2013||Posted by Jennifer EasierLiving under Aging, Caregiving, Disabilities, Health, Health News, Knee Surgery, Making a Home Accessible, Mobility, Prepare for Care, Stress, Stroke, Surgery, Wellness|
While physical therapy at home can be extremely convenient, the thought of losing direct contact with your physical therapist can be nerve-racking for some patients. Whether your entire rehab is taking place at home, or you are transitioning from in-office visits, stress is the last thing you need! After you have received your required exercises and home healthcare supplies, organization and documentation are essential to making the most out of your at home rehabilitation.
Organize your rehab space! Knowing where everything is and how everything works is half the battle! If you have specific home healthcare supplies for your rehab, test them out before you are required to begin. It’s important to make sure you understand each and every product and it’s equally as important to check that they are all fully functional for your physical therapy needs.
Document your progress! Just as your physical therapist would keep a chart in their office, it’s equally as important to keep track of your at-home physical therapy. Many patients find tracking their exercises and taking personal notes helpful for follow up appointments with their therapist. It’s also important to document what home healthcare supplies you find both beneficial and ones you may not have needed to use as much.
Whether you are battling a chronic illness or recovering from an injury, physical therapy is a key component to the quality of your life. Make the most of your at home rehabilitation efforts; first, by understanding your required exercises and home healthcare supplies and then taking matters into your own hands with organization and documentation!