|February 19, 2014||Posted by Jennifer EasierLiving under Health, Stroke, Wellness|
February is American Heart Month! In addition to your heart health products, we want our caregivers and loved ones to know all the facts! It’s important to be educated when it comes to matters of the heart!
|February 4, 2014||Posted by Jennifer EasierLiving under Blood Pressure, Food and Nutrition, Health, Stroke, Wellness|
February is Heart Health Awareness Month. Knowing the staggering statistics, it’s important to understand all the benefits of living a life that is heart healthy! One of the main components that promote a heart healthy lifestyle is the proper diet. While there are plenty of heart health products to support you, the foods in your refrigerator can either make or break your success! Get familiar with the certain foods and best practices that aid in heart disease prevention.
- Control Your Portion Size. It’s important to watch what you eat, but it is equally as important to keep and eye on how much you eat. Portion control is key. Keep track of the number of servings you consume, as well as the size of the actual servings.
- Don’t Forget the Fruits and Vegetables. It may seem like basic knowledge, but the benefits of fruits and vegetables are endless! They serve as a great source of both vitamins and minerals that prevent heart disease. Both are low calorie food groups that are rich in dietary fiber. Fruits and vegetables are essential for a heart healthy diet.
- A Whole Lot of Whole Grains! Whole grains diet choices provide a source of fiber and nutrients that help regulate blood pressure and promote heart health.
- Eliminate Unhealthy Fats and Cholesterol! Saturated and trans fats increase cholesterol levels and contribute to plaque build up in arteries, causing coronary artery disease and significantly increase the risks for stroke and heart attack.
- Find Low-Fat Sources of Protein! Protein in essential, but the fats are not! Look for lean meat, poultry and fish when preparing your meals for a heart healthy lifestyle.
- Cut Back on the Sodium! Healthy adults should haven o more than a teaspoon of sodium per day. High levels of sodium contribute to high blood pressure, diabetes and chronic kidney disease.
- Plan Ahead! The best way to get on a heart healthy diet, is to get organized. Use a food prep board to lay out your meals ahead of time to control portion size and allow yourself a visual of exactly how many fruits and vegetables are included in your meal. Planning ahead allows you to be held accountable for what’s in your daily diet!
- Occasional Treats are O.K.! It’s ok to indulge every now and then. The key is to be sure they are not overindulgences and they are occasional, instead of regular diet choices.
When it comes to heart disease prevention, a balanced diet is the first step in the right direction. In addition to these diet tips, check out our products for heart health to guide you in the right direction! A healthy heart is a happy heart!
|February 3, 2014||Posted by Jennifer EasierLiving under Blood Pressure, Health, Stroke, Wellness|
Heart Disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. One out of every four deaths is directly related to heart health. Aside from the death rate, approximately 715,000 people suffer a heart attack and 795,000 suffer a stroke each year. This February, we honor Heart Health Month by raising awareness to the heart disease epidemic. We will continue to offer facts about heart disease, tips for a heart healthy lifestyle, ways to understand your risk factors, and heart health products that aid in battling the disease. Let’s start with the basics of your heart healthy journey!
- Get basic screenings. It’s important that you meet with your doctor regularly. Screenings for blood pressure, cholesterol, and diabetes can help identify if you are suffering from or at risk for heart disease. Many physicians suggest tracking your progress between appointments, especially blood pressure. Check out the right blood pressure monitors that can be easily used at home.
- Avoid tobacco products. Smoking or using tobacco is one of the most significant risk factors for developing heart disease. Chemicals in tobacco can damage both your heart and blood vessels, ultimately causing a heart attack. Smokeless tobacco and low-tar and low-nicotine cigarettes also are risky, as is exposure to secondhand smoke.
- Eat a heart healthy diet. It’s ideal to eat foods that are low in fat, cholesterol and salt. A heart healthy diet is rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains and low-fat dairy products. It is extremely important to eliminated fats like saturated and trans fats, but Omega-3 fatty acids, may decrease your risk of heart attack, protect against irregular heartbeats and lower blood pressure.
- Exercise regularly. It is suggested that you exercise at a moderately intense pace least 30 minutes per day. Physical activity helps you control your weight and can reduce your chances of developing other conditions that may put a strain on your heart, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes. It also reduces stress, which may be a factor in heart disease. There are plenty of heart health products that support exercise and fitness. Daily activities such as gardening, housekeeping, taking the stairs and walking the dog all count toward your exercising goal.
- Maintain and health weight. As you get older, your weight gain is mostly fat as opposed to muscle. Excess weight can lead to conditions that increase your chances of heart disease: high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes.
|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 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!
|October 24, 2013||Posted by Jennifer EasierLiving under Aging, Caregiving, Disabilities, Fitness, Knee Surgery, Prepare for Care, Stroke, Surgery, Wellness|
Each October we celebrate National Physical Therapy Month; a part of the healthcare community that impacts millions Americans. Regardless of physical ailment, from your neck to your toes, physical therapy has historically been successful in improving quality of life with patients across the board. Due to a combination of a properly prescribed therapy regimen and the accessibility to home heathcare supplies, more than 30% of physical therapy is now actually completed in the home.
Whether you have a therapist making home visits or you are completing physical therapy on your own, it’s important that your home is rehabilitation ready! First and foremost, you should always speak to your physical therapy about the exact home healthcare supplies you need to create a successful environment. In addition, here are some useful tips that can take your home therapy to the next level:
- Have one designated area for physical therapy. Whether it is an entire room or even just one corner, it’s been proven that training your mind that this area is only used for therapy use can put your in the right mindset to achieve your therapy goals. Using the same area each session does just that!
- Keep your designated area free of clutter and access items. This area should only include your home healthcare supplies. A clean and clear environment will also allow you to focus on your exercises.
- Use a mirror. Watching yourself perform the actual exercises allows you to insure you are doing them exactly as they are instructed.
- Music helps too! Playing positive and upbeat music will motivate and accelerate the success of physical therapy at home.
- Create a progress board. Tracking your progress on a visual board can help show your success and keep you focused on your end goal with physical therapy.
Whether you’re suffering from an injury or have a long-term illness, physical therapy may be just what the doctor ordered. If you are rehabbing at home, use these tip along with your home healthcare supplies to make your therapy the most positive experience possible.
|September 5, 2013||Posted by Jennifer EasierLiving under Stroke|
Strokes are very scary things that affect the entire family. The end goal is always to get back to everyday life and on your feet as soon as possible, and there are many ways to accomplish this. This month we are offering 10% off your order of our EZ Gift Paks! We have sever kits with useful tools to make your healing process easier! Just use the coupon code EZPAK10
According to a recently discovered study, the answer could be as simple as emotional support. While this may seem obvious, the article published in The Huffington Post revealed it could actually improve your loved one’s medical condition post stroke going beyond just comfort; “The literature on stroke and emotional support suggests that emotional support is more than just good intentions. It has a real impact on outcome”.
Maria Glymour is a professor at Harvard and was part of a team who recorded their findings in an academic journal. This stated that emotional support led to better thinking ability six months down the line and also greater improvement in thinking at the same time. This suggests the emotional support actually stimulated the brain to improve. Dr. Glymour believes this should be highly emphasized and practiced in anyone’s recovery program.
Another first priority for everyone to really become educated on exactly what happened. This will help you to better understand your loved one’s capabilities and start to know their limitations. You want to make sure you’re aware of the remedies that prevent a second stroke from happening, which will help with stress caused by not knowing and depression.
We suggest you first identify your doctors. Learn about your current health condition and know how to alter and improve the situations, which may have caused the first stroke. Most important is getting your blood pressure and cholesterol to a healthy level. This can be achieved by altering your diet by eliminating processed foods, sodium and saturated fat, followed by medication if necessary. The Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet is designed to lower your blood pressure by eating more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, and less salt. Exercise is equally as important to add to your healing regimen. There are several different styles, so try a few classes to see what works best for you.
|May 29, 2013||Posted by Ronni under Stroke|
To close out National Stroke Awareness Month, we wanted to focus on a lesser known stroke fact: children suffer strokes. While people over the age of 65 suffer strokes above all other age groups, a person at any age can suffer a stroke – including teenagers, children, infants and unborn children. Estimates do vary, but it is believed that 6 in 100,000 children will experience a stroke every year. In a recent study over the past 13 years, an increase was shown in stroke between the ages of 15-34.
Causes of stroke are generally different in children then adults. Some common risk factors for children under 15 include disease of the arteries, cardiac disorders, infection or chronic head and neck disorders. Between the ages of 15-34, the risk factors are similar to adults over the age of 35 being more related to high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, cholesterol-related disorders, tobacco use and alcohol abuse.
So remember, as you practice your recognition of a stroke – it’s possible for someone of any age, not just the elderly.
|May 22, 2013||Posted by Ronni under Stroke|
Life after stroke can be difficult for everyone touched, but especially for the victim of stroke. Depression is very common for someone who is rehabilitating from stroke, and even more commonly it goes untreated.
While caring for someone who has suffered a stroke, it’s important to pay attention to behavior and mood changes. Here are a few things to look out for:
- Ongoing sad, anxious or empty feelings
- Difficulty concentrating, remembering details or making decisions
- Overeating or loss of appetite
- Thoughts of death and suicide or suicide attempts
- Feeling tired all the time
- Loss of interest in activities or hobbies that were once enjoyable
If your loved one has experience multiple strokes or mini-strokes that has set back rehabilitation, they may be more apt to have depression. If you think that your loved one may be depressed, talk to them first before speaking with a physician. Sometimes, feeling a hand of support can help someone move away from depression. If their mood persists, speak to their physician.
|May 14, 2013||Posted by Maddie under Stroke|
Each year approximately 795,000 Americans suffer from a stroke– of those, approximately 185,000 are recurrent. Within five years of a stroke, the risk of having another can increase to more than 40%. 24% of women and 42% of men who have had a stroke will experience another one within their lifetime. Recurrent strokes often have a higher rate of disability and death because brain injuries obtained by the first stroke cause the brain to be less resilient.
Be sure to stay informed and keep updated on your health! There are certain stroke risk factors that cannot be controlled, such as age, gender and ethnicity; however, there are many factors that we can control:
- Monitor Blood Pressure- High blood pressure is one of the most important and easily controlled stroke risk factors. Get regular check ups and talk to your doctor about a diet plan that will keep your blood pressure down. This would include eliminating foods that are high in sodium and fat. Monitoring cholesterol levels is also key in preventing recurrent stroke.
- Exercise – Findings from the Nurses’ Health Study of over 72,000 women aged 40 to 65 show that regular exercise can cut your risk of blocked-vessel stroke in half. Even moderate or brisk walking, done on a regular basis, reduces the risk of stroke by 30% to 50%.
- Monitor Circulation Problems- Make sure you are communicating with a doctor frequently. Find out if there are any underlying problems you may not have known about that could increase the risk of a recurrent stroke. Know what is going on with your body!
- Kick the Bad Habits- Smoking doubles the risk for stroke compared to a non-smoker. Smoking reduces the amount of oxygen in the blood, forcing the heart to work harder and allowing blood clots to form more easily. It also increases the build up in the arteries, blocking the flow of blood to the brain, which causes a stroke. We know how tough quitting can be so make sure you have full support from family and friends to help you get through it! Limiting alcohol consumption is also important in reducing the risk for recurrent stroke.