|March 6, 2014||Posted by Jennifer EasierLiving under Happiness, Health, Uncategorized, Wellness|
Beat the winter blues! For some areas of the United States the cold and brutal winter of 2014 seems like it will never end. Along with the harsh weather and lack of sun, comes seasonal affective disorder. Learn more about season affective disorder and check out our home healthcare products, including our Outdoors-In Desk Lamp that can help battle this common form of depression!
|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.
|January 16, 2014||Posted by Jennifer EasierLiving under Aging, Caregiving, Happiness, Health, Stress, Top Products, Uncategorized, Wellness|
Light effects individuals in two major ways: it enhances our vision and it regulates our bodies’ rhythms. These rhythms impact crucial cycles like sleeping. While January is the month with the highest rate of Seasonal Affective Disorder suffering, it is also National Glaucoma Awareness Month. Even though these two conditions could not be more different, the positive effects of proper lighting are equally important for both!
The simulation of natural sunlight, through home healthcare supplies like the Outdoors-In Desk Lamp, reduces symptoms of seasonal affective disorder, while also aiding those with low vision or glaucoma. This lamp specifically decreases fatigue and increases energy, as it serves as a method of light therapy during the winter months. Light therapy is the most common form of treatment for Seasonal Affective Disorder. Aside from its light therapy functionality, the Outdoors-In Desk Lamp is also extremely beneficial for low vision use. The full spectrum supreme bulb and sun simulation reduces eyestrain, and glare. Due to it’s sleek design and size, it can be used in a variety of locations based on your purpose of use. Many caregivers use this with their loved ones at home, while other individuals use it as a lighting solution in their offices.
Whether you are trying to beat the winter blues, or need increased light due to low vision impairments, like glaucoma, this is an ideal solution and addition to your home healthcare supplies. For the month of January to honor National Glaucoma Awareness Month and support those suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder, the Outdoors-In Desk Lamp will be on sale for only $99.99! Please visit EasierLiving.com to purchase the Outdoors-In Desk Lamp or to learn more about both Seasonal Affective Disorder and Glaucoma.
|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 26, 2013||Posted by Jennifer EasierLiving under Aging, Caregiving, Fitness, Happiness, Health, Prepare for Care, Stress, Wellness|
The holidays are in full effect and caregivers should start to think about their New Year’s Resolutions for 2014. Take some time to think about changes and adjustments you can make for the new year to simplify and maximize your caregiving. As we all know, there is more to caregiving than just the proper home healthcare supplies!
- Ask for help. This should be at the top of every caregiver’s list of resolutions. Take the time to communicate with family and friends to outline a successful plan for the New Year. No one should feel they are alone in the caregiving journey!
- Join a support group. Caregivers represent a huge portion of our population. Whether you decide to join an in person local support group or an online digital community, take the necessary steps to support yourself!
- Educate yourself on the condition you are caring for. Find resources and up to date information on both the condition and new home healthcare supplies that can simplify your caregiving mission.
- Cherish the time you have with your loved one. While caregiving, we have the opportunity to spend precious moments with someone we care deeply about. Use this time wisely. Share old stories and photos or recap family history!
- Stay on top of your caregiving finances. Be sure to budget and accommodate both you and your loved one’s financial situation.
- Read a book of inspiration. Some conditions have plenty of reading for caregivers to offer support and guidance or tell an inspiring story.
- Take time for yourself. We suggest at least 30 minutes per day for our caregivers to relax, exercise, meditate, etc. Check and see if any of your home healthcare supplies can be used for fitness purposes!
- Most importantly: promise to give yourself a pat on the back. Caregiving is a full time job and some times a thankless one. It’s certainly ok to give yourself a pat on the back for all of your efforts. In fact, we encourage you to do so!
Every year brings new challenges, especially in caregiving for a loved one. Before you ring in the new year, find resolutions that will simplify your caregiving experience!
|December 23, 2013||Posted by Jennifer EasierLiving under Aging, Caregiving, Fitness, Happiness, Health, Knee Surgery, Stress, Surgery, Top Products, Uncategorized, Wellness|
We are constantly reminding caregivers that they must take care of themselves; the easiest way to take care of oneself is by exercising regularly. Are you a caregiver on a budget both with time and money, but still want to find ways to exercise? We have a solution. Many home healthcare supplies can double as fitness and exercise equipment!
- Shoulder pulleys and strengthening bands – many individuals use these during physical therapy, for either a chronic condition or surgery recovery. While they are great for therapy techniques, they also work well for strength resistance training!
- Exercise balls – these are perfect additions to any fitness regimen! Even if you use the exercise ball as a chair replacement, you’re doing wonders for your core!
- Pedal Exerciser – its compact nature and lightweight make it easy to move around and can be used for both your legs and arms!
- Balance stones – use for reinforcing balance and coordination. This therapy tool can easily transition to fitness equipment.
- Foam rollers – while the full foam rollers are used for massage and alignment, they can easily be used for developing core stability, dynamic balance, and proprioception.
- Step stool – yes, you can even use your step stool for exercise! We all know that the step stool reduces the fatigue and leg strain caused by standing on ordinary step stools, but what some caregivers don’t know is that you can use it as a replacement for a plyobox. Are you familiar with the benefits of plyo jumps?
Caregivers are constantly thinking outside the box on how to give their loved one the best care possible. Now, Caregivers can use that same thought process when taking care of their own health needs! Make the most of your home healthcare supplies and try them with your fitness needs in mind!