Family inHome Caregiving Blog
If you suffer from asthma or allergies, as many of us do, you might be interested in attending a talk by Steven Prager, MD, and Daniel Moore, MD at the Peninsula Wellness Center Conference Room at 2910 2nd Avenue in Marina on Thursday May 26 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula (CHOMP) has been great about hosting free classes to help us improve our health. To register for this lecture, call 625-4505 or go to www.chomp.org.
Tension is running high once again at Salinas Valley Memorial, with workers staging a 24-hour strike on Tuesday, trying to gain leverage as the National Union of Healthcare Workers tries to get better wages and benefits for the 700 non-medical workers that it represents. This includes lab and respiratory technicians, cooks and medical records clerks. About 300 people attended a rally outside of the hospital. At issue are changes in the use of sick leave versus personal time off, overtime pay and subcontracting. I hope this gets resolved soon.
I am happy to say that business is booming at Family inHome Caregiving! We have had a greater than anticipated influx of new Clients over the past two weeks, many of which have been referrals from past and current Clients. Our reputation for having the best caregivers in Monterey County is growing. We are currently looking for a handyman as well as qualified caregivers.
Family inHome Caregiving of Monterey is seeking compassionate, mature and dependable caregivers (Companion Aides) who want to improve the lives of our elderly Clients by providing in-home, non-medical care. Our services include:
Monitoring of safety while bathing
Information and referral services
Other services that improve the safety, security and quality of life of seniors.
If you believe you would make an exceptional Companion Aide, we would love to hear from you! We prefer those with experience helping the elderly, disabled and others with mobility problems. Having cared for those with dementia and/or Alzheimer's is a plus. To work for us, you must have excellent references, a clear criminal record, a good driving record, and an insured reliable vehicle. To apply, please visit our web site www.fhcofm.com, click on careers where you can fill out an application online. We have immediate openings all over Monterey County. Service areas include:
Aromas, Carmel, Carmel-by-the-sea, Carmel Highlands, Carmel Valley, Castroville, Corral de Tierra, Del Rey Oaks, Gilroy, Gonzales, Greenfield, Hollister, King City, Marina, Monterey, Morgan Hill, Moss Landing, Paicines, Pacific Grove, Pebble Beach, Prunedale, Salinas, San Juan Bautista, Sand City, Seaside, Soledad And Tres Pinos
There is great news form people who have type 2 diabetes and like doing water aerobics for exercise. A new study which was published in the Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport found that this type of exercise is just as good for you as dry-land exercise and it may actually be safer for you because it involves less risk of injury. The study found that those who did water aerobics reduced their blood glucose (A1C) levels by .42 percentage points versus 0.35 percentage points for those doing dry-land exercise for the same length of time. Try it, this can be a fun routine to get into.
Diabetes is difficult to live with. However, researchers found that there was one piece of good news for those who had received a diabetes diagnosis after they have complications (including eye disease, kidney disease, nerve damage, heart attack and stroke). The study found that those with complications averaged an 8.5% drop in their glucose levels (A1C) level compared to those who didn’t, and this continued with a 7.9% decrease the year following. It’s too bad that people wait so long in order to get their blood glucose levels under control.
Not surprisingly, research recently published in the journal Diabetologia found that people with type 2 diabetes appear to be more sedentary than the general population. Of those studied, on average, those with diabetes were sedentary for 26 minutes more per day than those in two other groups that researchers analyzed. The results came despite the fact that the researchers cautioned all of the study participants that they should not sit for too long. The study’s authors say that high-intensity exercise isn’t necessary—just standing up from your chair every hour could make a difference.
The Food & Drug Administration (FDA) is considering changing its rules so companies like Etymotic Research, who make a small electronic device called “The Bean” that people can put in their ear to help them hear better, would be able to market the device to those who are hard of hearing. There’s huge demand for these devices because they are priced as low as $299, about one-tenth of the price of a prescription hearing aid. Since FDA guidelines prohibit The Bean from marketing it to people who are hard of hearing, “We’re limited to how we can sell the Bean, and that’s unfair to us and to consumers who might benefit from it,” Etymotic President Mead Killion, a Ph.D. in audiology, told a reporter. It would be great to see hearing aids get more affordable.
Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia are a huge problem not just in this country, but all over the world. With no cure and various theories on causation, I was glad to read that a study published in The Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease found that regular walking, cycling, swing dancing and even gardening may substantially reduce the risk of getting Alzheimer’s disease. At Family inHome Caregiving, we stress to our clients that eating right, having social stimulation and getting the right amount of exercise are keys to living a long and healthy life. The study which was published was conducted by researchers at UCLA and elsewhere and analyzed data produced by the Cardiovascular Health Study, which goes all the way back to 1989 and has evaluated almost 6,000 of the elderly. Using MRI data, the scans showed that the top quartile of active individuals had substantially more grey matter than their peers in those parts of the brain related to memory and higher level thinking. What great news. Regular readers of my blog know that both my grandmother and my father had this terrible disease when they passed away, and I have been working diligently with the Monterey Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association to raise money to find a cure. In addition to being the largest private funder of Alzheimer's research in the United States, they have support groups and a 24-hour hotline (800-272-3900) where a dedicated staff member can help you if you are struggling with caring for a loved one with the disease. To make a donation, click here.
If you are looking for a regular drink which tastes good and has the added benefit of improving your heart function, try beetroot juice. It naturally contains nitrate, a chemical that improves blood flow and reduces blood pressure. A study which was published in the Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that after six weeks, those who drank natural beetroot juice had a 24% increase in a measure of blood flow, while the others experienced a small decrease. In addition, this juice also improved some other measures of heart function, increased the levels of good gut bacteria and caused no ill side effects. This sounds worth trying.
It’s a rare find when you discover that a food that you think is delicious has numerous health benefits. Foods that contain flavonoids (such as apples, pears, berries and peppers) fall into this category, and they also have the added benefit that people who ate more of them gained less weight, according to a research report which was published in the journal BMJ. In three different studies, people who ate the equivalent of a half a cup of blueberries each day gained 2.8 fewer pounds than those who didn’t. Now that’s a great outcome.