Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Hurricane Michael and the Flu Season

I hope everyone stayed safe during Hurricane Michael!  Unfortunately the Florida Panhandle was hit hard by the hurricane and are in dire need of help.  If you can afford to help, please donate any supplies you can spare to your nearest collection drive, or volunteer for the relief efforts.  If you live in Mobile, the SouthWest Mobile Chamber of Commerce is accepting donations on weekdays from 9 am -5 pm.  You can donate anything from: water/sealed beverages, baby supplies, cleaning supplies, hygiene supplies, ready to eat foods (like canned goods or prepackaged snacks/meals), kitchen/household supplies, and blankets/sheets.  Anything you can spare to help the people of Florida.  Visit www.SWMCChamber.com for more details.


Flu Season is right around the corner! Thankfully due to the harsh flu season we had last year, we are unlikely to see that strain spread like it did, meaning a less severe year.  However, you shouldn't rely on herd immunity (herd immunity is the idea that if everyone else is immune, then they can't get sick so you won't either by being around them), be safe and get your flu shots before its too late.  Your body is designed to become immune to a virus after you have been exposed to it, "Now Levi," you ask "If we become immune after being exposed, how are people still getting the flu year after year?"  Good question, each flu strain has a unique structure to it, after we are infected by it, the body memorizes that particular strain, making you immune.  However, there isn't just one flu virus, the flu adapts and changes year after year into new strains that your body might not recognize.  This is where flu shots come in.  Shots have "deactivated flu viruses" in them, meaning a dead virus; it's just the parts your body uses to recognize the infection. These deactivated viruses are completely incapable of infecting someone, however you may display flu like symptoms and feel sick.  This is because the flu isn't what causes the symptoms, that's your cells reacting to pathogens in your body, it's perfectly natural, and shouldn't last nearly as long as a flu infection.  After your body has identified the deactivated strain you are immune to that particular flu and have a stronger resistance to modified strains of it.  For your health, it's very important to keep your immunizations up to date!  Not just for your sake, but even for the sake of people who have weaker immune systems or are allergic to the immunizations.  Seniors and small children are at the most risk when it comes to the influenza virus.  Hopefully you found this article interesting and informative!

Monday, October 8, 2018

Breast Cancer Awareness and Hurricane Michael

Happy Columbus Day everybody!  We hope you are enjoying your day off if you have it!


It's a little bit late, but this month is Breast Cancer Awareness month.  Did you know, that men can also develop breast cancer? It's very rare for men to get but it's still very likely!  Be sure to get regular check ups with your doctors, and if you notice any lumps (male or female) to speak with your doctor right away.  Early detection is very important when treating cancer!  If you can spare it, please donate to a cancer research center of your choosing or to a related charity to help fund the research needed to develop a cure.  Every penny helps and brings society one step closer to a cancer free world!



Last week we got our first I Spy submission from David Carpenter! There's still plenty of time so keep your eye out for this Kia Soul and send your picture to us on our Facebook Page!  Remember, your submission puts you in for a drawing for a $50 gift card for Outback Steakhouse!

Keep your eye out in these locations for our car this week!

-Mon: Mobile
-Tues: Saraland and Semmes Alabama
-Wednesday: Connie Hudson Senior Center
-Thursday: Mobile
-Friday: Mobile

Tomorrow we are holding our Bi-Monthly Dementia Support group!  If you're a caregiver or a family member who is taking care of someone with Dementia, feel free to come by our head quarters at 11 am tomorrow and the 23rd to speak with other caregivers and our professionals.  Share your stories, learn about the disease, and get referrals to respite services if you feel like you need it!


Everyone please be safe, Hurricane Michael is headed in our direction and was located off of the Gulf Coast today.  While it's projected to pass us without any issues, it is moving fast and may change directions.  If it does hit, meteorologists believe it will be on Wednesday.  Please take the necessary precautions, stock up on non perishable food, and drive safe until the storm has passed!

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Back to Blogging!

Hello everyone, sorry there hasn't been a post in a while!  My name is Levi, and I'm in charge of the social media for Touching Hearts Senior Care now.  I will be giving weekly recaps of what's going on, up coming events and other interesting information from Touching Hearts Senior Care!


Coming up we have Gina Germany, Janet Rich Pittman, Dr. Douglas Brown, and David Johnson speaking at a seminar called "The Dementia Tsunami!"  This November, come learn about what dementia is, how to recognize it, and how to care for someone with cognitive disabilities.

You can RSVP any time between now and the 14th by calling us at the office, 251-445-4204, or sending an email to Lisa@thscmobile.com!

Come learn about Dementia and earn some CEUs while you're there!

The Dementia Tsunami is coming to the Ben May Library on 11/15/18, at 9am.  We hope to see you there!








We are sponsoring another event coming this month as well! At the end of this month you can come to the Connie Hudson Senior Center and learn about identity theft, how it happens, and the steps you can take to protect yourself in case it does happen. 

This event is on October 30th, 2018 from 10 am to 12 pm.
















In big news, we have restarted our YouTube Channel!  We post a new video every Friday that I personally edit.  This week we are celebrating one of our most reliable caregivers, Lisa Donahue, as our October Employee of the Month!



And lastly, we are holding a contest giveaway for 50 dollars to Outback Steakhouse! To enter all you need to do is keep your eye out for our brand new company car.  If you see it in public, take a picture and post it to our Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/touchingheartsseniorcare/


You have until November 30th to submit a photo, so keep your eyes peeled!

This giveaway is solely held by Touching Hearts Senior Care, and is in no way sponsored or affiliated with Outback Steakhouse, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Google+, YouTube, or LinkedIn.

Monday, June 4, 2018







                                 June is National Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness Month !




     Stroke, Bell's palsy, and sudden deafness are conditions that each have a specific window of time to get evaluated or treated. Learn the signs and seek immediate help to reduce or reverse any disability.




Stroke: There are two kinds of stroke. An ischemic stroke is a blockage that prevents blood flow to the brain, says David Wang, DO, FAAN, chair of The American Academy of Neurology Stroke Section and Clinical professor of neurology at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria.


Know the signs:
  1. Facial droop
  2. Arm or leg weakness
  3. Speech problems (an inability to speak or garbled speech)
  4. Sudden bad headache
  5. Double vision
  6. Difficulty walking
  7. Vision loss
  8. Sudden loss of sensation on one side of the body










                                Pharmaceutical companies make me hot under the collar:


                                             We Americans need a call to action:


The American Academy of Neurology (AAN) and other leading medical organizations have called for major changes in how drug prices are determined in the United States. In early 2017, the AAN issued a position statement on three major areas of action that would lower drug costs.




#1:  Negotiate Price: Grant authority to federal agencies to negotiate prices with drug manufacturers under Medicare . This would allow the government to use its purchasing power to obtain prescription drugs at a lower price.( and where Medicare goes, private insurers typically follow.)


#2:  Be Transparent : Require manufacturers to disclose pricing information, including how drugs are priced and the prices paid by insurers and consumers, and limit direct -to-consumer advertising, which creates demand for unnecessary or inappropriate medications and contributes to marketing costs.


#3:  Allow importation : Allow the importation of the same high-quality prescription drugs from Canada when prices for those prescriptions are less expensive than in the United States. Many specialty drugs are priced much higher in the United States than in other countries.

Thursday, April 19, 2018













                                                     What is Alzheimer's Disease?


What is it?


 Alzheimer's is a progressive disease of memory loss and thinking difficulties. It involves protein fragments called plaques and tangles , which are suspected of disrupting communication among nerve cells in the brain.


Who is most at risk?


People over age 65,those with a family history of the disease, and those with certain genetic mutations in a gene called APOE. Mild cognitive impairment, severe head trauma, and lack of social and intellectual engagement appear to raise risk, too. there's also evidence that the odds of getting the disease with unhealthy behaviors such as smoking or as being sedentary.


How to prevent it:


" A healthy heart life-style is a brain-healthy lifestyle, " potentially reducing Alzhiemer 's disease symptoms by as much as 40%, says Pierre Tariot, director of the Banner Alzheimer's disease Institute in Phoenix and a professor at The University of Arizona Medical School. The goal is to lower inflammation to keep blood vessels and the brain cells healthy, since "the cardiovascular system provides the pipes that provide blood to our brain," says Tariot.


Follow the Mind Diet:


This diet focuses on the 10 brain-healthy foods including beans, berries, fish, nuts, vegetables, and whole grains. The diet-developed by Martha Clare Morris, a nutritional epidemiologist at Rush University's medical school, along with several colleagues-emphasizes the importance of eating these foods while severely limiting consumption of butter, cheese, and fried and fast foods. One study showed that this diet can lower the risk of developing Alzheimer's by 53% if followed rigorously. 


Exercise regularly and maintain normal blood pressure.


Get enough sleep" Aim for 7 to 8 hours a night. Beta-amyloid, one of the proteins associated with Alzheimer's, diminishes in sleep. Plus, " the brain literally clears itself out " during sleep, says Rudolph Tanzi, a neurology professor at Harvard University and director of Massachusetts General Hospital's Genetics and Aging research Unit.


Try Brain Training Excercises. The recent Advanced Cognitive Training for Independent and Vital Elderly Study, funded by the National Institute On Aging, found that cognitive activities showed help in enhancing reasoning and showed promise in keeping Alzheimer's at bay.











Monday, April 16, 2018







                            Lung Cancer.....WHAT is it? WHO is the most at risk? HOW to prevent it!






        What Lung Cancer is: This form of cancer, which kills more people than breast and colon cancers combined , occurs when cells in the lungs grow rapidly and out of control. The most aggressive type is small-cell lung cancer, while the most common kind is non-small-cell cancer, which affects about 85% of patients and spreads more slowly.




      Who is most at risk? Smokers, those with a family history of the disease, and people exposed to air pollution, asbestos, radon, or secondhand smoke. Although cigarette smoking accounts for more than 80% of lung cancer cases, many nonsmokers get the disease too, and their numbers are on the rise. "All you need to get lung cancer are lungs," says Dr. David Cooke, head of general thoracic surgery at The University of California , Davis.




      How can one prevent it?


1) If you smoke, quit. And avoid exposure to secondhand smoke.


2) Pay attention to air-quality alerts. Heed community warnings to stay inside when high levels of pollutants are in the air.


3) Keep a check on radon levels to make sure they stay low. Radon, an invisible radioactive gas, is the second-leading cause of lung cancer after smoking.


4) Eat plenty of produce: The antioxidants in produce appear to protect against cancer.


5)Request a low-dose CT scan if you are a smoker an ex-smoker. While the screening test doesn't prevent cancer , it can detect the disease earlier.

Monday, April 2, 2018







                                        April Showers bring May flowers!!




            How can you make your fitness routine blossom? How can you get the benefits of a personal trainer without spending the BIG BUCKS? What do fitness pros know that we don't?




           1) The best trainer is the one inside your head.


"Positive self-talk can motivate you to stay active. While you exercise, tell yourself you're doing a good job. You'll be more likely to exercise again the next day."




            2) A little prep goes a long way.


" Set out exercise clothes the night before. This help you roll out of bed and get moving."




            3) Success requires some inner digging.


"Try to think about inspirational people and what inspires you."




            4) Being slower and weaker can have its perks.


" Inviting a friend or family member over who is in better shape may push you harder."




            5) Remember it is easier to cut calories than to burn them.




" Some people work out for months and wonder why they are not losing more weight than they have." So remember weight loss is 80% of what you eat and 20% of working out. So when you see that last piece of pie....try sharing with a friend!



Thursday, March 22, 2018











                                        March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month!




          Of Cancers that affect both men and women, colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer - elated deaths in The United States. To help combat the disease, Medicare provides coverage for screening.....


           What you can do:  If you're 50 to 75 years old, get screened for colorectal cancer regularly. If you're younger than 50 and think you may be at risk of getting colorectal cancer, or if you're older than 75, ask your dr. if you should be screened.
  • Be physically active.
  • Keep a healthy weight.
  • Don't drink too much alcohol.
  • Don't smoke.


Monday, March 19, 2018

   




                                                              St.Patricks Day!



                      Why is it celebrated? It was a religious feast day to celebrate the patron saint of Ireland,


 but it is now a festival celebrated around the globe, to celebrate Irish Culture. How do people


celebrate it? Most places: people dance, eat special foods , and wear green. Some Irish dishes are :


Shepherd's Pie, Corned Beef and Cabbage, Irish Stew and Soda Bread.


                     The most common character associated with St. Patrick's Day is the Leprechaun.The


 four-leaf clover is also associated with St. Patrick's Day. It has been said that a four-leaf clover will


bring you good luck. However, the most common St. Patrick's Day symbol is the shamrock.The


 shamrock is the leaf of  the three leaf clover plant and is a symbol of the Holy Trinity.


                      Here are some St. Patrick's Day Activities to celebrate with those suffering from


                      Dementia and Alzheimer's.:


                      1) Music: Listen to "When Irish Eyes are Smiling or Dannie Boy


                      2) Shamrock Snack: Cut slices of green peppers(the shamrocks) and place atop of


                       cheese covered English muffins. Put the muffin the oven to toast and melt the cheese.


                      3) Create a rainbow snack using froot loop cereal, then eat!


                      4) Shamrock stamping: Using an Irish Potato cut a clover in the potato then dip in green


                      paint...ta da...shamrock stamping!










                                                

Monday, March 12, 2018









                                                                  Marching on!


   Wow!! Who can believe it is already March ? That wonderful time of year when plants really show up and show out in a really GREEN way! Did you know that you have a one in 10,000 chance of finding a Four-Leaf Clover in your entire lifetime? The Four-Leaf Clover is a rare variation of the common three-leaf clover. According to tradition , such clovers bring good luck, though it is not clear when or how the tradition got started. The Four-Leaf Clover is one of the most common good luck symbols in the Western world. The four leaves represent hope, faith, love and luck.


   How much do you know about lucky clovers? Here are 10 interesting and unusual facts about Four-Leafed Clovers including tips on how to help you find them:


1: True Four Leafed Clovers have three leaves which are the same size and one that is smaller.


2: Some say that Four Leaf Clovers give the holder the ability to see fairies.


3: Some relate them to when St. Patrick used them to explain Christianity to the Irish.


4: Most People do not know that Shamrocks and Four-Leaf Clovers are not one in the same.


5: Four -Leaves come from a mutated-recessive gene.


6: Warm weather tends to heighten the chances of the mutation.


7: They tend to occur in groups of many.


8: Many times Lucky Clovers have more than Four leaves. This makes one even luckier.


9:The Guinness Book Of World Records recorded a Lucky Clover with a whopping 56 leaflets!


10: There are Lucky Clover growing Kits that one may purchase to grow their own.

















Wednesday, February 14, 2018




                                                                   February Things

      When people think about February,they generally think about hearts,flowers,chocolates,romance!
A lot of nice,warm feelings,candlelight dinners and moonlit nights. February is a great time to rekindle love affairs and bring in cold feelings to a warm fire. All of these things are great to enjoy and experience. In a perfect world,this would be all we could ask for.

     The sad part is that we as a people have very serious issues to deal with besides the love we feel in our hearts.Unfortunately, in our imperfect world we must deal with sickness and disease. Heart disease is the number one killer in The United States.Fortunately,it is largely preventable and there are many things people can do to reduce their risk.February is "Heart Month." During the month of February Americans around the country are being encouraged o get more active and more "heart aware." This can mean getting routine heart exams and check-ups on previously diagnosed issues.So make February your month to love your heart, get moving and get your heart check-ups.

Monday, January 22, 2018







                                                    Happy Mardi Gras!!!




                What is Mardi Gras ? Where did it start and why do we celebrate it?
   
           Mardi Gras is French for "Fat Tuesday," reflecting the practice of the last night of eating richer, fatty foods before the ritual of fasting of the Lenten season....In countries such as the United Kingdom, Mardi Gras is also known as shrove Tuesday, which is derived from the shrive, meaning to "confess."
           Despite the holiday's rich history in New Orleans, Louisiana, Mayor Sam Jones of Mobile, Alabama, says the first Mardi Gras celebration in the USA took place in Mobile, Alabama. Mobile is the birthplace of Mardi Gras and it originated right in the port city in 1703. It was revived after the Civil War when citizen Joe Cain, fed up with civil war misery led an impromptu parade down the streets of Mobile. The people have been doing it up bigger and better ever since. They decorate floats and have enormous parades and flying moon pies. You can see masked mythical societies and ladies in ball dresses going all out for the occasion. This year the festivities kick off on January 26th and end on February 13th. You can catch all the information on @MobileMardiGras on facebook and Twitter! Don't miss the fun!

Monday, January 15, 2018

   








                                           January = National Alzheimer Awareness Month




    Triggers:


  1. Failure to floss: For real...If visions of the dentist's drill don't scare you into flossing, maybe early signs of dementia will: An emerging body of evidence has shown evidence of gum problems that may raise your risk of dementia.
      2. Problematic Produce: Forty-five years after DDT was banned, traces of the pesticide are still evident in our soil and Alzheimer Pt's are said to be prone to this chemical. To guard against this ,eat a variety of fruits and vegetables to reduce your exposure to any one particular pesticide, and shop organic whenever possible.


      3. Habitual Snoring: Discuss persistent snoring with your Dr.,who may send you to a sleep specialist. If sleep apnea is the diagnosis, you'll likely end up with a prescription for a CPAP, shown to be effective in restoring normal breathing.


      4. Type 2 Diabetes: In a study of Middle-Aged men and women with a family history of Alzheimer's ,researchers linked to insulin resistance-key driver of type 2 diabetes-with poorer performance on memory tests. Research has shown that people with type 2 diabetes are twice as likely to develop Alzheimer's disease.



                




                                                       Martin Luther King
                                                       Born: Jan.15,1929, Atlanta, GA
                                                       Assassinated : April 4, 1968, Memphis, TN

                Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate.
                Only love can do that.
                                                       

Monday, January 8, 2018

I am Thankful for the New Laws to Protect Seniors in Alabama From Exploitation

                                       


                                             New Exploitation Act in Alabama for Seniors




   As of Aug 1,2017 a new law has been passed to prevent the exploitation of older adults from


 financial exploitation. This law gives enforcement an additional tool to assist victims and prevent


 further incidents of abuse. The relief for victims of  elder abuse can come too late. In the case of


physical abuse, the injury has been inflicted and the abuser may return.In financial exploitation cases,


 the money has and continues to be spent with impunity. The Elder Abuse Protection Order and


enforcement Act  provides an early intervention, a civil court order, to stop the abuse and continued


financial exploitation.


    This act is a compliment to the already strong laws we have to prosecute those who commit elder


abuse. In 2013,Alabama passed the Protecting Alabama's Elders Act. That criminal law gave law


 enforcement and prosecutors additional avenues to prosecute elder abuse ,neglect ,and financial


 exploitation-serving to punish offenders and deter future crimes. This law will provide an expedient


civil remedy to victims of elder abuse-serving to prevent further abuse and financial


exploitation. For additional information, contact Emily Marsal,General Counsel, Alabama


Department


 of Senior Services,1-334-353-9394 or Emily T. Marsal@adss.alabama.gov                                    

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

 


                                       January is National Alzheimer's Awareness Month!




                            How can we better "arm" ourselves against this deadly disease? Are there ways to create an arsenal of self-help tools in our homes? What really are the benefits of knowing the "triggers?" What's "normal" memory loss and "abnormal" memory loss? Here are a list of "triggers" and What's "Normal and Abnormal " memory loss.


 
    Normal : 1. Being able to recall the details of a conversation or event of a year ago


                    2. Occasionally forgetting appointments or names


                    3. Sometimes searching for the right word


                    4. Fretting about your memory when no one else is, including your family.


Abnormal : 1. Being able to remember the details of an event or conversation that happened last week
                 
                    2. Forgetting things you once recalled easily


                    3. Frequently pausing to find the right word or using substitute words when the right    


                    one won't come to mind


                    4. Lack of concern about your memory while relatives or friends worry