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February 2011

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Simple Steps to Help Your Heart Stay Healthy

Tips for Improving Communicating With Your Doctor

Senior Humor: Super Bowl Seats

Simple Steps to Cut Sodium

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Senior Humor:

Super Bowl Seats


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A man had 50 yard line tickets for the Super Bowl. As he sits down, a man comes down and asked the man if anyone is sitting in the seat next to him.
   "No," he said," the seat is empty."
   "This is incredible," said the man. "Who in their right mind would have a seat like this for the Super Bowl, the biggest sport event in the world, and not use it?"
   Somberly, the man says, "Well...the seat actually belongs to me. I was supposed to come here with my wife, but she passed away. This is the first Super Bowl we have not been together since we got married in 1967."
   "Oh I'm sorry to hear that. That's terrible. But couldn't you find someone else--a friend or relative or even a neighbor to take the seat?"
   The man shakes his head, "No. They're all at the funeral."

 


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Stymied by Low-sodium Needs? Some Simple Steps to Cut Sodium

Salt is simply everywhere, from frozen dinners to canned soup, and fast food to fine dining fare. Even if you never touch the salt shaker while cooking or sitting down to eat, following a low-sodium diet can be a challenge.

    Many health conditions-most notably high blood pressure or heart failure-call for reducing your daily consumption of sodium, the main ingredient in salt.

    The Heart Failure Society of America, an organization aimed at improving life for people experiencing heart failure and helping prevent the condition in those at risk, offers a few helpful tips:

1. Don't add salt while you cook or when you sit down at the table. You can cut your sodium consumption as much as 30 percent.

2. Choose low-sodium versions of favorite foods.

3. Pick foods naturally low in sodium.

4. Learn to read food labels. As a rule, most processed foods, whether they are frozen, canned or boxed, are high in sodium, but don't rule them out entirely. Some packaged foods are available in low- or no-salt versions.

    To learn more about heart failure and how to manage your condition, log on to the Heart Failure Society of America's Web site: www.abouthf.org.

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heartsFebruary is the month of hearts and flowers. Take the time today to let someone know how much you care about them!
     Appropriately, February is also  "American Heart Month." Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S. Read our articles below about simple ways to stay heart healthy and how to cut back on sodium. Check our "What's Happening" section to download our February Community Resource bulletin which focuses on American Heart Month.
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GadgetGadget Corner

Our Gadget Corner features two terrific items for those who need some extra assistance.  

  

CarCaddieCarCaddie: Provides assistance for seniors getting in and out of an automobile. Simply roll down your window and put the end of the CarCaddie strap around the top of the window frame. Then snap the buckle in place, adjust the handle height, and roll up the window. Made of durable, long lasting nylon. The rubber cushion grip provides a comfortable gripping surface. The buckle has an ergonomic design making it easy to open and close. Click here for more information. 

 

One Touch Can OpenerOne Touch Can Opener: With just one touch, this can opener automatically opens your cans in seconds. It will work on any size can whether small, medium or large. Opener cuts from sides so it doesn't leave any sharp edges. Great for those with arthritis or carpal tunnel. Click here for product information. 

ICESimple Steps to Help Your Heart
Stay Healthy
 

Heart Healthy CoupleMore than 80 percent of those polled by the Florida Department of Citrus in a new survey said they felt well-informed about ways to maintain heart health. Yet fewer than half choose heart healthy options when they eat out or shop for groceries, and only slightly more than a third (37 percent) stock their pantries with heart healthy foods, the survey revealed.

    Those who failed to make healthy choices cited time pressures and perceived expenses as the most common reasons why they felt challenged to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

    Since many of the risk factors for heart disease may be impacted by diet, supporting heart health may be as simple as learning which foods are heart healthy and how to incorporate them into regular meals.

    For example, the orange juice that starts many Americans' mornings provides nutrients such as potassium, which may help maintain healthy blood pressure and promote heart health.Orange juice can go beyond the breakfast table. One cup added to your favorite salad dressing, smoothie or marinade is an easy and delicious way to incorporate the beverage's nutrients into your meals.

    To learn more about the heart health benefits of orange juice, go to www.FloridaJuice.com.

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HumidityTips for Improving Communication
With Your Doctor

Communicating with doctorThe relationship between a physician and a patient is an important one, especially if a complex diagnosis is involved. But sometimes there are barriers on both ends that can cause confusion and frustration.

    "The cornerstone of medicine is the relationship that patients have with their providers," comments Dr. Edward Creagan, a Mayo Clinic oncologist with over 30 years of experience, and a medical editor of MayoClinic.com.

 

Suggestions to improve communication:

1) Do some research online. "An informed patient is in a far better position to maximize the expertise of the medical professional," says Dr. Creagan. He advises:

Avoid sponsored sites.

Use only factual information.

Consider the source of the information.

Dr. Creagan suggests MayoClinic.com as a great place to start your research because it is accurate, evidence-based, and the information is vetted by medical professionals at Mayo Clinic.   

 

2) Be prepared. After doing research, write down or print out any information you would like to discuss with your doctor and bring to your next appointment.  

 

3) Understand instructions. Ask your doctor if they can provide the instructions in writing and go over them with you before you leave. If not, then write down the information yourself.

 

4) Mutual respect. A good doctor will understand a patient's health issues and unique needs throughout their ongoing medical relationship and both parties will respect each other.

Courtesy ARA Content

whatshappeningWhat's Happening at Visiting Angels

February Community Resource BulletinFEBRUARY COMMUNITY RESOURCE BULLETIN
Our community resource bulletin this month focuses on American Heart Month. Press here to check it out. You will also find back issues of our "Community Resource Bulletin" from previous months on our blog's resource page.

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Visiting Angels of C. Burlington & Mercer Counties:  About Our Care

Visiting Angels of C. Burlington & Mercer Counties is a New Jersey-licensed, non-medical home care company committed to going well beyond the "industry standard" to provide an exceptional level of security, comfort and peace of mind to our clients and their loved ones. Our "Angels", all certified home health professionals, are ready to provide compassionate and dependable assistance with the activities of everyday living to seniors, the disabled, those recovering from surgery and to those who are simply frail. Our services include such simple tasks as light housekeeping, meal preparation, errands and shopping to more personal tasks such as hygiene assistance, bathing, dressing and grooming.
 
Visiting Angels' in-home care helps make it possible for seniors and adults with special needs to continue to live at home and maintain the independence of their daily routines and familiar surroundings, for as long as they can do so safely. We truly understand how challenging and alien the entire home care selection process can be...and we are experienced in working with families; with loved ones "resistant" to receiving care; and with third-parties payors (such as insurance companies and the US Dept. of Veterans Affairs) to help insure that the best interests of the family and their loved ones are met. Visiting Angels' services help families spend more mutually-rewarding and meaningful time with their loved ones and also helps provide comfort and peace of mind to those who face the challenge of long-distance caregiving.
 
For more information, please call us at 609-883-8188, visit our blog, MyVisitingAngelsBlog.com; our website, www.VisitingAngels.com/Burling-Mercer; or contact us by email at info@vacaregivers.com.

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