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| What A Difference A Century Makes!|
Here are some of the U.S. statistics for 1904:
Only 14% of the homes in the U.S. had a bathtub.
Only 8% of the homes had a telephone.
A three-minute call from Denver to New York City cost eleven dollars.
There were 8,000 cars in the U.S. and only 144 miles of paved roads.
The maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 mph.
Alabama, Mississippi, Iowa, and Tennessee were each more heavily populated than California.
The average U.S. worker made between $200 and $400 per year.
Ninety percent of all U.S. physicians had no college education.
Eggs were fourteen cents a dozen.
Coffee was fifteen cents a pound.
Canada passed a law prohibiting poor people from entering the country for any reason.
The population of Las Vegas, Nevada, was 30!!!
There was no Mother's Day or Father's Day.
Two of 10 U.S. adults couldn't read or write.
Only 6% of all Americans had graduated high school.
18% of households in the U.S. had at least one full-time servant or domestic.
There were only about 230 reported murders in the entire U.S.
Try to imagine what it may be like in another 100 years!
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Caring for Aging Skin
Caring for aging skin involves far more than fighting wrinkles and age spots. Skin health -- from protection against UV rays to proper wound care -- plays a vital role in overall health for senior Americans.
Skin is the body's first line of protection against harm. It shields us from infection, impact and the environment. "Age brings a number of changes that can compromise the skin's ability to protect us," says Cynthia Fleck, a registered nurse and vice president of clinical marketing for Advanced Skin and Wound Care at Medline, which manufactures skin care products and educational resources for seniors.
"Health care professionals are a great source of information and can relay simple instructions for daily skin care and protection while suggesting new products that may help seniors in their routine," she says.
To learn more about skin care products, visit www.medline.com/woundcare
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Happy March...Happy Spring! March is National Nutrition Month. In this issue of the Angel News, we give nutrition tips especially for seniors. We are also featuring cool gadgets, pretty floral ideas, and ways to care for older skin.
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Are Seniors Eating Right?
Older adults have all heard what they should be eating each day. Three servings of fat-free or low-fat milk, cheese or yogurt. Three or more ounce-equivalents of whole-grain
products. And abundant amounts of fruits and vegetables, striving for variety across all five vegetable subgroups. But how many people 50 years or older, are actually meeting
those daily nutrition requirements?
The American Dietetic Association and the American Academy of Family Physicians have estimated that 20 to 60 percent of older adults in home care, and 40 to 85 percent of those in nursing homes, are at risk of malnutrition. Similarly, the Institute of Medicine estimates
that approximately 40 percent of community-residing persons 65 years and older have inadequate nutrient intakes.
In 2005, the United States Department of Agriculture released its innovative MyPyramid food guidance system and updated Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2005, advocating a diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetables; whole grains; lean meats, poultry, fish, beans, eggs and nuts; and fat-free or low-fat milk and milk products. In addition to good eating, the Dietary Guidelines recommend supplementation of vitamin D and B12 for older consumers through fortified food or supplements.
Even with these new recommendations, however, many Americans are still failing to meet their average daily nutritional requirements, due to confusion about what to eat, difficulty in creating well-balanced meals, and budgetary restrictions. To address this concern, the U.S. Congress stated, in their recently passed Older Americans Act, that "when the nutritional needs of older Americans are not fully met by diet, a single, daily multivitamin-mineral supplement may help prevent nutrition deficiencies common in many older Americans."
"For years, people have intuitively known that taking a daily multivitamin made good nutrition sense," says Dr. Richard Cotter, assistant vice president of Global Nutritional Sciences for Wyeth Consumer Healthcare, one of the world's leaders in the development, manufacturing and marketing of nonprescription medicines, vitamins and nutritional products. "Now they have the affirmation of the U.S. government to reinforce their behavior, which will hopefully also inspire other seniors to adopt similarly positive habits."
Here are six ideas for what you can do to improve your nutrition:
- Take a multivitamin formulated for seniors. One multivitamin for those over 50 to consider is Centrum Silver. It provides folic acid, vitamin D and higher levels of calcium and vitamins B6, B12 and E to help maintain heart health and strong bones. It also helps our bodies convert food into energy and has key antioxidants to help promote eye health and to help protect against cell damage that naturally occurs as we age.
- Eat plenty of fresh, frozen, dried and/or canned fruits and vegetables. Indulge in seasonal varieties, whenever available, to add interest to your menus and save money. During the colder months, frozen and canned varieties pack similar nutritional punches.
- Choose fat-free or low-fat milk and milk products, including lactose free or lactose reduced milks, yogurts, and natural cheeses.
- Lighten up on meats, alternating lean cuts with protein-packed poultry, beans, fish, and nuts and seeds. Since the latter three contain healthy oils, try to consume these foods more frequently than meat or poultry.
- Speaking of oils, they're not all created equal. Polyunsaturated or monounsaturated fats, found in fish, nuts and vegetable oils, offer essential fatty acids and vitamin E and do not raise LDL cholesterol levels in the blood. The same cannot be said of solid fats containing saturated fats and/or trans fats.
- In colder climates, when it's challenging to get 10 to 15 minutes of direct sunlight exposure, two to three times per week, make sure to include Vitamin D-fortified dairy products, egg yolks, saltwater fish and liver to maximize calcium absorption and bone health in addition to supplemental vitamin D through a multivitamin.
For more information on Centrum Silver and vitamins and minerals, visit http://www.centrum.com/OurProducts/Silver.aspx.
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| Be Happy Decorating With Flowers
An easy and simple way to refresh your home is with flowers. Not only does a flower bouquet add instant style and personality to a room, but is a treat for the overall well-being. In fact, according to a behavioral research study conducted by Nancy Etcoff, Ph.D. of Harvard University Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital, people feel more compassionate toward others, have less worry and anxiety and feel less depressed when fresh-cut flowers are present in the home.
- Brunch Bunch. Try using a porcelain creamer or teacups filled with lavender, freesia and mums in colorful motifs.
- Cool Carnations Floral Sundae. Use classic sundae glasses filled with carnations to create a unique treat to display.
- Bakery Blooms. Use a footed cake plate, floral foam and white mums as frosting.
Indulge your mind, body and senses with a healthy treat that will enhance your home décor. For more design ideas, or to order a free brochure about decorating with flowers, visit www.Flowerpossibilities.com.
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Our Gadget Corner features unique products designed for everyone, but also have extra benefits for the older population.
FoodPod: No more burned fingers when boiling, blanching, or steaming food! This silicon, dishwasher safe gadget is flexible, non-stick, and easy to use. For more information and to watch a product demonstration, visit www.fusionbrands.com.
The Toasty Toes Ergonomic Heated Foot Rest: Are your feet always cold? This safe, low-watt heated footrest will provide relief as it warms your feet and legs. Visit www.cozyproducts.com for more information.
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MARCH COMMUNITY RESOURCE BULLETIN
Our community resource bulletin this month focuses on National Nutrition 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 email@example.com.