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Some Facts about Breast Cancer in the United States

 

  • One in eight women in the United States will be Diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime.
  • Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women and more than 40,000 will die.
  • Although breast cancer in males is rare, an estimated 2,600 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer and approximately 440 will die each year.
  • About every 2 minutes a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer and 1 woman will die of breast cancer every 13 minutes.
  • More than 2.8 million breast cancer survivors are alive in the United States today.
  • Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among women.
  • Each year it is estimated that over 246,660 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer
  • Exercise reduces breast cancer risk for women of all body types – even lean women, according to Leslie Bernstein, Ph.D., director of cancer etiology at City of Hope.

 

Did YOU know??

 

Another top risk factor for breast cancer is getting older? YES.  – 79 percent of new cases and 88 percent of deaths occurred in women age 50 and older; according to the American Cancer Society fewer than 11,000 cases occurred in women younger than 40, and just under 49,000 in women under 50. In women ages 50 to 64, breast cancer was even more common with more than 84,000 cases. Women over age 65 accounted for more than 99,000 cases last year.

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Tips on communicating with the elderly

As people grow older, they become more difficult to understand and even changes in their environment can have an impact on their communication. Many Elderly and disabled people struggle with hearing, reading and writing, General communications skills.  Many elderly or disabled people have short-term memory loss so a conversation that you may have just had with them is one they can easily forget.  Lots of patients and compassion is key.

 

Here are some ways to help your communication with a loved one who is elderly or disabled.

 

  • Maintain eye contact and speak clearly and directly to them (Loud tone if hearing is an issue)
  • Be as simple as possible (small words, short sentences, and visual aids).
  • Try not to argue with the elder it may over excite them or upset them.
  • Recall what you are stating to the elder (restate key ideas of the topic frequently/ repeat key points)
  • Exercise patients and compassion
  • Ask instead of order and demand
  • Ask instead of assuming
  • Offer choices when possible
  • Use “I” instead of “YOU” People do not like to be demanded. It may cause them to be upset.

 

Examples:

“You must exercise today!”

“You need to finish your soup”

Instead use the “I” language

“I will help you exercise today!”

“Let’s finish your soup, Okay?”

 

 

 

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Did you know that the (CDC) Centers for Disease Control and prevention rated (COMPLICATIONS) from Parkinson’s disease as the 14th top cause of Death in the United States?

Parkinson’s disease itself is not fatal, but the complications can be serious. For Example, Difficulty swallowing can lead a patient to aspirate food into lungs which can than lead to Pneumonia or other pulmonary conditions. In addition, loss of balance can lead to a fall that may cause serious injuries or even death.  Incidents depend greatly on a patients overall health and age.

Parkinson's disease is a neurodegenerative brain disorder that progresses slowly overtime in most people who have the disease.  Symptoms take years to develop and those with Parkinson’s live years with the disease.

 

Here Are 10 Early Warning signs of the disease:

 

  1. Trouble moving or walking (Stiffness in body, arms, or legs
  2. Constipation
  3. soft low voice (If there has been a change in voice, your voice is soft when speaking
  4. Masked face (Have you been told that you look: mad, serious, depressed and your NOT)
  5. Dizziness of fainting ( fainting or dizzy, also signs of low blood pressure
  6. Hunching over or stooping
  7. Tremors or shaking (in your finger, thumb, hand, chin, or lip)
  8. Small Handwriting (Overtime writing  may get smaller and smaller)
  9. Loss of smell (Trouble smelling certain foods: bananas, pickles, of licorice
  10. Trouble sleeping (Sudden movement during sleep)

 

 

 

 

 

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Tip of the Day: Sitting is the new smoking

 

Research shows that if you sit for long periods of time it puts you at risk, even if you are spending time at the gym working out!

The good news is, it all counts!

 

ALL activity counts in the direction of a healthier, happier you. Here are some simple tips that can help you to increase your overall health

Simple changes you can begin to make today:

 

*Stand instead of sit while on the phone.

*Swing your foot, tap your toes, or drum your fingers.

*If you like to listen to music move to the music while getting dressed

*Park the car farther away

*Use the stairs instead of the elevator

*Get up and stretch every half hour if you have a desk job

 

These simple changes can make a world of difference in your physical appearance as well as your outlook on life!

What are you waiting for?  There’s no better time than today to decide to get started!!

 

 

 

 

 

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Do you remember the last time you were physically active on purpose?? IE: went to the gym, jogged or even just simply went for a walk? Did you know that new research shows that exercise helps protect older adults' brains from memory loss and mental decline. In fact the UofM found, in their research that physical fitness reverses brain shrinkage. which is tied to Alzheimer's disease. 34 inactive participants ranging in age 61-68 engaged in a 12-week exercise regimen and the findings were impressive to say the least. They were shown to have improvements with their heart and lung function, and also the brain increased in thickness in the region that typically shrinks from Alzheimer's. You can find the study published in the Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society.

 

I Hope you found this helpful and will consider the benefits of being more active and decide to get moving and save your brain.

 

 

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This Desert HEAT is NO JOKE!! Here is a video with some helpful information to keep in mind!!! Please drink lots of water and stay HYDRATED!! Keep our elderly SAFE & COOL. Hope you all have a BEAUTIFUL DAY!

 

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Retirement is supposed to be stress-free, a time of relaxation and wisdom to deal with life’s little annoyances. However, many people find that as they age there are new things to worry, fret, and stress over. These include such things as financial concerns, dealing with loss, and maintaining good health. Stress can lead to depression and withdrawal from activities with others. Stress in the elderly is not something to be suffered alone, but requires management with the help of family, friends or a caregiver to ease the burden. Here are a few solutions to help deal with stress:

Make a list

  • Talk it out or write it down and identify the root of the stress so that you can begin to find solutions.

 

Think and be thankful

  • Take some time alone to sit quietly and think through all the things in your life for which you can be truly grateful.

 

Exercise

  • Find an activity you enjoy that is not too strenuous, but will help to refresh your mood.
  • Go for a walk outside. Enjoying the great outdoors can significantly reduce stress.

 

Do something new or different

  • Switching up your routine can lift your spirits. Learn a new skill, or just find a good place to people-watch.

 

Consider performing a random act of kindness

  • When you take your eyes off of yourself and focus on helping someone else, your problems can seem much smaller.
  • If you are able to, pay for the person behind you in the drive-thru, or the meal of someone else in the restaurant in which you are dining. If you are crafty or artistic, make a few small items or drawings to hand out to people. Compliment a stranger. Smile sincerely, and see how many smiles you get in return. Call an old friend or family member you haven’t talked to in a long time. Teach someone a skill you have acquired through your many years. Give someone in your world a pat on the back for a job well done.

 

Don’t isolate yourself

  • Find a group of friends you can get together with, join a club, or get involved with a local charity.

 

If you or your elderly loved one is having trouble with a stressful situation, and you could use some relief, ElderCaring can connect you with a caregiver who can step in and give you a helping hand. We would love to go over ways we can help you reduce the stress in your life. Contact us to set up a consultation today!


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