Home Care Assistance of Dallas is proud to be a part of the Dallas Area Parkinsonism Society DAPS)! Check out the featured news for September. One of the highlights is the Annual Kickoff Meeting featuring our own Jared Caplan as the featured speaker.
Mark your calendars!
Caregiver Job Fair
Tuesday, August 7, 2018 from 3:00pm to 6:00pm
5005 Addison Circle, Addison, TX 75001
Work for the Top Home Care Agency! Make a Difference while Enjoying the Perks of Being a Home Care Assistance Caregiver!
Home Care Assistance staff enjoy regular hours, stable work and minimal waiting periods between cases. We offer a variety of schedules from full-time, live-in to hourly care and can accommodate your preferred work schedule. We have several clients that need great care from Dependable People ASAP!
Here are some of the other great benefits we offer:
- Top home care wages.
- After completing online training, you will receive a pay increase.
- We are always there for you, day or night, 24/7.
- Work as many hours as you need to meet your financial goals (40+)
- We pay through direct deposit — your pay goes immediately into your account.
- We offer to you to be part of a company that is different from the rest !!!
- Our caregivers learn healthy meal preparation based on our Comfort Foods Cookbooks.
- Webinars for CEUs such as a regular Healthy Longevity Webinar Series.
Apply today to help us change the way the world ages and take your first step toward a rewarding career. Apply at hcamatch.com – Select Dallas Location, or call Karen DeLavan at 214-363-3400.
When it comes to life vitality, have you stopped to consider how important your love and connections might be for you? What if your physician simply prescribed the following: “Immerse yourself in a community filled with people you love. Consistently strive for new friendships, while maintaining your old friendships. Never neglect time for family and others that love you.”
Recent studies say it may be that simple and straightforward! Loving connectivity with friends and family strongly correlates with longevity. Good relationships create meaningful lives. When older people commit to active lifestyles with other adults, they tend to easily make new friendships. A retired minister, Richard Watts, was quoted saying, “We never outlive our need or capacity to be useful,” and his words ring true as we continue to understand that relationships are essential to our physical and mental wellbeing. We are happier and live longer when we feel valued. We are social beings who enjoy physical and emotional benefits from interactions with people.
Loneliness Can’t Be Good
We’ve all heard that healthy lifestyle habits improve our health, but loneliness, on the other hand, has the potential to create depression and mental illness. Healthy interactions with others are imperative or our bodies will deteriorate. Loneliness can manifest inflammation, which makes us feel sick. Unfortunately, once this happens, the inflammation then provides a reason to socially withdrawal. Loneliness compromises health by making us feel ill, which results in further isolation from our friends and community.
Alternately, quality relationships can build our immunity. They can help us contract fewer colds, flu and chronic illness. High blood pressure and cardiovascular disease can be reduced, too. It’s obvious that personal connections are the antidote to many illnesses. In fact, whether we are a loving caregiver or the recipient of loving care, our bodies can benefit. In either case, loving relationships reduce stress and inflammation.
Social Activity and Wellbeing
Feelings of well-being increase when we surround ourselves by others, and we even take better care of ourselves, too. When we have events to look forward to on the calendar, it creates an optimistic future outlook and when we surround ourselves with active friends, we are that much more active, as well. We create healthier habits and lifestyle changes when we’re connected with other active people. It also promotes a sense of life purpose which brings a positive and bright outlook that leads to better brain health.
The Brain and Social Interaction
Quality relationships are good for us, and studies show that we reap benefits from social interaction. Conversing with other people can keep us sharp and thinking clearly. We tend to use additional brain power when we have conversations with others. Conversations challenge us to remember past details and learn new things, too.
Since healthy lifestyles typically correlate with a healthy heart, it’s great knowing that even seemingly small lifestyle changes may improve your heart health. Take the time to learn how to decrease your risk of heart disease.
Sadly, up to 80% of the 17,000,000 annual deaths from heart disease worldwide could be prevented. Heart disease is often a silent killer, sneaking up slowly until suddenly, the heart damage becomes obvious.
You might be planning out your future, but a heart attack or heart disease could change everything. However, if you take time to learn about heart disease and its causes, you’ll become more aware of the daily choices you’re making. You don’t have to waste time worrying about the future if you actively work towards reducing the risk of heart disease and heart attack by making choices and changes to improve your health.
Causes of Heart Disease
There’s nothing newly discovered about heart disease. Basically, atherosclerosis is still the main enemy. A buildup of plaque in the lining of arteries over time hardens and narrows the arteries. The blood flow to vital organs and tissues becomes reduced, and finally, heart and blood vessels are hopelessly damaged.
Learn the 3 lifestyle habits most responsible for atherosclerosis:
- Poor diet
- Lack of exercise
These above-mentioned poor lifestyle choices, mixed with heavy doses of stress, can be a recipe for heart disease. Still, isn’t it good to know that risk factors like age and genetics may not be within your power to change, but daily lifestyle choices certainly are? Each person has the power to make healthy changes when they are ready.
Takeaway tip: Discover the causes of heart disease. Know the lifestyle choices that could promote heart problems. This way, you can make your own plan to make changes for the better.
How to Prevent Heart Problems
Our human bodies crave fresh, nutritious whole foods. When we eat well, our bodies can thrive and have optimal health with peak performance abilities. On the other hand, fast foods, processed foods, and poor eating habits can clog arteries with plaque, create high blood pressure, and raise cholesterol levels beyond healthy limits. Consume healthy fats, and smaller amounts of salt and sugar instead, and your heart health is likely to improve.
Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) eating plan and the Mediterranean Diet are the most recommended plans for eating towards heart health. They’re each slightly different, but their foundations are similar.
Best diets for heart health include:
- Vegetables, including greens, broccoli, cabbage and carrots
- Colorful fruits, e.g. apples, berries, melons and oranges and citrus fruits
- Whole grains
- Quality proteins
- Coldwater fish
- Fresh eggs
- Healthy fats, from seeds, nuts, and avocados
Whole nutrient-rich food helps keep you feel satiated longer, but don’t give in to processed foods or drinks heavy in salt, sugar, and alcohol or it will undo your good work.
Takeaway Tip: Decide on just one healthy addition to your diet this week. At the same time, eliminate one processed food. Yes, it definitely is possible achieving two changes to better health within a week! Consider fresh fruit in the morning instead of a sugary blueberry muffin, for example.
Get More Exercise
Increasing physical activity can improve your health. Get up and move around often throughout the day because activity helps to reduce the four most common risk factors for heart disease.
Getting more exercise:
- may decrease high cholesterol
- decreases high blood pressure
- helps with weight loss
- lowers the likelihood of type 2 diabetes
You’ll probably want to get more exercise after reading the above list. Try for 180 minutes per week, or a minimum of 20 minutes per day. Health experts recommend keeping your heartbeat elevated for at least 10 minutes at a time. Walking is a great choice, but you might add swimming, dancing, bicycling or weight lifting for exercise instead. It’s all good for you!
Takeaway Tip: Increase your activity by at least 5 minutes each day. Do something simple, like turning on music and dancing in the privacy of your home! Small things do add up, too, so park a little further away from the store so you have to walk further to get inside!
Smoking isn’t an option. Just stop! Nicotine reduces the size of blood vessels, contributing to damage by carbon monoxide. It can destroy the insides of your heart vessels and it creates a great risk of heart disease. Sure, it can be challenging to break this habit, but you just need to remember it’s a lifestyle choice, and it’s within your control. It may be hard to quit… but it’s achievable and people do it all the time. Ask your doctor about local cessation programs or types of products that might help you quit.
Takeaway Tip: Keep your reasons to quit smoking top of mind by listing them on a post-it note and putting it where you’ll see it often. Do you want to generally feel better, be able to do more, or play games with your grandkids? Decide what motivates you!
High inflammation in the body happens after suffering prolonged stress, but these levels can be reduced and managed before arteries are severely damaged. Highly emotional circumstances often precede heart attacks, so don’t let yourself get too far out of control! Do you find yourself drinking too much alcohol, smoking, and suppressing emotions as ways to reduce stress? You might want to find some alternate strategies for relieving stress instead.
How about these options:
- Talk to a mental health provider for different strategies
- Increase daily physical activity
- Release hurts and frustrations
- Enjoy your relationships with full intention
Remember that our personal responses to life’s challenges are within our control!
Takeaway Tip: Are you ready to make some change? How about this one new daily habit? Try writing five items you’re grateful for in the morning or learn deep breathing techniques.
Try to know and understand all that you can in order to prevent heart disease. Understand your personal risk factors so you are able to make positive lifestyle changes. Stay focused and be willing to change. Consider heart disease risks that could affect you, then take simple steps, because even small healthy habits will make a difference!