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Keeping hands clean is so important in avoiding getting sick and spreading germs. Many diseases and conditions are spread by not washing hands with soap and clean, running water. Bacterial, viral, fungal and parasitic diseases exist on the skin and in mucus, blood and other body fluids. Some germs are transferred through inhalation and others are obtained by touch. The transfer of fecal-to-oral diseases occurs when an infected person does not use good hand-washing technique with soap and water and handles food content or any substance that enters the mouth. Washing hands after bathroom use can significantly reduce transmission of diseases and illness.
When you should wash your hands
  • Before, during, and after preparing food
  • Before eating food
  • Before and after caring for someone who is sick
  • Before and after treating a cut or wound
  • After using the toilet
  • After changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has used the toilet
  • After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
  • After touching an animal, animal feed, or animal waste
  • After handling pet food or pet treats
  • After touching garbage
How should you wash your hands
  • Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.
  • Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Be sure to lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
  • Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
  • Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
  • Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.
Diseases you can get by not washing your hands after using the bathroom
  • Hand-Foot-Mouth Disease caused by the coxsackie virus and other enteroviruses, symptoms are blister-like bumps in the mouth, on the palms of the hands and bottoms of the feet. The virus spreads by ingesting food or drink contaminated with fecal content.
  • Hepatitis A a highly contagious viral liver infection, manifests with symptoms such as fatigue, yellowing of the skin, dark urine, nausea and vomiting.
  • Shigellosis a bacterial infection with symptoms that include watery diarrhea, abdominal cramps and fever. If the disease progresses to dysentery, the stool contains mucus, blood.
  • Giardiasis is a parasitic illness of the intestine with symptoms such as gas, cramping and diarrhea. Spreads by drinking infected water from untreated sources or by hand-to-fecal contact.
  • Skin Infections Bacterial conjunctivitis, chicken pox, measles, rashes, eczema, all these diseases can be transmitted by hand contact.
  • Food Poisoning Illness from eating food that is not clean.
  • Worm Infestation Feces of humans and animals are filled with intestinal worms at various stages of development, and you can be infected with it.


There is a concern from the Centers for Disease Control following an outbreak of a potentially deadly drug-resistant germ in area hospitals. Currently, in our area here in the US, the CDC says New York has 309 confirmed cases, New Jersey has 104 confirmed cases, and Connecticut has one. Candida Auris, is a harmful form of yeast. It was first identified in Japan in 2009, the fungus has spread to more than twelve countries around the globe. The most vulnerable to the superbug are fragile hospital patients, particularly newborns and the elderly. The fungus can infect wounds, ears and the bloodstream and takes root in the urinary tract. The source of the infection for C auris isn't the person who got sick but rather the hospital environment, including catheters, counters, and other surfaces. Read more about this bug at Daily Mail


The CDC says Candida auris is a problem because:

  • It can cause bloodstream infections, wound infections, and ear infections
  • It can kill you
  • It is resistant to medicines
  • It is becoming more common
  • It is hard to identify
  • It can spread in hospitals and nursing homes
  • It can live on surfaces for weeks
Gotta minute? Watch this short video on Antibiotic Apocalypse.

Protect yourself...: Wash your hands often

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ADHD

ATTENTION DEFICIENT DISORDER KNOWS NO BOUNDS AS IT CAN BE FOUND IN PEOPLE OF ALL AGES..

KEY SYMPTOMS ARE:

  • TROUBLE STAYING FOCUSED
  • TROUBLE ORGANIZING
  • TROUBLE FINISHING PROJECTS
  • EASILY DISTRACTED
  • LATE TO APPOINTMENTS
  • ON THE GO
  • IMPULSIVE
  • HYPERACTIVE

WAYS TO HELP:

  • FOCUS, FOCUS, FOCUS
  • MAKE LISTS
  • SET GOALS



BACK

UPPER BACK PAIN CAN OCCUR BECAUSE OF TRAUMA OR SUDDEN INJURY, OR IT CAN OCCUR THROUGH STRAIN OR POOR POSTURE OVER TIME.

LOWER BACK PAIN IS THE MOST COMMON BACK PROBLEM MOST COMMONLY CAUSED BY IMPROPER LIFTING, ALONG WITH LIFTING TOO MUCH WEIGHT.

VERY IMPORTANT: WHEN LIFTING FROM GROUND LEVEL, YOU SHOUILD BEND AND USE YOUR KNEES...NOT YOUR BACK!

SOME EFFECTIVE WAYS TO HELP:

  • EXERCISE OFTEN
  • MAINTAIN HEALTHY WEIGHT
  • STAND UP STRAIGHT
  • AVOID HEAVY LIFTING
  • GET PLENTY OF CALCIUM AND VITAMIN D






CANCER

CANCER IS AN ABNORMAL GROWTH OF CELLS THAT CAN INVADE OR SPREAD TO OTHER PARTS OF THE BODY. THESE CELLS FORM A MASS OR GROWTH CALLED TUMORS. NOT ALL TUMORS ARE CANCEROUS, BENIGN TUMORS DO NOT SPREAD TO OTHER PARTS OF THE BODY. THERE ARE MANY TYPES OF CANCER.

KEY SYMPTOMS ARE:

  • BOWEL CHANGES
  • RECTAL BLEEDING
  • URINARY CHANGES
  • UNUSUAL COUGHING
  • LUMPS
  • BLOATING

WAYS TO HELP PREVENT CANCER:

  • DON'T SMOKE
  • LIMIT ALCOHOL
  • PROTECT YOURSELF FROM THE SUN
  • EXERCISE REGULARLY
  • EAT DIETS LOW IN FAT
  • EAT DIETS RICH IN FRUITS AND VEGETABLES


EXPERIENCES SHARED



CRAMPS

CRAMPS ARE USUALLY BURST OF PAIN IN A CALF OR FOOT; (CONTRACTIONS OF MUSCLES); USUALLY AT NIGHT WHILE IN BED. GET OUT OF BED AND WALK AROUND A BIT...OR IF PAIN PERSIST, TRY A SPOONFUL OF MUSTARD.

KEY SYMPTOMS ARE:

  • PAIN IN CALF OR FOOT
  • INTENSE INVOLUNTARY CONTRACTIONS OF MUSCLES

SOME EFFECTIVE WAYS TO HELP:

  • STAY HYDRATED
  • SUPPLEMENT WITH VITAMIN E AND B COMPLEX
  • SUPPLEMENT WITH MAGNESIUM
  • WEAR PROPERLY FITTED SHOES
  • AVOID SITTING TOO LONG
  • LIMIT TIME STANDING ON CONCRETE
  • STRETCH OR MASSAGE MUSCLES



HAIR

WHITENING OR GRAYING OF THE HAIR USUALLY DEVELOPS GRADUALLY, IT MAY BE PATCHY OR IT MAY BE ALL OVER.

CAUSES OF HAIR LOSS:

  • HEREDITY
  • EMOTIONAL STRESS
  • POOR EATING HABITS
  • DRUGS

WAYS TO HELP WITH HAIR LOSS:

  • MANAGE STRESS
  • EAT PROTEIN
  • TAKE ZINC, VITAMIN E AND BIOTIN
  • EAT WALNUTS AND ALMONDS
  • EAT STRAWBERRIES AND RASPBERRIES.


 EXPERIENCES SHARED





KNEES

KNEE PAIN IS A COMMON PROBLEM WITH MANY CAUSES, FROM ACUTE INJURIES TO MEDICAL CONDITIONS.

SYMPTOMS OF KNEE PROBLEMS:

  • DIFFICULTY WALKING UP AND DOWN STAIRS
  • LOCKING OF THE KNEES
  • REDNESS AND SWELLING
  • INABILITY TO EXTEND KNEE
  • INABILITY TO BEAR WEIGHT

SOME EFFECTIVE WAYS TO HELP:

  • REST THE JOINTS
  • APPLY ICE
  • COMPRESS WITH BANDAGES
  • WALK ON SOFT SURFACES
  • LOSE WEIGHT


EXPERIENCES SHARED






TICKS

THESE BLOOD SUCKING PARASITES CAN INFECT PEOPLE WITH A NUMBER OF DISEASES.

FOR SENIORS THE RISK CAN BE ESPECIALLY DANGEROUS, DUE TO THEIR WEAKER IMMUNE SYSTEMS. LYME DISEASE IN PARTICULAR CAN BE DEADLY FOR SENIORS.

SYMPTOMS CAN BE HARSH BUT SLOW TO SET IN. A PERSON CAN BE INFECTED FOR A FULL MONTH WITH NOTHING BUT A SMALL RASH AT THE BITE LOCATION. SOME PEOPLE MAY DEVELOP A BULLSEYE RASH AROUND THE BITE AREA..

SYMPTOMS OF LYME DISEASE:SYMPTOMS OF LYME DISEASE:

  • INCREASED RASHES
  • PARTIAL PARALYSIS
  • ARTHRITIS OR JOINT PAIN
  • IRREGULAR HEARTBEAT
  • BRAIN & SPINAL CORD SWELLING
  • NERVE PAIN
  • SHORT TERM MEMORY LOSS

PREVENTING LYME DISEASE:

  • WEAR LONG SLEEVE SHIRTS AND PANTS WHEN IN FOREST OR TALL GRASS
  • WEAR LIGHT COLORS
  • USE BUG SPRAY
  • CHECK YOURSELF WHEN YOU COME INSIDE
FOR WOMEN:

WHEN IT COMES TO AGING, MOST OF US KNOW IT'S INEVITABLE.  HOWEVER,YOU DO HAVE CONTROL OVER WHETHER AGE IS ACCOMPANIED BY POOR HEALTH, SORE MUSCLES AND JOINTS, AND A QUICK-DIMINISHING APPEARANCE.

THERE ARE MANY WAYS TO AGE GRACEFULLY... STAYING ACTIVE, EATING RIGHT, AND PROTECTING YOUR SKIN FROM SUN DAMAGE.

 TIPS FOR AGING GRACEFULLY:

  • GET YOUR BEAUTY SLEEP
  • STAY HYDRATED
  • EAT A FREASH BALANCED DIET
  • QUIT SMOKING
  • WEAR SUN PROTECTION
  • EXERCISE REGULARLY
  • SKIP REFINED SUGAR
  • MOISTURIZE YOUR SKIN
  • EAT GOOD FATS
  • BE POSITIVE

9 MEDICAL TESTS EVERY WOMAN NEEDS:

  • MAMMOGRAM
  • PAP TEST
  • ELECTROCARDIOGRAM (EKG)
  • SERUM FERRITIN TEST
  • LIPID PROFILE
  • FASTING PLASMA GLUCOSE TEST
  • SKIN CANCER SCREENING
  • VISION SCREENING

MENOPAUSE

MENOPAUSE IS DEFINED AS HAVING NO MENSTRUAL PERIOD FOR ONE YEAR, TYPICALLY OCCURRING IN LATE 40's OR EARLY 50's.
MENOPAUSE CAN CAUSE MANY CHANGES IN YOUR BODY. THE SYMPTOMS ARE THE RESULT OF A DECREASED PRODUCTION OF ESTROGEN AND PROGESTERONE IN YOUR OVARIES.
MENOPAUSE CAN INCREASE YOUR RISK FOR OSTEOPOROSIS.

SYMPTOMS CAN INCLUDE:

TREATMENTS

  • HEALTHY DIET AND EXERCISE
  • MORE CALCIUM AND PROTEIN RICH FOODS
  • PRACTICE YOGA


EXPERIENCES SHARED


FOR MEN:

AS A MAN, YOU'VE SEEN YOUR BODY CHANGE WITH THE YEARS.  MAYBE YOU'VE PUT ON A FEW POUNDS, OR YOUR HAIRLINE MIGHT BE RECEDING.  UNDERSTANDING THE WAY YOUR BODY AGES CAN OPEN UP NEW WAYS TO LEAD A HEALTHIER, VITAL LIFE.

 SOME CHANGES TO BE AWARE OF:

  • FAT - MANY MEN START GAINING WEIGHT AFTER 30 - AS MALE HORMONES BEGIN TO DECLINE, YOU WILL LOSE MUSCLE MASS
  • HEART - BLOOD VESSELS AND ARTERIES BECOME LESS SUPPLE WITH TIME CAUSING HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE.
  • PROSTATE - GROWS LARGER CAUSING URINATION PROBLEMS
  • PENIS - LIBIDO MAY DECLINE
  • SKIN - GET THINNER, MAKING YOU SENSITIVE TO THE COLD
  • HAIR - PATTERN BALDNESS

EFFECTIVE WAYS TO HELP AGE LOWER BLOOD PRESSURE:

  • GET MOVING
  • GET CALM
  • CHECK BLOOD PRESSURE AT HOME
  • EAT HEALTHY AND LOSE WEIGHT IF NEEDED
  • SLEEP TIGHT
  • CUT CAFFEINE, ALCOHOL, AND NICOTINE
EFFECTIVE WAYS TO HELP AGE HEALTHIER:
  • QUIT SMOKING
  • MANAGE STRESS
  • GET ENOUGH SLEEP
  • GET ADEQUATE AMOUNTS OF CALCIUM
  • GET ADEQUATE AMOUNT OF VITAMIN D
  • AVOID SUBSTANCE ABUSE
  • LOWER YOUR BLOOD PRESSURE


EXPERIENCES SHARED



Fun for Seniors

YOUR LOCAL SENIOR CENTER HAS MANY PROGRAMS AVAILABLE... IT'S LIKE GOING BACK TO SCHOOL.

MANY SENIORS HAVE SHOWN AN INTEREST IN PHOTOGRAPHY. IT'S WORTH A PHONE CALL AND A POSSIBLE VISIT TO YOUR LOCAL SENIOR CENTER.

GET OFF THE COUCH AND START SOMETHING NEW:

  • COMPUTER LESSONS
  • MUSIC INTRUMENT LESSON
  • PHOTOGRAPHY
  • DANCE CLASS
  • JEWELRY MAKING
  • WOOD CARVING

SOME CLASSES CAN BE:

  • BILLIARDS
  • BOWLING
  • CARD PLAYING
  • DANCING
  • GOLFING
  • JAMMERS
  • KNITTING
  • PAINTING
  • VOLLEYBALL
  • YOGA
  • ZUMBA

PLAYING GAMES:

  • IMPROVES MEMORY
  • IMPROVES DEXTERITY
  • REDUCES STRESS

SOME FUN, EASY GAMES:

  • BACKGAMMON
  • BINGO
  • BOARD GAMES
  • CHECKERS
  • CHESS
  • DOMINOS
  • FARKLE
  • SKIP BO
  • TIC TAC TOE
  • TRIVIA
  • UNO
  • WII GAMES


DANCING

SENIORS WHO DANCED THREE TO FOUR TIMES A WEEK -- ESPECIALLY THOSE WHO DID BALLROOM DANCING -- HAD A WHOPPING 75% LOWER RISK OF DEVELOPING DEMENTIA COMPARED WITH NON-DANCERS. A LANDMARK STUDY IN THE NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE FOUND, "PHYSICAL ACTIVITY INCREASES BLOOD FLOW TO THE BRAIN AND PROMOTES NERVE HEALTH." SAYS LEAD STUDY AUTHOR JOE VERGHESE, M.D. CHIEF OF GERIATICS AT MONTEFIROE MEDICAL CENTER IN NEW YORK CITY, WHILE, MASTERING THE STEPS HELPS CREATE NEW BRAIN CONNECTIONS IN AREAS OF THE BRAIN THAT ARE VULNERABLE TO AGING AND DEMENTIA. PLUS, REGULARY INTERACTING SOCIALLY IS PROVEN TO INCREASE OVERALL MENTAL SHARPNESS.


YOUR LOCAL HEALTH STORE IS YOUR FRIEND. THEIR MISSION IS TO GIVE KNOWLEDGABLE INFORMATION AND STOCK A WIDE VARIETY OF SPECIALIZED PRODUCTS THAT AREN'T AVAILABLE IN MASS MARKETING STORES. THEY CAN GUIDE YOU TO A PRODUCT THAT CAN HELP YOU ALONG WITH WHY AND HOW.


exerciseEXERCISE:

AS YOU GROW OLDER AN ACTIVE LIFESTYLE BECOMES MORE IMPORTANT THAN EVER TO YOUR HEALTH.

MOVING YOUR BODY CAN  HELP:

  • BOOST ENERGY
  • PROTECT YOUR HEART
  • MANAGE PAIN
  • MANAGE YOU WEIGHT

SOME AT HOME EXERCISES:

  • INNER THIGH STRETCH
  • SIDE LEG LIFTS
  •  SIDE BENDS
  • ELBOW TO KNEE RAISES
  • TOE TOUCH
  • ARM RAISES
  • SQUATS

exercise


EXPERIENCES SHARED


eat


HEALTHY EATING:

THE BENEFITS:

  • PROTECT AGAINST DIABETES
  • PREVENTS HEART DISEASE
  • KEEPS YOU AGILE
  • REDUCES RISK OF ALZHEIMER'S
  • REDUCES RISK OF PARKINSON'S
  • INCREASES LONGEVITY

THE LOGISTICS:

  • EAT LOTS OF VEGETABLES
  • EAT LESS RED MEAT
  • ALWAYS EAT BREAKFAST
  • EAT A VEGETARIAN MEAL AT LEAST ONCE A WEEK
  • EAT FRESH FRUIT
  • USE GOOD FATS

GOOD FATS:

  • AVOCADOS
  • WALNUTS, ALMONDS & PISTACHIOS
  • NUT & SEED BUTTERS
  • OLIVES & OLIVE OIL
  • SUNFLOWER & CHIA SEEDS
  • GROUND FLAXSEED
  • SALMON & TUNA
  • DARK CHOCOLATE
  • EGGS
  • PARMESAN CHEESE
  • LEAN GRASS FED BEEF & PORK


EPERIENCES SHARED


SUGAR

SUGAR FACTS:

  • DOES NOT CONTAIN ANY VITAMINS OR MINERALS
  • DEPOSITS FAT IN THE LIVER
  • HARMS YOUR CHOLESTEROL
  • CAUSES INSULIN RESISTANCE
  • RAISES YOUR RISK OF DISEASES
  • DOESN'T SATISFY YOUR BODY
  • ADDICTIVE
  • BAD FOR YOUR TEETH
  • CAN GIVE YOU DIABETES
  • CAN GIVE YOU CANCER
  • CAUSES OBESITY


EXPERIENCES SHARED


water

HEALTH BENEFITS OF DRINKING WATER:

  • MAINTAIN ENERGY LEVELS
  • MAINTAIN BODY TEMPERATURES
  • MAINTAIN METABOLISM
  • MAINTAIN BREATHING
  • HELPS PREVENT CONSTIPATION
  • HELPS PREVENT MIGRAINES
  • HELPS PREVENT ARTHRITIS
  • HELPS PREVENT OSTEOPOROSIS
  • HELPS PREVENT CARDIOVASCULAR DISORDERS
  • HELPS PREVENT BACKACHES
  • HELPS PREVENT OSTEOPOROSIS


EXPERIENCES SHARED


milk

BENEFITS OF DRINKING MILK

  • CALCIUM BUILDS HEALTHY BONES AND TEETH AND MAINTAINS BONE MASS
  • PROTEIN SERVES AS A SOURCE OF ENERGY AND BUILDS OR REPAIRS MUSCLE TISSUE
  • POTASSIUM HELPS MAINTAIN A HEALTHY BLOOD PRESSURE
  • PHOPHORUS HELPS STRENGTHEN BONES AND GENERATE ENERGY
  • VITAMIN D HELPS MAINTAIN BONES
  • VITAMIN B12 MAINTAINS HEALTHY RED BLOOD CELLS AND NERVE TISSUE
  • VITAIMN A MAINTAINS THE IMMUNE SYSTEM AND HELPS MAINTAIN NORMAL VISION AND SKIN
  • RIBOFLAVIN (B2) CONVERTS FOOD INTO ENERGY
  • NIACIN METABOLIZES SUGARS AND FATTY ACIDS


EXPERIENCES SHARED


charcoal

BENEFITS OF ACTIVATED CHARCOAL

  • HELPS DIGESTION
  • TREATS HANGOVERS
  • CURES BUG BITES
  • WHITENS TEETH
  • REMOVES TOXINS
  • EXFOLIATES SKIN
  • CLEANS HAIR
  • FILTERS WATER
  • REDUCES HIGH CHOLESTROL


EXPERIENCES SHARED