Archive for the ‘Health’ Category

Time for a Massage!

July 16, 2018

Happy Monday!  Yesterday marked the start of “Everybody Deserves a Massage Week.”  So I say it is time to fit one into your schedule.  The Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals (ABMP) sponsor this annual event (which began in 1995) as a way to promote the benefits of massage.  Check your local area for spas/massage therapists who may be providing discounted offerings this week.  Here is a list of some providers in the Tulsa area.

Post-Travel!

June 18, 2018

Happy Monday!  And, for me, Happy “First-Day-Back-To-Work-After-a-Weeklong-Absence!”  And, while I was away on business attending a conference, rather than away for pleasure, I’m experiencing what is commonly called the vacation blues (or the holiday blues in some countries), or sometimes even referred to as post-travel depression [PTD], a much less common phrase, but actually a more accurate description of my current return.

Following a quick search of the internet, I have come to find out that this is a commonly written about phenomenon.  Who knew?  Here are some recent articles to get you started (and there are many, many more).

The good news for me, there are a few of the common suggestions that I already incorporate into my routine: start planning the next vacation, return a couple of days prior to having to return to work (and continue relaxing, but in familiar surroundings), and exercising while away

Happy Men’s Health Month!

June 3, 2018

June is Men’s Health Month.

“The purpose of Men’s Health Month is to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys.”

So, for all of you men out there, when’s the last time you visited your doctor for a routine checkup?  I would encourage a visit every year (whether you feel like you need to or not).  You know what they say about “an ounce of prevention . . . ”  “It is worth a pound of cure.”

You can also raise awareness by participating in Wear BLUE Day  which is celebrated every year on the Friday of Men’s Health Week (usually the Friday before Father’s Day)!  This year, Wear Blue Day is Friday, June 15th.

Life With Anxiety!

May 17, 2018

May is National Mental Health month.   And, while we are already half way through the month, here is a great infographic on anxiety (courtesy of Mental Health America, B4Stage4).

AnxietyInfograph

How Do You Feel?!

April 28, 2018

The April issue of the AARP Bulletin examined the state-by-state rankings based upon the percentage of seniors (aged 65+) who “self-report” that their health is very good or excellent.

Who reports being healthy the most?
1. Colorado (52.3%)
2. New Hampshire (51.3%)
3.  Vermont (48.6%)
4. Minnesota (48.4%)
5. Idaho (48.3%)
6. Maine (48.0%)
7. Massachusetts (47.9%)
8. Montana (46.4%)
9. Utah (46.3%)
10. Arizona (45.6%)

Who reports being healthy the least?
1. Mississippi (29.0%)
2. Alabama (30.3%)
3. Oklahoma (32.3%) – yikes!
4. Louisiana (32.6%)
5. West Virginia (33.7%)
6. Kentucky (34.2%)
7. Arkansas (34.9%)
8. Tennessee (35.9%)
9. North Carolina (36.9%)
10. Texas (38.2%)
10. New York (38.2%)

Source: AARP Bulletin, April 2018, p. 40; CDC Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System; 2017 America’s Healthy Rankings Senior Report.

Pillars of Health!

April 18, 2018

I recently read an article about health and police officers and discovered that a heart attack claims more that sixty (60) times the number of officers than any other kind of violent incident or attack.  These “pillars” are fairly sound advice for anyone (not just the law enforcement community).

Pillar #1 — Sleep (you need to get 7-8 good hours of sleep per night).

Pillar #2 — Food (what you eat [nutritious] and how much you eat [moderation] are important).

Pillar #3 — Exercise (get started doing something [don’t over do it] and get into a routine; consistency is the key, but remember, you can’t “outrun your diet”).

Pillar #4 — Supplements (a basic multi-vitamin is a great place to start to fill any nutritional gaps in your diet).

 

Trouble Sleeping?!

April 7, 2018

Did you know that certain houseplants promote drowsiness?  Here’s a list of plants that just may help you obtain better sleep.

Jasmine — eases anxiety and encourages sleep (very simlar to barbiturates).

English ivy —  cleans mold spores out of the air.

Lavender — sleep inducer (primarily lavender bouquets and essential oils, but give a lavender houseplant a try).

Aloe vera — sucks up unhealthy indoor chemicals (volatile organic compounds).

Boston fern — removes formaldehyde from the air.

Snake plant — an air cleaner (and very simple to care for).

Source: AARP, The Magazine, February/March issue, p. 13.

Binge Drinking!

February 3, 2018

According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), binge drinking is defined as “a pattern of drinking that brings a person’s blood alcohol concentration (BAC) to 0.08 grams percent or above. This typically happens when men consume 5 or more drinks or women consume 4 or more drinks in about 2 hours.”  When it comes to the “who” re: binge drinking, the CDC further identified the following groups (for the full report, check out this CDC Fact Sheet):

  • One in six US adults binge drinks about four times a month, consuming about eight drinks per binge.
  • Binge drinking is most common among younger adults aged 18–34 years, but is reported across the lifespan.
  • The prevalence of binge drinking among men is twice the prevalence among women.
  • Binge drinking is more common among people with household incomes of $75,000 or more than among people with lower incomes. However, people with lower incomes binge drink more often and consume more drinks when they do.
  • Over 90% of U.S. adults who drink excessively report binge drinking in the past 30 days.
  • Most people younger than age 21 who drink report binge drinking, usually on multiple occasions.

Here is the breakdown by percentage per state (highest and lowest) for adults 65+ who report chronic (more than 1-2 drinks per day) or binge (more than 4-5 drinks at a time) drinking.

Highest percentage:
1. Alaska (10.7%)
2. Wisconsin (10.4%)
3. Nevada (9.8%)
3. Washington, DC (9.8%)
5. Hawaii (9.5%)
6. Oregon (9.4%)
7. Washington (8.5%)
8. Montana (8.3%)
8. Michigan (8.3%)
10. Illinois (8.0%)

Lowest percentage:
1. West Virginia (3.3%)
2. Tennessee (3.8%)
3. Mississippi (3.9%)
4. Arkansas (4.2%)
4. Oklahoma (4.2%)
4. Utah (4.2%)
7. Kentucky (4.3%)
8. South Dakota (4.5%)
8. Alabama (4.5%)
10. Kansas (4.8%)

Source: America’s Health Rankings: Senior Report 2017, AARP Bulletin, Jan-Feb 2018, p. 48.

How to Fall!

January 27, 2018

Now that we are in smack dab in the of the winter season and the correspondingly treacherous conditions that could lead to accidentally falling down (snow, ice, etc.), do you know the rules that will allow you to “fall safely” (i.e., to hit the ground as softly as possible)?

Step One: try to keep your knees and elbows bent, you don’t want to become too rigid .

Step Two: protect your head at all costs; turn your face to the side (if falling forward) and tuck your chin into your chest (if falling backward).

Step Three: “land on the meat” (the muscles in your back, butt, or thighs) if possible and avoid landing on your bones (the knees, elbows, tailbone, and hips).

Step Four: keep falling.  If you “roll with the fall” and keep your momentum moving, as opposed to a quick stop, the safer you will be.

Of course, you can also prepare yourself well before any fall occurs (to help improve your footing).

  • Be mindful of your surroundings
  • Keep your eyeglass prescription up-to-date (to see what’s coming)
  • Work on your balance

Source: AARP: The Magazine, December 2017/January 2018, p. 21.

Plugged In!

January 25, 2018

In our modern world, electricity is king.  And for some seniors, relying on electricity to keep their home health equipment running is a life-preserving reality.  How many seniors would be at risk in the event of a power failure?  Here are the state comparisons of the percentage of Medicare beneficiaries who currently rely on electricity to keep their equipment running.  Oklahoma came in at 6.2% (middle of the pack).

Highest percentage
1. Wyoming (12.7%)
2. Colorado (11.9%)
3. Utah (11.1%)
4. New Mexico (9.8%)
5. West Virginia (8.2%)
6. Kentucky (7.6%)
7. Arkansas (7.3%)
7. Nevada (7.3%)
9. Idaho (7.0%)
9. Tennessee (7.0%)

Lowest percentage
1. Hawaii (2.1%)
2. District of Columbia (2.5%)
3. Rhode Island (2.6%)
4. New Jersey (3.1%)
5. Massachusetts (3.2%)
6. California (3.3%)
7. Maryland (3.4%)
7. New York (3.4%)
9. Connecticut (3.5%)
9. Wisconsin (3.5%)
9. Minnesota (3.5%)
9. Alaska (3.5%)

Sources: Pew Charitable Trusts’ Stateline; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; AARP Bulletin, December 2017, p. 34.