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Home Care Services Help You Keep Your Elderly Loved One at Home

As your parents age and reach their senior years, you will find that a role reversal takes place. This means you’re responsible for the care of your parents and you’ll have to decide the best way to care for them. It becomes problematic, because physical illness and cognitive degeneration may make it impossible for them to remain at home and unsupervised.

While a nursing home is one option, there are some significant drawbacks to confining your elder loved one to an assisted living facility. In addition to the high costs, your elder loved one will feel abandoned and may be frightened by the unfamiliar surroundings. Home care services offer the supervision your senior parent needs, while allowing them to stay at home. This makes this type of care a better option. In addition, it’s less costly than admitting your loved one into an assisted living facility.

Home health care services strive to hire highly trained and compassionate caregivers, so the level of care is never compromised. This means you can request caregivers experienced in handling seniors suffering from any of a number of conditions. Including dementia care Darien CT , aides are trained in caring for individuals suffering from cancer, stroke, multiple sclerosis, and Parkinson’s disease. You may even choose to hire a home care aide temporarily, while your parent recovers from surgery.

It’s also possible to choose the level of care provided by the home care aide. The most basic service is simply intended to provide companionship and ensure elders don’t injure themselves. You may also request homemaking services that include light cleaning chores, preparing meals, and making sure the elderly individual is adhering to medication schedules. A higher degree of care may include helping the senior bathe and dress. In many cases, you can customize the service to suit your needs.

Whatever your specific situation, hiring a home care service may be the best way to ensure your elder loved one is receiving needed care. You can’t always be there, so using this type of service can help you fulfill the needs of your senior parent. They will be safe and they won’t feel lonely or abandoned, even where you can’t be there in person.

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A Few Reasons You May Be Dealing with TMJ Pain

Individuals who are dealing with pain from the muscles in their jaw know how frustrating this can be. It can lead to neck pain, headaches, dizziness, and a wide variety of other uncomfortable symptoms. Here are a few ideas on how to address TMJ pain and get back to living the life you deserve.

It is important to work closely with a doctor and a dentist when figuring out why you are dealing with jaw pain. You want to work with both of these professionals as their knowledge and skills will lead to a successful outcome for you. They will be able to address all the issues that contribute to this pain. For example, a dentist may recommend a mouth guard if the cause of your jaw pain has to do with grinding your teeth. And then a medical doctor may recommend farmington phsyical therapy if your jaw pain is the result of forward head posture.

In order to reduce jaw pain, you need to understand why it is happening. If your jaw pain is the result of grinding your teeth, you may need to find healthy ways to deal with stress. You may need to engage in activities that will make you feel calm before you sleep at night or when you are in stressful situations. Doing exercises and stretches can go a long way in loosening up the muscles in your jaw and neck, which will reduce pain.

Many individuals experience jaw pain because of forward head posture or other posture issues. If you spend a lot of time looking down at an electronic device or sitting at a computer and you do not practice good posture, you are eventually going to deal with a variety of issues that will affect your jaw, neck, shoulders, and arms.

When you visit your dentist, the dentist may determine that your bite is causing your jaw pain. If your teeth do not fit together properly, this can put a lot of strain on your jaw muscles. The dentist may recommend that you visit an orthodontist who will be able to adjust your bite using braces.

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Before Hiring Home Health

Providing care for a family member who is sick or disabled can be challenging without some kind of help. If there are no other family members available to assist with the care needed, then consider hiring a home health care agency that can provide nurses and nursing assistants who can provide care in the home. This is a benefit so that your loved one doesn’t have to go to a nursing home or assisted living facility, staying in a place where they are comfortable and enjoy seeing their belongings.

When you begin looking for home health care agencies Bethesda MD offers, there are a few questions you should ask as well as a few things that you should keep in mind pertaining to the kind of service that is needed. Ask about the services that are offered by the agency and what you would be responsible for pertaining to the care of your loved one. You also need to ask about the certifications and licenses held by the workers. There are some agencies that will hire people who aren’t certified as home health workers.

Talk to the agency about home health and personal care. There is a difference between the two services. Personal care is more along the lines of bathing, helping with getting dressed, and helping with meals while home health involves assisting with medications, caring for wounds, and helping with medical treatments. Home health is often provided by nurses and therapists while personal care is usually provided by assistants and those who work without a license but who have gone through training with the agency to care for clients. Ask about the services that insurance will cover and if you need to pay for anything out of pocket as this can sometimes dictate how often someone comes to help with your loved one and the services that are provided.

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When to Opt for Liposuction?

Unfortunately, overweight affects more and more of our community. As you know, obesity can be the cause of many serious diseases, so it is worth fighting for it. However, how quickly and easily to drop a few or even several kilos? One of the most effective ways to get rid of unwanted fatty tissue is liposuction. Interestingly, the procedure consists not only in removing fat accumulated, but also in body shaping. When is it worth to undergo liposuction?

When the diet does not bring results

Many people want to lose excess pounds and decide on strict diets. Unfortunately, adhering to the principles of balanced nutrition is very difficult. What’s more, it requires strong will and patience. No wonder that in most cases, a low-calorie diet does not bring the intended results. For those who have lost their weight without success by eliminating sugar or fats from the diet, liposuction seems to be the best solution. Especially if they lack the motivation to take other methods to remove body fat. Lots of men and women who decided to liposuction confirm that such a solution allowed them to regain self-confidence.

When there is no time to exercise

It happens that someone would like to practice, but there is no time or space for it. A big problem arises when it concerns people who are struggling with advanced overweight. As you know, regular workouts stimulate the body to burn fats and faster metabolism. When a person does not play sports at all, there is a systematic accumulation of adipose tissue in the tissues. It is definitely worth sacrificing figure exercises for 30 minutes a day. Nevertheless, overweight people who are not able to make up so much time should undergo liposuction. The treatment will allow them to get rid of excess kilograms, which will definitely translate into increased attractiveness, as well as self-confidence.

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5 Reasons Marriages Harboring Addiction Can End in Divorce

The only thing more unthinkable than leaving was staying;

the only thing more impossible than staying was leaving.

I didn’t want to destroy anything or anybody.

I just wanted to slip quietly out the back door…

and then not stop running until I reached Greenland.”

– Elizabeth Gilbert, author of “Eat, Pray, Love”


Irreconcilable differences…

I’ve experienced many “irreconcilable differences” with people in my life, in my friendships and relationships, including many a bartender too. In the most part, I must admit, you can lay any blame right at my door, due to the impact and unflinching stranglehold my drug and alcohol addiction had on that closeness, those bonds we had, and which I usually broke by my actions. The bartenders? Oh, they were always my friends, my buddies – until, of course, the inevitable barfight. And then they weren’t.

If you want to kill a relationship of any kind with someone you care about, addiction will do it. It’s never quick, and it is certainly never clean. Addiction is slowly killing the addict, and believe me when I say that it will slowly kill the most important relationships you hold dear. It doesn’t care if it’s your childhood sweetheart, your best friend, your spouse, or your Mom – they’re all fair game.

One of these relationships has a lot more riding on it, though, than the others – marriage. Your children, your vows, and your finances, for a start. Now before we go any further, I’d best make it clear I am not, and have never been, married. Maybe, one day that will happen, but, as of today… No. So, if I’ve never been married, why am I bothering to put pen to paper (fingertips to keyboard, in reality)? Just two things: love and addiction, and I know both very well. Very, very well.

My name is Andy, I’m a successful digital marketing entrepreneur in my mid-thirties (I’ve got loads of time to find the “one,” see?), and a quick resume of my life would read… Teenage alcoholic, addicted to meth by nineteen, two years in the state pen, release, relapse, drug detox and rehab, and sobriety (that has lasted well over nine years). Not your average adolescence, I’ll admit, but I often wonder if I hadn’t walked that particular road in my life, would I now be on this one? One where I’m happy, content and fulfilled? I doubt it.

Now, divorce in the U.S., as with most things, depends on the state it’s in (seriously, no pun intended, but that was quite good), and the most popular avenue is the “no-fault divorce,” which requires no allegation or evidence of fault by either of the two parties. No-fault grounds for divorce include irreconcilable differences (where you can pin addiction onto), irremediable breakdown, and incompatibility (how you actually get to the step right before divorce proceedings in a marriage when it suddenly dawns on you both you’re incompatibile, I’ll never know).

So why is addiction the end of so many marriages? Let’s look at how substance abuse affects the addict and their social health, which is your ability to maintain healthy, rewarding connections and relationships. Here are your 5 reasons why marriages harboring addiction can end in divorce – we’ll begin with one you can’t actually see:

#1. Substance Abuse & The Brain

Fact: Substance abuse restructures and, ultimately, damages the addict’s brain. Actual brain damage that, obviously, you can’t see. Long-term substance abuse, either alcohol, drugs, prescription meds or a combination of these, directly affects the way the brain functions. The circuits that are affected include those that control:

  • Pleasure / reward
  • Decision-making
  • Stress
  • Learning and memory
  • Impulses

The visible or noticeable results of this damage can include:

  • Mental health disorders, such as
    • Anxiety
    • Stress
    • Sleep disorders
  • Depression
    • Uncontrollable aggression
    • Possible psychosis
  • Memory impairment, such as blackouts
  • Actual brain shrinkage
  • Hepatic Encephalopathy (caused by cirrhosis of the liver)
  • Wernicke-Korsakoff Syndrome: Symptoms include
    • Severe memory loss
    • Confabulation (or invented memories)
    • Inability to converse
    • Lack of perception

#2. Reproductive / Sexual Function

I am now going to make the assumption that part of any healthy marriage is a healthy sex life, and highly likely is a desire to start a family too. Think I’m on safe ground with that one. Unfortunately, the addicted spouse is going to be experiencing issues in that department (and it doesn’t matter if you’re a man or a woman – addiction doesn’t discriminate).

The hormonal system takes a serious beating with substance abuse. The two primary hormones for the regulation of your reproductive functions are androgens, such as testosterone, and estrogens, such as estradiol, and are synthesized in the testes for men and the ovaries for women. Obviously.

In men, hormones affect sexual maturity, sperm development / fertility, and sexual behavior. In women, hormones affect several functions, predominantly breast development, body hair, menstrual cycle regulation, and maintaining a healthy pregnancy.

For example, chronic alcohol consumption interferes with all of these functions, and can result in hormonal imbalance, infertility, and sexual dysfunction. Some of the problems that alcohol consumption can cause by interfering with the male hormonal system include:

  • Reduced testosterone
  • Male breast growth
  • Abnormal sperm, and
  • Sexual and reproductive disorders

In women who are premenopausal, chronic alcohol consumption can result in several reproductive disorders, such as:

  • Cessation of menstruation
  • Irregular menstrual cycles
  • Menstrual cycles with no ovulation
  • Early menopause, and
  • Spontaneous abortions

#3. Addiction & Finances

Finances are one of the biggest sources of disagreement within a marriage, and that’s before you throw an addiction into the equation. Google the term “cost of addiction in US,” and you’ll get plenty of results, with all of them running into billion-dollar sums.

For example, the financial cost of alcohol addiction alone in the U.S. is $249 billion every single year. Look at the problem of U.S. drug misuse, and the figure gets higher. Addiction and abuse of drugs costs an estimated $484 billion every year, including such things as healthcare, lost wages, crime and associated criminal proceedings, to name but a few of the knock-on effects.

However, that’s pretty irrelevant and inconsequential to the spouse in a marriage who isn’t the addict. Money going missing with no explanation, lost jobs, court fines, to name but a few. And let’s not forget the actual cost of the addiction itself. In my quite detailed experience, addiction doesn’t come cheap under any terms – in financial terms, it can be equally crippling.

#4. Addiction & Domestic Violence

Here’s a thing about addicts. They believe they’re good people (and mostly, like those not addicted, they are). However, they also believe they are nice people when they’re drunk or high. And that’s where big problems can lie in wait, before springing up with no warning.

The following statistics are irrefutable. Alcohol and/or drug use is prominent in:

  • 80% of domestic violence incidents
  • Half of all sexual assaults
  • 81% of interventions by Child Protective Services

Here’s another statistic. Sadly, 45% of people with untreated substance abuse disorders take their own lives. Clearly, from all the statistics mentioned, addiction is heavily linked to tragic and violent incidents. The only protection for you and others is recovery treatment.

#5. Unpredictability

If there was one thing that used to spell the end of any kind of relationships I had when my addiction was running riot, it was my unpredictability. Girlfriends could never judge what kind of mood I’d be in when they came home, let alone what state I’d be in. I was irrational, prone to sudden bursts of anger, sadness, and euphoria.

My saving grace was that I was never violent to them. Being out with friends/fellow addicts? Well, that was a different story… I was always the first to clench my fists. My bizarre reactions to just normal daily stuff scared the women around me, that I knew, but was helpless to control either my mood or my behavior..

Successful Relationships…

Relationships can be complex issues at the best of times, regardless of the daunting presence of addiction within them. They take work to maintain. Successful relationships are based upon honesty, respect, and compromise, which are qualities in a person that addiction will destroy.

These 5 reasons marriages harboring addiction can end in divorce – a restructured, possibly damaged brain, reproductive and sexual dysfunction, finances, violence, and unpredictability – have seen many a loving relationship torn apart. It is only when the addict realizes that the irreconcilable differences that exist in the relationship are solely down to their own irreconcilable differences with their drug of choice that a future together can be salvaged.

What experiences of you had of a marriage or relationship that has harbored addiction? Please, do share with your fellow readers by commenting below. Lastly, if you are the addict in a marriage or a relationship, please seek help for your addiction. As someone who has walked in your shoes, it is the only way. Godspeed.

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How to Get the Care You Need If You Have Anxiety

Did you know that the most common mental problem facing adults in America today is anxiety? It’s true, and it affects more people than you may realize. In fact, experts say that up to 40 million Americans are currently dealing with some kind of anxiety disorder, from generalized anxiety disorder to social anxiety disorder or panic disorder. If you or someone that you love is coping with anxiety, it may make it difficult to get the medical care that is needed. Here are some tips to help you make sure that you’re getting the care that you deserve.

First of all, it is important that you talk to your doctors about your current situation. In many cases, your doctor or another healthcare provider can help you and accommodate your needs. For example, you may be able to use an open MRI scanner rather than the more traditional closed model. This could help people who are dealing with a panic disorder and cannot handle the experience of being inside an enclosed space. Similarly, your dentist can help you to prepare for and get through a dental exam with the right treatment for your anxiety. Don’t suffer through something when you can get the help that you need.

Of course, the most common problem that people with anxiety face when it comes to getting medical treatment is people simply skipping the doctor’s office altogether. Too many people with anxiety put off going to the doctor either because they have social anxiety and don’t want to deal with the stress of going in or because they are worried about the results of any tests. You can deal with this by making routine appointments online and by scheduling them in advance.

Finally, don’t be afraid to turn to friends and family with your problems and ask for you. You may be surprised to find out that other people you know have anxiety, too. When you help each other, you can both get the care you need.