Nursing Notes August 2021

Dementia vs Alzheimer's

Dementia and Alzheimer's are not the same.

Dementia is a syndrome not a disease. Dementia is the umbrella term to describe symptoms that affect memory, activities of daily living and communication. There are many types of Dementia but the most common form is Alzlheimer's.

Alzheimer's is a progressive disease of the brain that slowly causes impairment in memory and cognitive function. The exact cause is unknown and no cure is available.

Both conditions can cause a decline in the ability to think, memory impairment, and communication impairment.

The symptoms of Alzheimer's include difficulty remembering recent events or conversations, apathy, depression, impaired judg...

Nursing Notes April 2021

Tips for communicating with a loved one who has Alzheimer's Disease:

  • Set a positive mood and tone, always smile and make eye contact.

  • Don't talk down or treat them like an infant, always treat the person with dignity and respect.

  • Be patient and offer reassurance.

  • Speak slowly and clearly, ask one question at a time. Sometimes visual cues can help.

  • Engage the person one on one, preferably with little distractions.

  • It's O.K. not to always know what to say, your presence is just as important.

Nurse's Notes December 2020

Beating the Winter Blues:
Call it the winter blues or blahs, seasonal sadness does occur. As the days get shorter and colder we tend to spend more time indoors and being more sedentary which impacts our energy. You can help fight the feeling of being blue by taking these steps:

Get some rays. Seasonal changes affect people differently. Some people tend to feel more sluggish and less energetic. Get some sunshine, 20 minutes a day, seems to be the key.
Keep up regular physical activity. Take a walk, or try a new exercise routine at home.
Eat a variety of foods. Eat lots of fruits and vegetables. Colder weather makes us crave sweets and starches, be mindful to keep protein in your diet.

Nurse's Notes September 2020

Healthy ways to Strenghten your Immune System:

Mostly your immune system does a remarkable job from defending you against disease causing micro-organisms. But sometimes a germ invades successfully and makes you sick. Although there are no scientifically proven direct links to boost your immune system, every part of your body, including your immune system, functions better when protected and bolstered by healthy-living strategies such as these:

  • Don't smoke.

  • Eat a diet high in fruits and vegetables.

  • Maintain a healthy weight and exercise regularly.

  • Get adequate sleep.

  • Try to minimize stress.

  • Take steps to avoid infection, such as washing your hands frequently.

Men's Health Awareness Month 2020

The start of summer is always a great time to get outside and get active. It's the 26th annual men's Health Month. the facts about Men's Health:

  • Men are at a greater risk of death in every age group

  • Men have a higher rate of suicide than women

  • Men have a higher rate of workplace injuries than women

  • Men do not get physical exams from physicians as often as women

Here are some top ideas for celebrating Men's Health Week and promoting male health all throughout Men's Health Month:

  1. Excercise - Walk, run, bike, hike, garden, play ball. Find a type of exercise that gets their heart pumping and accompany them for 30 minutes at least several times a week.

  2. Examine - Schedule a physical. Setting a health...

Nurse's Notes April 2020

Hand Washing is like a "do-it-yourself" vaccine - It involves five simple and effective steps:

  1. Wet your hands with clean running water and apply soap.

  2. Lather your hands by rubbing them together with soap.

  3. Scrub all surfaces of your hands, including the palms, back of your hands, fingers, between your fingers and under your nails for at least 20 seconds.

  4. Rinse your hands under clean running water.

  5. Dry your hands with a clean towel or air dry them.

Regular handwashing, particularly before and after certain activities, is one of the best ways to remove germs, avoid getting sick and prevent the spread of germs to others.

Please stay safe!!!

Nurse's Notes December 2019

A Few Fun Facts:

  • Stress heightens allergies

    • Not only do allergies increase stress levels, but stress can also make your allergies worse.

  • Saying "Thank you" measurably improves your mood.

  • More than half of your bones are in your hands and feet.

  • Owning a pet can lower your risk of heart disease.

    • Studies show that owning a pet lowers blood pressure and lowers your cholesterol, which decreases your risk of cardiovascular disease.

  • Chewing gum sharpens your focus.

  • Eating bananas are not only high in fiber, but can provide you with extra energy!

Dementia: What Raises Your Risk

Age - Alzheimer's disease is the most common for of dementia. About 1/3 of people 85 and older show signs of the disease.

Heart disease - Heart disease could lead to heart attack or stroke, which makes dementia more likely. It is usually caused by plaque buildup in arteries around your heart which slows blood flow to the brain, making it harder to think well or remember things.

Diabetes - People with diabetes are more likely to have damaged blood vessels. This can slow or block blood flow to the brain, and damage areas of the brain, leading to what's called vascular dementia.

High Cholesterol - Some research shows that high cholesterol in midlife could be risk for Alzheimer's disease later i...

Foods that can Zap your Energy

What you eat gives you energy. But some kinds of foods are more like a burst, while other types keep you going longer. Do you know what's got staying power and what's a quick hit?

Simple Carbs - Think pasta, white bread, crackers, candy and sweets. Food made with lots of sugar or refined white flour don't have much fiber for your body to break down. This lets sugar get into your bloodstream really fast. You may get a quick burst of energy, but when your blood sugar drops you will feel sluggish.

Sugary drinks - These include sports and energy drinks, regular soda, and some fruit juices. You may get some pep in your step, but not for long. Some of these drinks have caffeine in them as wel...

10 Totally Unrelated Facts

  1. 466 million people in the world have disabling hearing loss.

  2. People blink an average of 15 times per minute.

  3. The average American purchases 100 toothbrushes in his/her lifetime.

  4. 1.1 billion young people around the world are at risk of hearing loss due to noise exposure in recreational settings.

  5. People who eat an orange a day are 60% less likely to develop macular degeneration.

  6. On average, doctors will interrupt 11 seconds after you start explaining your symptoms.

  7. 1 in 12 men are color blind while only 1 in 200 women are color blind.

  8. If you are average, you will attend 35 weddings in your lifetime.

  9. Ears have the tiniest bones in the body.

  10. People whose ancestors originate from different continents have...