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Resistance Training Can Help Lower Blood Pressure

Resistance Training Can Help Lower Blood Pressure | Caregiver health | Scoop.it
Research has shown that resistance training has some similar effects as aerobic exercise in lowering blood pressure.
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This is a quick and easy backyard help for building bone density and heart health. It's perfect for caregivers who have a hard time leaving the house, but who also need to work off tension.

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Depression May Worsen Health for Cancer Caregivers

Depression May Worsen Health for Cancer Caregivers | Caregiver health | Scoop.it
THURSDAY, June 29, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Depression is known to be linked to worsening physical health, and a new study finds this may be especially true for cancer caregivers.
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Watch out for depression if you're caring for someone with cancer. The endless rounds of chemo, radiation, and the like take a toll on the patient, but they also wear down the caregiver. Most of us can deal with health crises graciously, but when depression undermines our stores of energy, it's hard to keep going.

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There's no shame in taking care of your mental health | Sangu Delle

When stress got to be too much for TED Fellow Sangu Delle, he had to confront his own deep prejudice: that men shouldn't take care of their mental health
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Mental health self-care turns out to be a subject we've overlooked.

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Bill Gates Talks About Mobile Health

Listen to Microsoft Chairman Bill GatesΓÇÖ insights into mobile health. He discusses the use of cell phones in helping to bring healthcare to underserve
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Could Gates' ideas about cell phones and delivery of health care ever become a reality? What would be the data delivery costs, and who would pay?

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Ways To Relieve Stress | | Health Digezt

Ways To Relieve Stress | | Health Digezt | Caregiver health | Scoop.it
Health is defined as a complete state of physical, mental, and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease and infirmity, as per the World Health
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For all the reasons that we know, stress is one of the key factors in why we gain weight, become despondent, and watch our health deteriorate.

 

In the face of stress, good health habits fall by the wayside. Often, it's a matter of there simply not being enough hours in the day to "do it all."

 

That's why it's extremely important to look for ways to relieve stress on a daily basis. Here are some suggestions.

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Resistance Training Can Help Lower Blood Pressure

Resistance Training Can Help Lower Blood Pressure | Caregiver health | Scoop.it
Research has shown that resistance training has some similar effects as aerobic exercise in lowering blood pressure.
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This is a quick and easy backyard help for building bone density and heart health. It's perfect for caregivers who have a hard time leaving the house, but who also need to work off tension.

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A tribute to nurses | Carolyn Jones

Carolyn Jones spent five years interviewing, photographing and filming nurses across America, traveling to places dealing with some of the nation's bigges
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Nurses play such a key role. After a recent trip to the ER, I'm doubly appreciative.

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8 Hours Relaxing Nature Sounds Calming Birdsong Sound of Water Relaxation Meditation

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When I get out in nature my body relaxes. A walk in the forest or a stroll on the beach restores my spirits.

 

Caregivers need a way to unwind. Our bodies need to recover from the watchfulness and tension that go along with looking after a loved one. But caregivers are often housebound. They (we, because I have done this, too) rarely have the luxury of driving to the ocean or taking a hike in the mountains.

 

To approximate the calming and restorative powers of being out in nature, relaxation tapes, nature programs on PBS, or these nature videos could be the next best thing.

 

For more nature videos like this, check out these sites: https://gumroad.com/relaxingnaturesounds and https://gumroad.com/relaxingnaturevideo

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Find a hobby and get happy, Danish style

Find a hobby and get happy, Danish style | Caregiver health | Scoop.it
With the news that Denmark has, again, been voted the happiest nation on earth thanks to good social welfare, great work-life balance and even better buns, I can’t help thinking  the researchers missed something.
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In our busy lives how many of us take time to join clubs, or even create one? And, yet, Barbara Ehrenreich, in her her brilliant book, Dancing In the Streets: A History of Collective Joy, makes a convincing case for the collective release that comes from joining in happy, group activities. This can include singing, dancing, or joining a parade, such as the one Ehrenreich joined during Mardi Gras in Rio.

 

Apparently, Denmark is the country we should look to for ideas. Why not join a choir, or take a clowning class, or start a skating club? Getting out of our comfort zones and trying a new activity could be the key to health, mental and physical.

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Modern Medicine Is Too Reliant on Short-Term Studies

Modern Medicine Is Too Reliant on Short-Term Studies | Caregiver health | Scoop.it
Vigilant, long-term monitoring of patients is the future.
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I sympathize with doctors and medical researchers who try to gather data for long-term studies. Human subject research is tightly controlled by IRBs (Institutional Review Boards).

 

Many times potential patients don't want to deal with the fine print on the documents they're asked to sign. And, then, if a long-term study does get underway, people who are signed up to participate move to another part of the country, and researchers can't track them down.

 

A deeper problem is that the agencies that fund the majority of medical research in the US (the NIH and the VA) don't have the money to invest in long-term studies.

 

Even research on life-ending diseases like ALS, MS, Pick's Disease, and others, are not funded at the levels we need them to be if researchers are ever to find a cure.

 

Communities that organize around diseases like AIDS and breast cancer have driven breakthroughs in these diseases that benefit everyone. Heart disease doesn't have lobbyists in Washington, DC, though it's a known killer, and also one of the diseases where long-term research into exercise and eating habits could make a dent.

 

For environmental factors like lead poisoning and exposure to radiation, long-term research is also the key.

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Does Self-Care = Selfish?

Meet Clare. She is the number one salesperson in the Northeast for a software systems company. She is a single mother of three children, 15, 11, and 9. Clare is a woman on the go!
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Why do women have trouble understanding that self-care doesn't equal "being selfish?" Did we hear that from our mothers, or simply observe that that's the way women acted? I was praised for being selfless. A woman who was "self-sacrificing" for the sake of her family deserved praise.

As a young mother I instinctively knew that my children's needs came first, and mine dead last. Overextending myself, particularly in the lack of sleep department, made me short-tempered, but I simply couldn't imagine that a single mother with four small kids could find relief from the rat race of job, shopping, meals, music lessons, and after school sports. I wanted my children to have "it" all--the good life, whatever that meant. I pushed  back the thought that I wanted a good life, too.

On an American Airlines flight, that all changed. The flight attendant demonstrated the oxygen mask and then said the adults were to put theirs on first, before putting masks on the kids.

"Who are they kidding?" I thought. Of course, I would put the kids' masks on first.

In the years since hearing that for the first time, I've thought about self-care and selfishness, and realized that the oxygen mask was about more than what I should do in an airplane emergency. The oxygen mask stood for the daily habits of nutrition and exercise that I am still trying to put in practice.

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