What To Expect When You Take The Morning-After Pill

The morning after pill is a form of emergency contraception, designed to be taken soon after unprotected sex or in the case that your regular contraception has failed. Two forms of the pill are relevant here: Levonelle, which has to be taken within 72 hours of unprotected sex, and ellaOne, which must be taken within 120 hours. Other countries may have different brand names, but all emergency contraception pills work in the same basic way.

So, what happens when you take the morning after pill, and what can you expect in the days following? Firstly, the pills work by delaying or preventing ovulation, as the time around ovulation is when you are most likely to become pregnant. Basically, it stops progesterone from being produced normally, thereby preventing ovulation and making the uterus unable to accept any fertilised egg. The emergency pill is considered to be effective at preventing pregnancy, with a high success rate. However, they do not continue to prevent pregnancy, and you must use contraception when having sex after taking the emergency pill.

You can get these pills at a variety of locations, including your GP, a specialist clinic for sexual health or contraception, a walk-in medical centre, and even some pharmacies. Despite their effectiveness and the fact that they are easy to access, one of the major downsides, and things to look out for are the side effects of emergency contraception.

The side effects vary among women, but most experience at least some side effects in the days after taking the pill. Feeling sick or nauseous are common, as are abdominal pains and cramps. Many women experience tiredness in the days after taking emergency contraception, and some even get headaches. Less common side effects include breast tenderness and dizziness, as well as vomiting. Remember that if you vomit within two hours of taking the pill, you should seek medical advice as you may require another dose.

Some women also find that their menstrual cycle is affected by the emergency contraceptive pill. Their period might come sooner or later than expected, due to the delaying of ovulation. There may also be spotting or light bleeding before their period arrives, which is generally nothing to worry about. However, if your period is more than seven days late after taking the pill, or is much lighter than usual, then you should see a doctor to check for pregnancy.

There are some circumstances under which you should see a doctor after taking the emergency contraceptive pill. If you think you are pregnant regardless, or if your period is more than a week late as mentioned above, you should seek medical advice. The same applies if your period is different to how it usually is, either in length or heaviness. Also, if you experience sudden or unusual abdominal pain, beyond normal cramping, as this may be a sign of an ectopic pregnancy – though this is rare.

The pill does not have long-term effects and can be taken more than once by the same person. As we have seen, it is an effective form of emergency contraception that is easy to get your hands on, but in the days following your use of the pill you are likely to experience a range of side effects. The information above will hopefully instruct you well on when to seek medical help, and what to expect in general.

Summer Road Trips: A Safe Commute is a Healthy Commute

School is out and summer is in! Now that we are on the brink of some of the hottest days of the year, many families are flocking to their favorite vacation destinations. Although this is an exciting time for families, it can also be a stressful time. Congested roadways and anxious vacationers are pushing to make it to their destination to get the most of their time away from work.

 

Hot roadways and busy traffic can make for a stressful commute to your vacation plans. To make it safely, consider a few of these options to help:

 

Plan Before

 

As the anticipation of the vacation fun awaits, nerves are on high alert and this rings truth for many determined drivers. Safe yourself the headache and plan beforehand. Ensure that all members of your family have their bags packed and ready to go.

 

Another way to be prepared is to plan your route before getting on the road. Too often we depend on busy highways without checking to see if there might be a road less traveled. Planning your route can help you cut time and reduce stress behind the wheel.

 

Pack Healthy Snacks

 

With long road trips and stressful traffic, many people are looking to eat something quick and usually from a fast food restaurant. A great way to save time and money is to pack a health snack for your hungry commuters. This keeps you from eating foods that aren’t good for your health, especially if you’re prone to high blood pressure or have additional medical conditions among other passengers.

Technology

 

Technology has revolutionized the driving experience and will continue to do so, especially with the driving discussions of self-driving vehicles.

 

Although you might not have an autonomous vehicle just yet, there are many ways to implement technology for a fun commute. Keep the radio at a safe volume and keep the happy tunes running for songs everyone can enjoy. If you have passengers that prefer their own use of entertainment allow them the opportunity to enjoy a movie or game along the ride. Keeping the kids entertained is a great way to keep good vibes.

Take Breaks

 

Although you’re looking to reduce time spent behind the wheel, it is important to recognize the needs of your body. Take advantage of any bathroom breaks by getting out and stretching so that you get the blood flowing. It might also be a great opportunity to hydrate yourself and check to see if you’re hungry for a quick snack. Be careful, heavy meals behind the wheel can cause for fatigue. Acknowledging your body along the ride will allow you to take the necessary measure to ensure that you are your best for the road ahead.

 

There are many ways to ensure a safe and healthy ride to your destination this summer, but these tips are sure to put you on the road to success. Be sure to have fun, buckle up, and use plenty of sunscreen.

 

The Seriousness of Addictions

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An addition, simply put, is an action that someone feels as though they are unable to live without. Commonly known as addicts, these types of individuals can become involved in many different activities that can place a strain on ones lifestyle, and those around them. For some, there are healthy addictions that can aid positive results for their lifestyle and well being. For others, dangerous addictions can arise that have much more serious impacts and effects on their progression throughout life.

 

What Constitutes An Addiction?

 

An addiction is anything that an individual feels inclined to engage with, that they feel as though they might not be able to part with. This can be an activity, or habit that draws in the attention and focus of the addict. Addictions can be considered a brain disease, because they actually change the structure of the brain and how it operates. A new way of thinking is developed where the individual simply cannot live without an action or item. Additions can lead to serious consequences for an individual, and can sometimes cost the individual large amounts of money and put a hinderance on their overall health and well being.

 

Drug Use

 

When we consider additions, often the first thing that comes to mind is the use of drugs to fuel an addition. Drug use is one of the most addictive actions that an addict can engage with because of the makeup of many drugs. They contain substances that make it much more difficult for users to avoid, which fuels their desire to engage with these types of substances. Similarly, cigarette smokers come to mind when we consider addictions because smokers are generally addicted to nicotine. The body desires nicotine to feel “normal” and continues to be a part of the addict’s lifestyle for many years. As a result, living without things like drugs and nicotine can prove to be extremely difficult for the user.

 

Drug use has many serious impacts on an individual. It can ruin personal relationships with close friends and families. Drugs can actually tear families apart- especially when other family members recognize the addict’s behaviors and seek to assist them in improving their health and well-being. An addict may not fully recognize the assistance family members are attempting to offer, and can become easily offended and angry when their addiction is taken away. As you can imagine, this type of addiction can also have much more serious impacts, and even death, if not treated properly and with care.

 

Alcohol Use

 

Many people around the globe enjoy alcoholic beverages on the weekends. It’s a great way to kick back and unwind from a stressful work-week. However, when the consumption of alcohol becomes so numerous, it can become addictive for an individual seeking to cope with lifestyle stresses. Being addicted, and over-consuming alcohol regularly can have serious health impacts on a person’s weight, physical fitness, skin, liver, and much more. Alcohol addiction is just as serious as a drug addiction, and should be treated with the same level of concern.

 

Alcohol addiction can have more serious impacts on one’s ability to think clearly and make wise decisions. Since addicts regularly frequent places that serve alcohol, drink driving is often a concern that many individuals consider when concerned about the well being of an alcohol addict. Furthermore, alcohol addicts may find it more difficult to find a stable job because of their desire to regularly consume alcohol. Seeking assistance from organizations like Alcoholics Anonymous is a great stepping stone for individuals who feel as though they cannot live without the consumption of alcohol.

 

Taking Steps To Assist Addicts

 

Do you know a family member or friend that might possess addictive behaviors? Take time to examine and reevaluate their normal day to day behaviors. Consult with their peers and close friends, and ask if they have noticed any abnormal behaviors. In the event that others have taken notice of abnormalities, consider sitting down and talking with the individual of concern. Discuss possible solutions that can be carried out to address their addictions and help them to get on the right track. It’s never too late to help someone who might be in need!

How Well Do You Know Your Medicine Cabinet?

We live in a self-prescribing society where many of us like to self-diagnose our symptoms and treat them with over-the-counter (OTC) medications. According to the Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA), without OTC drugs, approximately 60 million Americans would not seek treatment for their illness.

 

The CHPA also estimates that U.S. households spend about $338 a year on OTC products.  Although OTC medicine is convenient and easy to use, many people may not know about the potentially dangerous side effects that can result in using such medicines.

 

How well do you know the OTC products in your medicine cabinet?

 

  1. Pain Relievers

 

If you check out any “must have in your medicine cabinet” list, pain relievers usually make the top of the list. An OTC pain reliever is either ibuprofen (Advil), acetaminophen (Tylenol), or naproxen (Aleve).

 

Although these types of pain relievers seem less dangerous than pain medication prescribed by a doctor, they can cause an increase in blood pressure, kidney damage, and gastrointestinal issues. Always talk with your doctor before taking a seemingly harmless pain reliever.

 

  1. Cold Medicine

 

Although there’s no tried and true cure to getting rid of a cold, many people rely on cold medicine that often contains acetaminophen, dextromethorphan, doxylamine, and pseudoephedrine.

 

One of the biggest dangers of OTC cold medicine is simply failing to read or follow the directions. Cold medicines should never be mixed with other pain relievers, like acetaminophen, because one could end up taking more than the daily dose without knowing.

 

  1. Vitamins and Herbal Supplements

 

Vitamins and herbal supplements are a great way to fill in any “gaps” that may be missing from your diet. Some supplements are designed to be a “safer” remedy for similar medications. It’s important to note that most vitamins and herbal supplements are not regulated by the FDA.

 

Many people who take these kinds of OTC products have little knowledge on the ingredients and may mix them with other OTC medications; the results can be dangerous. Take the supplement St. John’s Wort (for anxiety) and cold medicine. Mixing the two have been known to have a fatal outcome.

 

  1. Laxatives

 

Some individuals take laxatives to help stay regular, and while this seemingly safe OTC drug is used by young and old alike, it can cause dehydration and kidney issues due to improper dosing.

Considerations Before Taking

 

While there are hundreds of OTC drugs that are safe and effective, it’s always important to know what you are taking before you try to treat any symptoms. Dangerous side effects are more likely to occur when people don’t read the directions and don’t give or take the proper dosage.

 

Additionally, some adverse effects happen because people don’t know enough about their health, such as allergies, blood pressure, or any underlying issues. Even if you would rather take OTC drugs than prescription medications, it’s a good idea to have a check-up with your doctor and always tell him or her what OTC medicines you take.

Positive Thinking Can Help You Overcome Addiction

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As a result of living in a society where drinking alcohol is acceptable and even encouraged, millions of adolescents and adults struggle with managing their alcohol consumption. Alcohol abuse, such as binge drinking, can result in many problems like driving under the influence of alcohol and can lead to addiction.

 

While some individuals are predisposed to becoming addicted to alcohol, anyone from any background can struggle with addiction. Overcoming alcohol addiction can be a difficult journey, but many have found sobriety thanks to positive thinking.

Overcoming Negativity During Recovery

 

From an in-patient treatment program for group meetings and counseling, there are many different treatment methods for overcoming alcohol addiction. There is no one specific method that’s better than another as success varies for each. During recovery, addicts learn a lot about themselves, uncover their past, emotions, and what triggers their drinking.

 

For many recovering addicts, negative experiences in life were the catalyst in their alcohol abuse, and it can take some time to come to terms with negativity and let it go. For some, it’s an easy process, for others it’s a lifelong struggle.

Tips for Keeping a Positive Mindset while Overcoming Addiction

 

First of all, it’s important to remember that you are not alone. There are millions of other people who have similar struggles. If your support system is full of individuals who abuse alcohol, it’s time find people who are sober or in recovery. A healthy support system is crucial to staying positive and healthy.

 

Here are some other tips for staying positive:

 

Stay Active: Consider getting a gym membership or start running with a friend. Set goals, hold yourself accountable, and focus on how good you feel after each workout.

 

Eat Well: If you drank alcohol with every meal, it might be challenging to rediscover mealtime without it but allow yourself to discover healthy eating. Take a cooking class, check out new restaurants, host a sober dinner party.

 

Play with Your Pet: Take your dog to the dog park or make a cat tree for your cat. Spending time with your pet can lower your stress levels and be therapeutic overall. On dark days, having a pet can keep you accountable and motivated. If you don’t have a pet, consider adopting or visit the animal shelter.

 

Travel: If you are able, plan a trip to a place you’ve always wanted to visit. Take a hike in the Redwood Forest or swim in the ocean. During your trip, journal, take pictures and meditate. Revisiting this trip, in your mind, can keep you positive when you have a challenging day.

 

Volunteer: Volunteerism is a great way to get connected to others in your community, give back, and have a sense of purpose. Whether you volunteer your time at the local food shelf or with Veterans, recognize that you are making a difference.

 

Treat Yourself: Treating yourself to some of life’s most simple things like a latte from your favorite coffee shop or a fresh new haircut, can bring a smile to your face and make you feel good to be alive and sober.

 

For most, recovery is a lifelong process, but being sober is one of the best things you can do for yourself. Positive thinking is just one of the many valuable tools you will need on your journey.

5 Signs You’re Not Sleeping Enough

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We know the importance of sleep and the negative repercussions that are experienced when we don’t receive the recommended eight or more hours per night. Did you know that the negative impact and reach further than just being tired and grumpy? Sleep plays a much larger role in your health and overall wellbeing. Consider the following signs to see if you’re getting enough sleep:

 

Lack of Sleep Causes Accidents

 

When you’ve been deprived of sleep your mind has a slower reaction time to respond. As reported by WebMD.com, “studies have shown the loss of sleep and low-quality sleep can lead to accidents and injuries on the job.” Robbing yourself of the appropriate amount of sleep is a hazard and one that can follow you to work and result in a workplace accident that can put you out of work for months.

 

Lack of sleep can also put you at risk behind the wheel. When considering delayed reaction time as a result of drowsiness, it would be wise to think twice before endangering the lives of others and yourself.

 

Depression

 

It has also been reported that those who aren’t getting adequate sleep are more prone to experience signs of depression. In fact, the lack of sleep can aggravate symptoms of depression that can even make it more difficult to fall asleep.

 

Keep in mind that if you experience a restless night or two you’re not going to experience severe depression or develop insomnia, these results are a result of long term effects. If you’re having trouble sleeping or falling asleep, evaluate your nightly ritual and determine if you’re taking the necessary steps for a good night slumber.

 

Looking Aged

 

Another sign that you’re not getting enough rest is looking aged and older than you are. Extensive loss of sleep can lead to your body producing cortisol, a stress hormone that breaks down skin collagen. It’s not called beauty rest for nothing. Consider if you’re seeing fine lines, dark circles under the eyes, and skin that lacks in color. Looking your best means feeling your best. Do yourself a favor and get the sleep you need for younger looking skins.

 

Weight Gain

 

Another signal that you might be losing on the snoozing, is an increase in your weight. Loss of sleep can trigger an appetite. When you are losing out on the sleep your body needs, your body send mixed signals which is the result of being hungry, particularly for foods that are high in fat and carbohydrates. If you’re looking to shed a few pounds, the result could be as easily as sleeping it off.

 

Health Issues

 

By this point, it’s obvious that sleep is a detrimental part of our daily routines; however, it should also be noted that an experience in sleep loss can be a severe risk to your health. A few risks to consider can be that of diabetes, heart disease, heart attacks, and high blood pressure. Considering these high-risk factors of sleep loss, it would be in your best interest to make yourself get enough sleep each night. Avoiding these health hazards by sleeping is an easy way to promote wellness in your everyday routine.

 

We understand the importance of getting a good night’s sleep and symptoms that could entail that we’re not getting enough. Consider monitoring your sleep and review your daily routine to determine whether you should be making changes.

 

What are other signs that you’re not getting enough sleep?

What You Need to Know about PTSD and How You Can Prevent it from Controlling Your Life

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a disorder that can develop after experiencing any kind of shocking event. Often times, people associate PTSD with members of the armed forces. While there are people in the military who do develop this disorder after a traumatic event, it can also occur in people who are involved in car accidents, have undergone a surgery or who have experienced a loved one passing away.

According to auto accident attorneys at Millar and Mixon, if you have been in a motor vehicle accident of any kind, you could be at risk of developing PTSD. If you start to notice signs or symptoms, it’s important that you speak with your doctor right away.

Symptoms of PTSD typically begin early – within 3 months of the incident – though there are situations where they can start to arise years later. Because each individual’s situation is so different, the course of the disorder will always vary. Some people recover after 6 months, while for others it can take years to heal.

There are several different types of symptoms that can be seen in PTSD. Re-experiencing symptoms include flashbacks, bad dreams and frightening thoughts. Avoidance symptoms are things such as not visiting certain places and avoiding feelings or thoughts that trigger certain memories. Arousal and reactivity symptoms include the feeling of constantly being on edge or tense. Negative thoughts and loss of interest in enjoyable activities are cognition and mood symptoms.

If you have PTSD, what kinds of treatments are out there that might help? What can you do to stop PTSD from taking a hold of your life?

Cognitive Therapy

Your therapist will help you understand how to change your thoughts and ideas about your trauma and its aftermath. Your goal is to understand how your negative thoughts are bringing on more stress and ultimately worsening your symptoms. Replacing these thoughts with less destructive ones is key as well as learning to cope with feelings of guilt, fear and anger.

Exposure Therapy

Having less fear regarding your memories is the goal with exposure therapy. You’ll learn to take charge of your memories and ultimately show them you’re not afraid or overwhelmed by them anymore.

Group Therapy

For many people, it can help to talk your situation out with others in similar circumstances. Simply knowing you’re not the only person experiencing these thoughts and emotions can help immensely. Sharing your issues can also help build trust and confidence in yourself.

Family Therapy

Involving your whole family is important, especially if your situation has lead to a lack of communication between you and the people you love. Everyone will have the chance to express their feelings open and honestly. This can also help your family be better equipped to support you.

The most important thing is to not lose faith. Stay positive and know that with perseverance, you’ll come out of this a stronger person.

8 Questions to Ask Your Doctor Before Surgery

Surgery can be a scary thing to undergo – not just for the person undergoing it, but also for the person’s loved ones. Complications in surgery can be devastating, and it’s important to cover all of your bases. While you may feel there is uncertainty with surgery, there are questions you, your friends and your family can ask before any action is taken that will help you get the information you need to feel secure.

The wrong move in surgery can be detrimental and can even lead to permanent brain injury. Johns Hopkins medicine recommends several questions to ask before undergoing surgery to help ensure your safety and understanding.

  1. What is the Recommended Operation and Why?

First and foremost, it’s crucial to understand what the recommended operation is and why. What are the details of the procedure? What exactly will your healthcare provider be doing? Ask if there are multiple ways of performing the surgery, and if so, why they’ve chosen one particular method.

  1. Why is This Procedure Needed and is There Any Alternative Treatment?

How will this procedure improve how you currently feel? Know if this procedure is needed to alleviate pain or improve physical function. Are there any less invasive procedures or treatments that could achieve the same or similar results? Additionally, if you do not have the surgery, will your condition worsen, or might the issue fix itself after time?

  1. What Are the Benefits of This Surgery and How Long Will They Last?

In addition to knowing how this procedure could improve your mental and physical wellbeing, it’s crucial to know if these results will be permanent. Will another procedure be needed down the line to keep you reaping the benefits?

  1. What Are the Risks and Possible Complications?

Weigh the pros and the cons. What is the likelihood that something could go wrong, and what is the worst-case scenario if it does?

  1. What is the Cost?

Health care plans are all incredibly unique, so make sure you’re completely clear on what your insurance will cover.

  1. What Should I Expect During Recovery?

While it may not change your recovery period or the intensity of your recovery, knowing what to expect ahead of time can often help you overcome the mental aspect of the challenge. What will the first week or so be like after surgery, and what is the timeline like from there on out?

  1. What is the Experience of the Surgeon?

Know all about your healthcare provider. How many times have they performed this surgery, and how long has he or she been practicing? Don’t be afraid to ask about the sanitation practices of the surgical team. Make sure you have peace of mind that the surgery area will be completely clean and germ free.

  1. What Type of Anesthesia Will I Receive?

Will it be local, regional or general? Is there a reason that this type of anesthesia is being administered?

According to brain injury attorneys at The Colleran Firm, brain injury lawsuits can be filed due to surgical or anesthesia errors, a delayed or missed diagnosis, birth trauma and other various forms of medical malpractice. Make sure you know all there is to know about your specific situation, surgery, healthcare provider, and alternative options to help ensure your safety before any action is taken.

How to Stay Safe When Attending Halloween-Themed Events

Even though Halloween is just one day out of the year, there are several events and activities to attend to celebrate all the fright and fun of Halloween. Whether you attend a haunted house or visit the corn maze at a farm on the outskirts of town, Milwaukee personal injury attorneys at Gruber Law Offices, LLC, remind you to consider your safety and look out for certain hazards to prevent a personal injury. It’s one thing to wear a ghastly head wound as part of your Halloween costume, but it’s another to actually receive a nasty head injury while attending a Halloween festivity.

Haunted Houses

Depending on where you live, haunted houses may be subject to inspection and are required to follow safety codes before opening to the general public. While it can be assumed that most haunted house operations are safe to navigate, it’s important to be on the lookout for certain hazards that could increase your risk of an injury. For example, if you decide to visit the haunted house in your Halloween costume, make sure you have good visibility and your costume won’t trip you up. Keep in mind that haunted houses have poor lighting. If you can’t see well, ditch the mask and focus on what’s around you. Consider walking (not running) through a haunted house with a group of people. Not only will you be safer if you have a difficult navigating, but you can also have an arm to squeeze if you get too scared. If you’re with younger children, make sure you or another adult goes with them and makes sure they follow the rules and stay safe.

Halloween Hay Rides

Often times, hayrides are on the same property as a corn maze. Haunted or not, they can be a great opportunity to enjoy the crisp fall air and a ride with friends. Although hay rides are typically on the back of a large hay wagon, big enough for several passengers, keep in mind that there may not be any sides or safety features. While hay rides travel slowly, it’s important to stay seated and make sure your arms and legs are not hanging off the side of the ride.

Corn Mazes

Corn mazes can be a fun experience, but they can also be a bit disorientating. Whether you are navigating through the maze with a group of adults or as a family with your children, make it a rule for everyone to stick together (particularly with kids). If you want to venture out on your own, use your cellphone to keep in contact with others, in the event if you feel lost. Always follow the paths and never stray off course. Since corn is cut down to create a maze, you may encounter sharp and ragged corn stalks, these can be tripping hazards so watch where you walk and encourage children not to run.

Halloween Injury? Who’s to Blame?

Depending on where you go, you may be required to sign a waiver form or there may be disclaimer posted on tickets or before you participate in the event. However, if you sustain a personal injury due to an actor in the haunted house, for example, or slip and fall in a poorly maintained area, the owner of the operation may be at fault and you may have a premise liability case. However, don’t assume that your injury will be covered or even considered someone else’s fault, therefore, it’s always a good idea to make sure you are as safe as you can be and read any and all warnings posted.

Keeping our Veterans Healthy- Tips For Families

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As a child or parent, there is a chance that you have a family member who is a veteran. Maybe your immediate family member is not a veteran, but you have contact with someone who has served our country and is now into their sixties. It could be a neighbor, family friend, or a grandparent of one of your close friends or peers. Veterans are honorable individuals, and the chance that you have come into contact with a vet within your lifetime is very likely.

 

In fact, the projected veteran population as of 2015 is over 21 million individuals. With this large number of vets making up a portion of elders within the United States, it’s important to remember what they have done for our country, and what we can do to give back to them. As any individual becomes older, it may become more difficult to do the things they once were able to do. As a result, there are other aspects of one’s life that may begin to lack and fall behind as well.

 

As a relative, child, or grandchild of a veteran, there are certain things that you should be doing to assist vets with continuing on with a healthy lifestyle, and reaching their maximum potential on a daily basis.

 

Exercise

 

One of the key function to remember when it comes to keeping elders healthy is that they are moving around regularly. Being mobile, and keeping joints moving can ensure that elderly individuals are staying in shape, and stretching and moving muscles as they were meant to be. Common with most elders, arthritis may become a problem that can pose strain and discomfort to joints and regions in the body as the elderly individual becomes older. As a result, regular exercise can help to overcome this issue.

 

There are plenty of things that you can do to help elders stay active. Set up schedule with your elder to take regular walks around the park or neighborhood in which he or she lives. Even if you start with a lower commitment schedule, such as walking once or twice a week, the benefits associated with walking around just a small amount will show great advantages when it comes to your elders health. Eventually, you can increase the amount of scheduled walks, and develop a schedule to where you get up early each morning with your elder and take walks within the community.

 

Dieting

 

Dieting is often one of the first things that can decline as individuals get older. It’s easy to begin grabbing food out somewhere, rather than cooking in. Especially for elders who might live by themselves – and might want to avoid cooking an entire meal just for themselves.

 

It’s important to encourage elders to cook in, not only to save money, but also to keep themselves healthier. Cooking with a mix of fresh vegetables and fruits can help to balance your diet, and provide essential nutrients to the body.

 

Furthermore, cooking in can help avoid fatty, processed foods that are often served while buying food in locations outside of the home. You should plan family meals with your elders, and again, stick to a plan or regular routine of when you will plan to cook with them.

 

Mental Exercise

 

Mental exercise is one of the most commonly overlooked areas when it comes to keeping our elders safe. For veterans in particular, mental exercises are extremely important for their well being, because they help to jog the brain and allow them to remember things from their past. It allows them the ability to process positive, and negative things that may have been in their past, and practice overcoming the negative memories they may have while serving in a war. As a family member or friend, you should practice jogging their memory and asking questions about things that have happened in the past. Be an advocate for positive conversation, and become prepared to comfort veterans as they discuss things they may have heard or saw while at war.

 

Veterans Health Is Vital

 

As a result, keeping your elderly veteran healthy and active is extremely important for their well being, and lifetime longevity. There are many ways in which we can help veterans feel more appreciated, and balance their lifestyle to accompany a more suitable environment. Develop walking or exercise routines with your veteran on a weekly basis, and plan out meals where family members or friends can gather to include your elderly veteran. Furthermore, remember to keep an open playing field, and hold regular conversations with your vets that can help to jog their memory of things they may be holding in. Just remember, you could be the backbone and support for their health and safety!