Caring For Aging Parents Without Guilt

Seniors who are able to age in place at home positively impact their general outlook and mental health. Being able to maintain their freedom and independence is a major factor for this. When asked, the vast majority of seniors would prefer to stay in their own home and live independently for as long as possible.

As living completely independent becomes more difficult, many children of seniors begin assisting by providing home health care to their aging parents. While this initially is a workable arrangement, there are limits to what family can provide ongoing. Baby Boomers’ lives are so hectic that they eventually run out of hours in the day to juggle work, their own children, and now their parents’ growing needs. What usually gets neglected are their own needs and health.

As the children of seniors find themselves spread too thin, they tend to feel guilty that they aren’t able to provide everything their aging parents need. Finding the right kind of assistance for aging parents doesn’t need to leave you feeling guilty.
The idea of placing an aging parent in a nursing home, while sometimes necessary, tends to seem so “final” which only makes you feel guiltier.

Assisted Living facilities offer the aging senior a safe place to reside while also offering assistance with personal care, access to medical care, prepared meals in a dining room setting, and a variety of social activities for residents to stay engaged throughout the day. But many seniors resist the idea of having to give up the home they have lived in for 40-50 years or more.

Home Care has become a popular option for many children when they can’t provide all the care their parents need and they want to allow their aging parents the opportunity to remain in their own home. Home care workers generally provide personal care with activities of daily living (ADL) such as bathing, dressing, grooming, and toileting. But this option alone doesn’t provide that socialization component that an assisted living facility offers to help seniors thrive versus merely existing.Sometimes finding respite care a day or two per week is all you need. A respite caregiver is someone who comes in to assist a family, thereby allowing the primary caregiver(s) a break from the daily routine and stress.
If you need more than respite care, but less than a nursing home, and you don’t want to force your parents to move out the their home, home care that provides a component that focuses on enrichment activities may be the answer. Finally, a way to provide care for aging parents without the guilt.

By: Murphy Ortiz

Pulse Oximeter Regularly Used By The Elderly

The ailments that the elderly of our nation experience are quite varied. In particular, many suffer from various respiratory and cardiac ailments. That is where the branch of medicine known as Geriatrics comes into play. Geriatrics takes particular attention to the concept that the body of an elderly person is very different from that of an adult. Cardiogeriatrics is the branch of cardiology and geriatric medicine that specifically deals with the cardiovascular disorders of the elderly.

The elderly experience such cardiac disorders as coronary heart disease, heart failure, cardiomyopathy, and arrhythmias. These cardiac ailments compromise some of the major causes of mortality among the elderly. A tool which has been used by nursing homes as well as elderly patients in the home to monitor their pulse rate and blood oxygen saturation is a pulse oximeter.

A pulse oximeter is a small, hand-held medical device that measures the oxygen saturation of a patient’s blood as well a patient’s heart rate. As opposed to measuring oxygen saturation through an invasive procedure such as a blood sample, a pulse oximeter is used as a painless and non-invasive medical instrument. Because of their ease of use, speed, and cost effectiveness, pulse oximeters are the preferred medical device in all healthcare settings as well as for home diagnostics.

The FDA approved Landon Medical PC-60B2 Finger Pulse Oximeter measures SpO2 (percentage of oxygen saturation in the blood) and pulse rate with accuracy and ease. Specifically manufactured to be lightweight and portable the PC-60B2 model provides fast and accurate readings of blood oxygen saturation, pulse rate, Perfusion Index, and audio/visual alarm functions. Small and compact it provides complete oximetry solutions while still able to fit in the pocket of the elderly patients.

The PC-60B2 is a widely used medical device all health-care facilities, including hospitals, nursing homes, outpatient surgery centers, physician offices, dentist offices, emergency and ambulatory situations, sport athletes, as well for home diagnostics for monitoring such illnesses as COPD, cardiac problems, respiratory issues, asthma, and many more. The PC-60B2 model features an Organic Light Emitting Device (OLED) display and Plethsmograph capabilities. The color display is manufactured especially to allow for the elderly to easily read their results from the oximeter.

By: Robert Darwin

Envisage A Bright Career In Medicines Through Aipgmee, Afmc, Aipvt Exam 2013

This challenging and ever evolving career has always been an interesting option for students since erstwhile times. Since every career option has some advantages and disadvantages associated with them, the same is true for medical line as well. The career offers excellent career growth, job satisfaction and pay scales but the downside is that a student is required to study for a longer duration and specialize in a particular field before starting earning handsomely. A lot of years are spent in studying and internship before he or she can start practicing. This is the reason, only the students who ardently wish to make a career in this field choose to go for this career. Like any other field, medical line is also constantly evolving and within this field also there are several specialized fields where a bright career can be envisaged.

Different career options in medical line can be quite varied. The demand in fields like nursing, pharmacy, anaesthesiologists, radiology, diagnostics and variety of technical as well as non technical fields is constantly rising. Great strides have been made in this field and this has resulted in increased life span of people. Technological breakthroughs have made the field interesting and the challenges keep the scientists and doctors on their feet. No doubt, the schooling that the medical students need to undergo is quite extensive, but there is no doubt that this job gives immense satisfaction to people. A focused approach and immense dedication is required for the candidates wishing to crack medical entrance tests like AIPGMEE Exam 2013 and many other national as well as state level medical entrance examinations.

# AIPGMEE Exam 2013- AIPGMEE or All India Post Graduate Medical Entrance Examination is the perfect platform for gaining admission to any of post graduate MS/MD/Diploma programs in variety of medical colleges spread all over the country. This examination is conducted by All India Institute of Medical Sciences or popularly referred to as AIIMS. With 300 Multiple Choice Questions, the duration of the paper is 3 and a half hour. The questions are asked on subjects that are related to Clinical, pre clinical and para clinical subjects. The exam is also conducted for courses like Bachelor of Dental Science and Masters in Dental Science. The questions must be attempted carefully as negative marking is done.

# AFMC Entrance Exam 2013- Armed Forces Medical College is an institution of repute offering excellent education and research facilities. Under graduate as well as post graduate courses are offered to the medical and nursing students. After studying here, the candidates can look forward to a bright future in medical sciences in defence services. Medical Council of India recognizes this course. There are 130 seats through this entrance examination.

# AIPVT Exam 2013- Veterinary Council of India conducts a national level entrance test to gain admission in veterinary programs offered by many Universities and Colleges. After clearing this examination, admission can be secured in Animal Husbandry or A H and Bachelor of Veterinary Science courses.
Therefore, medical field is again brimming with a bright future and one can anticipate great career growth after pursuing these courses.

By: Arpit Seth

Oregon State Research Links Diet During Pregnancy To Prevention Of Childhood Cancers

Bear Creek, Wis. – Pregnant women who eat cruciferous vegetables like Sauerkraut, cabbage, and broccoli may be improving their child’s resistance to cancer, according to a recent study conducted at the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University.

The research, published in the journal Carcinogenesis, was conducted with pregnant mice and revealed that a chemical found in Sauerkraut – Indole-3-carbinol – gave their offspring noticeable protection against leukemia and lymphoma at a young age, and against lung cancer later in life.

Ryan Downs, co-owner of Great Lakes Kraut, the world’s largest Sauerkraut manufacturer, said the latest research augments earlier findings pointing to Sauerkraut as a key in preventing certain types of breast cancer. “The scientific evidence is growing and it’s become pretty clear that Sauerkraut is an important ingredient in a healthy diet.”

According to institute researcher David Williams on the Oregon State web site, studies suggest infant cancers can arise when an infant is exposed to carcinogens during pregnancy or nursing.

“Among all childhood deaths in the U.S., cancer is second only to accidents as the leading cause, and the fetus and neonate are sensitive targets for toxic carcinogens,” he said. “It would be important if we could affect this through maternal diet.”

Chopping and cooking cruciferous vegetables, including cabbage that is processed to make Sauerkraut, creates Indole-3-carbinol. The institute’s research found that the offspring of pregnant mice given the chemical had a 50 percent greater chance of surviving fetal exposure to carcinogens than those not receiving Indole-3-carbinol.

“It’s clear that in mice this supplement (Indole-3-carbinol) provided significant protection against lymphoma, and, later on, lung cancer,” Williams said. “It’s also worth noting that none of the infant mice received the protective supplement later in their life, at any stage beyond breast feeding. The protective effect of the compound came solely from maternal intake during pregnancy and nursing, but lasted into the animal’s middle age.”

Silver Floss and Krrrrisp Kraut Sauerkraut are manufactured by the world’s largest Sauerkraut producer, Great Lakes Kraut Co., LLC, Bear Creek, Wis. With processing facilities in Bear Creek and Shortsville, N.Y.–the best cabbage-growing regions in the world–the company combines modern technology and four generations of Sauerkraut-making expertise to produce the country’s leading brands. Silver Floss canned and jarred Sauerkraut is found in the canned vegetable section of grocery stores in the East, South, and Midwest. Krrrrisp Kraut refrigerated Sauerkraut is located in the meat department at grocery stores nationwide. For more information about Great Lakes Kraut and its brands, visit http://www.sauerkrautnews.com.

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By: Femi Cole