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How to Conquer Daylight Saving Time Safely and with Minimal Coffee

If there’s one thing we love more than sunny weather and caregiving, it’s our sleep. And thanks to Daylight Saving Time we lost some of it this weekend. Fortunately, we live in the Pacific Northwest, arguably one of the top coffee meccas of the world, or else we’d be in a lot more pain.

If you can’t tell, we are a little bitter about our loss of sleep. Can you blame us? We’re caregivers and need all the rest we can get so our clients get the best care.

Daylight Saving Time isn’t all bad, though. At the very least, it signifies that longer days are on the horizon and we are certainly looking forward to that. However, before we can make it to Spring and those longer days, we have to make it through this first week of the time change.

You may think we are being melodramatic, and that losing an hour of sleep isn’t really that big of a deal, but statistically speaking it can be a big deal. In fact, research has found that car accidents, strokes and heart attacks all spike in the days after the Daylight Saving Time change. In addition, the time change is also linked to increased workplace injuries, increased web surfing, restless sleep and increased occurrences of cluster headaches.

If you’re in the same boat as us, and the coffee isn’t quite cutting it, keep reading to learn the 7 other tips that are helping us safely adjust to the time change.

Get the Same Amount of Sleep
Just because we lost an hour, does not mean you have to lose an hour of sleep. Just compensate for it by going to bed a little bit earlier, or if you have the luxury, sleep in a little bit longer.

Adjust Gradually
Tip #1 will only help ensure you get enough sleep. However, your body will eventually need to sync with the time change. To do this as easily as possible, we suggest going to bed 15 minutes earlier each night. This will help you ease into the time change.

Enjoy the Longer Day by Being Active
As we mentioned earlier, Daylight Saving Time is bittersweet because while we lose an hour of sleep, we gain an hour of daylight. That means you can get out and actively enjoy the good weather. In fact, being active during the day will help you sleep better at night. Just make sure you end your workout at least 2 hours before you plan on going to bed.

Treat Yourself to Caffeine only in the Morning
Trust us, we know how important caffeine is. We suffer from the same problems. But, if you’re going to make it through this week with your sanity intact, you will want to cut off the caffeinated beverages by noon each day. Otherwise, the caffeine will increase your risk of sleep fragmentation.

Unplug
For some of us, this is a pretty tough thing we are asking to do, but your body will thank you. To get your brain in the right mood for optimized sleep, experts recommend unplugging from screened devices for a little while. The blue light from electronic screens is known to reduce the body’s production of melatonin (the hormone that tells the brain it is time for bed).

Forego the Nap
Your body may be begging you for a nap, but we urge you to reconsider. While a short nap may be helpful, if you accidentally sleep too long it could backfire and make it more difficult for you to get quality sleep during the night.

Be Wary of Sundowners Syndrome
Sundowners Syndrome is a “symptom of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia in which loved one’s get confused and agitated in the late afternoon and evening.” This problem can be further worsened by the time change. Read our blog titled, “The Caregiver’s Guide to Managing Sundowners Syndrome”, to learn more. You can find it here: http://wisercareservices.com/blog/caregivers-guide-to-managing-sundowners-syndrome/

As always, Wiser Home Care is here to help you with whatever you need, even if it means helping you get used to the time change. From providing care to developing an extensive care plan for your loved one, and everything in between, we are happy to help. Please contact us, and we will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

6 Simple Ways to Reduce Your Risk of Heart Disease

There’s no denying that the biggest day in the shortest month is Valentine’s Day. In fact, thanks to Valentine’s Day and pop culture, February is often called the month of love. But did you know that February is host to another celebration of the heart? However, instead of one day, this celebration goes on for the entire month.

Since 1964, Americans have joined together every February to celebrate and raise awareness of the importance of heart health through a nationwide event known as the American Heart Month.

You may be thinking: Everyone knows that heart health is important. Why do we need an entire month to celebrate it?

You’re right. Many people do know how important heart health is in order to live a long and fulfilling life. Despite this, heart disease is rampant amongst the population and remains the leading cause of death in America.

According to statistics provided by the American Heart Association, 2300 Americans die of heart disease each day. That computes to roughly 1 death every 38 seconds.

The good news is that with the right knowledge and some hard work, you can greatly reduce your risk of heart disease. Keep reading to learn 6 simple ways to do just that.

Reduce Stress
Stress is a silent killer and can lead to a greatly increased risk of heart disease. In fact, several studies have found a link between heart disease and stress in a person’s life. To find ways to reduce your elderly loved one’s stress check out our blog titled: The Comprehensive 2017 Guide to Reducing Elderly Stress.

Get Some Exercise
We all know that the heart is a muscle that needs to be worked out just like any other muscle in your body. But how much do you need to work it out? The American Heart Association recommends 150 minutes of moderate-intensity activity each week. This adds up to only 30 minutes a day for 5 days. If 30 minutes at one time is too difficult, the AHA claims that you will experience the same benefits even if you break it into two or three segments of 10 to 15 minutes.

Don’t Eat Your Heart Out
You know the old saying, “eat your heart out”? Well, we think we all know that’s not physically possible but what is possible is eating so poorly that your heart gives out. Below is a list of foods that you should try minimizing in your diet:

  • Foods high in fat
  • Foods high in cholesterol
  • Foods high in sodium
  • Foods high in sugar

Yikes! That seems like a lot of food you should avoid. Fortunately, there are still plenty of heart healthy options out there such as fruits, veggies, foods high in fiber and lean meat to name a few.

Minimize Your Vices
If you smoke, you should try quitting as soon as possible. We don’t expect you to go cold turkey, but you should work on weaning yourself off smoking. Many have found that going for a walk instead of a smoke can help you quit and increase your health. As far as drinking goes, we recommend limiting alcohol usage. It is still ok to drink a little bit but not too much. This means no more than 2 drinks a day for men, and 1 drink a day for women on average.

Get Enough Sleep
Losing sleep not only makes you tired, it also raises your risk of high blood pressure, obesity, and diabetes. Which all lead to an increased risk of heart disease. Professionals recommend staying on a normal sleep schedule and aiming for 7-9 hours of sleep each night.

Take Your Medication
If your Doctor has prescribed any sort of heart medication to you, make sure you take it as frequently as the doctor recommends. Missing vital doses of prescribed medicine can increase your risk of heart failure.

These 6 tips won’t guarantee you or your loved one doesn’t suffer from heart disease, but with consistency they will greatly lower your risk. We hope you join us in the fight to increase awareness of heart disease. Together we can save lives.

As always, Wiser Home Care Services is here to help you with whatever you need. From providing care to developing an extensive care plan for your loved one, and everything in between, we are happy to help. Please contact us and we will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

The Valentine's Day Story: Love, Intrigue, Mystery

The Valentine’s Day Story: Love, Intrigue, Mystery

Thanks to pop culture, many people wrongly assume that Valentine’s Day is only a day for people who are in a relationship or in pursuit of starting a relationship with a special someone. We believe this couldn’t be further from the truth.

For us, Valentine’s Day is a perfect day to show the special people in your life, how much you care about them. You don’t have to be romantically involved with them or even “in love” with them. Now don’t get us wrong, if you have a special someone, you should certainly flower them with love and thoughtful gifts on February 14th and beyond, but that’s not what this week’s blog is dedicated to.

Instead of playing to the popular pop culture image of Valentine’s Day, we thought it would be interesting to go back to the start of Valentine’s day and explore the beginnings of the most romantic holiday.

Ironically enough, the beginnings of the holiday surrounded by love is thought to be filled with death and mystery. In fact, there are several theories regarding how the holiday started.

One such theory is that Valentine’s Day began as a remembrance celebration for an early Catholic Saint named, you guessed it, Valentine. Valentine lived in Rome during the Third Century. At this time, Roman Emperor Claudius II outlawed marriage under the pretense that single men made better soldiers. Disagreeing with this, Saint Valentine secretly performed marriages. Long story short, when the emperor found out he quickly had Valentine killed.

Another popular theory is that Valentine’s Day was started by the Christians in response to the Pagan holiday of Lupercalia which was celebrated on the Ides of February or February 15 to be exact. According to history.com, Lupercalia would begin with an order of priests gathering at the mouth of a cave. Here they would sacrifice a goat for fertility and a dog for purification. Then they dipped strips of goat hide in blood and walked the streets hitting women. This ritual was thought to increase their fertility in the coming year.

Despite its bloody beginnings, Valentine’s Day has morphed into what it is today: The World’s Most Romantic Holiday. Now, people from the United States, Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, France and Australia all celebrate the holiday by giving gifts, writing cards, sending flowers and candy, or spending time with the one’s they love.

If you have an elderly loved one in your life, we highly recommend you do something special for them this Valentine’s Day. It doesn’t have to be anything big, in fact a simple card telling them how much you care for them would mean the world to them.

Still not sure what to get them? Check out this blog we wrote discussing 5 great Valentine’s Day gift ideas for your elderly loved one: http://wisercareservices.com/blog/5-valentines-day-gifts-for-your-elderly-loved-one/ .

As always, Wiser Home Care is here to help you with whatever you need. From providing care to developing an extensive care plan for your loved one, and everything in between, we are happy to help. Please contact us, and we will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

The Bathroom: How to Make Your Home's Most Dangerous Room Safer

The Bathroom: How to Make Your Home’s Most Dangerous Room Safer

“Help! I’ve fallen, and I can’t get up.” Many may remember this phrase from a popular television commercial by a medical alert company known LifeCall. Even though it aired back in the 90’s, the age of the internet has brought it back to popularity as a meme.

Despite the comical nature it has morphed into today, the danger of senior falls is still a prevalent issue. In fact, the National Institute of Aging reports that more than 1 in 3 seniors over the age of 65 fall each year, and 80% of these falls take place in the bathroom.

Considering the combination of steam, standing water, smooth flooring and transitions to-or-from the toilet or shower/tub, it is easy to see how the bathroom is one of the most dangerous rooms in you or your elderly loved one’s home. In an effort to reduce bathroom-related injuries January is widely celebrated as National Bath Safety Month.

The following tips will help keep your senior loved one safe in the bathroom and beyond.

Keep the Floors Clear
A normal bathroom floor is typically slick just by itself. Add in water/steam, trash, loose clothes, or improperly secured rugs and you have a recipe for slips, trips and falls. To make sure your bathroom floor stays clean we suggest:

  • Drying water as soon as possible
  • Securing rugs to the floor with grip tape
  • Keeping a laundry hamper in a safe place in the bathroom for loose clothing
  • A trash bin next to the toilet 

Height Matters
Another important aspect of safe bathroom design for seniors is the height of bathroom amenities. Specifically, the height of the sink, toilet, and bath/shower entry. While a complete bathroom overhaul would be ideal, it can be expensive. A raised toilet seat with support bars can make the transition between standing to sitting easier. If you have the money, we also suggest lowering or raising the sink height to match the appropriate height of your senior.

The Tub
In a perfect world, each senior friendly bathroom would include a walk-in tub/shower combo. However, these can be very expensive. If this is out of budget, we recommend finding a tub/shower with a low entry threshold. We also recommend investing in a shower chair. Finally, non-slip mats are another important addition to the inside and exit of the tub/shower.

Make Sure Toiletries are Easy to Reach
The risk of an unintended fall increases when your loved one has to bend over or uncomfortably stretch to reach something they need. Make sure items such as shampoo, soap, razors, loofahs, and other toiletries are placed in an easy to reach location. In addition, you will want to make sure toilet paper is within a comfortable reach of someone sitting on the toilet. Finally, place towel hooks within a safe distance from the shower and sink.

Install Grab Bars
Strategically placed grab bars can help increase your elderly loved one’s safety in the bathroom. We recommend placing grab bars near the tub and toilet.

Lower the Heat
While some people may love a hot shower, we recommend lowering the heat setting on your loved one’s hot water heater. This will prevent them from accidentally scalding themselves with bath or shower water that is too hot. The maximum recommended temperature is 120F.

Improve the Lighting
One final tip we would like to leave you with is to improve the lighting in your loved one’s bathroom. Many bathrooms are dimly lit, and this only increases your loved one’s risk of slipping or tripping over something in the bathroom. A well-lit bathroom will reduce this risk.

Make sure you discuss these tips with your elderly loved one. Although, they won’t eliminate the risk of falling altogether, it will greatly reduce their risk. Feel free to contact us if your loved one is still having trouble with bathroom safety, or you feel it would be safer for a professional to help. We can help your family establish a care plan to personally accommodate your loved one’s needs.

Your Guide To Successfully Teaching Your Senior How To Use Technology

Your Guide To Successfully Teaching Your Senior How To Use Technology

Technology. Some people love it, some people hate it, but there’s no denying, it has made the world a better place. From the simplest technological advances such as the wheel to the most advanced such as pacemakers, technology radically changes the way in which we live on a day-to-day basis.

Considering how important technology is to human life, StoAmigo, a tech company based out of Las Vegas, founded National Technology Day in 2016. The goal of this one day celebration of technology, annually held on January 6th, is to increase awareness of technology as well as inspire people to create new technologies.

For the younger generations, adapting to new technologies is often not a problem since they grew up with the technology. However, for our elderly loved ones, learning a new technology can be intimidating but also fulfilling when accomplished. In fact, recent statistics suggest that 6 in 10 seniors now go online on a regular basis and 77% of older adults now have a cell phone. This is up nearly 10% from 2012.

Despite this promising uptick in elderly technology use, older generations still lag behind in adoption of new technologies. If you have an elderly loved one who is interested in technology or intimidated by new technology, we urge you to keep reading our 7 tips to helping your loved one get comfortable with technology. 

Show Don’t Tell
Many of our elderly loved ones are apprehensive to learn new technology because they are intimidated by it, and have no one to show them how. Instead of telling them they need to get online, show them. For example, rather than telling them about how Facebook can help them stay in contact with family members, log onto your own Facebook with them and show them all of your close family members or friends. Seeing this will help them put it into perspective.

Shop with Them
Once your elderly loved one has made the decision to learn technology, the next step is to purchase the technology. However, this can be intimidating for our them. We recommend going with them to help them find the best tablet, cell phone or computer for their needs. You should also help them shop for the best internet provider in their area. Finally, help them set it all up for the first time.

Take it Slowly
If you’re reading this blog, you have likely been using technology for years and are comfortable navigating the internet at speed. Remember to slow it way down when teaching your elderly loved one technology. Start where they feel comfortable and go through each step multiple times at a slow pace.

Set the Expectation Low
When teaching your elderly loved one how to use technology, keep in mind that it is only easy for you because you have been doing it for so long. Set the expectation level low so they don’t get frustrated when they don’t pick it up overnight. Remind them that most people take a long time to get used to technology.

You Can’t Stress Safety Enough
Technology can go from fun to disastrous in a heartbeat if you or your loved one fail to use technology in a safe manner. Falling victim to online scams is especially easy for those who aren’t well versed in the wide world of the internet. Below are some of the top safety tips to go over with your loved one:

  • Be wary of unsolicited emails and phishing scams. If it seems too good to be true, it usually is.
  • Watch your passwords. With the many stipulations organizations put on passwords, it can be hard to remember all of them. Never keep them on your laptop or cell phone. If need be, write them down on a piece of paper and store them in a safe place.
  • Put a strong password on your wifi
  • Get a good anti-virus software

Go to Tech School
If, after all your help your elderly loved one is still having trouble learning technology, there are lots of local organizations that offer free or low-cost technology classes geared directly at older generations. A quick google search or phone call to your local library will send you and your elderly loved one in the right direction.

Bonus Tip: Bookmark Our Blog
On the Wiser Home Care Services blog, we discuss topics regarding technology, healthy living, caregiving, senior safety and more. You can find our blog at http://wisercareservices.com/blog/.

Happy learning.

How-To Plan a Senior-Friendly New Year's Celebration

How-To Plan a Senior-Friendly New Year’s Celebration

The week between Christmas and New Year’s is a weird one. On one hand, you can finally breathe a sigh of relief because Christmas is over, and that means holiday shopping is over. But, on the other hand you face more stress due to the mad sprint to wrap up projects, make New Year’s Eve plans and set resolutions for the upcoming year.

In fact, according to statistics, nearly 58% of Americans plan on making some sort of New Year’s resolution this year. These resolutions typically range from losing weight and living healthier to spending more time with family and doing more for others.

However, resolutions aren’t what this blog is about. If you or your loved one is having trouble coming up with goals for next year, we recommend checking out our Comprehensive Guide to Elderly New Year’s Resolutions. (Click Here)

This week in the Wiser Home Care Services blog, we want to talk about the more fun aspect of New Year’s: the party and activities! After all, no matter what age you are, the best part of ringing in the new year is eating junk food, playing fun games and spending quality time with our loved ones. For our elderly loved ones, having a successful New Year’s Eve celebration relies on being well prepared and planning out activities in advance. Below we have outlined 8 tips to ensure your loved one has a safe and fun New Year’s celebration.

Decorate Their Space
If your loved one has limited mobility or will be celebrating in an assisted living facility, helping them decorate their space will be a fun way to ring in the new year. We recommend streamers, party hats, table settings or you could make your own decorations with a little glue, glitter and creativity.

Have a Sing Along
Music is the life of every party. Pick some decade classics, gospel hymns, or even Christmas music (No, it’s not too late. J), then gather around in a circle and spend some time singing and even dancing.

Have a Scavenger Hunt
When the weather is poor, it makes it easy for people to sit inside and watch TV. When this happens, our time spent doing physical activity can drop to unhealthy levels. An indoor scavenger hunt is a fun way to get up and moving around plus it puts your brain to work solving the clues.

Story Time isn’t Just for Kids
As we welcome in the New Year, most people reminisce on past years and memories. Taking advantage of this natural time of reminiscence, you can set aside a period of time during your New Year’s celebration for everyone to share a favorite story of theirs from the past. It could be non-fictional or even a favorite anecdote.

Plan Around Your Loved One’s Schedule
To ensure your loved one has a safe and healthy celebration, make sure your plan your meal and celebration around their typical schedule. This means that you may need to plan for dinner around 4:30-5:00 PM. Also, keep in mind that they likely will not be able to stay up until midnight, and you should plan accordingly.

Have a Board Game Tournament
Board games are a great way to liven up a party and pass the time until the big countdown. Change it up this year by adding a little friendly competition and providing prizes for the winner and runner-ups.

Get Crafty
For those who don’t enjoy playing board games, we recommend building a puzzle or getting creative and making a craft to celebrate the new year. Not sure what kind of craft to do? Click here to visit our New Year’s Pinterest board.

Finally, Don’t Forget the Food
We didn’t forget about the food. After all, what’s a party without the food? Remember it is ok for your elderly loved one to splurge a little and eat junk food, just be mindful of how much junk they eat. We suggest having a good mix of healthy food and junk food on the menu. In addition, you may want to forego alcohol altogether especially if your elderly loved one is on medications.

We hope these ideas help you plan your most memorable New Year’s party to date. If you would like more help, feel free to reach out to us here at Wiser Home Care Services. We can help your family establish a care plan to personally accommodate your loved one’s needs.

Happy New Year!

Deck the Halls with These Senior Holiday Safety Tips

The tree is up, the lights are hung, the gifts are wrapped and the baked goods are starting to fill our households with a sweet alluring aroma. That’s right, we are just days away from the big day. Christmas is almost here!!!

If you can’t tell, we’re just a little bit excited and we’re sure you are too. After all, with all the fun gatherings, the joyous caroling, the excitement of giving the perfect gift, and most of all the family time, Christmas is a magical time.

With all the magic, did you know there was a dark side to the Christmas holiday? No, we aren’t talking about the myth of Krampus, and we aren’t trying to be Scrooge or the Grinch.

So, what is the dark side of Christmas?

According to statistics, the answer is death. In fact, death rates are higher Christmas Day, the day after Christmas and New Year’s Day than any other day of the year.

You may be thinking, well that makes sense with all the ice, alcohol consumption and traveling. You’re partially true. However, the majority of deaths on these days, 93% of them to be exact, are due to natural causes. Furthermore, studies have found that there is a spike in death amongst all age groups except for children.

Wow, this is pretty dark for a Christmas blog. Let’s get back to the bright side of things by discussing how you can ensure your elderly loved one experiences a healthy and safe Christmas holiday.

The Two Sides of Salt or Good Cop, Bad Cop
Too much salt on your food is bad, but salt on your steps, driveway and outdoor walkways is good. During all the holiday feasting, it is important to remember to use salt in moderation. Studies have linked a high-salt diet to increased risk of high blood pressure, which increases the risk of stroke and heart disease. However, it is critical to remember to keep all outside walkways covered in salt during the cold holiday weather to ensure safety from slips and falls.

Oh, the weather outside is frightful, but the fire is so delightful
Many enjoy the warmth of a fire on a cold Christmas morning but the flames can go from enjoyable to disastrous in a matter of seconds. To keep this from happening make sure combustible material such as tissue and wrapping paper, gifts, cottons and even Christmas trees are placed a safe distance from a fire or heater.

Oh, Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree
While we are on the topic of fire, make sure you keep a watchful eye on your Christmas tree. Keep it watered and looking green, once the needles start to brown be extra cautious. In addition, make sure your strand of lights is working properly and there are no exposed wires. Christmas tree fires from careless decorating cost upwards of $15 million annually in damages.

Deck the Halls…
We all know that holiday decorations aren’t just for the tree. After all, the famous song instructs us to deck the halls with boughs of holly. When decking the halls, we urge you to keep safety for your elderly loved one in mind. You can do this by:

  • Making sure hallways are free of clutter
  • Keeping electrical cords taped down and out of the way
  • Avoid putting tinsel or decorations on railings or other support systems your loved one may use
  • Skip floor-based decorations to avoid tripping
  • Be wary of twinkling lights, the flashing could cause a distraction

The Rug Doctor
While we are on the topic of décor, let’s discuss rugs. Many people like to hide electrical cords with rugs. When decorating an elderly loved one’s space we recommend avoiding this practice. Even though the cord is hidden, it could still cause a trip if your loved one using a wheeled transport device such as a walker. If you do plan on using rugs for décor, make sure they are secured to the floor using grip tape.

The Sweet Treats
One of the best things about the holidays is the sweet treats. Remember it is ok for your loved one to eat some of the goodies but they should eat them in moderation to prevent sugar highs and lows. In addition, we recommend keeping alcohol use to a minimum, especially if your loved one is on any medication.

These are just a few of the many ways you can help your elderly loved one reduce their risk of injury this holiday season. If you would like more help, feel free to reach out to us here at Wiser Home Care Services. We can help your family establish a care plan to personally accommodate your loved one’s needs.

5 Critical Steps to Reducing Your Risk of Diabetes

5 Critical Steps to Reducing Your Risk of Diabetes

Whew! We made it through the long holiday weekend with our sanity intact, our bank accounts in the black and our diets not destroyed. All kidding aside, we hope you had a truly amazing Thanksgiving weekend full of friends, food and good shopping deals. We know we certainly did.

Although the star of November is Thanksgiving, there’s a lesser known but equally important observation during the month of November. What could this be you ask. It’s National Diabetes Month, of course.

Each November, communities, doctors and health care centers nationwide join together to raise awareness of the impact Diabetes has on millions of Americans.

In fact, according to statistics from diabetes.org, in 2015 there was nearly 30.3 million Americans who suffered from Type 1 or 2 Diabetes. In addition, one in three people will develop Diabetes in their lifetime. The numbers are even worse for older Americans with nearly 25% of all loved ones over the age of 65 suffering from the disease. Furthermore, diabetes is the 7th leading cause of death in the United States.

Finally, as if having Diabetes isn’t bad enough, medical costs are twice as high for people with Diabetes than people without. It is estimated that total costs of Diabetes in the United States top $245 billion annually.

There are 3 main types of Diabetes (Type 1, Type 2 and Gestational), with 9 out of 10 of those people suffering from Diabetes Type 2. Unfortunately, there is currently no known cure for Type 1 Diabetes. However, the silver lining is that the risk for Type 2 Diabetes can be greatly minimized by making lifestyle changes.

Keep reading to find out how you can lower you and your loved one’s risk of having Type 2 Diabetes.

Before we discuss tactics to lower your risk, you should know what puts you at risk for Type 2 Diabetes. The Center for Disease Control lists the following as risk factors:

  • Having higher than average blood sugar levels.
  • Being overweight
  • Being over 45 years old
  • Having family members with Type 2 diabetes
  • Being physically inactive

So, now that you know the risk factors of Type 2 diabetes, how can you lower risk?

Step 1: Maintain a Healthy Body Weight
As you already know, being overweight is a big risk factor for diabetes. Maintaining a healthy body weight can greatly reduce your risk. In fact, experts claim that every 2.2 pounds lost reduces your risk of diabetes by 16 percent.

Step 2: Partake in Physical Activity
Making sure you get an adequate amount of physical activity will not only help you maintain your physical health and a good body weight, it will also help you lower your risk of diabetes.  Research suggests that the best way to reduce your risk of diabetes is aerobic exercise and resistance training.

Step 3: Optimize Your Diet
Optimizing your diet isn’t just about eating healthier food but also eating healthier portion sizes. Smaller portions will help you lose weight by reducing the number of calories you bring in. We recommend limiting fatty foods and replacing sugary soft drinks with water. Make sure to add foods high in fiber such as fruits, veggies, beans, whole grains and nuts.

Step 4: Make Small Changes
We know all these changes can be difficult and time consuming to make. We recommend taking small steps each day towards your health goals. This will make it seem less daunting and more achievable.

Step 5: Remember Your ABCs
If you are prediabetes or on the verge of Diabetes, you should work with your doctor on the diabetes ABCs. According to the CDC, this acronym stands for:

  • —the A1C test, which measures average blood sugar over 2 to 3 months.
  • blood pressure, the force of blood flow inside blood vessels.  
  • cholesterol, a group of blood fats that affect the risk of heart attack or stroke.
  • —stop smoking or don’t start.

These are just a few of the many ways you can help your elderly loved one reduce their risk of Diabetes. If you would like more help, feel free to reach out to us here at Wiser Home Care Services. We can help your family establish a care plan to personally accommodate your loved one’s needs.

Wow Your Thanksgiving Guests With These 10 Turkey Day Fun Facts

Unless you live under a rock (in which case you wouldn’t be reading this blog), you know that the holiday season is upon us. After all, the radio is filled with warm holiday music, seemingly every commercial on tv has a holiday jingle and reference to jolly ol’ saint Nick, and retail stores have aisles of Christmas decorations on display.

Wait, what? Christmas decorations? Yep, you read that right, the turkey hasn’t even had his big day, but Saint Nick is already stealing the show.

Now don’t get us wrong, we aren’t the kind of people who get upset by Christmas overtaking Thanksgiving, but we do love all holidays equally. So, this week for our blog we thought it would be fun to share some Thanksgiving fun facts and trivia so you can wow your dinner guests over your delicious Thanksgiving meal.

The First Thanksgiving
We all know the story of the first Thanksgiving held in 1621 with the Pilgrims and Native Americans. But, did you know many historians believe that among the 50 pilgrims only 5 were women due to the harshness of the first year in North America?

Thanksgiving Gave Way to the TV Dinner
In 1953, Swanson had so much extra turkey leftover from Thanksgiving that they started packaging it in aluminum trays with other sides. Thus, the TV dinner was created.

The First Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade
Macy’s started their holiday parade tradition way back in 1924 to celebrate their expansion and new title as the ‘World’s Largest Store’. Back then it was called the Macy’s Christmas Parade, and it featured several live zoo animals loaned from the Central Park Zoo.

Black Friday Isn’t Just the Busiest Shopping Day of the Year
For many, Black Friday signifies the busiest shopping day of the year. However, a recent study found that plumbing company calls increase by 50% the Friday after Thanksgiving and business increases by 21%.

Mary Had a Little…turkey?
Sarah Josepha Hale, the writer and editor who penned the popular ‘Mary Had a Little Lamb’ was also responsible for convincing President Lincoln to declare Thanksgiving a national holiday.

Turkey by the Numbers
The National Turkey Foundation, yes that’s a real foundation, claims that 88% of Americans consume Turkey on Thanksgiving. This adds up to nearly 46 million turkeys.

It’s Not the Tryptophan that Has You Trippin’
Most people assume that it is the tryptophan in the turkey that causes you to be tired after Thanksgiving dinner. The truth is, chicken has more tryptophan than turkey. You’re just more tired because of how hard your body is working to digest the large meal.

The Leftovers
According to a recent Harris Poll, 80% of Americans prefer Thanksgiving leftovers to the original meal itself.

The Turkey Bowl
The Thanksgiving Day tradition of a football game played on the holiday started in 1924 “when the Detroit Lions played the Chicago Bears in the first NFL game broadcast nationally.”

A Thanksgiving World Record
The heaviest recorded turkey by the Guinness Book of World Records weighed in at a whopping 86 pounds.

We hope you enjoyed these Thanksgiving Day fun facts. If you care for or plan on hosting an elderly loved one for the holiday we urge you to read our blog discussing 11 Thanksgiving Tips for the Elderly. You can find it here: http://wisercareservices.com/blog/11-thanksgiving-tips-for-the-elderly/ .

If would like help developing a care plan of any kind please feel free to contact us. Wiser Home Care Services can help your family establish a care plan to personally accommodate your loved one’s needs and help prevent falls and fall-related injuries.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wiser Home Care Services’ Annual Caregiver Picnic

This summer, the office staff, caregivers and employee family members at Wiser Home Care Services took some time off to enjoy an evening of delicious food, fun games, and team building near the water at Steele Lake Park in Federal Way. Thank you to staff team member Kathryn for capturing these fun memories on camera. We hope you enjoy them.