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Saturday, June 15, 2019

10 Warning Signs of Dementia

The definition of Dementia is a decline in mental ability. The decline is severe enough that it interferes with daily life. One feature of this decline is memory loss. One of the most common types of dementia is Alzheimer's disease. Ten of the most common signs of dementia include:

  • Memory Loss== affecting short term memory it is often the most common early sign symptom of dementia. While many of us may experience loss of short time memory we still know the subject we are talking about. However, an individual with dementia easily forgets but stops mid conversation as they have forgot what they are talking about. 
  • Dementia interferes with completing normal daily task as well. Individuals with dementia may not recall how to put their clothes on or how to prepare a simple meal. 
  • Dementia also interferes with how one speaks. Stumbling around to speak because they have forgotten simple words or use words that they are unfamiliar with. 
  • Being confused to what day it is, what time of day it is, what season it is as well as what month or year are all signs of dementia. Likewise, taking a short journey to the mailbox and back may leave the individual with dementia lost and scared. 
  • Dementia can leave an individual not knowing how hot or cold it is therefore dressing to warm or not warm enough. They also forget to eat and drink leaving their health in danger
  • Disorganization more than usual is a sign of dementia as well. Not recalling what we were doing may be normal but even simple task like having a conversation become a struggle for those with dementia. 
  • Individuals with dementia often forget what belongs where. This often leads them to losing things only to have them found in places they should never have been. 
  • Rapid mood swings as well as extreme happiness or severe depression often are associated with individuals that suffer from dementia. At times they may seem as they have no emotions at all. 
  • Dementia often changes the individuals personality. A sweet person may become bossy and mean. Feelings of suspicion, irritability, depression, apathetic, anxiety and agitation are often associated with dementia. 
  • Individuals with dementia may find they have no zeal for life. A life of sitting around watching T.V., sleeping more than usual and loss of interest in favorite activities may occur. 

IF any of these signs are present in your personal life or the life of a family member or friend a visit to the doctor to discuss concerns should occur.

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Thursday, June 13, 2019

Breakfast casserole #Recipe

1 10 ounce bag of hash browns
¼ cup butter
6 eggs
1½ cups half and half
1 cup shredded Swiss cheese
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
½ tsp salt
½ tsp pepper
2 cups browned sausage, diced ham, or fried and crumbled bacon

Preheat oven to 375 degrees
Spread hash browns in a greased 9 x 13 dish. Slice butter and put it on top of hash browns. Bake for 15 minutes.
Wisk eggs. Add milk. Stir in cheeses. Season with salt and pepper.
Stir browned sausage in with the cooked hash browns.
Pour egg and cheese mixture over the hash browns.
Cover with foil and refrigerate until the morning. Then bake covered for 45 minutes. Uncover and bake for an additional 15 minutes.
If you don't want to refrigerate reduce baking time to 30 minutes covered and 15 minutes uncovered.

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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Do You Have A Headache??

Is it brought on by a long day of work, stress , hunger or other means?? If you have experienced them then you may know I am talking about headaches. Even worst than a headache is a migraine. Like many I have experienced some bad headaches and migraines that have sent me to bed.

June has been selected as the month to draw awareness to Migraines and Headaches. Healthcare providers, patient advocates and those that suffer with as well as those that help those that suffer are taking a stand against the pain. The theme for 2019 is "Sowing the Seeds for a Cure" Thru the efforts of all the American Migraine Foundation is looking forward to working with all those taking a stand to offer awareness and advocacy efforts to help those suffering from the great pain involved in headaches and migraines.

The easiest way for a physician, neurologist or headache specialist to create a treatment plan is with you is to provide the professional with as much information as possible. They need to see the full picture, and to do that, they may ask you a number of questions.

Upon visiting a doctor or specialist they may ask a few questions concerning how you feel. These questions may include:

  • How quickly do your attacks peak?
  • How many of the attacks are morning migraines?
  • How many attacks are already full-blown by the time you’re seeking out a solution?
  • Are you nauseated? When and how bad is nausea?
The answers will offer the physician knowledge concerning you and your headaches. The information will help find a path to hopefully offer you helpful treatment. The process will take a bit of give and take to find the path that will help you. 

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Tuesday, June 11, 2019

cataract awareness

They say our eyes are the windows to our world. Through them we can see where we are and envision where we want to go. When we struggle with eye sight our vision becomes cloudy and distorts the way we see. Cataracts cause a clouding of the lens of the eye and prevents the passage of light into the eye
More than 24 million Americans age 40 and older suffer with cataracts. Thus making the subject of cataracts a theme that deserves much awareness.

At a certain age many realize that they need to have their eyes checked for cataracts Cataracts affect more than just adults. Children and young adults can have cataract of the eye as well. Risk factors of younger individuals getting cataracts include:

  •  Intense heat or long-term exposure to UV rays from the sun
  •  Certain diseases, such as diabetes
  •  Inflammation in the eye
  •  Hereditary influences
  •  Events before birth, such as German measles in the mother
  •  Long-term steroid use
  •  Severe long-term nearsightedness (myopia)
  •  Eye injuries
  •  Eye diseases
  •  Smoking

Cataracts are common and many may get it but the good thing is that the cure is fairly simple. The solution to cataracts is surgery. The surgeon will remove the lens that has deteriorated and replace it with an artificial lens. Each year millions of Americans will undergo cataract surgery. Cataract surgery is one of the most common surgeries in the U.S. Within 30 minutes the surgery is over and most individuals can resume normal activities fairly quickly

To prevent age related cataract of the eye one should
  • avoid smoking
  • reduce exposure to U.V. rays
  • eating healthy foods
  • wearing proper eye protection 

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Goop Up A Fun Day

Looking for some summertime fun?? Why not make up some goop?? Goop is a type of slime named after Oobleck. Oobleck??? Yes, that's right out of the Dr. Seuss book Bartholomew and the Oobleck First why not read the book and then make up some goop for a fun play material that is a bit of solid  and liquid at the same time.

How to make Goop ::

  • 16 oz. container of Cornstarch (this is corn flour in the U.K.)
  • Up to 1 cup of water
  • Liquid watercolors or food coloring (optional)
Set up a large container such as an under-bed tub
There are two ingredients in this recipe: cornstarch and water. If you don’t have the same quantities as us, the ratio is one part water and two parts cornstarch.
Pour one 16 oz. container of cornstarch into the tub
Pour almost all of water on the cornstarch, around 3/4 cups. Mix the water and cornstarch together with your hands. Add the rest of the water to make the consistency more liquid. Play with the ratio.
Add food coloring or liquid watercolors to make it colorful.

How to get the most out of your Goop
To get the most bang for your buck, do what I did and set up this goop-making activity up as a 3-part activity to enable your child to experience the medium in multiple ways.

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Sunday, June 9, 2019

Dairy Month

June is national Dairy Month. In 1937 National Milk Month was established to promote drinking milk. At the time milk was at a surplus and the special promotion of milk month was meant to help stabilize the dairy demand. The month has surpassed the demand and now is an annual tradition that celebrates the dairy industry. Following the demand the Dairy Council stepped in and the name was changed to "Dairy Month"

As we all should well know dairy products are rich in nutrients such as calcium and potassium. These nutrients have the ability when taken correctly to help manage weight, reduce risk of high blood pressure, osteoporosis and some cancers. Protein found in dairy foods helps to build and repair muscles to help keep our bodies active. Vitamins A and D help to maintain healthy skin. Perhaps you are starting to see the reason that Dairy should be celebrated but not only in June but should be consumed all year long.

June celebrates the dairy community and honors the hardworking dairy farm families. Dairy farmers work hard and are on demand around the clock. Their goal is to produce safe, high quality milk by taking care of the cattle and protecting the environment There are several thousand dairy farmers that help bring the milk home to you. Thus allowing us to enjoy a ice cold glass of milk or eat other dairy products that all enjoy.

Dairy farms in the United States produce around 21 billion gallons of milk a year. Every state in the United States have dairy farms. Nearly 75% of calcium in the United States food supply comes from dairy foods. The amount in one glass of 8 oz. milk is equal to the calcium in seven oranges

Go ahead and enjoy Dairy it does your body good

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Campfire Enchilada #Recipe

2 tablespoons oil
1 red bell pepper, cut into strips
½ red onion, sliced into thin half-moons
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon cumin
2 teaspoons salt
14 oz can enchilada sauce
2 cups cheese
1 cup cooked black beans
4-6 flour tortillas
cilantro, jalapenos, lime, etc.

Prepare your coals or get your campfire going so that you'll have embers to cook with.
Over medium heat, heat the oil in a Dutch oven. Add the peppers and saute for a few minutes until they are starting to soften. Add the onions and saute until the onions are soft and translucent and the peppers are soft. Add the garlic, cumin, and salt, and saute 30 seconds, until fragrant. Remove from heat and transfer the vegetables to a plate or bowl.
Add 1/2 cup enchilada sauce to coat the bottom of the Dutch oven.
To build the enchiladas, place onions and peppers in a line the center of a flour tortilla. Add a few spoonfuls of black beans and top with cheese. Roll the tortilla around the fillings, then place the enchilada, seam side down, into the Dutch oven. Repeat with the remaining ingredients. This recipe will make 4-6 enchiladas depending on the size of your Dutch oven.
Cover the enchiladas with the remaining sauce and cheese. Place the lid on top.
Return the Dutch oven to your campfire. Place it over indirect heat (the grill grate over the campfire works great) and stack 14-16 coals on the lid. Cook about 10 minutes, until the cheese is melted.

Serve topped with jalapenos, cilantro, and a squeeze of lime & enjoy!

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Keep Right

Take a drive in the summer time is one of my favorite activities. Getting out there and seeing what is out and about is fun to me. The issue is not the drive but it is often my fellow drivers. Drivers that simply seem to believe the road belongs to them and have no intention of sharing the road. While there has been a few rules set up for driving many times they are ignored.

One of these driving laws pertains to lane courtesy. While the highway is set up so that slower moving traffic keeps right the left lane often remains clogged. To make drivers aware of this the National Motorists Association has designated June as Lane Courtesy Month. Perhaps the awareness will help to improve traffic flow which in turn will prevent accidents and even save a bit of gas.

Not following the lane courtesy rule amounts to highway build up leading to frustration. Tailgating, weaving in and out of traffic and speeding all increase the frustration and also increase the dangers of driving and waste fuel. Vehicles burn the most fuel when accelerating. When the car can go at a consistent speed less fuel is used. Again another reason to follow the rules of the road with gas prices rising and new tax at least here in Illinois

While many traffic laws such as speeding, seatbelt usage and driving in construction zone the issue of lane courtesy is not paid much attention to.

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