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Tuesday, July 31, 2018

10 Lesser-Known Vitamins and Minerals (and Where to Find Them)


Whether you’re a child, a gym professional, or an aging body, everyone knows the importance of a vitamin-rich dietary plan. But with such a long lineup of essential nutrients out there, locating all of them can become a confusing undertaking (especially when most people aren’t even sure what each one does).

To simplify your life, here is a quick list of those often overlooked vitamins and minerals, and exactly where you can hunt them down.

1. Vitamin B1 (Thiamine)
There are various B vitamins which the body requires, and yet there’s a general misunderstanding as to what all of them do. B1 is a good example of a nutrient which turns carbs into usable energy while strengthening the nervous system at the same time.

To introduce more B1 into your life, stock up on sunflower seeds, yellowfin tuna, lentils, and black beans.

2. Vitamin K
Vitamin K helps your blood to clot, which means that a simple laceration could turn into a much riskier incident of blood loss if you're deficient in this area. Vitamin K is also good for your bones and preventing the collection of calcium within your blood vessels.

To get your fix, look no further than spinach, kale, broccoli, and just about anything leafy green.

3. Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin)
There are plenty of beneficial qualities to riboflavin, including the breakdown of protein, carbs, and fats which increases the metabolism and raises your energy levels. What’s more, it helps your blood to move along which can improve your skin’s texture.

B2 can be difficult to find, but if you're willing to feast on calf’s liver, then you’re good to go. For everyone else, try milk, almonds, and yeast.

4. Vitamin B3 (Niacin)
Niacin looks after your nervous system while providing your body with sufficient energy to function throughout the day. It has also been shown to support your digestive organs while lowering your cholesterol levels, reducing the chance of a stroke or heart disease. Finally, there are some other reports which link this nutrient to healthier skin.

Look after your B3 dosage via the means of chicken/turkey breast, almonds, seeds, and whole wheat products.

5. Folic Acid
While its claim to fame is the development of a healthy baby during pregnancy, folic acid is still important for all genders to look into. It has been shown to assist cell rejuvenation and is essential for functional red blood cells which reduces the chance of anemia.

Folic acid is best found in broccoli, beans, asparagus, and lentils.

6. Vitamin B6
B6 is a special vitamin which works in conjunction with other vitamins to boost their roles. When used as a part of a complete diet, it lowers homocysteine, an amino acid negatively linked to depression, dementia, osteoporosis, and strokes. What’s more, it has been shown to promote a healthier brain, skeleton, and cardiovascular system, while also decreasing the chance of kidney stones.

There is plenty of B6 available in beef, chicken, bananas, potatoes, and chickpeas.

7. Vitamin B7 (Biotin)
Biotin is an ally of your red blood cells, which means an improved delivery of oxygen around the system, often sold as hair growth products. Much like B6, biotin also lends a helping hand in the absorption of other nutrients.

Unfortunately, B7 is very difficult to find in foods but is available in lower amounts from almonds, tomatoes, and animal livers. However, it is recommended that you consider researching biotin supplements depending on your gender and lifestyle, as there are vitamins for men or women available.

8. Vitamin E
The often misunderstood vitamin E is ideal for better blood circulation and tissue repair while acting as an antioxidant for an improved immune system. But be careful not to overdo it! Vitamin E is fat-soluble and can remain in your system for a long time. If you are on other medication, speak to your doctor first before boosting a supplement dose.

For everyone else, fill up on almonds, sunflower seeds, olives, and turnip greens.

9. Vitamin B12 (Folate)
If you find yourself regularly short of breath, you may need to investigate your B12 intake. Folate supports the metabolism’s conversion of food into energy while bolstering your red blood cells and the nervous system.

Due to its abundance in meat, eggs, and cheese products, most vegans are B12 deficient. If you prefer a green diet, increase your yeast consumption and explore supplement options.

10. Magnesium
Famous by name, magnesium is an overlooked asset to your muscles, improving their ability to contract and relax. Furthermore, it also regulates your blood pressure while aiding the body in its calcium absorption which promotes healthier bones.

Seek out some extra magnesium by filling your plate with spinach, almonds, beans, and avocado.

This is a guest blog entry.

Friday, July 27, 2018

5 Essential Habits to Practice as You Recover from Alcoholism

“Your mental health is a priority.
Your happiness is essential.
Your self-care is a necessity.”
-Anon

I don’t know where you are exactly in the great scheme of things, let alone your scheme of things.

You may have just got yourself clean and sober (finally), as I managed to do nearly a decade ago. Or, like many who are simply fed up with the drunk life they feel trapped in, you may be reading this because you’re just plain sick and tired of it all. Sick and tired of looking around to find another somebody has left your life or another something else has been lost, and neither may ever come back.

You may be looking for answers because the questions never change: “When will this ever stop?” or “Does it get better when there’s no more of me left to care?” Here’s a question for you: “How could I ever lead a sober life?” The answer, my friend, is a simple “Habits - good ones.”

My name is Andy, I’m a recovering drug addict and alcoholic (clean and sober for 9 years now), and I really don’t know where this finds you in what you consider to be your “great scheme of things.” I only hope it finds you well and wants to learn something about staying well, for people like us.


This is my great scheme because it’s my life. Staying well is staying abstinent. It’s practicing only good habits each and every day. It’s hard work, but it’s attainable, and I reap the rewards. Recovery has bad days, it’s true, but the ocean of good days just end up washing those away.

Good habits - that was a lesson well learned in my own drug and alcohol rehab. Here’s what they told me:

Around 60% of what you did yesterday, you’ll do again today. Wait for it - you will do it tomorrow too unless you want or have to change it. We are creatures of habit, whether it’s where we decide to take lunch during the working day, or where we keep that all-important first drink or first hit of the day - it’s habit, and, as recovering alcoholics, we need good ones. Only good ones. Fact.

Good habits are more than just a way of giving yourself structure. The habits I have built up during my recovery are more than that. They became a way to find out who I really was, how I could learn to react to situations that in the past were triggers to addictive behavior, and also they were a place to hide away if I needed one, a secure and safe place for me to be. My recovery security blanket, if you like.

This article - 5 Essential Habits to Practice as You Recover from Alcoholism - is my way of sharing part of my recovery’s education with you. Like everything in an alcoholic’s slow journey to a clean and sober life, it’s better if it’s shared with others. Let’s begin:

Strength

Rehab provided me with the best education I’ve ever had, and I majored in “me.” Everything I needed to learn about what lay ahead of me was a reflection of what lay inside of me, and that self-realization was the foundation of my recovery. I already felt I was an expert at all that was wrong with me, my faults and my failings. Rehab flipped that coin, and I learned the opposite - I learned my strengths.

Here are just a few of those strengths, amongst others:
  • Intelligence
  • Creativity
  • Loyalty
  • Humor, and most importantly for me
  • Empathy
Hard to do when you’re drunk, but sober, with a clear head, and with the right guidance, you can create your own list. Believe me, you’ll be as surprised as I was. Yes, we may be an alcoholic, but that is just a part of us, and it’s certainly never been our entirety. As part of your recovery, write your list, and remind yourself of it every day.

Less Stress

No-one lives stress-free, right? Right. Our world certainly isn’t set up for it. However, you can take one great leap for yourself in that direction if you learn to manage the stress you do live with. If you’re a recovering alcoholic, the one thing - the only thing - that can take you back to where you once were is a relapse. Unmanaged stress is one of the biggest triggers of relapse, and it needs to be dealt with.

Here are some practicalities you can put in place to ensure stress is not only managed, but the events and issues in your life gain a new perspective:
  • Always, always put your needs, primarily your physical and mental health, above all else
  • “Go easy” (as one of my counselors once said to me) - recovery isn’t a race, it takes time
  • Avoid unnecessary drama when you can - you don’t need it
  • Learn about stress management: exercise, keeping a diary, yoga, meditation, etc.
New Activities = New Habits

The beginning of your recovery is going to present you with familiar challenges. You may well be returning to a similar, if not, identical routine as the one you had previously. My advice? Change everything that you can change, and plan and make the most of the free time that you may now have. The answer to this unquestionable power of routine is to develop new activities and new interests. If you’ve always wondered about something, simply go and find out.

Regardless of the state, I would find myself in sometimes, I always was happy playing basketball when I could and I was able. No surprise that it took up a good amount of my time during my early recovery, and I still play competitively 3 times a week now. Furthermore, art is becoming an increasingly important part of my life now. Find out exactly what your basketball or your blank canvas is. 

Exercise

Your alcoholic life will have taken a toll on your body, and, sadly, some damage will be beyond repair. Not only is cleansing your body of alcohol an exceptionally strenuous undertaking even when medically supervised, you go through it when your body is at its lowest ebb physically. Once you’re on the other side of this essential step, your body needs help to get back working as well as it can.

As they say, a healthy body really is a healthy mind, and, although it may not feel like it at first, there is nothing better for you than to engage in some form of regular exercise, preferably aerobic in nature. You certainly don’t have to hit the gym to do this. In fact, I’ve always found gyms to be a very insular place to get fit - I have always much preferred either team sports or group activities, like a cycling club for example. Not only do you get fit, you socialize with new and like-minded people.

Eat Healthily & Drink (Water)

Having a nutritious and balanced diet, accompanied by making sure you’re always hydrated, is the other essential boost that you can continually give to your body during recovery. The combination of this and the regular exercise described above will ensure you provide your body with the best possible path to its own recovery from your alcoholism. One last word on this - never allows yourself to feel hungry, as this will exacerbate any cravings you may still have.

Given The Opportunity

These 5 essential (and good) habits - strength, less stress, new activities, exercise, and diet and hydration - are the cornerstones of my recovery, and I have no wish to imagine where I’d be if I didn’t have these things in my new and sober life.

At the beginning of your recovery, they may feel a little insignificant, and they may not actually take up a great deal of your time. However, given the opportunity, they will grow and flourish and become as intrinsic to your new life of recovery as the premeditated act of abstention. Just given the opportunity, and we all deserve that.

What good habits have you found helpful in your recovery? Are you wondering how you could make a recovery yourself? Please feel free to share a comment below - thanks. Like I said before, I hope this finds you well. Take care and go easy.

This is a guest blog post.

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Recruitment in Britain’s NHS — 3 in-demand careers that you could pursue


Britain’s National Health Service (NHS) turned 70 this year — and in the decades since it’s establishment by then minister of health and housing Aneurin Bevan, the free at the point of delivery service has benefited families from all strata of society.

But it’s faced increasingly severe funding problems thanks to austerity cuts following the 2008 financial crash and a recruitment crisis since the UK voted to leave the EU in 2016.

On the flipside of these problems are opportunities for health workers from outside the EU who might want to migrate to Britain to secure the future of one of its finest institutions.
So here are three in-demand careers you could pursue in Britain’s NHS.

1. Nursing and midwifery

In the year following the Brexit vote in June 2016, the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) reported that EU nurse applications to join the NHS dropped by a staggering 96%.

And by January 2018, NHS Digital reported that there were 34,260 unfilled nursing and midwifery vacancies in England — with Surrey, Kent, Sussex and all areas of London finding recruitment particularly difficult.

Nurses from nations like Jamaica and India are being recruited in an attempt to plug the gap, but it’ll be some time before this branch of the NHS is anywhere near optimal operational capacity.

If you’re a nurse qualified outside Europe, contacting the NMC about non-EU/EEA qualifications and application criteria is the best first step towards translating your skillset to UK hospitals.

2. Dentistry

If tackling toothcare is your medical forte, you might find a bright new career in the NHS.

In February 2018, the British Dental Association (BDA) reported that a dentist recruitment crisis meant that over two-thirds of NHS practices in England recruiting in the preceding year had problems filling vacancies — while some existing practitioners are leaving to concentrate solely on private practice.

And General Dental Council (GDC) stats for the period 2006-2016 show that 40% of new entrants to the professional register came from overseas — although a lack of clarity over the government’s post-Brexit plans means EEA registrants are starting to move elsewhere.

Checking Health Education England recruitment guidance can help you decipher whether your existing dentistry qualification is mutually-recognized, or if you’ll need to pass an overseas registration examination.

3. Healthcare management

To cope with meeting treatment targets and improving outcomes against a backdrop of financial pressures and recruitment and retention issues, the NHS needs talented managers more than ever.

And as the organization has become more diverse and complex, the sharp coordination and administration skills of leaders is as crucial as their people skills.

So if you’re currently working in health management or can envisage adapting your general management skills, the NHS could be a fulfilling final destination.

Studying for an online Healthcare Management MSc from a British institution can help you convert your skill set and boost your CV.

So there are three in-demand careers you could pursue in the NHS — research your visa and application requirements and take the first step towards an exciting new vocation.

Have you migrated to work for the NHS? Share your experiences in the comments section.


Written by Kevin Fullerton

How To Get Healthy And Fit For The Summer

Summer is already here and many individuals are far behind on their weight loss goals. Unfortunately, this might lead to them making drastic changes that end up negatively impacting their health. Sure, looking good and fit can seem like the most important goal to some individuals, but it isn’t worth it if it is going to affect your health.

There really is no reason to rush because you still have time to get in shape for the peak of the summer. However, you just want to make sure that you are doing it the healthy way and that is exactly what you are going to learn below.

Stay On A Consistent Path

It shouldn’t come as a huge surprise that exercising is extremely important to maintaining a long and healthy life. Even if you are just eating junk all day long your body will be better off with the fact that you are exercising. That being said, you always need to make sure that you are being consistent with your exercise routines. Don’t workout two to three hours one and one hour another week. Make sure that you stick to the same time frame and work up from there. It doesn’t matter how low or slow your start out, as long as you are staying consistent and building up from that point you are going to be just fine.

Balance Your Diet

Eating right is a very important part of staying fit and healthy. You can’t workout for two to three hours a week and just eat whatever you want. It should go without saying that you need to stay away from trans fat and high caloric sweets. When it comes to your daily meals, you need to make sure that you are consuming nothing in excess and keep everything to a moderate amount. In addition to this, you want to make sure that your plate is always well balanced with all the food groups. Include fruits, vegetables, and healthy protein.

Choose Your Supplements Carefully

There are tons of supplements and steroids available today on the open market. Sure, these supplements can be extremely beneficial, but they can also come along with some nasty side effects. This is why it is always imperative to choose your supplements wisely. For instance, if you are a male and considering taking steroids, you might always want to consider stacking them with body building clomid. Clomid is a manmade estrogen that actually blocks the undesirable effects of estrogen that comes along with consuming steroids.

More And More Water

You might already know that water is the source to all life. In fact, the biggest portion of your body is made up of water, so it only makes sense that water is necessary for the body. Not only will water flush the system of harmful toxins, but it has the ability to make your body feel cleaner, while providing you with a lighter head. Of course, you have to be careful about the amount you are consuming, as too much can be bad. Most experts recommend 64 ounces a day.

This is a guest blog entry.

How The United States Can Improve Its Health


It is undoubtedly true that the United States has some of the most expensive healthcare in the world. This has proven to be very problematic for consumers and medical professionals alike. It has also taken a toll on the government at large. With that being said, the United States needs to begin taking steps to rectify this problem as quickly as possible. The good news is that there are plenty of things the country can do to fix its healthcare problem. Within this guide, this subject will be discussed in greater depth.

Physical Education

One of the biggest health problems in the United States is the lack of physical fitness. Too many people are sitting around for too long each and every day. This is causing the obesity rate across the country to rise significantly. This is a problem that needs to be addressed immediately. This is why schools across the country should begin implementing physical education programs as soon as possible. If physical education is added to schools, there is a good chance that it’ll help reduce the obesity rate.

It will also teach future generations how to keep themselves in great shape.

Doctor Education

While you’re at it, you must agree that many problems originate in the hospitals across the United States. US based healthcare facilities need to provide consumers with more than just medications. Many people believe that medications can solve all of their problems. This couldn’t be further from the truth. In many cases, medications only escalate the problem and make it much worse. This is why doctors need to begin providing their patients with education. It is pertinent to ensure that patients have the knowhow to improve their health without the need for drugs.

Diet Guidelines

Over the years, the diet guidelines have changed significantly. At the same time, consumers have started ignoring these recommendations. This is a very serious problem. Consumers are eating terrible foods and it is beginning to take a toll on the country at large. Fast foods are causing the obesity rate to climb higher and higher. This is another problem that needs to be addressed. Consumers need to know exactly what foods they can eat and what foods need to be avoided.

The government needs to put measures into place to ensure that consumers are eating healthy. This could make a big difference in the long run.

Home Education

Finally, it is vital to understand that consumers need to begin taking care of themselves. The government, doctors and the public education system cannot rectify all problems out there. This is why consumers need to begin looking after themselves. Parents need to begin providing their children with the education that is needed to remain healthy and fit. Until this happens, children are going to remain at risk of becoming obese. And, there are many diseases that are directly linked to obesity. The best way to avoid these problems is by gaining an education early on.

This is why parents will need to remain proactive in the lives of their children!

This is a guest blog entry.

Friday, July 20, 2018

HGH Injections Brands: Why Your Choice Matters


Warning – not all HGH brands are the same! Before you buy HGH injections, make sure you understand the differences between the various HGH injections brands.

HGH – human growth hormone or somatropin – is a bioidentical version of the hormone somatotropin. The quality and effectiveness of HGH can vary significantly from one brand to another.

How, then, do you do which HGH to buy?
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That is why we are here – to provide you with the facts to help you make an informed choice before you spend your hard-earned money. HGH is not cheap. You are investing in your health, and we want to help you get the most bang for your bucks. The right decision can bring you superior benefits. The wrong selection could cause side effects and even land you in the hospital.

The best HGH injections brands will have the same molecular structure as somatotropin. They will consist of a 191 single-chain, amino acid sequence. HGH is a polypeptide protein that the body will recognize as real growth hormone.

Unlike inferior quality brands, the best HGH will contain pure human growth hormone and not unknown substances or bacterial residue. By ensuring that your HGH manufacturing takes place in Europe or the United States, you will know the quality is exceptional. Cheaper, Asian-made HGH is often of inferior quality, and may even have a 192 amino acid sequence. No, 192 amino acids are not better than 191. It is not an exact match to human growth hormone and can produce significant side effects. Most importantly, cheaper HGH is often produced under unsanitary conditions without the government regulations in place for cleanliness and quality.

Which High-Quality Brands of HGH Injections Are the Best?

Now that you know a little about human growth hormone let us answer the question you want to know. Which are the best HGH injection brand names to buy?

Here is our list as comprised by our hormone doctors who review each medication for quality and effectiveness:

•    Genotropin by Pfizer
•    Humatrope by Eli Lilly
•    Norditropin by Novo Nordisk
•    Omnitrope by Sandoz
•    Saizen by EMD Serono

No doubt you recognize at least one of the pharmaceutical manufacturers listed above. Each company produces superior HGH injections brands in a variety of injector styles. Tev-Tropin is another possible brand to use, although it is marketed more for children than adults. That being said, some individuals have received excellent results from Tev-Tropin. It is just not one of our top five choices for treatment of growth hormone deficiency.

Why Should You Stay Away from Low-Quality Brands of HGH Injections?

You may wonder why you should stay away from HGH injections brands with names like Jintropin, Ansomone, Hygetropin, Kefei, Getropin, Glotropin, Fitropin, and Kigtropin.

Some brands, such as Getropin, Glotropin, and Kigtropin are of questionable origin. Others, such as Fitropin are discontinued. That does not mean you will not find it for sale online. Anything is possible and potentially dangerous.

You want to stay away from low-quality HGH injections names due to the risk of receiving a potentially dangerous and counterfeit medication. Some products tested have contained compounds such as rat poison and cement. These are not substances you want to inject into your body.

Finally, never buy HGH by “cap color” rather than brand name. These are some of the cheapest generically produced forms of human growth hormone.

If you care about what you put in your body then you only want to inject pure, high-quality HGH.

How to Choose the Right HGH Injections Brands for You


We mentioned our top five brands of HGH injections that our doctors prescribe to adults with growth hormone deficiency. What makes one brand a better choice over the others, and how do you know which one to choose?

There is no difference in brand quality, so eliminate that reason for why one HGH brand is better than the others. The biggest differences are in price and injector styles.

When it comes time to select a medication, your clinical advisor will ask you a few questions. The factors that can influence your brand decision include:
  • Lifestyle habits
  • Dosage prescribed
  • Budget
  • Convenience
  • Travel
You may wonder why travel is on the list. Most HGH injections brands require constant refrigeration. People who frequently travel often do better selecting one of the options that are storable at room temperature.

If money is the primary factor driving your decision, then a brand of HGH available in a standard vial for use with disposable insulin syringes is the best option.

The dosage makes a difference in which product will meet your needs. A higher dosage may necessitate an injector pen with 10, 12, 15, 0r 24 mg rather than one with only 5 mg. You would run out of medication sooner and likely have a higher cost factor than going with a different selection.

Finally, lifestyle habits and convenience converge when people are looking for the easiest, quickest method of injecting HGH. Each of the five brands of HGH offers at least one option for injector pens. Your advisor at our hormone clinic will explain the differences in both cost and usage convenience to help you make the right choice.

Contact us today for a free consultation to learn more about which brand of HGH is right for you.

This is a guest blog entry.

10 Tools to Help Seniors Age in Place

The data is in and research shows that upwards of 90% of seniors over the age of 65 want to remain in their home as they age. While this goal may seem completely practical, the truth is that many homes are not equipped to fully support the health, safety, and independence of an older adult, especially one living on their own.

As a senior yourself or a caregiver for one, don’t miss this essential list of 10 tools to help seniors age in place:

Medical Alert Systems
Whether it’s a free-standing phone, a digital ID bracelet, or even a pendant worn around the neck, medical alert systems provide peace of mind for both seniors living at home and their caregivers far away. With the tap of a button, a senior can quickly alert emergency contacts or even 911 in the event of a fall, injury, or other accident.

Lift Chair
For seniors with any type of mobility issue, from leg weakness to joint discomfort, an armchair or recliner which mechanically raises up and down can provide a world of assistance. Lift chairs are remote controlled and can lift forward and up to help a senior to their feet from a sitting position. Getting from a seated position to a nearby mobility aid is easier than ever and makes navigating the home environment solo much more possible.

Grab Bars
Bathroom upgrades are one of the highest priorities for seniors living independently at home as the bathroom itself is a high-risk environment for falls. In addition to non-slip flooring, grab bars both outside and inside the shower or shower tub offer seniors a sturdy support as they tend to bathing needs. Items like toilet seat risers can also aid a senior when sitting down or standing up from the toilet.

Lighting
Small updates to lighting around the home can make a huge difference for seniors aging in place. Make sure wattage is consistent in light bulbs from room to room and consider replacing commonly-used lamps (like in the bedroom and living room) with motion-activated or clap-on versions so there’s no concern about scrambling through the dark to flip a switch.

Medicine Organizer
With 4 out of 5 older adults living with at least one chronic condition, the chances that you or a senior you know take some type of medicine daily is high. Medicine organizers help seniors stick to their medicine schedules and allow them to sort and coordinate medicine doses both by day but also the time of day, i.e. you can get an organizer with A.M. and P.M. boxes for each day of the week. Some medicine organizers even alert seniors to when it is time to take medicine.

Bed Rails
Bed rails not only help with getting in and out of bed independently, but they can assist with repositioning in bed, allowing seniors to facilitate the most comfortable sleeping position (and therefore improving sleep quality and duration). Adjustable bed rails are fairly easy to install and maneuver and can be found online or in some pharmacies or big box stores.

Home Monitoring System
Technological advancements are taking home monitoring to the next level when it comes to senior wellness. Some monitoring systems consist of both safety features (like remote-controlled locks on doors) as well as motion-sensing around the home so children and caregivers can be alerted accordingly.

High-powered Blender
When it comes to the discussion of aging in place, the focus is often on medical needs and physical safety, however, nutrition plays a key role in health outcomes too. Cooking substantial, nutritious meals may not always be feasible for older seniors but a high-powered blender can help. Devices like Blendtec’s and Vitamix’s can whip up meals from smoothies to soups in a matter of seconds - all you have to do is throw in the necessary healthy ingredients and press a button.

Digital Device
It’s no surprise that research shows social isolation and loneliness can contribute to mortality. When a senior ages at home, especially when they are on their own or cannot drive, their levels of social interaction and engagement can plummet. Digital devices like laptops, tablets, and smartphones combat this type of isolation by connecting seniors with the outside world whether it’s helping them video chat with grandkids or simply allowing them to message old friends on social media.

Outdoor Signage
Often overlooked, outdoor address signage that clearly displays the house number on a senior’s home can make all the difference, especially in the event of emergency services trying to reach the home. Sizeable mailbox and house numbers that aren’t just large but can also be seen in the dark are important and fairly easy to find and display.

This is a guest blog entry.

The Ultimate Guide to Improve Your Mental Clarity and Focus


We all know how useless a scattered mind can be. It makes everything difficult from focusing on a simple task to making some of the important decisions in your life. This is, in part, due to the effects of modern technology, which overstimulates our minds and paralyzes them by bombarding them with information every second. Eventually, your mind becomes muddled by everything going on around you that it makes it hard to get through your day.

We spoke to the team at BestNootropicsNow.com and asked if there’s anything that can be done about the issue. BestNootropicsNow says that the prevailing opinion among neuroscientists is that technology is the major reason why our minds are so cluttered. Basically, due to all the overstimulation we’re getting, our neural pathways are getting rewired to be shallower so we can multitask more effectively. The result is that, over time, we become less capable of focusing deeply on a single thing.

“But the situation isn’t entirely hopeless,” says BestNootropicsNow. “There are effective habits you can adopt that make it easier to declutter your brain and manage some deep focus and mental clarity. It’s possible to repair our brains if we do the right things.”

Here is a list of some habits that can get you well on your way to complete mental clarity and focus.

Clutter Outside Means Clutter Inside


Believe it or not, there is a very strong connection between the state of your external physical space and your internal mental space. As it turns out, a messed up external environment often leads to increased stress in the mind. When you have a cluttered physical space, then your mind will be constantly distracted and exposed to too many stimuli. For this reason alone, you should treat your physical space like a sanctuary — a sort of temple where your mind can be at peace.

If there are items you aren’t using at a particular time, make sure they remain outside of your field of vision, including your periphery. Once these items are out of your sight, they will most likely be out of your mind as well. The same applies for your virtual space as well. If there are files that you aren’t using on your desktop, make sure you put them neatly in appropriate folders. You should also strive to keep your online space as neat and organized as possible.

The Power of Routine

 
There is a tradition among sports psychologists to take their athletes through a well-defined set of steps before they make their play. Some of these may not make any sense. They’re movements that seem pretty unusual, and even unnecessary. They are important, however, for the simple reason that they make their mind relax and get into a familiar place. That way, it and they are prepped for a great performance. In a much similar way, having a well-defined daily routine, such as a ritual you go through every morning, will get your mind into the zone it needs to be in order to do some of its best work.

That routine could pretty much be anything. You might prefer to get up and make yourself a cup of coffee. Perhaps a little exercise before you begin your day. Whatever works, do it. You can experiment here and there to try out different routines and different configurations for your workspace to find what works. You will eventually notice that some routines and workspaces make you highly focused and productive. Remember, as a human being, you are primarily a creature of habit. You can use this to your advantages by molding habits for yourself that get you to perform at your very best every single time.

Aim for the 'Flow' State



This is something most people can identify with. You must have been in a situation where you were deeply absorbed in a particular activity. So absorbed, in fact, that you even lost all sense of the passage of time. You were immune to all distraction and seemed to exist solely in a cocoon with whatever activity it was that you were engaged in. That is what psychologists call the state of “flow.” It is a state where your mind becomes completely occupied by the task at hand. Many people say that it is probably the happiest a human being can be because it involves a state of absolute peace with yourself and a selfless devotion to what you’re doing.

If you want to get into this state, you have to strike a certain balance between the amount of skill you have and the complexity of the challenge you’re facing. If you happen to be more skilled than the challenge that lies before you demands, then you’re more likely than not to get bored and stop working altogether. On the other hand, if the challenge is far more complex than your skills can match, then you’re going to be frustrated and anxious about your performance.

The trick here is to find a way to stretch yourself so that you’re always just beyond your comfort zone in terms of skill. However, don’t stretch yourself so far that you suffer from performance anxiety. That way, you ensure a continuous state of growth. Being in that sweet spot keeps your mind constantly in focus and ensures you’re performing at your optimal level.
 

The Evils of Multitasking


People think that multitasking is something to be proud of. I can’t count the number of times I hear people say “I can multitask” like it’s supposed to be a superpower. My pet peeve is when it’s used as a gender stereotype like when people say women are better at multitasking than men. Well, it isn’t a good thing, and it certainly isn’t something to be proud of, especially in this day and age when multitasking is the rule rather than the exception.

To be entirely honest, the term “multitask” is often used incorrectly these days. What people really do when they think they’re multitasking is that they switch between tasks. It’s a fairly useful thing when you’re trying to do many mundane things at the same time — the kind of things that don’t require you to think too hard. It’s not very useful, though, when you’re using it on more significant tasks that require a deeper focus. In fact, during such times, it is more detrimental than it is beneficial.

There is a method Hayes told us about that we liked a lot. It is called the three-to-one method and is very simple in principle. When you have several things to do, narrow them down to the three most important tasks. Once you’ve done that, focus on one of the three tasks at a time, giving it your full attention for a while. Give yourself enough time on the task that you can do something meaningful and productive while you’re on it. The, you can move onto the next task and the next, and then come back to the first and so on. That way, you rotate between the three tasks but you give yourself ample time to do meaningful work for each. That kind of balance ensures your mind is able to focus more deeply on the task at hand and makes it more productive.

Master a Good Rhythm Between Work and Rest



There are plenty of studies that show that people are at their most productive when they have a working rhythm of work and rest. They work intensely for a period of time, then take a short rest, then get back to work, and so on. Perhaps the most popular application of this theory is the Pomodoro Technique. Here, you work nonstop for a period of 25 minutes then rest for 5 minutes. The full cycle of work and rest is 30 minutes and keeps repeating itself. After a few cycles, say 5, you can take a longer break of 15 or 20 minutes. Note that it doesn’t have to be 25 minutes and 5 minutes. You could just as easily work for 50 minutes and take a rest of 20 minutes. The idea is to start with smaller cycles and work your way up to the longer ones gradually.

In order for you to be at your most productive, it’s important that you give your mind the opportunity to rest, especially after a prolonged period of deep and intensive work. You don’t have to settle for any specific cycle. Anything that works for you is good enough.
 

Don’t Forget About Sleep and Diet


What you eat goes a long way in determining the state of your body. You are, as the saying goes, what you eat. If you tend to eat foods that are too high in refined carbohydrates or fats like processed foods, you will experience a general slowing down of the mind and body. Studies actually show that such foods tend to have a negative effect on our thinking process.

The same is true if you don’t get enough sleep. Not even scientists have a definitive answer for why humans need to sleep. The fact of the matter, however, is that our minds and bodies can’t function well without it. A lack of sleep leads to stunted thinking and learning skills along with a host of health-related issues.

The best advice I can give you here is to do your best to stay away from processed foods, animal products and refined sugars. Eat more fruits and vegetables and go for as much whole plant food as you can. It really does pay off for your brain.

This is a guest blog entry.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Smart Steps for Growing Older

Throughout our lives, things change. Whether it's from childhood to the teenage years or middle age to early senior status, there's no denying that things in our new life stage won't be quite the same as things in the old one.

When those changes involve reduced independence, they can be very difficult to accept. However, whether we accept them or not, they are coming, and we need to be prepared to deal with them.

For those of us reaching senior citizen age, there are many different issues we need to think about. Some can be a little intimidating, but the most important thing to remember is that when you make a change by choice, it can keep you from having to make a change without a choice.

One of the most common ones is a reduction in mobility. After many years of working hard and playing hard, sometimes our bodies just don't have the balance or range of motion that they once did, or at least not without pain.

Fortunately, creative people in health care have come up with some great products that can do a lot to minimize the impact of lower mobility. For people who may be able to move around unassisted for daily activities but may need some help with longer distances, the bulky wheelchair has been replaced by a compact electric wheel chair that provides all the help they need without taking up half the car and requiring assistance to move around.

Another common transition for seniors is in their living arrangements. Oftentimes the sprawling multi-level home where they raised the family is too big to keep up, too difficult to get around in, or too far from close friends. As a result, they end up moving to a senior residential development of some kind, which could be anything from an apartment to a townhouse or any of countless other options.

Developments like these are built to be comfortable and safe for senior residents, with difficult maintenance tasks and even meals provided by staff. This reduces the burden of daily living and allows seniors to avoid the most difficult or dangerous tasks, letting them focus on relaxing and socializing with friends and neighbors with similar interests.

One other option is for seniors to stay in their longtime homes but to get assistance with the most problematic tasks. An early choice here is often to hire someone for lawn care and house cleaning, but there are many other options available.

A good example is home health care. Seniors who are recovering from injuries or from events such as strokes or heart attacks can often benefit from in-home medical care from a nurse or other caregiver. These workers visit on a regular schedule and oversee things like physical therapy and medications.

They also provide companionship and monitor the senior for changes in health, such as increasing difficulty moving around or early signs of dementia, providing an earlier opportunity to intervene and slow the progression of these conditions. Home care is often covered by Medicare and private insurers, so the cost can be manageable.

No matter what age we are, we see changes in our lives with each new year. The question isn't whether things will stay the same but rather how we will adapt to those changes, and it's no different for people entering their golden years. Fortunately, a good plan for anticipating and reacting to these changes will help minimize their impact and help seniors maintain independence and quality of life.

This is a blog post by Nancy Evans.

Monday, July 16, 2018

Phoenix the best place for martial arts


Are you tired of being bullied? Do you fear walking alone at night because you might be attacked? Worry not; Phoenix fight club is the right place for you. Located in Central, Hong Kong, the gym offers martial arts training. Some of the martial arts classes taught in the gym include Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, HIIT, Muay Thai, personal training, and mixed martial arts. The staff here is friendly, and the coaches are more than experienced to ensure that you acquire the best skills. The gym has produced many world martial arts champions thus proving to be among the best martial arts gyms in the world. Below is a short description of the martial arts classes taught in the gym. Phoenix is known for facilitating MMA Hong Kong competitions.

Brazilian jiu-jitsu

A martial art enhances the idea of a weaker person defending himself against a much stronger person. It involves fighting on the ground and making joint locks thereby forcing the opponent into submission. It is a sport which helps to shape the character of young people and promotes to the fitness of the entire body. The coaches are friendly and professionals who have competed in international competitions. It is a good sport to try and comes in handy in some stressful situations.

HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training)

It involves fast, extreme training drills followed by small recovery periods allowing your body to burn up excess fat effectively. The trainers in the gym ensure that you get the best workouts you can ever get and only work within your physical level. Are you tired of trying to eat clean and doing daily exercises to lose weight? Try HIIT and experience the difference.

Muay Thai

It is the most popular sport in Thailand. It was developed about seven centuries ago with the sole aim of using the whole body as a weapon. It is among the best self-defense mechanisms in the world. The coaches are well equipped with the knowledge of this art ensuring that you become the best you can be.
 
Personal training

The gym has qualified personal trainers who can give you the correct prescription for your daily exercises. This helps the client know their weaknesses and strengths. The personal trainers check one’s workout routine and nutrition plan. The personal trainer advises the trainee on the next course of action. Are you ready to make your body fit? Seek the help of a qualified personal trainer at Phoenix fight club.

Mixed Martial Arts

This full-contact martial art encompasses techniques from other martial arts. The sport is arguably the best martial art in the world. The game is most helpful in one on one unarmed situations as it combines multiple techniques from all martial arts. It is one of the centers, where MMA Hong Kong competitions are held. Phoenix fight club has all the necessary equipment to facilitate your training.

Are you ready to be taught about self- defense techniques? Then Phoenix fight club is the right place for you. Phoenix Fight club offers multiple martial arts training from the real professionals.

This is a guest blog entry.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

10 Ways That Sunlight Is Important for Your Health


With the prevalence of skin cancer warnings, it’s easy to forget that sunshine is not only good for you but is also crucial to the survival of this planet’s entire ecosystem.

Certainly, this is not to say one should carelessly run around in the blazing sun all day, as melanoma is still the most fatal form of all known cancers. However, when embraced in moderation, the sunlight keeps the body healthy and the mind happy. Here are 10 reasons why you should enjoy the sun responsibly.

1. Blood Pressure
When those warm rays stroke your skin, the body reacts by releasing nitric oxide into the bloodstream. As this oxide moves around your system, your vessels widen which reduces your overall blood pressure. This is exceptionally beneficial for your cardiovascular health, as it helps lower the risk of heart attacks and strokes.

2. Depression
Best known by its cleverly chosen acronym, seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is when the lack of sunshine thwarts the brain’s natural serotonin production. These happy hormones are essential to emotional well-being, hence why this condition is commonly linked to people living in colder countries, those hard workers who are trapped in dark offices all day, or general individuals who are more susceptible to the winter blues. Thankfully, artificial UV solutions known as SAD lights are available.

3. Alzheimer's Disease
While the specifics are uncertain, there have been links drawn between the progress of dementia and a lack of the sun’s vitamin D. Furthermore, one widely reported symptom of this condition is what’s called sundowner’s syndrome, a term used to describe an increase in anxiety, confusion, or mood disruption when the sun goes down. The relieving effects of sunlight on depression, insomnia, and agitation are also important to note, as these factors are often associated with Alzheimer's too. Click here if you would like to know more about sundowning.

4. Cancer
Ultraviolet radiation is usually synonymous with cancer warnings, but there are surprising sunshine benefits when it comes to other forms of this abnormal cell growth. Certain studies have noted a reduced risk of breast and colon cancer with high levels of vitamin D, while other reports have provided similar results in cases of bladder, womb, kidney, and stomach tumors.

5. The Immune System
Whenever the body is invaded by an infection or detrimental bacteria, the immune system gets to work by ordering white blood cells to fight off these dangerous intruders. Sunlight supports these defense mechanisms by energizing these cells, granting them more power to destroy viruses and tumors, which vastly improves your resistance.

6. Bones
One of vitamin D’s most lauded characteristics is its promotion of calcium absorption. Calcium itself is a mineral which strengthens the bones, and this reduces the chance of fractures, breaks, or the development of osteoporosis as you age. These benefits extend to your teeth too, meaning that the more sunshine you regularly take in, the less of a concern cavities will be.

7. Skin Disorders

The relationship between UV rays and your skin is a complex one, and you should always consult a medical professional if you are unsure about what it is you are dealing with. However, in cases of various skin ailments (such as acne, eczema, psoriasis, fungal infection, etc) the sun has been shown to improve their symptoms. If any of these conditions apply to you, spend 20 minutes in the sun without sunscreen to test if this suggestion may help. However, it is imperative that you never burn yourself as this could lead to severe repercussions.

8. Growth
Just like a plant, it has been shown that prenatal exposure to sunlight has a significant impact on a child’s body size, in particular to their eventual adult height. The reasons behind these results are not entirely clear yet, but it could be linked to many of the aforementioned health properties that vitamin D provides.

9. Weight Loss
If you’re looking to lose a few excess pounds, it may be as simple as sunbathing. These regular rays are proven to reduce appetite, while their serotonin-boosting characteristics should also curb any compulsions for comfort food. Furthermore, the extra energy you acquire from the sun is a natural way to bounce through the day, burning off more calories as you go.

10. Sleep
Within your vertebrate brain, there is an endocrine gland more specifically known as the pineal gland. Its primary function is to produce melatonin, a hormone responsible for sleep patterns. If your body clock is correctly in sync with the solar cycle, this gland will be better tuned in with nighttime, prompting drowsiness and ultimately shutting you down into a healthy, blissful sleep.

This is a guest blog entry.

Five Foods That Will Improve Hair Growth


 We can never underestimate the healthy food we incorporate in our daily diet. After all, it is where we mainly source the essential nutrients our body needs. It’s apparent that our health truly depends on our food options and our diet determines how certain aspects of our system function – including our hair. In this article, we will tackle five different types of food that can help with improving hair growth.

There is definitely a reason why we call our hairs our ‘crowning glory’. It is because our hair significantly makes an impact on our overall physique. Therefore, we always try to find ways to make sure that it is at its healthiest. Topical hair care products surely work, but the secret lies in the proper nutrients our body receives from our food intake. Incorporating a protein-rich diet helps a lot in fortifying your hair strands and stimulating hair growth. Proteins, along with vitamins and minerals, will totally make positive effects to your hair’s overall condition. Here are top five foods that are highly beneficial to your hair. You may want to sneak these into your daily meals!

1.    Nuts

Nuts are essential for your hair. Luckily, there are so many types of nuts that are widely available in your favorite supermarket. Walnuts, almonds, and hazelnuts are only some of the hundreds that you can easily incorporate in your ‘Operation: Healthy Hair’ diet.  Almonds and walnuts offer a high supply of biotin, which works efficiently in stimulating hair growth. Biotin also plays a vital role in cell repair which makes it a great solution for hair brittleness. Nuts are also rich in healthy fats, vitamin D, and magnesium that work in perfect synergy in terms of keeping the hair and scalp healthy.

2.     Special Seeds

We are in an era where including certain seeds in our diet is becoming a trend. Some seeds have magnificent properties that have tremendous health benefits for our bodies, most particularly for the hair. Chia, flax, pumpkin and sunflower seeds are loaded with essential nutrients that greatly benefit the hair. True enough, big things come in small packages!

You can take these seeds alternately on a daily basis to break a monotonous diet. These delicious seeds are very rich in omega-3 fatty acid, a component that plays an important role in the hair’s moisture balance. It is also quite crucial for hair growth because without proper supply of these healthy types of fatty acids, the hair may experience serious breakage. The body does not produce omega-3 on its own, so including foods rich in it will truly boost your hair’s softness and shine. Additionally, these nutritious seeds are also excellent sources of iron. Iron is scientifically proven to help stop hair loss.

3.    Avocado

Our list can never be complete without avocado. Avocado features a vast number of essential nutrients that deem to be extremely beneficial to the hair. It’s one of the main reasons why avocado and avocado oil are immensely popular in many hair products. This fruit is rich in vitamins A, B, and E. It is also packed with omega-3 fatty acids. These healthy types of fats will bring your hair the natural shine you have always wanted! 

This fruit also features excellent antioxidants and is also loaded with alpha-tocopherol. This compound fights against free radicals in the body that really damage your hair. The fruit also contains copper, which helps in building two vital components – collagen and elastin. With great supply of these natural components, your hair will surely be safe from damage, breakage and hair loss.

4.    Eggs

Who doesn’t love eating eggs? They make amazing breakfast, after all! Many people start their day with an egg or two because of the fact that it’s very nutritious. It also has substantial benefits for your hair’s health. One egg means that you are ingesting an ample supply of zinc, iron, biotin, and proteins. Typically, adding eggs in your diet significantly assists your hair in regenerating healthy cells flawlessly.

The zinc mineral present in eggs will help with tissue development and tissue repairs, which the hair crucially needs to produce new strands. The skin also has oil-secreting glands that are typically connected to your hair follicle. Zinc will help keep them in place.

Apart from zinc, eggs are also a great source of iron and biotin – ingredients we previously mentioned that play a vital role in hair growth. With these three components wrapped up in a shell, you can definitely assure your hair that it’s getting the best nutrients it requires.

5.    Your Leafy Greens

Your meals cannot afford to lack leafy greens! While leafy, green vegetables are not always pleasing to our taste buds, there are still a ton of different ways to include it in our meals. Turn it into a smoothie, salad, or basically however you’d like to enjoy it and it will still do its wonders! You’re not only making your body healthy but your locks happy as well.

Leafy green vegetables such as kales, spinach, arugula, and broccoli have rich and potent nutrients beneficial to the hair. They are famous for being a rich source of iron. As what was mentioned earlier, iron is an awesome compound to help you combat hair loss. Leafy greens can also supply you with vitamins A, C and E, which are all helpful to the hair.

Moisture is very important when it comes to keeping your hair healthy and strong. These foods will also help you maintain the right moisture balance that your hair needs. Hair loss is not an easy battle to win. However, making drastic changes in your diet will absolutely solve your hair concerns. Just make sure to plan your diet carefully, with the needs of your hair being taken in great consideration. Take note of these super foods and try to increase your daily intake. Pair this up with proper exercise, ample amount of water intake and efficient organic hair products for optimum results! By doing so, you will have longer, fuller, moisturized, shiny, and fabulous hair.

Author’s bio: Nikolay Stoyanov is the owner of the popular brazilian hair shop HotBrazilianHair.com. The site sells high-quality brazilian wigs and extensions worldwide and is famous for its high standards, free shipping and fast delivery.

Friday, July 06, 2018

What You Need to Know About Emergency Dental Care


A dental emergency is any type of dental problem that has to be treated or looked at immediately. Fortunately, there are many emergency dental clinics that are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The sooner you seek out a clinic that offers emergency dental in Melbourne, the easier it will be to treat the problem. Here’s what you need to know about seeking emergency dental care. 

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 Signs You May Need Emergency Dental Care
  • Knocked Out Tooth – A knocked out tooth is an example of something that must be treated at an emergency dental clinic as soon as possible, as a dentist may be able to reattach the tooth and prevent it from sustaining any more damage. Before you visit an emergency dentist, you’ll need to pick the tooth up by its crown and rinse it. Do not touch the root, and carefully place the tooth back into the socket. If it’s not possible to do this, place the tooth in a glass of milk.
     
  •  Severe Toothache – A toothache is almost always an indication of a problem. If a toothache is severe, you should seek out emergency dental in Melbourne as soon as possible. An abscessed tooth is one of the possible causes of a toothache, while tooth decay and gum disease can also lead to a severe toothache. An over-the-counter pain reliever can temporarily reduce pain, but it’s important to note that the pain will not go away completely until the cause of the toothache is treated.
     
  • Cracked or Chipped Tooth – A cracked or chipped tooth is a dental emergency because it can easily result in an infection. You can apply a cold compress to the area to get some temporary relief. You can also take an over-the-counter pain reliever until you can get to an emergency dentist.
     
  • Bitten Tongue – If you bite your tongue and the bleeding is excessive, you’ll need emergency dental care as soon as possible. You can apply a cold compress to the area while you’re waiting to see the dentist. 
Available Emergency Dental Procedures

There are a variety of treatments and procedures available to treat dental emergencies. The type of treatment that’s recommended will ultimately depend on the emergency. For example, for a severe toothache caused by decay, an emergency dental clinic can perform a root canal to remove the pulp. After that, they’ll clean the space and place a filling in it. The dentist may also place a crown over the tooth to provide strength and protection. If the tooth cannot be saved, then an extraction will be performed. This is always a last resort, as it’s always better to save the tooth.

If your tooth has been knocked out, the dentist will use water to remove any debris from the tooth. After that, they’ll attempt to put the tooth back in its place. The dentist may have to use soft wire or composite material to splint the tooth. In some cases, a root canal may need to be performed.

How to Prevent Dental Emergencies

Dental emergencies cannot always be prevented. However, you can do the following to reduce the risk:
  1. Have routine checkups
  2. Practice goodWear a mouthguard when participating in recreational activities
  3. Be careful when chewing hard foods
This is a guest blog entry.

Wednesday, July 04, 2018

Most Popular Senior Living Options Explained


While many senior citizens choose to retire in the home they’ve lived in for many years, this is often not possible due to various reasons. This may be because their primary caregivers (who are often their children) simply do not have the time or knowledge to care for their loved one. As such, there are certain senior living options that are available to all seniors that they should know about. Here we will discuss the 3 most popular options for seniors during retirement: assisted living facilities, nursing homes and senior apartments:

Senior Apartments

This is generally the most independent living option for seniors. Senior living apartments provide seniors with all of the amenities they need in an apartment to live a worry-free and maintenance-free life. When looking for senior apartments near them, seniors and their loved ones should know that senior citizen apartments often come in the form of studios, 1-bedroom and even 2 bedrooms for those seniors who require additional space. Senior citizen apartments often come without any assistance services and are perfect for those seniors who do not need any help with their daily lives. Some 55+ apartments are part of larger continuing care communities, so in those apartments it is possible to find assisted living services from the communities. As a general rule, in all senior apartments seniors can choose to contract with home health care agencies to receive assistance as they need it.

Assisted Living Facilities

You can think of assisted living facilities as senior apartments with a little extra help when it comes to daily living activities. Assisted living facilities are generally part of assisted living communities and include numerous dining, entertainment and recreational opportunities for senior citizens. In addition to senior apartments, senior citizens get help with 2 or more daily living activities such as dressing, eating, bathing, going to the toilet or moving in and out of bed. Assisted living services in such communities can be purchased a-la-carte whenever they are needed, or can be done via assisted living packages that the senior and their family purchase prior to moving in. Almost all assisted living communities near you will generally have a nurse on staff in case of any emergencies, though 24/7 nursing services are not provided in the homes. Assisted living facilities can be part of large complexes with hundreds of apartments, or small residential care homes that house only 5 to 10 residents. Assisted living facilities are perfect for senior citizens who are relatively independent but need some help with daily activities. Assisted living costs are usually not covered by Medicaid or Medicare, so they have to be paid out of pocket using retirement savings or long-term care insurance.
Nursing Homes

Probably the most known and sometimes stigmatized senior living option out there, nursing homes are for those senior citizens who require 24/7 skilled nursing care. Many people mistakenly think that nearby nursing homes are the only senior living option out there and do know about assisted living facilities, which are often a better choice for their loved one who may not need nursing care but needs help with daily living. The great thing about nursing homes is that they can be generally paid for via Medicare, at least in part. Nursing homes accept both short-term residents who require rehabilitation, such as after a stroke, a fall, or surgery, as well as long-term residents who are simply too frail to live on their own and cannot manage to live at home or in assisted living facilities. Similar to assisted living facilities, nursing homes will include dining and recreation as part of their care package.

Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs)

The most expensive senior living option of them all, CCRCs are senior communities that allow senior citizens to enjoy retirement no matter what their health is. They usually include all senior living options: independent senior apartments, assisted living and skilled nursing care. A resident can start their retirement journey in a senior apartment without any daily living help and can easily transfer to assisted living or nursing home whenever their health needs change, without having to switch communities. CCRCs are also perfect for older couples who have different requirements, where one may not need any assistance while the other may be in worse health and require assisted living services.

This is a guest blog entry.