5 Ways You Can Make the World a Better Place for the Elderly

by Head Health Nutter on March 30, 2015

My Mom is in a retirement home and so I now have first-hand experience with this type of setting. I’m so very thankful to guest blogger, Lizzie Weakley, for submitting this article. Everyone needs someone. And for those who are nearing the end of their lives, it’s very likely they need us the most. 

As we age, we find ourselves considering how to improve the lives of our children and our teenagers, but we often fail to consider how to improve the lives of the elderly people living amongst us. These senior citizens have enriched our own lives as they watched us grow and and now it’s our turn to give back to the elderly.

Nurse at home with elderly person in wheelchair Here are five ways to make the world a better place for an aging population:

1. Make time for the seniors in your own life.

The first step in giving back to an aging community is to make time for the senior citizens in your own life. Due to our busy day-to-day demands, we often relegate our seniors to the background. Whether they live with us or in a home far away, we need to really take the time to listen and involve ourselves in conversations with our aging loved ones. Start a project with your grandmother or help an elderly neighbor with chores around their house. The simple act of reaching out can brighten a senior’s day.

2. Volunteer at senior centers.

Seniors living in retirement homes often find themselves lacking in visitors and you can change this. Visit your local retirement home and engage the elderly in conversation. You will find people with rich histories and a depth of knowledge on a myriad of topics. While these seniors may be strangers when you first enter the room, you will leave with new friendships already developing.

3. Start a computer learning center.

As technology races forward, we often leave the aging behind in the quest for new knowledge. Starting a computer learning center which focuses on the elderly will help our seniors learn how to interact in today’s society. New technology is often a dividing point between the elderly generations and today’s younger crowd, but by teaching seniors about computers and the internet, you will help them connect with more people—from old friends to relatives to their grandchildren.

4. Obtain a Masters in Aging.

Getting an aging master’s degree will help you understand the issues facing today’s elderly society. You will also consider different means to improve their lives. You will focus on the psychological, physical and sociological factors that affect as well as involve the aging process. This degree creates advocates for the rapidly expanding elderly population.

5. Support elder services.

Maybe you can’t find the time to volunteer or obtain a degree, but you can always still help out the seniors in your community. If you are a great cook, consider providing meals for elder services which help feed the housebound elderly. If you’re a pet groomer, offer your services to seniors on limited income. There is a multitude of ways to support the elder services in your area and it just takes a little creativity to think of ways you can help. If nothing else, donations are always needed and gratefully accepted by nonprofits which work to help the elderly in your area.

Making the world a better place for the elderly doesn’t require a lot of sacrifice on your part. Instead taking steps to help the lives of senior citizens will simply enrich your own life for years to come.

About the Author

My name is Lizzie Weakley and I am a freelance writer from Columbus, Ohio. I went to college at The Ohio State University where I studied communications. I enjoy the outdoors and long walks in the park with my 3-year-old husky Snowball.

Do you support the elderly in your own special way? Tell us about it so we can be inspired to follow your lead!

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6 Easy Ways To Get Your Child To Obey Your Rules

by Head Health Nutter on March 28, 2015

When your child listens to you, you have less stress. A less stressed parent means a happier parent, which equals a happy child. I’m pleased to present today’s guest blogger, Aradhana, who shares with us a few *positive* ways in which you can help your child obey your rules. 

Of all the beautiful things that parenthood is, it is also extremely challenging. Raising a child is no easy job. Right from posing additional financial responsibilities to requiring high degrees of patience and perseverance, parenting can get quite demanding. You may be trying your best to inculcate good values and habits in your child, but there could be many instances that your kid may defy you and your ideology.

Angry little girlLittle kids don’t have an evolved sense of judgment and understanding about telling the right from the wrong. They may tend to display traits of rebellion and disobedience if things don’t always go as per their understanding of the ideal scenario. As habits formed during childhood go a long way in shaping an individual’s personality in the future, it is important that you work towards correcting your child’s defiant streak from early stages itself.

Here are six easy ways to get your child to obey the rules you set for him: [click to continue…]

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Got goals you really want to reach but they just never seem to become realized? Our beloved regular contributor, Dixie Somers, is here today to share with us some insight into human behaviour so we can overcome these common tendencies and finally reach the goals that are most important to us! 

We all have goals that we’d like to achieve, but oftentimes human nature gets in the way. Part of the blame is ours, of course, but another part can be laid squarely on the shoulders of human nature. Bad behaviors often take over our best-laid plans and can make us feel like we will never reach our goals. Take a look at how human nature interferes with achievement, and how to outsmart bad habits in order to cheat the system.

Procrastinating

heavy woman watching TV while eating junk foodStudies have found that the brain is slow to recall tasks that have not yet been started. However the brain does recall and is motivated to finish tasks that have been started and partially completed but not finished. Therefore, if we can get started on our goals, we’re far more likely to complete them than if we procrastinate on taking that first step.

Fantasizing

Visualization is supposed to be a tool to help you reach your goals, but too much visualization can be too much of a good thing. Studies show that people who spend the most time fantasizing about reaching a goal spend the least time engaging in productive behavior directed towards achieving it. Jeremy Dean, psychological researcher at UCL London, points out that fantasies take place in the “here and now” part of our brains. Why take steps to achieve a goal, he asks, that it feels like we’ve already attained?

Surrounding Yourself with Negativity

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Weight Training for Weight Loss

by Head Health Nutter on March 23, 2015

Have you ever lost weight just to put it back on again? Well what if you knew what to do to keep it off? Today’s guest blogger, Karishma, shares with us the results of recent studies in the effectiveness of weight training to keep unwanted pounds off for life. 

Weight training has been shown to help people stay away from regaining fat deposits after a successful diet, based on the conclusions of a recent study published in ‘Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise’. This positively inspiring conclusion comes as a boon to a number of frustrated dieters who have been seeking the right combination to maintain weight loss for life.

high quality gym trainerThe recently concluded study reveals that exercise, specifically weight training, can critically modify the body’s response to weight loss and in all likelihood, halt the addition of unwanted pounds from getting back on to the body, even after the diet has ended. Believed to be one of the rarest pieces of good news concerning weight loss and exercise, most dieters and people wanting to lose weight would have realised by now that the relationship between diet and exercise has been all muddled, given the numerous conflicting studies based on both exercise and diet, up until now.

Numerous studies in the past showed that only exercise, without dieting, was ineffective in reducing weight and would cause the addition of pounds, since people tend to feel fiercely hungry after intense workouts and potentially overeat, thus rendering the benefits of exercise not entirely beneficial.

On the whole, nutritionists and food experts have agreed that in order to shed superfluous pounds, calories must be reduced in a diet, whether the individual exercises or not. Consuming fewer calories than the body burns–and by the inevitable laws of physics and math–pounds are likely to be dropped effortlessly. [click to continue…]

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Beauty & Style Tips for Expressing Your Personal Brand

by Head Health Nutter on March 18, 2015

How about something a little different here on LiveLighter? Here’s a guest post by blogger, Emma Sturgis, that may help us communicate to the world what we look like on the inside!

No matter where you are in your life or what type of career you’re in, you’re your own brand. Everywhere you go, you represent who you are, what you like, what you stand for, and more. Follow these tips for making your style reflect your person brand.

personal-brandFigure Out What You Want to Say to the World

Sure, you want to make your style match your personal brand, but first you have to figure out exactly what your personal brand is. An image consultant who received their Public Relations degree online says your personal branding should always reflect both your perception of yourself and how you want others to perceive you. Write down the words that describe your brand. Are you a wild risk taker? Are you serious and focused? Are you down-to-earth? Use these words to guide your style choices.

Bring Out Your Unique Qualities

What sets you apart from other people? Is it that you’re taller than most women, that you have a unique eye color, that you can wear your hair either curly or straight? Highlight these features – they’re what will make you identifiable and different from the rest. Pick clothing that flatters your height, wear eye makeup that makes your eyes pop, smooth your hair one day and let it go wild and natural the rest, etc.

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5 Tried & True Ways to Keep Yourself Healthy As You Age

by Head Health Nutter on March 14, 2015

We are ALL getting older… from the day we are born, actually! But there are ways to slow down the aging process. Check out today`s guest post by Karleia for some ideas!

Your chance of developing serious health problems increases as you get older. Fortunately, there are many things you can do to keep yourself healthy as you age. Below are five tried and true ways to keep yourself healthy the longer you live:

5 Tried and True Ways to Keep Your Body Healthy as you AgeEat More Fiber

Your metabolism slows down as you get older. This puts you at an increased risk of gaining weight. You can maintain a healthy weight by making sure that you get plenty of fiber in your diet. You can get adequate amounts of fiber by filling your diet with vegetables, fruits and whole grains. [click to continue…]

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4 Reasons Why Good Bacteria is Necessary for Good Health

by Head Health Nutter on March 12, 2015

Everyone knows someone in their life who considers the fight against germs their number one priority. If you do, you might want to send them today`s guest post by Dixie Somers, who writes a well-researched article on why NEED certain bacteria to be healthy.  

While bacteria are responsible for many infections, diseases, and other conditions, there are some that do play a beneficial role with respect to our bodies functioning in a healthy manner. This article from Scientific America explains that our bodies rely on trillions of bacteria and other microorganisms to aid in “basic physiological processes.”

Although you might think that avoiding all bacteria is good for your health, the truth is that your body needs some good bacteria to stay healthy. Take a look at the major ways that bacteria plays a role in our health:

Healthy Bacteria - Four Reasons Why Good Bacteria is Necessary for Good HealthDigestion

A healthy gut depends upon a nearly perfect balance of both good and bad bacteria. A poor diet, some medications, and high levels of stress often result in minor ailments such as diarrhea, gas, and bloating as well as more serious digestive issues. Lifesaving antibiotics help us to heal from bacterial infections, but they decrease the level of good bacteria. Their negative consequences can be limited by taking a probiotic supplement or by consuming foods containing “live, active” cultures such as yogurt and kefir.

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4 Tips for Mentally Adjusting to a Healthier Lifestyle

by Head Health Nutter on March 10, 2015

If you’re having trouble sticking to your health plan, maybe your mind needs changing first. Today’s guest blogger, Ivan Dimitrijevic, shares with us a few of his suggestions in how we can mentally prepare for changes towards a healthier lifestyle.

There are plenty of different paths to attaining good health, but just about everyone knows that switching to a healthier diet and becoming more physically active are the basis of any good fitness program. With all the available information, it’s safe to say that we all understand the fundamental requirements for a strong and healthy body, but the problem most people have is the inability to effectively switch mental gears and stick to the lifestyle changes that they need to make.

Making a choiceTeaching yourself to eat fewer calories and to avoid all the sweets, soda and fast food that you have become used to takes time and effort. And not everyone can stay motivated long enough to actually turn the positive changes into habits, and the habits into second nature.

Fortunately, there are ways of helping yourself make the necessary psychological adjustments that will enable you to stay consistent with your diet and training.

1. Don’t Try to Ease Yourself into It Too Gradually

Our biggest problem is that we all have a fairly sedentary lifestyle, and very few people are actually used to pushing their bodies to work hard. While just jumping into a very restrictive diet and adding too much volume to your workouts is not the best idea, going by what you feel is “hard work” will all but ensure that you make incredibly slow progress.

It’s best to focus on improving your mobility and gradually developing some basic strength and stamina for the first month, as well as taking the time to research healthy food recipes and stock up on the right ingredients, but you should be making some big changes after that, and make them into a routine. A set routine is easy to get used to if you are doing things the smart way.

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Health Benefits of Raw Mangoes

by Head Health Nutter on March 8, 2015

We’ve blogged about mangoes before (check out: King of the Fruit and Calling All Mango Lovers) but today’s guest blogger, Rakesh, shares with us new information! At the end of the post, we share some great ways to get mango into your diet… 

When summer rolls around, everyone talks about mangoes. Say mangoes and your mouth starts watering. If you miss eating mangoes when they’re in season, then you’ll miss the best healthy home remedies!

raw-green-mangoHeaps of mangoes will be seen as soon as the first shower of rain commences the marking of the right time for ripe and juicy mangoes. There are plenty of varieties of mangoes (about 500 are known). Among these about 35 varieties are extensively cultivated. Each has its own specialty and marks their place of origin.

Everyone loves ripe mangoes but the pre-ripened form (i.e. raw) is healthy and delicious, too. It has its own values and benefits. The raw mangoes are dark green in color and taste very sour. They are mainly used for preparing pickles and fresh raw mango juice, jams, chutneys, sauces and as dried powder.

The raw mangoes have a lot of nutritional value and are loaded with vitamin C and B. The presence of oxalic acid, citric acid, succinic and malice acid gives it the sour taste. It also contains pectin.

Here are a few special qualities of raw mangoes: [click to continue…]

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5 Weight Loss Tips Backed By Science

by Head Health Nutter on March 5, 2015

Here’s another excellent article on fitness and nutrition (we’re on a roll here!) contributed by a new guest blogger trying to make her mark on the scene, Nanda Barros. Keep reading for 5 weight-loss tips that science has proven to work!

We flip through countless magazines and read headlines that scream about miracle diet programs helping you lose five, 10 and even 20 pounds in just 4 weeks. It’s what our society calls “healthy living”.

slim waistWhat strikes me as odd is the fact that while miracle diets tend to work short term, the pounds always come back, which is the opposite of healthy living.

Here are five ways you can ditch the unhealthy ‘healthy” diets and choose what scientists are saying actually works:

1) Add More Fiber to Your Daily Meal

A study published online in the Annals of Internal Medicine showed if you eat 30 grams of fiber a day, there’s a chance you could lose as much weight as the American Health Association’s guidelines over the course of a year.

The results of the study showed, “after 12 months, those who had followed the AHA guidelines had lost an average of about six pounds, while those on the high-fiber diet lost an average of 4.6 pounds.”

Think whole grain foods, legumes, nut, chai seeds, peas and onions.

2) Don’t Ignore Your DNA

Personalized medicine is a very important issue at the moment. We want exclusivity and we want it now. Nutrigenomics could be defined as the relationship between diet and our genes. A DNA-based diet is designed just for you; a simple cheek swab is all you need to learn what works and what doesn’t according to your body. [click to continue…]

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