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January is Cervical Health Awareness Month

January is Cervical Health Awareness Month, and Home Care Plus is helping spread the word that there is a lot you can do to prevent cervical cancer.

HPV (human papillomavirus) is the most common sexually transmitted disease. It is also a major cause of cervical cancer. About 79 million Americans currently have HPV, but many people with HPV don’t know they are infected. According to the National Cervical Cancer Coaltion, between 80-90% of HPV infections resolve naturally.

The good news?

  • HPV can be prevented by the HPV vaccine.
  • Cervical cancer can often be prevented with regular screening tests (called Pap tests) and follow-up care.

Visit the National Cervical Cancer Coalition’s website for more information on screening recommendations, symptoms and more.

Taking small steps can help keep you safe and healthy!

Facts and figures courtesy of Healthfinder.gov.

Do Your Heart A Favor…Take Yoga!

Recent research (European Journal of Preventative Cardiology, Dec 15, 2014 ) has found cardiovascular benefits, including a reduction in weight, blood pressure, and cholesterol levels, from a regular yoga practice. This is good news for individuals with physical limitations or who otherwise shy away from higher impact cardio workouts. For more information on how yoga can help your heart, read the Healthday News’ article “Yoga May Cut Heart Disease Risk Factors” on healthfinder.gov.

Give These Apps a Shot!

Tired of carrying around all of your membership cards to every grocery, department, and drug store? There’s an app that can store the information for you! Have trouble remembering where you parked at a sports game or the airport? An app can help you find your car! Need a gentle reminder to take your pills every day? The app is just a click away! Watching your blood pressure or forgot your reading glasses? An app can help!

Read National Care Planning Council’s article, “Technology Series: Apps That Make Life Better” by Valerie Michel Buck to find out which apps can remove stress from your day. It will take you less time to master these apps than find your lost car after that football game or read the dinner menu without your glasses.

New Vaccine Recommendation for Seniors Age 65+

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now recommends that certain seniors age 65 and up receive the pneumococcal vaccine PCV13. For more information, visit the CDC’s website  or read the National Care Planning Council’s article “Did You Know…There is a new Vaccine Recommendation for Adults Age 65 and Older” by Linda Neuenschwander.

For a complete list of vaccine recommendations for adults visit the CDC’s website.

Fact Check Friday: How Much Do You Know About Diabetes?

It’s Fact Check Friday! This American Diabetes Month, the American Diabetes Association wants to
challenge your knowledge about nutrition and diabetes. Visit http://diabetesforecast.org/adm for today’s fact, then
share it with everyone you know!

Do My Visits Make a Difference?

Caring for a loved one suffering from Alzheimer’s disease is emotionally taxing. You may find yourself wondering if the effort you are making to visit and spend time with your loved one matters since they will likely forget you were even there. New research offers hope to families dealing with Alzheimer’s. The study, conducted at the University of Iowa, suggests that the feelings created during a visit can stay with the patient even after they’ve forgotten the visit. This is comforting news to those who are struggling with the emotional burden of Alzheimer’s caregiving–you are making a difference in your loved one’s lives!

Source: University of Iowa, news release, September 24, 2014 and Healthfinder.gov article “Emotional Life Lingers for Alzheimer’s Patients, Even as Memory Fades”

Prostate Cancer Facts

According to The Prostate Cancer Foundation, prostate cancer affects 1 in 7 men, and is the most common non-skin cancer in America. It is recommended that men over age 40 get a prostate exam, especially anyone with a family history of the disease. When caught early, prostate cancer is 100% treatable. Don’t put off that exam any longer!

September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

Do you know the signs? Visit ovarian.org for more information on protecting yourself from this disease.

  • Bloating
  • Pelvic or abdominal pain
  • Trouble eating or feeling full quickly
  • Feeling the need to urinate urgently or often

Other symptoms might include:

  • Fatigue
  • Upset stomach or heartburn
  • Back pain
  • Pain during sex
  • Constipation or menstrual changes

Don’t brush off the feeling that something is wrong or just doesn’t feel right. Make that appointment with your doctor today!

Mental Acuity Varies By Time of Day for Older Adults

If you have a big meeting or mentally challenging task ahead of you and are over 60 years old, you will be your sharpest in the morning according to a recent study published in the online journal Psychology and Aging. The HealthDay News article “Older Adults Sharpest in Morning, Study Finds” discusses the study and stresses that measuring an older person’s mental sharpness in late afternoon may paint a much different picture of their cognitive function than they would have in the morning.

Visit Healthfinder.gov for more information and tips on healthy brain aging.

How Do I Cover the Cost of Home Care?

The many benefits of in home senior care–keeping a loved one independent and safe in their own home being among the most valued–make it an appealing option for many aging seniors and their families. When it comes time to discuss this option, though, many families are unsure of the cost and how they can pay for it. Agingcare.com’s article “How To Pay for Home Care” explains the various options available so that you or your loved one can remain in the comfort of your/their home as long as possible.