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Slow-healing wounds are often a consequence of critical illness or injury. We have experience in dealing with wounds due to surgery incision, injury, pressure, diabetes, poor circulation or swollen legs. Slow-healing wound can linger for months, or even years. However, by increasing circulation, many wounds heal up to 40 percent faster.

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Healthy, Wealthy and Wise: Be Well

Stay healthy this year by making a resolution to eat healthy, get regular exercise and immunizations.

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Healthy, Wealthy and Wise: Be Well

It’s the New Year, and people everywhere are busy with their annual resolutions to make their lives, or themselves, better.  Below is another idea on how to start fresh and to make the changes necessary to lead happier and more meaningful lives.

 

Be Well

A healthy diet and lifestyle along with regular exercise are critical elements to fight aging and help prevent cancer, heart disease, diabetes and stress related illnesses.

When you eat healthy, you give your body the right kind of fuel for staying active and powering up your immune system. A nutritious diet should include fruits and vegetables for fiber and antioxidants, whole grains with soluble fiber to help control cholesterol, legumes like beans and peas, cold-water fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids, yogurt with probiotics, calcium and Vitamin D for bone strength, and nuts with B vitamins for the heart and brain. Drink plenty of water to keep your circulatory system, skin, muscles and bodies hydrated.

Watch your salt consumption and aim for no more than 1500mg of sodium a day. Use herbs and spices to flavor foods instead of salt. Choose whole grains, like brown rice, 100% whole wheat or whole grain bread, whole wheat pasta, and regular or steel-cut oatmeal. Try to avoid things made with white and refined flour. Eat smaller portions and include a healthy snack, like an apple between small meals. It won’t hurt to allow yourself the occasional treat.

Regular exercise will help you live longer, look better, feel better, fight off disease and lose weight. Just about everyone benefits from physical activity which can be helpful in managing many of the symptoms associated with long-term conditions like heart disease and diabetes and decreasing the need for medicine.

Physicians and other experts agree that regular physical activity helps to increase strength, balance and flexibility. You’ll have more energy, reduce stress and anxiety, and feel more mentally alert. And exercise increases the production of endorphins that increase feelings of satisfaction, happiness and accomplishment.

Experts recommend at least 30 minutes a day of an activity that increases your heart and breathing rate. Include some muscle-building activities, like stair climbing or weights, and stretch your muscles after you exercise to increase flexibility. Remember to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water before, during and after activity. And use proper safety equipment, like a bike helmet, or good walking shoes.

Make sure you are up to date with all your immunizations. Get a flu shot every year to help protect yourself and others around you. Other adult immunizations should include Tetanus and Diphtheria, Pneumonia Vaccine and the Shingles vaccine.

Eliminate stressful situations and people from your life, and get adequate sleep for a healthy brain and immune system. Surround yourself with positive people and learn to relax and enjoy your life.

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Healthy, Wealthy and Wise: Get Organized

Make this your best year yet by getting organized, decluttering your home and preparing for the future.

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Healthy, Wealthy and Wise: Get Organized

It’s the New Year, and people everywhere are busy with their annual resolutions to make their lives, or themselves, better. We have been celebrating January 1 as the New Year since 1582, when Pope Gregory XIII began the calendar system we still use today. Businesses and individuals have traditionally used the New Year as a time to close the books on the previous twelve months and start another year long cycle. It’s a time to start fresh, and to make the changes necessary to lead happier and more meaningful lives.

 

Get Organized

One of the most important things you can do for yourself and family is to organize your assets, your important documents and your life. A will, a living will, and a power of attorney are essential documents to clarify and carry out your wishes regarding your health care and your possessions.

A will is a legal document that names one person, the Executor, to be responsible for managing your estate and the distribution of assets, such as your property, possessions and financial assets after your death. An attorney or a financial planner can assist you with preparing your will to avoid taxes and other financial burdens for your family after you are gone.

A living will, or advance directive, specifies the degree and type of medical care you want to receive should you be unable to make such decisions. A medical power of attorney allows your designated representative to act as your health care decision maker if you are incapacitated. It’s important to discuss sustained medical treatment and end of life issues with your doctor and your family before you become ill or hospitalized, so everyone clearly understands your wishes. Give your primary care physician a copy of your living will to be kept in your permanent medical file.

The power of attorney allows you to designate someone to pay bills and handle other personal business on your behalf if you are disabled or incapacitated. Many people choose an adult child or another close relative who can be trusted to maintain your household and have access to your bank accounts and other property and assets.

Keep these documents and all your important papers in a secure place within your home where you or your family can have quick access. Don’t use a safe deposit box in a bank which may be inaccessible to your family in an emergency. This file should also include information on all of your property, investments, bank accounts, and other important documents like military discharge papers and insurance policies. Let your loved ones know where to find the file. If you become seriously ill or pass away, your family will then have all the information they need regarding your medical care and your estate at their fingertips. Critical decisions will not be left to speculation or chance.

While you’re organizing things, take a look at your home and your belongings. Clutter and unused clothing, furniture and other belongings can have a negative effect on your home life and your health. Make the New Year a starting point to reevaluate your lifestyle and your home. Clean out the closets and the storage areas to assess what you have and what you really need and want to have. Then remove everything that is no longer useful by donating, recycling, or selling. You’ll be helping others while you help yourself. 

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