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Happy, Healthy Family: How to Establish Good Habits in 2019

Setting healthy resolutions for the New Year seems like a good idea after all the indulgence of the festive season, but keeping up with them after January can be very challenging to see through, especially for those of us who have built up unhealthy habits over the years.

Habits are actions that we often take without even giving it much thought, like snacking when watching the TV after dinner or putting extra sugar in our drinks. And when it comes to children, both good and bad habits are easily formed.

Parents have the power to help their children create healthy habits from day one. The best way to do this is by setting them good examples and getting the whole family involved. Here are some healthy, realistic resolutions that will benefit the whole family.

Involve Kids in Meal Prep

Even if it gets a bit messy, involving your children in making healthy meals will help to give them a sense of pride and achievements, whilst learning from a young age what constitutes a healthy plate. Kids are more likely to be willing to eat food that they may have been resistant to in the past if they have helped to make it themselves.

Family Meals

Having meals together as a family gives you and your kids a chance to catch up. In fact, it’s often a good idea to take the focus away from the food during family meals and instead concentrate on having a good time bonding together. Research has shown that families who eat meals together tend to consume more fruit and vegetables, and less fried foods and sugary drinks.

Aim for At Least One Fruit or Vegetable Per Meal

Adding just one fruit or vegetable to every meal or snack throughout the day is an easy habit to get into, and it can benefit your whole family in many ways. To make it even more fun, get your little ones involved in choosing which fruits and vegetables they want to add to their meals and snacks; try and have a variety of options each day so that you can all reap the benefits of each.

Eat Until You’re Full

This can be difficult for people who were brought up to always clean their plate but listening to your internal hunger cues and stopping when you feel full is a much healthier option. In addition, doing this will make it easier for you to work out how much food everybody needs to be full, to avoid wastage. Explain to your child that the most important thing when eating is to listen to their tummy, and they can always have more food later at a future meal or snack.

Get Outside More

Exercising together as a family can be tons of fun, and there are many ways to do this that make for great family bonding time too. For example, you might want to take the whole family out cycling, long walks with the dog, or taking part in sports together, such as football or tennis. Why not go to a local park and organize a ‘family fun day’ where you compete against each other for fun with sports or have races with prizes for the winner. You could even turn it into a great opportunity to meet up with other extended family members.

Stick to Bedtime

Having consistent times for going to bed and waking up in the morning will help your child develop healthy sleeping habits for life. It can be tempting to treat your kids by pushing back bedtime for an extra half-hour or so, but this can backfire if your little one wakes up cranky because they’re not getting as much sleep as they are used to. And, if an early bedtime means that you are losing out on time together, you can always make up for this in the morning with a well-rested child. If you have teenagers, it’s important to stick to bedtime rules as they tend to need more sleep than most, thanks to their developing brains. Make sure to eliminate all distractions from their room and communicate with them often to help deal with any stress that could be contributing to sleeplessness. Comfortable, high-quality bed linen can also help teens to get more sleep.

Now that you’ve tucked in your little ones, let’s talk about your sleeping habits. Being a parent can be tough and it will probably cost you a good night’s sleep more than once. Do your best to avoid that pattern whenever possible and fight for a proper rest – the whole family depends on it. Plus, you need to set a good example for your kids so they can see how important sleep is to be well functioning. Stress, in particular, is the culprit for many sleep problems in parents, which is understandable given the challenges they face. While some people experience relief using traditional medical options, new research is being focused on alternative options to effectively deal with anxiety.

Have Plenty of Fun

One of the most important things to understand is that forming healthy habits for your family can be a lot of fun. Don’t overthink creating healthy meals; turn it into a fun, happy time that you and your children can share together coming up with tasty and nutritious dishes. Talk to your kids about their favorite healthy habits and also encourage everybody to do these more often.

As parents, you can help your children develop healthy habits for a lifetime. What healthy habits do your family have?

24 Hilarious Mom Memes

Motherhood, motherhood, motherhood. It really is like our work is never done. Thankfully, I’ve got a quick break packed into twenty five memes for you – before your kids come barreling down the hall asking for something for the 700th time today. So scroll on, ladies, before your kids are here to seize the rest of your day.

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Oh, life before children! Things were so much easier back then, weren’t they? But at this point, if I’m wearing a cute blazer and earrings and get my kids buckled without too much drama, then today’s going to be a great day.

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We all know it’s true. With the first kid, our Pinterest aspirations are limitless. But by the third one? You’re lucky if you’re getting swaddled at all, kiddo.

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And I swear – it tastes exactly the same. Go ask him instead. Mommy’s real busy crying into some memes.

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After we’re done holding our breath and hoping that they’re really and truly asleep, it’s time to celebrate. Thank you, thank you, thank you, for this break from the insanity.

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Even if we’re exhausted by our kids sometimes, at the end of the day we’ll do just about anything for them. And it feels great to see them open the gift they’d been whining for – especially after we’ve spent all autumn terrorizing them about not being able to get it. Nothing like that arsenal of mom tricks we got up our sleeves!

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I swear, keeping ourselves in one piece is actually impossible. But motherhood teaches us a lot. For example, before I had children, I had no idea that smile-crying out of stress was a thing!

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There aren’t enough spoonfuls of sugar to help the medicine of a hard day go down smooth. By the end of the day, our true form’s emerged – “Blast those wretched, wretched kids!”

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Sometimes all we really need is just a little private cry in the bathroom. Or, if we have the luxury, in our office. How do other moms do it? The ones that look like they have it all together? My guess is that they’re crying in their bathrooms too.

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Dear god, it never ends! Can someone else answer to the name “mom” for once? Just once?

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It isn’t until we’re saying things like this ourselves that we glance in the mirror with horror and realize: we have become our mothers.

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There are few things worse than being caught eating the delicious thing you were so desperate to save for yourself. I’m not eating anything! Go back to the living room! Mommy’s got a secret stash of chocolate you’ll only learn about if you have kids yourself one day.

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When daddy’s home, you can catch me sprinting out the door faster than you can yell, “Baiiii!”

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For real. Come on, little dude. Can’t you see I’m busy here? Moms just about never get a second to themselves, do they?

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I’m dead. This one is too real! Following you from room to room…there’s really no escape.

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When they follow you everywhere, even the little things seem golden and faraway. Little things like pooping by yourself, with nobody pounding on the door screaming “mom.”

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The only trouble is, when I am enjoying that bliss alone for a moment, I get incredibly suspicious. The only thing worse than a noisy toddler? An abruptly silent one.

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Okay, bad mom alert – but isn’t that the way it is? Siblings are always at each other’s throats. We parents have two options: get angry about it and punish them, making both kids mad – or acknowledge a good burn when it’s good. For my own sanity, I’ll go with option two, thanks.

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Why? Why do husbands do this? Don’t they want the five extra minutes like we do? Some things I’ll just never understand…

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Another thing I’ll never understand? Why children are so abysmal at finding things. Like when your kid “can’t find” their book – which is sitting on the coffee table where they left it. Use. Your. Eyeballs.

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Okay. My whole family seems to have some truly noteworthy potty mouths. So why be surprised when the kids inherit the same? All you can do is applaud proper use of the words. After all, a good sign of intelligence is incorporating new vocabulary, right?

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Some children truly give no fucks. Especially after a meltdown, it seems like getting carried feels like a victory lap for them. Is this really what they wanted the whole damn time?

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They just stand there staring. It immediately triggers some Poltergeist and Paranormal Activity vibes. Nope, no, nope. Go back to bed kid – and don’t you dare say a single thing about ghosts or your dead grandparents visiting.

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Sometimes alone time is so sacred that Target is the holy place. Dear god I need me some me time. Oh, we’re out of toiletries? I volunteer! Just be sure the keys don’t rattle so the kids don’t ask to come too.

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Oh, children. We can only be patient so long. And once the toys stand broken and thrown asunder like the living room is a battlefield, you can bet your ass the big black garbage bag is coming out. The coldest move? Doing it while they’re at school. That way, you can blame it on the garbage man or something.

Motherhood is hard, y’all! You’ve had your brief break – now head on back out there and soldier on. Only a few more hours til bed time!

Managing Maturation – How Handling Injuries Changes as We Age

When we’re young it seems that every second day we have a scraped knee or banged up wrist. After all, kids are clumsy sometimes! But kids tend to bounce back quickly. They receive an injury, cry for a while, get patched up and the next day they’re back climbing the play equipment. Even in young adulthood and middle age we can recover from injuries with relative ease and comfort. But what happens when we begin to get older? Unfortunately, as we age the way we recover from injuries changes. So, let’s take a look at what you can do if you’re older and sustain an injury.

Respite Care

If you sustain a serious injury in your old age you may need to consider respite care in NSW or elsewhere. Respite care is like aged care, but it’s not permanent. You basically come and take a break while your injury heals and you have all the benefits of permanent aged care on hand – skilled nurses, qualified aged care workers, doctors, medication, and all the other benefits. Then once you’ve recovered, you can go back to living independently.

Prevention is the Best Medicine

While it’s all well and good to give advice on how to recover from an injury, preventing them from occurring in the first place is better in the long run. You can install safety handles in places where falls and slips commonly occur – the best places are in the shower, bathroom and toilet. It also pays to prevent slips on tiles or floorboards too. You can do this by putting down anti-slip floor coverings. These can be obtained from either specialist providers or run of the mill flooring companies.

Pain Relief

Injuries can really hurt, and as you age you can become more sensitive and susceptible to pain. It’s important that you manage your pain accordingly. You should hopefully have a good General Practitioner who is able to prescribe appropriate pain relief. Even if you’re in a great deal of pain it’s important to take this medication only as prescribed to avoid dependency and negative interaction with other medications. Always consult your GP before stopping or changing a medication.

Rest and Recuperate

It’s important to take time out to get well. As we age, injuries take more time to heal. If you don’t go into respite care, you need to ensure that you have adequate time to rest and heal. This might even mean staying in bed for a few weeks which will be understandably frustrating, especially if you still have a good deal of independence. If you rush out too soon you run the risk of exacerbating your injury. Make sure to invite friends and family around to help out with the chores and keep you company while you recuperate.

Eat Well

It’s important to maintain a healthy diet while you recover as your body will require nutrients, vitamins and minerals to get better. You could consider asking a friend or family member to bring over some pre-prepared and frozen meals that can be easily defrosted so you stay well nourished while you recover.

There You Have It

Aging makes recovering from injuries a bit trickier but it’s not all bad news. Consider respite care to have a break while you get better. Be sure to take precautions around the house to prevent future injuries, and manage your pain through a GP. Take the time out to rest and restore, and ensure you maintain a healthy and balanced diet.

How Adult Diapers Can Help Manage Incontinence and Make Nights More Comfortable

Adult incontinence is one of the most debilitating medical problems that affect a large number of Americans. It is a problem, which causes a lot of distress to both the patient and their family. According to the National Association for Incontinence (NAI) over 25 million adult Americans suffer from some form of urinary incontinence and the number could even be higher because many do not come forward. In addition to the stigma associated with incontinence, people suffering from urinary and bowel problems also lose their self-esteem and over time, many of them suffer with mental problems. For the families, it is a difficult task to help their loved ones especially when they are non-ambulatory.

While managing incontinence during daytime is difficult, things get worse at night. Caregivers have to wake up regularly to check on their patients. This leads to sleep deprivation. Without proper incontinence management at night, there is also the risk of skin and urethra infections and the whole situation becomes unhygienic. Luckily, caregivers can now use absorbent adult diapers that are specially designed for use during that night, to overcome these challenges.

This article highlights how high-quality diapers can make nighttime incontinence management easier for both the individual suffering from the condition and the caregiver. Read on.

Enjoy a Peaceful Night

As a caregiver to a person suffering from incontinence, you can appreciate how difficult things can get during the night. You have to wake up now and then for scheduled checks on your patient. The last thing you want is to wake up and find your patient covered in urine or fecal matter. To provide the best care, you have to schedule such checks for both diaper and cloth changes. The patient also suffers a restless night if they soil themselves. At the end of it all, both the person suffering from incontinence and the caregiver wakes up feeling tired.

Sleep deprivation can cause a myriad of health problems. That is why it is advisable to use high-quality nighttime incontinence diapers for easier management of incontinence at night. These diapers absorb a lot of liquid and make use of cutting edge technology to keep the user’s skin dry for a longer period. Ultimately, both the patient and the caregiver enjoy a peaceful night and wake up feeling refreshed.

Easier, Faster Diaper Changes

One of the toughest aspects of providing care for an adult suffering from incontinence is changing their diaper. Ordinary diapers are cumbersome and tedious to use and when it comes to changing a non-ambulatory individual, things get worse. At night, you are all alone and changing your patient’s diaper can become a nightmare.

Luckily, the best nighttime incontinence diapers for adults have easy to remove side panels that you only need to tear away. Whenever you want to change a diaper, you will not need a pair of extra hands. The person suffering from incontinence will also enjoy the diaper change experience, as it will be quick and stress free.

Wetness Monitoring for a Dry Night

When shopping for an adult diaper for your loved one, it is advisable to choose products that make use of cutting-edge technology. A diaper with a wetness monitor might cost more but the caregiver will have an easier time providing quality care throughout the night. There is no need of tearing away the diaper to check for wetness, as the wetness indicator will already show if there is any need for a change.

This technology saves time and makes it possible for caregivers to provide a higher quality of care. With such a diaper, it is now possible to ensure that a person suffering from incontinence stays dry throughout the night. In turn, you will avoid complications such as skin and urethra infections, diaper rashes and other problems that occur due to delayed diaper changes.

Save Money in Incontinence Management

Managing adult incontinence is not only a tedious task but also an expensive one. The cost of high-quality diapers is a strain on the finances of most families because the person suffering from this problem has to wear protection at all times. On average, you expect to spend about $80-$160 a month on these diapers. During the night, the number of changes is higher than during the day and this means more diapers will be used.

Now, with a high-quality nighttime absorbent adult diaper, it is possible to save money because one diaper can last the entire night. These diapers leverage the latest technology, and are equipped with high absorbent cores, which ensure that the user stays dry throughout the night. With fewer diaper changes, you save a lot of money than when using ordinary diapers. It is important to confirm the efficiency of the diaper you want to purchase for nighttime use to guarantee that you save money while providing better quality care.

Improved Hygienic Conditions

If you live with a non-ambulatory person in your home, you will appreciate how difficult it is to provide them with the best hygienic environment. Sometimes ordinary diapers can leak and this leads to an unpleasant smell in the house. Worse still, changing diapers becomes a difficult task. In the end, providing the most hygienic conditions for your loved one or your patient becomes hard.

However, with high absorbent adult diapers, it is finally possible to maintain the best hygienic conditions in your home. Caregivers will also find it easier to provide better quality care when they use these absorbent incontinence products. The person suffering from adult incontinence will enjoy a more comfortable night and in the morning, they will wake up evidently happier and refreshed.

These are only a few ways in which absorbent nighttime incontinence diapers can help you manage incontinence. These incontinence products guarantee a dry peaceful night for the person suffering from incontinence. For the caregiver, the diapers also make it easier to provide better quality care. While these diapers help a lot, doctors also recommend a reduction of liquid intake before sleep, cutting down on spicy foods, caffeine and other foods, which stimulate the bladder. With these tips, you will find it easier and less costly to manage incontinence at night. It is a win-win for both the person suffering from incontinence and the caregivers as well.

Easy Tips for Choosing the Best Toys for Your Child

Is your child’s birthday right around the block? Or is a holiday looming in the future? We all wish to buy the perfect gift for our little ones, which would help in their mental development while also keeping them entertained.

There are plenty of commercials around providing us countless options on what to buy. Nevertheless, it’s important to ponder on a few issues before buying.

Follow the tips below to have the perfect guide in buying the best toys for your child.

Pick the Age Limit

For your child to make the best out of a toy, it’s important to get them something age appropriate.

Otherwise, it won’t contribute anything for your child’s mental growth and entertainment. Here is a list of the things to consider before buying age-appropriate toys.

Toys for Babies of 0-6 Months

At this age, babies can’t even sit on their own. You must be extra cautious to not give them anything with sharp edges or something they might hurt themselves with.

Grip-able toys such as rattles, puppets and baby mirrors are the best choice for babies of this age.

Toys for Babies of 6-24 Months

From 6 to 12 months babies tend to move around more, so toys that help them to lie on their stomach and crawl will be ideal. Musical toys are especially helpful sensory development.

Babies aged between 1 to 2 years are the ones on the roll. Anything that helps them crawl and walk would be the best choices. Walkers and small bicycles help kids to find their rhythm and teach balance.

Toys for Kids of 2 Years Onwards

During this time kids are more imaginative and observant. So choose toys that are more descriptive and associative.

Doctor’s sets, doll houses, brick and block toys and dough play sets are perfect to help bring out your child’s creativity while keeping him engaged.

Toys For kids of 3 Years Onwards

These preschool years are when kids need extra support to develop their imagination, language and communication skills. So it’s important to choose the best toys for kids of 3 years and over.

At this age, toys will affect their social behavior and teach them the importance of sharing and taking turns. Car and truck sets, fishing sets and train sets are ideal for kids of this age.

Additional Things to Keep In Mind

We have given you the age-specific dynamics of toy purchasing. Here’s some additional points for you to remember.

Assembly

Check to see if the toy you’re buying is ready to play right from the box or if it requires to be put together.

Also, check to see the process of assembling it after it’s opened so you’re aware of the effort and preparation that’ll go into putting it together.

Read the Reviews

Generally online reviews do provide the real picture. Someone who has bought and used the toy that you’re considering may have posted a review about its pros and cons.

This will provide valuable insight for you and help in making the decision on whether to buy or not.

Go for the Branded Products

You’re not going to buy a load of toys every other day for your kid, so it’s a good idea to buy something durable. Brands offer best quality products which are covered with a warranty or guarantee.

While shopping online be careful to not buy knockoff products from lesser known vendors. These will surely not last long resulting in a pure waste of money.

Choose Effective Toys

Children learn best when they’re young. They soak in everything that goes on around like a sponge.

So you must be careful in choosing toys which not only entertain them but also help them educationally in building their self-esteem and inner confidence.

Toys like kitchen and block sets go a long way in teaching your child about colors, different shapes and different languages. Pretend toys and musical toys help build their imagination and teach them soft skills respectively.

Compare Costs

Check out different stores and online sites for price listing after you have decided on what to buy. Different shops and sites may quote different prices for the same product. So research a few places to land the best price.

You’re not going to spend a whole lot of money buying new toys every time so it’s a wise idea to buy multi-faceted toys which will serve newer purposes over time.

While ordering online keep in mind you may have to bear extra cost for packaging and shipping so be sure to enquire about that beforehand and budget accordingly.

Get them Physical

Too many kids nowadays are becoming couch potatoes due to the lack of physical exercise.

So it’s important to encourage toys which give them the scope of being physical. Bicycles, roller blades, skates or balls are perfect to get them off the couch and onto the field.

Conclusion

At the end of the day it’s a parent’s responsibility to boost a child’s mental and physical development. Toys go a long way in providing a solid platform for a healthy education while keeping them entertained.

It’s best not to get hung up on toys for a specific gender. Kids need to be familiarized with unisex toys which will prepare them better to co-exist.

Lastly, remember to get down and dirty with them. Playing with your child not only gives you memories to cherish but will also help in strengthening the bond between you two.

Forgetting Word Spellings May Be a Sign of Dementia

So you forgot where you parked your car for the second time this month. Or you found yourself flustered and confused when you couldn’t find an exit out of the shopping mall. But should you be worried about these symptoms? Or are these general signs of being distracted?

Losing your track of thoughts now and then shouldn’t be a concern. While it could also be a sign of aging, there are usually many other reasons you might be forgetting seemingly simple things. Stress, depression, anxiety, menopause, thyroid problems and multitasking are some of them.

It may be natural for you to panic when you forget things, especially if you have a family member who is already diagnosed with dementia. In case you’re worried about your brain health, we recommend that you go to your doctor and schedule a brain test. There are a lot of positive brain test reviews available online. Once you have the test results, you’ll be in peace.

On the other hand, it is necessary to be educated about dementia and its various types. Dementia is a chronic mental illness and includes symptoms like loss of cognition, forgetfulness and the inability to perform daily tasks.

One of the most common forms of dementia is Alzheimer’s disease. Patients diagnosed with Alzheimer’s usually face a host of symptoms that are all related to overall cognitive decline.

As Raj C. Shah, MD, Rush Memory Clinic at Rush University Medical Center, in Chicago, says, “One symptom alone does not mean that a person has Alzheimer’s or dementia.” Hence, it is crucial to recognize the early signs of dementia so that a person can be diagnosed early on.

Impairment of language (aphasia) and dementia

According to Mesulam Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer’s Disease Center, dementia affects a person’s language skills. This condition is known as Primary Progressive Aphasia or PPA. People with PPA can find it challenging to use language correctly.

In many instances, a person experiencing PPA may notice that something is wrong with them. But the complaints are often attributed to stress or lack of attention. For a timely and accurate diagnosis, it is important to know the symptoms that people with PPA experience. Some of them are:

  • Halting or very slowed speech
  • Decreased variety of vocabulary
  • Challenges with finding words
  • Written sentences with unusual or downright abnormal word order
  • Mixing words; like saying ’table’ instead of ’’
  • Inability to remember names of places. For example, saying “We went to the place where you can get milk and eggs” instead of the “grocery ”
  • Difficulty following conversations despite perfect hearing abilities
  • Inability to remember the names of people, even though they recognize their faces
  • Problems reading and writing
  • New impairments in spelling
  • Problems doing basic mathematical calculations

Unfortunately, PPA arises when the nerve cells in language-forming parts of the brain start to die. The two most common types of mental illnesses that can cause PPA are frontotemporal lobar degeneration and Alzheimer’s disease.

Both of these illnesses can lead to multiple cognitive impairments, and a patient’s language is affected as a result. If dementia is particularly strong on the left side of the brain, then PPA starts showing stronger symptoms.

Spellings – a part of our semantic memory

According to research, dementia impacts a person’s semantic memory, a part of the brain that is responsible for recognizing spellings and meanings of words. For example, it is common for a dementia patient to forget what the word “orange” means. And when asked to bring an orange, the person may appear confused and agitated.

Another research was conducted on 3 groups; young adults, healthy older adults, and individuals with early-stage dementia of the Alzheimer’s type. They were given a common set of stimuli that included homophones (easier words with more predictable spellings) and inconsistent words (i.e., words with less predictable spellings).

The results indicated that younger adults were able to spell homophonic words (such as plane versus plain) easily because they used phonological information. On the other hand, healthy older adults and individuals with dementia used semantic information to come up with the spellings (i.e., they tried to spell the word based on its dominant usage).

The study concluded that because dementia affects semantic memory in older adults, they are more likely to come up with increased spelling errors.

Progression of dementia and forgetting basic spellings

Because dementia is a progressive disease, patients will usually continue to witness a decline in their language abilities. Additionally, it is frustrating to be unable to communicate. This irritation may give birth to a myriad of other symptoms such as changes in behavior, personality and attention span.

It is normal for a patient to feel disinhibited and display inappropriate behaviors. The rate of decline varies from patient to patient, and it may take years for the full range of behaviors to unfold.

Tips for communicating with a dementia patient:

It is natural to feel overwhelmed if you are taking care of a loved one or family member with dementia. Caring for them certainly poses many unforeseen challenges, but here are some tips to help you overcome even the toughest of challenges.

First of all, you will need to improve your communication skills when dealing with a person with dementia. Working on your communication skills will make it less stressful for both you and your loved one. Furthermore, it can enhance your ability to deal with the patient at times when you are facing difficult behavior.

For starters, consider these ground rules:

1- Don’t try to change the person

The person you are caring for has a cognitive illness. And this illness will shape their personality. Trying to control their behavior will often be met with resistance or leave you feeling distraught. Don’t go down that road.

Try to change things that you can control, such as the environment that may be causing a behavioral meltdown.

2- Consult with the doctor

If you are experiencing behavioral problems on a daily basis, then there might be an underlying medical condition that may be the cause. In some cases, medications can cause incontinence or hallucinations, or the patient may be going through chronic pain and be unable to communicate.

3- Every behavior has a reason

People with dementia often act like children. Since they do not have a lot of control over language, they fail to explain what they want or need. Try to understand the underlying cause of their behavior and when possible, accommodate their needs.

How do you deal with a dementia patient with language impairment? We would love to hear from you.

Tackle These Common Kids’ Health Problems Like a Pro

We all know that being a devoted and loving parent is a truly rewarding and fulfilling experience, but it does come with an enormous amount of responsibility and worry about the child’s well-being. Health naturally plays a huge role there as it is a well-known fact that kids endure a variety of health issues while developing their immune system, partly due to their immense physical contact with their surroundings. Here are some of the most frequent health issues that trouble kids and their parents.

Pain

Children often complain about experiencing different kinds of pain, like headaches, stomachaches, or toothaches. Sometimes they’re milder and go away relatively quickly, but occasionally they can be more intense as well. Naturally, if it is an issue that seems to be lasting longer than perhaps expected, it is necessary to see a doctor and ask what the exact cause could be. For relieving the pain, parents are usually told to give their children painkillers such as ibuprofen and acetaminophen; however, you need to be well informed first what dosage you can give, and that depends on the child’s weight and age.

Common Cold

Your child’s common cold is the result of a viral infection of the nose and throat, and it isn’t unusual for younger children to suffer from it more than once a year, as children up to the age of six are most susceptible to it. The characteristic symptoms are a low fever, runny nose, congestion, and a sore throat. Make sure your child gets lots of rest and sleep, eats healthy food to get enough vitamins, and drinks plenty of fluids. Pain relievers can be given if necessary, but cough and cold medicines are generally not recommended for various reasons, especially not for younger children.

Short-sightedness

If you start noticing at one point that your child is having difficulty discerning objects, people, or letters in the distance, it may be time to take them to see an eye doctor and check for short-sightedness. The child will perhaps tell you about that problem or you will be able to notice it on your own if they need to squint to be able to see better, for instance when watching TV or reading a sign. Your child may need to start wearing glasses. Another possible solution would be to have the child wear good overnight contact lenses — they’re convenient because they are removed in the morning and the corrective effect lasts through the day, so the person can actually see well even after the lenses are removed.

Pink Eye

Children are tactile beings and touch more or less anything around them. It is not so strange, then, that they frequently get conjunctivitis or pink eye. It is easily recognized by the characteristic redness of the white part of the eye, accompanied by itchiness, tearing, yellow or green discharge that hinders proper vision, etc. You should bear in mind that pink eye is contagious, so try to avoid having your child spend time among other kids until the symptoms starts withdrawing. The causes of conjunctivitis can be allergies, bacteria, or viruses, and depending on the cause, the doctor will prescribe antibiotics (typically in cases of bacterial infections), eye drops, or anything else necessary. Instruct your child to wash their hands regularly and not to touch or rub the affected eye so as not to make it worse.

Lack of Appetite

There is probably no parent out there who hasn’t heard their kid cry and complain about not wanting to eat. It is normal that from time to time children don’t feel like eating because they would simply rather go do something else, like play. But when you notice that your child has lost their appetite and hasn’t been willing to eat for a day or two, then it’s time to intervene. They may not feel like eating because of a different issue, like a sore throat. Longer periods of loss of appetite, weight loss or insufficient weight gain might be pointing to something a bit more serious.

Stay informed, take safety measures, and do what you can to prevent these and similar issues. Whenever you have uncertainties or worry that you child may be experiencing a difficulty, never hesitate to ask for professional help in order to get reliable advice and guidance.

Tips For Planning An Ultimate Birthday Party For Your Kids

Birthdays are a special and memorable event that should not go by unnoticed. It is a time to cherish the life gifted to you as a human, to count your blessings and express your love to those around you. Kids are precious to parents and celebrating their birthday holds great sentimental value for them. Making our kids birthdays memorable is a big responsibility for each of us parents.

The very first rule of planning your kid’s party is that it has to be better than the previous one. Let’s go step by step to plan the best birthday party for your kids:

Step 1:

Prepare an overview itinerary of all the necessary things you want to include in your kid’s birthday party. Everything you are willing to have in your kid’s party has to be added in the plan following a sequence. Also, decide the time you will need to execute your party plans. Its shouldn’t be too time consuming.

Step 2:

Pick a theme for the party. It can be anything that reflects the interest of your child. It will help your kid to get engaged during the celebration. Themes can be a sports theme, color theme, science theme, or Disney theme depending on your child’s interest.

Step 3:

Make a guest list after consulting your kids. Make sure your kids contribute in making the guest list as later you may not want the invited kids to feel alone or uncomfortable. Limit the numbers of the guest according to the budget and the venue chosen.

Step 4:

Design the invitation cards according to the theme of your party. Don’t forget to include all the necessary information in the invite such as if parents staying is must or if there is any dress code to follow, etc. You can also go digital by sending out the digital invites through emails or messengers. It reduces the cost of cards.

Step 5:

According to the theme of your party, choose a venue. You can check out nearby party places such as kid-friendly restaurants, trampoline parks, fire departments or even museums. Pick one that isn’t too far away.

Step 6:

Don’t forget to include an entertainment element in the party too. As dealing with a bunch of kids is not easy, you need to have a fully-packed schedule to keep the kids engaged in the activities. It is always good to hire a party host to assist you. If you go to places where they are into party planning, you can easily find a party host at minimal cost. Trampoline parks here in Houston are trendy for kids’ birthday parties as it offers a great space and props for safe play.

Step 7:

The cake and the food are the main stars of any birthday party. The cake should be big enough for everyone attending the party. Food can be selected depending on the time you choose to have a party. You may want to consider a few easy to serve and eat options as kids may spill food. Every party is remembered for the quality of its food so make sure you serve the best.

You’ll find no shortage of kid’s birthday party places in Houston. We happen to live in a great city for hosting birthday parties with many venues, but you can usually find a good one just about anywhere. There are places in Houston which are ready to give you a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Glow parties are also the new buzz in the town. A glow-in-the-dark party experience can be a memorable one and exciting for the kids.

I hope above steps will help you plan a perfect birthday party for your kids.

Caring for a Loved One with Dementia? Here’s How to Deal with It

The onset of dementia can generate a lot of fear and concern for everyone involved. The patients are already worried as they can observe a decline in their mental faculties. Then there are the family members who become patients’ primary caregivers and support system.

According to research by The Alzheimer’s Association, around 15 million Americans are caring for family members with dementia. Dealing with dementia can be challenging and confusing for the entire family. Unfortunately, the early signs of dementia are hard to recognize and are usually mistaken for symptoms of aging.

These symptoms may include memory loss, confusion and alternating periods of normal and lucid behavior. A person who is calm and affectionate one day may become agitated and withdrawn the next. As a result of this uncertainty and fluctuating behavior, family members, especially those caring for the patient, usually struggle on a daily basis.

When dementia remains undiagnosed, family members face recurring behavioral changes and are not sure when to seek professional help.

In case you are observing unusual changes in your loved one, we urge you to reach out to your doctor immediately. The doctor will schedule some tests that will help in the accurate diagnosis of the disease.

You can even get your loved one to take an online brain test, or gero-cognitive test, which checks a person’s mental performance. Most of the brain test reviews available online are positive.

If you’re going through the usual ups and downs of caring for a loved one with dementia, here are some valuable tips to help you.

1) Be very patient

Patience is essential when it comes to dealing with anyone with a chronic medical condition. It is even more important if you are caring for someone with dementia.

Most dementia patients are in a perpetual struggle as they try to regain the thinking and language skills they once had. Not being able to communicate as comfortably as before leaves them agitated, stressed, and confused.

This is why it is important for you to try and relieve the emotional pressure they feel every day. If you are also struggling with a lot on your plate, then we recommend you get some help. Rushing to get all things done at once, all by yourself, will only make the situation more challenging.

2) Develop a routine

The only way to keep everyone [and everything] on track is to develop a routine. You will notice that even your loved one will be more prepared to take on the day and feel less anxious this way. People with Alzheimer’s disease are comfortable following a fixed routine every day.

A routine allows them to become aware of and grow comfortable with the activities they have to indulge in each day. Sudden changes in the plan can leave patients confused, and thus agitated.

According to Holly Hart, L.V.N., director of residential health services at Claremont Manor, people facing memory loss and other dementia symptoms “thrive on familiarity.”

Plus, having a routine can also help you as a caregiver by eliminating any last-minute frustration.

3) Ask simple questions

While this may seem like an obvious thing to do, not many caregivers make an effort to do it. Don’t make the mistake of asking complicated or open-ended questions from those with dementia. A question such as, “what would you like to eat for lunch today?” may sound very simple to you, but might not be for a patient.

As dementia gradually impairs their ability to initiate, plan or complete an activity – an open-ended question may increase their confusion. As a caregiver, keep in mind that their brain is slowly losing its ability to connect pieces of information or respond coherently.

So, try a less complicated question such as, “would you like to have some pasta?”. The key is to stick with questions that require a simple ’yes’ or ’no’ reply.

4) Schedule time for exercise

Make it a point to schedule some form of physical activity in your patient’s daily routine. Not only will it benefit you physically and mentally, but will also help slow down brain aging in your loved one.

According to research, being physically active can help fight against symptoms of dementia. Exercise stimulates blood circulation to the brain, which helps create more neuron connections. A 20-minute workout session per day can enhance focus and clarity and act as an energy booster for the patient.

5) Don’t underestimate the power of touch

Brushing your loved one’s hair or holding their hand while walking are seemingly simple gestures, but can have a profound effect. A simple touch can make a person with dementia feel safe and understood.

It shows them that you are there for them in their struggle. In fact, recent studies prove that making a fist can stimulate the brain to boost recall.

6) Take care of yourself

Most caregivers are so busy looking after their loved ones with dementia that they forget to take care of themselves. To avoid caregiver’s burnout, make sure to take some time out for yourself every day, even if it is only for a few minutes. Join a local or online caregiver support group and talk to other people who are in the same situation as you.

Conclusion

Caring for a family member with dementia is not easy. It can be very demanding and stressful. Empathizing with their situation can help you go a long way in trying to improve their quality of life. Try to keep them engaged in ways that build focus.

Remember, while caring for someone with dementia can be difficult, if handled with love and sensitivity, it can turn out to be a journey of spiritual and physical enrichment for both of you.

What are the challenges you faced when caring for someone with dementia? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.

5 Things to Consider before Buying Children Clothing

To buy the right clothes for your kid is definitely a hard task! You want the outfits to be fashionable and cute but at the same time, they should hopefully be durable. Perhaps you want the dresses to be lasting enough that you can let your younger kids wear them as hand-me-downs.

Thus, consider these factors before buying children clothing. Here are the most important ones that you should keep in mind:

Get the proper size

No, all children don’t fit into the standard size for their age. It is quite possible that your toddler might not get a proper fitting in a 24 months or 2T outfit. So, it is recommended that you should try different clothes on your little one. If you buy children’s clothing wholesale, you can figure out a number of such options before making a final purchase. Moreover, if you think your little one is just about to outgrow a certain size, you need to buy clothes which are one size bigger anyway.

Look for the right fabric

Some kids are sensitive to how certain materials feel on their skin. You should identify which fabric is irritating your kid and make sure that you are not choosing that for him/her. Even those children who aren’t sensitive to any fabric might not like scratchy or too tight clothes on all day long. So, you should always feel the fabric before buying the same for your kid. If it feels like something you wouldn’t wear, you should never buy it. Your child is rather not going to like it either.

Opt for the best quality

It is true that kids often outgrow their clothing very quickly but you shouldn’t ignore quality when purchasing clothes for your child.

You don’t have to worry at all about the price! There are various outstanding online stores as well as brick and mortars out there. They sell premium quality wholesale children’s clothing at low prices.

Look for easily washable clothes

When it comes to children’s clothing, you should always look for the easily washable ones. Just ensure that all the dresses that you are buying for your darling are easy to care for. Your kids are definitely going to make a mess out of their clothes. So, make sure that the clothes which you are buying for them can be washed easily and dried at home. If the tag on the clothing says that it needs too much care, you should definitely pass it up and go for something else.

Choose dark colors

Your kid might like light-colored clothes but always remember the staining factor. There is a fair chance that they will often stain their clothes with food, dirt and what not. So, it is recommended that you should select darker shades which can hide any such mess effectively. Thus, when it comes to kid’s clothing, it’s better to go for red, blue etc. However, the lighter colors like white and yellow are not wrong when we’re talking undershirts and socks.

So, the next time you go shopping for your kid, just keep these tips in mind. With these tips, you will definitely end up purchasing the best clothes for your little one.