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“Make Control Your Goal” is the theme for American Heart Month this year with a focus on controlling high blood pressure and an important part of this is knowing your risk factors for high blood pressure. According to the CDC, risk factors include health conditions, your lifestyle and your family history that can increase your risk for high blood pressure. While your age and family history can’t be controlled, there are steps to take to change factors that can be controlled. Here’s three high blood pressure risk factors: Conditions Prehypertension. Prehypertension is blood pressure that is slightly higher than normal. It increases the risk that you will develop chronic, or long-lasting, high blood pressure in the future. Diabetes. Your body needs glucose (sugar) for energy. Insulin is a hormone made in the pancreas that helps move glucose from the food you eat to your body’s cells. If you have diabetes, your body does not make enough insulin, can not use its own insulin as well as it should, or both. This will increase the blood sugar. Behaviors Unhealthy diet. A diet that is too high in sodium and too low in potassium puts you at risk for high blood pressure. Eating too much sodium, which is prevalent in table salt, increases blood pressure. Most of the sodium we eat comes from processed and restaurant foods. Also, a lack of potassium can increase blood pressure. Potassium is found in bananas, potatoes, beans and yogurt. Physical Inactivity Obesity. This is excess body fat. Obesity is linked to higher “bad” cholesterol and triglyceride levels and lower “good cholesterol levels. Obesity can also lead to heart disease and diabetes. Too much alcohol. Women should have no more than 1 drink a day, while men should have no more than 2 drinks a day. Tobacco Use. Cigarette smoking can damage the heart and blood vessels. Also, nicotine raises blood pressure, and carbon monoxide reduces the amount of oxygen that your blood can carry. Family history and other... Read Original Article
February is American Heart Month. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is encouraging Americans to know their blood pressure, and if it’s high, they want you to make control your goal. Uncontrolled high blood pressure is a leading cause of heart disease and stroke. More than 67 million Americans have high blood pressure, according to the CDC. People with high blood pressure are four times more likely to die from a stroke and three times more likely to die from heart disease, compared to those with normal blood pressure. Take these steps to help get high blood pressure under control: Ask your doctor what your blood pressure should be. Set a goal to lower your pressure with your doctor and talk about how you can reach your goal. Track your blood pressure over time. Take your blood pressure medicine as directed. Set a timer on your phone to remember to take your medicine at the same time each day. If you are having trouble taking your medicines on time or paying for your medicines, or if there are side effects, contact your doctor. Quit smoking, and if you don’t smoke, don’t start. You can find tips and resources at CDC’s Smoking and Tobacco website. Reduce sodium intake. Most Americans consume too much sodium, which can raise blood pressure. Read about ways to reduce your sodium and visit the Million Hearts Healthy Eating & Lifestyle Resource Center for heart-healthy, lower-sodium recipes, meal plans and helpful articles. Here’s a free checklist of questions, courtesy of Brightstar Care, to ask your doctor about blood pressure that readers can print out and bring to their next appointment. Read Original Article
Instagram is More Engaging to Brands Than Twitter
If you’re questioning what platforms would be best for you to boost your brand on social media, you may want to look no further than Instagram. In a recent study, Instagram was shown to bring 57 ... Read Original Article
Are you or is someone you know one of the more than 50 million Americans providing care for a loved one? If so, then you might also fall into the “sandwich generation,” those family caregivers who are “sandwiched” between taking care of an aging parent while still raising their own children. When added to the many responsibilities of their own daily lives, including work and raising their own family, caring for a loved one with declining health can be quite an undertaking. In addition to the physical and financial strain of “being everywhere at once,” Sandwich Generation caregivers bear a complicated emotional burden. The worry, pain, and sorrow they already feel over a parent’s illness are compounded by the demanding challenges of caregiving. Feelings of powerlessness and guilt are prevalent in family caregivers — for repeatedly having to “choose” one family need over another, for feeling that no choice can ever be the “right” one, and even for feeling they have no choice at all. Here are 10 tips for family caregivers from the National Family Caregivers Association: Remember to be good to yourself. Love, honor, and value yourself. You’re doing a very hard job, and you deserve some quality time, just for you. Watch out for signs of depression, and don’t delay in getting professional help when you need it. When people offer to help, accept the offer and suggest specific things that they can do. Educate yourself about your loved one’s condition. Information is empowering. There’s a difference between caring and doing. Be open to technologies and ideas that promote your loved one’s independence. Trust your instincts. Most of the time they’ll lead you in the right direction. Grieve for your losses, and then allow yourself to dream new dreams. Stand up for your rights as a caregiver and a citizen. Seek support from other caregivers. There is great strength in knowing you are not alone. In our “Spread Thin: Caregiving and the Sandwich Generation” ebook, we shed... Read Original Article

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You’re Doing Links in News Releases Wrong
Planning a not-for-profit event? Do you have a speaking engagement coming up? What about that store-wide sale you’re holding? To pull off any of these successfully, your audience needs to get the ... Read Original Article
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Click to download “Speak Up: Reduce Your Risk of Falling” now

While falls can happen all year ’round, this is a time of the year when seniors can be even more susceptible to an accident. At BrightStar Care®, we take a unique approach to decreasing fall risk by pairing our unmatched clinical expertise with key patient education resources to help and empower families.

One such resource is the “Speak Up: Reduce Your Risk of Falling” published by the Joint Commission that highlights the major reasons why people fall and very tactical steps you can take to help reduce the likelihood of a fall occurring, including:

  1. Ways to take care of your health
  2. Extra precautions you can take
  3. Small changes you can make to your home
  4. And MORE

If you or a loved one has fallen before or at risk of falling, be sure to check out this helpful resource and many others in our “Focus on Falls” Resource Center. You may also contact our local team for more information about our “Focus on Falls” in-home support program.

 

 

 

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Ways to Lose Mobile Users – FAST
Here, in the age of mobile internet, you may think that it’s nearly impossible to lose mobile readers. Well, you’d be wrong about that. Even though a vast majority of people are checking in while on ... Read Original Article
When the temperature drops, older adults run a higher risk of health problems and injuries related to the weather and it’s important that they, and those who care for them, take certain precautions at this time of year. Here’s a good look at things that will prevent the unthinkable, according to healthinaging.org. Fire and carbon monoxide poisoning Burning wood, natural gas, kerosene and other fuels produce a deadly gas you can see, smell, touch or feel. Make sure to call an inspector if you think these deadly gasses could be a problem. Be sure that smoke detectors are in good working order and always exercise caution with space heaters. Other helpful tips include keeping a reliable, functioning fire extinguisher and never trying to heat your home using a gas stove. Fall hazards With accumulations of snow, sometimes wet snow, ice may be the most damaging element in the winter, making simple activities like walking outside of your house potentially treacherous. Make sure to shovel steps and sidewalks carefully, wear boots with non-skid soles and use caution if you need a cane. You might also buy an ice-pick-like attachment that fits onto the end of the cane to help keep you from slipping when you walk. For more information, check out Bright Star Care’s “Focus on Falls” program. Staying warm and avoiding hypothermia Extended exposure to extreme cold can lead to severe injury or even death. Older adults tend to produce less body heat than younger people, and it’s harder for them to tell when the temperature is too low. The result can be hypothermia, or a dangerous drop in body temperature. Warning signs of hypothermia include shivering, cold skin that’s pale or ashy or feeling tired, weak or confused. Be sure to service your furnace or boiler and that of elderly loved ones and neighbors to prevent any issues when the weather turns frigid. Accidents while driving Elderly adults are involved in more car accidents per mile than any other demographic, or age group,... Read Original Article
Your #1 Business New Year’s Resolution
Planning a new website? Committed to a weekly blog post or more active digital marketing? Whatever goals you have for your business in 2016, there is one key resolution every one of us should make – ... Read Original Article

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I like to call Thousand Oaks "the biggest little town in the country." Even though its size is well over 100,000 residents, it still has a small town feel. You are liable to see someone you know every time you go out. I also like the fact that it has protected itself from the blight that has ruined so many other communities in Southern California by restricting things such as billboards, building structure and height, paid parking lots, and corner strip malls. 

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