The Caring Connection Newsletter 10-12/2020

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2020 Calendar:


World Hospice and Palliative Care Day Oct 10

Health Literacy Month

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

National Physical Therapy Month


Ntnl Childs’ Day Nov 20

World COPD Day Nov 21

National Family Caregivers Month

American Diabetes Month

National Alzheimer’s disease Awareness Month


World AIDS Day Dec 1

International Volunteer Day Dec 5

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cold germTips for Preventing a Cold Colds are viral, not bacterial infections of the upper respiratory tract. Symptoms can include:  a scratchy, sore throat  sneezing  nasal discharge, which is watery at first, then thick  tiredness  low grade fever <100°F  an overall sick feeling. Colds are highly contagious. They are spread through touching contaminated surfaces, coughing and sneezing. Some people are more prone to colds than others. A child in preschool may “catch” as many as four to eight colds per year. Generally, there is an increased frequency of colds during fall and winter months because of closer, indoor contact with other people. Cause of Colds Over 200 different viruses can cause a cold. Some of the common viruses include: rhinovirus, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), corona virus, para-influenza and influenza. Course of a Cold A cold usually runs its course without complications in seven to ten days. If you have cold symptoms lasting longer than two weeks, report this to your health care provider. Also, report symptoms if nasal discharge is yellow or green after 10 days or has an odor. This may mean you have a sinus infection, and could require antibiotics. Treatment Because there is no cure for the common cold, treatment is aimed at relieving symptoms.  Get plenty of rest and drink plenty of fluids.  Nasal washes with a saline solution may be helpful for nasal congestion.  Oral (tablet or syrup) decongestants may also relieve nasal symptoms.  Aspirin is not recommended for children under 18 and for people with asthma. Ask your health care provider about taking acetaminophen (Tylenol®) for relieving pain and fever.  Antibiotics and vitamin C are not helpful in relieving symptoms of the common cold. Using antibiotics to treat common colds is one of the reasons that common antibiotics are no longer beneficial when they are necessary. Prevention There are a number of ways to prevent the spread of colds including:  Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissues in the trash after you use them.  Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. In fact, good hand washing may be the single most effective way to reduce the spread of infections! Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.  Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread this way.  Try to avoid close contact with sick people.  Stay home if you are sick. This is to keep from infecting others and spreading the virus further.  This information has been approved by Ann Mullen, AE-C, CNS, MSN, RN (October 2015).

Healthy Sleep Habits You Can Try Right Now

If you feel groggy during the day or find yourself falling asleep — or if you feel irritable, experience memory problems, or a decrease in your attention span — you may not be getting enough sleep or, specifically, enough deep sleep, according to Rajkumar Dasgupta, MD, assistant professor of clinical medicine at the University of Southern California’s Keck School of Medicine in Los Angeles and a spokesperson for the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.  To get to the root of the problem, talk to your doctor or consult a sleep expert, and consider trying the following:

  • Have a set bedtime and a set wake time, and try to avoid staying up late and sleeping in on weekends, suggests Dasgupta. Staying up on weekends makes it difficult to go to sleep early on Sunday night, which then leads to fatigue the next day.
  • Try to avoid alcohol close to bedtime. It may do a good job of knocking you out in the short term, but it interferes with deep sleep, says Dasgupta.
  • Turn off the TV, your cellphone, and any other electronic devices at least 30 minutes before bedtime. Unplugging an hour or more before your head hits the pillow is even better. The gadgets that we all surround ourselves with are robbing us of sleep in various ways. The light from screens messes with your body’s production of melatonin, which is the hormone that regulates your sleep-wake cycle. And engaging with tech devices, even if just to answer a couple of emails or watch a TV show, is more energizing than relaxing, and leads to cognitive arousal.
  • Do something nonstimulating shortly before bedtime, like reading a book (preferably one that’s not electronic) or taking a warm bath.
  • Don’t eat too close to bedtime, to avoid heartburn. Try to keep at least four hours between dinnertime and bedtime. And of course avoid having caffeine, including hidden sources of caffeine, like chocolate, before bed.
  • Optimize your bedroom for peaceful sleep. Make sure the room isn’t too hot, and dim the lights. Keep work out of the bedroom so that it becomes a place where you only relax and rest.

The Importance of Senior Fitness

Today’s seniors are more vital than ever before. And good exercise is just as important for them as it is for people in any other age group. In fact, a 2013 study found that senior exercise programs helped improve the overall quality of life for those who regularly participated in them. Exercise was actually found to be more important than a healthy diet. Specifically, the study found that seniors who exercised regularly were more likely to have.

  • Improved physical and mental health
  • Increased energy
  • Improved social interactions
  • Slowing or reversal of overall declining health
  • Fewer limitations with daily activities
  • Lower risk of depression
  • Fewer falls and injuries
  • Lower rates of hospitalization
  • Lower rates of chronic disease (or more manageable symptoms for those who are already affected by it)

So, as you can see, there are many great benefits to beginning a regular workout routine.



An ONLINE Caregiver Program for                     Your Health and Safety!                                                             Sept 17-Oct 22                                              11am-12:30pm

No CHARGE to attend these self-caer classes!                             To register contact Kathy Wehr, Caregiver Support Program Manager 410-313-5955