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Holiday Shopping Safety Tips

Dudley's Home Healthcare - Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Winter is closing in which means it’s time for holiday preparation and shopping. Many people take advantage of the opportunity for pickpocketing and burglary during what is supposed to be a joyous and jolly time. All of us here at Dudley’s Home Health found the article below to be very helpful and informative when it comes to staying safe and preventing theft during the holiday season!
Credit/Source: Charles Montaldo www.ehow.com

Shopping during the holiday season can present unique danger. Taking a few prevention measures can help keep your holiday season joyous.

The holiday season is a time when busy people can become careless and vulnerable to theft and other holiday crime. The following tips from the Los Angeles Police Department Crime Prevention Section can help you be more careful, prepared and aware during the holiday season.

  • Shop during daylight hours whenever possible. If you must shop at night, go with a friend or family member. Pay for purchases with a check or credit card when possible.
  • Keep cash in your front pocket.
  • Notify the credit card issuer immediately if your credit card is lost, stolen or misused.
  • Keep a record of all of your credit card numbers in a safe place at home.
  • Be extra careful if you do carry a wallet or purse.
  • They are the prime targets of criminals in crowded shopping areas, transportation terminals, bus stops, on buses and other rapid transit.
  • Avoid overloading yourself with packages. It is important to have clear visibility and freedom of motion to avoid mishaps.
  • Beware of strangers approaching you for any reason. At this time of year, con-artists may try various methods of distracting you with the intention of taking your money or belongings.
  • Dress casually and comfortably.
  • Avoid wearing expensive jewelry.
  • Do not carry a purse or wallet, if possible.
  • Always carry your driver's license or identification along with necessary cash, checks and/or a credit card you expect to use. 
  • Even though you are rushed and thinking about a thousand things, stay alert to your surroundings.
  • Avoid carrying large amounts of cash.

Source: LAPD Crime Prevention Section

Title: Dr. Oz's 5 Secrets of "Waist Loss"

Dudley's Home Healthcare - Sunday, October 20, 2013

The staff here at Dudley's found this article to be very informative. Click "here" to read about the 5 simple rules that can help you to fight your body's cravings and stay slim!

10 Simple Tips To Happiness

Jeff Greer - Friday, September 20, 2013

For many of us, the goal of life isn’t ultimate wealth, massive amounts of stuff, or the perfect car. It’s happiness; plain and simple. Some people may be created happier than others, with enjoyment of life programmed into their hardwiring. For others, getting to happiness isn’t always that simple. You may not be programmed that way. But like any programming, yours can be changed. Rewrite your life program to include as many of the following tips as appeal to you and the goal of happiness may be achieved.

1. Spend time doing something you love. Make some room in your life by eliminating some commitments you don’t like doing and replace them with something you truly love.

2. Surround yourself with others who are happy. If you’re always around sad, angry or depressed people, it will transfer. But if you’re around people who are happy, that will transfer too. Slowly weed out the negative influences in your life and replace them with positive ones.

3. Count your blessings. When something bad happens to you, try not to focus on it. Instead, take a minute to count your blessings. Focus on the things you do have instead of the things you don’t.

4. Think solutions. Instead of thinking about problems, move to the next step, how to solve it. If you develop a solution-orientated thinking, you’ll be much happier.

5. This shall pass. When bad things happen and you’re having trouble accepting it, remind yourself: This shall pass. It will, and you’ll survive.

6. Laugh. Just the simple act of laughing can make you happier. Watch a funny movie, TV show or tell a joke- just laugh.

8. Have a goal. Too many goals will lead to ineffectiveness. Try to choose one goal and really focus on it. Work to accomplish it. Goals lead to happiness, especially if you make progress on them.

9. Catch negative thoughts. Monitor your thoughts. When you catch negative ones, try to think of something good instead. Sounds corny but it works.

10. Learn something new. It’s strange how many of us are afraid to try new things or admit we don’t know something but learning new skills or new information is one of the most fun things we can do. Give it a try.

Your Friends at Dudley's Home Health Care hopes this can help you get to a Happier Place!

Cookout Safety

Dudley's Home Healthcare - Thursday, August 29, 2013

Picnics, barbeques and potlucks are wonderful ways to celebrate summer, but whatever your plans, take care to prepare and transport food safely. Whether your picnic is an elaborate affair for a few dozen friends and family or a simple cookout for a few, a little planning will help prevent food borne illnesses so common during the summer months.

Bacteria begin to multiple between 40°F and 140°F, so it’s important to keep it either cold or hot right up to the moment of cooking and / or serving. To make cleanup easier, take garbage bags, paper towels and damp washcloths in plastic bags.

Follow the safety tips below and have a safe and happy cookout season!

Transporting Food: Make sure your cooler will keep foods 40°F, or plan foods that are less perishable, such as luncheon meats, cheese, peanut butter, etc…. Keep drinks in a separate cooler, since it will be opened more often. Plan ahead; try to take only what will be eaten so you don’t have to worry about leftovers. Don’t partially pre-cook meat or poultry before transporting; if it must be pre-cooked, cook unit done before packing in the cooler. Pack condiments in small containers rather than taking the whole jar. Put the cooler in the inside of the car rather than the hot trunk and keep it in the shade at your destination; replenish ice often. If you cook food ahead of time, chill thoroughly before putting it in the cooler. If you take hot food, wrap the dish in aluminum foil and towels to keep above 140°F; if it’s a long trip it may be best not to take a hot dish. Take out foods like fried chicken or barbeque should be eaten within 2 hours of purchase or thoroughly chilled before adding to the cooler and transporting.

Safe Grilling: Be sure all utensils, plates and cooking surfaces are clean and your hands are washed well before handling food. Take only as much food as you’re going to cook right then. When meat is cooked, transfer to a clean plate or platter- never place cooked meat on a platter which held raw meat. The USDA recommends fully cooking meats to ensure bacteria is destroyed; hamburgers and ribs should be cooked 160°F or until the center is no longer pink and the juices are clear. Cook ground poultry to 165°F and poultry parts to 180°F. Reheat pre-cooked meats until steaming hot. Never reuse marinades that have come in contact with raw meat, chicken or fish and don’t put the cooked food back into an unwashed container or the dish that contained the marinade.

For great summer grilling tips and recipes visit www.grillingtips.com

Have a Happy Labor Day From your Friends at Dudley's Home Health Care!

Nutrition for Seniors

Dudley's Home Healthcare - Friday, August 23, 2013

Food provides the energy and nutrients you need to be healthy. Nutrients include proteins, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, minerals and water.

Studies show that a good diet in your later years reduces your risk of osteoporosis, high blood pressure, heart diseases and certain cancers. As you age, you might need less energy. But you still need just as many of the nutrients in food:

Choose a variety of healthy foods.
Avoid empty calories, which are foods with lots of calories but few nutrients, such as chips, cookies, soda and alcohol.
Pick foods that are low in cholesterol and fat.

Saturated fats are usually fats that come from animals. Look for trans-fat on the labels of processed foods, margarines and shortenings.

Click here to read an article on the Benefits of Eating well from the National Institute of Health. We found this article to be very helpful and informative.

Cooking healthy and satisfying meals for seniors can be a challenge, especially as they get older and health problems and decreased physical capabilities set in. Individual tastes further complicate the matter, as some seniors may only enjoy foods with which they are familiar. Below you will find 3 delicious, easy and healthy recipes for seniors.

Breakfast

Puffed Wheat Parfait

This beautiful, layered breakfast contains vitamins from the fruit, protein and calcium from the yogurt, and fiber from the whole grain cereal. Soft puffed wheat is easy to chew, but substitute granola or other whole grain cereals to suit your tastes.

¼ to ½ cup strawberries
¼ to ½ cup blueberries
½ to 1 cup Greek yogurt
1 cup puffed wheat (substitute your cereal of choice)
Sugar (or sweetener) to taste

Thin slice the strawberries and sweeten them with sugar or a sugar substitute. Sweeten the yogurt. In a clear plastic or glass drinking vessel, add the strawberries to the bottom, followed by an inch of yogurt. Add about one inch of puffed wheat, followed by one inch of yogurt. Top the parfait with blueberries, a dollop of yogurt in the center and sprinkle the remaining of the puffed wheat. Serve immediately.

Lunch

Chef Salad Sandwich

This tasty, convenient sandwich contains vegetables, protein and a starch foe a healthy, balanced midday meal that gives you energy.

1 boiled egg
4 thin slices of ham (substitute turkey ham)
1 thick slice of Swiss cheese
Salad greens of choice (iceberg, romaine or other lettuce)
1 slice tomato
Dressing of choice
Whole wheat bun

Slice the boiled egg. Cut the ham and cheese into ¼-inch strips. Tear the lettuce into bite-size pieces. Add the ham, cheese and lettuce to a bowl and mix in the dressing. Gouge out the bottom and top of a whole wheat roll leaving about ¼ to ½ inch of bread. Place the salad mix in the bun. Top with tomato and egg slices. Sprinkle salt and pepper to taste.

Dinner

Baked Potato au Gratin

This dinner menu item contains minerals and fiber from the potato, and protein and calcium from yogurt and cheese.

1 baking potato
2 tbsp. low-fat cheddar cheese
1 tsp. Greek yogurt or sour cream
A little milk
Salt and pepper to taste

Bake the potato until soft. Carefully scoop out the center with a melon baller to the leave the potato skin intact. Mash the potato filling and mix in the cheese, yogurt and milk, if needed, and add salt and pepper to taste. Blend the potato filling until smooth and add it back into the baked potato shell. Place the potato under the broiler for 30 seconds to one minute or until golden brown. Let cool before serving.

Your friends at Dudley's Home Health Care found this information from U.S. National Library of Medicine, and we hope you find this helpful.

Senior Identity Theft

Dudley's Home Healthcare - Friday, August 16, 2013

Senior Identity Threats

Unfortunately, the very differences that set seniors apart from younger generations are the same ones that make seniors attractive targets for identity theft. Add to that the fact that most seniors have spent their lives building credit-worthiness and retirement funds, and that seniors can be far too trusting, and senior identity becomes a problem that’s on the rise.

Types

According to the federal Trade Commission’s recent report, more than half the time, victims knew the offenders who stole their identities---they were friends, co-workers or employees, neighbors, and even family members.

Significance

In the last year, almost ten million Americans were the victims of some type of identity theft (up from just over eight million the previous year.) Their losses totaled more than fifty-two million dollars, according to recent data released by the FBI. Thirty-eight percent find out within the first three months, which enables them to resolve the problem in a reasonable amount of time; however, up to eighteen percent don’t find out for four years or longer. Clearly, this makes the resolution process much more complicated and lengthy.

Protecting your information is essential… These steps can help seniors to prevent identity theft:

  • Keep your personal and identifying information in a safe, locked away from visitors to your home. Bank statements, credit card statements, Medicare statements, and other personal documents offer a wealth of identifying information. And since identity theft is often a crime of opportunity, finding such information merest the opportunities that even people you trust can’t resist.
  • Shred or burn any documents that contain personal information.
  • Don’t carry your social security card in your purse or wallet unless you know you will be required to show it. Memorize the number and keep the card locked in your safe or safe deposit box.
  • Don’t sign the back of your credit and debit cards. Instead, PHOTO I.D. REQUIRED FOR USE in the signature space. Then when a merchant takes the card to verify it, they should request your ID before completing the transaction.
  • When paying credit card bills by check, write the last four digits of the account number on the check memo line. This prevents your credit card number from falling into the wrong hands.
  • Don’t have your home phone number, social security number, driver’s license number, or date of birth printed on your checks. In fact, if you have a Post Office Box, use that instead of your home address on your checks.
  • Opt out of direct mail credit card offers by calling the Federal Trade Commission’s OPTOUT line at: 1-888-567-8688. Direct mail and credit card contain too much personal information. Identity thieves love to find them in the trash.

Keep a list of your credit card numbers and contact numbers for the credit card companies stored in your safe or safety deposit box. If your card is lost or stolen, you need this information to cancel the account.

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Summer Fun

Dudley's Home Healthcare - Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Summer is finally here to stay! Warm weather and sunshine makes everyone want to be outside and there are many fun ways that you and your Senior loved one can enjoy the outdoors. Make sure to be cautious with physical activities to be certain that your Senior loved one does not over exert him/herself. Also, keep your Senior loved one protected from the sun when planning outdoor activities by staying hydrated, applying sunscreen and wearing a hat. Here are a few examples of great summer senior activities:

  • Go to the local park and have a picnic
  • Take a walk during the cooler parts of the day
  • Enjoy a local pool for water aerobics
  • Gardening
  • Bird watching
  • Miniature golf
  • Go on an outing for ice cream

These are just a few ideas on ways that you can spend quality time with you Senior loved one this summer. Participating in summertime activities can be a fun and an enjoyable way for Seniors to experience the season. Keeping in mind the aging person's interests and limitations will ensure meaningful enjoyment for everyone.

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Fall Prevention

Dudley's Home Healthcare - Wednesday, May 29, 2013

The ability to perform daily activities and maintain independence requires strong muscles, balance and endurance. Regular physical activity or exercise helps to prevent the decline of muscle strength and improve balance and endurance. Balance plays an important role in everyday activities such as getting up out of a chair, walking or leaning over to pick up a grandchild. Balance problems can reduce your independence by interfering with activities of daily living. However, by participating in regular physical activity you can significantly improve your balance and reduce your risk for falling!

The 1996 Surgeon General's Report on Physical Activity and Health recommends people of all ages should engage in at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity on five or more days of the week. The 30 minutes can be consecutive or broken into several sessions throughout the day that add up to 30 minutes. Additionally, it is recommended that seniors participate in strength training activities 2 days per week.

Click here to view 11 basic exercises for Seniors who are currently at a low risk of falling provided by SeniorsAbilitiesUnlimited.com

Make sure you talk to your doctor BEFORE you begin exercising! Your doctor will make sure your body is ready to be active so you can exercise safely.

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National High Blood Pressure Month

Dudley's Home Healthcare - Thursday, May 09, 2013

The staff here at Dudley’s Home Health Care found this article from startwithyourheart.com to be very informative and we hope you do as well.

http://www.ibtimes.com/may-national-high-blood-pressure-education-stroke-awareness-month-tips-managing-hypertension-1232613

Unleash the Power of Age

Dudley's Home Healthcare - Wednesday, May 01, 2013

May is Older Americans Month, a perfect opportunity to show our appreciation for the older adults in our communities. Since 1963, communities across the nation have come together to celebrate Older Americans Month. It’s a proud tradition that shows our nation’s commitment to recognizing the contributions and achievements of older Americans. This year’s theme is “Unleash the Power of Age” which encourages older Americans to stay engaged, active and involved in their own lives and in their communities.

During the entire month of May we will be hi-lighting Older Americans. Please send in a photo and short story of your favorite "Older American" and we will recognize them. Please email your submissions to: Dudley's Home Health Care

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