A bit about Dementia. Myhomecare sponsoring The National Dementia Care Conference Wednesday 15th February.

Dementia Care Conference 15th February

Royal Marine Hotel Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin. 

Sponsored by Myhomecare.ie 

THE CONFERENCE

The annual conference, which is now running three years, is taking place this Wednesday, February 15th in The Royal Marine Hotel, Dun Laoghaire. Organised by The Commercial Media Group, the conference will focus on future vision for Dementia care in Ireland and will enable and equip delegates to critically review their approaches to the care of patients with dementia. Representing the myhomecare.ie team and attending the conference are Homecare Assessors Jonathan O’Donnell and Susanne Kelly.

Susanne, who has experience nursing dementia patients in the past, said that this is her first time attending the conference and she is looking forward to it. Susanne hopes to improve dementia care and incorporate new guidelines into existing myhomecare plans. On the day, Johnathan and Susanne will be promoting myhomecare by providing information about the brand, distributing materials and products and building relationships with other similar services. They will be speaking to clients and answering the questions of potential clients.

Dementia in Ireland

It is estimated that 42,000 people in Ireland have dementia.

But, what is Dementia? Dementia is not one single disease. It is a collective term used to describe a group of symptoms which cause damage to the brain and impair memory or thinking such as forgetfulness.

What can cause Dementia? Dementia can occur after a stroke, brain tumor or head injury. Age is the most significant risk factor in developing dementia and it affects 1 in 70 people in Ireland aged 65-70 and affects a staggering 1 in 5 people over the age of 80. Genetics is another risk factor that can play a part in the role of developing dementia. Although we cannot control our age or our genes, we can control our lifestyle and evidence shows that our lifestyle habits can increase the risk of developing dementia.

How to prevent Dementia – Lifestyle habits – Diet/Nutrition – high fat contributes to heart disease, high blood pressure and bad cholesterol which are all associated with dementia. Smoking – damages the heart, lungs and vascular system. People who are heavy smokers in their mid-life, double their risk of developing dementia. Alcohol – due to its antioxidants, research shows that drinking a moderate amount of red wine might actually reduce the risk of forming dementia. However, drinking alcohol excessively can increase a person’s risk of developing a form of dementia called Korsakoff’s Syndrome. Exercising – lack of physical activity can cause heart problems and can increase the risk of developing vascular dementia.

Recognizing The Signs

Not everyone with dementia will experience the same signs and symptoms.

Recent memory loss – repeating themselves.

Difficulty completing familiar tasks – cooking a meal.

Difficulty in communicating – forgetting simple words.

Disorientation – getting lost.

Misplacing things.

Changes in mood.

Changes in personality – acting fearful.

Inability to control emotion.

Loss if initiative – no interest in going out.

Fore more information about the Dementia Care Conference visit: http://cmgevents.ie/events/the-national-dementia-care-conference/

For information on myhomecare and dementia plans visit www.myhomecare.ie

Keep your workplace healthy with these 7 Natural remedies to beat the Flu

Keep your workplace healthy with these 7 Natural remedies to beat the Flu

Healthy Foods for the workplace

What you or your colleagues eat plays a huge part in yours or their health throughout the Flu season. A body is essentially made out of the foods which it consumes. If you consume unhealthy foods, you will have an unhealthy body. Unhealthy bodies are not equipped to fight off illnesses like the flu, its simple.

You need to encourage your colleagues to stay away from processed foods. If it was made in a lab or factory then it should stay in the lab or factory, you do not want it in your body! Focus on your diet and try to encourage your colleagues to focus their diet on things that grew out of the earth. Fresh fruits and vegetables are key.

Echinacea

Echinacea fights microorganisms including viruses like the flu. Echinacea does not act directly on the virus itself but rather stimulates the immune system to fight the virus. It raises the white blood cell count and increases the body’s inherent powers of resistance.

Garlic

Garlic may be known to ward off vampires, but it can also ward off colds and flu. Garlic contains the immune-boosting compound, also known to relieve cold and flu symptoms. Chop or crush 1-2 gloves of fresh garlic and “steep” them in hot water; then, drink it like a tea. This may also help others keep their distance from you.

Green Tea

Known to have many properties that can help keep you in tip-top health – and therefore better prepared to ward off cold and flu bugs. 2-3 per day are often recommended.

Ginger

Health benefits have long been touted. Steep several slices of fresh ginger root in hot water and sip for an extra health boost or to soothe a cough or scratchy throat.

Honey

Known to boost the immune system. A daily dose of honey can help you to feel energetic and stay healthy. It also has antibacterial properties; if you do develop a sore or scratchy throat, honey will soothe and help heal. Use it in your tea, coffee, plain hot water or by itself.

Lemons

Loaded with vitamin C, which is known to support the body’s natural defences. Lemon (and lime) juice is reported to decrease the strength of the cold and flu virus in the body and reduce phlegm. Add lemon juice to your tea or make hot or cold lemonade with honey to stay well, build resistance to cold and flu, and speed up healing .

There you have it so If you have the flu, it is important to rest and drink plenty of fluids. Do not eat or drink dairy products as they increase mucus production. Finally, if you have a fever, drinking peppermint tea can help to decrease chills.

Hopefully, this list of “flu fighters” will keep yourself and your colleagues flu-free all season long.

Four times lucky –Servisource Occupational Healthcare resulted in a lifesaving, quadruple bypass.

Four times lucky – how a general health screening by Servisource Occupational Healthcare resulted in a lifesaving, quadruple bypass.

When Patrick’s employer offered their employees a health screening package Patrick signed up for it. Little did he know what was about to happen, almost immediately, saved his life?

Servisource Occupational Health Nurse, Leona

 Image: Nurse Lorna.

“It was Wednesday, 26th November that I had my health screening in a mobile unit in Ballinasloe. Leona, the nurse, conducted all the usual tests – took bloods and my blood pressure, tested a urine sample, conducted an ECG, things like that.

“After a second ECG, Leona told me that I needed to go to the hospital straight away. I hadn’t been feeling well anyway so her sense of urgency really encouraged me to go.

“I was admitted to hospital immediately so they could monitor me – I had only one working artery that was half blocked. My operation was shortly after Christmas. When I woke up, the doctor told me they had to do a quadruple bypass, but that it had went well.

 “In the days after, the doctor asked me how I’d been feeling before my operation. I told him I had been having acidy pains in my stomach – especially when I was driving the truck at work. “You’d been having silent heart attacks”, he said, “You’re one of the lucky ones.”

“Every day I’m getting better. I like walking so I’ve been getting out and doing a bit. I also like vintage cars and tractors. I was involved in vintage tractor runs in the past for charity, raising money for places like Galway Hospice. When I recover, I hope to do more of it. Next time, for the Irish Heart Foundation.

 

Thanks to health screening Patrick will continue to live his life and do the things he loves. Healthcare Screening is an essential aspect of maintaining health and is essential for detection, and in other cases, early prevention. 

 

 

Be Winter Ready 2012

Practical advice for being winter-ready.

Severe weather challenges all of us. Activities that we take for granted can become difficult or even hazardous when severe weather occurs. However, by taking some simple steps you can reduce the impact of such events. This winter-ready booklet gives information on being prepared, providing practical advice for coping during episodes of severe weather, as well as giving contact details of organisations and agencies that can provide guidance and assistance.

 

Severe weather challenges all of us. Activities that we take for granted can become difficult or even hazardous when severe weather occurs. However, by taking some simple steps you can reduce the impact of such events.
This winter-ready booklet gives information on being prepared, providing practical advice for coping during episodes of severe weather, as well as giving contact details of organisations and agencies that can provide guidance and assistance. The booklet was prepared by the Government Task Force on Emergency Planning.
The main message is simple – be prepared, stay safe and know where to find help should you need it.
An electronic version of this booklet is available on the website www.winterready.ie An Irish language edition is also available.
The website acts as an entry site to many useful websites. During severe weather events information will also be available on Aertel page 592.
To download the booklet please click the link below.