Do You Want to Learn More About Caregiving?

Giving

Challenges in Caregiving: Giving Care, Taking Care, a caregiver training conference will be offered on Monday, June 3, 2013 at the Tukwila Community Center in Tukwila, Washington. The event is hosted by Aging and Disability Services Administration, Full Life Care and Pierce County Community Connections/Aging and Long Term Care along with the support of numerous community organizations. The conference is designed to provide current, practical skills and resources that community caregivers can use in their daily caregiving responsibilities. The conference is intended for:

• Family caregivers (spouses, adult children, parents of adults with disabilities, or other relatives)
• Home care workers and adult day services staff
• Adult family home or assisted living staff
• Social service or mental health professionals who work with family caregivers

The Early Registration fee (by May 15) for individual caregivers is $30. Scholarships are available for unpaid family caregivers. The Early Registration fee for agency-based caregivers is $50. Fees include workshops, lunch and resource exhibits. Registration forms will be available in April and space is limited – so don’t delay! For more information or to receive a full brochure and registration materials, please call 1-800-422-3263 or 360-725-2544.

~Professional Medical Corp.

Colorful Kinesio Tape

If you have noticed more stripes and colors on athletes, chances are kinesio taping is to blame. The popularity of taping has grown in the last decade and the 2012 London Olympics have made it a household name. But how does this stuff work and is it affective?

Kinesio tape is a thin and pliable tape that is placed on areas of your body that can be prone to over extending, the tapes job is to pull on your skin to remind you NOT to over extend. Some trainers also use the tape as a tool to help improve balance in athletes and to prevent excessive extending. The taping has even been used on animals to help prevent injuries.

Research is still being done to determine the true effects of the tape, and whether it gives you a sense of stability and support or gives you a psychological edge. In the meantime kinesio taping gives us lots of pretty colors to look during sporting events and may have a bigger use in the future.

Read more about this topic HERE.

~Professional Medical Corp.

Drugs that are Becoming Generic this Year

AARP.com announced some of many brand-name prescription medications that are going generic  for 2012. Last year, brands such as Lipitor and Zyprexa went generic, giving people cheaper alternatives. Look below for this year’s list.

  1. Lexapro—use to treat depression  (March)
  2. Provigil—used to treat sleep problems (April)
  3. Plavix—an antiplatelet drug used to prevent blood clots (May)
  4. Singulair—an Asthma drug (August)

This is great news for those who want more affordable drugs.

Click here for the original article—courtesy of AARP.com

Don’t count calories, count bites!

There is a new device on the market that counts your every bite during your meal. The “Bite Counter” is designed as a wristlet so you can take it everywhere you go from the restaurants to the ball parks. All you have to do is press the button before you start eating and press it again when you finish your meal. It will count how many bites you have taken and estimate the number of calories you have eaten. It is supposedly over 90% accurate during their lab tests.

Another cool feature is that it allows you to press how many bites you want to limit yourself for every meal. The device will sound an alarm for every bite that goes over the limit. It may sound annoying, but it could stop you from over indulging your food.

Now, are you ready to hear the price? It is $799—do you think it is worth it?

Read original article here by Times Healthland

 

Trouble sleeping? Try a cooling cap!

New research conducted by the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine reported that by keeping the head cool, more insomniacs can sleep easier. Previous studies indicated that people with insomnia can’t  sleep due to the added brain activity that goes on at night. This results in the brain’s temperature being too hot to sleep.

The researchers gave 12 insomniacs a cap that contained circulating water at cool temperatures, and the results were surprising. They were all able to fall asleep as effortlessly as people without the condition. It only took them 13 minutes to fall asleep compared to the 16 minutes of the control group and they slept on average 89% of the time.

More studies need to be conducted before a definite conclusion can be reached. This solution would be great for people who are not comfortable taking medication for their condition or for those who existing treatments are not working.

Read more at: http://ti.me/iNm0Ch

Would you try something like this?

As Promised…

Here is our next delicious and healthy berry recipe! Helping you with that brain cell housekeeping allowing you to live a full and healthy life!

Mixed Berry-Almond Gratin

Mixed Berry-Almond Gratin Recipe

6 servings

Active Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup slivered almonds, (1 1/4 ounces)
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar, or
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/3 cup firm silken low-fat tofu
  • 1 tablespoon butter, softened
  • 1/4 teaspoon pure almond extract
  • 3 cups mixed berries, such as raspberries, blackberries and blueberries
  • Confectioners’ sugar, for dusting

Preheat oven to 400°F. Coat a 1-quart gratin dish or a 9-inch pie pan with cooking spray.

  1. Spread almonds in a shallow baking pan and bake until light golden and fragrant, 4 to 6 minutes. Let cool.
  2. Place sugar (or Splenda), flour, salt and almonds in a food processor; process until finely ground. Add egg, tofu, butter and almond extract; process until smooth.
  3. Spread berries evenly in the prepared gratin dish. Scrape the almond mixture over the top, spreading evenly.
  4. Bake the gratin until light golden and set, 40 to 50 minutes. Let cool for at least 20 minutes. Dust with confectioners’ sugar and serve warm.

Tips & Notes

  • Make Ahead Tip: Prepare through Step 3. Cover and refrigerate for up to 8 hours.

Nutrition

Per serving: 195 calories; 7 g fat ( 2 g sat , 3 g mono ); 40 mg cholesterol; 30 g carbohydrates; 4 g protein; 4 g fiber; 48 mg sodium; 164 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (22% daily value), Fiber (16% dv).

Carbohydrate Servings: 2

Exchanges: 1 fruit, 1 other carbohydrate, 1 fat

Nutrition Note: Per serving with Splenda:138 calories, 16 g carbohydrate.

New Retail Location to Open in April 2010

It is hard to believe that we are just about to welcome spring into our midst! A time for shaking off the winter blues and adding some “spring” to our step.

Over here at Professional Medical, we are preparing to grow by opening our new retail store in April, so that we can meet the requests of our clients who want more options and the ability to see and feel the products that might help improve their quality of life. Our retail store is set to open sometime next month on Lake City Way between 125th and 127th. Feel free to come in and explore what we have to offer.

Check back here and on our website for more information regarding location, hours, and products.