4th Edition of Health Matters Monthly Newsletter for September

26. Only 1% of the bacteria we normally harbor, can result in the human body becoming ill.

42. A person passes on 278 different types of bacteria to another person when they kiss them. Fortunately, 95% of them are not harmful.

73. There are about 40,000 bacteria in the human mouth.

{From 99 Quick and Fascinating Facts About the Human Body}



Happy Autumnal Equinox!

Our Interesting Immune Systems


Immune System


Immune system

The immune system is a system of many biological structures and processes within an organism that protects against disease. To function properly, an immune system must detect a wide variety of agents, known as pathogens, from viruses to parasitic worms, and distinguish them from the organism's own healthy tissue.
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Fall is the beginning of the flu season. Some individual will receive the flu vaccine. However, there are many types of influenza and the Center for Disease Control can only make an educated guess as to which flus will be hanging around this year. If they make an incorrect guess, you can have a flu shot and still get a flu!

There are many other ways to strengthen our immune systems to better fight possible invasion from bacteria, viruses, yeast, fungi and other germs that can make us sick.

There are good bacteria called normal flora that the body naturally has, which do not make us sick, instead they kill the bad bacteria. Overuse of antibiotics can cause an imbalance in the flora and make us sick. The use of Probiotic supplements can strengthen the immune system by replenishing and balancing out our normal flora.

Striving for five fresh fruits and vegetables daily and keeping a healthy diet can also strengthen the immune system and prevent many diseases, like Diabetes & Heart Disease. Avoid processed foods, sugary foods and beverages and fatty or salty foods.

Exercising daily according to your age, fitness level and doctor’s recommendations improves circulation, organ function, actually alters brain chemicals and improves mood and mental functioning.

Drink plenty of water, 8-10 glasses per day. Avoid unhealthy habits and over indulgences like smoking, drinking, and recreational drug use. Last, but not least, in the words of Bob Marley, “don’t worry, be happy.” There’s nothing like a good mental attitude to create and maintain a healthy state in body, mind and spirit.

How can your mental health affect your physical health?
Mental health has a STRONG impact on our physical health. If one is severely depressed for a certain amount of time, headaches, joint and muscle pain, fatigue, nausea, and other physical symptoms can emerge. Advertising.com

Are happy people healthier?
A happy person is a healthy person, say British researchers who have found evidence of a biological connection between a positive sense of well-being and reduced risk for disease among middle-aged men and women. Happy People = Healthy People - Total Health Institute

Health

Health
Health is the level of functional or metabolic efficiency of a living organism. In humans it is the ability of individuals or communities to adapt and self-manage when facing physical, mental or social challenges.
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September Employee of the Month is Lori Guerrero, CHHA!

Lori quietly provides excellent care. She is prompt with her paperwork and extremely cooperative when coordinating RN sixty-day compliance visits. She readily completed her IPCED training modules without complaining, or making excuses. Her Consumer is always well cared for and his apartment is spanking clean. Lori is reliable, responsible and professional in appearance and behavior. Kudos! Your token of our appreciation is in the mail. CWC thanks you for y our service.



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3nd edition of Monthly Health Matters Newsletter
Dementia

#2. The human brain has a memory capacity which is the equivalent of four terabytes on a hard drive.

#6. A single human brain generates more electrical impulses in a day than all the telephones of the world combined.

#18. By the end of a person’s life, they can recall, on average, around 150 trillion pieces of information.

{99 Quick and Fascinating Facts About The Human}

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A Little Bit about a Big Disease Dementia

It’s important to remember that Dementia is a very specific condition which can only be diagnosed by a medical provider.

Many other conditions can mimic Dementia, such as various types of mental illness and certain states found in individuals with Diabetes or Traumatic Brain Injuries, for example.

The most common type of Dementia is Alzheimer’s disease which makes up 50-70% of cases. Other types include vascular dementia (25%), Lewy body dementia (15%) and frontotemporal dementia.

Dementia maybe diagnosed by a mini mental status exam, imaging and blood work, as well as a history of symptom progression.

There is no cure for Dementia, however, there are some medications that may decrease the severity of symptoms and delay the progression.

Dementia affects 36 million people. With increasing longevity, the incidence of Dementia is also increasing. And it has become one of the most common causes of disability among the over 75 population. The healthcare costs are estimated to be 604 billion dollars per year!

The symptoms and implications for management are varied and individualized, ranging from memory impairment, psychological therapies, pain treatment, eating difficulties and mobility issues to safety factors.

A person’s entire identity and personality is altered by this devastating disease. Having an individualized Plan of Care is essential to providing appropriate care for our Consumers with Dementia.

{See Wikipedia 5/16 for pertinent additional information!

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TAMARA PAGAN, CHHA

Don’t let her gentle quiet demeanor fool you. Tamara is a positively powerfully perfect Care provider. Thank you for your service.

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