Resolutions are often about starting or stopping certain behaviors; the only problem is, resolutions are all too often broken. Start 2011 right by resolving to make this the year you really focus on your health. Consider these resolution solutions to learn how you can succeed - this and every year.
* Assess your personal food choices and lifestyle. Keep track of what you ear and drink so you can identify the behaviors you would like to change.
* Set goals and be realistic. Change doesn't mean you have to give up the foods you like. Smaller portions, different ways of cooking and being more physically active will allow you to enjoy favorites with fewer calories.
* Be patient and don't give up if you don't see a huge difference right away. Real change takes time, commitment and encouragement. If you get off track, pick up where you left off and start again.
* Seek help from a qualified health professional. A registered dietitian is the best source of reliable and up-to-date food and nutrition information.
(Information produced by ADA's Public Relations Team)
You are at risk for liver damage if you:
* Are exposed to blood or bodily fluids on the job
* Are regularly exposed to toxins or chemicals such as aerosol cleaners, bug spray, paint fumes and tobacco smoke
* Have injected drugs, especially if you shared a needle
* Have had frequent, unprotected sex with multiple partners
* Have had a tattoo or piercing with an unsterile needle
* Consume alcohol. Even moderate amounts of alcohol can have toxic effects, especially when taken with over-the-counter drugs containing acetaminophen
* Use certain herbs or mega doses of vitamins
* Have conditions such as obesity, diabetes, or high triglycerides
* Received a blood transfusion before 1992 and may be at risk for hepatitis C
* Are a military veteran, especially a Vietnam-era veteran who was exposed to someone else's blood
* Have ever had an abnormal liver function test
If you can answer yes to any of the statements above, you should see your doctor and ask for a liver enzyme test. It's painless, and most importantly, it's dangerous to wait.
(Information adapted from the American Liver Foundation)
Communication with a person with dementia
Remember, it is most important to treat a person with dementia with dignity and respect. Avoid talking down or talking to others who are present as if the person with dementia is not there. At all times be aware of your tone of voice and body language. Do not use the high-pitched voice that people sometimes use when speaking to children. Lower your pitch and volume, and stay relaxed. Try not to stand over the person if he is seated, which may be interpreted as being bossy or intimidating.
The person in your care may not understand your words, but he may nevertheless respond to the tone of your voice or your posture, and he will intuitively decide whether to respond to you as friend or foe. Coping with changes in communication is one of the biggest challenges that caregivers and family member face when caring for persons with dementia. Unfortunately, the challenge increases as the disease progresses.