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Finding Activities for Senior Citizens

A lot of emphasis is put on keeping ourselves fit and occupied while we are in our salad-days. But, we should spare a thought about our old-age as well. It is the stage in which we need maximum attention and it is the stage in which we can very well become a couch potato. While working for as a customer service agent for a UK-based online-shopping company, I was impressed with the zeal and enthusiasm with which senior citizens kept themselves involved. From art and craft items, to hot-air balloons, their attitude towards life was exemplary. That is one of the reasons why I thought of writing an article on the activities in which our senior citizens can indulge themselves in.

Mix about 200 small safety pins in an ice-cream bucket along with dry oatmeal. Blindfold a person and time them for around 10 minutes and let them see how many pins they can find in the dry oatmeal. Let everyone have a turn (blindfolded), and the one who finds the maximum number of pins, wins a prize.

Pick up some inexpensive items from your local grocery store. Good choices would be toiletries, kitchen items, personal care products, and home decorations. These items can also be gift-wrapped as mystery prizes. You will also require some fake money, which is equally distributed along the participants. The auctioneer will pick up a single prize at a time, and start the bidding.

Everyone is supposed to get their own fishing pole and bait along. It will help the seniors relax as well as keep themselves occupied. There should be prizes for the maximum fish caught and the biggest catch.

Organize a yoga class. This is extremely beneficial to senior citizens, and each person should do only those yoga exercises that they are comfortable with. However, this activity needs care and caution.

Some Other Activities for Seniors

  • Organize a one-mile walk. This is something which is within the capability of most senior citizens.
    Mental exercises like solving puzzles and doing mathematical calculations without using a paper and pencil could be undertaken. This might delay the onset of serious old age diseases like Alzheimer’s, or delay the progress of the disease in people already afflicted by this disease.
  • Monthly birthday parties can be a good way for senior citizens to catch-up with each other. Also, it will make the birthday a memorable experience.
  • Have a quiz regarding movies, songs, TV shows, actors, and other categories that the seniors are familiar with or are enthusiastic about.
  • Playing Favorites – We guess each person’s favorite choices, for example, their favorite sport, favorite food, or favorite music genre. Keep prizes for those who guess it right and win.
  • Sculpting for seniors – You could use the soft clay products, which are made for children. There should be a prize for the quickest sculpture created and the best looking sculpture. This activity would also help in strengthening the seniors’ dexterity and muscle control.
  • A holiday trip to a scenic spot could be organized. Nature is one of the most effective healers for the mind.
  • Hold a flower decoration competition. Supply the flowers, vases, and scissors. You are allowed to take your handmade creation home.
  • Supply the seniors with cameras. Each one can take pictures of their favorite items, and display them to others as a slide show.
  • You could also place your favorite recipe among many recipes, and ask the seniors to guess it.
  • Each senior can talk for a few minutes offering personal advice and tips on health-related issues.

These were some activities for seniors. As we mentioned before, it is very important that senior citizens keep themselves occupied with some of the other activity, otherwise life can get a bit monotonous. Not only will these activities keep the senior citizens busy, these will also help them in being healthy and spontaneous. We hope that this article would be useful to everyone, especially our senior citizens.

Ways to fight Dental Anxiety

Dental Anxiety is one of the reasons why most people don’t set an appointment with their dentists for oral care.  People should be aware that Dental Anxiety is a psychological issue that needs to be addressed properly to avoid high risk dental issues. Not just children, but even adults nowadays are having anxiety in addressing their dental concerns. Just the thought of visiting their dental clinic makes them sick.

I myself experienced this kind of fear before studying dentistry! Yes I am now a dentist, and this blog is to help you out overcoming your fear that I had once in me.

I did not want to visit a dental clinic before. Thinking of the large equipments that they use for dental procedures made me ill, and would cause me mental panic disorder. I also hated the smell of hospitals and just the feeling of going inside a clinic made me panic mentally.

Don’t get me wrong but I have been taking care of my oral hygiene. In fact, I have been very particular when it comes to my oral health. I thought that just brushing my teeth with my preferred toothpaste and mouthwash, three to four times a day, and doing it daily, would guarantee that I’m keeping my oral health perfectly steady.

I was wrong!

Consultations to professional dentists are needed to make sure that you are doing things right when it comes to your oral health.

I have here some tips that worked for me when I was innocent about dental phobia.

 How to overcome Mild Dental Anxiety:

Dental anxiety or also known as Dental Phobia, is a fear of consulting a dentist, fear of dental procedures failure, and possible negative thoughts about having dental sessions.

-Talk to your Dentist.

            Your dentist is the first person to help you overcome your dental anxiety. You have to be open to your dentist about your feelings towards dental sessions. Be specific about the fear. You need to make sure that your dentist understands what you are going through to determine the exact and specific treatment for you. They are responsible of providing you smooth, easy and relaxed oral care experience.

-Relax your Breathing

            Control your way of breathing through your mind. Your thoughts will affect your feelings and it will also affect your breathing. Occupy your mind with happy thoughts to divert your fear into positivity. You need to simply inhale and exhale slowly while closing your eyes. When you inhale, hold it for 5 seconds and exhale through your mouth. This will help your mind be relaxed. Its mind over matter, you can conquer it!

-Using Relaxation Techniques

            Create techniques for you to be relaxed. You can have a stress ball or you can bring your playlist of your favorite songs and listen to them during the session. Know yourself so that you’ll find out what are those techniques that you can apply to yourself in order to conquer your anxiety.

How to Overcome Severe Dental Anxiety:

This is a kind of anxiety that cannot be treated through the tips mentioned above. This is something that has to undergo thorough examination with your doctor. However, you can also apply the above tips to make you feel a little better.

This type of dental phobia is not just psychological that we can easily cure through healing our thoughts, and creating some techniques to help the mind be comfortable and relaxed.

Severe Dental Phobia would take days and time to conquer. Good news is, here at Bramcountry, we always have effective ways to help you achieve your perfect smiles!

-Dental Sedation

It is the best and faster yet effective treatment for any levels of Dental Anxiety.

There are different types of sedations. Your doctor will evaluate you first by going through your medical records to provide you the best sedation process suitable for your body.

The very simple sedation is the oral one. It’s a tablet which you take or swallow an hour before your session. Possibilities are, you will stay awake during the dental treatment, or you’ll feel a bit drowsy and more relaxed as you undergo treatment.

If oral sedation won’t really work for you, your dentist will give you Intravenous Sedation. This is injecting you medicine to help you calm down and be relaxed during your session.

Again, severe dental anxiety would take time, and efforts to be fully healed. If Dental Sedation won’t still work for you, try these helpful tips below as your last results

-You need to undergo Counseling

            You will be assessed by your doctor to know the root cause of your phobia. The goal here is to know you as a person and as to why you are developing this phobia, as there are factors that make a phobia developed. Through this process, your doctor will be able to find out how to work through it so that you can conquer your fear.

-Try Supporting Networks and Forums

            Since Dental Phobia is very common nowadays, there are wide numbers of support networks and online forums that support people who are suffering from dental anxiety. You can look for a website yourself and try it out. For example,  Dental Anxiety Network.

The tips above really helped me out. Know yourself. Practice your mind to be brave. Dental Anxiety or Dental Phobia is only in the mind. Change your thoughts towards Dental Health Care.

I can guarantee you that you’ll be living your life with your brightest smiles!

Finding Best Comfortable Dentistry

Your smile is your best natural signature that you can give to people around you. Make sure your oral health supports your smile with sound health. One of the easiest ways to keep your teeth intact and mouth healthy is to visit a dental clinic regularly. Even if your teeth are in good shape and you are not facing any health related issue. A regular visit to your dentist is the first step that you can take to keep your oral health and hygiene under check, luckily for the people of El Paso, the El Paso dental clinic run by experienced and professionally qualified dentist. Whether you want to get a bright and shiny smile or need a dental health service for the more complicated problem, consulting a right dentist will help you in getting over all your dental issues.

The dental health is wide and to keep it organized, many well-managed dental clinic has categorized their services. There you can consult a dentist for rehabilative dentistry, preventive dentistry, restorative dentistry and children’s dentistry.

 When it cone to choose a dental clinic for any of this service, make sure you pick a dental clinic with a sound infrastructure. The success of the dental treatment is largely decided by the experience of the dentist and performance of the equipment. Choose a well-maintained El Paso dental clinic near to you and trust the best for your oral health.

 No matter how careful you are with your oral health, there comes a time when you seriously need to consult a dentist to get rid of oral health issue.

 Whether your teeth are distorted by birth or your smiles have been the victim of an accident or any other medical treatment, at El Paso dentistry you can find a solution for all the dental problems. Many people avoid visiting dentist mainly due to two reasons. First is the painful procedure and the second one is heavy medical bill charged by the dentist. Luckily, you can find solutions to both these problems, now most of the hi-tech and advanced dental clinics are offering restorative treatment. You can even ask the dental clinic about the dental insurance plan, this will solve your payment worries as well.

 Keep your 32 pearls intact and healthy with proper oral health care. Consult your dentist twice in a year and prevent any major dental issue. You don’t have to worry about tooth decay, plaque or bad breath problem; all you have to do is to consult a reliable and well-trained dentist.

Lifestyle advice during pregnancy

Follow a healthy balanced diet

During pregnancy it is important to continue to eat a healthy balanced diet. In the initial three months it may be difficult to eat adequately due to nausea vomiting of pregnancy. For women with a normal pre-pregnancy weight, a weight gain of 11-16 kg over the pregnancy is normal which is usually divided as 1kg, 5 kg and 5 kg in respective trimesters. Too much weight gain increases risk of developing problems later in the pregnancy. Briefly, a third of most meals should be starch-based foods (such as bread, cereals, potatoes, rice, and pasta), with fruit and vegetables. One must eat plenty of fibre, protein foods such as meat, fish, pulses, chicken, etc, every day.
Include foods with plenty of iron, calcium and folic acid– a growing baby needs these nutrients right from the start of the pregnancy:

  • Iron: red meat, jagerry,  pulses, dried fruit, green vegetables and fortified cereals.
  • Calcium: dairy products such as milk, cheese, and yoghurt. (Low-fat milk, cheeses and yoghurts usually contain just as much calcium as the full-fat varieties.)
  • Folic acid:  green vegetables, brown rice, and fortified cereals.

Foods and drinks to avoid

  • Anything with a lot of vitamin A.
    • Liver and liver products and cod liver oil supplements
    • Vitamin tablets or supplements which contain vitamin A
  • Undercooked meats and eggs: Make sure all meat foods are cooked until piping hot. Eggs should be cooked until the white and yolk are solid. Avoid foods that may contain raw eggs.
  • Limit the amount of caffeine to no more than 300 mg per day (One mug of instant coffee has about 100 mg of caffeine).


Vitamins and supplements

Folic acid
Folic acid should ideally be taken from 1 month before conception till 3 months to reduce risk of any neural defect in baby. Spinach, sprouts, broccoli, green beans and potatoes are rich source of it. Some bread and breakfast cereals are fortified with folic acid.

Vitamin D
Vitamin D is needed for growth and supplements are recommended for all pregnant women, breast-feeding women. The dose in pregnancy or breast-feeding is 400 units (10 micrograms) daily. And women who are have minimal or no sun exposure would need a higher dose 800 units (20 micrograms) daily. Low vitamin D levels have been associated with hypertension and premature birth in recent studies. But over dosage too would be detrimental.

Later such children may develop- Cheast infections, Glue ear, Sudden infant death syndrome, behavioral problems, low IQ, Attention deficit Hyperkinetic disorder

Alcohol

Pregnant women should not drink alcohol. It can pass to the baby wherein baby and leads to fetal alcohol syndrome- Multiple abnormalities in fetus. In others, it may cause miscarriage, poor baby growth, premature labour and physical and mental disability.

Exercise

During pregnancy some form of regular physical activity is important and safe as part of living a healthy lifestyle. Moderate physical activity including both aerobic physical activity and  muscle strengthening exercise when performed for at least 30 minutes is helpful for both mother and baby’s growth. Women should choose activities that will minimize the risk of loss of balance and fetal trauma.

Sex

Sex is generally safe for most couples during pregnancy. It needs to be avoided in cases with low lying placenta or where bag of waters is broken. However as the pregnancy progresses with a big bump certain positions may be uncomfortable.

Working during pregnancy
Working in an environment that doesn’t pose risk of infection, trauma, injury is permissible during pregnancy. One must discuss possible occupational hazards with their obstetrician.