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Goodbye, Barbara Jean… Seeing Her through to the End.

Goodbye, Barbara Jean…Seeing Her through to the End. ~ It’s the permanence that’s getting to me. The knowing that now, the phone will never say her name on caller ID again. It’s knowing that soon, my phone won’t be ringing with things related to her,

AutoImmune Issues & Notes from the Summit, #3

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AutoImmune Issues & Notes from the Summit, #3

As you may know by now, one of our bloggers in an author who suffers from auto immune diseases, and has family members who also suffer with AIs. Months ago she took part in the online AutoImmune Summit, and took pages upon pages of notes of the pointers that all of the wonderful specialists, doctors, and nurses spoke of. We got the okay from her to share her post with all of you, so that you can read up on the tips, tricks, and suggestions that were given during the Summit.

This entry is about the tips given by nutritionist Michael Ash. Please remember, we are only sharing this post with you for your insight. If you have questions about a specific post, as Skye states, please refer to the person/doctor’s social media or books for further assistance.

Notes from Nutritionist Michael Ash

Thanks for visiting! Remember to check on your elderly neighbors, and make sure everyone is warm enough this cold winter season!!

AutoImmune Issues & Notes from the Summit, #2- the Paleo Solution

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AutoImmune Issues & Notes from the Summit, #2- the Paleo Solution

As you may know by now, one of our bloggers in an author who suffers from auto immune diseases, and has family members who also suffer with AIs. Months ago she took part in the online AutoImmune Summit, and took pages upon pages of notes of the pointers that all of the wonderful specialists, doctors, and nurses spoke of. We got the okay from her to share her post with all of you, so that you can read up on the tips, tricks, and suggestions that were given during the Summit.

This entry is about the tips given by Robb Wolf, a research biochemist who wrote the Paleo Solution: the Original Human Diet. Please remember, we are only sharing this post with you for your insight. If you have questions about a specific post, as Skye states, please refer to the person/doctor’s social media or books for further assistance.

Notes from Robb Wolf, Author of the Paleo Solution

Thanks for visiting! Remember to check on your elderly neighbors, and make sure everyone is warm enough this cold winter season!!

AutoImmune Issues & Notes from the Summit, #1

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AutoImmune Issues & Notes from the Summit, #1

As you may know by now, one of our bloggers in an author who suffers from auto immune diseases, and has family members who also suffer with AIs. Months ago she took part in the online AutoImmune Summit, and took pages upon pages of notes of the pointers that all of the wonderful specialists, doctors, and nurses spoke of. We got the okay from her to share her post with all of you, so that you can read up on the tips, tricks, and suggestions that were given during the Summit.

This entry is about the tips given by Jeffrey Smith from the Institute for Responsible Technology. Please remember, we are only sharing this post with you for your insight. If you have questions about a specific post, as Skye states, please refer to the person/doctor’s social media or books for further assistance.

Notes from Jeffrey Smith: Say No to GMO

Thanks for visiting! Remember to check on your elderly neighbors, and make sure everyone is warm enough this cold winter season!!

 

Guest Blogging Updates!

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Guest Blogging Updates!

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If you’re interested in guest blogging on our page, you can now use this handy form to sign up! Within the form, you’ll simply need your email address, and to tell us what your post would be about on our blog!

After we receive your information, we’ll contact you with further details!!

Use this LINK to access our Google Form!!

 

New Year, New Healthier You in 2015!

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New Year, New Healthier You in 2015!

With every year come the resolutions. With the resolutions come the stress, strain, and sometimes even a little bit of anger. With all those negative emotions, resolutions become yesterday’s dreams. That said, we’re not really into “resolutions” around here. We know that changes have to be made as a WANT- meaning, the person must WANT to change before anything will happen. Not just an ideal “Eh, it’s 2015…I think I’ll quit smoking/eat healthier/change my attitude.” It just takes more than that.

We don’t want to hear that people have made empty resolutions, and we’d like to help out in any way we can! This year the focus, we think, will be on the new ways coming to light to treat the myriad of autoimmune diseases that have now become more prevalent than some types of cancer. You’ll hear more of paleo eating, the AIP protocol diet, eating gluten free, and working your body out physically, too.

One of our guest bloggers is also an author, and lives with many autoimmune diseases. She began eating gluten free years ago, and has now published her second cook book, which happens to be gluten free, too! You should check it out! The recipes are simple to intermediate, the directions concise and clear, and the nutrition labels on each recipe help those who track calories and fat know just what they’re getting! The index keeps the 200+ pages organized, and easy to find!!

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Our first recommendation in 2015—check out this new gluten free cook book! Use this link to see it on Amazon!

Merry Christmas! Happy Hanukkah! Happy Kwanza! Happy HOLIDAYS!

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Merry Christmas! Happy Hanukkah! Happy Kwanza! Happy HOLIDAYS!

At Elderly Care Resources, we’re here for you. Provide you information and links to things that may be of some help for you, especially if you’re a care giver, or an elderly person. It’s amazing how difficult things can be to navigate, especially when it comes to insurance and medical issues. We hope your holidays have been wonderful, and you’ve given as much love as you’ve received!

As some of you know, we write a lot about issues we have dealt with, or are currently dealing with. With the recent beating of the Matriarch of our family, you will notice an increase of posts about elderly abuse and violence, how to spot it happening, and how to stop it before something bad happens. We’ll cover nursing homes and medication policies, and how without notice, your family member may be put on heavy medications without your knowledge, or their own personal consent. If you are a blogger, and blog about anything just mentioned, please contact our page and consider becoming a guest blogger! We’d love to have your post!

Be safe this holiday season. Pay attention to phone scams, and anyone paying too much attention to your home. If you’ve ordered packages, try to be home when they are to be delivered to avoid package theft from your very own porch. Don’t answer knocks on your door at night. Get a life alert, or similar police dispatching button. Please lock your doors ALL the time. Don’t leave your keys in your unlocked car, in your unlocked garage. Don’t talk about the money that’s in your purse with anyone.

Have a SAFE & WONDERFUL holiday season!! Merry Christmas!

Pneumonia: The Silent Killer

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Pneumonia: The Silent Killer

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This is the season that brings so many weather changes to many states and areas, and often towards the snowy and cold side of things. Cold weather and being cooped up inside heated houses causes all the bacteria and germs to circulate more frequently. This means, those who are in close quarters in a job, or in the same facility like a hospital or nursing home have a higher probability of catching each others germs, thusly creating mixed illnesses. The best prevention is often knowledge on how to avoid the spread of germs in the first place. In the elderly, pneumonia can be especially tricky, as it can mimic many other issues. Know the causes. Know the Symptoms.

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Symptoms.

  • Fever, sweating and shaking chills
  • Lower than normal body temperature in people older than age 65, and in people with poor overall health or weakened immune systems
  • Cough, which may produce thick, sticky fluid
  • Chest pain when you breathe deeply or cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fatigue and muscle aches
  • Nausea, vomiting or diarrhea
  • Headache

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Causes of Pneumonia.

  • Bacteria; such as Streptococcus pneumoniae. Bacterial community-acquired pneumonia can occur on its own or after you have a cold or respiratory flu. This type of pneumonia often affects one area (lobe) of the lung, a condition called lobar pneumonia.
  • Bacteria-like organisms; such as Mycoplasma pneumoniae, which typically produce milder signs and symptoms than do other types of pneumonia. “Walking pneumonia,” a term used to describe pneumonia that isn’t severe enough to require bed rest, may result from Mycoplasma pneumoniae.
  • Viruses; including some that are the same type of viruses that cause colds and flu. Viruses are the most common cause of pneumonia in children younger than 2 years. Viral pneumonia is usually mild. But viral pneumonia caused by certain influenza viruses, such as sudden acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), can become very serious.
  • Fungi; which can be found in soil and in bird droppings. This type of pneumonia is most common in people with an underlying health problem or weakened immune system and in people who have inhaled a large dose of the organisms.

Complications from Pneumonia.

  • Bacteria in the bloodstream (bacteremia). Bacteria that enter the bloodstream from your lungs can spread the infection to other organs, potentially causing organ failure.
  • Lung abscess. An abscess occurs if pus forms in a cavity in the lung. An abscess is usually treated with antibiotics. Sometimes, surgery or drainage with a long needle or tube placed into the abscess is needed to remove the pus.
  • Fluid accumulation around your lungs (pleural effusion). Pneumonia may cause fluid to build up in the thin space between layers of tissue that line the lungs and chest cavity (pleura). If the fluid becomes infected, you may need to have it drained through a chest tube or removed with surgery.
  • Difficulty breathing. If your pneumonia is severe or you have chronic underlying lung diseases, you may have trouble breathing in enough oxygen. You may need to be hospitalized and use a mechanical ventilator while your lung heals.

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Are you Autoimmune? Do you know Your Options?

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Are you Autoimmune? Do you know Your Options?

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The past few weeks, we took part in the Autoimmune Summit. It was a large gathering of over 35 of the world’s top autoimmune doctors, functional medicine docs, nutritionists, and the like all coming together to provide a free seminar, essentially, for those who signed up. Anyone can still own this summit by visiting their website, and purchasing the entire package.

We have decided to share what our friend, Skye Falcon, has been writing about on her blog page about everything that was talked about in the summit. We’re pretty sure she took more notes than we did, and we really liked her first post in the series. Yes, series. There was so much information given in this summit, and many cannot afford to buy the series. We’re happy to be able to share posts to help spread the choices, options, and treatments available to those with these types of illnesses.

Please use this link to head to Skye’s page to read about autoimmune diseases and healthy eating! Thanks for visiting!!

Holidays are Here Again!!! We’re BACK and Hopefully Done with Our Hiatus!

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Holidays are Here Again! (We’re BACK and Hopefully Done with our Hiatus!)

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Elderly Care Resources has spent the last few months moving! Anyone who has moved with multiple children after living in a house for 11 years knows exactly what that’s like!! We’ll be getting back to the blog in full swing in the next few weeks, bringing you much information from the recent Autoimmune Summit that has been hosted by many of the top doctors, nutritionists and leaders in the autoimmune world.

While we haven’t been busy on our ECR page, we HAVE been VERY busy everywhere else!! In October, we published our first gluten free cook book, OH, Forks!! A Little Bit of Everything and All That’s Gluten Free with Author Skye Falcon and Gluten Free for Me. It’s a fabulous book, made from 100% recycled paper, and over 200 pages filled with pictures, simple directions, versatile ingredients, and nutrition labels!!

For the Holidays, we’ve made a few deals on these books! Please check out the Gluten Free for Me Facebook page, or check out their latest blog post for details!

We’re excited to share with our reading community everything we’ve learned from the autoimmune summit!! We also hope that your winter is starting off well, and want you to remember your winter safety precautions against falls, and staying warm!!

Some have sent in comments asking about my Grandma, too. I will try to get an update about her done, too. Thanks for asking, and still thinking of her. She needs all the prayers she can get. #justicefornancy

Robin Williams: All Our Hearts are Broken

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Robin Williams: All our Hearts are Broken

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By now you’ve surely heard the news about Mork, Peter Pan, the Genie, Captain, and Mrs. Doubtfire. Yesterday we were eating dinner, and in the last seconds of the world news, I thought I lost my mind. I could’ve sworn I heard them say “Robin Williams found dead after apparent suicide, his rep reports.” My mouth fell open, and I immediately caught myself looking to my children sitting around me. Their mouths fell open, and one said so innocently, “Mrs. Doubtfire died?” I swallowed the growing lump in my throat.

It’s amazing how some actors and actresses can really get into your head, and heart. After so many award winning, best role playing movies, the just sort of become part of your life. Maybe it’s the movie messages that you like, or the deep depths of characters that they are able to play effortlessly. Regardless of why you liked them, it’s more than obvious today just how many lives Robin Williams touched. All age groups, all around the world.

What were your favorite Robin Williams movies?

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Whatever your favorite movie was, whoever the celebrity is that hits your heart… please remember that if you’re facing the black depths of depression, reach out to anyone. Whether it be a stranger, professional, or family member, please let someone know where you head is. Whatever your age, it can happen. It can creep in, and fester. You’re never alone in this world…there’s always someone there to listen.

Not only was Robin Williams a fabulous actor and person, he was also a huge fundraiser in the Scleroderma world, often partnering with fellow comedians, like Bob Saget, to raise money around the world for research of this autoimmune killer. It’s hard to fathom who will be able to step in and fill those shoes, but I am hopeful someone at least tries.

“But only in their dreams can men be truly free, ‘Twas always thus, and always thus will be.”

RIP RW