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Respecting Parents As They Age

portrait of senior woman with her daughter

Many of us will reach retirement age with good health intact and excellent mental clarity. For those who don’t, there is help available.

Currently, the largest population of seniors will be Baby Boomers born between 1946 and 1964. This population is expected to double by the year 2050. The time to plan is sooner rather than later.

But, aging is not a bad thing. Many seniors continue on with daily activities as if they were decades younger. Healthy means happy, and good health is the key to a fabulous retirement. Make sure mom and dad are getting proper healthcare and that they are getting adequate nutrition.

Adult children should never approach aging parents in a negative manner. Aging is not a disease. The young adult still lives in the minds of seniors and we should do what we can to keep it there. A simple question such as “so mom, would you like us to help you with anything? Are you doing okay?” is all that is needed in most cases to begin the conversation. If you haven’t been around much in previous years, suggesting a retirement “home or community” may be met with resistance. Here are some positive suggestions:

– Assess the situation often. If all looks well, it probably is.
– If possible, share concerns with other siblings.
– Ask important questions regarding living wills, healthcare decisions, and power-of-attorney.
– Make sure parents remain active in clubs, church, or visiting friends.
– And by all means, stay in touch! Love is the best medicine.

And, when help is needed, Legacy In-Home Care can make the difference between peace and tranquility and total chaos. We offer assistance for every stage of aging. We love what we do – so will you! Contact Legacy today at legacyinhomecareinc.com.

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Everything You Need To Know Before Your First Laser Hair Removal

You decided to take the plunge and get a laser treatment. Hooray! You’re one step closer to hairlessness or at least the degree of hairlessness that you’re seeking. While your dermatologist or laser treatment provider should be your primary resource, sometimes it helps calm the nerves to listen to someone who’s gone through the experience.

Laser treatments aren’t cheap, so you should arm yourself with all the knowledge you can to make sure your investment pans out smoothly (see what I did there?).

Here is a pretty decent list of things you should know BEFORE you go in for your first laser treatment:

 

1. Mind Your Skin Tone

Lasers work by targeting the melanin in the hair and destroying the corresponding follicle. Making some lasers difficult or ineffective for use on darker skin tones. Recently, however, there are newer models of lasers that work on ranges of skin tones. Your laser treatment provider will choose the best laser for you.

 

2. Hair Beware, But Where?!

A BIG question first-time laserees have is where exactly on their body they can receive the treatment. Well, guess what? Most of your body is fair game—arms, legs, chest, back, pubic hair, and even the anus (sorry if that’s TMI, but it’s good to know). The only places where lasers will not be used are for eyebrows or anywhere near your eyes.

 

3. Brace Your Bank Account

More and more people are seeing groupons pop up that are valid for laser treatments. If you’re lucky enough to scoop one of those up, it’ll set you back anywhere from $99-$300 for several sessions on a medium-to-large area. Buying in bulk seems to be the best way to save when it comes to this type of treatment. And many medical spas offer bundle deals.

 

4. Don’t Show Up As Chewbacca

You will have to shave the area being lasers PRIOR to treatment. It’s best if this is done a day or two beforehand to prevent skin irritation from the laser. Some places will charge you if you show up unshaved. Just do it yourself.

 

5. On A Scale Of 1-10—How’s The Pain

The initial sessions are usually manageable. The sensation is like the snapping of a rubberband on the skin following by a brief cool. As long as you’re consistent with your treatments, you should be fine. However, if you wait too long between treatments the pain quickly increases. Stick to your schedule if you can help it—trust me. They also provide you with safety goggles because staring straight at the laser can damage your eyes.

 

6. Can I Fit This In During Lunch

Laser hair removal is astonishingly quick, depending—of course—on your technician’s style and how many breaks you need to take. Brazilians can take around 10-15 minutes, but most treatments should easily be able to be constrained within a lunch hour (as long as there’s no wait time at the med spa).

 

7. What Results Should You Expect

Results will vary for several reasons. Your skin type, the area being treated, how properly hydrated and nourished you are, etc. The list goes on. The truth is, there’s no way to know definitively how anyone will react to laser treatment. Most people do very well and see favorable results with only a few treatments, some need a few more to get where they want to be.

 

8. A Note About Tanning

Do NOT tan before your laser treatment, you will be turned away. As lasers cannot be used on sun-tanned or sun-burnt skin.

 

That’s it. Now all that’s left to do is show up. Good luck!

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The Truth About Laser Treatments For Acne

If you’ve ever had acne, then you’re very familiar with discomfort. The stares from strangers, the eyes dropping from yours to your breakout. It’s not fun. And it leaves many individuals with low self-esteem and shame.

But the fact is that 60-million people in the U.S. have acne—ranging from mild to severe cystic cases. Thankfully, nowadays, there are a variety of treatment options to choose from including laser treatment for acne.

It seems too good to be true, right? Just shine some fancy light on your skin and all your acne troubles disappear. Well, that’s not quite how it works. Here’s the truth about laser treatments for acne.

 

1. Keep Expectations In Check

Acne laser treatment is effective, but will not “cure” your acne. Most patients who undergo this type of therapy see a significant clearing of their acne but it’s rare for this treatment to completely eradicate it. Talk to a dermatologist about combining treatment options to give you the best results.

 

2. Results May Vary

Because each of us is unique and different, the way each of our bodies responds to certain chemicals or substances is different. There’s no way to predict who will and won’t respond favorably to laser treatment.

 

3. A Series Of Treatments Is Usually Required

Some issues can be addressed effectively with a single laser treatment—but acne isn’t one of them. Most studies have shown that it usually takes multiple treatments for acne to respond to the therapy.

 

4. Be Patient

Expanding upon truth #3, regardless of how many treatments you undergo, don’t expect to wake up the next day with a perfectly smooth face. It takes time for your skin to respond to the treatment—usually a couple weeks or so.

 

5. Side Effects ARE Possible

Maybe you’re drawn towards laser treatments because you’ve heard horror stories about the side effects of some of the prescription medications. If that’s the case, I’m sorry to say that lasers carry their own side effects, although mostly minimal and far less serious than some other acne treatments. Swelling, redness, sensitivity to the sun, or burning sensations are the most common. Other uncommon side effects include blisters, pigmentation, and lingering pain. It’s important to follow your dermatologist’s instructions very carefully to avoid this.

 

 

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6 Things You Need To Know Before Getting Laser Treatments

laser treatmentsThere’s a lot of mystery and ambiguity surrounding laser treatments in the general population. Some hearken it as the miracle cure-all that works via pixie dust and unicorn tears while others have an image in their mind of a doctor shining a red laser pointer onto their faces or into their eyes. Lasers aren’t that complicated once you get down to it. Here are 6 things you need to know before stepping under the laser:

 

1. No, lasers don’t run on pixie dust or unicorn tears

 

Laser is actually an acronym. I’ll bet you didn’t know that (or maybe you did—and if that’s the case great!). It stands for light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation. Lasers work with focused light. The light converts to heat as it passes through skin which can be harnessed to achieve a multitude of effects and treatments. In the case of laser hair removal, for example, the heat is absorbed by the hair’s dark pigment within the follicle. The heat damages that follicle, which ultimately inhibits hair growth.

 

2. Stay out of the sun before an appointment

 

This is critical for laser hair removal because the treatment cannot be received on tanned or sunburned skin. Yep. Save the summer glow till AFTER your treatment.

 

3. Everyone responds to lasers differently

 

Because we’re all individuals and not just a homogenous mob of genetic clones, different skin will respond to lasers in different ways. Most physicians account for this by conducting a small test patch to gauge how your skin reacts (depending on the type of treatment).

 

4. Results require consistency

 

As is the case with most laser treatments, usually multiple sessions are needed to achieve optimal results. So, if you’re looking for a one and done solution—do yourself a favor (and save some money) by looking elsewhere. Your physician will work with you to determine how many sessions your treatment will require.

 

5. Most treatments aren’t “relaxing”

 

Laser therapy is often accompanied by mild snaps—similar to the snapping of a rubberband against your skin. So, just keep your expectations in check before you saunter in thinking you’re about to get the Platinum Spa package. It will probably be uncomfortable.

 

6. Sunscreen, sunscreen, sunscreen

 

After treatment with a laser, your skin will become highly sensitive to the sun and UV rays. Slather on that sunscreen to prevent any harmful skin damage.

 

 

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Water: Is It Possible To Have Too Much?

Water is the elixir of life, and when it comes to health concerns, it is one of the first prescribed acts to assist the treatment of almost any condition. ‘Drink more water, drink lots of water, up your water intake’, how often do you hear this? But how much is too much? Is it really plausible to guzzle water all day, flooding our bodies in the pursuit of vigor and vitality? Or perhaps there is more that we need to understand so we are not turning this health-boosting act into something that is not adding to our overall wellbeing.

 

Stanley Goldfarb, a medical doctor from the university of Pennsylvania, has stated that there is, in fact, a limit to how much water is actually going to aid in health. The mechanism of the kidneys excreting water when it is not needed means that when we consume more water than necessary, it is not aiding us in any way; it is being flushed out. It is stated that unless you live in a much warmer climate, or are an athlete, consuming than much more than 8 glasses of water per day (as a general benchmark) would often be redundant, as the body would just eliminate the water from the body. That being said, it is true that up to 70% of body weight is water, and it is essential that we are fulfilling our bodies requirements for hydration, though the caveat here is that when our needs are satiated, there is no real benefit of drinking more water than necessary. It is advised to assess your lifestyle in terms of your activity levels, your climate, and even your height and weight, to become aware of your own personal water requirements so you can adjust your intake accordingly.

 

For more information on nutrition, contact your local health advisor.

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