Origami

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I am on my 3rd hobby and it’s benefits…

Origami!

What is Origami? Well, it is a creative paper folding craft that allows a person to make all sorts of shapes, figures, animals and more just out of paper.

  1. Promotes relaxation and this helps those who suffer from depression and anxiety.
  2. Origami is fun and creative.
  3. Origami has been known to benefit those who have had hand surgery or injury. The movements needed to fold the paper are the right type of exercises needed to strengthen the hand muscles.
  4. Origami boosts low self esteem and it is beneficial for those who suffer from ADHD and autism.

So why not give origami a try? You can make wonderful models from simple pieces of paper.

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Valentine’s day

Yesterday it was Valentine’s Day.

It is a day where loved ones will buy roses, chocolates or write letters to their loved ones. I got a Valentine’s wish from a friend. It felt so nice to see on my phone that I had received a message. I opened the message and lo and behold it was a wish from a lovely friend.

I hope everyone can show love to their loved one all year round and not only on 1 day a year. Don’t wait for the designated day, it might be too late. Say “I love you” everyday. Show your love everyday by caring and giving to the person you are caring for. Actions are great, but sometimes we also want to hear the words.

And don’t wait for that special occasion to say those important words. It might be too late and you will never ever get to say the words to that special person. Love everyday. Life is too short.

Love!

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Pottery and Our Health

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Today is all about the benefits of pottery for our wellbeing.

  1. Pottery is creative: There are physical and mental benefits to pottery. Pottery allows you to express yourself by what you create with the clay. And as an added bonus, you end up making something for yourself and this gives you a sense of self achievement.
  2. Pottery provides outlets: Pottery has been known to provide a person with outlets for grief and spontaneity. It allows you to find self-identification and self-expression. It also boosts self-esteem and confidence.
  3. Reduce stress: Pottery keeps the hands busy and the sense of touch is important. The need for focus is high and this keeps the mind busy so that outside distractions are ignored and this in turn reduces stress, and anxiety.
  4. Pottery and focus: pottery improves your focus. The important need to be focused on your creation, helps the brain to keep focused on one thing and this helps the mind to relax and expand aiding in future ability to focus on one activity at a time.
  5. Pottery and pain: Pottery helps to reduce stress which is usually cause for pain.
  6. Arm to finger exercise: The movement needed to create with clay strengthens the arms, wrists and hands. It is usually a gentle, fluid and calm movement and the movement has been known to benefit those suffering with arthritis in the hands.
  7. Improve life quality: Just like all hobbies and crafts, pottery is important in boosting self-esteem, self-exploration and self-worth.

 

Crochet Benefits

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Hello everyone.

I am wanting to start with a series of benefits that certain hobbies have on our wellbeing. Today I am going to start with Crochet.

Crochet began in Europe in the early 1800’s.

The benefits:

  1. Soothing effect: the repetitive movement of the craft has soothing and calming effects on the human body. The use of colour and textures increase the soothing benefits.
  2. Fingers kept nimble: The various stitches that crochet offers aids in keeping the fingers nimble and this is a great benefit for arthritis sufferers.
  3. Done everywhere: Crochet can be done in almost any type of setting. Whether you are traveling, watching TV or even visiting a friend, you can crochet and participate in the conversations or observe the views or watch your favourite TV show. It is also a great time filler.
  4. Crochet is portable: you can carry your project everywhere.
  5. Eye muscles toned: Because you are focusing on various ‘scenes’, your eye muscles are kept well toned.
  6. Crochet is creative: Crochet provides you with the ability to be creative. It gives you a sense of accomplishment when you are finished with your project. And it helps reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s developing.
  7. Pain management: Crochet consists of repetitive movements which aid in preventing and managing stress, pain and depression by increasing serotonin and dopamine, and it also boosts the immune system. Crochet is effective in long term pain management.
  8. Relaxing: Crochet has a calming effect on the human body and this helps whose who are suffering from asthma by reducing the number of attacks that they might have during the day and it works in the same way for those who are suffering from anxiety and panic attacks. And it has calming effects on ADHD sufferers.

I hope you enjoyed reading this post, I enjoyed writing it up for you.

 

Multiple Sclerosis

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Have you ever heard of MS?

Well, today I am going to give you some information on this autoimmune disease.

Autoimmune diseases are diseases that attack the body and damage the tissues. There are so many autoimmune diseases.

With multiple sclerosis, the body attacks the nerves. This will cause you to feel dizzy, numbness, tingling, and have muscle spasms. You might also experience vision problems, imbalance, loss of muscle control which will also affect the bowel and bladder continence and you could also have slurred speech.

No one really knows the exact cause of this disease, though it might be a combination of genetic and environmental factors. Oh and it is not contagious!

The treatment that can be given for this disease will not cure it, though there are experimental treatments that are still in the trial stages, it will only help with the symptoms and relieve the discomforts of the disease.

The treatments might include medication, homeopathic or natural treatment. Physical therapy will also alleviate some of the pain or strengthen the muscles. Helping aids will be needed in the future, as these will promote a close to normal lifestyle.

Unfortunately, as I mentioned at the beginning of my article, there is no known cure.

Who is at risk for MS? Having relatives with MS will increase your risk of developing MS and if you have diabetes type 1, thyroid disease or inflammatory bowel disease you are at a high risk. But if you are experiencing any of the symptoms, you should not think you have MS, go to the doctor and let him diagnose you correctly.

But don’t let that stop you if you are suffering from MS, try your best to do what you can and stay positive (this is hard to do but it can happen).

 

Diarrhea Solutions

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Diarrhea can happen to anyone. But when an elderly person contracts diarrhea they are at a greater risk of dehydration than the younger age group.

Here is a list of some of the possible causes of diarrhea in an elderly person:

  • Food poisoning
  • Malabsorption
  • Viral stomach flu
  • Medication

There may also be more serious conditions that can cause diarrhea in an elderly, and only a doctor will be able to assist. If you suspect something more serious than stomach flu, go straight to the doctor or ER.

When an elderly person starts with the first signs of diarrhea, fluids need to be replaced in the body almost right away. As diarrhea doesn’t only contain water, but also electrolytes (sodium, chloride, potassium, and bicarbonate) the person shouldn’t only drink water on it’s own. There is a solution that a person can make which will replace more than the water lost by the diarrhea or ask your pharmacist for a rehydrate solution.

Here is the recipe to make your own rehydrate electrolyte solution: 1 liter cooled boiled water, 6 teaspoons of sugar and 1/2 teaspoon salt.

Give the electrolyte solution as often as possible during the duration of the diarrhea.

Diarrhea usually lasts up to 3 days, if it should last longer than that don’t hesitate to go to a doctor.

For at least a day after the symptoms have cleared, light meals are to be eaten. Just take it slowly.

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Simple Activities

What does one give to someone with dementia to keep them busy and occupied? What is easier enough to keep the hands active?

I have tried and seen these activities to be effective for people with dementia.

If your Mother used to knit in her younger days, then try this activity:

Give the person thick brightly coloured wool to wind into a ball. If prefer you can wind it into a ball and let them unwind it. Ribbon or cord will be just as effective as wool. If you are able to knit a sample piece and leave it on the needles, give it to the person to ‘knit’ over your work or let them pull it all off. The activity is to keep the brain stimulated and the hands busy. It doesn’t matter if the work is messy or knotty, let them have a go at it.

For men who used to work with wood, on cars or in workshops: give them a box of unsorted odd nails and screws. Let them sort it for you into 2 or 3 containers. Let them know that they are doing you a great favour and that you need this to be done for them. Men need a little more encouragement than women as they need to feel that they are not doing something silly or insignificant. If the man used to work with paints let them paint. There is ‘safe’ paint on the market. Finger paint will be a great type to use. For severe dementia persons, the small items will become dangerous as it might be a choking hazard. So for those cases, try hitting a few nails, screwing down a few hinges or bolts onto a wooden panel and let them ‘fiddle’ with all the bits while sitting at a table.

Ladies who used to sew can be given something similar like for the men with a wooden panel, but in material with the ‘fiddly’ bits sewn on them. This will keep the hands and fingers busy.

There are a few more ideas that one can adapt for an adult with dementia. Just never make the person feel like they are playing with children’s ‘toys’. Always let them feel that they are important and that they are the helping you out with every task they attempt.

This article is based on my experiences with working with the dementia people. If you don’t find any of the above listed activities helpful or if you have ideas of your own, please let me know. I am always interested to learn more.