Help For Seniors With Dementia

This is a game for people with dementia, a game that they’ll love to play and will help them. If you have a family member in an assisted living facility who’s experiencing dementia then this may be helpful health education. Many people find their lives relaxation and delight you as you play. Especially in the age, and especially in people with dementia, this hobby is a great way to train the brain and to halt the “dementia ghost” stop. However, there’s to consider some important factors. So the play and fun factor should be prioritized in order to avoid frustration when the right words are not found just the way his lips. If you join as family caregivers with puzzles, you should always have in mind where and how to build bridges memory. So you can name the first letter, remember a common experience, show pictures and objects.

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There are also various puzzles ways that you can either purchase as can be personalized with few resources:

 1. Make crossword puzzles for dementia sufferers themselves:

Draw on a DIN A4 sheet large box in the form of a crossword puzzle! Pay attention that each heading should have a maximum of 6 letters! If you have mastered the use of your computer, you can create the puzzles sketches with a computer program. Or ask your grandchildren or other young people who like are sure to help you.

Afterwards you think of simple words of familiar objects from which you know that they belong to the memory repertoire of your loved ones. After you present these words in various forms. So you can enter the first letter and give a brief description of the term as requested in writing as in a classic crossword puzzle. If it no longer works so well with the reading, it is also possible to show pictures of the search word, you cut from a book or from a promotional brochure. Or just show the objects in kind. When the writing ability is very limited, then you can fall back on a stamp.

2. Guesswork with saying maps

Older people have good access to proverbs. These are stored deeply in the memory and used since childhood. Therefore, they are available in dementia patients for a long time. There are specially designed for puzzle fun with dementia a set of cards with the most popular and most used proverbs. This proverb cards are designed so that the dementia sufferers alone can work with it but also for use as a couple or in a group, this card set is very good. The first half of the proverb is on the front, the supplement is marked on the back. You can read the first sequence and can guess the supplement or turn the back of the card together and read. Certainly you will discover even more your own methods as you have guessed with your dementia patients the most common fun saying.

Why St George Beckons to Us All

What is it that beckons most to come and visit St George Utah? As a recent transplant to the area I think I’ve come to understand a little bit about why people love it here so much, and what makes them want to return so much.

Before arriving in St George I lived in Salt Lake City Utah, which is a great place to live, but during the winter months it can get a little dreary. Especially when the inversion kicks in and you aren’t afforded a view of the sun for weeks on end. That’s when I first began to feel the pull of St George and her sunny weather. Now don’t get me wrong, I love skiing, and I do love the snow, but having the opportunity to get out of it every once and awhile is a welcome mat to me.

There is much to do in the somewhat small southern Utah town. From hiking and biking, to Rhino rides and ATV tours, to wakeboarding and fishing. Sand Hollow state park is a reservoir that is a jewel in the southwest. If offers both a pristine lake to go fishing and boating on, but is complimented by a sand dune area to take your ATV’s on. The beaches are warm and inviting, and when you get there you won’t believe the beauty that is offered by the Pine Valley Mountains in the distance. They seem to perfectly frame the picture that is southern Utah.

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The other great advantage that St George offers is it being a hub for so many national parks. With the obvious one of Zion being so close, but beyond the splendor that is Zion there are national monuments like Cedar Breaks within an hour. And parts of the Grand Canyon are within an hour or two as well. Then if you widen your gap slightly to include places within just a few hours you get Bryce Canyon, Arches, Canyonlands, and so many others. Truly St George is a hub for so many different places that go way beyond Zion.

There are a multitude of art festivals that add variety and excitement, as well as culture and education. One of my favorite art festivals is one they have during the Easter weekend. They have art from all over the southwest. If you like art then this is a show to see.

Now that I live here in St George I’ve come to see even more what people are missing out on when they don’t get a chance to visit this wonderful little town. It offers so many places to go, things to do, and places to eat. And the people are friendly and inviting. If you are looking for somewhere to take your family for a vacation, this little town is your place.

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Understanding Utah’s Liability Laws – Regarding Fault & No-Fault Auto Accidents

Most states are pure fault states when it comes to car accidents. That means that when an accident occurs, the insurance of the driver who is deemed to be at fault pays out everything for both parties. In Utah, though things may turn out the same way in the long run, claims function much differently in the short term. Twelve states in the U.S are considered No-Fault states. Those states are called no fault because a driver’s own insurance company will pick up the tab for the bodily injury claims of their own insured up until a certain statutory threshold, no matter who is at fault. In Utah, that statutory amount is $3,000. That means that if you are in a car accident in Utah, you will be precluded from bringing a bodily injury claim against the at fault party until your special damages (medical bills) exceed $3,000. This could be good and bad. This is also why having a personal injury attorney on your side in these cases is critical, but I digress. It makes insurance premiums slightly higher for responsible parties because even great drivers who do not cause accidents must have $3,000 of personal injury protection (PIP) on their policy because the at-fault driver will not pay until bills exceed that. But this system also carries many benefits. You are still protected to a certain degree when you are hit by a driver with no insurance. You do not have to wait for weeks until liability is determined to be able to pay any medical bills so you are able to focus on getting better right from the get-go. If you do end up bringing a claim, the court system will not be full of frivolous lawsuits because no claims with minor injuries will be litigated.

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You may be worried that your insurance company should not have to pay for medical bills that were not your fault, but do not worry, your premiums will not likely go up and your insurance company will actually be reimbursed down the road behind the scenes if you meet the threshold anyway. This system just puts less of a burden on you. It allows both parties to begin seeking medical care without waiting until the insurance companies quit bickering and settle on apportionments of fault. It is important to note that property damage is still handled through a fault system even in a no fault state. Insured parties can still choose to handle their property damage claims through their own insurance company if they prefer, but in that case, their insurance company will definitely be reimbursed.

If you are ever the victim of an accident that was not your fault, and your medical bills go over the $3,000, you will want to consult with the best personal injury lawyer you can find in Southern Utah. Once you cross $3,000, you would be incredibly foolish to not bring a bodily injury claim. Why leave your own insurance company paying the bill up to $3,000 and you footing the remainder? The law exists to place responsibility on the party who takes the unreasonable risk. That is what liability is: responsibility. To have a safe and functioning society, the cost of harm must rest on the party who negligently commits the wrong. Otherwise, people will not properly judge the value of their actions. The world would not be safe.  If you have questions about liability and how the law works, contact a St. George injury attorney.

This article is offered only for general information and educational purposes.  It is not offered as and does not constitute legal advice or legal opinion.  You should not act or rely on any information contained in this article without first seeking the advice of an attorney.

10 crazy facts about your sperm

Caution sperm enemy! There is a reason why IVF and the fertility issues we’re seeing seem to be increasing. As you read these facts understand that many of these problems have been caused by advancements in the technology that we all use on a day to day basis. I wish there was a way around this fact but I truly don’t see one. Hopefully as time progresses our doctors will be able to find new solutions to the onslaught of attacks on male sperm throughout the world.

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* Overheating. A man’s testicles only work as long as they remain cooler than the rest of the body. Once they exceed 36.67 degrees Celsius, fertility experts say that sperm production is severely disturbed. This disorder can be above 75 days long be felt.

* Hot tub. “Wet Heat” harms sperm quality, already 30 minutes in the hot tub can have long-term consequences.

* Fever “My first question to a man with a fertility problem is always: Have you had in the past three months, a fever disease? “, say many doctors. High fever can lower the sperm concentration up to 35%.

* Laptops. Longer time on lap placed laptops raise the temperature of the scrotum. With the above consequences.

* Tight underpants. As on this site mentioned would choose testicles boxer shorts. Reason also the increased temperature to a small area. A Mitgrund why kilt wearing Scots so often brag about their fruitfulness …

* Varicocele. Equal to it is varicose veins in the scrotum.

* Phones. What applies to laptop computers (see above) can also vote for mobile phones – at least four hours daily operation. Distortions of the shape and impaired sperm motility can be the result. Was a study from the year 2008. But it has been challenged, because the number of patients studied was “too low”.

* Obesity. Severe obesity is closely related to the production of female estrogens, decreased sperm production, sexual dysfunction and infertility. Thick fertile men have reduced testicular function and, therefore, lower sperm count (Study World Health Organization, 2009).

Let’s take quick break to light hearted fact about sperm, that they wear hard hats.

You might not call sperm dapper, but they do wear hats. Well, not really a hat but an oval-shaped structure called the acrosome. It contains strong chemicals that are released once the sperm attaches to the egg. The chemicals melt the egg’s outer surface, drilling a hole so that the sperm can penetrate the egg to release its genetic cargo. – CBS News

* Party lifestyle or: the usual suspects, namely alcohol, nicotine, marijuana, etc.

* Other reasons . For example, blockages, genetic abnormalities and testicular cancer.

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Male Fertility Education

In general, male fertility declines after 35 Age significantly, from the age 42 and up, he needs among other things some luck. It is often a general thought that most of the fertility issues occur because of issues with the female. This is actually not true, it is closer to an even split between the two as to which sex is the culprit for infertility. This is one reason why egg banks are becoming so critical, to be able to store your partners egg until your issues have been solved is an essential aspect of reproduction.

Wikipedia says

In humans (male infertility) it accounts for 40-50% of infertility. Male infertility is commonly due to deficiencies in the semen, and semen quality is used as a surrogate measure of male fecundity. – Wikipedia

From clever helpers apart, which can improve its sperm quality, it is recommended from the beginning to work with Mother Nature instead of against. It is always important to remember that there are many ways that affect and keep our fertility low. Heed the positive lifestyle decisions below to live for, and not against your own body in order to preserve fertility.

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* Whip up a sperm create. A transition to a urologist and a – not unpleasant – half an hour (or less) into the famous chamber to check the giving by the experts a realistic picture as “charge” actually stands for the fertility.

* Keep your ideal weight. fertility is a matter of the golden mean. Lose a few pounds (or, specify when underweight), the sperm quality significantly improved.

* Do not smoke, drink sensibly. Nicotine and excessive alcohol consumption damage the health of the sperm.

* Control your stress level. Stress negatively affects the layer of fertility in modern life, but is also easily prevented. But even simple stress management techniques to help provide relief, reduction of coffee – and sugar consumption also help, as well as a 30-minute walk.

* Enrich your diet with antioxidants. For example, with iron and zinc, which are contained in red meat and nuts. Fruits and vegetables also provide your body with antioxidant vitamins.

* Have a sexual attitude. Fertility has more chance of fulfillment, when restricted to sex not only on the weekends. Relevant employment every two to three days is not only fertile, it also brings more fun into your life.

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The Best Way to Work With Auto Insurance Claims Adjustors

Auto accidents are a common occurrence in St. George, Utah. Getting into a crash is not only painful, but stressful. Oftentimes, the stress will continue long after the physical pain has gone away. Much of this is due to the elongated process of dealing with the many insurance claims adjustors that will be assigned to your claim. Adjustors from both your own insurance company and the other driver’s insurance company will begin calling you as soon as you file your claim. Their job is to assign as low of a value as possible to both your property damage (the damage to your automobile) and your bodily injury (the damage to you, both physical and emotional). The insurance company will assign a different expert to each of those issues. That expert deals with people like you every single day. It is their job to low-ball you while keeping you happy. They are very good at it. Negotiating a fair amount is not likely because you have no experience. That is one of the many reasons car accident victims hire attorney’s. However, the following tips and tricks can at least give you a sling to use in your David vs. Goliath type battle.

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  1. Be kind. Do not be rude to your adjuster. All people respond better to positive reinforcement. We do not like being yelled at. You are one of hundreds of claimants that your adjustor will be dealing with at any given time. Do not be his or her least favorite claimant. It’s just common sense.

  2. Be careful. Your call is being recorded. Do not give information that is not necessary. They will want you to do silly things like admit fault, give them access to all your medical records, and sign releases. Do not do those things. Do not say that you were not hurt unless you know for 100% certain that you were not hurt. Hint: you will not know for sure until a week after the accident, neck and back injuries take days to set in.

  3. Be ready. It is hard to get the adjustor on the other end of the line. When they finally call you back, don’t blow it. By blow it, I mean don’t be unprepared. You need to have certain documents like police reports and medical records with you at all times so you can answer their questions. You also need to make sure to take down notes during and after each conversation. They are making records, you should be too.

  4. Be patient. Adjustors know that a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush. They will offer you extremely low amounts early on in the negotiation process to entice you to settle your property damage claim and bodily injury claim for far less than they are actually worth. Do not be fooled by this. It is in your best interest to keep a level head and make

  5. Every negotiation is about two parties who want different outcomes. The point is to meet in the middle so that both parties can be somewhat satisfied. Always keep in mind that the first number the insurance throws at you may be their low-ball offer. Feel free to counter.

  6. Get an auto-accident attorney involved. You don’t know what you don’t know. Car accidents can be a very significant time in your life, especially if you or a loved one is hurt. An experienced auto accident attorney will review your options with you for free.

This article is offered only for general information and educational purposes.  It is not offered as and does not constitute legal advice or legal opinion.  You should not act or rely on any information contained in this article without first seeking the advice of an attorney.    

 

Health Education: Infertility in Men

It’s a common thought in society today that if there is a problem and that needing to visit a fertility clinic is the cause of the woman. Well hopefully one day we will forever dispel this myth because that just isn’t the case. In fact the percentages of whose problem that causes it is split pretty equally between the sexes. There seems to be much information available about the causes of female infertility, so this article is meant to educate people on the causes of infertility in men.

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Physical causes

Poor sperm quality

Healthy sperm are very important to be pregnant to. Therefore, the most common cause is a defective production of normal and good motile sperm in male infertility. Possible causes are too few to be immobile or too many deformed sperm.

Testicular damage and inflammation

But also damage and inflammation of the testicles can causes of infertility to be. Foremost among these are:

  • Undescended testicles
  • Testicular torsion
  • Orchitis (by mumps or other viral diseases)
  • Varicose vein in the testicle
  • Injury of the testis
  • Inflammation of the sex glands (epididymis, prostate , seminal vesicles)
  • Blocked seminal tract

Inflammation or injury can block seminal tract and thereby to infertility in the male lead. The production of healthy sperm is thereby not affected, but these can not be passed, and as a result it does not get into the seminal fluid.

Treatment of physical causes

The creation of a semen analysis provides information about the quality of the sperm. Also, there is the possibility to perform hormonal therapies and drug treatments or surgery for testicular damage and inflammation. Furthermore, in blocking paths seed is a testicular biopsy to obtain sperm for sperm injection possible.

With increasing evidence for faulty paternal contribution to reproduction, there has been a steady increase in studies highlighting an association between sperm DNA damage, failed/delayed fertilisation and aberrant embryo development. – NCBI.gov

Hormonal causes

In men, a disturbance of hormones have a cause of poorer semen quality with a result of infertility. This cause of hormonal disorder comes from a man but only very rarely.

Treatment of hormonal causes

If it is possible, hormone therapy is carried out.

One of infertility in men and women can thus several underlying causes. However, physical and hormonal causes can be treated successfully in many cases to a infertility counter.

Gladly we have made tremendous inroads in being able to correct male infertility issues, and we can only hope that as things continue to progress we will only get better at solving the mysteries of the human body in relation to reproductive medicine.

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