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Health Lessons Men Can Learn From Women

Read more: http://www.webmd.com/men/ss/slideshow-men-learn-women?ecd=wnl_men_041516&ctr=wnl-men-041516_nsl-prmd_title&mb=K2VcbkxhrhREAZ5zC2UpheHnVev1imbCHYS8QQY8uqo%3d

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Do not cast me off in the time of old age; Do not forsake me when my strength fails. Psalm 71:9 (NKJV)

 

You can help support your loved one with Alzheimer’s by learning more about how the condition progresses.  WebMD[i] provides a list of the seven stages Alzheimer’s patients go through.

Stage 5: Moderately Severe Decline. At this point your loved one might start to lose track of where he/she is and even what time it is. He/she might have trouble remembering his/her address, phone number, or where he/she went to school. He/she could get confused about what kind of clothes to wear for the day or season.

You can help by laying out her/his clothing in the morning; this helps them keep a sense of independence.  When they repeat the same question, patiently answer with an even, reassuring voice.  It’s possible that they are asking the question less to get an answer and more to just know you’re there.  Even if your loved one can’t remember facts and details, he/she might still be able to tell a story, so encourage them to use their imagination at those times.

Stage 6: Severe Decline.  Your loved one might recognize faces but forget names.  He may also mistake a person for someone else, like thinking his wife is his mother.  They may also experience some delusion like thinking she needs to go to work even though she no longer has a job.

You might need to help him go to the bathroom.  While it may be hard to talk, you can still connect with them through the senses. Many people with Alzheimer’s love hearing music, being read to, or looking over old photos.

Stage 7: Very Severe Decline.  Most basic abilities such as eating, walking, and sitting up, fade during this period. You can help them by feeding them with soft, easy-to-swallow food, helping them to use a spoon, and making sure they drink adequate amounts of fluids. This last point is important, as many people at this stage can no longer tell when they’re thirsty.

 

Father God, during this difficult stage in our loved one’s life please help me to be patient and kind with them so that I may care for them until they can rest until Jesus’ return.

[i] http://www.webmd.com/alzheimers/guide/alzheimers-disease-stages

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I have been young, and now am old; Yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken, Nor his descendants begging bread. Psalm 37:25 (NKJV)

 

You can help support your loved one with Alzheimer’s by learning more about how the condition unfolds.  WebMD[i] provides a list of the seven stages Alzheimer’s patients go through.

Stage 3: Mild Decline.  It’s at this stage that you may begin to notice changes in your loved one’s thinking and reasoning.  For instance:

  • Forgets something he/she just read
  • Asks the same question over and over
  • Has more and more trouble making plans or organizing
  • Can’t remember names when meeting new people

One way you can help him/her is by being their “memory” for him/her, making sure he/she pays bills and gets to appointments on time. You may carefully and lovingly suggest he/she ease his/her stress by retiring from work and putting his/her legal and financial affairs in order.

Stage 4: Moderate Decline.   Those challenges with their thinking and reasoning that you noticed in the previous stage become more obvious while new issues appear. Your loved one might:

  • Forget details about him/herself
  • Have trouble putting the right date and amount on a check
  • Forget what month or season it is
  • Have trouble cooking meals or even ordering from a menu

At this stage you can help with everyday chores and his/her safety. Make sure she/he isn’t driving anymore, and that someone isn’t trying to take advantage of her/him financially.

These are good words to keep in mind: “Parents are entitled to a degree of love and respect which is due to no other person…The fifth commandment requires children not only to yield respect, submission, and obedience to their parents but also to give them love and tenderness, to lighten their cares, to guard their reputation, and to succor and comfort them in old age.”[ii]

 

Father God, may I take good care of my parents not just because they took good care of me but because you commanded it.

[i] http://www.webmd.com/alzheimers/guide/alzheimers-disease-stages

[ii] White, E.G., Mind, Character, and Personality, p. 747

 

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Which psych is right?

Examine me, O LORD, and prove me; Try my mind and my heart. Psalm 26:2 (NKJV)

 

Whenever you have a mental health concern, you should seek help.  The question is whether you should go see a psychologist or a psychiatrist.  Tony Rehagen[i] explains, in general terms, the difference between these two professionals and which one you should visit when you need help.

How are they alike?  Both psychiatrists and psychologists are trained to help you deal with mental health issues, and to talk you through your problems.  Their goal is to provide you with the means to manage the issues in your everyday life.

How are they different?  Psychiatrists are medical doctors (MDs or DOs) who after medical school have a year of medical internship, and then three years of residency in the assessment and treatment of mental health disorders.  Psychologists can have a masters or a doctoral degree in an area of psychology, which is the study of the mind and human behavior.  They’re not medical doctors.  Often, they do 1-2 years of a practical internship. Unlike psychiatrists, psychologists are also trained in giving psychological tests (like IQ tests or personality tests).   The most commonly known distinction between these two mental health professionals is that psychiatrists can prescribe medication, although a few states allow psychologists to prescribe a limited number of psychiatric medications if they’ve taken a course in psychopharmacology.

Both psychologists and psychiatrists are typically trained to practice psychotherapy, although they may use different approaches to solving your mental health problems.  In general terms, psychologists look closely at your behavior, while psychiatrists have a stronger sense of biology and neurochemistry and will provide a diagnosis of exclusion. For instance, before diagnosing someone with depression, they will first make sure they don’t instead have some vitamin deficiency or thyroid problem.  Once they’ve made a mental health diagnosis, psychiatrists often prescribe you medicine.  Whenever you need help, particularly with mental health, don’t hesitate to seek it.

 

Father God, help me to maintain good physical and mental health.

[i] http://www.webmd.com/mental-health/features/psychologist-or-psychiatrist-which-for-you?ecd=wnl_men_101715&ctr=wnl-men-101715_nsl-promo-4_img&mb=K2VcbkxhrhREAZ5zC2UpheHnVev1imbCHYS8QQY8uqo%39999

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Music helps your mind – 1

And so it was, whenever the spirit from God was upon Saul, that David would take a harp and play it with his hand. Then Saul would become refreshed and well, and the distressing spirit would depart from him. 1 Samuel 16:23 (NKJV)

Brain researchers have seen how your brain lights up like a Christmas tree when you listen to music.  Serusha Govender, from WebMD[i], tells us of five ways music helps your mind.

  1. Learning to play a musical instrument boosts memory. Playing an instrument of any kind will sharpen your memory recall and protect your mind from the ravages that come with old age. Because the process involves a complex list of tasks, like finger placement and reading musical notes, it expands your working memory capacity. With time and practice, your brain learns to perform more tasks simultaneously without getting overloaded which will help you remember information longer.  In addition, playing in a group, like a band or an orchestra, gives you the ability to extract smaller pieces of information from a larger, more complex landscape, which will help you fine-tune your long-term learning skills.
  2. Musical training makes you brainier. Because learning to play an instrument helps with problem-solving skills, people who’ve had musical training are usually better at math, science and engineering later in life. However, the results are better for those who start young since those young brains are still forming.  As much as some kids may not enjoy it and may complain about having to practice, the more intense the musical training, the more kids’ brains will develop.

Bu the benefits are not limited to children; adults can still benefit from musical training because the mind stays malleable throughout our lives.   As Petr Janata, a cognitive neuroscientist at the University of California Davis Center for Mind and Brain says, “Keeping your working memory engaged helps slow down cognitive decline… so it’s never too late to reap the benefits.”  Play an instrument, or sing; it’s good for your brain…and for your attitude.

Father God, thank you for giving us such a wonderful way to keep our brains sharp and our attitudes positive.

[i] http://www.webmd.com/balance/features/5-ways-music-helps-the-mind?ecd=wnl_emw_102815&ctr=wnl-emw-102815_nsl-promo-2_title&mb=K2VcbkxhrhREAZ5zC2UpheHnVev1imbCHYS8QQY8uqo%3d

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Marriage weight -2

Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the LORD and depart from evil. 8 It will be health to your flesh, And strength to your bones. Proverbs 3:7-8 (NKJV)

Today we look at three more things you can do to take care of your health as recommended in an article from Yahoo! Health[i].

#3: Pregame Meals with Greens.  Leafy greens like watercress, kale and arugula contain a compound called sulphoraphane which has shown to act directly on the genes that a stem cell into a fat cell.  If you order a salad with a scant teaspoon of vinaigrette before your main meal it will help fill you up and keep you from overindulging.

#2: Mix Fruit with Chocolate. A recent study found that the antioxidants in dark chocolate prevented lab mice from gaining excess weight and actually lowered their blood sugar levels.  Another study from Louisiana State University found that gut microbes in our stomach ferment chocolate into heart-healthy, anti-inflammatory compounds that shut down genes linked to insulin resistance and inflammation.  It appears that when the chocolate is mixed with fruit, that fermentation process speeds up, leading to even greater weight loss.

#1: Crank the AC.  Participants in a study in the journal Diabetes spent a few weeks sleeping in bedrooms with varying temperatures: a cool 66 degrees, a neutral 75, and a balmy 81. After four weeks of sleeping at 66 degrees, participants had almost doubled their volumes of brown fat which is a type of body fat that actually burns calories from your body.

Ellen White wrote, “Most men and women have acted in entering the marriage relation as though the only question for them to settle was whether they loved each other. But they should realize that a responsibility rests upon them in the marriage relation farther than this. They should consider whether their offspring will possess physical health and mental and moral strength.”[ii]  Taking care of your health is not just good for you; it is good for your marriage and for your children for generations to come.

Father God, help me to take all the steps I need to be in good health, and that my marriage and children will benefit as well.

[i] https://www.yahoo.com/health/how-your-wedding-date-affects-your-weight-120106954468.html

[ii] White, Ellen G.  The Adventist Home. pg. 45.

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Marriage weight – 1

There is no soundness in my flesh Because of Your anger, Nor any health in my bones Because of my sin. Psalm 38:3 (NKJV)

An interesting report from Yahoo! Health[i] says that people who wait to get married until after they’ve earned a college degree are much less likely to become obese. According to Richard Allen Miech for the University of Michigan, “People who get married before they earn a degree from a four-year college are about 65 percent more likely to later become obese than people who get married after college.”

Regardless of how long you’ve been married, there are some things you can do to reverse any damage and begin flattening your belly. According to the article from Yahoo! Health, here are seven ways to not get fat if you get married young … or at all!

#7: Make Eggs Your Default.  Not only are they packed with fat-burning protein, but eggs are also the number-one dietary source of a nutrient called choline which attacks the gene mechanism that triggers your body to store fat around your liver.

#6: Sneak in a 10-Minute Workout. New Zealand scientists recently found that men and women who engaged in 10-minute exercise “snacks” before breakfast, lunch and dinner saw lowered glucose levels.

#5: Get Blackout Shades.  According to a study in the American Journal of Epidemiology, couples who slept in the darkest rooms were 21 percent less likely to be obese than those sleeping in the lightest rooms. If you don’t want to redecorate your room to make it darker, you may want to wear eye shades.  Even the lights on electronic equipment in your room should be blacked out.

#4: Skip Probiotics, Pop Blueberries. A recent study by ConsumerLab.com found that most commercial probiotics have far less healthy bacteria than they claim. You would be better off focusing on “prebiotics”, high-fiber foods like berries and beans that feed your healthy bacteria and help them grow.

Father God, my physical health and the health of my marriage are closely related.  Help us to take care of both our body and our relationship.

[i] https://www.yahoo.com/health/how-your-wedding-date-affects-your-weight-120106954468.html

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