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It’s a busy time of year as we are out shopping for last minute gifts, preparing our homes for guests by cooking, cleaning and decorating. But, do you ever stop to think about your elderly friends neighbors who may not have family nearby? This time of year can be especially lonely for many seniors. They have fond memories of their bustling household of Christmases past; and as their children have grown up and familiar neighbors have moved away, Christmas present can be a depressing time.
If you are looking for a way to have an even more fulfilling holiday perhaps take some time to visit an elderly neighbor or even an assisted living facility to bring some cheer. Here are some tips to bring some cheer to those who are lonely.
Perhaps taking the time to check-in and visit with an elderly neighbor will be the best medicine you can give to them and to yourself.
For most people, small foot injuries like calluses or blisters are a minor nuisance. Though they are sore, you know that with a little TLC and some over-the-counter medications, they will usually heal in a short amount of time. However, if you are diabetic, these small wounds can grow into major problems.
“The average person will unconsciously change the way they walk to minimize that callus forming, because for many people it hurts,” explains Marc House, DPM, a podiatrist at the Podiatry Associates of Indiana, Foot & Ankle Institute in Indianapolis. “With diabetes, you don’t feel it, so you continue to walk on the area.”
Foot facts for diabetics:
Every year thousands of lower-limb amputations, including foot removal surgeries, are performed on people with diabetes due to nerve and circulation issues. So, taking care of your feet is extremely important if you’re a diabetic.
Here are some important steps you can take to care for your feet:
Having diabetes can cause serious damage to your feet, but that doesn’t mean you’re destined to have foot problems. Just be sure to manage your blood sugar wisely, avoid smoking, wear proper shoes, exercise regularly and have your feet checked regularly by your doctor to prevent long-term complications.
Stress is common this time of year. We’re overbooked with work commitments as we are trying to finish the year strong. Our minds are racing with thoughts of what to get the kids, parents, nieces, nephews, neighbors, etc., for Christmas. Not to mention the travel schedule, baking, and cleaning that ensues. Phew! I’m stressed just thinking about it all.
Throughout the year, stressful situations arise and it’s not always a bad thing. Sometimes, it’s what you need to meet that deadline or sharpen your concentration when working on a difficult task. Other times—when pushed too far beyond our comfort zone—it can start causing damage to our bodies and minds.
A key to your peace of mind is learning the signs and symptoms of stress:
When you start to notice multiple signs, you might want to try to reduce or eliminate some of the stressors that are causing the problem. Keep in mind that the signs and symptoms of stress overload can also be caused by other psychological or medical problems. If you’re experiencing any of the warning signs of stress, it’s important to see a doctor to help determine if your symptoms are stress-related.
Your ability to tolerate stress depends on many factors, including the quality of your relationships and support network, your life experiences, your emotional intelligence, and genetics.
Each “yes” answer represents an important stress coping skill. Each “no” represents an area to work on to become more resilient.
So, this holiday season, keep it all in perspective and remember what’s important and what’s not worth your time stressing about. So, finish the year strong, and kick off 2016 with good habits to help your stress under control.