HERBS FOR HEALTH MANAGEMENT

Herbs are a foundational root in medicine and health treatments, dating back thousands of years throughout every culture around the world. Modern Western herbalism comes from ancient Egypt. The Greeks developed a comprehensive philosophy of herbal medicine by 100 BCE and the Romans built upon it to create a variety of medical practices, some of which are still used today.

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ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE IMPACTS PSYCHOLOGICAL HARDINESS

Psychological hardiness is an individual’s resistance to stress, anxiety and depression. It includes the ability to withstand grief and accept the loss of loved ones. Alternative medicine is a more popular term for health and wellness therapies that have typically not been part of conventional Western medical approaches but are often used along with conventional medicinal protocols.  Coping and dealing with stress in a positive manner play a major role in maintaining the balance needed for health and well-being.

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ALTERNATIVE REMEDIES FOR ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION

Interest in complimentary and alternative medicine (CAM) is increasing as consumers and health care professionals search for additional ways to treat anxiety, depression and other mental health disorders. Some of these remedies include:

St. John’s Wort.  More than 30 studies show it to be effective for treatment of mild forms of depression,…

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the choices available to you. Look into long-term-care insurance to help you afford this type of care when and if you need it. Make appointments to visit facilities that interest you. Many senior living facilities allow you to come for a meal or tour or even stay overnight. In the end, you will want to find a place that makes you feel comfortable, secure and cared for – a place to call home.


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LOOKING AT LONG-TERM CARE AND OTHER SENIOR LIVING POSSIBILITIES

Assisted Living.  You may, again, be in your own apartment, but staff will be available to assist you with ADLs. And you will be able to take advantage of what the senior living facility can offer – meals, excursions, companionship, therapy. The average cost of a one-bedroom assisted living care facility apartment averages $57,000 per year.


Long-Term Care.  According to AARP, more than 70 percent of people turning 65 years old can expect to use some form of long-term care during their lives, especially as more Americans are living longer these days. When you need skilled nursing – say you’re recovering from knee or hip replacement surgery – this is the option to look into. If you are recovering from surgery, a long-term care facility can offer you the medical assistance and therapy opportunities you need. Average costs for a year’s care in a private Medicare- certified long-term-care nursing home is $104,000.


Everyone should have a plan for the kind of care they want as they age. You never know when injury, illness or a cognitive impairment will arise to spur you to make a choice sooner rather than later. Sit down with your family and discuss all

The ideal scenario for seniors as they age is to be able to stay in their own homes, independent and active. But the reality is, a majority of older adults will have to make a decision about whether that is a viable option, both from a financial and a physical standpoint. You may have to decide on a different option if living independently at home becomes too difficult for you.


Some of your options (with average costs) include:


Home Health Care.  Health care providers will come to your home to help you with activities of daily living (ADLs) – bathing, shaving, meal preparation. They may offer medication reminders, physical therapy or much-needed companionship. They can be a liaison between you and your family, especially if they live far away, by keeping them appraised of how you’re doing. The average cost for in-home care is about $49,920 a year for 40 hours of help per week.


Independent Living.  Many senior care facilities are cropping up all over, and one option they offer is independent living on their campuses. Here you may be in your own apartment or house, with the option of having home health care when needed and having first dibs on moving into assisted living when it becomes necessary. Senior housing usually offers a vibrant, active social life, nutritious meals and housekeeping. And you won’t have to rake leaves or shovel snowy sidewalks.