Monday, September 29, 2014

The Health Benefits of Sunlight

Happy Monday! It is a "picture-perfect" sunny day in St. Louis, Missouri where HDIS is headquartered.

It is a proven fact that sunlight is very beneficial to our well-being.  Research shows that all you need is a casual 5-10 minutes in the sun each day to produce these amazing effects:

• Better sleep. Natural daylight helps shut off your body's production of melatonin, a hormone produced at night that makes you drowsy. This can help you maintain a normal circadian rhythm, so you're more likely to feel tired at bedtime when it's dark outside. 
• Happier outlook. A type of depression called seasonal affective disorder affects some people during the winter when they don't get enough sunlight. Experts now believe that sunlight has widespread mood-elevating effects, possibly because the "happy" hormone serotonin increases when nights are short and days are long. 
• Protection from autoimmune diseases. Exposure to UV radiation appears to suppress an overactive immune system, according to an April report published in Environmental Health Perspectives. This could explain why exposure to UV rays may help with autoimmune diseases likepsoriasis and lupus; one recent study also suggests it might help alleviate asthma.
• Lessening of Alzheimer's symptoms. Elderly Alzheimer's patients exposed to bright lighting during the day—from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.—got better scores on a mental exam, had fewer symptoms of depression, and lost less function than did those exposed to dim daytime lighting.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Upside Down Pizza Casserole

Fridays are the perfect days for pizza!  This Friday, instead of ordering in, try this recipe for an Upside Down Pizza Casserole! It only requires four ingredients!

1.5 lbs of lean ground beef
1 (15 ounce can) of Italian-style tomato sauce
1.5 cups of shredded mozzarella cheese (6 ounces)
1 (10 ounce package) of refrigerated biscuits

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.  In a large skillet, cook beef until no longer pink, stirring frequently.  Drain off fat.  Stir in tomato sauce; heat through.  Transfer mixture to a 2-quart rectangular baking dish. Sprinkle mixture with cheese.

2.  Flatten each biscuit with your hands; arrange the biscuits on top of the cheese. bake in the preheated oven about 15 minutes or until biscuits are golden. Makes 5 servings.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Product Spotlight: The Independence Bed Table

We recently recommended ways to prevent nighttime falls. We recommend that items such as your glasses, a phone, and a flashlight should go on a night table by your bed.  The Independence Bed Table may be just the product you need. The handle offers assistance for standing, prevents nighttime falls, and includes a convenient tray that swivels out of the way when not in use. The legs extend to the ground for extra stability, and the organizer can keep books, medications, or glasses close by.

Key Features:
• Organizer Pouch - Keeps personal items within reach
• Easy Installation – No extra tools required!
• Adjustable Height – Accommodates any home or hospital bed
Click here to learn more or to purchase this product.

Learn more about the Independence Bed Table

Monday, September 22, 2014

Preventing Nighttime Falls

Here are some tips to prevent nighttime falls:

1.  Stay current on eye exams.  Keep your glasses on a nightstand by your bed within an arm’s reach.

2.  Increase lighting in your bedroom.  Install nightlights in your bedroom, bathroom and hallways.

3.  De-Clutter Traffic Areas.  Make sure you have clear paths that are free of tripping hazards.  If you have area rugs, make sure they have nonslip backing and lay flat on the floor.

4.  Install bed railings and grab bars for extra support in your bedroom and bathroom.

5.  In case of an emergency, keep a phone, lamp and flashlight on a nightstand within an arm’s reach.

6.  Wear slippers or socks with traction to prevent slipping.

7.  If you use a mobility aid such as a cane or walker, keep it close to you during nighttime hours.

Friday, September 19, 2014

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