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The Advantage of Influenza Vaccines

Vials of vaccine beside injection

If you could prevent something unfortunate, would you do what it takes to avoid such from happening? If you could prevent getting sick, would you be willing to take the simple step?

Vaccines are indeed one of the most beneficial discoveries of humankind. With immunization, we can protect our lives, save more lives, and prevent unnecessary pain or suffering. Vaccines have been provided for different diseases as well and depending on the nature of the vaccine, the schedule and timing are almost a direct recommendation.

The week of December 5 to 11 is recognized by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or CDC as a week to emphasize the importance of flu vaccination. Flu can be very common – it can easily happen to anyone, and some people have a faster recovery than others. But, it does not mean we should underestimate this disease.

Avoid the flu.
Immunizations for influenza will reduce your risk of acquiring the flu. This improves your health and boosts your immune system. Avoiding sickness means avoiding pain and discomfort. This allows you to continue working and be productive. You do not need to sacrifice vacation and quality leisure time because you are sick.

Manage the condition.
In a 2021 study accessible in the CDC portal, the risk of getting a severe condition is significantly lowered – the vaccinated individual is 26% less likely to get admitted to intensive care while they have a 31% lower chance of death.

Taking advantage of science’s greatest discovery is within your reach. Did you have your shot already?

Source: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/prevent/vaccine-benefits.htm

Stop the Stigma: What to Talk About AIDS


Sensitive topics may feel uncomfortable to discuss, but some of these subjects are relevant in our society, especially when it comes to our health. The danger with avoiding these discussions is that misconceptions and false news are not corrected at the instance. This can continue on the dangerous cycle of misinformation and bias.

Let us stop the stigma of shame and misconception. Let us talk about one of the most serious health challenges the world faces today – AIDS.

AIDS is prevalent.

Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome or AIDS is a chronic condition caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), which interferes in our immune system. AIDS is widespread – it is estimated that in 2020, 37.7 million people across the globe have this disease. Both adults and children suffer from this condition. Although common, the shame to start a conversation – even a healthy one – seems to put an invisibility cloak on this health problem.

HIV has various sources.

This virus is not just transmitted through unprotected sex. It is spread when there is an exchange of fluid from the carrier to the victim. Blood transfusions, sharing of needles, and even breastmilk. Recognizing these different possibilities opens one’s perception about this deadly condition.

HIV testing matters.

The only way to certainty is to get screened. We can open the discussion about the importance of getting tested as a way to prepare and be educated. Getting the test should not imply something else other than the desire to protect our life and that of the people we love.

Source: https://www.hiv.gov/hiv-basics/overview/data-and-trends/global-statistics

Lowering the Risks of Type 2 Diabetes

This November, let us learn more about a common disease that may sound familiar to all of us – diabetes.

Did you know that diabetes is divided into two types? Type 1 diabetes happens when the body cannot produce insulin, while type 2 happens when there is insufficient proper insulin produced. Type 2 diabetes is the more common category. And because this disease can lead to further health complications, understanding its prevalence and risk factors can help you avoid or reduce the chances of acquiring one.

There are different diabetes prevention programs, and here are the highlights that may reduce your risks of developing type 2 diabetes.

Normal weight range
Are you within the normal weight expected for your age or body type? Diabetes has a higher chance of occurrence for people exceeding their normal weight ranges. To reduce your risk, aim to lower your excess weight. Manage your pounds or kilograms and stay within the healthy zone.

Regular physical activities
Do you perform physical exercises, or are you engaged in physical activities that work your bone and muscles? Regular exercises keep your body healthy. If you are not physically active, consult your physician on the best strategy to start getting more active. Remember to start slowly to avoid risks to your body.

Enough portions from the right food groups
Are you eating the right healthy meals in the appropriate serving size? Managing health and nutrition is about quality and quantity. Excess on both ends cannot do any good. By maintaining the right portions, you ensure you are eating enough without risking excess weight gain.

Source: https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/diabetes/overview/preventing-type-2-diabetes

Beyond the Disease: Living Well With Diabetes

young woman using glucometer to check blood sugar level at home

When we hear someone with diabetes, we imagine how difficult the situation can be. While certain aspects of our living have to change to manage the condition, living well is still achievable.

How well a person lives with diabetes depends on many factors. For one, the severity or stage of the disease often determines how much impact the diagnosis can have on the patient. Type 1 and 2 diabetes have similar and different treatment or care management programs. Another factor to consider is one’s lifestyle. Depending on how healthy the current situation is or how adaptive it can be on suggested lifestyle changes, the required change on the patient can be big or small.

Living well despite the diagnosis starts with a clear understanding of where the patient is at the moment. If you or someone you know has just received this news, ask your doctor as much information as possible to understand more about diabetes. You can then work on your health and lifestyle goals. With these considerations in mind, your healthcare team can write down suggestions for the patient to manage their condition.

These changes can include substitutes or alternatives to the current diet. Health and nutrition will be closely monitored for patients with diabetes. A healthier substitute to previous favorites may be considered. Managing weight is also another factor to incorporate into the patient’s lifestyle. An effective and safe weight loss program can help the patient become healthier and manage the complications of diabetes.

With the right support and care, patients can thrive despite their condition. As long as the patient is open and ready for the changes, the road to getting healthier is within reach.

Importance of Having a Hobby as You Age

While we could pass time watching whatever is on T.V. or surfing the internet, it’s also important to fill leisure time with an activity you enjoy. Having a hobby is beneficial for people of all ages, but it’s especially crucial for seniors who have the luxury of newly found free time. Hobbies offer both mental and physical health benefits.

There are so many benefits a senior can get from enjoying their hobbies or finding a new hobby. This provides an opportunity to socialize. Is there an easier way to get to know someone than by starting the conversation with a common interest? Hobbies allow you to connect with people holding similar interests to you, opening the door for engaging conversations and the opportunity for friendship.

Hobbies are also the best way for seniors to improve their physical health. Some hobbies can keep us active, like swimming, fishing, playing tennis, bowling, and more. When seniors participate in physical activity that they enjoy or are interested to learn, they can maintain or improve their overall wellness.

There’s nothing better for the mind and body than accomplishing a task and doing something you love. Having an activity in your life that’s just for you and your happiness enriches your life. We can guarantee all seniors in our care that our caregivers will make sure that you remain safe and will be provided with all the necessary assistance and company.

Enjoy doing the activities that you love regardless of how old you are. If you need the care and assistance of our caregivers to help you stay safer and healthier while enjoying your aging journey, please do not hesitate to call us.

Sending Referrals Can Help You Save a Life

There are moments in our life where we see someone important or struggling to accomplish their daily tasks at home. This is most common to seniors who choose to age in their homes. Here at Lowenhill Home Care Services, we make it a priority to cater to as many seniors who needs our quality care services.

It is easily detectable when a senior individual requires the help of a daily companion or a caregiver. It can be your senior loved one, a neighbor, and even a senior friend. Sending your referrals to a trusted and licensed home care agency and service provider like us can help these seniors live a life where they do not have to struggle each day to accomplish their daily tasks.

Our agency has had several successful clients from referrals, and they remain satisfied with the quality services that our caregivers can give. Most clients that we have that were referred to us lived a comfortable aging life, and at the same time, are happier than ever.

A lot of seniors are afraid to seek help because, to some of them, it feels degrading. But, there is no shame in needing assistance or a little bit of daily help to achieve independent aging life. This is why the referral system works because we will be the ones to call the clients directly, making our services easily accessible to them.

If you know anyone who might benefit from our home care services, please do not hesitate to send us your referrals. We make sure to reach out to them as soon as possible.

Our Mission Statement

Lowenhill Home Care Services strives to provide individually focused home and community based services that achieves best practice and quality care for participant and family satisfaction. It is our mission to provide you with all of the quality non-medical in-home care that you and your family need.

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Contact Information

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P.O. Box 456 Aliquippa, PA 15001-3711
Phone: 724-788-1072 Ext. 1 Fax:      724-788-1171 Email: barb@lowenhill.com

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1200 East Market Street Akron OH, 44305
Phone: 330-946-8191 Fax: 330-946-8193