Kids Can Benefit From Having a Dog

Dogs are amazing animals and wonderful pets.  Children that grow up with dogs, benefit from their companionship.

  • Having a pet teaches responsibility.  Children can help with taking care of the dog and learn new skills as they grow older.
  • Children also learn compassion and the importance of putting the needs of a loved one above their wants.  There will be times when the dog needs to go to the bathroom; however, the child is busy having fun.  This is an excellent way to teach the child about needs vs wants, putting others first, and compassion.
  • Dog training classes actually teach the owner how to teach the dog.  The child will learn concepts like behavior modification; positive reinforcement; as well as how to meet the physical, emotional, and intellectual needs of the dog.
  • Having a dog can make science fun.  Here is one example:  The dog has about 200 million more olfactory receptors in the nose than a human.  However, that is only part of the reason why they have such a phenomenal sense of smell.  The design of their outer nose, allows more smells to enter the nasal cavity.  That small slit on the side of the dog’s nose, actually does serve a purpose.  The olfactory system in the brain of a dog is 40 times larger than that of a human.  This allows the dog to process and remember all those wonderful smells.
  • Children that grow up with dogs have a stronger immune system, because they are exposed to a wider variety of bacteria.  They also have a lower risk of developing allergies.
  • When a child has a dog, it opens up a whole new world for them.  They will interact with veterinarians, trainers, and groomers.  They will be able to visit dog parks.  They will learn how to play games that involve their furry friend.  Also, they will always have a best friend that loves them and wants to be their constant companion.

Dealing with Binge Eating

Dealing with binge eating disorder is not easy, but there are things you can do to help with your urges to binge.

  • Therapy 
  • Take time to relax 
  • Take time to have fun
  • Forgive yourself 
  • Exercise 
  • Read self-help books
  • Find a support group 
  • Talk to a nutritionist 
  • Stay away from fad diets 
  • Avoid temptation 
  • Focus on why you are eating 
  • Focus on what you are eating 
  • Get enough sleep 
  • Ask for help

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Caring for Others

If you are about to become a caregiver for someone, you need a plan.

  • Start the Conversation 
    • Look for an opening 
    • Respect your loved one’s wishes 
    • Size up the situation 
    • Review finances 
  • Form a team
    • Team members can help with simple or finite tasks 
    • They can use their talents and strengths 
    • Determine the number of people on your team 
    • Assign roles and responsibilities 
  • Make a plan 
    • Assess the goals and needs of your plan
    • Delegate responsibilities
    • Include the person receiving care 
    • Keep everyone informed 
    • Take notes 
  • Find Support
    • Community resources
    • Consult a professional
    • Hire help
    • Care for yourself

 

Source: Candace Williams, AARP, Caregiver College Presentation, 21 June 2019

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Holistic Aging

What are common fears related to aging? 

  • Loss of independence 
  • Declining health 
  • Running out of money 
  • Not able to live alone 
  • Death of loved ones
  • Not able to drive 
  • Isolation 
  • Strangers caring for them 
  • Fear of falling or hurting themselves 

How can we age successfully?

  • Celebrate aging 
  • Accept there is still meaning and purpose in your life
  • Continue to learn and grow 
  • Learn successful adaption techniques 
  • Reconcile feelings 
  • Remain socially engaged 
  • Control your stress
  • Schedule time for fun activities 
  • Stay positive 
  • Exercise 
  • Fuel your body with good food
  • Participate in health screenings 
  • Focus on what you can do
  • Exercise your creativity 
  • Appreciate beauty and nature 
  • Listen to your inner voice 
  • Spend time meditating/praying 
  • Learn to love yourself 

Source:  Julie Smith, Home Instead Family Care, Caregiver College Presentation, 21 June 2019

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The Body and Aging

What are the modifiable factors in successful aging?

  • Exercise 
    • Cardio for 30 minutes a day for 5 days a week
    • Strength training twice a week
  • Diet 
    • Eat More fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and drink lots of water
    • Eat less sugar, artificial sweeteners, and processed food
  • Cognitive Stimulation
    • Read
    • Learn new things,  
  • Optimism 
    • Be grateful
    • Give to others 
  • Social Integration 
  • Positive Attitudes Toward Aging 
  • Stress Reduction 
    • Get enough sleep
    • Yoga
    • Meditation 

Source:  Dr Belinda Savage Edwards, Caregiver College Presentation, 21 June 2019

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