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For many family members overloaded with the 24/7 challenges of providing care to loved ones with Alzheimer's disease, it may seem as though one day rolls into the next, one year rolls into the next. But, it is a new year, a new decade-and a good time to look ahead with a fresh set of eyes. A look back at some of research studies that emerged in 2009 plants the seed for five resolutions that, although they may require squeezing out some time from a busy day, may help ease the role of caregiving in 2010: 1. Get some help. A comprehensive report on caregiving in the United States (National Alliance for Caregiving, November 2009) confirmed the scope of caregiving-65.7 million caregivers of people aged 50+. Caregivers cited Alzheimer's disease and old age (each 15 percent) as the main problem or illness for which a relative needs care. The good news is that, compared to a similar study five years ago, caregivers reported getting more help from unpaid caregivers. But some of the bad news ...
Knowing what is available is sometimes half the battle when it comes to feeling better. The other half of the battle is avoiding the many gimmicks and scams that prey on people with chronic pain. Occasionally, you might run across something that really works for you, but doesn't work for your neighbor. Eventually, some items collect in the closet and accumulate a thick layer of dust. Because no one wants a closet full of unwanted items, it pays to be smart consumer and do some research. One reliable source of good products that are well selected is FootSmart.com . In fact, I keep a copy of this catalog in my office to show folks some possible solutions for pain relief.
Here is a list of recommended products that my tester (my mother) and I have put together. We give them the thumbs up when it comes to pain relief.
1. Merrel Q-Form Encore Breeze : My mom lives in these shoes. With foot pain and back pain, she has found these indispensable for daily use. She says that th...
Rheumatoid arthritis gets blamed for a lot of my aches and pains and although I know that it plays a huge part in this recent round of foot pain, I have decided to give RA a break from the constant blame and instead put the blame of my foot pain on my SHOES.
Last December, I received a pair of minimalist shoes for Christmas and began an experiment with the chronic pain in my feet. Basically the experiment was to get my feet out of supportive shoes as much as possible and build up some strength and muscle in my feet and ankles to see if it reduced the pain in my feet. I started off by wearing my Vibram Five Fingers when I worked out. Then I slowly transitioned to not wearing shoes at all when I worked out. When the weather warmed up in April, I began wearing my Vibram Five Fingers on my daily walks. Soon, I was walking half the walk in VFF and half of the walk barefoot. I LOVED It!!!
Since I am off work for several m...
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