The Pet Boost: Furry Friends Help Seniors Feel Less Lonely

(NewsUSA) – Many older adults experience feelings of loneliness and isolation as they age, but pets can provide the companionship and love seniors desire. A new survey conducted by Home Instead, Inc., franchisor of the Home Instead Senior Care Network, found regular interaction with animals can help to reduce feelings of isolation and loneliness in older adults.The most frequently cited benefits of pet ownership are company, comfort, unconditional love, entertainment and improved mood. In fact, 86 percent of pet owners agree they would be lonelier and less happy without their pet, and 58 percent agree that they would not be as physically healthy without their pet.The companionship and love provided by a pet can be especially meaningful for those most at risk for isolation. Home Instead found that pet owners who live alone are significantly more likely to report increased benefits of pet ownership.Owning a pet can also be an important factor for seniors deciding where they will live as they age. According to the survey, 82 percent of older adults say they will not consider moving to a senior living community without their pet.While interaction with animals has been shown to improve mental and physical well-being in older adults, research from Home Instead confirms that seniors don’t need to own pets to experience the benefits. Those who regularly interact with, but don’t own, pets report feeling better just spending time with animals owned by family, friends and neighbors.There are many ways seniors can interact with animals without taking on the responsibility of pet ownership. Here are a few ideas:* Volunteer at a rescue organization or animal shelter. Many rescue organizations and animal shelters could use an extra hand. Seniors can help provide care for animals, including feeding, watering, restocking supplies, washing dishes, walking dogs, cleaning cages and enclosures or socializing with the animals. Volunteers experience the benefits of interacting with pets, and they can provide some care to an animal in need.* Get to know your neighbors’ pets. Seniors who regularly walk their neighborhoods will likely see pet owners walking their dogs. Asking to join them for a walk might lead to new friendships with neighbors and dogs.* Connect with a therapy animal. Pet Partners therapy teams, made up of a pet owner and his or her registered animal, go into many locations where seniors are living or being treated, such as hospitals, hospice centers and care communities.* Visit a pet store. Some pet stores sell small animals, such as guinea pigs, hamsters, chinchillas, gerbils, mice, rats, certain geckos, bearded dragons, snakes, and specific types of frogs, birds and fish. Visiting can provide a pet fix!With so many options available, finding the right animal interaction for each individual should be as easy as a walk in the dog park.To help older adults determine what type of pet interaction is right for them, the Home Instead Senior Care® network is offering free information and tips to help seniors incorporate animals into their lives. To learn more about how older adults can bring animals into their lives, visit PetsandSeniors.com or contact your local Home Instead Senior Care office or www.homeinstead.com.

Press Here for Perfect Cold Brew Coffee at Home

(NewsUSA) – Cold brew coffee continues to be a hot trend. Recent market research shows an increase in sales of 580 percent between 2011 and 2016 as coffee drinkers have embraced the smooth flavor of cold brew.Cold brew is coffee made with cold water. It sounds simple, but making cold brew concentrate from ground coffee at home can be a messy and time-consuming process. Most devices on the market require 12 to 24 hours of steep time at room temperature to brew a coffee concentrate suitable for cold brew coffee, so serving cold brew coffee has traditionally required advance planning. But now a specialized coffee press allows cold brew coffee lovers to get their fix in a couple of minutes.By briskly stirring coffee grounds and room temperature water together in the AeroPress coffee maker, you can cut brewing time from many hours to just two minutes. Simply add finely ground coffee and room-temperature water, stir, press, and enjoy a cup of smooth, flavorful cold brew coffee.Another advantage of the AeroPress is a quick and easy cleanup. Unlike typical cold brewers, the AeroPress does not leave a large filter full of messy coffee grounds after brewing. It is designed to consolidate the used grounds and filter into a small, neat puck that pops out ready for composting.A huge advantage of cold brewing is it can be done where there is that no access to hot water. When traveling, hiking, biking, or doing other activities away from the home kitchen, there is almost always a source of water but often no way to heat it. However with a lightweight, portable AeroPress, it is easy to brew a cup of smooth rich cold brew using tap water in about two minutes.Not only does the AeroPress brew delicious hot coffee in addtion to cold brew, but as a multipurpose coffeemaker, it helps cut kitchen clutter by eliminating the need for separate machines.Visit aeropress.com for more information about how to enjoy cold brew (or hot) coffee with ease in the comfort of your home. 

Press Here for Perfect Cold Brew Coffee at Home

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Cold brew coffee continues to be a hot trend. Recent market research shows an increase in sales of 580 percent between 2011 and 2016 as coffee drinkers have embraced the smooth flavor of cold brew.
Cold brew is coffee made with cold water. It sounds simple, but making cold brew concentrate from ground coffee at home can be a messy and time-consuming process. Most devices on the market require 12 to 24 hours of steep time at room temperature to brew a coffee concentrate suitable for cold brew coffee, so serving cold brew coffee has traditionally required advance planning. But now a specialized coffee press allows cold brew coffee lovers to get their fix in a couple of minutes.
By briskly stirring coffee grounds and room temperature water together in the AeroPress coffee maker, you can cut brewing time from many hours to just two minutes. Simply add finely ground coffee and room-temperature water, stir, press, and enjoy a cup of smooth, flavorful cold brew coffee.
Another advantage of the AeroPress is a quick and easy cleanup. Unlike typical cold brewers, the AeroPress does not leave a large filter full of messy coffee grounds after brewing. It is designed to consolidate the used grounds and filter into a small, neat puck that pops out ready for composting.
A huge advantage of cold brewing is it can be done where there is that no access to hot water. When traveling, hiking, biking, or doing other activities away from the home kitchen, there is almost always a source of water but often no way to heat it. However with a lightweight, portable AeroPress, it is easy to brew a cup of smooth rich cold brew using tap water in about two minutes.
Not only does the AeroPress brew delicious hot coffee in addtion to cold brew, but as a multipurpose coffeemaker, it helps cut kitchen clutter by eliminating the need for separate machines.
Visit aeropress.com for more information about how to enjoy cold brew (or hot) coffee with ease in the comfort of your home.

Sharing is Caring: 5 Simple Ways to Help Area Seniors

(NewsUSA) – The number of older adults in our society is growing rapidly. Today, for the first time in history, there are more people over age 60 than under age five.As this population expands, so does the need for support, with some 40 percent of middle-class Americans at risk of poverty in retirement. Yet, today, only 1 percent of charitable dollars go to efforts that support seniors.It’s time for that to change. There are organizations in every community that provide services to meet basic needs for older adults. And while donations and volunteer hours are always appreciated, caring for older adults in the community can come in many forms. In fact, simple acts of caring can make a big difference in the lives of seniors.Here are five simple ways to help older adults in your community:1. Start with hello – Introduce yourself to a senior in your neighborhood or community. A simple conversation can spark a lifetime of friendship.2. Get out and care – Join Ready to Care, an initiative by Home Instead Senior Care, and sign up to receive weekly care missions.3. Give to senior-focused organizations – There are plenty of opportunities to give to a senior-focused non-profit. Find one that sparks your interest by visiting give65.org/25years.4. Get educated – Learn about issues affecting older adults and caregivers at caregiverstress.com.5. Share your story – Share how caring for a senior impacted your life with family and friends. Encouraging others to take action can create a world of change.Join Home Instead Senior Care as it marks 25 years of caring for older adults. Why not give your time, learn how you can help, and begin serving seniors in your community today?

Sharing is Caring: 5 Simple Ways to Help Area Seniors

(NewsUSA) – The number of older adults in our society is growing rapidly. Today, for the first time in history, there are more people over age 60 than under age five.As this population expands, so does the need for support, with some 40 percent of middle-class Americans at risk of poverty in retirement. Yet, today, only 1 percent of charitable dollars go to efforts that support seniors.It’s time for that to change. There are organizations in every community that provide services to meet basic needs for older adults. And while donations and volunteer hours are always appreciated, caring for older adults in the community can come in many forms. In fact, simple acts of caring can make a big difference in the lives of seniors.Here are five simple ways to help older adults in your community:1. Start with hello – Introduce yourself to a senior in your neighborhood or community. A simple conversation can spark a lifetime of friendship.2. Get out and care – Join Ready to Care, an initiative by Home Instead Senior Care, and sign up to receive weekly care missions.3. Give to senior-focused organizations – There are plenty of opportunities to give to a senior-focused non-profit. Find one that sparks your interest by visiting give65.org/25years.4. Get educated – Learn about issues affecting older adults and caregivers at caregiverstress.com.5. Share your story – Share how caring for a senior impacted your life with family and friends. Encouraging others to take action can create a world of change.Join Home Instead Senior Care as it marks 25 years of caring for older adults. Why not give your time, learn how you can help, and begin serving seniors in your community today?

Taking Control of Distressing Low Sexual Desire: A Patient’s Journey

(NewsUSA) – For Amy, living with acquired generalized hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD) was stressful. Acquired, generalized HSDD means that you have not had low sexual desire in the past and that you now have low sexual desire, no matter the sexual activity, situation, or sexual partner.She and her husband tried different types of stimulation, but nothing got her in the mood. "My lack of interest in sex was hard on my marriage. My husband wanted to be intimate, but I didn’t. I missed that connection with him."Amy is not alone in her experience. HSDD is a diagnosable medical condition that affects approximately 1 in 10 women in the U.S., with a profound impact on a woman’s emotional state, her sense of self and her relationships."Trying to deal with the strain of low sexual desire was difficult. I talked to my husband about it and we looked for solutions together. Eventually, my doctor helped me enroll in a clinical trial for an HSDD investigational treatment.""In the clinical trial, I received training on how to use an autoinjector to take the medicine at least 45 minutes before I anticipated sexual activity. I found the injection easy to use, it fit conveniently into my schedule and it put me in the driver’s seat for when I wanted to take the medication. I felt empowered when my desire returned and started to look forward to being intimate with my husband again."Following the clinical trial, Amy hoped she would one day have the choice of taking the medication again. In June 2019, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Vyleesi™ (bremelanotide injection) to treat hypoactive (low) sexual desire disorder (HSDD) in certain premenopausal women. Vyleesi is not indicated for the enhancement of sexual performance, but women will have another treatment option for HSDD when Vyleesi is available later this month.In the clinical trials, the most common side effects were nausea, flushing, injection site reactions, headache and vomiting. Vyleesi should not be used by women with uncontrolled high blood pressure or heart disease.AMAG Pharmaceuticals, the company launching Vyleesi, will offer co-pay assistance to help women access Vyleesi. Patients will be able to obtain their first four-pack of Vyleesi autoinjectors with a $0 co-pay, and refills for no more than $99. Under current government regulations, pharmaceutical companies cannot offer this type of program to patients insured by federal health care programs, including Medicare and Medicaid.Amy says, "I am motivated to share my story because I want to encourage other women to talk to their healthcare providers about distressing low sexual desire and find out what treatment options are available. They should know they do not have to suffer in silence."Women who may be experiencing symptoms are encouraged to visit Vyleesi.com and utilize a tool called the HSDD Symptom Checker. To verify diagnosis and to see if Vyleesi might be an appropriate treatment option for them, women are encouraged to speak with their healthcare provider (HCP). An open and honest conversation between a woman and her HCP is the first step to improving desire, reducing distress and getting back to a fulfilling sex life – something all women deserve.IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATIONDo not use VYLEESI if you have uncontrolled hypertension, known heart disease or are taking oral naltrexone-containing products intended to treat opioid or alcohol addiction. Women who can become pregnant should use effective birth control during treatment with VYLEESI.VYLEESI can cause serious side effects, including temporary increase in blood pressure and decrease in heart rate, severe nausea, and skin darkening that might be permanent.The most common side effects of VYLEESI include nausea, flushing, injection site reactions, headache, and vomiting. But these are not all the possible side effects of VYLEESI; consult your healthcare professional for more information or visit Vyleesi.com for additional Important Safety Information.You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088. 

Taking Control of Distressing Low Sexual Desire: A Patient’s Journey

(NewsUSA) – For Amy, living with acquired generalized hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD) was stressful. Acquired, generalized HSDD means that you have not had low sexual desire in the past and that you now have low sexual desire, no matter the sexual activity, situation, or sexual partner.She and her husband tried different types of stimulation, but nothing got her in the mood. "My lack of interest in sex was hard on my marriage. My husband wanted to be intimate, but I didn’t. I missed that connection with him."Amy is not alone in her experience. HSDD is a diagnosable medical condition that affects approximately 1 in 10 women in the U.S., with a profound impact on a woman’s emotional state, her sense of self and her relationships."Trying to deal with the strain of low sexual desire was difficult. I talked to my husband about it and we looked for solutions together. Eventually, my doctor helped me enroll in a clinical trial for an HSDD investigational treatment.""In the clinical trial, I received training on how to use an autoinjector to take the medicine at least 45 minutes before I anticipated sexual activity. I found the injection easy to use, it fit conveniently into my schedule and it put me in the driver’s seat for when I wanted to take the medication. I felt empowered when my desire returned and started to look forward to being intimate with my husband again."Following the clinical trial, Amy hoped she would one day have the choice of taking the medication again. In June 2019, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Vyleesi™ (bremelanotide injection) to treat hypoactive (low) sexual desire disorder (HSDD) in certain premenopausal women. Vyleesi is not indicated for the enhancement of sexual performance, but women will have another treatment option for HSDD when Vyleesi is available later this month.In the clinical trials, the most common side effects were nausea, flushing, injection site reactions, headache and vomiting. Vyleesi should not be used by women with uncontrolled high blood pressure or heart disease.AMAG Pharmaceuticals, the company launching Vyleesi, will offer co-pay assistance to help women access Vyleesi. Patients will be able to obtain their first four-pack of Vyleesi autoinjectors with a $0 co-pay, and refills for no more than $99. Under current government regulations, pharmaceutical companies cannot offer this type of program to patients insured by federal health care programs, including Medicare and Medicaid.Amy says, "I am motivated to share my story because I want to encourage other women to talk to their healthcare providers about distressing low sexual desire and find out what treatment options are available. They should know they do not have to suffer in silence."Women who may be experiencing symptoms are encouraged to visit Vyleesi.com and utilize a tool called the HSDD Symptom Checker. To verify diagnosis and to see if Vyleesi might be an appropriate treatment option for them, women are encouraged to speak with their healthcare provider (HCP). An open and honest conversation between a woman and her HCP is the first step to improving desire, reducing distress and getting back to a fulfilling sex life – something all women deserve.IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATIONDo not use VYLEESI if you have uncontrolled hypertension, known heart disease or are taking oral naltrexone-containing products intended to treat opioid or alcohol addiction. Women who can become pregnant should use effective birth control during treatment with VYLEESI.VYLEESI can cause serious side effects, including temporary increase in blood pressure and decrease in heart rate, severe nausea, and skin darkening that might be permanent.The most common side effects of VYLEESI include nausea, flushing, injection site reactions, headache, and vomiting. But these are not all the possible side effects of VYLEESI; consult your healthcare professional for more information or visit Vyleesi.com for additional Important Safety Information.You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088. 

Football Helmet Safety in Three Simple Steps

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – As the high school and college football seasons heat up, the National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment (NOCSAE) is encouraging parents, coaches and athletes to refresh their knowledge on helmet safety and safe play.
Keep these three simple steps in mind:
1. Know Your Helmet There are no concussion-proof helmets. No football helmet completely prevents all head injuries, including concussions.
A concussion is a complex event that involves a variety of factors. Advertising or other media claims that a particular helmet is anti-concussion or concussion-proof are not supported by research and can be misleading and dangerous.
Avoid relying on any single data point, rating or measurement when considering helmet options.
Proper fit is critical. Helmets are designed for safety and performance based on proper fit, specifically contact with the head. Ask your athlete how the helmet feels — helmets should not be too tight or too loose. Find fitting and wearing instructions through the CDC Foundation at http://www.cdcfoundation.org/HeadsUp.
Look for the logo on the back of the helmet that reads, “Meets NOCSAE Standard.” The NOCSAE logo signifies that a helmet model has passed the most rigorous, science-based performance standards in the world.
Do not alter or change your football helmet. Adding accessories and removing padding can alter how the helmet was intended to function and potentially interfere with its performance.
2. Maintain Your HelmetHelmets should be reconditioned and recertified to the NOCSAE standard on a regular basis. Helmets that have been recertified will have a label inside the helmet indicating the name of the recertifying company and the date of recertification. If you have doubts, ask your coach or school administrator about their policy for reconditioning and recertification.
Replace the helmet after 10 years.
3. Prioritize Safe Play Football helmets are just one part of helping to protect against head injuries. Use proper blocking and tackling techniques and demand enforcement of rules that prohibit players from leading with their helmets to hit other players.
Know the signs and symptoms of concussions — which can include headache, nausea, confusion, dizziness and memory difficulties — and encourage everyone to report any and all symptoms. If a concussion has been diagnosed, athletes should not return to play until cleared by medically trained experts following return-to-play guidelines. Remember: if in doubt, sit it out.
For more information visit www.NOCSAE.org.

Set the Stage for a Memorable Family Reunion

(NewsUSA) – Technology makes it easier than ever for families to stay in touch. Video chats, photo sharing, and instant messaging all help relatives to stay connected – whether they’re across town or around the world.However, nothing quite replaces the in-person contact with family, and family reunions continue to remain a popular way to connect.In fact, technology makes organizing a memorable event easier, as family members near and far can collaborate on a date, time, and most importantly, location.When organizing a family reunion, the first rule of thumb is to start scouting locations that are easy to reach from many locales. Travel hubs such as Dallas, Denver, and St. Louis are always popular. Smart families book spots a year in advance.Another tip from experienced family reunion planners: find a hotel that specializes in group experiences.The Magnolia Hotel Collection, for instance, has locations in a range of family-friendly cities, including Dallas, Denver, Houston, Omaha, and St. Louis. And a New Orleans property adjacent to the French Quarter is scheduled to open later in 2019.The recently renovated Denver and Houston properties are especially convenient for guests who want easy and walkable access to downtown shopping, dining, and nightlife.Standard features of all Magnolia hotels that make them well-suited to family reunions are:- Comfort and care. Magnolia guests enjoy amenities, including complimentary internet access, fitness facilities, and transportation to local attractions.- Professional planning. Magnolia staff are experts in event organizing; their customized services include creating menus for any meal and coordinating onsite or off-site activities and entertainment for a range of ages and interests.- A place for everyone. In addition to luxurious rooms designed to accommodate guests of all ages, Magnolia hotels feature a variety of common spaces, including lounges and meeting rooms that can be used for larger group gatherings and smaller meet-and-greet events."With an inviting spirit and dedication to making guests feel instinctively cared for, you’ll discover a genuinely attentive environment with a modern essence," according to the company.Visit magnoliahotels.com for more information about how the Magnolia family of hotels can make your next family event memorable, and check out the hotels on social media by searching for Magnolia Hotels on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. 

Set the Stage for a Memorable Family Reunion

(NewsUSA) – Technology makes it easier than ever for families to stay in touch. Video chats, photo sharing, and instant messaging all help relatives to stay connected – whether they’re across town or around the world.However, nothing quite replaces the in-person contact with family, and family reunions continue to remain a popular way to connect.In fact, technology makes organizing a memorable event easier, as family members near and far can collaborate on a date, time, and most importantly, location.When organizing a family reunion, the first rule of thumb is to start scouting locations that are easy to reach from many locales. Travel hubs such as Dallas, Denver, and St. Louis are always popular. Smart families book spots a year in advance.Another tip from experienced family reunion planners: find a hotel that specializes in group experiences.The Magnolia Hotel Collection, for instance, has locations in a range of family-friendly cities, including Dallas, Denver, Houston, Omaha, and St. Louis. And a New Orleans property adjacent to the French Quarter is scheduled to open later in 2019.The recently renovated Denver and Houston properties are especially convenient for guests who want easy and walkable access to downtown shopping, dining, and nightlife.Standard features of all Magnolia hotels that make them well-suited to family reunions are:- Comfort and care. Magnolia guests enjoy amenities, including complimentary internet access, fitness facilities, and transportation to local attractions.- Professional planning. Magnolia staff are experts in event organizing; their customized services include creating menus for any meal and coordinating onsite or off-site activities and entertainment for a range of ages and interests.- A place for everyone. In addition to luxurious rooms designed to accommodate guests of all ages, Magnolia hotels feature a variety of common spaces, including lounges and meeting rooms that can be used for larger group gatherings and smaller meet-and-greet events."With an inviting spirit and dedication to making guests feel instinctively cared for, you’ll discover a genuinely attentive environment with a modern essence," according to the company.Visit magnoliahotels.com for more information about how the Magnolia family of hotels can make your next family event memorable, and check out the hotels on social media by searching for Magnolia Hotels on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.