National School Choice Week – Time to Start a Conversation

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – The world’s largest celebration of opportunity in education starts next week.
National School Choice Week 2018 begins on January 21, shining a positive spotlight on traditional public schools, public charter schools, public magnet schools, private schools, online academies, and homeschooling.
The goal is simple: to let parents know that they have choices when it comes to their children’s education, and to celebrate the many different and effective education options available for students.
For almost every parent in America, there are ways to get involved in this positive, inspirational week.
If you are looking to find a new school for your child and want to know how to start the process, use the Week as a time to research your options. Download a free school choice guide for your state at www.schoolchoiceweek.com/mystate.
If you want to learn more about the different schools and education environments in your area, consider using the week to attend a special event. More than 32,000 are being planned during National School Choice Week – everything from information sessions, school fairs, and open houses, to rallies. Find an event in your community by visiting www.schoolchoiceweek.com/map.
If you are happy with the choices you have made for your child’s education, take time during National School Choice Week to thank a teacher or school leader, or to brag about your child’s school in a letter to the editor of your local newspaper. You can also share your story with us at schoolchoiceweek.com/share.
If you think that your community or state needs more educational choices for children, use National School Choice Week to speak up and make your opinion known.
Making a difference is easier than it sounds. All it takes is starting one conversation.
You can start that conversation on social media (using #schoolchoice in your posts), or by talking with a friend, coworker, or member of your family.
“Did you know that this is National School Choice Week?” is a good question to get the discussion going.
When more Americans talk about opportunity in education, more parents will discover the options available for their children’s education. That means that more children will have the chance of being matched with schools that meet their unique talents, challenges, needs, and interests.
This National School Choice Week, all that it takes is one conversation to brighten the future of a family. Will you start one?

Senior Care Requests Rise After Family Visits During The Holidays

(NewsUSA) – For adult children with aging parents, spending time together around the holidays can bring attention to changes in lifestyle or behavior that might indicate that a senior needs assistance at home.For those who provide senior care, the weeks immediately following the holidays tend to be the busiest of the year as families work to arrange care for aging loved ones. According to Home Instead Senior Care, January is the highest volume month for new inquiries related to senior care. Home Instead saw a 41 percent rise in service inquiries from December 2016 to January 2017.Families who have recently spent time with aging loved ones should consider these factors when deciding whether it is time to engage a senior care provider.* Mood. Was a senior loved one acting different around the holidays this year? Was he or she less talkative or more emotional?* Physical appearance. Did mom or dad lose a significant amount of weight since your last visit? Did they appear to be keeping up with personal hygiene?* Social life and routine. Did an aging relative mention socializing with neighbors and friends? Do he or she seem to be interested in making plans and getting out and about?* Household. During holiday visits, was their home clean and orderly? Have they fallen behind on paying bills, refilling medications, or housework?* Food choices. Did they have nutritious food at home, or was the refrigerator empty because they can’t make it to the grocery store?Families who notice changes in senior loved ones can find support and resources at caregiverstress.com or by reaching out to a local Home Instead Senior Care office. For many older adults, help with everyday tasks such as meal preparation, light housekeeping and medication reminders can allow them to stay safe and healthy at home.For more information, visit caregiverstress.com or find a Home Instead office near you at www.homeinstead.com/state

How Chiropractic Care Can Help Fight Presenteeism At Work

Even with a stronger economy, businesses face an uphill battle when it comes to making a profit. Which is why it’s not surprising that much of a company’s success hinges on its employees. But what if an employee is fighting a medical condition or illness? How impactful is that to a business’s bottom line? It turns out: quite a lot.

Unlike absenteeism, according to a recent study, presenteeism – when people show up for work but don’t or can’t perform at full capacity – isn’t always apparent. You know when someone doesn’t show up for work, but you often can’t tell when – or how much – health problems, including chronic conditions such as back pain, headaches, and arthritis, can leave them muddling through the day.

Are Your New Year’s Resolutions Stressing You Out?

It’s that time of year when we all start making New Year’s resolutions. Resolutions such as going to the gym, eating healthier, starting a new job, or reducing alcohol consumption tend to top the list. If you’re like most people, starting and maintaining your New Year’s resolutions is stressful even if you’re one of the few who professes that you can deal with everything and lead a “stressless life.” But how do you know you’re not stressed? Do you find yourself waking up feeling poorly rested, have a nagging headache that simply won’t go away, or have low energy levels? Is your attempt at fulfilling your New Year’s Resolutions stressing you out?

Three Ways Older Americans Can Benefit From Chiropractic Care

As a nation, America is getting older. So too is its population, with 10,000 Baby Boomers turning 65 every day. And even if you don’t want to admit it, you are most likely experiencing the same nagging aches and pains that you thought only plagued your parents.

Assuming you’re one of the nation’s 100 million chronic pain sufferers, in all likelihood you’re looking for a safer alternative for treatment other than opioids – especially with headlines of people becoming addicted to prescription painkillers and even dying from them. To see if drug-free chiropractic care is for you, read on.

At-Home Infusion Gives Gift of Health to Patients

(NewsUSA) – Hemophilia, a blood disorder in which the blood fails to clot properly, is a rare condition, but for those who have it, staying healthy can be challenging.The treatment for hemophilia is multifaceted, but it can include preventive care at home. Patients can give themselves infusions of clotting factors that are normally present in the blood to help prevent excessive bleeding episodes, which can be life-threatening and cause permanent damage.Repeated self-infusion as a preventive measure is associated with a lower incidence of the joint problems that can arise from excessive bleeding.In a recent study, 60 adult blood-disorder patients who self-infused experienced fewer joint problems by preventing the levels of clotting factors in the blood from falling below 1 percent of what is considered normal. Joint problems can become debilitating if left untreated, and patients may be unable to perform routine daily activities, attend school or work, or walk without a cane, walker, or other assistance.In addition, blood-disorder patients who self-infuse have reported feeling more confident and in- dependent, and appreciate the convenience of infusing at home, according to data from NCHS, a specialty pharmacy service for blood-disorder patients.Most importantly, the opportunity to infuse at home also may serve to motivate patients to take their medications as directed."Working to improve non-adherence among patients who intentionally stop their medications or intentionally disregard their prescribers’ instructions can be more of a challenge than simply helping patients remember to take their meds," according to a report from NCHS. "But if you understand why patients are making these choices, you may have better results."Common reasons why patients with a chronic disease such as a blood disorder fail to take their medications as directed include:* Concerns about the high cost of the medication.* Concerns about the medication’s side effects and whether it’s necessary.* Complexity of the treatment.* Communication issues with doctors about the value and benefits of the medication.Service providers like NCHS can help patients achieve more independence by offering discreet home delivery of medications, education and support. Services include detailed explanations about the use, dosing, storage, and side effects of medications so patients feel confident in their at-home care, as well as reimbursement expertise and caregiver education and counseling.For more information about NCHS and managing blood disorders, visit nchswecare.com

Can Chiropractic Care Help Fight Presenteeism At Work?

(NewsUSA) – There’s a name for what may be ailing some businesses and their employees: presenteeism.That’s when people show up for work but don’t perform at full capacity, and – for one big reason – definitely not to be confused with those who routinely waste time at their desks, say, watching the latest cat video to go viral.That reason? Underlying health problems – including chronic conditions like back pain, headaches, and arthritis – that leave them muddling through the day."Underlying the research on presenteeism is the assumption that employees do not take their jobs lightly, that most of them need and want to continue working if they can," the Harvard Business Review reported.Many say the problem has only been exacerbated by the current opioid crisis, and that it’s in employers’ interests to see that their workers have access to safer options to such potentially addictive (or worse) prescription painkillers like OxyContin. One popular approach for relief from neuro-musculoskeletal issues like low-back and neck pain – drug-free chiropractic care – has actually been incorporated in on-site wellness programs by companies like Google, Apple and Facebook.Doctors of chiropractic, who are highly educated and trained in the structure and function of the human body, use hands-on techniques designed to enhance flexibility, muscle strength, and range of motion. Most insurance policies cover its use."Chiropractic care is a win-win situation for both businesses and their employees," said the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress’ Sherry McAllister, DC.So how much money does presenteeism cost businesses? According to a new report by Global Corporate Challenge, 10 times as much as the $150 billion annually in productivity lost from absenteeism.For more info, visit f4cp.com/findadoctor

School Choice Is About Parents, Not Politics

(NewsUSA) – As tens of millions of people across the country prepare to celebrate National School Choice Week Jan. 21 through 27, our goal is to focus on parents and children, not politics or politicians.During National School Choice Week, schools of every type – traditional public, charter, magnet, online, and private – will join homeschool groups to celebrate the things that make their education environments unique and effective.As a nonpartisan awareness effort, National School Choice Week provides an opportunity to bring conversations about education out from the political sphere and to the kitchen tables and living rooms of parents in communities across America.This is important because, even though education is a matter of public policy, it is also deeply personal.At its core, school choice affirms the special bond between parents and children. School choice empowers parents to turn the love and concern they have for their children into action. It encourages them to talk to their children and make decisions together about what schooling environments fit the talents, interests, and challenges that are unique to every student. And it recognizes that while one school might be a good fit for some students, it isn’t necessarily a good fit for every child.By exercising school choice options, parents who want their children to learn Mandarin can send them to a school where they will learn Mandarin; parents who believe their kids need a lot of time outdoors or who want to affirm their faith tradition can follow that path; parents who didn’t go to college but want their kids to have that opportunity can find a college prep choice.Parents choose schools for a variety of reasons. For example, a survey of Indiana parents found that parents considered factors such as academics, morality, social skills, diversity, college preparation, an appreciation for nature, patriotism, the ability to enter the job force without a college degree, and an opportunity to learn another language.These choices reflect the diversity and individualism of our great country, and they should be respected and celebrated. After all, no matter where we fall on the political spectrum, we all share the same goal: to unlock the potential for success and happiness in every child through a great education tailored to who they are and who they want to be.

How Older Americans Can Benefit From Chiropractic Care

(NewsUSA) – It’s not just you.As a nation, America is getting older – with another 10,000 Boomers turning 65 every day. And whether you like to admit it or not – and who does? – odds are you’re probably already experiencing at least some of the same nagging health issues you once thought only happened to your parents.What’s also likely, assuming you’re one of the nation’s 100 million chronic pain sufferers, is that you’re seeking a safer alternative to opioids after being scared off by news headlines of people becoming addicted and even dying from them. Read on to see if drug-free chiropractic care may be right for what ails you.* Back and neck pain. It’s the primary reason older Americans visit doctors of chiropractic every year. And as Dr. Phillip Pizzo of Stanford University’s School of Medicine has said, "We see that for many patients, chronic pain becomes a disease in its own right."Blame the aging process itself for why even the most active seniors – weekend athletes, say – aren’t immune from such pain: Our muscles, spinal discs, facet joints and ligaments simply become less hydrated, weaker, and less able to withstand normal stresses. Doctors of chiropractic, who are highly educated and trained in the structure and function of the human body, can help provide relief through hands-on techniques that enhance flexibility, muscle strength, and range of motion.* Osteoarthritic pain and dysfunction. Knees or hips acting up? As with back and neck pain, doctors of chiropractic can also outline a program of exercise – monitoring your progress along the way – aimed at rehabilitating and strengthening specific muscle groups.* Overall wellness. This, it’s been said, is "the wheelhouse of a chiropractor." Exercise. Nutrition. Alignment. Posture. He or she can advise you on all those and more."Doctors of chiropractic are dedicated to helping patients get the best outcome from their body," said the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress’ Sherry McAllister, DC.For more info, visit f4cp.com/findadoctor

How to Have the Smartest Home on the Block

(NewsUSA) – With all the talk about smart technology and connected homes, you may be wondering why you should take notice. After all, it is not that difficult or inconvenient to turn your lights on and off.According to the American Lighting Association (ALA), smart technology is not just about convenience. It is not even just about lighting. It is also about energy efficiency and safety. Efficiency Smart technology allows you to connect your home’s electronic devices to one device, such as a phone, tablet or computer. Having a connected home means you have the ability to adjust your thermostat, open and close window shades, and activate your security system remotely, or program those devices to operate automatically at pre-set times. Safety Efficiency is important, but safety is paramount. With the ability to connect to your home’s devices from anywhere in the world comes the peace of mind of not wondering if your security system is activated and knowing your outside and inside lights will be on before you arrive home after dark. Convenience Home automation apps make it a snap to change your room into the perfect setting for different activities. For example, for movie night, a system like Lutron’s Caseta Wireless can be pre-programmed to adjust all the lights in your family room to set the scene for a great movie-watching experience.If installing and operating smart technology equipment sounds complicated and expensive, it’s not. According to the ALA, there are some simple and surprisingly inexpensive options available on today’s market.A number of ALA-member manufacturers, including Legrand, Lutron Electronics, Philips and Acuity Brands Lighting offer reasonably priced, easy-to-install automation products designed to make your home more comfortable, convenient and safe. In many cases, it just takes simple retrofitting of an existing dimmer switch.Erik Anderson, national sales manager for Lutron Electronics, explains that the Caseta Wireless is very retrofittable into existing homes. "All you have to do is take your existing dimmer or switch out of the wall and replace it with a Caseta dimmer or switch, add a smart bridge and you have the ability to control it from an app, or from voice control with Alexa, Google Assistant or Siri," says Anderson.For added ease, Lutron’s Caseta Wireless system can be integrated with Apple, Amazon or Google platforms for use inside your home. And when you are outside, an app or geofencing allows you to adjust your inside and/or outside lights, even before you arrive home. That will make your home welcoming to you and your guests.To learn more about making your home smarter, stop by your local ALA-member lighting showroom to see the latest technology for home environment automation. Go online to DesignVideos.Lighting to view a video from Lutron as well as lighting-trends videos from other ALA-member lighting manufacturers. Find more about all things lighting at AmericanLightingAssoc.com