Successful Aging Expo

Western Health had a wonderful time participating in this year’s Successful Aging Expo located at the beautiful Town and Country Resort and Convention Center and sponsored by the Union Tribune! We had so much fun meeting hundreds of San Diegans and educating them about Home Health and Home Care and the services Western Health can provide!

Our good friends at the San Diego Senior Olympic Games also participated in this two-day event! We are so proud to announce that we are once again sponsors of this wonderful organization for the 2013 and 2014 San Diego Games!! We are also excited to announce that San Diego has been chosen this year as the location for the entire California senior Olympic Games! More information on this to come….

We also made some new friends! We had the pleasure of having Town and Country Resort and Convention Center as our booth neighbor! Lisa Gossmann, Catering Sales Manager, was so much fun getting to know! She knows all the ins and outs of the resort and convention center and is just a great resource if you are looking to plan an event at the Town and Country. She can be reached by email at l.gossmann@towncountry.com or directly at (619) 908-5010.

A special thank you goes out to Jack Warren, host of of WS Radio’s San Diego’s Finest talk show for allowing Melissa to participate in his segment live from the Successful Aging Expo!! Check out the segment, that also features Danny Propp from the San Diego Senior Olympic Games here

If you visited us that day, please feel free to say hi in the comments section, or if you have questions regarding our home health and home care services!

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Spring (and Allergies) Is In the Air!

Spring is quickly approaching. For some, that might mean the sun is shining, birds are chirping, and beautiful new flowers are in bloom! For others, Spring might mean “allergy season”: sneezing, sniffling, coughing, and itchy, red eyes. Although San Diegans may fare better than those who live in other cities across the U.S. when it comes to dealing with seasonal (or year-round) allergies…it can still take a toll on a person nonetheless!

WebMD.com is a great “starting out” source for just about anything medical related online. Within just a few clicks, you can practically diagnose every-day medical related issues, and even find ways to treat them! For those that suffer from allergies, this website is a fabulous resource! There is an entire “Allergies Health Center” with multiple chapters to read up on such as: Allergy Facts, Types, Tests, Treatments, Managing and Resources. Whether you are are someone who has just recently developed allergies or are a “seasoned” seasonal allergy sufferer (excuse the blatant pun!), this website has tons of great info and is extremely easy to navigate!

Just click Allergies Health Center to get more allergy related info!

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Alex Brings Our Friend from Veterans Home Care to the SD Living Show

Alex was on the San Diego Living Show this morning and brought along our friend, Kathleen Sullivan, from Veterans Home Care to discuss the Veteran’s Assistance Aid and Attendance Pension Benefit. Check out the entire segment here

For more information about this benefit or to schedule a FREE In-Home Assessment, call (619) 656-4380 today!

San Diego’s Got Talent Got Some Press on the SD Living Show Recently!

Melissa was recently on the San Diego Living Show to help promote the San Diego’s Got Talent that Western Health Home Care is sponsoring! She brought along her friends and emcees for the show, Rosemarie Ballard and Joni Wilson! Check out the segment here

If you are interested in purchasing tickets, please call (619)236-6905.

The 2013 Successful Agin Expo…Come see us!!!

Hey Everyone!

Come say hi to Melissa and Alex this Saturday and Sunday (Feb. 23rd & 24th) from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Successful Aging Expo located at the Town and Country Convention Center Mission Valley! We will be one of over 100 exhibitors waiting to educate you on caregiving, health care and so much more! Plus….we will be doing lots of give aways!! It’s a free event…so WHY NOT?!?

Hope to see you all there!

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Curbing Sugar Cravings

Last Friday’s Senior Games Luncheon was really fun! After lunch, we spent the next hour working out to some great music, while using resistance bands to tighten our leg and arm muscles! (See our Facebook post from Friday, January 11th to find out about the free work out class!)

Before the workout, we learned some important information about the importance of curbing our sugar intake. Did you know the average American consumes 22 teaspoons of sugar per day and the recommended amount is only 6 teaspoons per day for women and 9 teaspoons per day for men?! Having too much sugar contributes to weight gain, a leading factor for serious health conditions like obesity, heart disease and diabetes.

Here are some good ways to curb those sugar cravings:

1. Instead of gorging on sweets, eat just a little bit; try to stay under 150 calories. Also, go for quality over quantity (like a decadent truffle instead of an ice cream sundae).

2. Combine sweets with something healthy in order to satisfy your craving while also getting healthy nutrients. The best foods to combine with sweets are ones high in fiber (like nuts, fruit and seeds) that help you feel fuller, longer. For example, dip a banana in chocolate sauce or snack on almonds and dark chocolate chips!

3. Skip artificial sweeteners because they don’t lessen cravings and may even increase them. Also, don’t think substituting a “healthier” sugar (like brown sugar or honey) will make a big difference. Sugar is sugar- they all have calories.

4. Don’t quit cold turkey; take baby steps by getting rid of one sugary food a week, whether it’s skipping dessert after dinner or reducing sugar in your coffee. Small steps will add up over time.

5. Grab some sugar-free gum. Research shows chewing gum can reduce food cravings and distract you from thinking about snacking!

6. Look got hidden sugars. Sugar pops up in places you may not expect, like ketchup, spaghetti sauce, salad dressings, baked beans and even flavored coffee. And it can go by many different names, including:

*Agave nectar
*Brown rice syrup
*High-Fructose corn syrup
*Dextrose
*Evaporated cane juice
*Glucose
*Lactose
*Malt syrup
*Molasses
*Sucrose

***Avoid food whose labels list any of those sugars in the first few ingredients or contain more than 4 grams of sugar.

***This information was taken from “The Truth About Sugar Addiction,” reviewed by Kathleen M. Aleman, MPH,RD,LD, www.webmd.com, reviewed Oct. 19, 2011 & “13 Ways to Fight Sugar Cravings,” written by Wendy C. Fries and reviewed by Louise Chang, MD, www.webmd.com, reviewed June 22, 2011

WHHC Featured in SD Union Tribune: WHHC Wins Home Care Elite 2012 Award!

Western Health Home Care is delighted and honored to be recognized by the San Diego Union Tribune for our Home Care Elite 2012 Award! You can read the article in its entirety here!

Happy New Year, everyone!

San Diego Living Segment: Home Health and Patient Choice

Check out Alex and Melissa on the San Diego Living Show where they discuss Home Health 101 and PATIENT CHOICE!

Happy Holidays!

Sandy Elementary Shooting: How To Talk About It With Your Children

I know many of our readers are use to enjoying blogs and articles on this site geared toward healthcare and the senior community, but I feel as though there is another topic that deserves attention and our respects.

The recent and tragic shooting at Sandy Elementary School in Connecticut has stirred up emotions of anger and sadness across this country. It is difficult for even us adults to comprehend how one person could be the cause of such terror and casualties of so many innocent children. As an adult, it is difficult for me to just wrap my head around the fact that there is such evil in this world. But what if you are a 5, 8, 10 or 12 year old having to hear about this in school or on the news? What goes on in their heads and how can they possibly deal with the idea of knowing so many kids their own age were attacked and killed by one “bad guy”?

This article from the San Diego Union Tribune talks about and offers tips on how to talk to your children about this shooting tragedy in Connecticut. Please, take a moment to read this article and if you haven’t already done so 100 times since this news story broke out….hug your babies tighter just one more time today.

Tips on how to discuss Connecticut shooting with your children

Sandy Elementary Shooting: How To Talk About It With Your Children

I know many of our readers are use to enjoying blogs and articles on this site geared toward healthcare and the senior community, but I feel as though there is another topic that deserves attention and our respects.

The recent and tragic shooting at Sandy Elementary School in Connecticut has stirred up emotions of anger and sadness across this country. It is difficult for even us adults to comprehend how one person could be the cause of such terror and casualties of so many innocent children. As an adult, it is difficult for me to just wrap my head around the fact that there is such evil in this world. But what if you are a 5, 8, 10 or 12 year old having to hear about this in school or on the news? What goes on in their heads and how can they possibly deal with the idea of knowing so many kids their own age were attacked and killed by one “bad guy”?

This article from the San Diego Union Tribune talks about and offers tips on how to talk to your children about this shooting tragedy in Connecticut. Please, take a moment to read this article and if you haven’t already done so 100 times since this news story broke out….hug your babies tighter just one more time today.

Tips on how to discuss Connecticut shooting with your children