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15 Benefits of Cucumbers

cucumber-slicesSpice up your 8 glasses of water you are supposed to drink each day with a slice or two of cucumber. It’s wonderfully refreshing, but there are amazing benefits to cucumber as well. Cucumbers may be cooler than you think …

1. Fat busting: Do you ever wonder why women put cucumbers on their eyes to relieve puffiness? The photochemical in cucumbers makes the collagen in your skin tighten, thus the lack of puffiness. Did you know that you can rub a cucumber on a problematic spot of cellulite anywhere on your body to lessen the visibility of it? Did you also know that it has the same effect on wrinkles? Wow, it makes purchasing those fifty dollar creams seem a little silly, doesn’t it? You can also rub a little bit under your kiddo’s eyes after a long bout of crying to avoid that puffy ‘I cried for an hour straight’ look.

2. Defogger: Do you get annoyed when you get out of the shower and you have to fight the fog on the mirror? Who has time for that when the kids will be awake at any moment? Try rubbing a slice of cucumber on the mirror before you hop in and not only will you get a fog-free mirror, but you’ll have a nice smell that will boost your mood.

3. Headaches: If you suffer from headaches from chasing your babies all day (or pets or your husband), or had a little too much wine with dinner and want to avoid a hangover, eat half of a cucumber before bed. Cucumbers are high in B vitamins, sugar, and electrolytes, and they replenish the nutrients missing in your body to help you avoid a hang over or to beat that headache that’s been threatening to take over.

4. WD-40 replacement: Did you know you can get rid of a squeak by rubbing a cucumber on the hinge? Wow, now you don’t have to tear your garage apart looking for that little can with the red straw, and the baby won’t wake up when you slowly open the nursery door to check on him.

5. Crayon on the walls: Take an unpeeled cucumber and rub the crayon off of the walls in the event that your kiddo left you some art. You can also use this technique to erase a pen mistake.

6. Halitosis killer: Take a slice of cucumber and put it on the roof of your mouth. Hold it there with your tongue for 30 seconds. The photochemical that you love for cellulite and puff reduction will also kill the bacteria that is causing your bad breath.

7. Tarnish remover: If you’re finding tarnish on your stainless steel kitchen faucets and appliances? Rub it off with a cucumber slice. Not only will it remove years of tarnish, it will leave it streak free and your hands will thank you, and your kids won’t be put at risk from a dangerous chemical.

8. Energy booster: If you’re feeling tired in the afternoon, don’t give Starbucks your five bucks. Instead, grab a cucumber. There are just enough carbohydrates and B vitamins to give you a longer-lasting and healthier boost of energy than soda, coffee, or those health hazard energy drinks.

9. Munchy madness: Did you know that European trappers ate cucumbers for energy and to keep from starving to death? If those big burly manly men can eat a cucumber to keep from starving, you can eat one as a healthy choice when the munchies hit. Slice some up and take them in a small plastic container to the movies if your theater doesn’t offer healthy alternatives to munching on butter soaked popcorn.

10. Frugal facial: Slice up a cucumber and boil it in a pot of water. The chemicals inside of the cucumber will mix with the steam. Remove the pot from heat and lean over it, letting the steam hit you. Your skin will be more radiant and healthy, and you will feel relaxed and rejuvenated.

11. Shoe polish: Cut a slice off of your cucumber and rub it on your shoe. It will not only shine it up, but it will repel water.

12. Pest control: Put three or four slices of cucumber in a small pie tin and place them in your garden. The chemicals in the cucumber have a reaction that pests hate. You won’t smell it, but it will drive them from your garden all year long. Replace them periodically.

13. Sunburn: Sometimes sun block doesn’t always protect your little ones from sunburn. If you have burnt little kiddos you don’t have any aloe, rub some cucumber on them. Many doctors even use cucumber to treat patients with irritated skin and sunburns.

14. Blood pressure: Cucumber has been long used to treat high blood pressure. If you have it, add cucumbers to your daily diet. There is also ongoing research into the use of cucumbers for lowering cholesterol.

15. Constipation remedy: The seeds of a cucumber are a diuretic. If you’re constipated, try eating a cucumber. If you suffer from chronic constipation, add cucumber to your daily diet.

Seniors Yard Sale

yard-sale    It’s that time of year again for the annual Yard Sale hosted at the Cary Senior Center in Bond Park in Cary, North Carolina. The event will take place on Saturday, June 15, 2013 from 7:30 AM to 12:30 PM. Collections will be held at the center June 13 & 14 from 9 AM to 5 PM. Proceeds benefit the Cary Senior Center in funding activities as well as senior clubs. The event is cash-only. In order to volunteer at this event or obtain more information, please call (919) 469-4081 and ask for Jody Jameson, the Center Supervisor. Contribute and donate to the Senior Center and help benefit Cary’s number one source for seniors.

The Cary Senior Center is located at 120 Maury O’Dell Place inside Fred G. Bond Metro Park on High House Road, across the street from St. Michael’s The Archangel Catholic Church.

Social Knitting

Whether you are looking for time to finish a project or to start a new one, join us in classroom 303 at the Cary Senior Center for some knitting! Every Tuesday starting January 22nd through May 14th, we will be meeting up to simply knit and make some friends. Share your creative ideas with one another and help turn that lumpy scarf into the perfect gift for your Granddaughter. If needed, help will be provided. Meetings start at 12:30 pm. Can’t make it every Tuesday? That is perfectly fine, we would love to have you whenever you are available!

Location: 120 Maury O’Dell Place

Phone: (919) 469-4081

Trivia Question

Brookdale Senior Living likes to send out trivia questions with prizes for seniors! This morning the questions asked was:

Be the first to respond to Cyndi with the correct answer and receive a $10 gas card!

In respect to “recovering from the holidays”, we are making this an easy one….

How many Brookdale communities are in the Raleigh/Durham Triangle area??

*Hint:  See below

Contact Cynthia at: CFreed@brookdaleliving.com

Brookdale

Fall Home Maintenance

One of the biggest investments you will ever make is your home. To protect this investment you have a long list of “To Do’s”. One of those being seasonal maintenance to make sure that your home is ready for whatever the weather may bring! Here are some tips on maintenance for the fall season:

1. Use a qualified service company to check your heating system or furnace. Service should be done every two years for a gas furnace and every year for an oil furnace. (Unless other recommendation from manufacturer.)
2. Check chimneys for nests or other obstructions.
3. Remove dust from electric baseboard heaters.
4. Make sure the draining pan under the cooling coil mounted in furnace is draining properly and is clean.
5. Remove grilles on forced air systems and vacuum inside for any dust.

C-Tran

Have you seen the C-Tran buses driving around the Cary area?  Did you know that for Cary citizens 60 years of age and older, there is a Door-to-Door service?  Instead of having to wait at a stop the tran can pick you up from your door step.  To do so, you have to fill out a request for and make sure you call 24 hours ahead of the time you would like to be picked up.  The information is on the Town of Cary website, see the link below, or just call the number to ask for more information on services offered to Senior Citizens.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION

Phone: (919) 469-4086

 

7 Tips for Caring for A Loved One at Home

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As your parents age, it is possible that despite any health issues, they will be able to remain in their home, so long as there is some kind of additional care in place for them. And it usually falls upon family members to provide that additional care. As the child or other relative of a family member who needs in-home health care, the prospect of providing what amounts to long-term care can seem overwhelming. Where do you even start? The following seven tips will help you and your family members formulate a plan for in-home care of a loved one. Note that if in-home health care is ordered by a doctor, Medicare and long-term care insurance can cover some of the costs. Visit Medicare’s website for more information.

  1. Talk to your loved one:

    This isn’t always the obvious first step when it comes to coordinating home care for a parent or other family member, but put yourself in their shoes, and you’ll probably agree that you would prefer to be talked to than talked about. A loved one may be concerned that they’ll become a burden to their family or that they’ll lose control of their day-to-day life. With this in mind, always encourage the person in need of care to voice their concerns; let them know they will be included in any decisions that need to be made regarding their home and health. Tips for this important family meeting are available on the caregiver.org website.

  2. Learn your loved one’s medical history:

    At this stage of your parent or loved one’s life, you may not be fully aware of his or her medical history and needs. Take time to speak to your loved one’s doctors so that you are fully aware of any existing medical conditions, recurring health issues, and prescribed medications. Know the side effects of any medications, and plan to address any sudden changes in your loved one’s condition that may result. And again, keep your loved one involved in these discussions, keeping an open mind, even if you both disagree with how to address a medical issue.

  3. Create a financial profile:

    Obtaining a loved one’s financial information may be awkward, but it’s crucial to have, especially as the loved one ages and their health needs continue to change. Have an up-to-date record of any income, including Social Security, pensions, and disbursements from investments. Create a “one sheet” that lists bank account numbers, Social Security numbers, credit cards, and any health and life insurance policies. You and your loved one may want to open up a joint checking account so that you can assist with bill payments.

  4. Consider outside help:

    One common mistake family members make when it comes to caring for a loved one is attempting to do everything by themselves. There’s only so much time in a day, and your schedule may not allow for the time needed to provide comprehensive, high-quality home care. To help with this, consider hiring a home health aide. Home health aides work for agencies that are regulated by state and federal laws, are generally supervised by a medical professional, and are paid through Medicare and Medicaid. Other options, depending upon the needs of your loved one, include in-home therapists, or a neighbor who can assist with simple domestic tasks.

  5. Install handrails and safety rails:

    Here’s a task that’s a bit easier than gathering medical and financial information. Install handrails along stairs and in bathrooms and safety rails in showers and tubs. As a person ages, day-to-day tasks can become physically challenging, and rails prevent accidents that may result. Consider other simple additions to your loved ones home that can help ensure their safety, such as bright lighting in hallways and basements and smoke and CO2 detectors installed throughout the home.

  6. Install phones with large number pads and digital clocks:

    Large number pads on phones, the television remote control, and thermostat are helpful to a loved one whose vision may be impaired or simply not as strong as it once was. Digital clocks, especially those with larger LED displays, are also helpful, since traditional three-hand clocks might become confusing to read over time.

  7. Plan a menu and schedule exercise:

    As your loved one ages, they may express less interest in eating. Medication and poor oral hygiene may be to blame, along with fatigue. Consider collaborating on the creation of a weekly menu that is well-balanced and includes food from all five food groups. If your loved one is recovering from a medical procedure or operation, consult with a doctor or nutritionist to determine which foods in what quantities are most helpful for a speedy recovery. In addition to maintaining a good diet, make sure your loved one is getting some kind of physical exercise.