Our Friday Song of the Week – Oh What a Night – Four Seasons
Our Friday Song of the Week – Oh What a Night – Four Seasons
Snacking Increases Belly Fat More So Than Overeating at Meals.
Researchers from The Netherlands found that snacking on high-fat and high-sugar foods was independently associated with abdominal fat and fatty liver. The study published in Hepatology, a journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases, provides the first evidence that eating more often, rather than consuming large meals, contributes to a fatty liver independent of body weight gain. These findings suggest that by cutting down on snacking and encouraging three balanced meals each day over the long term may reduce the prevalence of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.
In the U.S. the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that 36% of adult Americans and 17% of children in the country are obese. Studies link obesity to the accumulation of abdominal fat and fat in the liver, making non-alcoholic fatty liver disease one of the most prevalent diseases of the liver.
“American children consume up to 27% of calories from high-fat and high-sugar snacks,” said lead author Dr. Mireille Serlie with the Academic Medical Centre Amsterdam in The Netherlands.
Results showed that high calorie diets increased BMI. Eating more frequent meals significantly increased triglycerides in the liver, while larger sized meals did not.
So eat more balanced meals and snack less. Easy to say and hard to do.
I came across William J. Bernstein, an investment adviser and author on financial subjects in a New York Times article a few months ago. And it occurred to me that we have a similar platform. I talk about Educated Aging, that we need to plan for our aging sooner in life – physically, financially, emotionally.
In a previous post, I shared information about how Millenials are already behind the eight ball when it comes to saving.
Bernstein has authored “If You Can,” a concise, no-nonsense instruction manual on saving and investing for retirement. He occasionally makes it available free as an e-book, no strings attached, on his website.
On his site, he states: “For years I’ve thought about an eleemosynary project to help today’s young people invest for retirement because, frankly, there’s still hope for them, unlike for most of their Boomer parents. All they’ll have to do is to put away 15% of their salaries into a low-cost target fund or a simple three-fund index allocation for 30 to 40 years. Which is pretty much the same as saying that if someone exercises and eats a lot less, he’ll lose 30 pounds. Simple, but not easy.
Not easy because unless the millennials learn a small amount about finance, they’ll fall victim to the Five Horsemen of Personal Finance Apocalypse: failure to save, ignorance of financial theory, unawareness of financial history, dysfunctional psychology, and the rapacity of the investment industry.
Since this is a booklet, suitable for reading on a Kindle, computer monitor, or mobile device, and will take only an hour or two to read, it’s not a complete solution. It’s a roadmap, a pointer in the right direction. The booklet is available for free in acrobat, mobi, and Kindle formats. You can also download it from the Amazon Kindle Store. I’d like to give it away for free in that location too, but Amazon requires that I charge $0.99. If I say “Mother may I,” though, I’m allowed to make the Kindle Store download free for 24 hours every now and then: the next days, tentatively, will be May 4th and 5th, 2014, and I’ll try to make additional free days coincide with media attention.”
I would pick up a copy soon.
Our Friday Song of the Week – All Right Now – Free
Many in the aging services professions are aware of the power of music in healing and particularly with dementia and Alzheimer’s patients. Many Alzheimer’s patients can remember and sing songs even in advanced stages, long after they’ve stopped recognizing names and faces. Dementia care homes often use music as recreation, since it brings patients pleasure. There’s growing evidence that listening to music can also help stimulate seemingly lost memories and even help maintain some cognitive functioning.
In an Alzheimer’s Association newsletter, John Carpenter, founder of the world-renowned Rebecca Center for Music Therapy in New York, shared that music helps stimulate communication and memory skills. Listening to live music and being involved in live music-making experiences empowers people to emerge from the isolation imposed by Alzheimer’s disease and dementia or simply from loneliness.
Yet there are settings where it is hard to bring live music into such as to home health or hospice at home clients. At least that was until now.
I am extremely proud to offer live streaming concerts over the Internet that can be viewed on smart TVs, computers, and mobile devices.
During the concert there is a chat room where you can converse with Anthony. Perhaps your loved one or client wants to ask him a question or make a request. Likewise you might share something with Anthony about your loved one or client that he can then reference. The customization and two-way interaction make this a great platform to spread joy.
Way to Involve the Community and Foster Intergenerational Bonds
A staff member does not necessarily need to be the person viewing the concert with a client. Work with local schools and have students adopt home-bound elders. They can visit for an hour, watch the concert, and then talk about it. And tech-smart students will have no issues managing the platform or the technology issues.
Key Marketing Strategy
One of the best ways to spread positive word of mouth and generate referrals is to give something away. These concerts are an ideal venue for just that. You will be providing clients and their families an invaluable, thoughtful and customized experience that they will tell others about. And what a great gift for a parent or grandparent, one in which you can participate in directly.
Just ask Tom Simms, RN, CHPN, Hospice and Eldercare Consultant, “Who doesn’t like to get something for nothing? Giving away goods or services to promote a brand and to boost sales of related products or features is a proven strategy which has been wildly successful in attracting new customers and encouraging customer loyalty for those who employ this marketing method. The ‘Concert At Home’ concept brings much needed service to a very special customer base.”
Want to speak with Anthony about this directly. Contact him.
Our Friday Song of the Week – Summer of 69