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Caretaker Help In Aging Populations

By being able to take care early on of diabetes and the management of high blood pressure people are living much longer and, therefore, we must find new ways to help with their care.

If you have ever been confronted with taking care of the aging you know what a burden and expense it can propose.

This is where carebots enter to lend a helping hand both in individual homes and in nursing homes where many are living.

It’s amazing what the carebots can do such as changing light bulbs, reading emotions, and estimating a person’s age as well as their gender. It can help in the patient’s entertainment as well as helping to collect medical information and explaining it to the patient.

Some robots are able to have conversations with the elderly and keep them company as well as well as providing physical therapy and being an in the home concierge.

The advances in medicine and the wider access to medicines and health care are proving very effective in treating and even doing away with some of the biggest health care threats of the elderly.

Getting to Know Salt

Is your doctor always advising you to cut down on your salt intake? I imagine doctors have been advising their patients about salt for decades.

Through the generations salt has been very important to civilization. It has been around as a favorite and versatile item since it is thought to have a history of origination in, Solnitsata, (meaning salt works), Bulgaria which was built around a salt mine that has provided salt for the Balkans since 5400 BC.

The name Salz comes from the German word Salz meaning salt. Hallstatt, Austria was the world’s original location of a salt mine which was located in central Austria and began mining around 800 BC. The towns people had earlier done open pan salt making using pickaxes and shovels.

It is claimed that the Romans were sometimes paid in salt but that hasn’t been proven and stems from the practice of the ancient Romans salting their leafy vegetables. The word salad literally means “salted”.

Many ventures have been launched from monies made from salt even the voyage of Christopher Columbus in 1492 which led to the discovery of America.

Through the centuries many wars have been fought over this precious commodity, salt, and even was incenuated into the American Revolution.

Long Beach Island, NJ for Family Fun

Long Beach Island, NJ which is locally known as LBI or referred to as the Island is a barrier island along the Atlantic coast of Ocean County in New Jersey USA. The primary industries include tourism, fishing, and real estate. Access to the island is by a double lane causeway and there is a water taxi from the mainland at the Tuckerton Seaport.

Year-round there are about 20,000 people that live on the island which balloons to around 100,000 as the tourist arrive during the summer months. There are six separate municipalities of close knit neighborhoods which are largely affluent and are filled with vacation homes of the wealthy that live elsewhere mainly New Jersey, Pennsylvania , Connecticut and New York.

The island has been settled since 1690 and at first it was primarily a place for hunters.

There were the shark attacks of 1916 which included the death in Beach Haven of University of Pennsylvania student, Charles Vansant, which helped inspire the book, Jaws.

The island has experienced several storms over the years one which split the island in half at Harvey Cedars, the island’s most narrow point. However, the most notable of the storms was the Ash Wednesday storm of 1962 which split the island into several pieces and nearly completely destroyed it and caused the USS Monssen to come ashore in Beach Haven Inlet.

LBI is such a wonderful place to come for a true island experience in the summer.

Since the 911 disaster many have come from NYC spending longer periods of time and some have even set in motion buying the summer house that will become the main residence in the coming years.

Food Waste in Our Hungry World

We hear about hunger in the world as an on going problem. None of us want anyone to go to bed at night hungry.

In one of the larger US states there are about a billion pounds of produce that go to waste annually. And this number is after processors, animal feedlots and food banks have taken what they can use.

Food is an expensive commodity in the average household budget and as long as it is good, fresh produce it can be used and enjoyed by the masses.

Most of this overage in produce that cannot be sold commercially is due to it being ill-shaped, ugly or disfigured in some way.

California food banks, alone, take in about 160,000,000 pounds of produce in donations annually. It turns out that more food is being wasted and winding up in landfills than can be used.

I am very interested in checking out companies that sell what they term “ugly” produce which they will ship to their customers at a reduced cost. it seems that they collect the “ugly” produce from local farms, box it up and ship it to various locations around the country.

We enjoy juicing fruits and vegetables and this would be perfect for that.

Do Animals Experience Shame and Guilt?

Do animals experience shame and guilt?

There are many opinions to this question but I haven’t seen any ironclad science findings on this at this writing. It really seems to be a mixed bag thus far.

My neighbor’s dog is a huge dog which looks like a lion and lab mix. He’s a golden color and appears to be larger than the labs I have known.

This dog stays outside the main house in the summers and has a bountiful coat of hair until the heat gets too much at which time I notice him and he has experienced a makeover of “shaved” body and no hair around the face that made him look like a lion.

For about two weeks after his “makeover” he seldom comes out of his dog house, otherwise, he was out most of the time.

My family and I have discussed the idea that he is embarrassed and needs to get used to his new look.

It seems as though animals have a certain status that they must maintain in their own species as well as in the community of humans where they associate most.?

What are your experiences and thoughts on this subject?

What is Hiding Now in Plain Site in Your Garage?

What is in your garage?

Have you ever just wanted to clean out your garage down to the bare floor?

In the case of the “wise” couple who had disagreed for some 20+ years on whether to keep storing the skylight blue Ford Mustang convertible, the auto that had just stopped running after their family had driven it for 15 years.

The couple decided to keep the car stored so that the husband could restore it when he retired.

The car had been purchased back in 1964 for $3447.50 when one of the owners was 22 years old. Now the skylight blue Ford Mustang, that had been driven by the family of six for 15 years, is valued between $350,000 and $450,000.

Imagine the original of the first Ford Mustang automobile and the present owner being one and the same.

One of the owners of the car acknowledges the thrill of the discovery of the value of the car and the sheer experience of the surprising and mysterious
experience.

What exciting times!

It may be time to check out what’s in the ‘ole garage!

Bees Go to Camp Too!

The latest report from camp is that our boys that left their home cocoon headed for camp in the mountains last week have sent a letter home that one of them has been stung by a bee.

Wow, what is the best way to treat a bee sting in children?

First of all find out if the child is allergic to bee stings. If so, get the child to a doctor. If not, there are home remedies that can be employed to treat the bee sting.

Act fast when dealing with bee stings in children. Bees leave their stinger behind along with a little of the bee itself which makes it imperative to pull the stinger out as soon as possible so the bee has as little time to do damage via the venom as soon as possible.

Wash the wound with soap and water and add an ice pack and wet cloth to the area for a little while. Many times this treatment is enough. If not, and the child is still fretful, a dose of acetaminophen or ibuprofen should make the child more comfortable. Children under six months old should not be given ibuprofen.

If your child’s skin is itchy check with your doctor or pharmacist for recommendations for over the counter medicines such as calamine lotion or
over-the-counter antihistamine and/or a corticosteroid cream can be used to help relieve the itching. You certainly don’t want the child to scratch the sting.

If the child is stung on the inside of the mouth rush it to the doctor. Also, if the child is wheezing or having trouble breathing, swollen lips, tongue, or face, wheezing or trouble breathing, swollen lips, tongue or face
Swollen lips, tongue, or face, hives, weak or rapid pulse, dizziness or fainting, loss of consciousness, nausea or vomiting.

Fortunately, treatment for anaphylaxis is quick and easy: A shot of epinephrine will relieve the symptoms very quickly.

If a large rash or lots of swelling around the bee sting or if the discomfort last longer than three days take the child to a doctor.

What is Hiding in Plain Site in Your Garage?

What is in your garage?

Have you ever just wanted to clean out your garage down to the bare floor?

In the case of the “wise” couple who had disagreed for some 20+ years on whether to keep storing the skylight blue Ford Mustang convertible, the auto that had just stopped running after their family had driven it for 15 years.

The couple decided to keep the car stored so that the husband could restore it when he retired.

The car had been purchased back in 1964 for $3447.50 when one of the owners was 22 years old. Now the skylight blue Ford Mustang, that had been driven by the family of six for 15 years, is valued between $350,000 and $450,000.

Imagine the original of the first Ford Mustang automobile and the present owner being one and the same.

One of the owners of the car acknowledges the thrill of the discovery of the value of the car and the sheer experience of the surprising and mysterious
experience.

What exciting times!

It may be time to check out what’s in the ‘ole garage!

Animals Travel to Get Back Home

When I was a little girl my grandfather gave me a wonderful collie dog and I named him Jigs
as in the comic strip.

He was such a wonderful pet but he really had become a handful as we lived in the city and there was just not enough space for him to roam.

Enter my uncle that had a farm and soon Jigs was on his way to his new home, the farm. Uncle Dale
reported that Jigs had left the farm several times headed south where we just happen to live but he picked him up and drove him back to the farm.

Our family would go to the farm later for a visits and Jigs was just so thrilled to see us and, of course, we were thrilled to see him.

This morning I was just reading about a cat that had been dropped off at a rescue center. Somehow she escaped and was so thin and sickly looking, and yet, she walked twelve miles back to her original family’s home and when she got there they did not welcome her. They didn’t want her even though she had walked all those miles because she loved them that much.

The family returned her to a rescue center to be put to sleep. Thank goodness for the kind, caring people at the rescue center she was rehabilitated and is now healthy, active and still lives at the rescue center in the midst of those that love her.

Smart Birds Show Us a Better Way

I am always amazed at how nature provides if only we humans understand how to use it for the benefit of all.

I recently read about how crows have been trained to pick up litter at a historical French theme park, according to an announcement by their president. It seems that six especially trained crows will be used for this task.

Nicolas de Villiers of the Puy du Fou park in the western Vendee region of France explained that even though the guests to the park try to keep it tidy, nature can lead the way in teaching us how to tend the environment.

He also mentioned that the crow family of birds which includes rooks, the carrion crow, raven and jackdaw are considered to be very intelligent in certain circumstances. They seem to like to communicate with humans in a playful way.

Crows are known to be great problem-solvers with wonderful communication skills. When a crow comes upon a mean human, it will show leadership and teach other crows of his flock how to recognize that person. Research shows that crows also have a terrific memory and don’t forget a face.

The birds will be taught to clean up the litter in the park by working to receive a small tasty nugget of bird food stored in a particular box each time the bird deposits litter.

I wouldn’t mind having a few crows around my yard to keep it tidy. How about you?

Ref: Live Science