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5 Organization Tips for the Holidays

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Well, Thanksgiving is over already and I think we can all agree that the holidays have a way of creeping up on us pretty much every year! That being the case, the last thing we need is more “stress” added to our already miles long to-do and shopping lists. So today we’re here to offer some tips to make your home a holiday haven, not just for your guests, but for YOU to enjoy throughout the season. Let’s get started!

1. Categorize

The tendency can be to sort through items by room, but it may be easier and less overwhelming to tidy things up by category first. For example, try tackling clothes, then accessories, then books, etc. If you’re looking to get rid of some items, let other family members in the house know that you’ll be making a clothes (or whatever the item may be) drop off to the local thrift store on a certain day of the week so that they know to have that category sorted through by then. Sometimes it’s easier to check categories off the list and let that serve as the motivator to start in on the next round!

 

2. Be selective 

As you’re sorting through items, ask yourself, “How long has it been since I’ve used or worn this? If at all?” If it’s just been sitting in a corner or on a shelf, a good rule of thumb is if you haven’t even looked at it in over a year, you probably won’t miss it when it’s gone. This can be a hard rule to follow, but the reality is that with the New Year will likely come new gadgets, clothes, and household items that will replace what you’re giving away.

 

3. Recycle

If you have materials lying around waiting to be repurposed…repurpose them! These things also have a tendency to be left undone and if you simply don’t have the time, consider donating (I’m seeing a pattern here!) them to a charity or organization that could utilize the materials for community programs and/or projects. The holidays are always a great time to give back!

 

4. Balance Organization with Simplicity

These are two different things–you can have a lot of stuff and have it be organized well. Or you can have less stuff and still have it organized well. What you do depends on your goal.  If you’d like to simplify your life and keep out the clutter, the solution may not be to go out and buy a ton of great home organization units, boxes, crates, etc. As great as these might look, they could also encourage you to go out and buy more things because now you have a place to put them! Instead work with what you already have in the way of organization tools. Something as simple as a magazine holder can serve multiple purposes–from its intended purpose to holding under-the-sink kitchen supplies. Get creative!

 

5. Guilt Gifts

Last but not least and one that’s perfect for this time of year–guilt gifts. There’s no reason to keep gifts that you don’t use, but guilt can easily get in the way.  What if the person who gave you the item never once sees you wear it? Or notices it around the house?  The truth is that if the watch that your distant cousin gave you wasn’t your style, then it’s most likely been tucked in the back of that top dresser drawer for far longer than need be. Not crazy about that sweater from Great-Aunt Marge that still has the tags on it? It’s probably time to give it away. We can often wrestle with giving away items that were given to us by loving, well-meaning family members or friends, but at the end of the day, if we never use or wear them, what purpose do they serve? Sentimentality has its place, but more often than not they won’t notice, you won’t regret giving the item away, and you’ll be one step closer to an organized home.

As we step further into the season, we hope that these simple tips will help make the holidays clutter-free while creating more room for festivities and gathering with friends and family. Happy Holidays from all of us at Suburban Woman!

Home Sweet Home Raises nearly $6,000 for Family Shelter Service

fam shelterFamilies and friends celebrated the holiday season while supporting the work of Family Shelter Service on Saturday, December 6 at the annual Home Sweet Home gingerbread decorating event and breakfast with Santa. The room was abuzz with laughter and delight while children decorated gingerbread homes, made crafts and enjoyed the amazing balloon creations by Dawn Marie. In addition, guests were entertained by performances from the PriMerry Players, Santa and Mrs. Claus, as well as the gingerbread man. Musical entertainment was provided by the Westmont High School Madrigal Choir, who put on an a cappella performance of Christmas carols. Founded in 1976, Family Shelter Service has provided thousands of families with shelter, counseling and court advocacy in order to help them find safer futures.

Health Series: Does Duct Tape Treatment Work for Wart Removal?

The use of duct tape to treat warts is a highly popular method promoted by many resources as a natural wart remover. It is thought to be particularly effective for the removal of plantar warts.

The theory behind plantar wart removal with duct tape is based on the tape creating a warm, moist environment around the wart itself. This softens and dries the skin, causing the wart to shrink and ultimately drop off naturally.

Instructions:

  • Apply grey duct tape over the wart for six days
  • Remove the tape from the wart
  • Soak the wart in warm water
  • De-bride the wart gently with an emery board
  • Reapply duct tape, repeating the process for one to two months

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This information is provided by Anette Mnabhi, D.O. of Synergy Health Care. Fore more information, visit their website or call (630) 801-8773. Synergy Health Care is located at 115 N. Main St. in Montgomery. You can also email info@synergyhealthcare.org. 

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The Booming Field of Creature Comfort

Your best friends keep getting better. More dogs and other animals are going to work as animal-assisted and pet therapists. Even a therapeutic, interactive robot created by the Japanese is helping reduce stress for healthcare patients – Paro, who looks like a fluffy white seal, responds to voice, touch, light and temperature. The good news is these animal helpers – real and robotic – are creating more jobs while transforming the well-being of people who need it most: those with at-home care or who are in assisted living or care facilities, hospitals, schools, correctional facilities and mental institutions.

Companion creatures give therapy simply by being with you. Dogs, cats and rabbits sit with you, cuddle, play, walk and rest by your side. Cats calmingly purr. Horses carry you. Fish dazzle and calm by gliding through water. Animals allow you to groom, feed, watch and care for them, and the result is longer, healthier, happier lives for you and them – plus a field of research and vocation that’s booming.

The U.S. Department of Labor expects therapy jobs and positions, including pet and animal-assisted therapy, to grow more than 27 percent in the next decade. More than 90 percent of Americans in both pet-owning and non-pet-owning households told the American Humane Society in a 2012 survey that they believe an animal companion improves lives, especially the lives of people living alone, those who need at-home care, senior citizens, people who are handicapped, and young children.

“The positive effects of pet and animal-assisted therapy are undeniable,” said Jeanette Palmer, President of Right at Home in Algonquin. “As adult home care providers, we’ve seen pets ease loneliness and give a purpose for getting out of bed. Now science and medicine prove that time with a pet, something that doesn’t have to cost a lot and can help you right at home, can be one of the best ways to boost your physical, mental and emotional health.”

Increasing evidence shows pet and animal-assisted therapy helps:

  • Reduce depression, irritability and agitation, while increasing social engagement for people with Alzheimer’s and dementia. Mara M. Baun, DNSc, who is with the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston, has documented for more than a decade how animal visits also foster greater physical activity (when people groom, play with and walk the pets), improved eating, more attempts to communicate, and greater pleasure and happiness (more laughter and smiles during time with the animals).
  • Ease anxiety, according to a two-year study that Alberta Health began in 2003, which shows a reduction of symptoms and panic attacks in 80 percent of people given dog companions.
  • Decrease sleeplessness and suicidal thoughts from post-traumatic stress disorder, otherwise only treated with medication, especially for war veterans and trauma survivors. In one 2011 study by the U.S. Army with the Psychiatric Service Dog Society, 82 percent of people given service dogs reported reduced symptoms within one month.
  • Manage pain, particularly with cancer, as cited by The Gale Group, Inc. in a 2010 report on cancer visitation therapy, regarding the effects of dogs spending time with children with cancer.
  • Lower hypertension and reduce heart attacks, as noted in a 2005 study at UCLA Medical Center where cardiac patients exhibited lower adrenalin levels associated with stress.
  • Foster healing after surgery and invasive medical procedures, even dental appointments, as proven by the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., that in 2002 introduced Dr. Jack, a miniature pinscher as its first facility-based service dog.
  • Create more happiness and comfort by increasing levels of the hormone oxytocin. In a study by the University of Missouri-Columbia’s Center for the Study of Animal Wellness, simply petting a dog, cat or rabbit for 15-30 minutes increased the feel-good hormone oxytocin and its several partnering stress-beating hormones.

“As more people see the overall health benefits of pet and animal-assisted therapy, the practice will continue to grow throughout the U.S.,” said Jeanette Palmer. “It’s inspiring to see the elderly light up when they interact with a pet. Their everyday lives are enriched because of the companionship pets provide.”

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Celebrate Older Americans Month!

“Unleash the Power of Age!” is the theme for the 2013 Older Americans Month. Celebrated every May since 1963 by communities and organizations across the country, Older Americans Month recognizes and applauds the vibrant lives, legacies and ongoing contributions of older Americans.

When President John F. Kennedy first designated May 1963 as Senior Citizens Month, only about 17 million Americans were age 65 or older. Today, the number of U.S. seniors is approximately 41.4 million, or 13.3 percent of the total population. One of every eight Americans is a senior citizen, and the U.S. Census Bureau estimates that by 2060, the number of older adults is expected to reach 92 million, or one of every five Americans. As the country’s senior population continues to rise, so does the need for honoring these individuals for their continued strength, wisdom and experience that they share with their communities and beyond.

Many political and religious leaders are seniors, and seniors continue to lead successful companies due to their seasoned experience that brings a fresh perspective to contemporary issues. Millions of other older adults have retired to volunteer as youth mentors, literacy coaches, animal therapy guides, foster grandparents, hospital ambassadors and as countless other positive role models. While many older adults choose to serve by building houses, immunizing children or overseeing service groups, other seniors are limited by health and other concerns but still make an invaluable impact through their histories, their stories and their optimism.

“We appreciate how Older Americans Month puts the spotlight on all elder adults who help inspire and challenge every one of us to lead lives of lasting purpose and giving back to others,” said Jeanette Palmer, President of Right at Home in Algonquin.   “Because Right at Home serves many of our nation’s older unsung heroes, we encourage all Americans to especially note May as a time to extend special appreciation for our older family, friends and neighbors.” Right at Home is a leading provider of in-home companion and personal care to senior citizens and other adults.

This year’s “Unleash the Power of Age!” theme boldly honors the courageous and confident lives of millions across the country who are making significant contributions and achieving remarkable aspirations later in life. The Administration on Aging (AOA), an agency of the U.S. Administration for Community Living, sponsors the annual Older Americans Month, which received its current name via proclamation by President Jimmy Carter in 1980. The AOA emphasizes three main ways to participate in this year’s “Unleash the Power of Age!” campaign: (1) Nominate an older American who is a leader using his/her talents and expertise to make a worthwhile impact locally or in a broader scope; (2) host an event to highlight notable local seniors; (3) use social media to promote Older Americans Month via posts to Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. Specific suggestions for involvement include the following:

  • Arrange a service activity for older citizens to join together, such as collecting food for the homeless or reading to children.
  • Set up a continuing education/speaker series, inviting seniors as experts, professors or authors in their fields to give presentations.
  • Plant a community garden where people of all ages can get outdoors together and grow healthy, fresh ingredients for their meals.
  • Invite older adults and others to a community-wide potluck meal. Participants can provide recipes to compile in a community cookbook.
  • Coordinate an exercise/sports day for the community in which older citizens can join with those younger to participate in exercise and sports that promote staying in shape at any age.
  • Arrange a dance, drama or music performance for older adults and their fellow community members to share their artistic talents.
  • Paint a community mural as an artistic expression of all ages coming together to beautify their surroundings.

To find additional ongoing opportunities to celebrate and support older Americans, contact your local Area Agency on Aging, or visit the AOA website at www.aoa.gov or call 1-800-677-1116. The Older Americans Month website at www.olderamericansmonth.acl.gov gives further practical ideas for unleashing the power and contributions of America’s more than 41 million older adults.

About Right at Home
Founded in 1995, Right at Home, Inc. is an international franchise organization based in Omaha, Neb. Independently owned and operated franchise units offer in-home care and assistance to seniors and disabled adults who want to continue to live independently. Right at Home offices directly employ all caregiving staff. Each caregiver is thoroughly screened, trained, bonded and insured prior to entering a client’s home. All ongoing care is monitored and supervised by the more than 300 local franchise offices located across 42 states nationwide and throughout the world. For more information on Right at Home, visit About Right at Home or read the Right at Home caregiving blog. Sign up for Right at Home’s free adult caregiving e-newsletter, Caring Right at Home.

About the Northwest Suburban offices of Right at Home
The Northwest Suburban location of Right at Home is a locally operated; women owned franchise office of Right at Home, Inc.  We have been servicing the Northwest Suburbs for the past 10 years. Our area includes but is not limited to: Barrington, Arlington Heights, Schaumburg, Palatine, McHenry, Rosemont and Park Ridge. For more information, contact the Northwest Suburban offices Right at Home at rightathomealgonquin.com or phone us at 847-458-8656.

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Right at Home Supports Parkinson’s Awareness Month

As part of April’s annual Parkinson’s Awareness Month, Americans are invited to participate in fun and educational events across the country to help fight Parkinson’s, a progressive neurological disease often associated with tremors, slow or uncontrolled movement, and impaired balance. Approximately 1 million Americans have Parkinson’s, and 50,000 to 60,000 new Parkinson’s cases are diagnosed each year in the United States.

April 11 is designated World’s Parkinson’s Day when people across the globe are encouraged to better understand the disease and be advocates for Parkinson’s patients and their families. In America, Moving Day® events help celebrate movement’s pivotal role in treating Parkinson’s and symbolizing hope and progress in fighting the disorder. Moving Day is sponsored by the National Parkinson Foundation (NPF), one of the leaders in Parkinson’s cutting-edge research, advancement of clinical care, education and outreach. Moving Day unites families, friends and communities in spotlighting Parkinson’s on a national level and raising funds to support care and research initiatives to beat the neurodegenerative brain disorder.

In hosting Moving Day, NPF partners with select corporations including Right at Home, Inc., a leading international provider of in-home companion and personal care to senior citizens and others. Right at Home is a Hope Sponsor of Moving Day. Each Moving Day event features shorter, family friendly walk routes, food and music, plus a Movement Pavilion with activity stations such as yoga, Tai Chi, dance and Pilates, which are proven to help manage Parkinson’s symptoms.

“It’s an honor to partner with the National Parkinson Foundation to support Moving Day and the thousands of participants who will walk, run, stretch, dance and have fun to benefit the cause of progressive treatment and care for people with Parkinson’s,” said Jeanette Palmer, President of Right at Home in Algonquin. A champion of helping NPF fighting Parkinson’s disease, Right at Home works to improve the quality of life for people with Parkinson’s and provides an extra hand to loved ones caring for anyone dealing with limitations of the troublesome disease.

In spreading the word about Parkinson’s and finding a cure, people are challenged to join the cause in a variety of ways. Participation any time of year includes spending time with someone who has Parkinson’s; volunteering for a local chapter event; participating in a local fundraiser; joining a local support group or starting your own; and starting a daily exercise routine. Research shows that in addition to advanced medications, movement and exercise help slow the disease’s progression and are central to maintaining balance and mobility in people with Parkinson’s.

Early diagnosis of Parkinson’s gives individuals the best possibility for healthier living. Initial warning signs of Parkinson’s disease include:

  • Tremor or shaking
  • Small handwriting
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Trouble moving or walking
  • Constipation
  • A soft or low voice
  • Masked or serious-look face
  • Dizziness or fainting
  • Stooping or hunching over

Anyone experiencing any of these symptoms associated with Parkinson’s disease is encouraged to see a doctor to help diagnose the illness and rule out other possible symptom causes. The muscle-movement disease is not fatal itself, but the Centers for Disease Control lists Parkinson’s complications as the 14th leading cause of death in America. Currently, there is no cure for this neurodegenerative brain disease, and cases are expected to rise significantly worldwide in the next 20 years as the aging population increases.

Research specialists worldwide continue to study and improve diagnosis and treatment options with the aim to someday cure the nervous system disorder. For information about Parkinson’s disease, Parkinson’s Awareness Month and Moving Day events, visit www.parkinson.org or call 1-800-4PD-INFO (473-4636).

About Right at Home
Founded in 1995, Right at Home, Inc. is an international franchise organization based in Omaha, Neb. Independently owned and operated franchise units offer in-home care and assistance to seniors and disabled adults who want to continue to live independently. Right at Home offices directly employ all caregiving staff. Each caregiver is thoroughly screened, trained, bonded and insured prior to entering a client’s home. All ongoing care is monitored and supervised by the more than 250 local franchise offices located across 41 states nationwide and throughout the world. For more information on Right at Home, visit About Right at Home or read the Right at Home caregiving blog. Sign up for Right at Home’s free adult caregiving e-newsletter, Caring Right at Home.

About the Northwest Suburban offices of Right at Home
The Northwest Suburban location of Right at Home is a locally operated; women owned franchise office of Right at Home, Inc. We have been servicing the Northwest Suburbs for the past 10 years. Our area includes but is not limited to: Barrington, Arlington Heights, Schaumburg, Palatine, McHenry, Rosemont and Park Ridge. For more information, contact the Northwest Suburban offices Right at Home at rightathomealgonquin.com or phone us at 847-458-8656.

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Tick Tock. Why you should Replace your Siding ASAP.

by Professional Home Improvement

What happens when siding fails and isn’t replaced in a timely manner? The cost clock starts ticking. The longer you wait, the more expensive the replacement becomes.

Not only does failed siding open your home to all manner of weather (rain, snow, ice = water everywhere), and insect damage, it delivers a blow to your home’s market value should you decide to sell or use as collateral in a re-financing package. Further, your relationship with your neighbors, who will also be affected by a lower market values, can become strained.

Homeowner sometimes elect to turn damaged or missing siding into do-it-yourself weekend projects. This is a cost savings IF the homeowner has the knowledge, tools and materials, but more often than not, the savings evaporates when any of those three elements is lacking. Matching existing siding is an art unto itself for which the weekend carpenter is ill equipped.

We have the experience, know-how, tools and siding and resources to fix and match existing siding. A call will bring one of our factory trained professionals to your home for a consultation. Save your valuable weekends for time with the family or serious man-cave down-time!

Professional Home Improvements’ dedicated professionals educate and inform our clients as to the benefits and advantages of all materials and methods of installation so that they, the customer, can make the informed decision that is right for them. Mal Graifman customs tailors every project for you the homeowner

Professional Home Improvements’ factory trained craftsmen pay attention to every construction detail, so you don’t have to. Our job site supervisors inspect every stage of construction before moving on to the next phase. This assures us of unsurpassed quality control. And, a finished product you can be proud of.

Professional Home Improvements, Inc. is a proud member of:

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