5 Tips for Managing Your Child's Chronic Disease

Posted by The Engaged Patient

Jul 19, 2017 5:13:57 PM

As a parent or caregiver of a child, you may have questions or need support. Here are 5 of the best tips for managing your child’s chronic disease or illness.

Navigating our disjointed healthcare system is hard enough. But when you are caring for a child who has a chronic disease or condition, it can get overwhelming really fast. The following tips can help.

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Topics: chronic conditions, health conditions, family health, healthy living, health tips

Tips for Staying Hydrated

Posted by The CareSync Team

Jul 5, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Water is essential for maintaining the function of every system in our bodies. But when we get caught up in our daily activities, it can be easy to forget to drink water or make sure we’re getting enough of it.

Did you know water makes up about 60% of your body weight? When you consider that fact, you would think we wouldn’t have to worry about a shortage of it. But staying properly hydrated can be difficult. This can lead to dehydration and other health issues.

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Topics: health conditions, healthy living, health tips

Keep Your Cool: Tips to Prevent Heat Stroke

Posted by The CareSync Team

Jun 28, 2017 8:30:00 AM

Roll out the beach mats, summer is here! Whether you’re hitting the golf course, grilling in the backyard, taking a bike ride, or building a sandcastle with the grandkids, you’re going to be feeling the heat for the next few months, and we want you to do it safely! Longer, hotter days are the perfect storm for heat stroke, but luckily you can predict and prevent it.

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Topics: health conditions, healthy living, health tips

Ready to Show Some Skin? Get the Facts About Melanoma First

Posted by The CareSync Team

Jun 1, 2017 8:30:00 AM

The first day of summer is right around the corner. For many of us, that means outdoor BBQs, summer vacations, family picnics, and trips to the beach to look forward to. But before you fire up that grill or buy that new bathing suit, don’t forget to plan for protecting your skin. More time spent outdoors means more exposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays, so take a moment now to educate yourself about skin cancer and be ready for the changing seasons.

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Topics: health conditions, healthy living, health tips, cancer prevention

Caregiver Duties: Tips for Helping Loved Ones

Posted by The CareSync Team

May 22, 2017 10:30:00 AM

When a family member or friend is diagnosed with a chronic or terminal illness, there are a lot of questions that run through your head. This biggest one is probably, “What can I do to help?” Being a caregiver for an ill loved one doesn’t have to be as hard as you think. Yes, there will be challenges that you will face, but with the right tips and tricks, you can face these challenges head on and become the best caregiver you can be for your loved one.

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Topics: health conditions, family health, care coordination, caregivers, health tips, healthcare planning, caregiving

The Big Role Reversal: Managing an Aging Parent's Health

Posted by The CareSync Team

Apr 21, 2017 1:39:07 PM

It can be challenging helping an aging parent manage their health, even when they are open to receiving your assistance. But what about the additional challenges you face when they resist your help?

Whether that resistance is due to pride, denial, or the desire to not be a burden, here are a few things to remember and some tips that may encourage mom or dad to accept the help they need.

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Topics: share your health stories, health conditions, family health, care coordination, caregivers, health tips, healthcare planning, caregiving

Colorectal Cancer: Get the Facts, Know the Signs

Posted by Jason Wilson, RN, MBA

Mar 21, 2017 8:13:37 AM

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month so it's a great time to learn more about this deadly, but often preventable and treatable type of cancer. According to the Colon Cancer Alliance, colon cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer and the second leading cause of cancer death in men and women combined in the United States.

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Topics: health conditions, healthy living, health tips, observances & holidays, healthcare research, cancer prevention

10 Ways to Add More Fruits and Vegetables to Your Diet

Posted by The CareSync Team

Mar 14, 2017 1:13:07 PM

If your dinner plate is full of bland, beige, and all-around blah food, chances are you're not getting the nutrition you need. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics recommends filling half that plate with fruits and vegetables. Do the same for every meal and you won’t just be adding color, flavor, and texture; you’ll also be getting a healthy dose of vitamins, minerals, and fiber.

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Topics: healthy living, health tips, healthy eating, recipes

The Heart of the Matter

Posted by CareSync Nursing Team

Feb 27, 2017 10:41:10 AM

Your heart is the center of your cardiovascular system, and is responsible for just about everything that gives your body life, ranging from the transportation of oxygen throughout your body to the success of your immune system. The foods you eat and the amount of activity you choose to take part in can dramatically affect the overall health of your heart and many other tissues that make up your cardiovascular system.

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Topics: healthy living, care coordination, health tips, heart health, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, heart disease prevention

Include "Me Time" as One of Your Caregiver Duties

Posted by CareSync Nursing Team

Feb 23, 2017 9:21:00 AM

There's no way to sugarcoat it. Being a caregiver is exhausting. That's why it's so important for you to remember to include some down time as part of your required caregiver duties. This is especially true if you're already experiencing symptoms of caregiver burnout, such as anxiety, exhaustion, difficulty sleeping, trouble concentrating, or feeling resentful toward the person you’re helping.

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Topics: patient advocacy, family health, healthy living, care coordination, caregivers, health tips

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