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Activities of Daily Living
November 21st

Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) is a real term used in healthcare that refers to daily basic self-care activities in an individual's residence, outdoor environment or both. The ability or inability that an individual performs their ADLs is a measure of the functional status of the individual, particularly the injured, those with disabilities and the elderly. Very young children require assistance from adults to perform ADLs since they have not yet developed the skills necessary to perform ADLs on their own.

Basic ADLs (bADLs) are the things we normally do such as bathing, dressing, feeding ourselves, functional mobility, personal hygiene and grooming. Instrumental ADLs (iADLs) are things such as housework, money management, preparing meals, shopping and work.

Sometimes it is necessary to review the rules of kindergarten to remember how to be nice to others and use Good manners. And sometimes we just need to go back to the basics of the 'Activities of Daily Living' in order to take better care of ourselves and start living Life rightly.

Below you will see 7 simple activities to accomplish at some point during the day all under the motivation of the the daily mentation question below. You have 24 hours to get through this question along with the 7 activities. READY? SET? GO!

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Activities of Daily Living - Mentation Question

How well or how much do I think before I speak?

Activities of Daily Living - Hygiene and Grooming

Your body sheds and regrows the outer skin cells every 27 days. In total, on average, you will have grown about 1,000 outer shells (skins) in your entire lifetime. All the more reason to exfoliate and scrub your skin to keep it smooth and healthy. Exfoliating puffs are perfect for this job, which you can purchase at the dollar store. An exfoliating scrub 'should not' cost you an arm and a leg.

Activities of Daily Living - Physical Activity

Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese art that promotes mental and physical wellbeing. The movements are slow and controlled. You won't improve your cardiovascular fitness or get a calorie-burning workout, but it will improve your strength, flexibility and balance. Tai Chi with Dr. Paul Lam has great video's for beginners and those who are wheelbound. I Love it and I think you will too. I use Tai Chi as a moving meditation.

Activities of Daily Living - Housework and Cleaning

One junk drawer should be sufficient in any home. You can pull your junk drawer out and sit on the couch with a wastebasket near you as you clean it out listening to the evening news. While it may seem a tedious task, it is even more tedious to use your time digging through a junk drawer for something that is not even in there. Organize the junk drawer or just turn it over and dump it out.

Activities of Daily Living - Financial Management

One of the biggest ways anyone can impact their monthly savings is through getting healthy. Buying more vitamins won't do it but changing your overall lifestyle will. If you eat healthy and move your body, you wouldn't need the expense of vitamins and you certainly don't need another gym membership or piece of home exercise equipment you won't use. Today, think about the ways you use money that negatively impacts your health, then STOP IT!

Activities of Daily Living - Work and Productivity

Nothing is a bigger waste of time and productivity than leaving a mess in your wake. Having an "I'll just clean it up later" mindset means that later on you will not be doing something else because you are too busy back-tracking and cleaning up your mess or you are too busy looking for something. Geez, enough already folks! Chances are you are an adult reading this and its time to stop the tornadic behaviors.

Activities of Daily Living - Food Preparation

As Thanksgiving Day nears, think of the foods you can make 1 or 2 days ahead of time. I make several dishes the day before and one of them is mashed potatoes. I put the mashed potatoes in the ceramic bowl (liner) of a crock pot tightly covered and refrigerate. Then the day of Thanksgiving I just put the liner (bowl) in the crockpot cooker, add lots of butter and BAM! they are will be heated and buttered nicely. Crock pots (slow cookers) are inexpensive enough to have several on hand. If money is tight, pick one up at Goodwill.

Activities of Daily Living - Today's Healthful Nutrient

Choose two (2) of the 'CHROMIUM' foods below
and incorporate them into your diet today.
Get creative!

DESCRIPTION: Supports the metabolism of glucose and energy production. It also supports the cardiovascular system and cholesterol levels. Chromium helps to move blood sugar (glucose) from the bloodstream into the cells so it can be used as energy. It also turns fats, carbohydrates, and proteins into energy. Chromium may help some individuals with Type 2 diabetes. It may help them control their blood sugar and may help manage Type 2 diabetes. Chromium supplements are helpful in building muscle and burning fat and helping the body use carbohydrates properly. Chromium may also positively affect the eyes. There is a link between low chromium levels and increased risk of glaucoma. Chromium slows down the loss of calcium; therefore, it could prevent bone loss in women during menopause. Chromium may also help prevent hypoglycemia.

POTENTIAL BENEFITS: Supports the metabolism of glucose and energy production. It also supports the cardiovascular system and cholesterol levels.

FOOD SOURCES: Beer, brewer's yeast, brown rice, cheese, red meat, chicken, corn, dairy products, mushrooms, potatoes (with skin), oysters, nuts, and liver.

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