Thursday, September 30, 2010

Excercises for Seniors with Arthritis

7 Exercises for Arthritis
Written By : Cristian Stan

You seem to be restless all day and feel terrible pain during nighttime. It seems endless, the cycle of pain and immobility, not having the means to do the things you used to do and the stress and boredom that go with it. When you are tormented by the pain of arthritis, you most likely would long for some rest rather than exercise which seems to be exhausting and painful altogether.

It is a mistaken notion that exercise can further damage your joints. On the other hand, doing moderate exercises have shown significant impact in the overall well-being of patients suffering from arthritis. Patients should of course refrain from doing high-impact exercises as this may aggravate their condition. There are, however, a variety of low-impact or moderate exercises that have shown incredible benefits such as reduction of joint pain and the strengthening of muscles around the affected joint. It has also improved overall health and fitness by creating a healthy self-esteem, reducing depressive symptoms, controlling obesity, improving sleep, and boosting energy.

Top 7 Exercise Plans for Arthritis

Exercises in the pool
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Thursday, September 9, 2010

Helping Seniors Find Purpose & Meaning in Retirement

Find Purpose & Meaning in Retirement
Written By : Cynthia Barnett

As you may know, people react differently to retirement. For some folks, it is the best time of their lives, a time for adventure, fun and excitement. A time when they can kick up their heels, relax, and enjoy the free time on their hands. For others, retirement is a period of boredom and insecurity. This is because they aren't used to the flexible schedule and miss meeting and socializing with others in work related activities. They also miss the predictability of their days and nights. That said, everyone can find joy and happiness in retirement and beat the retirement blues. In fact, you can have a retirement filled with meaning by simply following these 5 tips:

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Friday, September 3, 2010

NY Governor Signs Domestic Worker Rights Bill into Law

August 31, 2010
Governor Paterson Signs Domestic Workers Bill of Rights

Governor David A. Paterson today signed into law a landmark bill to grant workplace protections to domestic workers, the first such law to be enacted in the nation. Domestic workers had been excluded from many of the rights granted to other employees by legislation enacted in the past.

Among other provisions, this bill provides for:

  • The right to overtime pay at time and a half after 40 hours of work in a week, or 44 hours for in-home workers;
  • A day of rest every seven days, or overtime pay if it is waived;
    Three paid days of rest annually after one year of work;
  • The removal of the domestic workers exemption from the Human Rights Law, and the creation of a special cause of action for domestic workers who suffer sexual or racial harassment;
  • The extension of statutory disability benefits to domestic workers, to the same degree as other workers; and
  • A study by the Commissioner of Labor on the practicality of extending collective bargaining rights to domestic workers.
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Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Parents Seek Bilingual Nannies

Somehow, I missed this article in the NYT about parents seeking bilingual nannies for their children.

Last year, I asked my nanny to speak to my children (ages 3 & 6) exclusively in Spanish and it has been a mixed bag. Both my children now understand Spanish but my oldest child has resisted speaking it and that influenced my youngest child to do the same. I thought it would be nice for my children to be bilingual and I'm still hopeful they will soon feel the same way.

Anyway, we get this request all the time, so I thought I would share this article

Happy Labor Day!

Looking for Baby Sitters: Foreign Language a Must

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