Tuesday, 12 September 2017

First 24-hour dementia go-to point opens in Yishun

People with dementia who are found to be lost can be taken to the Sree Narayana Mission Nursing Home in Yishun, the first location in a nursing facility that can receive such people in distress round the clock.

There are 58 places serving as go-to points where people who cannot remember where they live can be taken to by members of the public. The Singapore Silver Pages website has a map showing all of them.

These also serve as community resource centres to get information about dementia, attend classes and be linked with relevant services.

Ref: http://www.tnp.sg/news/singapore/first-24-hour-dementia-go-point-opens-yishun

Exceptional people: Para-athlete delivers food in a wheelchair

Mr Kamas, who suffered a spinal cord injury from a workplace accident in 1996 and is paralysed from the waist down, goes about his daily delivery rounds on a motorised wheelchair with a bag buckled to the back of his seat and a phone strapped to his thigh.

He was introduced to the work by his friend after he was asked to resign from his previous job as an assistant land leader at Bizlink Centre, a non-profit organisation that hires persons with disabilities.

The para-athlete, who represented Singapore at the 2015 Asean Para Games in wheelchair basketball, signed on to become an UberEats delivery partner in May. Mr Kamas is not slower than anyone else - he can fulfil a delivery order within the same timeframe of 35 minutes.

Since May, he has been earning about $400 a week - or about $4 to $10 per delivery, which is better than his previous job of about $530 a month.

Ref: http://str.sg/4V4T

Osteoporosis Diet Dangers: Foods to Avoid

Getting enough calcium and vitamin D is essential for warding off osteoporosis. For even stronger bones, avoid these everyday osteoporosis diet dangers.

1) Salt
Salt causes more bone minerals loss

2) Phosphoric acid
Drinks like carbonated soft drinks contain phosphoric acid, which can increase calcium excretion in your urine

3) Caffeine
Caffeine will leach calcium from bones, but not as much as salt. It is still worrisome, nonetheless.

Limit the above in your diet will greatly help you to have strong bones.

The following will help make strong bones:
  • Calcium
  • Vitamin D
  • Protein. Bones are 50% protein. We need protein food for bone repair.

Exercises to help in building strong bones:
  • Weight-bearing exercises like walking, hiking dancing, stair climbing.
  • Resistance exercises like weight lifting, water exercises, resistance tubes
  • Flexibility exercises like stretching, tai chi and yoga.

1) http://www.webmd.com/osteoporosis/features/diet-dangers#4
2) https://www.singhealth.com.sg/PatientCare/ConditionsAndTreatments/Pages/Osteoporosis.aspx
3) http://www.webmd.com/osteoporosis/features/exercise-for-osteoporosis#1