Monthly Archives: December 2017

Quality Sleep Essential Component Of Elderly Health, Experts Say

According to Mass Live, experts have found that there’s a higher correlation between sleep and heathy aging than previously thought.

Seven to nine hours of sleep per night are what’s generally recommended, but London-born Dr. Neil Bach of Baystate Neurodiagnostics and Sleep Center says that many common symptoms that come with age can also interfere with seniors getting their much-needed shut eye.

However, Bach also said that with the sleep disorder treatments have come a long way in helping improve both quality and quantity of sleep.

“We know people have more fragmentation of their sleep as they get older. The sleep is less unbroken. There are more things that disturb it…The statistic that stands out is that 50% of older people complain of sleep problems, pretty much insomnia, falling asleep, staying asleep, feeling un-refreshed.” he said.

Another common sleep-disturbing condition that can even cause chronic disease if left untreated is sleep apnea, which has been proven to be common among both veterans and civilians that have gone through traumatic experiences. Bach says that treating sleep apnea enhances the effectiveness of PTSD treatments, and that “something like 86%” of veterans ages 60 or older have moderate or severe sleep apnea.

Bach was also quick to note the misconception that the amount of sleep necessary for healthy living decreases with age.

“There is this misconception that as people get older the amount of sleep that they need decreases…This isn’t necessarily the case,” Bach said. “When people are otherwise healthy, they achieve the same amount of sleep they did when they were younger. There may be more fragmentation of it, but they actually achieve the same amount of sleep.

Bach cites getting outside and exercising can often help to improve both quality and quantity of sleep for the elderly. However, this can be difficult, seeing as over two million senior citizens visit the emergency room each year for injuries caused by a fall, and it can be hard to determine what types of exercises, activities, and stretches are safe.

Bach then went on to explain sleep efficiency — the amount of time somebody sleeps compared to the opportunities they have to sleep — and said that it’s likely to decrease with age.

“Someone who goes to bed, falls asleep almost immediately and wakes up six to seven hours later without a break, that is 100% efficiency,” Bach said. “The normal sleep efficiency is about 90%. There is a world of difference between 85%, which is near normal, and 50% sleep efficiency. We look for underlying causes of insomnia in these folks.”

Ultimately, Bach urges any senior who notices symptoms of sleep disorders to seek treatment.

“If seniors are excessively sleepy or they have overwhelming insomnia it is probably not a bad idea to get seen by a sleep specialist,” he said.

Selling Your Home? How To Add Energy Efficiency Before You Post A Listing

Home For Sale Real Estate Sign in Front of Beautiful New House.To get the most out of your home sale, you need to make your house worth the price. And in today’s market, that means making it as energy efficient as possible. When looking at various homes, potential buyers will analyze which options give them the best value. An investment in lower energy bills and a greener future might just be what they are looking for.

“With today’s emphasis on environmental consciousness, energy efficient homes are fetching higher prices on the housing market, and for good reason,” according to energysage. “Green homes are priced at a premium because their energy efficient upgrades offer both reduced utility bills and avoided maintenance expenses.”

So, to hike the price on your home, you will need to put in some initial effort and capital. When making a plan to boost your house’s efficiency, consider these seven steps.

Step 1: Schedule an energy audit.

Before you make any updates to your home, you need to know your starting point. By scheduling a professional energy audit, you can learn where your home is losing energy and where it might be more efficient than you think.

Step 2: Invest in efficient appliances.

While installing entirely new appliances may be an investment up front, it can be worth it once you make your home sale. This is especially true if your refrigerator, washer and dryer, and other systems are out of date. Look into any appliances with Energy Star certification, but your realtor may have more specific suggestions.

Step 3: Replace the windows and doors.

According to the Department of Energy, 45% of the average energy bill goes toward heating. When you upgrade your windows and doors, you can better seal any openings and keep warm air inside. This can also be attractive to buyers, as it requires less maintenance and remodeling on their end.

Step 4: Install new insulation.

Many homeowners forget to update the insulation in their attic, and this can cause air to escape. Hire a professional to assess this potential energy loss and advise a new type of insulation.

Step 5: Upgrade the HVAC systems.

Old heating and air conditioning systems are energy hogs. Since they need to work harder to produce an adequate output, this can spike energy bills significantly. By replacing them, you can ensure that your home is being cooled and heated in a cost-effective manner.

Step 6: Consider solar panels.

Solar panels are not only great for the environment, they can also benefit a homeowner’s wallet. U.S.
federal subsidies credit up to 30% of the unit cost, with each state offing its own perks as well. This makes installation beneficial in the short term for you and in the long term for the future homeowner.

Step 7: Learn how to promote these features.

Once you update your home in whatever way you see fit, be sure to put these features at the center of your listing. Today’s buyers are conscious of energy efficiency, so they may be more likely to visit your home if they see its efficiency.

“When it comes time to sell, your real estate agent can help you market your home as energy efficient,” according to Chicago Tribune . Provide your agent with utility bills or your energy rating, if you received one with your audit, to include when describing the house on a multiple listing service, or MLS.”

Once you do this, you may see an influx of green-minded buyers.

Attention Potterheads: This Chicago Lab Opens The Wizarding World Of Science

Research And Innovation - Beaker With Formula In LaboratoryWhether you arrive by broomstick or flying car, Chicago’s Harry Potter fans will soon be able to experience the magic of Hogwarts at The Laboratory. Chicago Tribune reports that while The Laboratory normally offers classes for kids, this wizarding experience will be for adults. The classes, titled “A Night At Hogwarts,” will run on Friday, December 1, on New Year’s Eve, and for private parties.

“Grab your wand, robe, and a table-full of your closest friends as we use Muggle science to bring the world of Witchcraft and Wizardry to life!” The Laboratory writes on their website.

According to The Laboratory, guest will start the evening by getting sorted into the four Hogwarts houses — Gryffindor, Slytherin, Ravenclaw, and Hufflepuff. Once sorted, they will dive into their magic classes, learning Transfiguration, Divination, Alchemy, Dragons, and other skills. And in the true Hogwarts spirit, the houses will compete for points.

Ready to sign up? Visit The Laboratory’s website and sign up for your preferred class. You have the option of purchasing a House Table ticket for up to six people or an individual ticket. You can also book private parties to add a little magic to holidays, birthdays, work accomplishments, and other occasions.

While the U.S. commercial medial and diagnostic laboratory industry consists of about 13,500 establishments, The Laboratory is far from the traditional labs you might be used to seeing. According to the organization’s website, they were founded out of a commitment to learning. This space provides an environment for kids to unleash their curiosity, experiment, and explore various types of science.

And now, they are opening the space for kids at hear as well. Time to unleash your inner wizard.

London Chef Cooks Up Bug-Based Meal For Children’s Entomophagy Education

If you’re like most people, you probably don’t particularly like bugs. But according to IB Times, the students at Clapton Girls’ Academy in Hackney, London came face-to-face with all sorts of insects during their entomophagy education, which is intended to prepare them for a new GCSE (General Certificate of Secondary Education).

Not just that, but the insects had been turned into items resembling normal foods!

Andy Holcroft, head chef at Grub Kitchen, was in charge of creating the unique recipes and putting them to the test. He cooked for an establishment known as Rentokil’s Pestaurant Lunch Club, which specializes in entomophagy — the consumption of insects.

On the menu were a number of creepy-crawly concoctions. Appetizers included curried cauliflower with cricket pakoras and black ant and chili cheese pate, and for the main course, hamburgers — but with a twist. Chef Holcroft used a high-protein blend of mealworms, crickets, and grasshoppers.

Stateside, about 5.5% of Americans say they grill more than once a week, and hamburgers are one of the most popular grilled dishes in the country. In fact, the typical American eats burgers an average of 4.3 times per month, and Americans aren’t likely to replace their beef patties for beetle patties anytime soon.

Still, Chef Holcroft is showing that bugs can be used in creative culinary ways. For dessert, students were able to indulge in cricket crepes with vanilla ice cream, chocolate sauce, and bug praline.

“It’s not difficult to make a tasty meal using edible insects,” Holcroft said. “You can be really creative with the way insects are incorporated within a meal.”

The experience in its entirety was intended to educate children about the nutritional value of insects. Insects are a high-protein food source that are readily available. For example, scientists estimate there are at least 1.5 million ants on the planet for every human being. Understanding the ways to use alternative food sources such as insects can help to create a more sustainable future.

Fortunately, those who were a part of the experience were pleasantly surprised at the children’s willingness to try new foods.

“Many of the students were surprised at the delicious taste of the bug-based dishes they tried,” said Rentokil’s UK product manager Berwyn Evans.

It should also be noted that back in 2011, London Natural History Museum entomologist Stuart Hine said that “about 70% of the world’s population eats insects as a regular part of their diet.”

Scientists even say that insects have more protein than lamb, chicken, beef, or any other meat.

“They tend to be high in protein, low in fat and are packed full of B vitamins, zinc and other essential minerals,” Holcroft said.

Current statistics estimate that the world’s population will increase to 9 billion by 2050. Insects could very well be the sustainable protein solution we’ve all been looking for. That is, if you can stomach them!