4 Tips for Packing the Perfect Carry-On Bag

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You may think choosing a destination, booking a flight and planning the perfect summer vacation is the hard part — that is to say, until you start packing your carry-on bag with all the necessities for a successful trip. Although your favorite carry-on bag may look large when it’s empty, we’ve all experienced the struggle of realizing that it is a bit too small to fit everything you need without over packing and having to check it at the gate. These four tips will ensure you pack the perfect carry-on bag and avoid those pesky fees for checking a bag:

  1. Prepare, but don’t over-prepare

There are a lot of variables to think about when traveling, like how long you’ll be gone, changes in weather and if you’ll be attending both formal and casual functions, to name a few. While it is important to prepare for it all, be mindful that over preparing almost always results in over packing. For example, if the forecast is calling for rain during your travels, consider packing only one light raincoat that matches many outfits rather than several bulkier raincoats in bright, accented colors. Also, consider your proximity to laundry services and utilize them if you’ll be staying at the destination for a long period of time. This will help significantly cut back on the amount of clothing you pack.

  1. Invest in a space saver

Good news! You don’t have to toss your favorite suitcase or duffel bag and replace it with a larger one in order to gain more space in your carry-on. Instead, consider investing in a space saver like compression bags or packing cubes. They’ll help free up tons of space in your bag, and they’re a lot more cost effective than purchasing an entirely new bag!

  1. Don’t pack your bulkiest items, wear them

If you’ve ever tried to stuff bulky clothing like a pea coat or suit jacket into a carry-on bag, you probably realized there isn’t much room for anything else. If you must carry a heavy, bulky coat on your trip, simply wear or carry it instead of packing it. Likewise, boots are another large item to consider wearing to the airport instead of packing.

  1. Roll instead of folding

You may have always been told to neatly fold your clothes when packing your bag, but the next time you go on a big trip, try rolling your jeans, shirts, socks and undergarments! Rolling your clothes will not only save valuable space, but also it will reduce wrinkling.

Remember, smart packing will help you have a less stressful traveling experience, no doubt! Have a great time, and make sure to visit our website to check out our Wearever incontinence products that will protect you from leakage throughout your trip.

 

Remember, smart packing will help you have a less stressful traveling experience, no doubt! Have a great time, and make sure to visit our website to check out our Wearever incontinence products that will protect you from leakage throughout your trip.

Women’s Cotton Comfort Panty – Review

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If you’re suffering from lowered self-confidence and increased stress due to unexpected leakage, it’s important to know that you’re not alone and — thankfully — there is a solution. Women experiencing incontinence choose Wearever Cotton Comfort Panties because they offer incomparable protection and comfort, all the while adding a stylish flair to their wardrobes. Successfully absorbing leakage for up to 200-250 washes, these reusable incontinence panties are made out of a soft, silky cotton fabric with antimicrobial fibers that actually reduce odor-causing bacteria, ensuring that you’ll stay fresh all day long.

Tracy Renko from Tracy Simple reviewed our Women’s Cotton Comfort Panties on behalf of her grandmother, who just recently began experiencing leakage due to incontinence. Thanks to Wearever, she has regained her confidence to go back out in public and live her life to the fullest without worrying about leakage:

“[When wearing Wearever Cotton Comfort Panties], she is not scared to leave the home. I think…these are a much better choice than the adult briefs or pull-ups. They work great and do not have a tight fit. [They are] smooth like regular underwear. There is no bulk whatsoever.”

Thanks so much for sharing your grandmother’s wonderful experience, Tracy! It is always so rewarding to hear customer success stories from people of all ages. Read Tracy’s full blog post here, detailing her grandmother’s newly acquired confidence to get back out in the world and experience life thanks to Wearever.

4 Tips for Happy & Healthy Aging

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Women and men go through many changes as they begin to age. However, it’s important to remember these changes are natural parts of a healthy aging process. In fact, National Senior Health and Fitness Day was created on May 30, 1993, to educate older adults on the importance of staying fit and active! In honor of the 25th anniversary of this special holiday, we’ve put together some tips for happy and healthy aging:

  1. Stay Physically Active

There are so many ways to stay active throughout every stage of your life, despite any physical limitations that may occur with age. Aerobic exercises provide a wide range of benefits in addition to weight loss, from increasing energy levels to lowering blood pressure and cholesterol. Specifically, yoga increases flexibility and allows us to target certain areas of the body to reduce aches and pain. There’s an exercise out there to fit all abilities and interests, and it’s all about finding the right activities for your body. Visit our website to check out our Wearever incontinence products that will protect you from light to heavy leakage while exercising.

  1. Maintain a Healthy Diet

Eating healthy is important at any age, but as we get older, the food we put in our bodies has a much bigger impact on how we feel throughout the day. Eating a variety of foods to ensure the body is getting all of the nutrients it needs, following serving suggestions and staying hydrated are just a few dietary tips to incorporate into daily routines. Check out our recipe series for monthly incontinence-friendly foods that are as healthy as they are delicious.

  1. Get Regular Check-Ups

No matter how busy we are, we must always remember that yearly check-ups are too important to skip. Even if we feel healthy, a doctor could catch something that hasn’t even started to exhibit symptoms yet. Doctors are also a great source for lifestyle and nutritional advice to keep us mentally and physically healthy.

  1. Stay Socially Active

Relationships with friends and family have a huge impact on health and quality of life. Engaging in social activities has been shown to improve mental and physical health, decrease pain and even increase lifespan. If you usually have an introverted personality, consider inviting a few friends over for a social hour!

While some aspects of aging are inevitable, there are many that can be controlled and maintained with simple lifestyle choices. It’s never too late to start living a happy and healthier lifestyle.

Incontinence Recipe of the Month: Pesto Chicken with Blistered Tomatoes

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What if we told you there’s a sauce that is not only delicious, but also acts as the perfect nutritious binder for whole-wheat panko-crusted chicken? Made primarily from basil, olive oil, garlic and parmesan cheese, pesto can be included in a well-balanced diet as a source of healthy fats, antioxidants and vitamins C and B6. Although many sauces have reputations for being high in bad fats and calories, this pesto chicken recipe is rich with health benefits and flavor. Here’s how to say goodbye to plain, flavorless chicken breast while staying on target with your healthy diet:

Yield:

  • Serves 4 (serving size: 1 chicken breast and about 1/2 cup tomato mixture)

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 4 (6-oz.) skinless, boneless chicken breasts, pounded to 1-in. thickness
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, divided
  • 1/4 cup whole-wheat panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted
  • 6 tablespoons spinach pesto (from Spinach Pesto Pasta with Shrimp)
  • 3 cups multicolored cherry tomatoes
  • 1 garlic clove, thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar

Instructions

  1. Preheat broiler to high.
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large ovenproof skillet over medium-high. Sprinkle chickenwith 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Add chicken to pan; cook 5 minutes on each side. Remove pan from heat.
  3. Combine panko, cheese and butter in a bowl. Spread pesto evenly over chicken in pan; top with panko mixture, pressing to adhere. Place pan in oven; broil 2 minutes or until browned.
  4. Heat remaining 1 1/2 tablespoons oil in a skillet over medium-high. Add tomatoes; cook 6 minutes or until softened. Add garlic; cook 30 seconds, stirring constantly. Stir in remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper and vinegar. Serve with chicken.

Presto! You’ve just made a light, heart-healthy dish perfect for the summer months ahead. View the full recipe here for additional details, and happy cooking!

Some Antidepressants and Incontinence Drugs Have Been Tied to Dementia

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In a recent study, a variety of commonly used antidepressants and incontinence prescriptions have been found to increase the risk of dementia in patients. Many researchers even claim that the connection between these two medications and dementia is still prevalent even if the medication was taken 20 years before the diagnosis was made. This startling discovery was made in a study conducted by researchers from the United States, Britain, and Ireland.

A Substantial Increase In Dementia Risk

In this extensive study, researchers looked at the 27 million prescriptions that were given to the 40,770 participants (that were over the age of 65) who were previously diagnosed with dementia between April 2006 and July 2015 (source). After carefully collecting and examining this data, the researchers compared their results with 283,933 elderly adults who didn’t have dementia. From that comparison, they found that there was a 30% increase in the risk of developing dementia after taking the prescribed medicine.

The Effects of Anticholinergics and Antidepressants

However, there was a drug that stood out the most amongst the rest: anticholinergics. Anticholinergics are prescribed to those for a variety of diseases such as depression, gastrointestinal disorders, urinary incontinence, allergies, Parkinson’s disease, and epilepsy. Anticholinergics work to block acetylcholine–a nervous system neurotransmitter–and have been known to contribute to various cognitive impairments.

Also found in their study, 35% of participants with dementia and 30% of participants without dementia were found to have at least one prescription that contained anticholinergics. Additionally, researchers found noticed another link to dementia: the consistent exposure to antidepressant, urological, and antiparkinson drugs. In addition to this finding, researchers noted that participants noticed signs of dementia at least 15 to 20 years before the actual diagnosis. Even more startling, at the start of drug treatment for depression, only 12% of patients developed dementia; however, during drug treatment, that percentage increased to 20%.

With these findings, many researchers and doctors are recommending for medical providers to avoid prescribing any medications that might contain anticholinergics.This includes Dr. Ian Maidment, a senior lecturer in clinical pharmacy at Aston University.

Dr. Chris Fox, a professor of clinical psychiatry at UEA’s Norwich Medical School explains, “We don’t know exactly how anticholinergics might cause dementia. Further research is needed to understand possible reasons for this link. In the meantime, I strongly advise patients with any concerns to continue taking their medicines until they have consulted their doctor or pharmacist.”

Although the relationship between dementia and anticholinergics haven’t been clearly defined, researchers are diligently working to discover it’s exact link. In the meantime, it’s pertinent for patients to pay close attention to the contents of the depression or urinary incontinence medications.  

How Urinary Incontinence Can Affect Sexual Health

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In a recent study, a link between urinary incontinence and negative sexual health outcomes was discovered. In a BJU International study, many women with urinary incontinence problems discussed their decline in sexual activity and sexual arousal over the past year or so. Additionally, men with urinary incontinence troubles also noted a decrease in sexual desire as well as difficulties with different sexual functions.

The English Longitudinal Study Of Aging

In light of these problems, these individuals were invited to participate in the English Longitudinal Study of Aging (ELSA) that consisted of 3,805 participants. This study looked at aging, retirement, and health within middle-aged and older men and women who live in the England area. 20% of the women participants and 7% of the men participants reported issues with incontinence within the last 12 months. The results of their study showed that in fact, there was a significant link between declining sexual health and urinary incontinence problems.

Dr. David Lee, lead author of the study and doctor of Manchester Metropolitan University, discusses his findings. He explains, “Our findings highlight strong links between urinary incontinence and a number of negative outcomes regarding sexual health. Both urinary incontinence and later-life sexuality remain taboo subjects in society and are likely to be under-reported as coexisting health problems. Given the relatively high occurrence of incontinence, particularly among women, healthcare professionals should be aware of the potential impacts on quality-of-life and well-being, and recognize that sexual activity and satisfaction are key factors in this equation” (source).

The Silence Factor

Far too often, men and women dealing with incontinence and the decline of sexual desires are too ashamed to speak up about the problems they are experiencing. By keeping such a significant health problem a secret, these men and women are only reducing their overall quality of life. In that, researchers observed that signs of depression were greatly increased–strongly associating with the effects of lower sexual health due to urinary incontinence. Additionally, researchers also noted that many of the participants experienced high levels of anxiety and embarrassment due to the leakage, odor, and other effects that come with urinary incontinence. Luckily, with the right medical guidance, urinary incontinence and related sexual problems can be lessened and even cured.

In an additional study published in Sexual Medicine back in March of 2017, results showed that women with urinary incontinence were more likely to abstain from sexual activities far more than women who had little to no problems with incontinence. This stems from the embarrassment and bladder sensitivity that comes with urinary incontinence problems. Additionally, women who struggled with urinary incontinence also experienced less sexual desire, increased sexual discomfort, and less sexual satisfaction–more so than the men who dealt with incontinence issues as well. However, men with incontinence did admit to experiencing trouble with arousal, erectile dysfunction, and even the ability to orgasm during sexual activities.

Many doctors and physicians can’t stress enough the importance of speaking up; one should never feel ashamed or embarrassed about their experiences with urinary incontinence and sexual dysfunctions. The earlier you see a doctor, the better and faster they can come up with a treatment plan that will help you regain your normal desires.

Get Your Summer Reading List Ready for These 2018 Book Releases

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It’s not quite summer yet, but it’s never too early to start planning for it! This means planning your summer reading list, because summer is filled with R&R opportunities that seem so rare during any other season. If you feel like there are too many good books being released and too little time to read them all, we’ve got you covered. From heartwarming memoirs to chilling mysteries, we’ve put together a list of some of the most highly anticipated books coming out this summer.

“The Seasons of My Mother,” by Marcia Gay Harden (May 1)

An Academy Award-winning actress shows that her talents go much further than acting in this touching memoir by Marcia Gay Harden, written as a tribute to her mother who struggled with Alzheimer’s. Her writing captures the unique mother-daughter bond they shared, a connection that is sure to touch the hearts of every reader. “The Seasons of My Mother” is available for preorder on Amazon.

“The Outsider,” by Stephen King (May 22)

This novel is about the investigation of a gruesome crime and, in true Stephen King fashion, ends with a twist that even the biggest mystery fans will never see coming. Will this book leave us shocked and a little horrified? Probably. Will we be able to put it down? Absolutely not. If the suspense is already driving you crazy, you can preorder it today!

“The President is Missing,” by Bill Clinton and James Patterson (June 4)

What happens when a former U.S. president and award-winning thriller author team up to write a novel? We get a shocking mystery about a president gone missing and a nation in panic. Clinton provides the inside details while Patterson does the storytelling, resulting in “the most gripping and surprising thriller in years.” Preorder on Amazon if you’re looking to dive into the latest mystery-thriller novel!

“Clock Dance,” by Anne Tyler (July 10)

This bittersweet novel tells the story of a Willa Drake, a widow who drops everything after a rattling and unexpected event. She begins a whole new life at an age when most people would never dream of starting over. In a story filled with ups and downs, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Anne Tyler reminds us that it is never too late to start over and find fulfillment in our lives. Preorder this book to enjoy it as soon as it comes out!

Are you as excited for these books as we are? Now that you have your reading list out of the way, you’re ready to start “booking” the rest of your summer! Remember, you can stay dry all summer long while curled up with your favorite books thanks to our discrete incontinence panties, incontinence briefs, and reusable bed pads. Happy reading!

Three Tips for Picking the Right Doctor for You

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The transition to a new primary care physician can be difficult, but that doesn’t mean it should be. Your doctor is the person you trust to listen to your health questions and concerns, give the right medical advice and correctly diagnose your illnesses. When you’re selecting a doctor, you definitely want to cover all of your bases. Luckily, there are steps you can take to make sure you’re picking the right doctor for your specific health needs.

  1. Talk to Your Insurance Provider

Call your health insurance provider or visit their website to find out what offices, physicians and services are covered by your plan. When you visit a doctor that is in your health insurance’s network, you can expect your insurance to cover part or all of the visit’s cost. You’ll pay less out of pocket and avoid having to start your search all over again if you confirm with your provider that the doctor you’d like to see is “in-network.”

  1. Get Recommendations

Make sure to ask people in your social network about their experiences with recent general practitioners. While any online review can be helpful, a recommendation from someone you trust is always more reassuring. Some of the best doctor-patient relationships result from referrals. When consulting friends, you should always keep in mind that your specific health needs may differ from those of a friend or family member.

  1. Make Sure Your Needs Match Up with Their Expertise

Everyone’s health needs are different, so there are several different types of primary care physicians. Picking a doctor that specializes in your age group, gender and specific health concerns will ensure that you’re getting the best possible advice and treatments. Many primary care physicians have special areas of expertise that may not be inferred by their title, so make sure to ask which doctor is most skilled in your needs when booking your appointment.

Choosing the right doctor for you is imperative because a trusted primary care physician can become one of your most important professional relationships. Following these simple steps will ensure that you receive the specific care you need when selecting your new doctor. You can also visit our website for more information about our Wearever incontinence products and how they can protect you from light to heavy leakage.

A Stroke May Increase The Risk of Urgency Urinary Incontinence

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Both doctors and scientists alike have discovered many different causes of urinary incontinence. However, recently, research results from a Medical Research Council National Survey for Health and Development birth cohort, discovered the risk of developing urinary incontinence after experiencing a stroke. The researchers behind this study believe that strokes or transient ischemic attacks (TIA) could be a significant risk factor for urgency urinary incontinence (source).

The Study

The 1,762 participants for this study needed to be over the age of 68 with a previous history of stroke or TIA–a temporary block of blood flow to the brain, also known as mini strokes–at the age of 60 to 64 years. Researchers discovered that these participants were actually twice as susceptible to developing urgency urinary incontinence in comparison to those who didn’t have a history of strokes or transient ischemic attacks.

Additionally, their research also lined up with previous studies that looked at BMI (body mass index) as a contributing factor to forms of urinary incontinence. Their results showed that with each standard deviation increment in a participant’s body mass index, their odds of contracting urgency urinary incontinence was 19% higher. However, in female participants who showed signs of stress urinary incontinence, they were 1.8 times likely to develop forms of urgency urinary incontinence. In total, their study determined that the prevalence of developing urgency urinary incontinence at the age of 68 in their male participants was 12%, while their female participants of 68 years of age was 19%.

Researchers also noted that in cases of severely debilitating forms urgency urinary incontinence, the above-defined risk factors were actually much stronger. Even before experiencing a stroke or transient ischemic attacks, participants were still at 3.6 times greater risk of developing symptoms of severe urgency urinary incontinence. However, researchers never found the same association with mild forms of UUI. Although, they did discover that forms of hypertension (high blood pressure) in men 60 to 64 years of age contributed to a 1.6 greater risk in developing urgency urinary incontinence; this statistic was not found in women.

Taking a closer look at their women participants, researchers concluded that there was little to no association between urgency urinary incontinence and menopause of hormone replacement therapy. They also determined that there was no connection between smoking, physical activity, and UUI.

As you can see, there are very many contributing factors to signs and symptoms of urinary incontinence, especially in urgency urinary incontinence. Although previous history of stroke or transient ischemic attacks plays a significant role in one’s susceptibility to urgency urinary incontinence, factors such as hypertension and BMI can also determine one’s vulnerability to UUI.  

Incontinence Recipe of The Month: Veggie Burger

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If you’re a fan of burgers, you probably know they contain large amounts of fats and calories, making it hard to fit them into a healthy diet. Veggie burgers are an easy and delicious alternative, as they have about three times less total fat than beef burgers. The best part of this recipe? You can grill this veggie burger, so you’ll get that same char-grilled taste that makes a hamburger so irresistible!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup cooked brown rice
  • 1 cup raw walnuts (or substitute breadcrumbs)
  • 1/2 tablespoon grape seed or avocado oil, plus more for cooking
  • 1/2 white onion, finely diced
  • 1 tablespoon each: chili powder, cumin powder and smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon each: sea salt and black pepper, plus more for coating burgers
  • 1 tablespoon coconut sugar (or substitute organic brown sugar or muscovado sugar)
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked black beans, well rinsed, drained and patted dry
  • 1/3 cup panko breadcrumbs (if gluten-free, use gluten-free breadcrumbs)
  • 3-4 tablespoons vegan barbeque sauce

Instructions:

  1. If your brown rice isn’t cooked yet, start by following this method for the best results. Otherwise, move onto the next step.
  2. Heat skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add raw walnuts and toast for 5-7 minutes, stirring frequently until fragrant and golden brown. Let cool and move onto the next step.
  3. In the meantime, heat the same skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add 1/2 tablespoon oil and onion. Season with a bit of salt and pepper and sauté for 3-4 minutes, or until onion is fragrant, soft and translucent. Remove from heat and set aside.
  4. Once walnuts are cooled, add to blender or food processor with chili powder, cumin, smoked paprika, salt, pepper and coconut sugar. Blend until a fine meal is achieved. Set aside.
  5. To a large mixing bowl, add drained, dried black beans and mash well using a fork, leaving only a few whole beans.
  6. Next, add cooked rice, spice-walnut mixture, sautéed onion, panko breadcrumbs and barbeque sauce. Mix thoroughly with a wooden spoon for 1-2 minutes or until a moldable dough forms. If dry, add an extra 1-2 tablespoons of barbeque sauce. If too wet, add more panko breadcrumbs. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed.
  7. For larger burgers, divide into 5 patties (1/2 cup in size), or form 10 smaller burgers (1/4 cup in size). To help form the patties, line the 1/2 or 1/4 measuring cup with plastic wrap and pack with burger mixture. Press down to pack firmly, then lift out by the edges of the plastic wrap and slightly flatten with hands to form a 3/4-inch thick patty. Set on a baking sheet or plate for grilling.
  8. If grilling, heat the grill at this time and brush the grill surface with oil to ease cooking. Otherwise, heat the same skillet you used earlier to medium heat.
  9. Once skillet is hot, add just enough oil to lightly coat the bottom of your skillet, then add your burgers. Add only as many patties as will comfortably fit in the pan. Otherwise, add burgers to the grill and close lid.
  10. Cook for 3-4 minutes or until well browned on the underside, then flip gently. Although the veggie patties are not as firm as meat patties, they will definitely hold their shape. Reduce heat if patties are cooking or browning too quickly. Cook for 3-4 minutes on other side.
  11. Remove patties from heat to let cool slightly. Prepare any other toppings or side dishes at this time.
  12. Serve patties as is, or place them on toasted buns with desired toppings. Leftovers keep in the refrigerator for 2-3 days.

Grilling season is just around the corner, and this recipe will help you enjoy it with a healthier alternative to traditional beef burgers. For additional suggestions and nutrition information, see the full recipe from Minimalist Baker.