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7 Tips On Staying Safe When Trick-or-Treating With Your Grandkids

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Halloween can be a fun night for the whole family dressing up and interacting with your neighbors and community! But with so many people out and about Oct. 31, it’s important to properly prepare your family to stay safe and have an enjoyable evening.

Here are seven helpful safety tips to keep your kids and grandkids protected.

  1. Select comfortable costumes

A child’s costume should be short to avoid tripping. Have them wear comfortable and well fitting footwear to avoid falling or discomfort while out and about. Avoid masks and other pieces that cover their face and mouth, as they can make it hard to see or breathe.

Also, double check that all costumes are flame retardant because some homes use open flames as decoration.

  1. Go early

There’s no need to wait until it’s completely dark to head outside. In fact, a good time to start, especially with little ones, is after an early dinner at dusk. Plus, if you are the first ones there, you will have your pick of candy!

  1. Watch out for cars & pedestrians

Halloween can mean especially large volumes of pedestrian traffic, so wear brighter or reflective colors to make yourself noticeable to cars. Remind children to look both ways before crossing the streets and hold the hands of little ones. Also, if you are driving, remember to be on high alert of pedestrians.

  1. Candy safety

You never know what children can receive in their Halloween baskets, so it is important to inspect their candy stash before they dig in. If you anticipate needing a treat during your evening out, consider packing a snack or two until you get home.

  1. Plan your route in advance

Make a plan to only visit houses of people you know and trust in the neighborhood. Make it fun for your grandkids by making a list or treasure map and cross of the houses you’ve visited.

  1. Stranger danger

Remind the little ones to never go with someone they don’t know or get into an unfamiliar car. If someone invites them inside to receive their candy, tell them they must always stay outside the front door for their safety.

  1. Alternatives

If you aren’t comfortable with trick or treating, there are always alternatives! Stay home and have a party with games and spooky movies, or consider hosting a neighborhood trunk or treat from your driveway or street. For older kids, have them pass out the treats to the visitors and enjoy the parade of costumes.

Kids wait all year to dress up, go door-to-door asking for treats and getting into characters to fit with their costumes. By following these safety tips, you can ensure they will not only have a fun and festive Halloween, but a safe one too!

September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

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Did you know that prostate cancer is the second most common cancer among men in the United States? According to the American Cancer Society, 161,360 men are diagnosed with the disease each year. The good news is approximately 90% of all cases are detected in the early, contained stages, so the cure rate is very high.

One of the reasons for such a high cure rate is the awareness of symptoms and detection of risk signs of this disease. September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, so we want to continue to share helpful knowledge and encourage readers and their loved ones to talk to their doctors should they have any concerns. Below are some symptoms of prostate cancer, so if you’re experiencing any of the following, please talk to your healthcare professional about your prostate health:

  • Loss of bladder or bowel control
  • Problems urinating, including a slow or weak urinary stream
  • The need to urinate more often, especially at night
  • Blood in urine or semen
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Pain in your hips, back (spine), chest (ribs), or other new pain
  • Weakness or numbness in your legs or feet

To learn more about these symptoms and your prostate health, visit the American Cancer Society’s website. For help managing urinary incontinence and other symptoms of prostate complications, check out some of these resources that can help keep you informed and comfortable.

 

Three Workouts To Get Fit and Stay Cool This Summer

As we age it becomes even more important to stay physically active. Studies show regular exercise increases mobility and strength, reduces the risk of falls and other accidents and improves the overall quality of the lives of seniors.

Many seniors choose to walk and get outdoors to stay physically fit, but this comes with the risk of overheating or sunburn during summer months. So, for those looking to be active and stay cool this summer, here are three exercises you can do indoors!

  1. Yoga

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Yoga is an exercise that is growing in popularity across the country. However, there is a common misconception that it is only for the young and fit, which couldn’t be further from the truth! Many yoga moves are actually ideal for seniors. Yoga can increase strength and improve balance while also combating stress, fatigue and pain. Many yoga poses can be done almost anywhere with little to no equipment needed. Interested in learning more? Here are 10 yoga moves ideal for seniors. Even better? All of these moves can be done indoors to stay cool!

  1. Weight Training

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This is another type of physical activity that many shy away from because they are afraid their bodies are too weak to do this form of exercise. However, adding in some weight training to your day-to-day fitness regime can help increase your overall strength and reduce falls and accidents. Just be sure to listen to your body when it comes to selecting appropriate weights. It’s better to lift a smaller weight but do the exercise properly than to injure yourself by overdoing it. Here are some other helpful  tips to get you started.

  1. Water Aerobics

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A favorite pastime in summer, getting in the swimming pool can also be a great exercise opportunity!  Water aerobics blends cardio and weight training while keeping you cool. If you haven’t had any experience with water aerobics, check out some moves to do on your own here or find a local class to join!

No matter which of these routes you decide to take, make sure you are staying both active and cool during the warmer months. You can also check our cotton absorbent panties and briefs to stay dry this summer!

4 DIY Fourth of July Crafts to Make with Your Grandkids

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Independence Day is rapidly approaching, but there’s still time to get into the patriotic spirit. Invite your grandkids over for these kid-friendly activities they’re sure to love and start July off with a bang!

  1. Fourth of July Crowns

What’s the perfect finishing touch to your grandchildren’s red, white and blue outfits? These adorable paper crowns! Combine a couple of craft items for a fun accessory for firework watching.

  1. Uncle Sam Paper Bag Puppets

Learn about history while making these Uncle Sam paper bag puppets. As a bonus, after creating them, have the youngsters put on a show for the whole family to enjoy!

  1. Popsicle Stick Flags

Do your grandchildren love painting? Then, they’ll love making these flags! Jumbo popsicle sticks are transformed with red, white and blue colors, and can be used as table décor or as gifts for family and friends.

  1. Red, White and Blue Banner

Leftover scrapbook paper, burlap and string can be combined to make entry ways and backyard decks even more festive! A full shopping list and instructions can be found here.

Your grandchildren will love spending time with you crafting these themed projects. Want even more fun? Invite the grandkids into the kitchen to make these easy bacon-wrapped potatoes as a side dish to a backyard cookout.

The Best Fresh Produce

June is National Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month!

It’s proven that a healthy diet can help control incontinence, so try incorporating these ten seasonal fruits and vegetables into your meals all month long. Not sure how to select the freshest items? No worries! We’ve also included some tips to keep in mind on your next trip to the grocery store or farmers market.

Apricots

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Seeing apricots in your grocery store is one of the first signs that summer has arrived.

When ripe, apricots are an orange-gold color with an occasional hint of redness. You should select apricots that are about the size of golf balls. Avoid any apricots with shriveled skin, as this can be a sign they are overripe.

Try adding apricots to your favorite salad or substituting them for foods containing artificial sugar, which can make incontinence worse.

Avocados

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Avocados become ripe after they have been harvested—not on the tree.

Avocados that cave in slightly when pressed should be consumed within two days of purchasing. Firmer avocados should be ready to eat about five days after you buy them.

Try putting avocado on toast for a healthy breakfast, or use one to make fresh guacamole.

Blackberries

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Blackberries that are ripe will be dark in color.

Avoid buying blackberries that still have hulls attached, as this can be a sign they were picked too soon. Make sure to inspect the container for any mold or stickiness, which can be a sign that the fruit is overripe.

Blackberries are great in a fruit salad or with Greek yogurt for a nutritious snack.

Blueberries

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The best blueberries to buy are deep purple-blue to blue-black in color.

Ripe blueberries are firm and plump with smooth skin. Avoid blueberries that are red in color or shriveled. Also avoid containers with juice stains, as this can be a sign of bruised fruit.

Use your blueberries to make a beautiful pie, or add them to pancakes.

Cherries

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Ripe cherries are dark in color. If the stems are still attached to the cherries they should be a bright green shade. You should make sure the cherries are firm and that there is no wrinkling near the stem. Wrinkles in this area may indicate the cherries have been sitting out at room temperature for too long.

For a tart but sweet snack, try adding cherries to your homemade chocolate chip cookies for a delicious combination.

Asparagus

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Fresh asparagus is bright green in color and often has violet-hued stems. The asparagus you select should be firm and should squeak when squeezed.

Baked asparagus goes great with salmon for a nourishing and tasty dinner.

Beets

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Select beets that are small to medium in size and have smooth skin. The best beets will still have their stems and leaves attached.

You can pair beets with goat cheese and spinach for a colorful summertime salad.

Broccoli

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Fresh broccoli should be a bright green hue with compact floret clusters. You should pick broccoli that has firm stems and stalks. Add broccoli to chicken dishes for a wholesome meal.

Cauliflower

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Like broccoli, fresh cauliflower heads have compact floret clusters. They are a pale white in color and are firm to the touch. Avoid buying cauliflower with any dark or soft spots, as this is a sign it is going bad. Roast cauliflower with your favorite vegetables for an appetizing side dish.

Cucumbers

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Look for cucumbers that are a bright, even green. Pick cucumbers that are firm and unblemished.

Slice up cucumbers and dip them in hummus for a refreshing snack.

 

This June, fuel your body with fresh, in-season fruits and vegetables. Not only will you feel better by eating healthier, but doing so will also relieve some of the stress on your bladder. For incontinence-friendly recipe ideas, click here.

Best Skin Care Tips for Aging Skin

Trends come and go in clothing, jewelry, furniture and more, but one thing that never goes out of style is clear and healthy skin. Check out these tips for a radiant face that’s always fashionable.

  1. Eat a Balanced Diet

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Natural nutrients and vitamins most often come from the foods we consume. Eating a diet with many fruits, vegetables and proteins helps to provide the needed care from the inside out.

  1. Drink More Water

Stay Hydrated to Stop Incontinence Odors

Lotions and serums can help hydrate the surface of the skin, but real hydration comes from the inside. Therefore, drinking at least eight glasses of water a day is critical to healthy-looking skin. Experts even suggest increasing that number based on caffeine and sugar consumption.

  1. Wear Sunscreen

Age spots and blemishes are a very clear indicator of age. To help prevent these, try using a daily moisturizer with a SPF and wear hats to block harmful UV rays, especially between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Even short periods of time outdoors can add up to quite a bit of sun exposure, so be sure to keep sunblock on hand and apply regularly.

  1. Sleep Well

We’ve all heard we should get at least eight hours of sleep a night, but some experts say we should be sleeping more than that. In addition to the amount of sleep, the quality is important too. Products such as noise machines to create white noise or silk pillow cases are common solutions to sleep problems, along with countless other suggestions to get a great night’s sleep.

  1. Don’t Smoke

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Want healthy skin? Ditch the cigarettes! In addition to causing other health concerns, smoking creates wrinkles around the mouth. The habit can also cause age spots to occur from the smoke lingering around your face.

  1. Wash Your Face

 

Washing your face removes the oil, bacteria and dirt that accumulate throughout the day. Also, experts say that not removing makeup is one of the biggest mistakes women make.

  1. Do Your Research

Everyone’s skin is slightly different in its natural composition and therefore needs different products to work best. Check out this handy quiz to figure out your skin type and then use products accordingly.

  1. Don’t Touch Your Face

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Your hands touch so many surfaces throughout the day and touching anywhere on your face is further exposing your body to that bacteria. In addition to keeping your face clear, this habit will also prevent you from getting sick as often!

  1. Clean Your Brushes and Applicators

It’s second nature to wash your face to remove dirt and oil buildup, but many people forget to clean their brushes and applicators too. Not sure where to start with cleaning them? Read makeup artists’ advice here.

  1. Up Your Collagen Intake

Collagen is a firming protein found naturally in our bodies. However, as we age, the protein breaks down and starts to cause wrinkles. Two simple ways to boost your collagen are choosing a topical cream or lotion with collagen as an ingredient or taking oral supplements.

One of the benefits of aging is feeling more comfortable in your own skin and enjoying the life and folks around you. With all the wisdom you’ve gained through the years and these tips and products to help you feel more confident, you can make your golden years truly golden!

How to Get A Great Night’s Sleep

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In 2015, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated 50 to 70 million people in the United States have some type of sleeping disorder. Yet, sleep is so important for your well-being and truly influences every aspect of your life. Check out these tips for getting a better night’s sleep.

  1. Create a sleep schedule

When you go to bed and wake up at the same time every day, your body becomes accustomed to that routine and doesn’t feel as tired or sluggish. This is harder to accomplish during trips or vacations, but sticking to a schedule as much as possible will help ease the transition back into your normal life.

  1. Make a nighttime ritual

A nighttime ritual serves as a signal to your body that sleep is coming. Some examples include dimming the lights, taking a relaxing bath or shower, reading or listening to music. However, avoid the use of electronics in bed because the light from the screen can make it more difficult to fall asleep.

  1. Exercise early in the day

While exercising is good for the body, doing so immediately before bed can cause your adrenaline levels to increase and keep you up at night. To prevent this from happening, ensure you end all exercises at least two hours prior to bedtime. Additionally, exercising in the morning provides added benefits such as boosting your metabolism and increasing focus for the day ahead.

  1. Place a pillow between your legs

A common issue that keeps people from falling asleep is stress in the back. One solution for this pain is placing a pillow between your legs. When you sleep on your side, you are naturally pulling your spine out of alignment with your upper leg. The pillow counteracts this by reducing the stress that is put on your body.

  1. Sleep with an incontinence bed pad

Sometimes the reason we cannot fall asleep is the stress of having an overnight accident, whether that is from your own urinary incontinence or a young child that is sleeping beside you. Rest peacefully knowing that your sheets and mattress are protected. Wearever provides reliable, reusable, and dependable incontinence bed pads.

  1. Nap early

If you are planning to nap during the day, make sure you do so at least six hours before you go to bed for the evening. If you nap too late in the day, there is a chance that your body will still be energized from your afternoon snooze, making it difficult to fall asleep at night.

  1. Place your pillow in a neutral position for your neck

Many people have difficulty sleeping due to neck pain and the inability to get comfortable in bed. This is often because their head is either too high or too low on their pillow. To prevent this, be sure to check that your pillow keeps your neck in a neutral position. This is when your head balances directly over your spine in a perfect line.

  1. Drink a cup of chamomile tea

Chamomile has always been thought of as a natural way to calm the body and assist in getting a restful night’s sleep. Experts say this herb relaxes muscles and the nervous system. Chamomile tea is very popular and can be found at most local grocery stores.

In addition to feeling more rested, getting enough sleep can boost your immune system, help you maintain a healthy weight and reduce stress – all of which are important to overall health.

Nocturnal Enuresis: It Doesn’t Have to Be Your Worst Nightmare

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Have you ever experienced the all-too-real dream where you desperately have to use the bathroom? If you are one of the lucky few that haven’t, then here is the gist of it: in this dream, you feel the urge to the use the bathroom. So naturally, you get up from whatever you are doing and search for the nearest toilet. Once located, you do the little dance while your wriggle out our jeans and take a seat. Since this dream is so vivid, your brain takes it as a cue and relaxes your bladder. Most often, this feeling jolts people awake in time for them to make a mad dash to the bathroom, but there are many who fall victim to the dream and wet the bed.

What is Nocturnal Enuresis?

Nocturnal Enuresis–better known as bedwetting–transpires when a person loses control of their bladder during the night. A lot of times, this is due to those vivid dreams, like the one stated above, but there are many other causes to Nocturnal Enuresis as well. One person in every 100 is affected by Nocturnal Enuresis. In several cases, Nocturnal Enuresis stems during childhood and can persist throughout adult life. Unfortunately, due to its embarrassing nature, many fail to seek help for this distressing problem. We are here to tell you that bedwetting doesn’t have to be your worst nightmare.  

Bedwetting is a more common occurrence than most believe it to be.

The most important thing to remember is that it happens to people of all ages. Bedwetting happens quite often in children since they have such small bladders and big dreams; it happens to teens who are riddled with stress from their many school activities and it’s common for adults and seniors for numerous reasons.

Common Causes

 

  • Night Terrors: Occurring in the deepest stages of a sleep, night terrors are a type of sleep disorder that causes a person to wake up in a state of panic. In many instances, the person is not fully awake and unaware of their surroundings when night terrors occur (and will have no recollection of it later). The American Academy of Sleep Medicine discovered that night terrors occur in 2.2% of adults and 6.5% of children. With your mind and body in distress, many times bedwetting will occur.

 

  • Stress and Anxiety: Many who are under a lot of stress or have anxiety issues tend to have poor sleeping habits. It is very hard for them to fall asleep and when they manage to, they succumb to a deeper sleep due to their body’s exhaustion. In deep sleep is where bedwetting can occur.   

 

  • Urinary Tract Infections (UTI): UTI’s arise when there are bacteria in the urinary tract. UTI’s cause burning when urinating, pelvic pain, the constant sensation of having to use the bathroom even when your bladder is empty, and more. UTI’s can easily be treated with low-grade pain medication and antibiotics, but when they frequently occur in a person, they can cause long-term damage to the bladder. With a weakened bladder, Nocturnal Enuresis can frequently occur.

 

  • Incontinence: Incontinence is when a person loses control of their bladder due to weakened bladder muscles. Incontinence is very common in women who have experienced frequent UTI’s or have given birth and is also common in people over 50 years of age. Bedwetting is a common occurrence for those who have incontinence. In many circumstances, those who deal with this have bed pads for incontinence on hand to save their sheets multiple trips to the wash.

 

  • Caffeine: A very common culprit of bedwetting is caffeine consumption. For adults, the recommended amount of caffeine is usually 400 mg. When it’s a busy day and you’ve had little sleep, it is easy to fill up your mug repeatedly throughout the day.  Too much caffeine in one day can cause constant urination and irregular sleep patterns amongst many other things.

Wearever Products Can Help You Sleep Soundly

Nocturnal Enuresis causes many practical problems that can affect a person’s self-esteem and can lead to frustration and weariness.

At Wearever, we understand the challenges that are present in Nocturnal Enuresis and incontinence.

Our incontinence bed pads are a simple way to save yourself from having to get up in the middle of the night, wake up your partner, and change the sheets every time a Nocturnal Enuresis occurs. With our washable bed pads, have a quilted cloth on the top that provides customers with comfort and sufficient absorbency. We also specially make our incontinence bed pads with a waterproof liner for ultimate protection against heavy leaks.

We also provide effective incontinence briefs and incontinence panties that provide all day protection without the bulk.

Top 10 Must-See Award Nominated Movies

moviesNovember through February is often referred to as “award show season” with the Screen Actors Guild Awards, Academy Awards, Golden Globes and other award shows taking place. It’s an exciting time for directors, actors and movie lovers alike to watch who wins big and add some great movies to your viewing list, too!

Check out these 10 movies that have won big during this year’s award show season:

  1. La La Land – Reminiscent of Old Hollywood films, it’s a twist on a modern tale of a jazz pianist who falls for an aspiring actress.
  2. Moonlight – This powerful and moving story portrays what childhood and growing up is like as a young black man in Miami. This film won Best Picture at the Academy Awards.
  3. Fences – Set in the 1950s, an African-American father once dreamed of a baseball career, but was too old when the major leagues began admitting black players.
  4. Manchester by the Sea – After the death of his brother, a depressed man is asked to take care of his teenage nephew.
  5. Jackie – The famous First Lady experiences immense grief while attempting to console her children after her husband’s assassination.
  6. Lion – A young Indian boy gets lost on the streets of Calcutta and is eventually adopted by a couple in Australia; years later, he starts looking for his lost family.
  7. Florence Foster Jenkins – A New York heiress dreams of becoming an opera singer, despite having a terrible singing voice.
  8. Hidden Figures – The incredible true story of female African-American mathematicians who helped NASA launch the U.S. Space program.
  9. Zootopia – A rooky bunny cop and a cynical con artist fox work together to uncover a conspiracy. This movie won Best Animated Feature Film at the Academy Awards and would be a great flick to watch with grandchildren!
  10. Arrival – A linguistics professor tries to interpret the language of apparent alien visitors as mankind teeters on the verge of global war.

With Wearever, you can watch movies in full without worrying about unwanted leaks or several trips to the bathroom with our incontinence panties and incontinence briefs. So, grab a warm blanket, some yummy snacks and get comfortable for a fun movie viewing this weekend!

Incontinence May Be Preventing People From Exercising

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Incontinence affects nearly 25 million adults in the U.S., almost 80% of those being females (Source). Contrary to being such a prevalent disorder, many people wait an average 6.5 years before consulting their condition with a doctor.

Incontinence can interfere with one’s ability to live a regular life, due to fear leakage accidents. In turn, this involuntary leakage may result in people becoming withdrawn from social activity as well as physical activity.

The Effect That Incontinence Has On Exercise

There is a time in everyone’s life when physical ability and stamina degrades noticeably as this is the effect of getting older. This is amplified when one has incontinence.

Studies reveal that urinary incontinence is preventing people from exercising, but this does not have to be the case (Source). The trick to regulating urinary incontinence is to manage its symptoms, as Science Daily reports, which is relatively simple to do. This would include doing exercises that suit the condition. Since urinary incontinence generally does negatively affect people’s lives, it’s important to make them aware that lack of exercise will only make the side effects worse.

Another study suggests that women who didn’t experience a decline in muscle strength over the three year study period were less likely to suffer from stress incontinence (Source). When the abdomen area experiences pressure, the likelihood of leaking is high, but diminishes over time with exercise. Women over the age of 70 have a reduced risk of incontinence if they simply maintain their grip strength and muscle mass as they get older (Source

Having incontinence is no reason to refrain from physical activity. Getting your heart pumping and blood flowing is a great way to boost metabolism, increase longevity, and reduce incontinence symptoms.

The side affects of aging are never enjoyable, but lacking physical activity due to incontinence will only make you age quicker. Did you know that partaking in just 30 minutes of physical activity per day will actually help manage and regulate incontinence issues?

Exercises To Help Manage Incontinence

Some great workouts that will keep you keep fit while managing your incontinence are:

  • Kegel exercises
  • Pelvic floor exercises
  • Squeeze and hold muscles for five seconds, repeat
  • Yoga
  • Pilates

Quality Incontinence Products From Wearever

At Wearever, we are doing our part to help those with incontinence live better lives. Our incontinence briefs, incontinence panties, and reusable bed pads provide the protection you need while you are working on managing your incontinence.