One way we can do each of the above is to promote good health this year. One of our greatest assets as humans is our health. It governs so many other areas in our lives. Without good health, we can’t function at our best. January kicks off a new year, and as such we can use it to set the tone for our health. It is National Book Month and National Thyroid Month. Join us as we explore good brain health, the benefits of reading, good thyroid health, and how we can set healthy goals for 2019! Happy New Year!
~ Golden Horizons Office Team
Mr. W's Newsletter Inspiration
“We can only see a short distance ahead, but we can see plenty
there that needs to be done.” ~ Alan Turing
Cultural Tidbit: The above quote belies the effect of Alan Turing’s life and accomplishments. He is widely considered the father of AI (artificial intelligence) and theoretical computer science, fields of study that are only now truly accelerating. His “short distance” was definitely further reaching than most; he was a veritable man ahead of his time. Born June 23, 1912, in London England, Alan Mathison Turing was recognized to have incredible intelligence and gifting from an early age. As he grew, so did his abilities, particularly in science and problem solving. He made significant contributions in mathematics, computing, logic, theoretical biology, philosophy and cryptanalysis. During WWII, he was instrumental in helping to break the Nazi cyphers and codes at Bletchly Park. His work there focused on the Enigma code and his efforts helped to turn the tide for the allies. Sadly, Turing died at the age of 41, but his legacy and contributions live on in our lives today.
Caregivers of the Month
We would like to wish the happiest of birthdays to all our clients and caregivers with January birthdays. May this next year be full of blessings and adventures!
- No client birthdays in
- Betty F, January 13
- Cathy R, January 16
- Elaine H, January 19
- Queen M, January 20
- Darcy G, January 27
What Do Books Do For You?
Science has proven that reading offers many health benefits. For instance, studies show that seniors who read and engage in other brain exercises (ie. word puzzles) reduce the likelihood of mental decline by 32% and they are two-and-a-half times less likely to develope Alzheimer’s or dementia. Like every other muscle in your body, your brain needs exercise. By reading daily (or doing puzzles) you are exercising your brain with mental stimulation, creating new neural pathways, keeping it sharp. Reading exercises your brain by expanding your vocabulary and writing abilities, imparting more knowledge and information, developing problem-solving skills and analytical thinking, improving memory, enchancing concentration and focusing abilities.
Make Sure Your Thyroid is Humming Along
With the important function it has in the human body, it is imperative that we take care of the thyroid. There are a number of diseases that can hinder the function of the thyroid and impact other areas of our health. Hyperthyroidism is when the thyroid becomes overactive. A bulge in the neck, called a goiter, is a common symptom. Another example is hypothyroidism, whih the thyroid is sluggish, not producing enough hormones, causing other body functions to slow or not perform. The thyroid needs iodine to function. Eating healthy foods, and seasoning with iodized salt may be a good way to obtain it. Do your research, eat well and promote good thyroid health!
- "Keep Reading to Keep Alzheimer's at Bay", Fisher Center for Alzheimer's Research Foundation
- "10 Benefits of Reading: Why You Should Read Every Day", Lana Winter-Hebert, October 18, 2018, Lifehack.org
- "14 Reasons Why Reading is Good for Your Health", Brendan Brown, December 12, 2016, Business Insider
- January is National Thyroid Awareness Month, American Thyroid Association
- "Thyroid Gland: Facts, Function and Diseases", Alina Bradford, April 20, 2017, Live Science