Finding That File!

How many times have you been working on a file recently and want to access it again, but now you can’t find it?

Well, I know I’ve done this more times than is funny and I’ve been asked numerous times by others for help with this, so I’m assuming that the problem is common enough to deserve a post.

Windows users  (sorry can’t advise for anything else):

Search-Win10Next to the Windows 10 Start Button Icon there is a round circle & this is a search shortcut – just click & type anything you’re looking for here & it’ll go away & search documents, apps, settings, photos or on the web

The easiest way to do this is to use Windows search facility. Vista and XP are a bit different so here are details for both.

There’s a much better way

I prefer to use a free utility called Everything from Voidtools (https://www.voidtools.com/)

Winbdows Search

“Everything” is search engine that locates files and folders by filename instantly for Windows.

Unlike Windows search “Everything” initially displays every file and folder on your computer (hence the name “Everything”).

You type in a search filter to limit what files and folders are displayed.

How long will it take to index my files?

“Everything” only indexes file and folder names and generally takes a few seconds to build its database.

“Everything” can also search file content with the content, using the search function but as file content is not indexed, searching content is slower.

Does “Everything” monitor file system changes?

Yes, “Everything” does monitor file system changes.

Your search windows will reflect changes made to the file system.

And best of all, “Everything” uses very little system resources.

I hightly  recommend it as I use it many times every day. 5-stars

How to Help Someone With Depression

It is a fact of life that everyone has times in their life when things are not as good as they could be, times when people feel down and miserable. For most of us however, times such as these are transient, periods that we quickly come through before emerging from the dark times and into the light of ‘normality’ once again.

For a significant (and growing) number of people, their reality is unfortunately not like this. It is one where the dark times represent the norm, because they suffer varying degrees of unhappiness and anguish on an almost daily basis, and just getting through each day is a significant challenge for them.

The degree to which people can feel this way differs from person to person, but for those who suffer the most, genuine depression is the reality of the life that they face every day.

There are many support services for Depression, just web search in your local area. Here are links to 3 we have in Australia

Beyond Blue Support Service

Last year more than 150,000 people in Australia contacted Beyond about their concerns – both big and small – and you can too. All calls and chats are one-on-one with a trained mental health professional, and completely confidential. Although we may ask for your first name and some general details, you can let us know if you’d like to remain anonymous.
See link contact details:
https://www.beyondblue.org.au/get-support/get-immediate-support

Fact Sheets

Blue Dog Institute Mental Health Fact Sheets

https://www.blackdoginstitute.org.au/about-us/publications-and-resources/fact-sheets

SANE Australia Fact Sheets & Guides

https://www.sane.org/information-stories/facts-and-guides

The Pleural Mesothelioma Center

Pleural Mesothelioma

Pleural mesothelioma is an asbestos-related cancer that forms in the lining around the lungs. It is the most common type of the disease, accounting for about 75 percent of mesothelioma cases. Treating pleural mesothelioma at an earlier stage improves prognosis.

Asbestos exposure is the main cause of pleural mesothelioma. The heavier the asbestos exposure and the longer a person is exposed throughout their lifetime, the higher the risk for mesothelioma.

Occupational Asbestos Exposure

Up until the 1980s, many workers sustained long-term, high-dose asbestos exposures in occupations at contaminated worksites such as refineries, construction sites and power plants. These types of longer-term asbestos exposure placed these employees at risk for developing pleural mesothelioma.

What Are the Symptoms of Pleural Mesothelioma?

Symptoms of pleural mesothelioma may be mistaken for less serious conditions. This makes them easy to ignore or misdiagnose. Early symptoms include wheezing, coughing, nonspecific chest pain and shortness of breath with physical exertion.

See this resource to help seniors suffering from mesothelioma and their caregivers find free care and support.. http://pleuralmesothelioma.com/cancer/prognosis/

Reaction to Life’s Lessons

I came across a saying I liked recently, so made a short animation about it for my FaceBook page.

What do you think?

One of life’s lessons is that our reaction to a situation will often determine our path from that situation. So when we feel badly about any experience, it’s helpful to reflect on the process or situation we’ve been though and look for any useful insights that can help us move forward in some way. Self-reflection is a useful tool to help us grow & develop.

 

What Is Hyperhidrosis?

Hyperhidrosis is a condition that causes excessive sweating

Woman Perspiring  Research shows that about 4% of the population has symptoms which are typical to hyperhidrosis. The symptoms which include sweaty face, hands, feet and palms can be a reason of embarrassment and social issues. Everyday existence can be challenging for a person suffering from this condition and physical proximity could be challenging. Yet, this condition can be cured and all these issues can be easily avoided.

What causes Hyperhidrosis? 

Hyperdidrosis is a medical condition that needs serious and focused handling and it will not go away if you think that it is something that can be ignored.

The hypothalamus – a part of the brain – is responsible for all sweat related functions. The sweat glands, which are responsible for producing sweat, are triggered by the hypothalamus which sends signals to it via nerves. In normal circumstances, a person would sweat when there is warmth or when the person undergoes any physical activity. As opposed to this, the sweat glands of a person suffering from hyperhidrosis produces surplus of sweat always.

Types of Hyperhidrosis

There are two main categories into which hyperhidrosis can be divided into – primary hyperhidrosis or focal hyperhidrosis and secondary or generalized hyperhidrosis.

  • Primary or Focal Hyperhidrosis. Suffers of primary or focal hyperhidrosis complain of excessive sweating around the arm area, hands, feet and even the face. This kind of hyperhidrosis is triggered by problems in the nervous system, hence the sweat glands end up producing excessive sweat.
  • Secondary of Generalized Hyperhidrosis. As the name suggests, this kind of hyperhidrosis causes excessive sweating across the whole body. This condition results from some health conditions such as metabolic disorders, neurological disorders and menopause.

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Although primarily a physical burden, hyperhidrosis can deteriorate quality of life from a psychological, emotional, and social perspective. It has been called by some ‘the silent handicap’.

How to treat hyperhidrosis?

The good news is that hyperhidrosis can be treated. Simple lifestyle changes like using antiperspirants , wearing comfortable and loose clothing, avoiding clothing like nylon, lycra and a diet which excludes spicy food can cure mild cases of hyperhidrosis. Keeping yourself clean and following simple hygiene norms can offer respite to the condition.

The odds change however if a person is suffering from severe hyperhidrosis. This happens when a person is sweating excessively. One common treatment process is electrical stimulation or Iontophoresis which consists of approximately four sessions per week and a maintenance treatment every four weeks. This treatment albeit has its limitations.

Botox injections – which is considered as a treatment might be successful in reducing armpit sweating. Botox simply stops the sweat glands form producing sweat and hence less sweat but it comes with associate side effects like freezing muscles in the injected area. And since the effect wears off in a few hours making the treatment repetitive.

Besides these two treatment options surgery and medication can also be considered and the best option can only be decided upon consultation with a doctor.

A long-term solution for hyperhidrosis should address the internal causes of excessive sweating by tackling all hyperhidrosis contributing factors. Only by controlling the nutritional, hormonal, psychological and environmental triggers of hyperhidrosis, using a multidimensional and holistic approach to healing you can reverse the “internal excessive sweating environment”- the only, safe, natural and effective way you could ever achieve lasting hyperhidrosis freedom.

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This article is based on the book, “Sweat Miracle” by Miles Dawson, a real hyperhidrosis sufferer. Miles is an author, researcher, nutritionist and health consultant who dedicated his life to creating the ultimate Hyperhidrosis solution guaranteed to permanently reverse the root cause of excessive sweating and naturally and dramatically improve the overall quality of your life,  without the use prescription medication and without any surgical procedures.

Learn more by visiting his website (Click here)

Disclosure: The owner of this blog may be compensated for providing an opinion on products, services, websites and various other topics.

Afformations – Ask the Right Questions

Can asking a question help to solve your problems?

AFFORMATIONS® isn’t just another book on getting what you want. It’s a proven step-by-step guidebook to living the life of your dreams.

INSIDE THIS BOOK, YOU’LL DISCOVER . . .

•4 simple steps to reach your goals faster than you ever thought possible (page 35)
•How an unhappy employee went from chronic debt to a six-figure income using this method (page 94) •The 5-word phrase that will attract your desires on complete autopilot (page 53)
•The 10 words that will help you lose 10 pounds—and keep it off! (page 88)
•How to think like a millionaire in less than 5 minutes a day (page 197)AND THAT’S JUST THE BEGINNING . . .

 

Afformations

Afformations®: The Miracle of Positive Self-Talk

Suburbia for the Homeless

Community First! Village

Mobile Loaves & Fishes, a nonprofit in Austin, Texas created a village of tiny homes and RVs to help permanently solve homelessness in Austin, Texas. But more than just providing homes, the group is fostering communities and providing job opportunities to the men and women who live there.

Community First! Village is a place that enables homeless men & women to heal. It’s a place where they can rediscover hope, renew their purpose and restore their dignity. Most importantly, it’s a place they can call home.

Phase I of the Village covers 27 acres and, once at full capacity, will be home to more than 200 formerly homeless men and women.

A suburbia for the homeless exists and they can live there forever

This nonprofit created a village of tiny homes and RVs to help permanently solve homelessness in Austin, Texas. But more than just providing homes, the group is fostering communities and providing job opportunities to the men and women who live there. https://cnn.it/2Ii6Tev

Posted by The Good Stuff on Friday, April 12, 2019

 

Read the full story here: https://mlf.org/community-first/

Activities For Seniors With Limited Mobility

Many older adults lose mobility due to conditions like stroke, severe arthritis, or injuries from falls. When that happens, activities and hobbies they used to enjoy might now be too difficult.

 

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But loss of mobility doesn’t mean the end of good times. There are many ways to have fun without needing to move around too much and this article has some very useful suggestions:

 

https://dailycaring.com/9-enjoyable-activities-for-seniors-with-limited-mobility/

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Seniors & Mental Health Issues

Getting older may be unsettling to some, what with greying hair, wrinkles and forgetting where you parked the car! But seriously, ageing can bring on a variety of health issues.

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The World Health Organisation (WHO) reports that globally, the population is ageing rapidly and predicts that between 2015 and 2050, the proportion of people over 60 years will nearly double, from 12% to 22%.

Many seniors maintain good health and are fully able to function both physically and mentally well into their later years and they make important contributions to society as family members, volunteers and as active participants in the workforce. However, the biological effects of ageing will naturally lead to more physical and mental health problems among the older population than in younger age groups. They risk developing mental disorders, neurological disorders or substance use problems as well as other health conditions such as diabetes, hearing loss, and osteoarthritis. Furthermore, as people age, they are more likely to experience several conditions at the same time.

WHO figures show over 15 percent of adults over the age of 60 suffer from a mental disorder. The most common mental and neurological disorders in this age group are dementia and depression, which affect approximately 5% and 7% of the world’s older population, respectively. Anxiety disorders affect 3.8% of the older population, substance use problems affect almost 1% and around a quarter of deaths from self-harm are among people aged 60 or above.

Risk factors for mental health problems among older adults

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Older people may experience life stressors common to all people, but also stressors that are more common in later life, like a significant ongoing loss in capacities and a decline in functional ability. For example, older adults may experience reduced mobility, chronic pain, frailty or other health problems, for which they require some form of long-term care. In addition, older people are more likely to experience events such as bereavement, or a drop in socioeconomic status with retirement. All of these stressors can result in isolation, loneliness or psychological distress in older people, for which they may require long-term care.

Mental health has an impact on physical health and vice versa. For example, older adults with physical health conditions such as heart disease have higher rates of depression than those who are healthy. Additionally, untreated depression in an older person with heart disease can negatively affect its outcome.

Older adults are also vulnerable to elder abuse – including physical, verbal, psychological, financial and sexual abuse; abandonment; neglect; and serious losses of dignity and respect. Current evidence suggests that 1 in 6 older people experience elder abuse. Elder abuse can lead not only to physical injuries, but also to serious, sometimes long-lasting psychological consequences, including depression and anxiety.

Cognitive Health

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Cognitive health is focused on a person’s ability to think, learn and remember. Independence in later life is as much determined by cognitive ability as by physical ability. Among older adults a broad spectrum of cognitive capability exists with dementia at one extreme and normal cognitive function at the other. Adequate cognitive functioning is required
to perform simple activities of daily living such as dressing and bathing and more complex tasks such as managing money, paying bills and taking medications.

The most common cognitive health issue facing the elderly is dementia, the loss of those cognitive functions. Approximately 47.5 million people worldwide have dementia—a number that is predicted to nearly triple in size by 2050. The most common form of dementia is Alzheimer’s disease with as many as five million people over the age of 65 suffering from the disease in the United States alone. According to the National Institute on Aging, other chronic health conditions and diseases increase the risk of developing dementia, such as substance abuse, diabetes, hypertension, depression, HIV and smoking. While there are no cures for dementia, physicians can prescribe a treatment plan and medications to manage the disease.

Mental & Emotional Health

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Depression is believed to occur in 7% of the elderly population, but unfortunately, it is often under-diagnosed and under-treated. Older adults account for over 18 percent of suicides deaths in the United States. Because depression can be a side effect of chronic health conditions, managing those conditions help.

People in the following categories generally showed a higher rate of depression & anxiety:

  • A strong association has been found between loss of vision and depression, with less consistent or weaker relationships between hearing loss and depression
  • Physical inactivity
  • Disturbed sleep
  • Taking five or more drugs daily, including prescribed, over-the-counter, and complementary medicines

Preventative Measures

The WHO guidelines urge health providers and societies to be prepared to meet the specific needs of older populations with training, prevention & management of age-associated chronic diseases, designing suitable policies on long-term & palliative care and developing age-friendly services & settings.

Additionally, promoting a lifestyle of healthy living such as betterment of living conditions, programs to prevent & deal with elder abuse and social support from family, friends and support groups in the community.

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Paying for Alzheimer’s Care

5 Ways to Pay for Alzheimer’s Care

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Every 65 seconds a senior is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease— that means more than 5 million Americans over the age of 65 live with this devastating disease. These seniors, and their families, are managing care for a chronic condition that can be moderate or severe, and progresses over time. That’s why there is such a high emotional cost with Alzheimer’s — and a high financial cost, too. In fact, the Alzheimer’s Association reports that for all people diagnosed in the U.S., the disease costs an estimated $277 billion a year. More than $60 billion of that comes directly out of the pockets of patients.

Many individuals pay an annual average of $56,800 for the treatment and care associated with Alzheimer’s. Medicare or private insurance covers about 40 percent of those costs, which leaves people struggling to cover the remaining 60 percent. If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, things might seem frightening or hopeless, wondering how you’ll deal with the cost of care. It’s important you talk to your family, insurance plan and healthcare provider, but, in the meantime, here are a few ideas about ways you can cover that 60 percent without sacrificing the quality of your care.

  • Medicare Advantage Plans: If you are relying solely on traditional Medicare to help with Alzheimer’s costs, you might be footing the bill for a lot of services. For instance, there are gaps in coverage when it comes to prescription drugs, in-home care and rehabilitative services. Be clear on what your plan does and does not cover so you can look into supplemental plans that offer more assistance.
  • Tap into Your Equity: After a lifetime of living and working, you have assets you can dip into to help cover the cost of unexpected expenses that can pop up with Alzheimer’s care. For example, you can sell a life insurance policy, cash out a 401k or take out a reverse mortgage on your home. We’ve all heard horror stories associated with reverse mortgages, which is why it’s critical you do thorough research to find trustworthy and reputable reverse mortgage lenders that can assist you with the process.
  • End-of-Life Insurance Options: It’s not uncommon for bills and debt to pile up while managing Alzheimer’s care; something you don’t want to leave behind for your family to deal with. You can purchase additional insurance to help protect their financial future. For instance, burial insurance can not only cover the cost of funeral arrangements, but many options even cover other outstanding debt.
  • Government Assistance: In most cases, Alzheimer’s disease qualifies as a disability, which means you may qualify for government assistance programs like Supplemental Security Income or, for those under 65, Social Security Disability Income. Many states also offer caregiver support programs to help offset the costs of hiring in-home help.
  • Clinical Trials: Participating in a clinical trial is a personal decision that not everyone is ready to make. Since Alzheimer’s is a degenerative cognitive disorder, a person in a more severe version of the disease may not be ethically able to clearly make a decision. However, for those that can, and do, clinical trials can provide people with low or no cost access to leading healthcare facilities. Plus you’ll be contributing to the future of Alzheimer’s care. There are a lot of risks and side effects to consider, so be sure to weigh your options.

Right now, you might be feeling overwhelmed and alone. Navigating the complex world of planning and paying for Alzheimer’s care can be hard, but it is not impossible. Whether trying to find coverage for yourself or a family member, there are options out there that can make good care much more accessible.