Tuesday, January 05, 2021

6 Tips in Embracing the New Normal

Adapting, adjusting and embracing the new normal could be a difficult challenge for all of us. The Covid-19 virus and its mutated strains global pandemic is ceaselessly impacting our way of life and drastically forced us to establish new habits.

Different types of Covid-19 vaccines have been developed by internationally legendary scientists and researchers like Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, Merck, Pfizer, Sinopharm and more. These vaccines were developed to prevent the illness, suppress transmission and scale back mortality. However, we all know that these were all newly developed vaccines, though proven effective in clinical trials, still most of us are worried in their possible side effects particularly to people with underlying health conditions. Still the choice is yours if you wish to be immunized.

One thing is certain, we are living in a situation that has never happened in this lifetime. Embracing the new normal, the sudden shift in our way of life can be challenging. Here are some thoughts and tips on how to embrace the new normal.

Wearing of masks, face shields and physical distancing.

Depending on where in the world you live in, wearing of protective mask, face shield and social distancing will be a standard health protocol. Remember that queuing is now the norm whether you go grocery shopping, riding a public transport or even getting in a lift.

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Handwashing and personal hygiene.

Hand sanitizers are a common sight in most public places; yet, it is still recommended to bring along with you your own personal sanitizing kit whenever you go on a trip outside. Keep in mind that when you go out, there is always the risk of contracting the virus and possible contamination can be passed on to your household members. So, as much as possible stay at home.

Go for cashless payments and transactions.

The Covid-19 pandemic is accelerating the trend toward a cashless economy. Touch-free payments is more convenient rather than using the physical cash. You can do bills payment, order food delivery and grocery shopping just by using your mobile phones or computers.

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Stay connected with family and friends.

Just because we are encouraged to stay at home doesn’t mean that we need to get disconnected to our family and friends. We can still remain connected with our loved ones in different ways: online catch ups with the use of the video chat apps, and other social media platforms.

Social greetings

Social greetings have transformed. No to hugs, cheek-kisses and handshakes. Friendly gestures are now replaced by elbow bumps, waves from a distance or foot-shakes.

Work from home and online education

The present pandemic changed the mode of learning for students. Online education or e-learning has been exercised by most schools. Most businesses and offices embarked on working from home, thus, making your home a workplace and a temporary school as well. To adjust on the new set-up, it is best to create a new routine.

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The year 2020 marked as the beginning of having to let go of our old normal. This pandemic brought drastic change and impact on our way of life, finances, environment and economy. Many of us are still struggling to embrace and settle into what seems to be our new normal, but life has to go on so stay safe, be strong, and healthy as this too shall pass.

Thursday, December 03, 2020

Choosing a Fence Style for your Home

With a wide array of available choices for residential fence design, some homeowners find it difficult to choose the best fence style that will complement their yard or landscape. Thus, if in doubt, it will be a wise and smart move to seek the advise of a professional who can help you choose the right fence design that can meet your requirements.

A fence can complement your home in some interesting ways while confining it. Some of the benefits of owning a fence are as follows:


Fence for child and pet safety

Most fences are installed for security purposes.  Building a fence around your house provides extra protection if you have kids around. It can protect your pets as well from from pet thieves and accidents.

Privacy

Enhance home safety in style with a good fence. A simple or ornate fence
can add more privacy to your property.

Architectural enhancement

Fences with traditional designs can enhance your outdoor landscape, thus can add property value.

A fence  does not only define boundaries but is also used for decorative purposes, can also protect landscaping and can improve your home’s curb appeal.


There are different fence styles to choose from such as picket, dog ear, ornamental, post and rail, gothic, shadow box, crossbuck, basket-weave, swimming pool fence, privacy fence and more. Fences can also be made from different materials like wood, vinyl, metal, aluminum, steel, wrought iron or bamboo.

A traditional and popular fence choice for residential homeowners which has been around for many decades is the picket fence. The classical picket fencing is visually appealing as it add charm and beauty to a home yard to any setting. Moreover, picket fences can be custom designed to fit and complement the style of a home.

 Lastly, before installing a fence, it is essential to choose the best fencing material that can last for a long period of time and be mindful to have it constructed conforming to local code and complying with your homeowners’ association rules.


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Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Preventative Measures of Scam for the Elderly


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Before the universal occurrence of online scams, senior citizens had already been victims of other con tricks via phone calls or face-to-face.  It is highly unjust for the elderly to lose their entire life savings and hard-earned assets due to fraud.  The cost of loss each year for senior citizens alone reaches up to $328 million. 


Con artists target the elderly regardless of their economic status –the scam problem spans all income levels. This being said, scammers do not exempt the elderly population with average savings to be one of their victims.


There are many considerations to watch out for involving financial abuse. They often come in many forms –some are easier to spot, while others are more difficult. The good news is: there are many preventive ways to combat scams that target the elderly. Let’s explore them below to support our older relatives in making sound decisions for financial security. 


  • Phone Call Scams - Possibly the most common scam to take note of are phone calls or door-to-door schemes involving impersonators asking for immediate assistance. The story normally revolves around an emergency that needs money transferred as urgently as possible. 


How to Avoid Falling Victim for the Scam: 

  1. Ask an identifying question that your grandchild would know. If the caller is truly your family member, they would easily be able to answer a personal question.

  2. Ask for a number to call back. Privately reach out to the parent or other known relative to verify if the phone number of the caller is correctly theirs. 

  3. If the scam seems obvious –hang up the phone call. Ignoring them is a sure way to avoid being involved in the scam. 


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  • Telemarketing Fraud - Another common scam is from telemarketers naming bogus companies to sell a product. Oftentimes, it turns out to be part of a pyramid scheme or

payments made are not only one time but to a subscription charge every month. 


How to Avoid: 

  1. Thoroughly research whether the company is legitimate. Secure websites have a lock button on the search bar and do not contain unofficial looking content. If there are basic errors like spelling and grammar, this is often a red flag to avoid.

  2. Obtain a salesperson’s personal information. Asking for their name, position, or company address can set them off guard. If they are legitimate salespeople –there wouldn’t be an issue of hesitation. You may even lookup the company on Google right on the spot to verify. 

  3. Be aware of the latest phishing schemes sent to your phone or email. They often market free prizes and great deals to lure you into clicking on an attached link. Mark the message as spam and block any unreliable source.


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  • Investment Fraud - Financial fraud comes in various forms. They commonly involve false investment opportunities. Con artists may pose as insurance agents selling fake insurance premiums to pocket the money or pose as bank tellers to gain access to your personal information. 


How to Avoid: 

  1. Contact legitimate advisors. Most fool-proof investments are done with the assistance of financial advisors. Having their guidance and expertise when making new investments can help save thousands of dollars being pocketed. 

  2. Increase the step verification process. Activating extra verification steps for your credit card or insurance policy while using it can help ensure less fraudulent cases to occur without notice. 

  3. Never give away specific information online. If a proxy is needed to carry out errands, make sure not to give specifics –like credit card numbers or other information online. 


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Senior citizens are one of the most susceptible targets for different scamming tricks. Through awareness and help from other family members, it can guide them in making smart decisions when it comes to finance. Extra precautionary measures may prevent financial abuse from external parties to take place, allowing the elderly to retire peacefully.  




Saturday, October 17, 2020

Let Your DNA Influence Your Lifestyle and Live a Healthier Life

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There are genetic and DNA tests for almost any purpose you can dream of. However, not all genome testing is completed with the same level of diligence and integrity. There are two main types of DNA tests: medical and commercial.

Medical gene and DNA tests are more thorough and specifically tailored to suit a patient. The costs associated with genetic tests, therapies, and gene counselors are significant. Many insurance companies will not cover the fees associated with these developing treatments.

Consumer DNA tests range from quality screenings with reliable results to educated guesses that are more like entertainment than genetic research. Before exploring what these commercial DNA tests can do to protect and improve your health, it is wise to visit the objective DNA Weekly website where you will find honest reviews and helpful resources that aid you in buying the test best suited for your needs. 


Precision Medicine

One of the most exciting innovations associated with genetic testing and the science associated with DNA is that healthcare may be able to tailor treatment to every individual’s needs.

The human genome is complicated with a basic structure that can be altered in endless variations. Mutations add to the complexity by changing that already intricate construction.


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Precision medicine is the future of healthcare. As gene therapies advance and technology like (CRISPR) become more commonplace and affordable. The DNA testing industry will revolutionize how doctors treat patients and may impact how we reproduce.


Finding Cancer

Identifying the so-called breast cancer gene (BRAC1/BRAC2) is a welcome development in oncology.

However, genes do not dictate whether or not you will develop a disease. Many people carry genes without ever getting ill, but being aware of this genetic risk will allow many people to adjust their lifestyles to help prevent the illness from mutating their genes and making them sick.

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Connect to Your Ancestors    

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The human mind is an extraordinarily complex tool. Psychologists believe that having a connection to ancestry helps reassure current generations that they can weather the situations that complicate their lives.

Dr. Routledge an associate professor of psychology and the director of the operates the Experimental Existential Social Psychology Lab who has spent years studying nostalgia and it’s the effect on the human mind.

Dr. Routledge theorizes that "Nostalgia activates several positive states. Specifically, nostalgia increases positive mood, self-esteem., feelings of social connectedness, and perceptions of meaning in life." Dr. Routledge further states that nostalgia is an emotion that fortifies people in times of distress. It aids in healing after trauma and gives people the strength they need to move forward.  

                                         

Dr. Routledge theorizes that "Nostalgia activates several positive states. Specifically, nostalgia increases positive mood, self-esteem., feelings of social connectedness, and perceptions of meaning in life." Dr. Routledge further states that nostalgia is an emotion that fortifies people in times of distress. It aids in healing after trauma and gives people the strength they need to move forward.

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Carrier Screenings

Another benefit of genetic research is the ability to scan potential parents for genetic mutations which if passed down to a child might make them potentially fatally ill.


Making Informed Lifestyle Choices

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The new field of epigenetics involves studying how our lifestyles, environment, and the chemicals and pollutions we are exposed to can change human genes. For example, smoking is a lifestyle choice changes genes and is intricately linked to illness. Cigarettes change genes by mutating the genes that fight cancer until they do not work anymore.

A couple of recent research studies proved that eating for nutrition and prioritizing health can keep genes from changing lowering the pulmonary risks associated with poor nutrition. The same is true for exercise because it coaxes stem cells to turn into blood or bone cells instead of mutated genes that can negatively affect a person’s health.