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November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month. Nathan Adelson Hospice was a guest on Talking Solutions recently to talk about how they do hospice and palliative care differently in Las Vegas. First, they’re the only non-profit hospice in Southern Nevada. Second, they have unique programs that focus on more than just the physical aspect of life for their clients.

Nathan Adelson Hospice is the largest and longest-established hospice in Southern Nevada. And they pride themselves on their innovative approaches and services for our community. These include Paws @ Home, which gifts a robotic puppy or kitten to clients. These gifts give clients the comfort of having an animal without the responsibility of pet-owning.

Nathan Adelson also offers Cardiac Care. The organization currently cares for 49.2% of all cardiac hospice patients in Southern Nevada. And they save their clients, on average, $15K for their total cost of care. The hospice also offers an Advanced Lung Program, Home Hospice Care and Advance Care Planning/Deciding Tomorrow Today programs. Nathan Adelson does more RN visits in the last 3 and 7 days of life than the County and State average. And their overall hospitalization rate is 1.45%, compared to the county average of 4.24%.

End-of-life care for their clients isn’t the only focus of Nathan Adelson Hospice. The organization considers everyone affected by the last days of a loved one’s life. For this reason, they offer programs for family members of their clients. Camp Erin and Families In Need are two such programs. They also have services for veterans, such as the Veteran Food Program launching in Pahrump as well as Veteran Pinning Ceremonies.

Chief Operating Officer and Chief Nursing Officer, Angela Collins was a guest this month on Talking Solutions. Angela talked about the programs the hospice offers as well as the statistics in our community that supports their mission. Angela also spoke about the Before I Die Wall and it’s importance in our community. The original air date for this show was November 13, 2022.

Wendy Rush, 96.3KKLZ Las Vegas

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7 Stress-Reducing Lifestyle Changes You Should Make

Stress is obviously a part of life. Moreso now than it ever has been in the past. And we all have learned ways to manage it when it rears its ugly head. But just managing the symptoms of stress is not a long-term goal. It’s more sustainable to lessen how much of it gets into our lives in the first place.

It’s great to have tools in your tool bag for when stress does surface. Because it’s inevitable this day and age that it will. But there are changes we can make to our lifestyles that can drastically lessen the amount of stress we feel daily.

Chronic stress can lead to major health issues. According to the Mayo Clinic, if you feel constantly unsafe, your body will stay in fight-or-flight mode. That means your cortisol and adrenaline levels stay elevated, and your heartrate and blood pressure don’t regulate themselves. Long-term exposure to that can seriously mess up your body’s processes.

The effect can lead to many health issues, including anxiety and depression. Even weight gain, headaches and sleep problems are linked to chronic stress. Digestive problems and muscle pain are also effects of long-term stress. Not to mention more serious issues like heart disease, heart attack, high blood pressure and stroke.

Have you ever been in a bad relationship and thought there was something wrong with YOU that required serious remedies like medication or therapy? Only to have that relationship end and suddenly be “cured”? Happens all the time. I’m not advocating for no therapy or to just did your meds. Just saying you should take a look at your life. Maybe there are things that need to change.

It’s vital to find ways to allow less stress into our lives. Here’s a list of ways to do just that. 🙂

Wendy Rush, 96.3KKLZ Las Vegas

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  • 1. Get Enough Sleep

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    It cannot be understated how important sleep is for stress management. Try to go to bed and get up at the same time so your body can anticipate and make the most of the time you’ve set aside for repose. And ditch those electronics in the bedroom for the best sleep results.

  • 2. Practice Mindfulness

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    One of the easiest lifestyle changes you can make for less stress is to learn how to practice mindfulness. This doesn’t necessarily mean setting aside 20 minutes every day to meditate. Although that would be amazing. Mindfulness just means being present in the moment. Whether that means putting the phone away when you’re eating so you can focus on the tastes and textures of the food, or taking a moment to notice the sights and smells around you. Mindfulness brings you into the present moment and out of your stress.

  • 3. Eat Well

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    A good diet is an essential element for keeping your body and mind performing at their best. And this helps to manage the daily stress we all experience. Try to avoid processed foods as much as you can. and eat plenty of greens and whole grains to get the most health benefits. If you are a meat-eater, opt for the leanest proteins you can.

  • 4. Set Boundaries

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    You know that phrase “location, location, location”? Well that level of importance should be stressed on “boundaries, boundaries, boundaries”. While it might be really challenging to say no when people ask you to do things, it’s a MUST if you are stretched thin and not able to prioritize your self-care. There’s a reason people-pleasers are exhausted all the time.

  • 5. Time Management

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    With everything we tend to pack on our plates, being able to juggle it all is vital. Think about it, if you start the day later than you need to get everything on your list done, you’re setting yourself up for failure. If you always feel stressed about your packed schedule, maybe waking up ten or fifteen minutes earlier can make a difference in the stress levels you have throughout the day.

  • 6. Get Picky About Your Circle

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    They say the people closest to you shape who you become. If your circle of friends includes people who are chronically negative, its going to have an effect on your stress levels. So surround yourself with people who elevate your mood and you’ll have an easier time handling stress.

  • 7. Get A Pet

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    Studies have shown that interacting with animals lowers cortisol. That’s a stress-related hormone. Having a pet also boosts your mood and lowers your blood pressure.