Monitoring heart rate
If you've ever used a heart rate monitor, you know how unwieldy and uncomfortable they can be, especially for larger folks. Generally monitors consist of a wristwatchlike device and a strap that wraps all the way around the chest. Often the monitors provide only periodic heart rate measurement.
Impact Sports Technologies has taken a big step forward with its new ePulse2, billed in a news release as “the world's first strapless, armband continuous heart rate monitor, pedometer and calorimeter.”
“Until now,” the release continues, “dynamic heart rate monitors required an uncomfortable chest strap and special watch practically restricting their use to serious athletes. ePulse2 is the first device to make this technology practical and convenient for anyone who exercises or is interested in tracking calories burned or monitoring heart rate or step counting.”
The device allows you to see your heart rate in real time on a full color display.
Survey detects fear of disease
New survey results from the Marist Institute for Public Opinion indicate that Americans fear Alzheimer's disease “more than any other major life-threatening disease, including cancer, stroke, heart disease and diabetes,” according to a Home Instead Senior Care news release. More than 1,200 people participated in the survey.
It “confirmed what I frequently hear from family caregivers — people feel unprepared to care for a loved one diagnosed with Alzheimer's,” David Loftis, owner of the Oklahoma City Home Instead office, said in the release. “The need for support and education for these families is critical.”
The survey also indicates:
• 63 percent of respondents have had a “personal experience” with an Alzheimer's patient or someone with memory loss.
• 61 percent feel unqualified to care for a loved one with the disease.
• 68 percent of respondents said that if they were diagnosed with Alzheimer's, they would be most afraid of not being able to take care of themselves and being a burden on others. Thirty-two percent said they would most fear losing memories of their lives and loved ones.
• 44 percent of respondents said Alzheimer's is the disease they fear most; 33 percent said they most fear cancer.
• 56 percent of adult respondents over 65 fear Alzheimer's the most.
Home Instead, which provides home care services for senior adults, is offering free in-person training to families caring for loved ones with Alzheimer's. For a schedule of programs, go to www.helpforalzheimersfamilies.com.
Compiled by Ken Raymond, Staff Writer