Archive for July, 2012

Using RPE for Exercise Intensity

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

Another method for prescribing and monitoring exercise intensity involves using ratings of perceived exertion (RPE). Perceived exertion refers to the physical strain individuals believe they are experiencing while exercising. Perceived exertion feedback is important because it provides a practical means for individuals to become sensitive to what constitutes appropriate exercise intensity. During exercise, perception of effort is influenced by a variety of cues — some local in nature (e.g., sensations of muscular discomfort or strain) and some central in nature (e.g., heart rate, breathing rate, etc.). (more…)

The Lost Art of Listening, Part 2

Friday, July 20th, 2012

Develop one-word tags to label a speaker’s main points. For instance, if a member complains about payment, you may tag “dues.” Trigger words are an easy way to keep track of a speaker’s remarks and to prevent your mind from wandering. This works well in situations with frustrated members who may rant and rave, only to forget much of what they have said. If you respond to their main points by using your tag words, they know you were listening. (more…)

The Lost Art of Listening, Part 1

Friday, July 20th, 2012

When Charles Wang and his family came to America in 1949, they had two suitcases. Wang, now worth well over $100 million in Computer Associates International Stock, says that his company grew because they listened to their clients. Wang says that while most computer companies sell people what they need, his company asked them what they wanted and then carefully listened to their responses. Maybe Yogi Berra knew what he was talking about when he said, “If you listen long enough, you will hear something.” (more…)

Lead the Pack and Leave the Pack Behind. Part 3

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012
  • Become an armchair activist by writing to your legislators and health insurance corporate boards of directors to provide insurance coverage for smoking cessation medications and programs.  (more…)

Lead the Pack and Leave the Pack Behind. Part 2

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

Our Tackling Tobacco section also provides tobacco-related illness risk assessment and personal profile elements that can help identify potential obstacles, and the strategies that will help improve a person’s chances for successfully quitting tobacco use. We also provide live, online supportive chats four nights each week, and message boards on a variety of topics related to reducing or quitting tobacco use. (more…)

Lead the Pack and Leave the Pack Behind. Part 1

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

Monday, May 31, is the World Health Organization’s (WHO) World No-Tobacco Day. The theme for the event is “Leave the Pack Behind.” The WHO is taking the global initiative to reduce the epidemic of tobacco-related illnesses and deaths. One of the most effective ways to do this is to encourage current cigarette smokers and smokeless tobacco users to quit using tobacco products. If we do not reduce the number of tobacco users now, 500 million people who are alive today will eventually be killed by their tobacco habit. (more…)

Support Groups For Caregivers, Part 2

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

When the caregivers get together, “a lot of times you hear laughter coming out of that group. Sometimes you need a chance to let your hair down, ” she said. Or show your fears and worries, since “in the persona of the caregiver, you have to be the strong one.” (more…)

Support Groups For Caregivers, Part 1

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

These days, my life is very hectic while I maintain a home, build a career and monitor teenagers, among other demands. But, with rare exceptions, you can always find me once a month at the same time and place: meeting with a support group of people who have loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease. (more…)