Sunday, July 31, 2011


This is very interesting...hope you take the time and read this :~)
1. Cucumbers contain most of the vitamins you need every day, just one cucumber contains Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B5, Vitamin B6, Folic Acid, Vitamin C, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium and Zinc.

2. Feeling tired in the afternoon, put down the caffeinated soda and pick up a cucumber. Cucumbers are a good source of B Vitamins and Carbohydrates that can provide that quick pick-me-up that can last for hours.

3. Tired of your bathroom mirror fogging up after a shower? Try rubbing a cucumber slice along the mirror, it will eliminate the fog and provide a soothing, spa-like fragrance.

4. Are grubs and slugs ruining your planting beds? Place a few slices in a small pie tin and your garden will be free of pests all season long. The chemicals in the cucumber react with the aluminum to give off a scent undetectable to humans but drive garden pests crazy and make them flee the area.
5 Looking for a fast and easy way to remove cellulite before going out or to the pool? Try rubbing a slice or two of cucumbers along your problem area for a few minutes, the phytochemicals in the cucumber cause the collagen in your skin to tighten, firming up the outer layer and reducing the visibility of cellulite. Works great on wrinkles too!!!

6.. Want to avoid a hangover or terrible headache? Eat a few cucumber slices before going to bed and wake up refreshed and headache free. Cucumbers contain enough sugar, B vitamins and electrolytes to replenish essential nutrients the body lost, keeping everything in equilibrium, avoiding both a hangover and headache!!

7. Looking to fight off that afternoon or evening snacking binge? Cucumbers have been used for centuries and often used by European trappers, traders and explores for quick meals to thwart off starvation.

8. Have an important meeting or job interview and you realize that you don't have enough time to polish your shoes? Rub a freshly cut cucumber over the shoe, its chemicals will provide a quick and durable shine that not only looks great but also repels water.

9. Out of WD 40 and need to fix a squeaky hinge? Take a cucumber slice and rub it along the problematic hinge, and voila, the squeak is gone!

10. Stressed out and don't have time for massage, facial or visit to the spa? Cut up an entire cucumber and place it in a boiling pot of water, the chemicals and nutrients from the cucumber with react with the boiling water and be released in the steam, creating a soothing, relaxing aroma that has been shown the reduce stress in new mothers and college students during final exams.

11. Just finish a business lunch and realize you don't have gum or mints? Take a slice of cucumber and press it to the roof of your mouth with your tongue for 30 seconds to eliminate bad breath, the phytochemcials will kill the bacteria in your mouth responsible for causing bad breath.

12. Looking for a 'green' way to clean your faucets, sinks or stainless steel? Take a slice of cucumber and rub it on the surface you want to clean, not only will it remove years of tarnish and bring back the shine, but is won't leave streaks and won't harm you fingers or fingernails while you clean.

13. Using a pen and made a mistake? Take the outside of the cucumber and slowly use it to erase the pen writing, also works great on crayons and markers that the kids have used to decorate the walls!!

Saturday, July 23, 2011

China's Senior Living

Here's a blog I found on LinkedIn that I thought would be of interest to my readers wanting more on Senior Living,  Aging-In-Place, as well as cultural differences.  Baby Boomers are aging across the globe, not just in the US.  See what other countries and cultures are doing to address the issue. 

Let me know what you think.

Enter the Aging Dragon: the inaugural blog of China Senior Living!

Monday, July 18, 2011

About Patient-Centered Design & Sharing Your Experiences

"Patient-Centered Design" is a principle that should be in the
forefront of any health facility project.  It is a philosophy by which
building owners and their design teams create and develop spaces
to be used by patients.  This principle takes into account the
needs of patients and their families and methods for delivering the
best care to them. 
Learning From Patients & Their Families..........Read more
From the Patient-Centered Design Institute

Friday, July 15, 2011

Business Etiquette by Sam Black

To know Sam is to love her.  She's a sassy straight talker from NY, who really knows her stuff.  I've had Sam work with my staff in the past on marketing our services.  I was amazed at how quick she is with responses to help overcome objections.  Anyway, here are some thought provoking Tips from Sam on  Business Etiquette.

Brain Exercises

Most of us know how to exercise our bodies, whether we are diligent about it, or not.  But how many of us exercise our brains on a regular basis?  Dr. Pascale Michelon and The Memory Practice are a great resource.  Let me know what you think.  Read more........

Thursday, July 14, 2011

China Takes on Its Alzheimer's Problem

(Source: New York Times) - Last year, an expensive, red-brick residential complex opened in Shanghai, equipped with a hair salon, cinema, game rooms and a karaoke suite offering the latest in pop music.The residents are not Chinese yuppies, they are older patients with Alzheimer's disease or dementia in a nursing home that is on the forefront of a new effort by China to deal with its exploding elderly population.

"This is the best place we could imagine," says Miao Yuqiang, who helped his 81-year-old mother enroll. "By the time we found this nursing home, we were desperate."

While many countries are struggling to cope with rapidly aging populations, in China there are forecasts that within three decades there could be nearly 400 million people over the age of 60 and, partly because of the one-child policy, a declining number of working-age people to care for them.

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Great Design Makes a Difference: Bartels

Bartels is a door and hardware manufacturer that understands, not just good design, but great design.  Imagine the difference these products can make in your commercial or residential environment.  Be sure to watch the video.