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Surprising Statistic About Care Giving- Auricular Exercises
A help for those who give care

June 18, 2004

Elder Care and Auricular Exercise to Improve Flexibility
-- Will YOU need to help a spouse or relative?
-- Today's average 65-year-old having a 25 percent chance of living to age 90
-- Auricular exercise guidelines
-- The exact Step

Men are providing the same type of tasks as women, including grocery shopping, managing medications and providing transportation, yet women still provide more personal care, such as bathing, toileting and dressing.

In June 2003, the MetLife Mature Market Institute conducted an online survey of nearly 1,400 employed caregivers at three Fortune 500 companies. The study, "Sons at Work: Balancing Employment and Eldercare," found that nearly 50 percent of the caregivers were men.

Will YOU need to help a spouse or relative?
Modifying your work to be able to care for an elderly relative Both men and women reported needing to modify their work schedules to accommodate the care recipient. Men are less likely than women to discuss care-giving with co-workers.

In an earlier, smaller study, "The MetLife Juggling Act Study: Balancing Care-giving with Work and the Costs Involved," conducted in November 1999, 76 percent of the caregivers were female.

Today's average 65-year-old having a 25 percent chance of living to age 90
With today's average 65-year-old having a 25 percent chance of living to age 90, we'll all be experiencing more of the above-mentioned encounters. Many of the caregivers I have just described do not consider themselves "caregivers," because they think they are just "lending a hand" when needed. Yet, as the parent or spouse becomes more dependent, the duties expand.
Caregivers estimated they would provide care for approximately six months, but the average length of time was eight years. Caregivers experienced significant losses in personal health, career development, salary and retirement income, as well as increased out-of-pocket expenses. The above was take from an article by Dynamic Chiropractic - June 3, 2004, Volume 22, Issue 12 The Effects of Family Caregiving. Wiser Special Report, Sept. 10, 2003. Available at . Sons at Work: Balancing Employment and Eldercare. June 2003, MetLife Mature Market Institute, Westport, Conn. (This study and others are available at or .) Author of the article was Barbara Zapotocky Cook, DC, MA Honolulu, Hawaii

DOCTOR THIE'S COMMENTS: If you are now 65 the odds are one in four that you will live to be 90. The many problems of living longer makes the need for learning how to stay balanced even greater. More and more people are finding that using TFH as a protocol for prevention and delaying of disability effective. The daily use or more often use of the pretests corrections, meridian tracing, auricular exercise can help the life energy be restored and thus give disability at bay. Auricular exercise protocol following.

Auricular exercise guidelines
One way of recognizing the changes is to take a measurement of flexibility in the entire body by bending forward or twisting and making a assessment as to the amount of flexibility then doing one or more of the TFH exercises and re assessing the range of motion in the body. This can be done with the elderly person as well as for the caregiver. It can be fun and easy to accomplish as well as improve the relationship.

For those of you that have no training in TFH here is the protocol for the Auricular Exercise for increased flexibility. Start off by making a general assessment of how you feel overall. Put a number on it of 10. If you feel better following the exercise the simple 6 steps, your assessment number after exercise will be less than 10 , all the way to 0 meaning you are a 100% better. If you get worse, which I haven't seen you could go up 20 or 100% worse.

The exact Steps
Follow the following steps 1. Gently bend forward taking an assessment of how far your finger tips are from the floor or if you reach the floor how close are you to having the palm of your hand on the floor without bending your knees. 2. Make a mental note of your distance form the floor and rise up again 3. With you thumb and fingers firmly but gently grasp your ears and stretch them in all directions like you are attempting to get the wrinkles out of them as if they were a thick cloth. Do this ear stretching for about 30 seconds or until your ears begin to feel warm 4. Now again gently bend forward and make another assessment of the flexibility of your body. 5. It is OK to be surprised with the greater flexibility. Enjoy the energy that comes with the realization that you can make changes rapidly with Touch for Health. 6. Make your personal assessment about how you feel, the same 10, less below 10 or better percentage or worse. I do this for myself and have done this with thousands of people world wide in seminars and public demonstrations and never had anyone say they felt worse.

WHY DID THIS IMPROVEMENT OCCUR? One theory is that the ear has all the acupuncture points that relate to all the meridians and that by stretching them you stimulate your Chi, Ki, Holy Spirit energy entering you from the universe and leaving you with your breath. In other words you let your energy be restored. The important thing is noticing the difference in yourself, not why this touching is effective. Since you felt better doing this use it at least once a day. I use it to regain my flexibility in the shower every morning along with another 2 minutes exercise of tracing my meridians, using visual inhibition and cross crawl. I regain my flexibility that seems to get lost when I am inactive even when sleeping. Let me hear from you after you have used this protocol.

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