Getting the best healthcare is one of the top priorities for most of us. As the adage goes “Health is wealth,” being in good health and top physical condition is definitely as good as, or even better, enormous amounts of riches. That is why more and more people are getting reputable healthcare and insurance especially in this day and age where majority of illnesses can either be prevented or cured by early detection and proper care and treatment. The advancement in medicine and technology increases the chances of getting well and fast recovery from sickness. The availability of more hospitals, institutions and websites such as that provide excellent healthcare packages made medical tourism popular among health-conscious people and vacationers. Gone are the days when tourism is just about visiting other places to have fun and relax. Medical tourism combines the fun and thrill of checking out new sights and places with having your health checked in top hospitals all over the world.

One of the countries famous for its excellent and trustworthy medical tourism packages is Turkey. This is hardly a surprise since stats from 2012 show that there are over 29,960 medical institutions in Turkey, with the government spending more than 76 billion Turkish Lira for healthcare. People looking for the best medical tourism destination need not stress themselves looking. Turkey’s neighboring countries such as Iraq, Syria and Libya may find this country as a great choice for medical tourism package. To those who are still unconvinced of Turkey being a great medical tourism destination, here are some reasons that might change your mind.



Turkey: A medical tourism destination

  1. Relatively closer than other medical tourism destinations – People coming from countries such as Iraq and Libya will find Turkey a better choice when it comes to medical tourism because of its close proximity to their home countries.
  1.  Affordable medical procedures – Compared to its western counterparts, the prices of medical procedures and surgeries such as bone marrow transplant, heart bypass and spinal infusion are relatively cheaper in Turkey.
  1. Excellent healthcare services – In the past years, various healthcare facilities can be found in Turkey with much of these equipped with state-of-the art facilities and machines. The healthcare institutions and facilities in Turkey adhere to international health standards. They also work with well-known international organizations thus ensuring the quality and credibility of their medical procedures. It is also worth noting that Turkey is one of the countries with a high number of JCI accredited organizations with 48. You may further appreciate this statistic when you know that a country such as Spain only has 21 JCI-accredited institutions.


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  1. Specializations in various medical procedures/surgeries – With an average of 40,000 medical tourists visiting Turkey, you can be sure that Turkey has various medical specializations. Some of Turkey’s specializations in the field of medicine are cardiovascular surgery, in vitro fertilization, oncology, gamma knife and bone marrow transplantation.

The items listed above are just some of the reasons why Turkey is a great choice for medical tourists. Make sure to browse the web and do more research before getting a medical tourism package.

You probably already know that caffeine helps you to stay alert and awake. This is one of the many reasons that more than half of all U.S. adults drink coffee every day. That’s 100 million Americans drinking down their favorite espressos, lattes, or good old-fashioned drip coffee each and every day. However, did you also know caffeine has a positive effect on long-term memory?

Caffeine’s Effect on Forming Memory

There are certain ways of drinking caffeine that have been proven most effective. A recent study out of Johns Hopkins University showed that caffeine helps to build long-term memory. The key to the success was not simply drinking coffee, however.  The timing and amount of caffeine ingested greatly affected the process of creating permanent memories.

The sweet spot for the amount of caffeine was found to be around 200 mg, or the amount in about twelve ounces of drip coffee. Another surprising key to creating long-term memory was the timing of the dosage. The researchers found that it worked best in helping to form long-term memories when taken after studying. 24 hours later, test subjects that received a placebo or a 100 mg dose of caffeine had more difficulty remembering images from the previous day’s study session.

So how can you apply this research to boosting your memory and study skills? One way would be to hold off on the caffeine during your study session, then treat yourself to a triple Americano as a reward. Not only will you feel good about having completed your studies for the day, you will also be helping your brain to turn all of the information studied into real, usable memory.

Caffeine as a Late Night Study Aid

For many people, the previous technique may not work for one reason:  they study late at night in one session. “Cramming” is a technique you will be very familiar with if you ever spent any time in a college dorm. It is also a study habit that many people carry over into their professional lives. Obviously, if your study session ends at two in the morning, drinking a big mug of coffee and heading off to bed is probably not an option for you.

Now imagine an extreme case where you were forced to stay awake for 72 straight hours and then study. This is exactly what happened in a test performed by the US Navy.

Even after days spent awake, the same amount of caffeine that you would get in a triple shot of espresso helped Navy sailors to perform better on mental tests. It also improved their alertness. If it works for them, starting off your evening study session with your favorite coffee drink could be a great way to get you through an otherwise boring study session.

If you are anything like most Americans, you enjoy starting your morning by helping yourself to a mug full of fresh coffee from the machine in your kitchen, or stopping by a coffee house on the way to work. What might surprise you is that by timing when you drink your favorite beverage and the amount that you drink, you can enhance your ability to stay alert and form memories.

The next time you study or have a busy day at work, try out a new coffee drinking technique.  It could make a big difference in your next business presentation or certification exam. At the same time, you will be enjoying one of the great pleasures in life: the coffee break.

Last year my grandmother had to move to assisted living. Needless to say, she was reluctant to go. At 88, she had been living on her own for over 40 years. She liked her privacy and was fiercely protective of her independence.

Unfortunately, she was also in the beginning stages of dementia, and it was starting to affect her ability to take care of herself. Because she kept a lot to herself, we didn’t discover exactly how bad it was until the day a police officer showed up at my door to tell me that my grandmother had been in an accident.

She wasn’t hurt, but she had gotten confused and driven into someone’s yard. She was fine, the other party was fine, but the car was banged up. After her accident, we discovered the extent of her problems.

·  She had stopped cooking and her daily diet consisted of chips, candy, and soda – things she could grab quickly, whenever she remembered to eat.

·  She had completely stopped taking her insulin, and had not seen her doctor for months.

·  She had hypertension and had stopped taking those meds as well.

·  She had stopped paying her Medicare premiums and other bills.

We took turns caring for her. I would bring her breakfast and give her morning insulin, my aunt would bring her a healthy lunch, take her afternoon readings, and take her to her doctor appointments; my mother would do the evening meal and insulin, and took over her financial affairs to make sure her bills were paid and got her back on Medicare.

After a few months, we discovered that she was leaving the house without our knowledge. She was taking cabs to run errands, and then getting rides home from complete strangers, sometimes with wads of cash in her bag.

We found a great facility that offered apartment-style units, with 24-hour nursing care. That way, my grandmother could maintain her privacy, but qualified help was literally right outside her door.

The nurses make sure she eats, they take her vitals and administer her meds, and they help with her memory care, and they make sure she gets to the doctor. They also helped her transition into the facility by introducing her to fellow residents, and getting her involved in activities. She has free run of the facility but they also keep track of her and keep her safe.

The nurses at this facility are a godsend.

I was so grateful to them that I decided I wanted to know more about the women who make my grandmother’s life safer and healthier.

There’s Colette. We found out that she’s actually a geriatric nurse practitioner. She started off with an Associates degree from a local nursing school, but then went on to get her accelerated BSN from Gwynedd Mercy University before getting her masters there as well. She told us that she had wanted to be a geriatric nurse since she was a teen and had to take care of her own grandmother. She’s there almost every time I visit, and my grandmother loves her.

Sarah is actually a nurse aide, but she does many of the jobs that the regular nurses do, including bathing the residents and dispensing medications. She got her CNA from community college, but she’s planning to go back to school for an RN. I also found out that she has five black cats, all rescues, and is also a master gardener.

Mary is probably the oldest nurse on the floor, and she has been there the longest. I don’t get to see her often, because she’s usually gone before I show up. However, some days she stays late to play a round of bid whist with some of the residents, my grandmother included. Sometimes she plays a few songs on the baby grand on the main floor near the dining room. I found out that she had originally gotten a music degree, and even taught high-school choir, before she started nursing 20 years ago.

Getting my grandmother into care was a lifesaver for her, and for our family. All of these women, and the countless others that I don’t have the space to mention, have helped my family through this difficult transition, and have improved my grandmother’s life immensely.