Dehydration Tips

Summer is now here… as we approach the “heat of the summer” you should be aware of your need for fluids.  If you are exercising, spending time in the sun, or are under the weather, you can more easily become dehydrated.  Once dehydration starts your body begins to shut down, except for vital functions.  Luckily the body gives us symptoms to prevent dehydration from happening. The body will react to the need for water by giving of signs that you should recognize. The initial signs and symptoms of mild dehydration, in adults, start to appear when a person has lost

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6 Important Reasons to Keep Hydrated this Summer

6 Important Reasons to Keep Hydrated this Summer

Our bodies are over seventy percent water, so the importance of drinking enough H2O goes far beyond cooling down on a hot day or quenching your thirst. The human body needs to be properly hydrated to function. Not enough water can affect things like muscle function, joint and brain protection, immune health, digestion and even mood. 6 Important Reasons to Keep Hydrated this Summer Here are just a few reasons it’s important to get your eight* glasses of water a day! Keep Bladder and Kidneys Healthy – Because water helps to flush out any unwanted microbes, well hydrated people have fewer

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Helping Seniors Avoid Medication Mistakes

Helping Seniors Avoid Medication Mistakes

Medications are a crucial part of life for most seniors, helping them stay healthy and manage chronic conditions. But for all the good they do, medications also represent a risk for older adults. Making mistakes when taking medications can lead to serious — even fatal — consequences. So, it’s important that seniors and family caregivers alike do all that they can to avoid medication mistakes. Helping Seniors Avoid Medication Mistakes As America’s choice in non-medical home care, the team at Visiting Angels knows how important it is for seniors and their families to avoid medication mistakes. To help, we’ve listed some

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3 Super Useful Summer Tips for Seniors

Seniors Drinking Water After Fitness In Park

Summer tips for seniors can be a practical reminder for staying safe, healthy, and happy as the temperatures soar. Whether you like to stay active, enjoy local tourist activities, or take a road trip, the following tips will help you enjoy the hotter months. 1. Hydrate (with personalized flavors) You’ve probably heard this before: During the summer months, make sure you drink extra water. It’s sound advice, as the human body must stay hydrated to stay healthy. By the time you feel thirsty, you’re already in a state of dehydration. Your fluid intake does not have to be extreme—just consistent.

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Why Choosing the Ideal Healthcare Proxy is Critical

Why Choosing the Ideal Healthcare Proxy is Critical

This week at the Aging Well Conference in Arlington, I was invited to speak on the critical topic, The Decisions A Health Care Proxy May Make On Your Behalf. I've written several times about legal documents and selecting an executor and agent. While researching for the presentation, I came across valuable information on the American Bar Association website and want to share with readers. Why Choosing the Ideal Healthcare Proxy is Critical The decisions a healthcare proxy will make on your behalf Choices about medical care, including medical tests, medicine, or surgery The right to request or decline life-support treatments such

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How to Survive Allergy Season

How to Survive Allergy Season

As we watch the winter snow slowly melt away, it’s a sure sign that spring is here to stay! While we’re sure many of us rejoice at hearing this news, a downside to the weather changing so drastically in these spring months is the arrival of allergy season. Allergies may plague many of us, but luckily, there are some simple steps on how to survive allergy season. Top Tips If you’re like us and suffer from allergies every season like clockwork, keep reading to learn the top six tips on how to survive allergy season. Know the common warning signs.

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Grandparents Keep Meds Away From Grandchildren

Grandparents love to spend time with their grandchildren. Many times, however, tiny fingers can end up in places they shouldn’t, which is why putting precious or breakable objects out of reach of curious little hands is important. Equally important (if not more so) is keeping medicines and vitamins up and away and out of sight of young children. Consider this: more than 70,000 children end up in emergency departments each year after getting their hands on medicines left within reach. That’s 165 kids—or roughly four busloads of kids — per day. Quite often, that medicine belonged to a grandparent. Where

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Convenient Health Resource for Seniors

Senior couple sitting together using touch screen computer

Being a solo senior aging at home, and like many patients, I don't have quick access to a physician. Yes, I could call the doctor's office and schedule a visit but as it stands today, appointments take at least a month to get in. Not so good if you just want a follow up visit. And if I have a non-emergency question or simply want a second opinion about a health care matter, I always relied on the web for answers. However, the web never served up results that addressed my specific concerns, nor can it answer my question like

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What to Know About Health By 50, 60, 70

Essential skills to master by age and stage Staying healthy through your 50s, 60s, 70s and beyond requires special attention after age 50. Here's what you should know at each age to stay healthy: What to Know About Health By 50, 60, 70 What to Know By: Age 50  By age 50, it's good to be aware of health problems that may slow you down and to be settling into a fitness routine you can sustain through your 50s. Take preventative tests. Soon after you turn 50, there are a few preventative tests you should take if you haven't already. These include a colonoscopy, a

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