Tips To Avoid Self-Medication In Old People

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According to research concluded, it was found that 68.6% of the elderly had at least are involved with self-medication. The term self-medication is described as human behavior in which individuals treat health problems and severe illness without consulting or taking advice from doctors or healthcare professionals. A person takes non-prescribed medicines or services which are often term as over the counter (OTC) without consulting or visiting a doctor. It also refers to the people who take dietary supplements for fast results without a prescription. Self-medication can be extremely harmful as we only look for the on-time recovery, but the effects

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Bridging the Dental Care Gap

Bridging the Dental Care Gap

An Aging Matters reader asked, "I would like Information about paying high dental costs. Do people have two dental policies? Do they go to Canada or Mexico for care? Do any states have programs for middle-income retirees?" Bridging the Dental Care Gap Dental care is expensive. For some, there is not sufficient funds to care for their teeth. They're forced to choose between paying for dental work or buying food. The lack of affordable dental care for older Americans is a problem across the country as baby boomers retire and people live longer. Many adults 65 and older don't have dental

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Tips To Avoid Self-Medication In Old People

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According to research concluded, it was found that 68.6% of the elderly had at least are involved with self-medication. The term self-medication is described as human behavior in which individuals treat health problems and severe illness without consulting or taking advice from doctors or healthcare professionals. A person takes non-prescribed medicines or services which are often term as over the counter (OTC) without consulting or visiting a doctor. It also refers to the people who take dietary supplements for fast results without a prescription. Self-medication can be extremely harmful as we only look for the on-time recovery, but the effects

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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

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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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