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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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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Avoiding Back Pain

Avoiding Back Pain

Low Back Pain is a common problem that affect as much as 80% of the population some time in their lives.  This intense, and often chronic pain can be caused by injury, overwork or disease.  Management of the pain and disability commonly includes physical therapy or other medical specialist in order to reduce the pain and symptoms.  There are, however, some simple techniques and tips to prevent back issues from occurring. Avoiding Back Pain Exercise Avoiding Back Pain Exercise may be the last thing mind when you are in pain, but exercise is the most important component to pain management therapy and

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Summer Safety Tips For Seniors

With the weather getting warmer every day, there’s no doubt that summer is fast approaching. The summer can be a great time for relaxing with family and enjoying the nice weather. But it can also be dangerous if you don’t take the proper precautions. Summer Safety Tips For Seniors Your body works hard every day to maintain a normal temperature. Excessive heat forces your body to work harder than normal, which often is the root cause of heat-related illness. Essentially the heat forces your body to work beyond its limits. For senior citizens, this can be a dangerous – and even

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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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