Is It Time to Stop Driving?

Signs that it may be time for an older driver to quit (HealthDay News) — As cognitive function, coordination, eyesight and other skills decline in old age, it may be time for an elderly person to quit driving. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration mentions these warning signs that seniors may no longer be able [...]

Avoiding Caregiver Burnout

Caring for an aging parent or older adult can take a toll, especially when you have a lot going on. You may feel pulled in many directions and forced to make compromises and sacrifices. It’s easy to become so focused on other people’s needs that you stop taking care of yourself. That’s called caregiver burnout, [...]

RECOGNIZING & TREATING BED SORES

Pressure or bed sores occur when pressure on the bony parts of the body reduces the blood supply to a particular area. Circulating blood carries nutrients to the cells and carries out waste products. When the blood supply is reduced, the cells are susceptible to damage and eventual death. People who use wheelchairs or those [...]

Check Your Medicines: Tips for Using Medicines Safely

Use this checklist to help avoid medication errors. Simple checks could save your life! Bring a list or a bag with all your medicines when you go to your doctor’s office, the pharmacy, or the hospital. Include all prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements that you use. If your doctor prescribes a new [...]

Five Steps to Ensure a Health Crisis Doesn’t Mean Financial Ruin

(ARA) – A serious long-term illness or disability can have a devastating, often irreversible, affect on a family’s financial well-being. In fact, health care expenses are among the most common cause of bankruptcies, according to findings published in the “American Journal of Medicine” last year. Most people are not financially prepared to have their employment [...]

6 Tips for Buying Safe Toys

Tis the season when millions of parents swarm toy stores, looking for the latest game or gizmo to give to the little ones they love. Entertaining and educational often top a parent’s wish list, but safe should be No. 1. About 230,000 toy-related injuries are treated in hospital emergency rooms every year, according to the [...]

Increase your chances for having a healthy heart

Fact: Making a few lifestyle changes can prevent heart disease, and yet it remains the No. 1 killer in the United States. The American Heart Association wants to improve the cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20% as well as reduce heart-related deaths and stroke by 20% — all by 2020. It’s possible, they say, [...]

Heart attack: Know the signs

You’re a little nauseated and lightheaded. Your back hurts. What do you think? You’re coming down with something, what you ate for breakfast didn’t settle, you carried too much laundry up the stairs? All plausible explanations. Here’s another: You’re having a heart attack. In an American Heart Association survey, only about half of women were [...]

Household hints from the good old days

Yearning to get back to basics in these fast-moving, high-tech times? The editors of Yankee Magazine have culled their cache of vintage books and magazines for the best advice from the good old days. The result? 1,001 Old-Time Household Hints, which cover housecleaning, cooking, gardening, home repair, pets and body care, including: Make your garden [...]

Look Within Yourself to be a Better Parent

Parents hold high hopes for their children. They want their children to grow into people who can thrive. Harvard psychologist Richard Bromfield, author of How to Unspoil Your Child Fast, offers ways to reassess and adjust your parenting. Among his expert tips: Prioritize. If you’re like most loving parents, raising your children well is a [...]

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