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Protect Yourself and Your Family – Take 3 Steps To Fight The Flu

Flu activity is widespread in the U.S. While flu vaccination is the most important way to prevent flu, antiviral drugs are the most important way to treat flu.

1. Take every day preventative actions to help prevent the spread of germs.

  • If you do get sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub. Also, clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like flu.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth because germs spread this way. Cover mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.

2. If you have not gotten a flu vaccine yet this season, get vaccinated now – it’s not too late!

  • As long as flu viruses are circulating, vaccination should continue throughout flu season.
  • Flu vaccine is used to prevent flu illness, not treat it.
  • It takes two weeks after vaccination for the immune system to fully respond and for these antibodies to provide protection.
  • With many more weeks of flu activity expected for this flu season, there is still time to get vaccinated if you haven’t already done so. As long as flu viruses are circulating, vaccination can protect you against flu!

3. Take flu antiviral drugs if your doctor prescribes them.

  • People who are at high risk for influenza complications should contact a healthcare professional promptly if they get flu symptoms, even if they have been vaccinated this season.
  • CDC recommends rapid treatment of seriously ill and high-risk flu patients with antiviral drugs.
  • It is very important that antiviral drugs are used early to treat hospitalized patients, people with severe flu illness, and people who are at high risk of serious flu complications based on their age or health.

*Adapted from the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention – January 31

6 Tips To Fully Enjoy The Season:

1. Eat Healthy
Support your immune system by eating fruits and vegetables –
and remember to take your vitamin C!

2. Keep Warm
Keep indoor temperatures at 65 degrees or warmer.

3. Let The Sunshine In!
Sunshine, and the vitamin D it supplies to your body, is key
in battling the winter blues.

4. Cover Up
All parts of your body should be covered when you go out.

5. Remember Your Flu Shot!
An annual flu vaccine is the best way to reduce your risk of
getting sick with seasonal flu and spreading it to others.

6. Keep In Touch!
Proactively fight the winter blues by keeping in touch with
friends and family during the colder months.

*Some of these tips originally appeared in Senior Advisor.

Wishing Everyone A Healthy New Year 2018!

Safety Is No Accident!

Today, Americans are living longer while staying active and healthy. However, according to National Safety Council, adults 65 and older are at risk for falls:

  • One in three older adults falls each year
  • More than 250,000 hip fractures are reported every year, and 95 percent of those are from falls

Some of the underlying causes of older-adult falls, such as muscle weakness, medications that cause dizziness, improper footwear, impaired vision, slick floors, poor lighting, loose rugs, clutter and uneven surfaces, can be improved.

What can you do to make your home or the home of someone you care for safer?

  • Remove clutter, small furniture, pet gear, electrical cords, throw rugs and anything else that might cause someone to trip
  • Arrange or remove furniture to allow for plenty of walking room
  • Secure carpets to the floor
  • Use non-slip adhesive strips on stairs
  • Use non-skid mats or appliques in the bath and shower
  • Install grab bars in the tub, shower and near the toilet
  • Install railings on both sides of stairs
  • Provide adequate lighting in every room and stairway
  • Make often-used items more accessible, like food, clothing, etc., so an older person won’t be tempted to use a stool or ladder to get to them

Adapted from: http://www.nsc.org/learn/safety-knowledge/Pages/safety-at-home-falls.aspx

Help Pours in for World War II Vet in Need of Home Care

Even though Richard Overton can still get around well enough on his own, he needs to remain safe and at his advanced age, there are questions about whether he can remain safe. His current support system is a person who is in their 90s who’s also living with him, and friends and relatives know he needs more.

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NYS DOH Issues Severe Cold Health Advisory

The New York State Department of Health (DOH) has issued a health advisory warning of severe cold.
Home care providers are advised to communicate with their patients during and immediately following the period of extreme cold in order to perform safety checks.

The advisory states that home care staff should observe the temperature at a patient’s home upon visit, and includes signs and symptoms of hypothermia and frostbite for staff to look for, which include the following:

Hypothermia. Signs and symptoms: shivering; confusion; memory loss; drowsiness; exhaustion; slurred speech; glassy stare; slow, irregular pulse; numbness; and decreased level of consciousness.

To manage: remove all wet/cold clothing; place individual in dry blankets/clothing; if conscious, provide them a warm beverage; seek/provide medical attention if further treatment is required.

Frostbite. Signs and symptoms: any discoloration of the skin such as flushed, white, yellow, or blue depending on the length of exposure; waxy appearance of skin; and lack of feeling or numbness.

To manage: handle the frost bitten area gently; do not rub the area; expose the affected area to a source of warmth.

More Seniors Welcome Virtual Socializing

According to a new survey, senior residents aren’t likely to be afraid of a mouse unless it has fur and four paws.

Increasingly, says Michigan State University researcher William Chopik, PhD, older Americans are not only comfortable using computers but they are discovering the joys of social media.

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