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Telehealth: How It Works and Why It’s So Beneficial

This article was originally posted on Seniors Guide

For patients who are homebound, telehealth may be the next best thing to an in-person doctor visit. Telehealth is a broad term defined as any part of the healthcare system practiced remotely, using digital information and communication technologies. If you monitor your health on a mobile health app, that

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How to Help a Senior Safely Manage Allergy Season

This article was shared on AgingCare.com

Unfortunately, some of the nicest weather and foliage during the year are accompanied by an onslaught of allergens. As pollen fills the air, people afflicted by seasonal allergies begin to groan.

The 2018 National Health Interview Survey found that 19.2 million Americans over age 18 had been diagnosed with hay fever (allergic rhinitis) in the past 12 months. While allergies are often considered a condition that presents earlier in life, seniors are not exempt from bothersome allergy symptoms. In fact, research suggests that age-related changes to the immune system may leave older adults at greater risk for autoimmune diseases, infections and allergic inflammation. To complicate matters further, seniors often have chronic diseases and take multiple medications that can make it difficult to diagnose, manage and treat their seasonal allergies.

Tips for Managing Allergies in the Elderly

Christopher Randolph, M.D., Fellow of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI) and allergist/immunologist in private practice in Connecticut, offers the following suggestions to help caregivers make allergy season more bearable for their aging loved ones.

  1. Look for Allergy Symptoms
    Allergies don

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These Mental Habits Help Resilient People Thrive During a Crisis

This article was shared on Inc.com

The current pandemic is taking an emotional toll on just about everyone. Most of us have been cut off from our workplaces and

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Best Dog Breeds for Assisted Living

This article was originally posted on APlaceForMom.com

Big or small, noisy or quiet, active or calm

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‘It never occurred to me I was having a heart attack.

This article was originally posted on Yahoo News.

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Top 6 Reasons Why You Should Be Journaling

This article was posted on Seniors Guide Online.

Journaling means keeping a record of your thoughts and activities. However, while journal keepers may focus on the present and record daily events, journaling moves beyond just a list of activities, like you might record in a diary or calendar. Journaling calls for more self-expression and reflection.

A journal is a private endeavor, and you

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Tips for Managing Medications at Home

This article was originally shared on Aging Care.

When patients, caregivers, doctors and pharmacists work as a cohesive care team, medication-related problems can be avoided, resulting in better health outcomes and improved daily functioning. The following tips will help seniors and their caregivers manage prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) medications responsibly.

Learn About Each Medication

Learn as much as possible about each medication that is being taken. Be sure to read the information pamphlets that come with prescription medicines. Ask the doctor and pharmacist any questions you may have about the drugs your loved one is taking and how you can help them manage their medication regimen. In addition to the name, dosing information and potential side effects, it is also important to understand why each one has been prescribed.

Questions to Ask About Medications

  • Why has this medicine been prescribed?
  • How does this medicine work in the body?
  • What are the most common side effects?
  • Are there any serious or rare side effects that I should be aware of?
  • Will this medicine interact with others that my loved one is taking now?
  • When will this medicine begin to work?
  • What should I do if my loved one misses a dose? What if they accidentally take more than prescribed?
  • Should my loved one take this medicine with food or water?
  • Are there other drugs, vitamins or supplements that my loved one should avoid while taking this medicine?
  • Are there activities that my loved one should avoid while taking this medicine?
  • Are there any foods that interact with this medication?
  • Is it safe to drink alcohol while on this medicine?
  • How long will my loved one have to take this medicine? Will we need a refill? How do I arrange that?
  • Do you have written information about this medicine that I can take home with me?

Have Complete Medical Records on Hand at Appointments

Make sure all health care providers have your loved one

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Gut feelings: How food affects your mood

This article was originally posted by Harvard Health Publishing

 

The human microbiome, or gut environment, is a community of different bacteria that has co-evolved with humans to be beneficial to both a person and the bacteria. Researchers agree that a person