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“Why sync your meds?”
Approximately 69 million Americans take three or more prescriptions per month, requiring multiple trips to the pharmacy. Many consumers say they miss doses of their medication because they forget to refill their prescription before they run out. Missed or skipped doses of medication cause 125,000 deaths every year and account for 10 to 25 percent of hospital and nursing home admissions.
“What is the Flu?”
The influenza, or the “flu,” is a contagious disease caused by the influenza virus and it is spread by coughing, sneezing, or nasal secretions. Symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, headache and chills, just to name a few. Some people, such as infants, pregnant women and elderly, can get much sicker.
AVOID THE FLU
“What are some ways to help stay healthy during flu season?”
WASH YOUR HANDS
Frequent hand washing helps prevent the spread of germs and illnesses when done properly. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth as these are the most common routes of entry for the flu and cold viruses.
GET THE FLU SHOT
If you haven’t done so already, ask your community doctor or pharmacist about getting the annual flu vaccine. This season, we also need to prepare for the H1N1 flu. Call your doctor for the most up to date information on the H1N1 flu vaccine and current recommendations.
DRINK PLENTY OF WATER
As we try to stay warm during these colder days, we become prone to dehydration, making us more susceptible to illness. Make sure to get plenty of fluids to stay well-hydrated and healthy.
GET ENOUGH SLEEP
When you’re tired, your body can’t fight off infections as well. Try to keep a routine to help make the most of your ZZZZZ’s.
EARLY ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE DETECTION
“What are some signs for early detection of Alzheimer’s Disease?”
Memory loss that disrupts daily life
One of the most common signs of Alzheimer’s is memory loss, especially forgetting recently learned information. Others include forgetting important dates or events; asking for the same information over and over; relying on memory aides (e.g., reminder notes or electronic devices) or family members for things they used to handle on their own.
Challenges in planning or solving problems
Some people may experience changes in their ability to develop and follow a plan or work with numbers. They may have trouble following a familiar recipe or keeping track of monthly bills. They may have difficulty concentrating and take much longer to do things than they did before.
Difficulty completing familiar tasks at home, at work or at leisure
People with Alzheimer’s often find it hard to complete daily tasks. Sometimes, people may have trouble driving to a familiar location, managing a budget at work or remembering the rules of a favorite game.
Confusion with time or place
People with Alzheimer’s can lose track of dates, seasons and the passage of time. They may have trouble understanding something if it is not happening immediately. Sometimes they may forget where they are or how they got there.
“When Can I Enroll or Change My Medicare Plan?”
You can prevent pimples by keeping your face clean and your hands away from your face. Using any good cleanser or soap, gently wash the affected area two to three times daily. You treat most cases of mild acne with over-the-counter lotions or creams containing salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide. You can also try dietary or herbal products like arnica, zinc and tea tree oil.
If herbal or over-the-counter products do not work, a doctor may recommend a prescription medicine that can be applied to the skin or taken orally. If you have more than 10 blemishes on one side of your face or they are deep, painful and swollen, you should see a doctor. People over the age of 25 with acne may also need a doctor’s care for acne.