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The long awaited arrival of the spring season is finally over. And soon, summer will be in full swing. People will be heading out to their yards to enjoy the sunshine and summer-season fun. Here are a few ways to safe this summer: Sunglasses, Hats and Sunscreen As the temperature begins to warm, more and more people will be taking to their gardens to plant flowers, pull weeds and harvest the fruits and veggies of the season. Gardening boasts a wide range of health benefits from building hand strength and dexterity to boosting self-esteem. People who garden are also at a lower risk of developing dementia or suffering from a stroke, according to Earth Easy. But as the temperatures begin to rise during the spring and summer seasons, seniors are more likely to be exposed to the sun’s harmful rays. While Vitamin D is essential, spending time out in the garden without the proper sun protection is dangerous. Stay safe in the summer by always wearing sunglasses, hats and sunscreen. Choose a pair of wraparound sunglasses that offer full sun protection in addition to 100 percent UV-blocking lenses. Darker lenses can help to reduce both glare and eyestrain in high-light conditions. Revant Optics offers a variety of lenses that are compatible with Maui Jim, Arnette, Oakley and Ray-Ban frames. It’s wise to have a spare pair of lenses on hand, just in case your original lenses get scratched while working outside. In addition to wearing sunglasses, invest in a good wide-brim hat to keep your neck protected from the sun and wear a sunscreen with UVA and UVB protection. Gloves, Long Pants and Close-Toed Shoes […]
Answer the following questions to determine if a medical alert system is right for you: Do you live alone? Are you 65 years of age or older? Have you fallen in the last 3 years? Are you worried about falling in the shower? Do you have difficulty using steps or standing up? Do you have any of these conditions: heart disease, osteoporosis, COPD, Diabetes, arthritis? Do you have poor vision and find it easier to simply press a button than use a standard telephone? Do you use a cane for balance or walking? Are you loved ones worried about you when you’re home alone?Is it important for you to continue living independently? Find Medical Alert Systems and Devices in your area here Count your “yes” answers to see if you need a medical alert system: 0-2 Not required. Your health and living situation don’t require a medical alert system, but it can provide peace of mind against the unexpected. 3-5 Moderate need. You are at risk for a fall or other incident. A medical alert system helps ensure that aid can get to you quickly. 6-8 Highly recommended. Several factors put you at risk for a fall or other incident. To maintain your independence, a medical alert system is highly recommended. 9-11 Urgent need. You are at a very high risk of an incident requiring medical attention. A medical alert system is strongly advised. – – Questionnaire courtesy of AmeriCare Homecare, with offices in Raleigh, NC and Chapel Hill, NC