Preparing for hurricane season before it’s too late

Preparing for hurricane season before it’s too late

Hurricane season lasts from June to November of each year. NOAA predicted an above-normal Atlantic hurricane season this year with 13-20 named storms. Now is the time to prepare and here are some preparations you can start now: Your medicines - It is possible that prescription medication may not be attainable for a long period after a major storm. Have a full supply of all necessary medications; do not wait to the last minute to get prescriptions filled. Also, make sure that you have a good supply of any over-the-counter medications you take, as well as first aid supplies. Water and food - This is an obvious preparation for all people including seniors. Food should be non-perishable items for at least three days for each person in the house. Experts recommend at least one gallon of drinking water per person each day. Think of your pets - Dogs and cats are important parts of many senior households. Preparing for them is an important...
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Is it getting more difficult to hear people on the phone?

Is it getting more difficult to hear people on the phone?

As we age, hearing becomes more difficult, especially over the phone. It is exhausting to ask someone to keep repeating themselves. Sometimes, having phone conversations doesn’t seem worth it, so its forgotten all together. Thankfully, those days can be over if you qualify for ClearCaptions. It’s is a certified captioning service through the FCC with equipment funded through Title IV of the Americans with Disabilities Act. It works like closed captioning works on television programs with subtitles where the captions are provided in real-time. Qualified individuals with certification from a healthcare professional are eligible for the free service as they must have a clear issue with hearing and speaking over the telephone. Seniors who get the service can have it on their cell phone or as a landline installation. A specialist assists with installing it and provides a tutorial on how to use it with ongoing customer support provided after installation. To get started, all that needs to be done is to...
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How to avoid Medicare fraud

How to avoid Medicare fraud

Medicare and Social Security benefits are the two most important programs that affect the health and wellbeing of older Americans. Both of these programs are overwhelmingly popular with the public. In 2015, a poll commissioned by the Kaiser Family Health Foundation found that 87% of all Americans viewed Social Security favorably while 77% had a positive view of Medicare. They are the two most popular government programs in America. The same poll found that many Americans do not think that these programs are sustainable. One of the reasons is the fraud and abuse that is sometimes, perhaps often, found in both programs. Medicare spending in 2016 amounts to a total of $672.6 billion. Medicare will provide health insurance to 57 million Americans who are 65 or older, disabled, or have end-stage renal disease. Fraud in the Medicare program steals benefits and services that should rightly go to these deserving recipients. You should care greatly about this if you are a taxpayer or...
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A few tips on traveling safely when you’re on vacation

A few tips on traveling safely when you’re on vacation

If you enjoy hitting the road to visit family or friends during a long weekend, we have a few ideas to help you stay safe and healthy wherever you are going:Traveling by carLiving in Florida means we have to travel by car one way or another. Whether it's to go to the airport we are visiting someone within the state, a car is going to be involved. A one to five hour drive is usually easy to do, especially if you are switching driving duties with someone else and making sure to get enough stops in along the way.  If the drive is more than five hours, it is best to stop overnight as you risk being fatigued, and accident rates go up the more tired you are.A few key things to remember no matter how far you are driving:Have your car inspected or serviced before the drivePrepare your home before you leave so make sure it is secure and monitoredPlan...
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This General Practitioner has 4 offices in Florida

This General Practitioner has 4 offices in Florida

Are you new to the Volusia County area or looking for a new primary care physician? Our Approved Vendor, A One Family Practice, is run by Dr. Kashyap Patel, MD and Dr. Savitha B. Kasturi, DO, who are both certified in Family Medicine and have been serving the Volusia County area for more than 15 years. Their offices are located at: 312 W New York Ave Deland, Florida 32720 325 Clyde Morris Blvd, Suite 340 Ormond Beach, FL 322 Big Tree Road South Daytona, FL 25 Palm Harbor Village Way, #2 Palm Coast, FL Run by Dr. Kashyap Patel, MD and Dr. Savitha B. Kasturi, DO, the office focuses on primary care with both doctors certified in Family Medicine. If you are looking for a new primary care doctor, we recommend the doctors at A One Family Practice. They accept Medicare and most HMO and PPO insurances in the area such as Humana, Florida Hospital, Florida Healthcare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, United Healthcare, Welmed, Cigna and Aetna. To make an...
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You should still be thinking about these deadly diseases

You should still be thinking about these deadly diseases

Seniors face a number of obvious health issues. Many of these, like digestive problems, joint pain, hearing and vision loss make themselves known every day, reminding us to see the appropriate medical professional. Other medical needs seem to hide themselves in the back of our minds until it may be too late. Immunization is one of the tasks that can fall through the cracks of medical care. Health experts recommend that seniors be immunized for several preventable diseases that can cause serious or even fatal illness. Every year in the United States, an estimated 45,000 adults die from diseases that could have been prevented by immunization.  Because seniors are more susceptible to infections than younger adults, immunization is especially important for them. Think about this short list of preventable illnesses. Influenza. Health officials recommend an annual flu shot for seniors and all patients with conditions like heart disease or diabetes. Each year, the flu vaccine varies, as we try to guess what...
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These are all the ways vitamin D plays a vital role in health

These are all the ways vitamin D plays a vital role in health

Let’s start with the facts:  Vitamin D, technically a hormone, is considered a crucial nutrient commonly known to help build bones and keep them strong. It’s acquired by exposure to sunlight (ultraviolet B rays), or food and/or supplemental absorption. A family history of osteoporosis was once the only prerequisite required to guard your levels; of late, that’s no longer the case.  Turns out, vitamin D receptors have been found across all biological systems and countless medical studies have demonstrated its positive effects toward our overall well-being. Let’s take a look at what deficiencies have shown: Inflammation:  Vitamin D has been shown to possess a range of anti-inflammatory properties leading to its benefit in a host of respiratory infections and many other inflammatory disorders. Immune System:  Vitamin D is essential for optimum immune performance and has played a role in combating everything from influenza and the common cold to relieving symptoms of autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, celiac disease and psoriasis. Musculature: Due to...
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