How to boost mental awareness after quarantine

How to boost mental awareness after quarantine

Throughout most of 2020 and 2021, we have been told by federal and state officials that quarantine is one of the best ways to help eradicate Covid-19 and maintain the safety of oneself and others. Yet, the impact quarantine orders have had a major impact on the lives of millions, especially seniors. The challenges of isolation and the absence of social interaction have affected mental health in ways that most seniors were unprepared for. Information we received from the internet, television, radio and newspapers left many people confused and uncertain, leading to overwhelming levels of stress. Social distancing has made a lot of seniors feel isolated, frustrated, and depressed. All these reactions can increase anxiety and stress which can have a negative toll on mental awareness. The good news is that we are heading toward the end of quarantine orders. The following are four great ideas for boosting mental awareness as we transition out of quarantine and into normalcy: Take Care of...
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How to travel safely in a post-pandemic world

How to travel safely in a post-pandemic world

After spending several months at home, you’re likely waiting desperately to get out and enjoy the many benefits that come with travel. Whether it’s visiting another state or another country, traveling is a great way to disconnect and recharge your mental health and overall well-being. It can help to broaden the mind by bringing new experiences or by bringing something familiar that allows you to reminisce and improves your mood. Health organizations state that the safest way to travel as we are approaching a post-Covid-19 era and travel destinations are opening is that you follow protocols to ensure you lower the risk of contracting the virus and you keep others around you safe. Travel will be different. People are considered fully vaccinated on the following conditions: 2 weeks after a second dose or a single or double dose vaccine. Your body requires time to build protection after any type of vaccination and considering that this is a pandemic you will likely...
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What to expect this flu season

What to expect this flu season

For the last year and a half, seniors have been keenly aware of the threat from Covid. This seems natural, as the virus has proved especially deadly for people over age 65. Adults over 65 accounted for 80% of Covid hospitalizations and are at a significantly higher risk of death than younger patients. At the same time, this period saw a dramatic decline in the number of influenza cases. It was as if the common “flu” almost disappeared! Last year’s very low level of flu was likely due to social distancing, reduced travel and mask-wearing, all measures taken to try to control Covid. Those measures were also very effective in preventing flu. Nationwide, flu accounted for only about 4 hospitalizations per 100,000 people, compared to the usual rate of 70 hospitalizations per 100,000, and flu-related deaths dropped by 95%. Unfortunately, the outlook for this year’s flu season is not as bright. Several studies have predicted that this year will see an increase...
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What to do if you do not want to retire yet

What to do if you do not want to retire yet

Start Your Own Business and Earn Extra Income Doing What You Enjoy One issue that many seniors come across is wondering whether or not they really want to retire. Figuring out if retirement is the right step for you can sometimes be daunting but the important thing to note is that, just because you retire, doesn't mean you have to stop working. Not if you don’t want to. Combatting boredom or the need for consistency can be trying but it doesn’t have to be. Starting a business during your retirement can offer great ways to secure the type of income that you want, pad more of your savings, and can give you the freedom to live your life exactly how you desire. It's also a great way to learn new skills for yourself or to create new opportunities for others. A few potential reasons that you should consider starting a business after you retire could be to use the skills from previous experiences...
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How to keep your body from looking like a question mark

How to keep your body from looking like a question mark

| Written by Fitworks Perfect Posture | Do you “people watch”? It is human nature to look around and see who and what are in your surroundings. Comparing, noticing, contemplating the data before you, wondering where you fit in; what might have happened to cause that; what can I do to look like that? Some people look straight as an arrow; tall, confident, intelligent. The "Exclamations" in the world wake up feeling great; they are ready to face the day. Their health is excellent, and they keep an active lifestyle. These types of people are more likely to use food as their medicine and keep a more natural or holistic outlook on their health. They also realized at some point that they must exercise specific muscles to balance their body and then stretch daily for long-term muscle and overall health. People who stand tall and straight are sending messages to their brain telling them they are confident, they are successful, they are intelligent. The position...
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This medical service can save you time and money

This medical service can save you time and money

Tired of long wait times at urgent care for a minor ailment like a cold or urinary tract infection? Dispatch Health is a service that comes to your home to treat non-life-threatening issues. With them, there is no need to call the ambulance or go to the emergency room for symptoms such as shortness of breath, tightening of the chest, fever, migraines, cough, and much more. They are able to evaluate you quickly and provide you with the correct course of action to treat the ailment. You can simply call them and two medical professionals will arrive within a few hours to treat the issue from the privacy of your home. Once they are done, they call in any necessary prescriptions, update your doctor with what happening and handle the billing to your insurance company. Even better, they accept Medicare and Medicare Advantage. Out of pocket costs are just around $5-$28. A service like this means no more costly ER bills or sitting...
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How to find, follow, and fulfill God’s will

How to find, follow, and fulfill God’s will

| Written by Andrew Wommack | God has a purpose for every single person. Sad to say, most people don’t live with a sense of destiny. They’re doing their own thing and asking God to bless it, or they believe God’s will for their lives will just come to pass because it’s fate. That is not correct, and I’ll explain why.   All my life, I’ve had zero doubt that God created me with a purpose, but I didn’t begin to diligently seek the Lord until my senior year in high school. I read the Bible from cover to cover searching for the formula to figure out God's will for my life. I asked people in our church, and they said, “you’ll just know” and “fate automatically happens.”  I reject that one hundred percent. People like Hitler and Mussolini didn’t live God's purpose for their lives. God intended something totally different for them.   God has a purpose for every person, but it doesn’t just...
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How often should you clean out your refrigerator?

How often should you clean out your refrigerator?

When we clean our home, the last thing we think about is our refrigerator. It’s hidden, and there’s typically food in it at all times, making it hard to take the time to empty it for cleaning. What many of us may not know is that bacteria can linger in there from things leaking or spilling. There are also temperature zones within the fridge where bacteria can grow faster than others. Areas such as the doors that are exposed to warmer temperatures when opened are more prone to bacteria growth. This means it's important to consider when to clean it out and make sure the items inside are not making you sick. So, how often should you clean out your fridge? At least every 3-4 months. This is a great timeframe to take a look at any spoiled food, ensure your items are stored properly, and, of course, wipe it down and clean it from top to bottom. A great way to...
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It’s the First Day of Fall! Make Your Home Look Festive

Today marks the first day in fall and although we live in Florida and do not experience the season as fully as our northern neighbors, there are plenty of ways to get into the fall spirit. From table settings to outdoor decorations, you can turn your home into an inviting and cozy space. Add pumpkin motifs Nothing screams fall quite like pumpkins do. Whether you already have pumpkin decorations or you want to find new ones to match modern styles, make sure you have all different sizes and colors. For chic home décor, Pottery Barn has beautiful pumpkin décor with neutral colors or cost-effective options are available at Target. Swap flowers for dried grass or leaves Wispy grasses make a home look more like fall with their brown and more neutral colors as opposed to the pops of colors that summer flowers bring to the home. These are some great ideas to start, but you can easily go to the beach and grab...
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How to know the signs of atrial fibrillation

How to know the signs of atrial fibrillation

Atrial fibrillation is an irregular and rapid heart rate that causes poor blood flow. Making sure that people are more aware of the symptoms of Atrial Fibrillation can help with early diagnosis and early diagnosis means quick access to treatment which in turn will reduce the risk of stroke. Atrial fibrillation decreases your heart pumping ability. The irregularity that it causes decreases the efficiency of your heart and if it occurs over long periods, it could weaken the heart and cause heart failure. This is exactly why it's so vital for not only seniors but everyone to be aware of. AFib or Paroxysmal AFib does not often cause serious problems but it's always highly recommended to see your doctor at any point that you might have a concern about your episodes or to call 911 if you are not able to get to the hospital in the incident that you cannot wait to see your primary care physician. Your physician may often...
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