Archive for January, 2013

Cold Weather Safety Tips

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

With winter in full force, it is important to take certain precautions in the cold weather. Older adults tend to produce less body heat than younger people, leaving them at a greater risk to problems that can arise with cold temperatures. We have found some resources that provide quality advice to keep you warm and safe during the cold winter weather.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has an extensive section on how to deal with extreme cold.

Health in Aging provides a more general look at winter safety tips for older adults. This resource contains tips on avoiding hypothermia, frostbite, falls and other accidents.

The last resource we found provides some general advice on staying safe in the winter and also includes certain products such as an ice pick cane, carpets for icy entrance ways and a snow shovel on wheels that seniors can use to stay safe.

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2012-2013 Flu Epidemic

Friday, January 11th, 2013

The Huffington Post, CNN and other major news sources have been posting articles about how dangerous this years flu epidemic already is. The nationwide flu outbreak has clogged emergency rooms and according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), this year’s flu season is expected to be one of the earliest and worst the country has seen in the last 10 years. If you want more information about the flu, the CDC has a website dedicated to everything you need to know about the 2012-2013 flu season.

Before getting your flu shot, talk to your doctor. There are many places where you can get your flu shot including some major pharmacy chains and retailers. Here are the links to their flu shot webpages:

Wall Greens

CVS

Rite Aid

Walmart

Safeway

Internet Safety for Seniors

Friday, January 4th, 2013

More seniors are coming online every day. According to Pew Internet, as of April 2012, 53% of American adults age 65 and older use the internet and over 86% of those who use the internet use email. Those new to the internet need to be aware of scams and other potential risks. We have found some useful resources that can help seniors stay safe on the internet.

The Washington State Office of the Attorney General has a website on senior scam prevention that outlines what a senior should be aware of when it comes to internet security.

On Guard Online provides provides a detailed overview of everything you need to know about internet security. It has a section on avoiding scams that highlights common scams and provides tips to prevent them as well as a section on securing your computer.

Here are some of the best tips that you should follow:

– Create stronger passwords that aren’t easy to guess
– Don’t expose personal information, especially financial information
– Don’t fall for email scams: avoid clicking links in an email from someone you don’t know.
– Be cautious with email attachments
– Know who you are doing business with: before you buy something do some research to make sure it is a real company or product
– Never believe that someone you don’t know is going to give you money