Medication management

In an ideal world, we would all be our own healthcare advocate. Unfortunately, with the constant evolution of healthcare models, aging parents and grandparents unable to adapt to these changes, there are many gaps where medication missteps may occur. Mail order pharmacies, telehealth and multiple specialists are just a few of the nuances which may contribute to medication errors and drug interactions. I have a few helpful hints that could potentially prevent errors, especially in the elderly population.  Make sure that you have a current list of all medications, prescription and over the counter medications, including doses and directions. I...

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Flu Shot Myths

This Article used with permission of Swedish Hospital. NOVEMBER 6, 2019 SWEDISH WELLNESS & LIFESTYLE TEAM Get out your tissues, plug in the vaporizer, and stock up on soup. It’s flu season. Flu season runs from October through May, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Contrary to what many people believe, the flu is not a stomach virus. It’s a contagious respiratory disease caused by viruses that infect your throat, nose, and lungs and causes fever, cough, sore throat, headaches, body aches, and sore muscles. In short—the flu makes you feel crummy all over. The best way to avoid the flu...

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A Healthy Social Life is Good for Your Health

This article used with permission from Swedish Hospital. APRIL 30, 2019 SWEDISH SENIOR CARE TEAM Strong social networks can play a key role in maintaining good health. Recent reports show benefits emotionally, mentally and physically for people who spend time with others in nurturing friendships. It's important for older adults to stay active socially for overall well-being. Friends—it's not just a beloved '90s sitcom, but a strong predictor of good health. Social relationships have long been considered integral to a rich and vibrant life, and recent studies continue to reinforce that idea. Interaction with others—in person, not just on social media—can...

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