Keep Your Cool in the Heat

The month of July usually means high temperatures in Central Illinois. The normal high temperature in the Greater Peoria area in July is 85.6 degrees with seven days normally above 90 degrees. This makes July the hottest month of the year, according to the University of Illinois Prairie Research Institute.   

It’s a smart idea for older adults to have a plan to deal with hot weather - before it occurs. They are more likely to have a chronic medical condition that changes the body’s normal response to heat, says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. They are also more likely to take prescription medications that impair the body’s ability to regulate its temperature or that inhibit perspiration.

Medication Management Can Be Challenging

June is National Safety Month and gives us a chance to take a fresh look at how we handle prescription medications. This is an area where safety is critical and there are often areas where a better approach can pay dividends.

Essential Medication Safety

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers these tips to prevent injuries resulting from improper use of medications:

Live Safely - Protect Yourself from Scammers

All too often we read about or hear of an older friend or relative who has been the victim of an identity theft or scam. Scammers are smart and very creative and always thinking of new ways to take advantage of older adults. This article describes what, unfortunately, are some of the most common scams being seen this year.

Mobility – Key to Living Independently

Just exactly what is mobility? Most of us think of it as the ability to move within our surroundings without difficulty. Medical professionals talk about it in terms of its loss, with immobility being the lack of ability to take part in the activities of daily living because of a medical issue or disability.

Nearly 40 percent of people age 65 and older had at least one disability, according to a U.S. Census Bureau report released in December. Of those 15.7 million people, two-thirds of them say they had difficulty in walking or climbing. Difficulty doing errands, such as shopping or visiting a doctor’s office was the second-most cited difficulty. Decreased mobility can also limit access to community services. This means that preserving mobility, as well as coping with the consequences of its loss, is most important to maintaining the ability to live as independently as possible.