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988 is the New National Number for Suicide Prevention or Crisis

988 is the New National Number for Suicide Prevention or Crisis

Great news! It is now so much easier to reach someone when one is in emotional crisis or feeling suicidal. A new national number “988” has been established to make it easier for anyone to call when in need of such assistance. Changing the number to 988...
Hurricane Preparation Can Save Your Older Loved One’s Life

Hurricane Preparation Can Save Your Older Loved One’s Life

Over the years, I’ve written several times about hyperthermia, warning caregivers what to lookout for, and how to keep an older loved one safe from the extremes of hot weather. Preparation is very much a part of keeping one safe in extremely hot weather. And so too,...
January is National Blood Donor Month

January is National Blood Donor Month

Last year, in the midst of the pandemic, a client of mine who was receiving two units of blood every two weeks, was suddenly informed that, due to a shortage in blood, they needed to ration the supply. Consequently, from that point, he received only one unit of blood...

Keeping Older Adults Safe in the Cold Days of Winter

While the snowy scene above can be so inviting to many, it is not to all. As we grow older, the cold of winter can affect us more severely.  Older adults can lose body heat fast – faster than when they were young.  A chill can turn into a dangerous problem before an...

Getting Ready for an Emergency – Be Prepared

The kids are just about back in school, the heat of the early summer months is behind us (at least where I live), and my favorite MLB team is hanging in there. You know what that means? It is just about September! That also means it is almost Emergency Preparedness...