David Crook and I went to Butterfly Wonderland again in October, and here are a few of my photos. Enjoy!
It’s wonderful that there’s so much focus these days on senior safety. I recently had two entries to my Webgrammar health page, and I want to give you these links, because they are both done so professionally and thoroughly. I could go on and on, but they will speak for themselves.
The Do’s and Don’ts of Medication Management
Being diagnosed with a health condition (be it a chronic illness, disability, or even a temporary sickness) can be a hard pill to swallow. A single health condition could require multiple medications ranging from prescription drugs and over-the-counter medicine to vitamins or supplements. If you’re part of the 66% of older adults in America who have been diagnosed with multiple health conditions, your list of medications could double or triple. The following is a list of do’s and don’ts that you should consider in order to streamline your medication regimen.
Don’t go it alone. It’s normal to feel a bit helpless when you receive a diagnosis of a health condition. However, feelings of isolation can be avoided by building a strong healthcare team. Doctors and pharmacists will be able to provide unbiased, professional medical advice when you have questions about treatment. Your family and friends can offer moral support. And your caregiver can lend a helping hand whenever you need it most. All you have to do is ask for help.
Do adjust your mindset. Treatment can be frustrating at times, especially among seniors who recall a much shorter road to recovery in their past. It’s important to understand that when our bodies change and age, so does our response to treatment and medication. What was once an effective medication in the past may no longer work as well, as quickly, or in conjunction with other medications that you are taking now.
Don’t hesitate to ask questions. It’s critical to get answers from your doctor when you don’t understand something. The medical field is full of jargon and, after all, there is no such thing as a bad question when it comes to good health. You should also feel empowered to provide candid feedback if something doesn’t feel quite right. Your doctor may need to adjust the dosage of a medication or take you off of it altogether.
Perhaps the most important yet often overlooked question to ask your doctor is whether there are any medications that you can stop taking. Doctors are sometimes apt to add medications to a treatment plan without taking any away. Less is more when it comes to medication management.
Do read prescription labels. First, verify that your patient information and the prescription information is correct. Then, read all of the instructions for taking the medication as well as prescription warnings. Jot down the drug names, strengths, and dosages all on one piece of paper and post it in a central location at home so you can keep track of what to take when.
You’ll also find contact information for your pharmacy and doctor on the prescription label in case you have any questions once you get home. If you’re completely overwhelmed, you can also schedule a medication review with a pharmacist. Ask your caregiver to come along to take notes for you so you can give the pharmacist your undivided attention.
Don’t underestimate the power of organization. What if you forget a dose? What if you accidentally take too much? These can be dangerous mistakes. You can streamline medication adherence by creating a medication schedule. Here, you’ll list each medication, which days of the week you need to take it and at what time, and how much of the medication to take. In addition to a schedule, you can set an alarm to notify you when it’s time to take your medicine.
In addition to more health education guides, you can download and print a free medication schedule on SingleCare.
By Lucy Wyndham
Ever wondered where writers actually do their writing? For a lot of writers, writing happens in a number of different locations such as coffee shops, parks, libraries or group writing spaces. Writing in new and different places can help to mix things up for extra inspiration and to help generate new ideas. However, setting up a writing space in the home where the majority of writing will occur is essential. This is where most writers will produce the greater part of their work, free from distraction and in the midst of home comforts and conveniences. Setting up an inspiring and relaxed home writing space is an important part of the process, and this article will look at how you can create the perfect writing spot in your home.
Choosing your writing space
If you don’t have a spare room in your home such as a study, then you will need to get creative by turning a little nook or a corner of one of the main rooms into a writing space. The key consideration when deciding on which space to use is finding somewhere that will be peaceful and quiet the majority of the time. With this in mind, converting the corner of your bedroom into a writing space could be a good idea as you are less likely to get disturbed. However, some people don’t like writing in the same place that they sleep, preferring to separate the two. In this case, you could consider another main room such as the kitchen, living or dining room, or a conservatory if you are lucky enough to have one!
Choose a bright spot
Ideally you should choose a space with ample light. Choosing a space by a window or in a south facing room in the house is preferable. This will help to keep you alert, refreshed and awake, or even get part of your vitamin D fix while writing! Dotting plants around your writing space will also help to boost mood and improve the air quality in the room, helping to keep things fresh and salubrious. Writing in a room that is affected by damp or mould is not a good idea, research shows that this can adversely affect both health and well-being.
Flash, fold out desks
There are also a range of lovely small, wall attached, fold out desks that you can buy which are compact and help to save space, perfect for an impromptu writing space in a small corner. They also allow plenty of room for your legs as there are no table legs to get in your way, thereby increasing levels of comfort and flexibility. Prioritising comfort in your space is important as you will be sitting there for long periods.
True to the saying ‘tidy house, tidy mind’, excessive clutter can be stifling. having too many objects and ornaments around that are lacking in order or organisation can burden the mind and make it more difficult to think clearly and process our thoughts. This is why it is recommended to create a more minimalistic writing space, perhaps adorned with some inspiring works of arts on the wall or a selection of your favourite ornaments.
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