It’s important for parents and caregivers to understand the benefits of recommended vaccinations while also taking advantage of regular health screenings for you and your loved ones (routine checkups, blood work, sick visits, sports physicals, etc.).
This past February my dad wandered from home for the first time late in the evening. He was diagnosed with middle-stage Alzheimer's disease 4 years ago and has slowly gotten worse over the past year but he has yet to have wandered prior to this incident. My mom had fallen asleep on the couch so she had no idea he had left. When she awoke around midnight and went to bed, she realized he was gone. After checking the entire house for him and then noticing his slippers next to the bed, she feared he was barefoot out in the almost-freezing weather.
As you age, eating a well-planned, balanced diet everyday has many health benefits. For instance, eating a wholesome variety of foods may help reduce the risk of chronic conditions like heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, bone loss, anemia, and certain forms of cancer.
In addition, eating well contributes to keeping your muscles, bones and organs healthy and functioning properly as the year’s progress; making it more important than ever to select foods that provide the best nutritional value.
Summer fun is bound to bring on the occasional injury, but don’t let common summer health hazards send you to the emergency room instead of enjoying time spent with family and friends. With warm weather activities in full swing, be sure to be safe this summer by knowing some top health risks.
7 Common Summer Health Concerns
Take these helpful tips towards savoring your summer days while sidestepping some top seasonal ailments.
For years, my asthma has hindered many outdoors activities I'd love to experience. At times when I would have allergy and asthma flare-ups, I would miss out on my kid’s soccer and softball events, and was always too scared to go hiking and fishing with my husband, in fear of triggering an asthma attack.
I always have my inhaler close by, especially during the change in seasons. Last summer I experienced the most severe asthma attack I’ve had in years while at my nephew’s track meet.