Caution When Taking OTC Medications

drugsOver-the-counter medications (OTC’s) are medications that can be obtained without a prescription.  Keep in mind that they are still medications; therefore, they may cause side effects and drug interactions.  Treating a minor medical condition with OTC’s is ideal for the relatively healthy individual, but very young patients and older adults, and those taking multiple prescriptions or several OTC drugs, need to be cautious.  

Once a patient has several health conditions and is on multiple medications, OTC drugs need to be treated with the same precautions as prescription medications. In the case of sleep aids, prescription medications may actually be safer and more effective than over-the-counter sleep aid medication, especially for the elderly.

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Preventing Medicare Fraud

medicare fraud 325x215Each year, Medicare loses $60 - $80 billion to fraud and abuse. Money lost to fraud means increased costs, and can diminish the quality of care you receive. The Senior Medicare Patrol at the Center for Advocacy for the Rights and Interests of the Elderly is dedicated to curbing fraud and abuse in Medicare. Medicare beneficiaries who volunteer for the program are trained on what fraud looks like, how to teach beneficiaries to protect themselves and Medicare, and how to report problems. These messages, which the SMP calls Protect, Detect, Report, are delivered to consumers in the community in presentations and health fairs.

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Transitional Care Helps You Avoid Re-Hospitalization

Senior screening 325X215Re-hospitalization – admission to a hospital soon after discharge – is common and expensive. In many situations, hospitalization is necessary and appropriate. However, nearly one in every five elderly patients who are discharged from the hospital are re-hospitalized within 30 days.

Returning to the hospital after recovering from an illness, injury or surgery is something nobody wants.

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Key Steps to Selling Your Home

living roomLocal realtor, Elissa Clausnitzer, SRS, CMRS shares some important tips on selling your home.
Representation
The job of a real estate agent is to represent your best interests in each step of the sales process. Your agent should listen to your needs and understand the local market

Price
Determining the right price is imperative to a successful sale. Many factors determine a home’s market value, such as the sales price of nearby homes that have recently sold, the listing price of similar homes that are currently on the market, as well as the condition and location of a home.

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Understanding Grandparents with Dementia

grandkids 01 325X215One of the greatest joys in life is the relationship between a grandchild and grandparent. Unfortunately, not every child has the opportunity to spend time and really know their grandparents due to any number of factors, including having a deceased grandparent, geographic separation, and increasingly more common --- the effects of dementia.

Dementia robs an individual of their personality and dramatically alters the relationships of those around them – spouses, children, and grandchildren. Dementia is particularly painful for those who witness the harrowing transformation from who they were into who they are with dementia. The silver lining is that they had the opportunity to know the individual.

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Lehigh Valley Audubon Society

lv audobon society picture Have we not often looked up at the sky and wonder at some of the remarkable birds flying above us or just sitting on a tree limb? While we might not be bird watchers, most of us take pleasure in seeing these beautiful animals soar high above us or just flitter from tree to tree.

One of the benefits of living here is that we have the Lehigh Valley Audubon Society in our backyard. This is a group consisting of avid bird watchers and volunteers who take great pleasure in spotting, following and studying birds.

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