Chatterbox for April

Oral cancer tends to increase with age. Therefore the older you get, the more at risk you become and the more important it becomes to take care of your oral health. Regular dental visits are important because in the early stages oral cancer typically does not cause pain and early detection saves lives. Some symptoms you may see include open sores, white or reddish patches, and changes in the lips, tongue and lining of the mouth that lasts for more than two weeks. Most older Americans take both prescription and over-the-counter drugs. Over 400 commonly used medications can be the cause of a dry mouth. Practice good oral hygiene. Careful tooth brushing and flossing to reduce dental plaque can help prevent periodontal disease. It is important to see your dentist on a regular basis, even if you have no natural teeth and have dentures. Professional care helps to maintain the overall health of the teeth and mouth, and provides for early detection of pre-cancerous or cancerous lesions.

April is Financial Literacy Month, Your credit reports can provide a snapshot of your overall financial situation. Reviewing your credit reports for accuracy can also help you to identify errors or fraudulent activity. Fortunately, it is easier than ever to obtain copies of your reports. The FACT Act gives every consumer the right to a free credit report every year from each of the three major credit bureaus: Equifax, Experian and TransUnion. To get your free report, simply visit annualcreditreport.com. If you find an error on your credit reports, you’ll need to know your rights. Your most effective weapon in dealing with the credit bureaus is the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). Legally, the FCRA protects you by requiring credit bureaus to furnish correct and complete information to companies requesting credit histories for evaluation.

Every April communities, organizations, and individuals nationwide celebrate gardening during National Garden Month. Gardeners know, and research confirms, that nurturing plants is good for us: attitudes toward health and nutrition improve, kids perform better at school, and community spirit grows. Join the celebration and help to make America a greener, healthier, more livable place! Gardens are not just oasis for people. They are critical habitats for pollinators like bees, bats, birds, beetles, butterflies, and other animals. You can check with the local extension office to see what is best to plant in your area, or in containers, etc

Spring-cleaning might be necessary, but it doesn’t have to be completed all at once. It can be divided up by room, equipment, or by where you need to be at the time. Try to limit the number of cleaners needed to get the job done. A combination of vinegar, Borax, and tea tree oil, works great as an all-purpose cleaner when it is mixed in an ice cream pail of water. Fabric softener sheets work well to clean the mirror and can also be placed in with your towels to keep them smelling fresh and clean. Rarely used items can be stored in plastic containers or baskets and kept in hard to reach areas. As you go through your household items, throw out any items that are broken or outdated and bag items that you no longer use for charity or a garage sale. Because the items will need to be moved anyway, spring-cleaning is also a great time to rearrange your furniture or kitchen items. Plan everything out ahead of time an draw a diagram. This way you will only have to move everything once because you know where everything needs to go.

Easter is a moveable feast. It can be as early as March 22. The latest date it can be is April 25. Easter Sunday is the first Sunday after the first full moon that occurs on, or after March 21. The Easter holiday moves each year because the actual Easter date is calculated by choosing the first Sunday after the full moon following the spring equinox

The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day which is April 27 this year, addresses a crucial public safety and public health issue. According to the 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health,6.2 million Americans misused controlled prescription drugs. The study shows that a majority of abused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet. Check with your local pharmacist or law enforcement as to where you can drop off unused or expired medication.

April is designated National Donate Life Month. It’s a time to promote organ, tissue, eye, blood and bone marrow donation awareness across America. This special month was established by the United States Division of Transplantation. Recycle Yourself and Don’t Take Your Organs to Heaven they are need here are two of his years motto’s. Here are some facts about organ donation : There’s no age limit to donation or to signing up. People in their 50s, 60s, 70s and beyond have been both organ donors and organ transplant recipients Find out how at organdonor. gov or call 1-866-99DONATE. Florida does not require family consent to carry out your decision to be an organ, eye or tissue donor. However, keeping everyone informed will help avoid any confusion or delays.

Every day, at least nine Americans die and 100 are injured in distracted driving crashes. Cell phones, dashboard touchscreens, voice commands and other in-vehicle technologies pose a threat to our safety. The consequences of those distractions are not worth the convenience they offer. Ignore the distractions and just drive to keep us all safer on the roads. Distracted Driving Awareness Month in April is a united effort to recognize the dangers of and eliminate preventable deaths from distracted driving. Join us to help save lives

Every April, we celebrate physical activity and encourage all Americans to commit to being more active on a regular basis. In previous years, this was known as National Walking Day. Being more active can help all people think, feel and sleep better and perform daily tasks more easily. And if you’re sedentary, sitting less is a great place to start. Any amount of movement is better than none. And you can break it up into short bouts of activity throughout the day. Taking a brisk walk for five or ten minutes a few times a day will add up.

If you have a chronic condition or disability, talk with your healthcare provider about what types and amounts of physical activity are right for you before making too many changes. But don’t wait! Get started today by simply sitting less and moving more, whatever that looks like for you.