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Jan’s Chatterbox

January is recognized as National Bath Safety Month. Water and smooth surfaces can together convert the bath into a risky place. The most frequented room of the house, bathroom, is believed to be the most dangerous too. Bath safety is an integral part of general home safety. All family members, despite their age or health are at risk. Bath safety products play a vital role in ensuring the safety of a person while in the bath. People with limited mobility need to be extra cautious when it comes to bath safety; in the bathtub; shower and toilet. These areas of the bath should be tailored to suit individual requirements. There are quite a few bath safety products that are essential in a bath, that ensure safety in the bath. Such as Grab Bars, Transfer bench, Shower chair/Stools, Non-slip suction mats or rubber silicone treads fit to the tub & Hand held showers are just a few.

Blood donations typically drop off during and immediately after the winter holidays, which makes National Blood Donor Month in January a critical time for the American Red Cross. In almost all cases, medications will not disqualify you as a blood donor. Your eligibility will be based on the reason that the medication was prescribed. As long as the condition is under control and you are healthy, blood donation is usually permitted . There is no upper age limit for blood donation as long as you are well with no restrictions or limitations to your activities.

January is Financial Wellness Month to remind us to think about our financial well-being and pay attention to our financial health.

Book Blitz Month is a time of appreciation for books of all sorts – and for the people that write them.

Did you know that January is the Celebration of Life month? No one enjoys life quite like kids, and sometimes our inner child truly knows what’s best when it comes to getting the most out of life. What did you enjoy as a child? Think back to something you loved as a child, and see if you still love it. bet you’ll celebrating life in no time! someone who cares about them, assures them they are no

January is National Soup Month. Wonderfully comforting and nourishing, soup is our balm, it fortifies the body, soothes sore throats, clears clogged airways, fights off colds, builds strong bones, and has even been rumoured to improve your love life! Its reputation as a health giving elixir is so well known that chicken soup is often called Jewish penicillin. The Chinese have been treating illnesses with soups for centuries. In the UK beef tea has an ancient reputation for healing and who could deny the Russians their borscht? The word soup itself derives from the French word soupe which means soup or broth. In fact it comes as no surprise that soup is probably the oldest form of food right up there with bread The word restaurant was first used in France, around the 16th century, to refer to a highly concentrated, inexpensive soup, sold by street vendors, that was advertised as an antidote to physical exhaustion. A 1772 cookbook titled The Frugal Housewife, had an entire chapter around the entire subject of soups. In 1897, Doctor John T. Dorrance, a chemist with the Campbell Soup Company invented condensed soup, which has grown exponentially in popularity in the modern era. Condensing soup allows soup to be packaged into a smaller can and sold at a lower price than other canned soups. Since the 1990s, the canned soup market has burgeoned with soups marketed as “ready-to-eat,” which require no additional liquid to prepare. Microwaveable bowls have expanded the ready-to-eat canned soup market even more, offering convenience and are popular lunch items.

Although the incidence of thyroid problems increases with age, it is sometimes difficult to diagnose as symptoms are not always as widespread or obvious as those in younger patients. While some of the symptoms of hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism in older patients are similar to those in younger patients, symptoms of both disorders often manifest in subtle ways in older patients, masquerading as diseases of the bowel or heart or a disorder of the nervous system. The difficulty in diagnosing older people is that thyroid abnormalities can appear much differently from the way they are supposed to. Whereas hyper- and hypothyroidism present very differently in younger patients, in older patients there are similarities between the two disorders In both conditions in older people there can be confusion, depression, falling, heart failure and changes in bowel habits. Not only do these signs make it difficult to distinguish hyper- from hypothyroidism in this age group, but they are also signs of common illnesses of older people.

Glaucoma is a leading cause of vision loss and blindness in the United States — especially for older adults and African Americans. Glaucoma doesn’t have any symptoms at first, but over time it can cause peripheral (side) vision loss and blindness.   Glaucoma causes fluid to build up in your eye, causing pressure that can damage the optic nerve, which transfers visual images to your brain. But, you can save your vision with early detection and treatment. Glaucoma often has no early warning signs. No pain. No discomfort. No blurry vision. Only advanced glaucoma will affect your vision. African Americans over 40, adults over 60 – especially Hispanics/Latinos, and people with a family history of glaucoma are at higher risk, Getting a comprehensive dilated eye exam is the only way to find out if you have glaucoma. During the exam, an eye care professional places drops in your eyes to widen the pupils and looks for signs of the disease in the optic nerve. Medicare beneficiaries, especially those at risk for or diagnosed with a variety of diseases, are entitled to a number of vision-related services. It is especially important for people with diabetes, a family history of glaucoma, or those who have suffered an eye disease or injury to be aware of and utilize these benefits. Check with your doctor to see if you are covered.

There are many ways of being organized, but some of us certainly have better organizational skills than others. A bit of organization can make even the most chaotic of spaces relatively manageable. Sometimes being organized is actually a safety issue. Studies show that individuals waste up to an hour every day on average, searching for things that they’ve misplaced. As such, we definitely agree with the sentiment that everyone can stand to benefit from getting and staying organized. Being organized contributes to a higher quality of life, too. Organized people experience lower stress & a greater sense of control