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Monday, May 30 marks Memorial Day 2022, a time to remember the men and women who have perished while serving in the United States military. We see our fair share of veterans in our industry. We recognize the importance of our beloved veterans who fought for and died for this country. That’s why we believe our still-living veterans should be treated and cared for with the utmost compassion, respect and dignity, in remembrance of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice.
Memorial Day to many is a day off from work and school, the unofficial kickoff to the start of summer, and a time to gather with friends and family for a barbecue. But it’s so much more than that. For many families, it’s a time of somber commemoration.
Did you know Memorial Day was originally known as Decoration Day, the custom of setting aside one day a year to honor the country’s war dead started in the 1860s near the time of the Civil War.
Have a grateful, peaceful and safe holiday weekend.
Here are some tips on what you and your family can do to make Memorial Day special, to show your support, and to teach your little ones about the holiday and what it truly means.
It’s could become a hot and humid summer, and you know there are ways that you should be cleaning to prepare -- but you don’t know where to start. Luckily, we’ve compiled a list of simple summer cleaning tips so your home maintenance is the last thing you need to worry about. These practical summer home maintenance tips keep your home working, your air conditioning pumping, and you relaxing on vacation without worrying about coming back to a mess.
#1: Clean the air conditioner filter.
This is probably the most important item on this list. An air conditioner that is clogged up with dust and dirt won’t function as well or -- even worse -- could break and leave you seriously uncomfortable in the summer heat. Simply clean the filter with warm soapy water or with a vacuum cleaner.
#2: Clean & reverse the fan
Dusty fans only enhance summer allergies and hay fever symptoms. Without proper cleaning, fans will continue to spread dust and pollen as they rotate. While you’re cleaning the fan, make sure you also change the direction of the blades to counterclockwise. This trick pushes the cold air down ultimately saving you money on energy costs by making your air conditioner more effective.
#3: Wash the windows
Take advantage of the good weather and spend a morning cleaning your windows. Much better to do this now than in the middle of winter! If it’s been a while since you cleaned your windows, opt for soapy water and a sponge instead of just relying on window cleaner. You may need to really scrub to get the dirt out.
#4: Get sudsy with the window screens
This is also a crucial step during the summer when your windows are open more and the humidity can encourage mold growth. Take the time to suds-up your window screens to keep your breathing easy and enjoy the fresh air.
#5: Clean the fridge
In hotter climates, bacteria grow faster -- even in the refrigerator. Take the time to clean out your fridge, rinsing down the surfaces with gentle antibacterial soap and throwing out anything expired or moldy. This is also important during the season of fruits and veggies – consider investing in a food-grade cleaner to wash your produce and avoid any of the nasty bacteria that could be lurking, like salmonella.
#6: Make the patio a great place to spend the evenings
Patios are perfect for grilling and chilling with family and friends. But to make the patio a really enjoyable space, consider getting rid of moss and lichen with a quick spritz of a bleach/water mixture or soda crystals. Both natural methods will kill and dry out the lichen, leaving you with the quick task of raking the patio clear and enjoying your like-new outdoor space.
#7: Clear out the freezer
This cleaning task is not only useful but also will keep you cool in the process! Save this for a very hot day. Empty all the ice cubes into the clean sink. Take all of the frozen items and put it in the sink, covered with ice, to keep them frosty while you chip the freezer clean. Remove the built-up frost with your car ice scraper and a little hot water. Clean up any slow-moving liquid spills. Now turn your attention to the frozen food. Throw out anything with obvious signs of freezer burn like grayish-brown spots and thick layers of frost. If anything is open, it’s probably best to ditch it.
#8: Clean out the drain and garbage disposal
In the hot summer months, food rots more quickly, and smells tend to fester more easily. It’s important to clean out your drain and garbage disposal to make sure no food is stuck and causing unpleasant smells in the humidity of the summer. Naturally clean your drain without sticking your hands in the garbage disposal (!) by pouring baking soda followed by vinegar into your drain, letting it bubble for five minutes, and then following with boiling water. Repeat this as necessary, every two weeks or so to really ward off smells.
#9: Sweep and clean counters DAILY
This is, unfortunately, the season for ants and all sorts of creepy crawlies. The warm, humid weather is the perfect environment for all sorts of bugs that you definitely don’t want to be inviting into your home. Cut the creepies off from their food source by cleaning the counters of crumbs and sweeping the floors every night. These small habits pay off big time by warding off the bugs that can be attracted by your messy leftovers.
#10: Inspect for leaks
This is especially important during the summer months when you’re using your hose and outdoor faucets more often! An undiscovered leak can cost you big time in surprise fees when the water bill comes at the end of the month. Take the time to inspect your hose and faucets for leaks and dampness and make a quick fix with water-proof gardening tape if you discover any leaky spots.
Heat can affect seniors in a number of ways. It’s hot and humid much of the time in the midwest, so read on to learn how to keep seniors healthy as their needs change with the season
Most of us look forward to summer, but hot weather can be dangerous, particularly to adults over 60. A University of Chicago Medical Center study found that 40% of heat-related fatalities in the U.S. were among people over 65.
There are several reasons why seniors are more vulnerable to heat stroke, heat exhaustion, and even heat-related deaths.
As we age, we lose the ability to notice changes in our body temperatures. Many seniors have health conditions that make it more difficult to adapt to hot temperatures. Many medications cause adverse effects such as dehydration if the patient is exposed to heat.
Keeping cool in summer is essential.
Follow these simple suggestions to avoid a trip to the emergency room:
Know the warning signs of heat-related illness and seek help immediately if your senior experiences dizziness, nausea, headache, rapid heartbeat, chest pain, fainting and breathing problems.
Our eyes are your windows to the world, so it's important to take care of them from an early age through late adulthood. After all, when eyesight starts to fail or issues arise then it can have a profound effect on routines and overall health.Schedule Regular Eye Exams
Regular eye examinations are a key preventative measure to detect even the most minor issues. If you happen to notice any sort of problem, it’s important to let the eye doctor know. People over the age of 60 should have an eye exam every year. Besides annual eye exams, there are a variety of key factors that may have an impact on eye health.Wear Sunglasses
Warm weather is here again and the sun is brighter than ever. Make sure you have a good pair of sunglasses to block out all the UV rays. Pick out a good pair that will cover your eyes and if you still want a little extra protection for your whole head, a sunhat is the perfect accessory. Preferably, pick a hat with a wide brim for the maximum protection.Eat Your Way Fit
Just as you would eat a nutritious diet for your body’s needs, there are certain foods that may have a positive impact on your eyes. Make sure you opt for foods rich in antioxidants including vitamins A and C. Examples for foods such as these are leafy, green vegetables and fish. Fish such as salmon have essential omega-3 fatty acids responsible for central vision. It’s important to note that consuming too little antioxidants plus over consuming alcohol and saturated fats could harm the part of the eye called macula. This part of the eye is responsible for your central vision.Exercise, Exercise
Exercise is so good for the overall body and mind and eye health is no exception. Exercise is important because it helps the blood circulate. This step keeps the oxygen levels high in the eyes and helps get rid of toxins. You don’t need to work out hard. Walking and yoga are great ways to keep the blood flowing throughout the body.Digital Optical Hazards
It gets harder and harder every year to avoid computers. If you are someone who looks at a computer daily, keep these tips in mind. Take a break every 15 minutes or so to stop looking at the screen. Blink those eyes frequently and if your eyes do get sore or irritated use eye drops to wake up irritated and dry eyes. Make sure your computer screen is within 20 to 24 and while you’re taking a break, chat with a coworker or friends. There are also glasses that block the blue light from screens which may be helpful.
When the outside temperature feels like a fever, your medicines are at risk. As record-breaking temperatures could sweep the nation this summer, it's may become hard to keep anything cool, especially if the power goes out.
And, try as you might, it's hard to find health products — from prescription drugs to over-the-counter pain relievers — that don't caution against storage in high temperatures.
The labels on many products specify storage at room temperature. What does that mean? Well, the Food and Drug Administration has told its inspectors that 75 to 77 degrees is the sweet spot.
Though the future may bring medicines that are resistant to heat, we wondered: What happens if you can't keep medicines at the recommended temperature?
We turned to Dr. Sarah Westberg, associate professor at the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy, for some answers.
Here are highlights from the conversation:
Q: Where is the best place to store prescription medications?
A: "Any medication, unless it specifies that it needs to be refrigerated, really needs to be kept at room temperature in a dry place away from heat, humidity and light. So the best place to keep medicines is in a medicine cabinet that's outside of the bathroom and not on top of a refrigerator where there's heat."
Q: What happens to medicine in the heat?
A: "You may lose some efficacy of that medication, but it's probably not going to be harmful. But nitroglycerin [used to treat chest pain in people with cardiovascular disease] is an important example. That could be potentially a life-saving medicine, and if it doesn't work that's a big problem, versus if your ibuprofen doesn't treat your headache as well, that's an inconvenience, but you'll survive."
Q: Are there any specific drugs that are extremely sensitive to heat, moisture, or sunlight?
A: "It's not great to leave any medicine in a locked car on a 100 degree summer day. The first one that comes to mind is nitroglycerin. People need to keep it in the original bottle, follow storage instructions, and replace it regularly, especially if it's exposed to heat or light, because it can degrade really quickly. Also, levothyroxine [a thyroid drug], not because it's particularly sensitive, but because people are sometimes sensitive to the dosing. So if they lose some of the efficacy of the drug, a small change in dose can sometimes cause a change in the way they are feeling."
Q: Do you have any advice for people who must carry medications with them in the heat of summer, like insulin, asthma inhalers or EpiPens?
A: "Pay attention to expiration dates. Expiration dates are always important, but especially if drugs aren't being kept at ideal conditions. Those expiration dates are based on storing as recommended. Keep them with you, and try to do the best you can. Don't leave them in your car. Take them with you in the more comfortable temperatures."
Q: What special medication storage precautions should be taken during power outages?
A: "The things to be most cautious with are medications that have to be refrigerated. If someone has rheumatoid arthritis and is on injectable medications that need to be refrigerated and their power goes out for a week, then they should be calling their pharmacy or calling the manufacturer of that drug to see what they recommend, especially because a lot of the injectables that require refrigeration are really expensive. In some cases they might last longer at room temperature than you might think, in other cases they only have a 24 to 48 hour window before that drug is no longer good."
Q: Are there any drugs that are pretty impervious to summer heat?
A: "There probably are some, but most things are only tested for stability at room temperature. We don't always know how far you can push that one way or another, based on the science because there's not always a need to test it further."