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The Difference Between the Flu and a Common Cold By Laura Nencetti, Wesley Health & Home Care Flu season is around the corner. Despite our best efforts, sometimes we get sick no matter what. How can we know if what we have is the flu or just a common cold? They are both respiratory illnesses and share many similar symptoms. The simplest way to look at it is that, generally, flu symptoms are more intense. In comparison, colds are usually milder. People with colds are more likely to have a stuffy or runny nose, a sore throat, slight aches and a more gradual onset of symptoms. People with the flu are more likely to have chills, fever, headaches, shortness of breath, chest discomfort and weakness. These flu symptoms also tend to occur much more rapidly than cold symptoms. Young children, people 65 and older and pregnant women are more at risk for flu-related complications and are advised to see a doctor or health specialist as soon as symptoms appear. For more information on what to do for cold or flu symptoms, visit cdc.gov. In either case, it is always best to avoid contact with others, stay home, get good amounts of rest and drink plenty of water.
• Get a flu shot and stay at least three feet away from anyone who is coughing or sneezing. • Keep hands away from face, mouth and nose.
• Clean communal surfaces daily, and wash hands after touching communal surfaces. • Wear surgical gloves when caring for someone who is ill. • Encourage others to trash their own tissues. • Keep your lips off infected partners. • Give sick sleeping partners their own pillow, and have them sleep on their own side. • Keep windows closed. The circulating air won’t provide protection. • Store toothbrushes out of sight. • Avoid sharing food with infected people, and do your own dishes. • Get sufficient sleep, avoid stress and relax. • Don’t bother taking immunity-boosting supplements or prophylactic Tamiflu. The zinc in cold-shortening candy shortens the length of a cold, not the flu. For those considered at high risk for complications, seeing a doctor if when flu symptoms begin or if severe flu symptoms develop, such as a persistent fever shortness of breath or fever. Of course, the best suggestion if to get the flu vaccine.
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...senior resource guide Can boosting your brain lengthen your life? By Expressions in Enumclaw Your most useful tool, your brain, needs to be challenged just like your muscles do to stay strong. As we age, it’s important to keep the mind sharp and active – studies have shown an active brain can ward against dementia. Here are some fun ways to keep your noggin in shape. PLAY: Many teens are loath to hearing that playing video games kills brain cells and are bad for our health. But what if that wasn’t exactly true? Recent studies show some video games challenge the brain and promote healthy aging. Playing an active video game like Nintendo Wii not only offers physical benefits, but it can increase attention span, sharpen reflexes and improve your ability to quickly process information.
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...senior resource guide 4 Ways Medicare Part D is Changing in 2020 changes happening in 2020 will impact your bottom line. Read on for a brief summary of the changes that will If you have Medicare and are looking for ways to save on affect each stage of coverage next year. the ever-increasing cost of medications next year, consider Deductible Stage adding a prescription plan known as “Part D.” By making You may need to pay more before your plan kicks in. A medications more affordable, Part D plans can help you deductible is the amount you need to pay before your plan stay on track to achieve your 2020 health goals. starts paying its share of the cost. Next year, the deductChoosing the plan that’s best for you can seem daunting at ible could be as high as $435. That’s an increase of $20 first, so familiarizing yourself with how Part D plans work from 2019. is essential. First, compare how much you can expect to pay Initial Coverage Stage as you go through the “four stages” of a plan’s coverage, Your plan may cover more of the cost before you reach as the cost of your prescriptions will increase or decrease the “Donut Hole.” During this stage, you pay a set amount depending on the phase you are in. Then, find experts that for your medications. Your plan covers the difference. In can help you make an informed decision about the plan 2020, the initial coverage limit is up to $4,020. That’s an that will work best for you and take time to learn how the increase of $200 from 2019. Coverage Gap Stage You will receive higher Memory Haven Sumner is a small, secured discounts for branded and memory care community since 2014 with 2 generic medications. You cottages with 13 residents in each cottage. will receive a 75 percent discount when purchasing We offer private rooms with private a brand-name medication. bathrooms, showers and one on one care For example, if your medifor your loved ones. cation costs $100, you will only pay $25. If you need WE’RE GROWING! a generic, you will never Opening another memory care cottage in pay more than 25 percent Summer 2020! of the total cost of the drug. For a tour please call MJ at In 2020, you will remain in this stage until your total (253) 750-0552 out of pocket costs of your 5107 Parker Rd E covered medications is $6,350. Sumner, WA 98390
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...senior resource guide Straight Talk About Funeral Pre-Planning By Clair Ferris, Founder, Funeral Alternatives www.funeralalternatives.org
I have a pre-paid funeral plan. How can I be assured my funds are safe and will be there when I die? Washington State requires monies pre-paid for funeral plans be placed in an approved third-party depository. Funeral homes are not allowed to hold these funds in their own accounts. There are two types of plans: trusts and insurance policies. Trusts are generally used for shorter term plans where a death is pending. Funeral insurance policies are the preferred and easiest method of funding funeral plans. When a policy is written, the consumer makes the check out directly to the insurance company. If paid by credit card, the funeral home has a limited amount of time to issue a check to the Insurance Company. For the consumer’s protection, the person making the plan will receive the policy directly from the insurance company. This confirms the money has been deposited in his/her behalf. Is my plan guaranteed not to cost me more upon my death? The State requires the funeral home to clearly disclose whether your plan is “guaranteed” or “non-guaranteed.” A guaranteed plan is one that will protect the survivors from having to pay any additional costs for the items listed in the guaranteed portion of the contract, which is called the
“funeral goods and services selected.” It discloses the actual services and merchandise selected in advance. With a guaranteed plan, the funeral home is then obligated under contract to provide these items upon death. There will also be a separate section in the contract that outlines items not guaranteed. These items, called “cash advances,” include things such as death certificates, obituaries, clergy honorariums, state sales tax and other items that are paid in your behalf by the funeral home. These items are not guaranteed. Can I make changes to my plan before death? Yes, you can. You have total control over your plan. You can make any change you want prior to death. After death, however, the funeral home is obligated to provide the services and merchandise that you selected. Other family members cannot make substantial changes after the death has occurred. The State has laws in effect to protect your choice of disposition (cremation or burial) from being altered by others. For those planning in advance, this provides an assurance that they will receive what they want without interference. Learn more about options available to you and your family, or receive help establishing a plan ahead of time by calling us at 206-212-4377. We are here to help.
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...senior resource guide With Hospice, You’re Not Alone By Melinda Moore, Wesley Hospice Marie Meyers, daughter of Wally Meyers, wasn’t sure what more could be done for her father once his health began to decline. The assisted living staff recommended hospice. “I didn’t know much about hospice, and I thought it meant that my father only had a few more weeks to live,” said Meyers. She and her sisters learned that choosing hospice means that loved ones get more individualized support. Wally’s physical and emotional wellbeing and his general comfort were a top priority in hospice care. “We were surprised that some residents of hospice can actually graduate off of hospice care because of how much
it can improve their quality of life,” said Meyers. “We met with the hospice team regularly. We were initially worried that meeting routinely with them would mean prolonging the agony of having to face death,” said Meyers, “but it quickly became clear how helpful this part of the process was.” The hospice staff helped the family understand the process of dealing with the passing of a loved one, as well as what Wally was going through physically and emotionally. They informed the family of what they could expect and gave recommendations based on the hospice team’s expertise and what the family agreed would be best. Meyer’s was reassured when she frequently saw the chaplain, a hospice volunteer or other hospice team members by her dad’s side during her visits. They helped her father maintain a human connection with spiritual and emotional support. “Their spiritual support helped me look at the situation as ‘I’m just part of this process, and this process is okay. It’s part of God’s plan,’” explained Meyers. This peace of mind better prepared for her father’s passing in 2018. “It allowed me the clarity to get things in place for his funeral and even helped me think about what I could do to help the rest of my family through the process of grieving.” Meyers sees hospice as a
crucial support network to help with the process and encourages families to ask questions. She added that the follow-up with the chaplain has been great, and she still hears from the chaplain occasionally, even months later. “[Hospice] really helped me deal with the fear that goes along with losing a loved one,” said Marie. “I can’t imagine how it would have been without their security and support, but with hospice, you’re not alone.”
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