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Got To Thinking . . .

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. . .t’other day that

it’s OK for a gal

to wear her guy’s T-shirts, dress shirts, sweaters and such

but should he wear on of her dresses

it’s “we gotta talk” time.

Future of Telemedicine is Now

Telemedicine – the practice of getting diagnosis and treatment via your laptop or cell phone – has been gaining traction. Accelerating this drive is the unavailability of health care in rural (and some urban) areas because of the diminishing number of doctors as the over-65 crowd grows at the rate of 10,000 people a day.

One out of five residents live in areas identified as being short of health professionals. The advantage of being able to contact a doctor remotely became evident during the COVID-19 pandemic when people were confined to quarters.

Telemedicine opens the door to specialists as well as second medical opinions without taking up too much consulting time by the health experts contacted. It also reduces the stress on the patient as well as eliminating the need to travel to an appointment, which requires the patient to find a driver in many cases. Seniors fretting about their lack of computer equipment or skills find a telephone conversation may work as well.

Medicare has expanded its coverage of medical treatment by phone or computer. While not all health-insurance companies are following suit, several recognize telemedicine helps reduce the cost of health care. For example, it allows primary care physicians to schedule appointments at any time and not just the traditional “office hours” and reduces unnecessary office and emergency-room visits. It also lowers the cost of patient no-shows.

A barrier in the way of expanding telemedicine are reimbursement rules that require treatment to be conducted in specific sites, such as the doctor’s office or a health center. Government licensing laws also get in the way. Federal law requires telemedicine health-care providers to be fully licensed to practice medicine in the state where the patient is physically located. Health-care systems that have locations in more than one state may need to obtain multiple licenses.

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January 31, 2023 at 2:00 am

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How Can . . .

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. . . a stationery store


When It’s Time to Give up the Car Keys

A relative’s family keep casting hints and harpoons about his diminishing driving skills – loss of hearing, slow reaction time, eyesight not what it used to be, confusion in traffic, and on and on and on. So he lets his children drive him wherever he has to go – mainly medical appointments, although they do get out for dinner now and then. But when everyone’s away, he shuffles out to the garage, climbs in behind the wheel and takes the family flivver for a drive — around the block, around the parking lot of a neighboring mall and back into the garage.

He hasn’t told his family about these excursions but he could point out to them that older drivers are involved in fewer collisions and traffic fatalities on average than 70-plus-year-old motorists just a few years ago. One reason is safer cars. But the trend is important because the number of older drivers is growing as the population ages. And thanks to lifestyles, diet and medical advances, today’s geriatric drivers are healthier and more fit than their predecessors just a generation or two ago.

As long as you feel capable of driving and handling traffic situations, you should feel comfortable keeping your keys. You can take stock on when it might be time to give up your car keys.

Ask yourself if you can still read traffic signs readily and if you get lost or confused, especially in heavy traffic. Make sure your bad back doesn’t stop you from looking around to see if all is clear when you want to change lanes. Do family and friends still ride with you when you’re driving? And do you still like to drive?

Giving up our car keys means giving up our independence to most of us.  But the money you save on car payments, insurance, fuel, maintenance, parking and tolls can pay for more than enough cab rides. You can still go where you want to go whenever you want to, and you don’t have to drive.

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January 26, 2023 at 2:00 am

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My Tablemate . . .

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. . . was wondering out loud yesterday

if eating a clock

would be consuming too time.

Seeing is Relieving

Several years ago, a colleague joined a group of friends huddled around their hot chocolates on a frigid January day. After sweeping the snow off his overcoat, he took off his hat and tossed his sunglasses in it for safekeeping. Someone asked him why he was wearing sunglasses in winter. He explained that sunglasses don’t keep you cool in the heat of summer. They protect your eyes from the sun’s ultra-violet rays that can damage your eyes and help cut down the glare dancing off the season’s snow.

Many ophthalmologists recommend wearing sunglasses all year long whether it’s cloudy or sunny. Dermatologists also recommend using sun screen at all times to protect your skin from the sun’s damaging rays – even when it’s cloudy.

Eye-care experts have assembled a few simple steps to follow that focus attention on your eyesight.

They suggest you start with a good pair of walking shoes to get out for walks since even regular moderate exercise slows the development of glaucoma and cataracts as well as such sight-robbing diseases as diabetes and high blood pressure. Keep a pair of sunglasses right beside the shoes so you wear them when you head out the door.

While you’re out, you might visit your nearby drug store and pick up some eye drops. The pharmacist can suggest which might work best to protect you from dust, dirt and heat while keeping our eyes moist and comfortable.

When you get back home, check the lighting in all parts of the house and yard. Both harsh lighting and poor lighting can give you headaches. So can improper positioning of your television set and computer screen. Too high, low, close or far can also cause headaches as well as erode the health of our eyes. A good pair of readers will help for computer work by reducing eyestrain.

As with any health-related matter, start probing the problem and seeking solutions by discussing the matter with your family doctor.

Written by Cecil Scaglione

January 25, 2023 at 2:00 am

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If . . .

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. . . you want to get rid of your problems


work on getting a hangover


Grief Can Be Managed

One of life’s cruelest blows is the loss of a loved one. The first thing you have to do is face the fact that you’re mourning. Don’t fight your feelings as they gush onto you. They’ll range from self-pity to anger at the entire universe. They may strike right away or lay in wait to spring out at some unexpected later date. How long they last can be up to you.

Most everyone – experts as well as those who have experienced such a loss – suggest you conjure up and catalog the pleasant memories and consider how lucky you are to have had that person enrich your life. Be thankful for the happy times as you recall them. Keep trying to have the best day you can because your feeling of loss is not going to go away.

You may never whistle or hum a happy tune again, but don’t feel guilty when you get through the day without feeling tired all the time. Returning to your daily routine will help get you closer to normalcy – eat, sleep, and exercise like you used to. Go shopping, have coffee with friends, and call relatives like you used to.

If somebody in your circle is experiencing the same loss, reach out and share some time with them. Talking about your loss, and theirs, can help both of you climb out of grief. There’s no need to place the deceased person on a pedestal. The simple thing to remember is that they were your friend and you enjoyed time together.

You’re managing your grief well if you catch yourself smiling or laughing again.

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January 24, 2023 at 2:00 am

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All Things . . .

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. . . must pass,

we’ve been schooled to believe,

but what do you when

you’re behind a school bus.

Strokes Kill More Women

Than Does Breast Cancer

One out of every five women between the ages of 55 and 75 will have a stroke. The risk factors include smoking, high blood pressure and obesity.

Because stroke robs the brain of blood and oxygen, it kills brain cells that can lead to
paralysis, loss of speech, loss of memory, diminished reasoning, coma — sometimes death. Stroke leaves more than 60 percent of its victims disabled.

To protect against stroke, avoid smoking. Studies indicate about one out of four women 18 and older are smokers. Eating a balanced, low-fat diet to control blood cholesterol levels also helps. And maintaining even a moderate level of physical activity helps control weight.

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January 22, 2023 at 2:00 am

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The Nurse . . .

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. . . in the doctor’s office yesterday

was going to give me a memo

but when she reached into her pocket

she pulled out a rectal thermometer,

which prompted her to explain,

“Some asshole has my pen.”

Boomers Retirement Wealth

Surpasses Predecessors

The initial generation of baby boomers who are now in their 70s have accumulated more wealth
at the same age than their previous generation, according to research compiled by the University
of Missouri-Columbia. The results do not support the commonly held stereotype of free-spending boomers.
Boomers have more than triple the amount of savings in stock funds compared with their predecessors. This could affect proposed Social Security reform that encourages even broader investment in
equities since the government program is designed to be a hedge against increased exposure to stock-market risk.
Researchers compared financial records of the first generation of baby boomers – those
born between 1945 and 1957 – with those of the last generation of pre-boomers born between
1933 and 1945.

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January 18, 2023 at 2:00 am

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A Relative . . .

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. . . who works in the movie business

said she just left a job

without making a scene.

Church-Goers Live Longer

Older Americans, especially women, who attend religious services at least
once a week have a better chance at longevity than those who don’t, according to gerentology study. The risk of dying for frequent church attenders was 46 percent lower than for those attending services less often, even after adjusting for demographic factors, physical- and mental-health conditions, social connections and health practices.

A number of psycho-social and behavioral pathways could be responsible.

First, frequent church-attendees have larger social networks and experience greater
support than infrequent attenders. Greater social support may also have direct effects on
the immune system to fend off disease and facilitate recovery.

Second, frequent religious attendance may foster attitudes of compliance and care for the
physical body.

And, finally, religious attendance is related to lower rates of depression, anxiety, and stress.

What has not been made clear is why women seem to have an edge over men in their survival rates.

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January 17, 2023 at 2:00 am

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There’s A Simple Reason . . .

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. . .why a kangaroo can jump

higher than a house.

Houses can’t jump.

Don’t Say ‘Nuts’ to Almonds

The Food and Drug Administration has approved the claim that eating 1.5 ounces of most nuts may reduce the risk of heart disease.
Scientific evidence suggests that eating 1.5 ounces per day of most nuts, such as almonds, as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol may reduce the risk of heart disease, according to the statement.
The claim, which is based on the rigorous review of scientific research citing the heart health benefits of nuts, is a result of a petition filed by the International Tree Nut Council Nutrition Research and Education Foundation.

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January 14, 2023 at 2:00 am

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It’s Been . . .

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. . . adaged that

you should walk a mile in one’s shoes

before criticizing them.

You can criticize me all you want because

you ain’t ever gonna walk anywhere

in my shoes.

Traffic-Light Colors Curb

Red-Nose Embarrassment

Older women with a skin condition called rosacea might want to think about the colors of a
traffic light next time they’re shopping at the cosmetic counter. It turns out that green-tone and
yellow-based makeup can help mask the redness of the acne-like facial disorder that affects an
estimated 14 million Americans.
In a survey of more than 900 rosacea patients conducted by the National Rosacea Society, 88
percent of respondents said cosmetics help conceal its effects on facial appearance.
More than half – 54 percent – noted that they turn to yellow-based natural colors or green-tone
makeup to offset the rosacea redness, compared with 25 percent who reported using more
traditional pink-based natural hues.
Rosacea typically begins at any time after age 30 as a flushing or redness on the cheeks, nose,
chin, or forehead. It may come and go. Over time, the redness tends to become ruddier and more
persistent, and small dilated blood vessels may appear.
Without treatment, bumps and pimples often develop and, in severe cases, the nose may become
swollen from excess tissue. In many patients, the eyes are also affected, feeling irritated and
appearing watery or bloodshot.

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January 10, 2023 at 2:00 am

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Told My Tablemate . . .

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. . .’tother day that

no matter how hard he pushes the envelope,

it’ll remain stationery.

Soften Toenails For Easier Trimming

Trimming toenails gets tougher as they thicken.
Medical experts offer some tips to make your job easier.
– Soak your feet. Soften your toenails by soaking them in warm water.
– File. Towel dry and gently stroke the surface of the thickened toenail with an emery board to
thin the nail.
– Use the right clippers. Long-handled toenail clippers that resemble small pliers or wire cutters
provide a better grip and more control.
– Take small clips. Cut off a small piece at a time.
– Make a straight cut. Cut straight across your toenail, without rounding the corners, to reduce
the chance that the corners will become ingrown.
– Wear roomy shoes. Leaving enough room for your toes can alleviate friction and wear that can
cause a nail to thicken.

Written by Cecil Scaglione

January 7, 2023 at 2:00 am