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December 2014

Dan’s Wellness Pharmacy Monthly Newsletter filled with coupons, articles and resources for the health of you and your family.

DID YOU KNOW?

Snacking Affects Your Dental Health, Too

DID-YOU-KNOWFor optimal dental heath, it’s recommended that people limit eating and drinking between meals.  But let’s admit it: We all snack from time to time.  Unfortunately, many people choose foods such as sweets and chips for snacks; food that harm teeth by promoting tooth decay.  If you do snack, make it a nutritious choice – such as cheese, yogurt, fruits, vegetables or nuts – for your overall health and the health of your teeth.  Drinking plenty of water between meals is also great, not just for your general health but also for helping to flush away food from teeth and gums between brushings.

–Source: American Dental Association

MEDICARE UPDATE

What Are Medicare Advantage Plans?

MEDICARE-UPDATEA Medicare Advantage Plan (such as an HMO or PPO) is one way to receive your Medicare benefits.  Unlike “Original Medicare,” in which the government pays for Medicare benefits when you receive them, Medicare Advantage Plans, sometimes called “Part C” or “MA Plans,” are offered by private companies approved by Medicare, and Medicare pays these companies to cover your Medicare benefits.

If you join a Medicare Advantage Plan, the plan will provide all of your Medicare Part A (hospital insurance) and Medicare Part B (medical insurance) coverage.  Many also cover prescription drugs (Part D).

This is different than a Medigap (Medicare Supplement Insurance) policy, which just pays for costs that Medicare does not cover.  In all types of Medicare Advantage Plans, you are always covered for emergency and urgent care.

Medicare Advantage Plans must cover all of the services that Original Medicare… Continue reading

Health Holiday Eating

Enjoy Festive Meals – and Treats! – Without the Guilt

Healthy-Holiday-Eating

The holidays are almost here, and temptation is everywhere.  Try these tips for enjoying the foods of the season while keepings your healthy food plan in mind.  (Most of the time, anyway!)

  • Only purchase food items you intend to eat in the near future.  Don’t fill your pantry with holiday treats long before the holidays.  It is better to avoid the temptation.  (Remember the saga of the Halloween candy you purchased in late September “to save”?)
  • Allow yourself to enjoy your favorite holiday foods on the actual holidays.  Avoid eating these treats on “regular” days between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day.  This way your 2015 resolutions list be made simpler
  • Plan ahead for handling tempting buffets.  Look at all the foods and choose those you really want, while maintaining reasonable portions. … Continue reading

Got Sleep?

Don’t Skimp on This Critical Part of Good Health

Got-SleepWe need sleep to think clearly, react quickly and create memories.  In fact, the pathways in the brain that help us learn and remember are very active when we sleep.  Studies show that people who are taught mentally challenging tasks perform them better after a good night’s sleep.  Other research suggests that sleep is needed for creative problem solving.

Skimping on sleep comes with a price.  Cutting back by even one hour can make it tough to focus the next day and can slow your response time.  Studies also find that when you lack sleep, you are more likely to make bad decisions and take more risks.  This can result in lower performance on the job or in school and can also put you at a greater risk for a car accident.

Sleep affects mood… Continue reading

Drunk Driving

It Affects Us All

As we all know, people who drink and drive put all of us on the road in danger.  It’s critical to choose not to drink and drive and to help others make good choices as well.

Before drinking, designate a non-drinking driver when with a group.  If out drinking, get a ride home or call a taxi.  Don’t let friends drink and drive.

Choose not to binge drink and help others avoid binge drinking.  Talk with a doctor or nurse about drinking and driving and request counseling if drinking is causing health, work or social problems.

Buckle up every time, no matter how short the trip.  Encourage all passengers in the car to buckle up, including those in the back seat.

–Source: U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Antiviral Flu Medications

What You Need to Know

Antiviral-Flu-MedicationsCan the flu be treated?

Yes.  There are prescription medications called “antiviral drugs” that can be used to treat influenza.

What are antiviral drugs?

These are prescription medicines (pills, liquid or an inhaled powder) that fight against the flu in your body.  They are not sold over the counter.  You can only get them if you have a prescription form your healthcare provider.  Antiviral drugs are different from antibiotics, which fight against bacterial infections.  These drugs lessen and shorten the duration of symptoms by about a day if started within two days of the onset of symptoms.

What should I do if I think I have the flu?

Check with your doctor promptly if you have a high-risk condition and you get flu symptoms, which can include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills, and… Continue reading

SENIOR HEALTH UPDATE

Our Skin As We Age: What to Expect

SENIOR-HEALTH-UPDATEYour skin changes with age.  It becomes thinner, loses fat, and no longer looks as plump and smooth as it once did.  Your veins and bones can be seen more easily.  Scratches, cuts or bumps can take longer to heal.  Years of tanning or being out in the sunlight for a long time may lead to wrinkles, dryness, age spots and even cancer.

But there are things you can do to help protect your skin as you age and to make it feel and look better.

Older people may bruise more easily than younger people.  And it can take longer for the bruises to heal.  Some medicines or illnesses may cause bruising.  If you see bruises and you don’t know how you got them, especially on parts of your body usually covered by clothing, see… Continue reading