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6. Arrange transportation: If you’re hav- ing trouble finding transportation to your pharmacy, check your plan to see if there is a home delivery option or transportation support service to help you pick up your medications.
Senior Times - May 2020 Gardening is Good
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for Your Health
By: Sherii Sherban, Publisher
You’ve probably heard about raised gardens but have you ever considered trying one? They actually come in many shapes and sizes. Technically if the soil
is even a few inches higher than ground level it is considered a raised bed. Moreover, a bed that is made with walls but is still at ground level is also consid- ered a raised bed. If a large garden area
is too much for you, a variety of smaller containers still rise to the challenge. But most of you might be thinking of the constructed bed that is raised such that someone sitting in a chair can tend to what is growing in a comfortable way. Cut outs for the person in a wheelchair can
to achieve better sleep; improves hand strength; can be shared with
family and friends; all of which can lead to long-term health benefits.
be made at intentional locations to make gardening even easier and more enjoyable. Others may build them high enough that working on them while standing is com- fortable. Your raised bed should meet your needs and can be done in any of the above ways.
crops.
• Drainage can be better in areas with very
Gardening is an activity that many mature adults enjoy and raised beds cre- ate a new way to do so while eliminat- ing many of the reasons you may have stopped. Why is gardening so valuable?
It leads to homegrown self-esteem; reduces risk for heart attack and stroke; reduces stress; makes people happy; helps
There are a few challenges to con- sider. They will cost money to build from materials to soil, but also:
• Soil dries out much faster in summer,
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Your Medications
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Why is it important to take medications as prescribed? Taking your medications correctly may prevent hospitalizations
and maintain or improve your health. This means taking medication in the correct amount, at the right time, for as long as directed by your doctor. It also means filling your prescriptions on time, so you don’t run out.
If you don’t take your medications as directed, they may not be as effective and could lead to other serious, more costly health problems.
• About 10% of hospitalizations in the U.S. are due to patients not taking their medi- cations as prescribed.1
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• Between 30–50% of hospital readmis- sions are due to patients not taking their medications as prescribed.2
7. Lower your costs: If you’re having trou- ble paying for your medications, talk
to your doctor about less expensive or generic alternatives that may be equally effective in treating your condition.
Steps to help you take medications as prescribed:
8. Be honest with your doctor: Talk with your doctor or pharmacist if you have questions or concerns about your medications. If you can’t afford your medications, or if you are experiencing unpleasant side effects, talk to your doctor about options.
1. Get organized: Keep your medications together in a safe place and think about using a pillbox to organize your pre- scription drugs for the week.
2. Make a chart: List all of the medications you take, how much you take and when you take them.
1. Annuals of Internal Medicine, 2012. 2. Centers for Disease Control, 2013.
3. Set reminders: Set automatic reminders
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There are many other valuable rea- sons for using raised beds.
• They can be used in areas that have very
poor soil, contaminated soil or no soil at
all. Containers are small raised beds.
• They warm up quicker in spring, allow-
ing earlier planting.
• They can be great for people with mobil-
ity challenges.
• Different beds can hold different types
of soil allowing you to match soil to
poor drainage, but raised beds can also cause drainage problems if they are not built properly.
• Screened bottoms can keep critters out.
which means watering will need to be
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• Soil gets warmer, which is not good for
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• Perennials need to be hardier since a
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on your smart phone, arrange for a friend or family member to call you at the same time every day, or set an alarm clock.
4. Make refills easier: Ask your pharmacy if you can get a three-month supply of your medications so you don’t have to get refills as often.
5. Mail service: Use a home delivery pharmacy that will send three-month supplies of your medication right to your home.
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