Cuestionario En-Linea Ayuda a Personas Mayores Prevenir y Protegerse de Caídas

(NewsUSA) – La pandemia del coronavirus ha cambiado muchas cosas. Pero hay algo que no ha cambiado: caerse NO es una parte normal del envejecimiento. Hay medidas que puede tomar para reducir su riesgo.Incluso durante la era del COVID-19, las caídas siguen siendo la principal causa de lesiones fatales y no fatales para los adultos mayores. Las caídas pueden tener un impacto significativo en la calidad de vida de un adulto mayor. Una caída puede provocar que una persona mayor se aísle socialmente o que tenga miedo de salir de casa, y puede ocasionar altos gastos médicos.Un primer paso importante para mantenerse seguro es aprender qué aspectos de su vida pueden ponerle en mayor riesgo de caerse. Consejo Nacional para Adultos Mayores (NCOA), un líder nacional de confianza que trabaja para garantizar que todas las personas puedan envejecer sin problemas, ha creado una encuesta gratuita en línea para ayudarle a identificar su riesgo de caerse y ofrece medidas prácticas para subsanarlo.Se llama Chequeo Contra Caídas, y se lanzará como parte de la Semana de Concienciación para la Prevención de Caídas de la NCOA, del 21 al 25 de septiembre."Queremos que los adultos mayores sean sus propios agentes de cambio para asegurarse de envejecer bien", dice Kathleen Cameron, directora del Centro para el Envejecimiento Saludable de la NCOA. "El Chequeo Contra Caídas proporciona una revisión confidencial y fácil de usar sobre los riesgos de caídas como un primer paso para prevenirlas". NCOA también ofrece formas prácticas y comprobadas de abordar dichos riesgos".El Chequeo Contra Caídas está disponible en inglés y en español. Presenta 12 preguntas sobre razones conocidas que aumentan el riesgo de caídas. Los adultos mayores responden sí o no a cada pregunta, y luego ven una explicación de por qué esa razón es importante. Por ejemplo, "A veces me siento inestable cuando estoy caminando", es seguido por: "La inestabilidad o la necesidad de apoyo al caminar son signos de un mal equilibrio".Después de terminar la encuesta autodirigida, los adultos mayores reciben una puntuación de riesgo personalizada, junto con medidas prácticas que pueden tomar para evitar caídas. Pueden compartir esta información con sus cuidadores y proveedores de atención médica para discutir cómo reducir el riesgo de caídas y tomar medidas al respecto.Algunos de los pasos siguientes podrían ser el mejor uso de un bastón o andadera, ajustar los medicamentos, hacerse un chequeo de la audición o de la vista, o añadir ejercicios de fortalecimiento y equilibrio con la aprobación de un médico.Además de lanzar el Chequeo Contra Caídas, NCOA organizará eventos gratuitos en Facebook, en inglés (23 de septiembre a las 6:30 p.m. EST) y en español (24 de septiembre a las 6:30 p.m. EST) durante la Semana de la Concienciación sobre la Prevención de Caídas para destacar este importante tema de salud.Para obtener más información, visit www.ncoa.org/ContraCaidas.

BookBites: A Reading Potpourri of Fiction, Nonfiction and Spiritual

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"Derailed"
by Mary Keliikoa A dying wish. A secret world. Can this grieving investigator stay on the right track? PI Kelly Pruett is determined to make it on her own. It’s a good sign when a letter left by her late father at his detective agency ties into an unsolved case of a young woman struck by a train.Hunting down the person who can prove the mysterious death was not just a drunken accident. Kelly discovers this witness is in no condition to talk. And the closer she gets to the truth, the longer her list of sleazy suspects with murderous motives grows.Can Kelly pinpoint the murderer? Purchase at https://amzn.to/30gAIE1"Boats Against the Current"
by Richard Webb The Great Gatsby may be one of America’s essential novels. Boats Against the Current is essential for anyone who has read the book and wondered at the fantastical world whose story it tells. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald honeymooned for five months in the summer of 1920 in a modest house in Westport, CT, living a wild life of drinking, driving and endless partying after being kicked out of New York’s finest hotels.Boats Against the Current tells the real story behind the famous novel and its tragic hero, and debunks many long-held beliefs. Purchase at https://amzn.to/2D70Fxd."The Vessels"
by Anna Elias What if you could help those who’ve passed on to get a second chance – but at the risk of your own life? Four broken strangers volunteer to become the first humans to join the international Vessels program. Their bodies will host the Spirits who seek to right past wrongs.Disguised inside a homeless shelter, the program is facilitated by a retired Army officer, former ER doctor, and tech-savvy teen who tracks the Spirits merged with their Vessels through an ancient ritual. The Vessels have seven days to succeed. But when the vengeful spirit of a serial killer enters one of them, they learn not all Spirits are here for redemption. Purchase at https://amzn.to/3hY2hrI"Between These Walls"
by Michael Newman In the dying days of WW II, U.S. Army Medical Corps Colonel Samuel Singer comes upon the shot-up wreck of an SS Staff car, with a badly injured driver, nearby a dead German Army officer carrying the ID of a Nazi war criminal, and a young blonde woman, also dead in the back seat.Forty years later, Daniel Singer, adopted son of Colonel Singer, receives a mysterious package from West Berlin. Daniel’s quest to learn about its contents leads him on a voyage of discovery about his own roots. He unlocks the secrets of three families through tumultuous times and will be faced with a life-altering choice and the opportunity to right the most heinous of wrongs. Purchase at https://amzn.to/2DenoYtNOTE: For more reading ideas, visit BookTrib.com. 

BookBites: Four Great Characters You’re Going to Want to Get to Know

(NewsUSA) —  "Ballast Point Breakdown"
by Corey Lynn Fayman A speedboat hurtles across San Diego Bay and crashes into the Admiral’s Club, where a farewell party for the Navy’s top-secret Dolphin Divers program is underway. As guests flee the ensuing fire, a woman named Janis Withers crawls from the inferno and screams her last words – "Arion has returned!"Eccentric guitar-playing private detective Rolly Waters is pulled into the case when he connects Janis to a pair of dog tags left behind by Butch Fleetwood, a member of the Dolphin Divers who disappeared 20 years earlier. As Rolly races against the authorities to uncover Arion’s true identity, his investigation begins to reverberate with his own painful history. Purchase at https://amzn.to/2EzNW6x"Jersig"
by J.B. Whitehouse Quentin Dettweiler is a young man living a sordid, robotic life. Directionless and achingly comfortable in a complacency beckoning him to dive in, Q is on the edge when he encounters a man unlike any other: Jersig.Jersig is a man with airs about him who seems to hold the key to the secrets of life. A wealthy, "self-made" Californian who prides himself on being able to spot talent hidden below the surface, Jersig sees something in Q that piques his interest. As a friendship is forged, Q actualizes what he believed always to be true: he possesses greatness inside him. Perhaps Jersig holds the key to the secrets of life … or perhaps potentially dangerous ones. Buy at https://amzn.to/30htIHb"The Edge of Belonging"
by Amanda Cox "A beautiful story about broken people coming together to find healing." When Ivy Rose returns to her hometown to oversee an estate sale, she discovers her grandmother left behind more than trinkets – she provided a path to the truth behind Ivy’s adoption. Shocked, Ivy seeks clues to her past, but a key piece is missing.Twenty-four years earlier, Harvey James finds an abandoned newborn who gives him a sense of human connection. His desire to care for the baby is complicated by the fact that he is homeless. In this dual-time story, the truth takes center stage as Ivy and Harvey grapple with love, loss, and letting go. Purchase at https://amzn.to/2CZ2IDE"Life is Big"
by Kiki Denis "This innovative and witty novel will delight logophiles and puzzle-solvers," says Publishers Weekly. Alma-Jane, a happy 11-year-old girl, is about to die due to a rare mutation. Ayrton, Alma-Jane’s older brother and a math prodigy, declares war against Death, and leaves New York for Oxford, UK, to examine Albert Einstein’s brain.Meanwhile, Death and his brother, O.M. (Obituary Man), are in need of a short vacation. At the heart of all this, a motley crew of "Minor & Major Immortals" mingle. What connects them is the belief that "wise-thinking" leads to a longer and happier future, and that it’s the only way to guarantee a "Life bigger than Death." Purchase at https://amzn.to/3hUigqZ.NOTE: For more reading ideas, visit BookTrib.com and subscribe to our weekly newsletter.

Free Online Survey Alerts Older Adults to Risks of Falling, a Major Hazard

(NewsUSA) – The coronavirus pandemic has changed a lot of things. One thing that’s still the same? Falling is NOT a normal part of aging. There are steps you can take to reduce your risk.Even during the COVID-19 era, falls remain the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries for older adults. Falls can significantly impact an older adult’s quality of life. A fall can cause older persons to become socially isolated or fearful of leaving home and can lead to costly medical expenses.One important first step toward staying safe is learning what aspects of your life can put you at greater risk of falling. The National Council on Aging (NCOA), a trusted national leader working to ensure that every person can age well, has created a free online survey to help you identify your falls risks – and offers practical steps to address them.It’s called the Falls Free CheckUp, and it’s being launched as part of NCOA’s annual Falls Prevention Awareness Week, Sept. 21-25."We want older adults to be their own agents of change in ensuring they age well," says Kathleen Cameron, senior director of NCOA’s Center for Healthy Aging. "The Falls Free CheckUp provides an easy-to-use and confidential screen of falls risks as a first step in preventing falls. NCOA also offers practical and proven ways to address those risks."The Falls Free CheckUp is available in both English and Spanish. It features 12 statements about reasons that are known to increase falls risk. Older adults answer yes or no to each statement and then see an explanation of why that reason matters. For example, "Sometimes I feel unsteady when I am walking," is followed by the statement: "Unsteadiness or needing support while walking are signs of poor balance."After completing the self-directed survey, older adults receive a personalized risk score, along with practical steps they can take to prevent falls. They can share this information with their caregivers and health care providers to discuss how to reduce their falls risk and take action.Next steps could include better use of a cane or walker, adjusting medications, getting a hearing or eye checkup, or adding strength and balance exercises with a doctor’s approval.In addition to launching the Falls Free CheckUp, NCOA will be hosting free English (Sept. 23 at 6:30 pm EST) and Spanish (Sept. 24 at 6:30 pm EST) Facebook Live events during Fall Prevention Awareness Week to highlight this important health topic.For more information, visit www.ncoa.org/FallsWeek.

How to Smooth ‘Crepey’ Skin on Arms and Legs

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Managing the effects of skin aging includes tackling the common complaint of skin crepiness. Crepiness refers to a sagging appearance caused in part by lack of moisture in the skin; women are especially affected by skin crepiness on the upper arms and above the knees.
“Crepiness is a concern we address with many of our patients,” says Dr. Melissa Kanchanapoomi Levin, board-certified New York dermatologist and founder of Entiere Dermatology. Proper exfoliation is key to improving the appearance of skin crepiness, and exfoliation also prepares the skin to receive the maximum benefits from moisturization.
“Exfoliation loosens and removes the top layers of dull dead skin cells and improves the skin’s appearance,” Dr. Levin says.
“Formulas that contain exfoliating acids, such as glycolic acid and lactic acid in combination with moisturizing ingredients, can be helpful. Since sun damage is the most common cause of crepey skin, wearing daily sunscreen and keeping the skin moisturized is a must,” she emphasizes.
To help combat crepiness and foster a smoother, more youthful appearance, look for products that go beyond simply moisturizing, such as the Crepe Control line from StriVectin. The two-step skin care protocol includes Crepe Control Exfoliating Body Scrub and Crepe Control Tightening Body Cream.
– Smooth it Out. Crepe Control Exfoliating Body Scrub combines physical exfoliants such as rice powder with lactic and glycolic acids to help dissolve dead skin cells, promote skin brightening, and restore a softer appearance to the skin.
– Firm it Up. Crepe Control Tightening Body Cream is designed to improve the appearance of crepey skin and reduce the appearance of aging and environmental damage.
The cream includes not only murumuru seed butter as a key moisturizing ingredient, but also tripeptides to improve skin elasticity; caffeine and jojoba seed extract to facilitate firmer skin; and turmeric root extract to promote skin brightness and tone.
The scrub is designed for use on wet skin in the shower two to three times a week. And the cream can be used on areas of concern as often as twice a day.
Visit strivectin.com for more information about skin care and crepe control products.

Mental Health of Students Must Figure in Restarting Classes

By Amy Braun
For NewsUSA

(NU) – As officials across the nation decide how best to open schools, one aspect too often overlooked is students’ mental health. Awareness of the pressures on our children is the first step towards helping them heal and preparing them to learn.

COVID-19 has left many kids feeling lonely and isolated. Research on the effect of the lockdowns published in the June issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry concludes that young people experiencing loneliness may be as much as three times more likely to sink into depression in the future, but additionally that their mental health could be impacted for at least nine years because of it.

BookBites: Swing into Fall with Four Stirring Stories

(NewsUSA) "The Lines Between Us"
by Rebecca D’HarlingueIn 1661 Madrid, Ana’s young niece Juliana suddenly vanishes. Ana searches the girl’s room and finds a diary. After a futile search in Spain, she comes to Juliana’s final entries, and, discovering the horrifying reason for the girl’s flight, abandons her search.In 1992 Missouri, in her deceased mother’s home, Rachel finds a diary by a woman named Juliana. Rachel recognizes the names Ana and Juliana: her mother uttered them on her deathbed. As she learns the truth about Juliana’s tragic family history, Rachel seeks to understand her connection to the writings – hoping that in finding those answers, she will heal the wounds caused by her mother’s lifelong reticence. Purchase at https://amzn.to/2Rajwv8"The Best Part of Us"
by Sally Cole-MischBeth cherished her childhood family summers on a pristine northern Canadian lake. Theirs was an unshakeable bond with nature, family, and friends. But that bond was torn apart, first as rights to their island were questioned and then by nature itself, and the family was forced to leave.Fourteen years later, Beth has created a new life in urban Chicago. There, she’s erected a barrier between the past and present, no matter how much it costs – until her grandfather asks her to return to the island to determine its fate. Will she choose to preserve whom she has become, or risk everything to discover if what was lost still remains? Purchase at https://amzn.to/2wTaSuh"A Wife in Bangkok"
by Iris Mitlin LavCrystal’s husband, Brian, is being sent to manage his company’s Bangkok office and he expects her and their children to come along. She reluctantly acquiesces. She doesn’t want to leave everything familiar in their small Oklahoma town; it’s 1975, however, and Crystal, a woman with traditional values, feels she has to be a good wife.Crystal finds beauty in Thailand, but also isolation and betrayal. Fighting intense loneliness and buffeted by a series of shocking events, she struggles to adapt to a different culture and battle a severe depression and, ultimately, decide whether her broken relationship with her husband is worth saving. Purchase at https://amzn.to/2XFh9mE"A Place Called Zamora"
by LB GschwandtnerNiko and El are trapped in a politically corrupt dystopian city where brutality rules. After winning a cynical race where only one rider can survive, Niko tosses aside his chance to join the city’s corrupt inner circle by choosing lovely El as his prize – thus upsetting the ruling order and placing them both in danger.With the Regime hunting them and the children of the city fomenting a guerrilla revolt, they attempt a daring escape to the possibly mythical utopia of Zamora. But as events unfold, the stirrings of love El once felt for Niko begin to morph into mistrust. If they reach Zamora, will Niko ever claim his secret birthright? And what will the future hold if he loses El? Purchase at https://amzn.to/2Aovg7zNOTE: BookBites is a continuing series, bringing readers information and ideas for their next read. For more reading ideas, visit BookTrib.com and subscribe to our weekly newsletter.

COVID-19 Fallout: Americans Changing Their Higher Ed Plans

(NewsUSA) – The move to online classes at colleges and universities to deal with COVID-19 isn’t making the grade with many Americans.A whopping 80 percent of those currently saving for an in-person higher education, either for themselves or their kids, said in a new poll from Edward Jones and Morning Consult that they worried the "quality of education" may suffer as a result of the switch to partial or full-time remote instruction – with 35 percent stating they were "very concerned."That statistic alone should trouble schools like Harvard University, where tuition runs about $49,700 annually, that are already under fire from students and parents over their current refusal to lower costs this academic year. However, pandemic aside, the national poll of 2,200 adults also hinted at the impact of critics who question whether the return on investment is worth it for at least certain degrees:* 20 percent of respondents were more likely, at least for now, to skip getting a higher education and instead seek full-time employment or an internship.* Another 20 percent were more apt to take "a gap year" before continuing their schooling.* 17 percent were leaning more towards attending an in-person trade or vocational school.* Another 17 percent were more likely to attend an in-person community college.Things, of course, could change dramatically once the coronavirus either runs its course or a vaccine is found. In fact, Tim Burke, who’s responsible for education savings at the financial services firm Edward Jones, makes the case that people should take the long view in what he calls "this period of uncertainty.""As learning environments and needs change in light of the pandemic," he said, "it’s critical to keep in mind that higher education will continue to be important. So proper steps to save should remain a top priority."Experts agree that one of the best ways to do so is through what’s known as a 529 plan. Unlike personal savings accounts, these state-sponsored plans -which 21 percent of those polled already use – have for decades provided a tax-advantaged way to sock away money to cover tuition, books, and other expenses at most accredited two- and four-year colleges, universities and vocational-technical schools. Private K-12 education, student debt repayment, and registered apprenticeships were also recently included."Yes, educational expenses would include a new laptop or internet access for those who choose to learn from home," said Nela Richardson, an investment strategist at Edward Jones.Exactly what does "tax-advantaged" mean?Simple. The earnings in those 529s – typically comprised of a portfolio of funds – accumulate tax-free, and qualified withdrawals are exempt from federal income taxes.The federal gift tax exclusion allows a contributor to give up to $15,000 a year, per beneficiary, or $30,000 for married couples. But here’s what a lot of people don’t realize: While almost every state has its own 529 plan, there’s no "home-town" restriction that would keep you from selecting one with a higher total aggregate cap – some are more than $500,000, which would come in handy for those also thinking Harvard Medical School – or a more attractive mix of funds.Edward Jones has an online tool that provides an idea of how much college will cost you looking as far as 18 years down the road. Though with so many variables affecting your education savings strategy, you might want to talk things over with a local Edward Jones financial advisor who’ll also work up a free report illustrating whether you’re on track to meet your savings goal. 

Drug-Free Device Simplifies Sinus Pain Relief

(NewsUSA) – Sinus pain is a persistent problem for many allergy sufferers. The pain makes it hard to focus and enjoy the outdoors. The chemical side effects associated with some allergy over-the-counter and prescription medications can be as annoying as the sinus pain itself. However, Tivic Health, a bioelectronic device company, has developed a simple, handheld device designed to relieve allergy-related sinus pain with no drugs or chemical side effects. The device, known as ClearUP Sinus Pain Relief, runs on a rechargeable lithium battery and can be used at home, at work, or while traveling.Here’s how it works: A lightweight, handheld device, ClearUP delivers microcurrent or low-level electrical stimulation through the skin to calm sinus nerve pathways and provide pain relief.The electrical stimulation not only impacts the sinus nerves under the skin to reduce the pain, but theoretically it also shrinks the sinus cavity’s swollen tissue which can also be the source of the sinus pain and discomfort.ClearUP is engineered for use on the cheeks, nose, and under the eyebrow bone. ClearUP guides the user to the most optimal treatment points with a vibration system. Each treatment session takes about five minutes and can be performed as needed throughout the day. Sinus pain relief can last for up to six hours after using the device, based on data from the company’s research."ClearUP is a game-changer for allergy sufferers who have tried and failed to improve their allergy-related sinus symptoms with other methods or for those who simply want to avoid drugs, and chemical side effects," says Dr. Subinoy Das, chief medical officer for Tivic Health.Tivic Health’s clinical study shows that "three out of four patients reduce their sinus pain in less than five minutes and so I’m very excited to use this device on my patients," Dr. Das explains in a video on the company’s website.In a post-market study conducted by Tivic Health, allergy sufferers who used ClearUP reported significant reductions in sinus pain over four weeks of daily use and 82 percent of users said they preferred ClearUP to other sinus pain relief methods.ClearUP is FDA cleared for over-the-counter purchase and is Flexible Spending Account and Health Savings Account eligible.Visit www.tivichealth.com for more information about sinus pain relief.

How to Prevent COVID-19 from Impacting Your Credit Score

(NU) – Since the beginning of March, COVID-19 has turned millions of Americans’ financial situations upside down.

While the economy is showing signs of recovery, many Americans are still unemployed and having to dip into their savings to cover basic living costs. To that end, the question remains: How do you protect your credit score? Read on for some tips.