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Older Americans Who Neglect Oral Care Put Overall Health at Risk

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Conscientious parents constantly remind their children to brush and floss, and routinely schedule dental checkups to make sure their teeth and gums are healthy - and staying that way.

But youngsters aren't the only ones who can use such reminders. Older Americans need to put a priority on their oral health as well, and research shows that as a group they aren't doing so.

Home Country

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"Hot? Did you say hot?"

"Sure did, Windy, have a seat and join us," said Doc. We were huddled up in the coolth of the air conditioner blast in that certain part of the dining room at the Mule Barn truck stop. Yes. It was hot.

"Ain't like Death Valley, howsomever," Windy said. "Now boys, that there's HOT!"

"You been to Death Valley, Windy?"

Food Safety Training Available for Colorado Cottage Food Producers

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So many more people seem to be interested in learning about cottage foods and how to be a part of making and selling their own products under the Cottage Foods Act. If you are one of the people reading this article still asking yourself what a cottage food is, let me help you define that. A "Cottage Food Operation" is a business operated by a person who produces or packages non-potentially hazardous food in a kitchen located in the person's primary domestic residence or another appropriately equipped residential or commercial-style kitchen on that property.

Agency on Aging Advisory Council to Meet Tuesday

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A meeting of the Lower Arkansas Valley Area Agency on Aging Advisory Council will be held on Tuesday, July 17, Technical Review Committee 10:00 a.m., at the La Junta Senior Center, 102 East 2nd, La Junta CO.

Agenda items will include LAVAAA Provider Budget Update, Older Americans Act Reauthorization Update, and State Unit on Aging and Colorado Association of Area Agencies on Aging. Also, update on 42nd Annual Age Well Eastern Colorado Conference.

The meeting is open to the public, and citizen participation is encouraged.

Feeling Stretched as a Grandparent Raising Grandchildren?

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Powerful Tools for Caregivers is an educational series designed to provide you with the tools you need to take care of yourself. 

This program helps family caregivers reduce stress, improve self-confidence, communicate feelings better, balance their lives, increase their ability to make tough decisions and locate helpful resources. 

Rural Seat Belt Enforcement Campaign Begins Monday

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Starting Monday, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), Colorado State Patrol (CSP) and local law enforcement agencies across the state will conduct a seven-day high-visibility Click It or Ticketenforcement period targeting rural areas of Colorado. These areas tend to have the lowest seat belt use rates in the state. Currently, Colorado's statewide seat belt use rate is 84 percent, ranking Colorado in the bottom third in the nation.

“Preserving the Harvest” Food Preservation Classes Scheduled

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Extension Agent Laura Krause of CSU Extension-Pueblo County will hold a hands-on food preservation workshop on Jams and Jellies, Thursday, August 2, 2018

1:00 pm to 4:00 p.m. or 6:00 pm to 9:00 p.m. Learn the role of pectin in gelling and get hints and tips to get the right consistency. Receive recipes for canned jams and jellies as well as freezer/refrigerator jellies.  Registration is required by July 26. Space is limited, and a $10 fee will be charged.

Tips: Keep Your Cool in Hot Weather!

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Now is the time to prepare for the high temperatures that kill hundreds of people every year. Extreme heat causes more than 600 deaths each year. Heat-related deaths and illness are preventable, yet many people still die from extreme heat every year.

Take measures to stay cool, remain hydrated, and keep informed. Getting too hot can make you sick. You can become ill from the heat if your body can't compensate for it and properly cool you off. The main things affecting your body's ability to cool itself during extremely hot weather are:

EarthTalk

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Dear EarthTalk: As a member of Joe Public, is it possible to monitor pesticide levels when my neighboring farmer sprays his fields? I have wild bees and am concerned that they are being affected. -- Mickey Proctor, Ames, IA