Holiday travel tips for people with Alzheimer's and other dementias
Traveling over the holiday season is stressful enough under ideal circumstances, but for 5.5 million Americans living with Alzheimer's (including 69,000 in Colorado) and their families, this can be a particularly challenging time.
While the symptoms of this progressive brain disease can sometimes make travel more difficult, it doesn't mean families can't travel with a loved one with dementia and participate in holiday festivities.
Holiday lighting and decorations contribute to the splendor of the season but they can also significantly increase the risk of fires and electrical injuries if not used safely. The Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFi) has put together a comprehensive list of holiday lighting and decoration safety tips and resources. You can view the complete list at www.esfi.org.
Whenever winter weather arrives, remember this simple message: Get to where you need to be before the weather gets bad! In other words, stay off the roads when it snows!
Flu prevention starts with you. The Centers for Disease Control says "Take 3" Actions to fight the flu. Taking the time to take care of yourself and your loved ones is not complicated but can greatly impact your health and those within your community.
Take time to get a flu vaccine.
Throughout the year, we've read stories about how more than half of American have less than $1,000 saved to use in an emergency. Chances are you are among those people, and there is hope to make a change.
With the holiday season under way, Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams asks Coloradans to give generously to their favorite charities but also to give wisely.
Cold weather is just around the corner, and even if it is still nothing but sunlight and cool days in your neighborhood, preparing for winter now can save you money and keep you warmer when the cold air arrives. Here are some simple steps you can take now to stay warm this winter.
1. Spruce Up the Fireplace
Winter time is best time to build a fire in the fireplace and enjoy the warmth it brings to the house. But before you bundle up in front your fireplace, give it some love.
Cyber Monday - November 27 this year - is becoming as big as Black Friday for getting your holiday shopping done and finding amazing discounts. There are some great deals, but buyers must beware of scams and the tricks identity thieves may use. Last week's article about protecting yourself at stores during Black Friday - and any other time of year - can be found here.
Here are some tips that will help you enjoy a safe online shopping experience:
Cooking is leading cause of home fires. Smoke alarms and other precautions can help prevent them.
Millions of people will gather for Thanksgiving to enjoy time with loved ones and a delicious holiday dinner this week. With cooking being the number one cause of home fires, the American Red Cross recommends that everyone follow these fire safety steps: