Actor Lee Majors Joins Flu + You Campaign to Raise Awareness of Risks of Flu for People 65 and Older

September 14, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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Actor Lee Majors Joins Flu + You Campaign to Raise Awareness of Risks of Flu for People 65 and Older

National Council on Aging Launches Second Year of Education Program for Older Adults and Those Who Care for Them Aimed at Helping to Protect More Older Adults from the Flu

Actor Lee Majors, best known for his iconic roles on The Big Valley, The Fall Guy, and The Six Million Dollar Man, is joining the National Council on Aging (NCOA) Flu + You program to help protect older adults from influenza (commonly known as “the flu”). Flu + You aims to inform adults 65 and older, their caregivers, and those who care about them, about the dangers of the flu, the importance of annual vaccination, and available vaccine options.

As a part of his involvement in the Flu + You campaign, Majors will appear in a public service announcement (PSA) that follows him as he embarks on an important and action-packed mission: learning about his vaccine options and getting vaccinated against the flu. The PSA will educate the public about the increased risk of flu in adults 65 years of age and older and the importance of knowing your vaccine options and getting a flu vaccine, even for tough guys like Majors.

Every year in the United States, roughly nine out of 10 flu-related deaths and more than six out of 10 flu-related hospitalizations occur in people 65 and older. Older adults are at a greater risk for flu due, in part, to the weakening of the immune system that typically occurs with age. This means that no matter how healthy or youthful we feel, as we age we become more vulnerable to the flu and its related complications.

“The CDC recommends an annual flu vaccine as the single best way to protect yourself from the flu, yet a third of people 65 and older still don’t get vaccinated,” said Richard Birkel, PhD, MPA, NCOA Senior Vice President for Healthy Aging and Director of NCOA’s Self-Management Alliance. “As NCOA continues to educate older adults about the flu and the potential severity of the illness, we hope to encourage more people to protect themselves and their loved ones by getting an annual flu shot.”

The flu vaccine offers the best defense to protect against the flu, and adults 65 years of age and older have several vaccine options. In addition to the traditional flu vaccine (which helps protect against three strains of the flu virus), there is also a quadrivalent vaccine (which helps protect against four strains), and a higher dose vaccine that was designed specifically for adults 65 and older. By improving the production of antibodies in older patients, the higher dose vaccine can provide a stronger immune response to the flu than traditional vaccines. All flu vaccines are covered as a Medicare Part B benefit, which means there is no copay for Medicare beneficiaries 65 years of age and older.

“I get the flu shot every year and encourage my peers to do the same – it’s a simple step you can take to protect yourself from the flu,” says actor Lee Majors.  “I urge everyone 65 years of age and older to talk to their health care provider about their vaccine options this flu season.”

The flu can make existing health conditions worse, and it is especially dangerous for people with lung disease, heart disease, diabetes, kidney disease, and cancer—conditions that commonly affect older adults. Nationwide, 86 percent of adults 65 years of age and older have at least one chronic health condition and approximately 66 percent of Medicare beneficiaries have two or more chronic conditions, putting them at increased risk of the flu and flu-related complications, which can be severe and include hospitalization and even death.

For more facts about flu, and to order free educational materials, including a brochure and fact sheet, visit www.ncoa.org/Flu.

About Flu + You
Flu + You is a national public education initiative, from the National Council on Aging with support from Sanofi Pasteur, to educate adults 65 years and older about the dangers of the influenza virus, the importance of annual vaccination, and available vaccine options. Older adults and their caregivers can learn more on the Flu + You website, www.ncoa.org/Flu, which features a public service announcement with Lee Majors and facts about the flu. Also available on the website is a calendar of Flu + You events that will be held in 12 cities throughout the United States in September and October. At the events, older adults will have the opportunity to learn more about their risks for flu and available vaccine options, as well as talk to a health care provider and receive a flu vaccination.

About NCOA
The National Council on Aging is a nonprofit service and advocacy organization headquartered in Washington, DC. NCOA is a national voice for millions of older adults—especially those who are vulnerable and disadvantaged—and the community organizations that serve them. It brings together nonprofit organizations, businesses, and government to develop creative solutions that improve the lives of all older adults. NCOA works with thousands of organizations across the country to help seniors find jobs and benefits, improve their health, live independently, and remain active in their communities. For more information, please visit:

www.NCOA.org | www.facebook.com/NCOAging | www.twitter.com/NCOAging

 

CONTACT: Dana Kinker, (212) 301-7181, dkinker@wcgworld.com

Senior Citizens Health – Choose to Be Healthy the Natural Way by Philip Jubb

April 15, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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As a Senior Citizen your body looks after you, well most of the time. It  behoves us well to as Senior Citizens to  return the favour and look after our  body.

Natural  is about being proactive. You need to be dedicated to making and  keeping your body healthy.

Natural medicine does not cause drowsiness and works with the body to help  you.

Natural medicine, made from natural ingredients, because of its  anti-bacterial effects, is used by many senior citizens in place of traditional  medicine to assist in the cure their ailments.

Natural is not about being a health freak, but more about being a health  conscious person,  making the natural health lifestyle work for and with you.    It seems unlikely that you as a Senior Citizen will have been living a junk food  and quick meal life,  but, if you have,  you will need to consider incorporating  a series vitamins into your regime.

Natural means incorporating more natural solutions in your life. The best way  to prevent, treat, and in many cases cure illness is to give your body the right  tools and let it go to work reduce  the amount of processed food you eat keep  the salt and alcohol down and take more exercise and get more sleep..

Recent studies seem to  have confirmed that an increased intake of water and  the proper immune enhancing nutrients  offer the best defence against most  infections. Water please note! Not alcoholic drinks. In fact one of the most  common causes of headaches is lack of proper hydration.

Even back pain can be caused by a lack of fluids. Spinal discs which are  filled with fluid act as shock absorbers in our spinal column and when they are  not hydrated  they deflate and provide less absorption placing the load on the  shell of the disk instead of using  fluid . Another effects of the fluid level  in disks can be lack of movement, moving your head around and moving your upper  body around while sitting at a desk can help alleviate this and allow the discs  to become rehydrated.

High blood pressure or hypertension an be caused by a lower blood volume from  dehydration. Its a bit obvious but since our blood is over 80% water it can be,  from a volume point of view, very susceptible to changes in hydration.

As a senior citizen you will be able to enjoy the pleasures of life with a  body that functions at its optimum for a good few years yet, once you start  living a natural life, you start feeling better; and that is crucial in dealing  with the everyday stresses and strains of the senior citizen growing ever  older.

Philip

Philip can usually be found at Senior Citizens Health either writing on senior citizens  issues or health issues.

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How to Find a College Grant If You’re a Senior Citizen by Edward J. Woods

April 15, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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The possibility of studying even in old age

We all undoubtedly understand the value of quality education especially in  this day and age. There is never such a thing as studying enough. There is  always something new that one can learn and that is why we are want to find out  whether it is possible to receive a college grant for senior citizens. The truth  of the matter is that it is very possible to get the college grant for senior  citizens. Some people sadly for them they think that senior persons are far  passed the capacity to undergo like the young people which is a very wrong  Norton. You may have invested your time and finances in your kids at an early  age and had to give up the idea of ever attending high level education however  this is the chance for you to realise your long awaited dream now that your kids  have attained their dreams.

Why would one go for the college grant for senior citizens?

Imagine yourself having kids and grandchildren. Imagine these kids all grown  up and taking care of you. Provided you with a beautiful house and paid for your  health insurance. You wouldn’t have to move a muscle in your anymore. It looks  like you might actually enjoy your retirement in perfectly good shape. So what  do you do with your newly found time? You might want venture into education,  perhaps do that course you have always wanted to do but could not o it due to  financial restrains and other responsibilities hence the college grants for  senior citizens comes in. you need to know that it is never too late. The truth  of the matter is that getting college grants for senior students is a lot  easier.

You realise that senior citizens have a greater chance of going back to  school compared to young kids directly from high school. And this is because  there are numerous state and online colleges that have quit comprehensive and  detailed degree programs specific for senior citizens and off course with  discounted tuition rates. The best thing about it is that there are college  grants for senior citizens hence you won’t have to worry about high costs given  that grants are not paid back to the donor, but are only given if the applicant  proves that he is worthy of the investment.

Government agencies and departments have offered tremendous support by  availing such facilities. At such a stage when getting college grants for the  senior citizens is a piece of cake, the only thing is to find out which school  you want to study in given the wide array of schools available and off course  the course that you want to pursue. The best way to hunt for a suitable school  of your choice is to go online. When applying for the college grant for senior  citizens you have to take note of the fact that there re requirements. For  instance a background check on your financial capabilities and restrains,  remember that financial is not given to anyone but anyone who have a limited  financial background but a passion for education and higher learning to be  exact.

If you think college is out of reach for you, for financial reasons, think  again. Find the best financial aid and grant opportunities at http://www.collegegrantsreview.com

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National Nonprofit Twilight Wish Foundation Joins Forces with Parent-giving to Increase Awareness of Contributions of Caregivers

February 16, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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The national nonprofit Twilight Wish Foundation is pleased to announce a new partnership with Parentgiving.com, based in Montclair, New Jersey. Keith Maddox, CEO of Parentgiving, presented a check for $10,000 to Cass Forkin, founder of Twilight Wish Foundation at their Doylestown, PA offices on January 10, 2013. The funding received from Parentgiving will be used to create a program to recognize and reward deserving senior caregivers.

“As Twilight Wish celebrates the 9th anniversary of our first wish granted, we are thrilled to be embarking on a new path with Parentgiving, a company that shares our dedication to meeting the needs of the elderly,” said Forkin. “There are over 42 million caregivers in the U.S. and many of them struggle with their own physical, financial and mental needs. The main goal of this partnership is to increase awareness of the contributions of caregivers and recognize all they do for their loved ones.”

Said Maddox, “Parentgiving recognizes the strains people face when a senior family member needs care due to health and/or mobility issues. We applaud Twilight Wish for all their work to improve the lives of seniors and are thrilled to partner with them on a program to make caregivers’ wishes come true.” Parentgiving, which sells thousands of caregiving products for seniors, has arranged for additional ongoing contributions to Twilight Wish through a special coupon code, available on the Twilight Wish website, which gives customers deep discounts and Twilight Wish 5% of each sale.

Twilight Wish Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization whose mission is to honor and enrich the lives of deserving seniors through wish granting celebrations that connect generations. Since its founding in 2003, Twilight Wish has granted over 1,865 individual wishes to deserving, low-income seniors, thanks to volunteers, corporate and community involvement, and donations. Recent wishes granted include a visit from a string band for a nursing home resident’s 89th birthday party, transporting a nursing home resident to Christmas Eve dinner with her family and hearing aids for an Army veteran who wished to be able to hear his grandchildren’s voices. For more information on Twilight Wish Foundation, visit its website at www.twilightwish.org or call 1-215-230-8777 ext. 104.

Parentgiving.com is a fast-growing online destination for seniors and their caregivers. The Parentgiving Store offers thousands of homecare products, medical supplies and incontinence products, delivered fast right to the home. The store’s top sellers include durable medical equipment, such as walkers, bed rails, bath safety bars, incontinence items, and daily living aids. Parentgiving.com also offers a wealth of free information on eldercare, including original articles and news, Q&A with experts on aging, senior housing and homecare directories, and other aging-related resources. For more information please visit www.Parentgiving.com or follow them on Twitter.

CONTACT: Mary Farrell, Director of Community Relations, Twilight Wish, 215-230-8777, ext. 103

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