It’s Mold Awareness Month, and long-term mold exposure can cause serious and life-threatening health issues, from respiratory problems to cancer.
Some common symptoms of mold exposure are skin irritation, allergy, cold, and flu-like symptoms, trouble breathing, nose bleeds, headaches, and nausea.
Check your home for mold. Look out for leaking pipes and plumbing issues that allow for too much moisture in small spaces.
Prevent future mold growth by drying out damp, small areas of your home with fans.
The longer mold is left to grow in your home and you’re exposed to it, the more likely you are to get sick from it. Clean up mold as soon as you spot it.
While bathrooms, laundry rooms, basements, small closets, and crawl spaces are the most common places for mold, also check around windows and air conditioners.
If you discover a serious mold issue, seek help from a professional who can clean up the mold safely while protecting your family and home.
Have you ever noticed how much stuff you have packed in your house? It seems to have a life of its own! There was a point where I thought, “If I bring one more thing home, something will pop out of a window.” The thought of moving with all these treasures in tow is daunting.
Now imagine if you had to do so without notice or against your wishes. That would be a nightmare.
Sadly, I remember that a few short years ago, when my grandpa was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, his primary care doctor told him and my grandmother that it was time to downsize from their 4-bedroom home on 15 acres in the country to something a little more manageable.
He felt a part of his independence was being taken from him. But fortunately for him, being newly diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, he had a little more say in his plans for the future.
I am sure some of you have older friends and family members who could find themselves in that situation or worse. At some point, they might not have a say in their future and need to transition suddenly from independent living to a group or assisted-living facility, whether the move is short-term or permanent.
It seems that talking about this tough situation ahead of time could save everyone a lot of pain later.
There are some early signs that it is time to talk about moving options. A change might be in order if they have trouble getting dressed or making their own food. Sudden changes in behavior or severe forgetfulness are more alarming and require fast action to protect your loved one.
Help your friends or loved ones have this conversation with their primary care doctors to assess their needs and their next steps and to make the process as easy and stress-free as possible.
There you have it. And it wouldn’t hurt for all of us to plan for the future by simplifying our lives and possessions as we go along!
Morgan Gunder is a community and broker liaison for Reid Health Alliance. Born in the South and raised in the Midwest, she is a wife and mother with a passion for traveling, learning, and technology.
It’s Get Organized Month, and it’s the perfect time to follow through on your resolutions and organize your life.
First up, getting organized at work helps you reduce stress, and it can be great for your career. Get started.
Is your car always a cluttered mess? It can make everything from appointments to grocery shopping take longer, so get organized.
Don’t let icons crowd your desktop. Get organized on your computer with these easy tips.
Do you feel like clutter is everywhere in your life? These tips can help you get organized throughout your home.
Organize your way to a healthier diet with meal prepping.
Organize your health and wellness by tracking everything from your calendar to your daily health habits.
Organize your family’s healthcare wishes, so you’ll always be prepared in an emergency or if someone gets seriously sick.
It’s National Safe at Home Week, and there are a lot of reasons to be prepared and protect yourself and your family at home.
A great place to start is a home security and monitoring system. This can give you peace of mind, even if nothing ever happens.
Practice emergency or evacuation plans for fires and natural disasters that could happen in your area, like earthquakes and tornadoes.
Prepare an emergency preparedness kit and a first aid kit, so you’re always ready for the unexpected.
Know and look out for fire hazards, from the obvious ones to the ones you can’t see.
Childproof your homes, from outlets to cleaners. Poisoning is the leading cause of accidental deaths for kids at home.
The number one reason for household deaths in adults is falling. Prepare to prevent falls.
Walk through and check your home regularly. Find and repair dangerous issues and check your child proofing.
We all want to stay as independent as possible, and that is especially true as we age. Most adults want to age in place, which means aging comfortably in their own home. Luckily, we live in the technology age, and staying independent as we age is totally possible with some cool gadgets!
Automatic pill reminders – There are many options to help you take your medications safely and consistently.
I’ve seen some models that attach to the pill bottle as the lid. The lid reminds you with an alarm that you or a loved one can program, and the lid also keeps track of when the last medications were taken.
I’ve also seen some models that keep the pills locked until a certain time, and then unlock with an alarm to remind you.
Another option might be one of the talking clocks that are out there. A loved one can program its recordings to remind you to take your medications.
House-cleaning robots – There are house-cleaning robots that can make things like vacuuming and cleaning your floors a lot easier.
This is a great idea for those that find housework to be exhausting or hard to accomplish because of ability or illness.
Safety devices – There are many personal emergency response systems out there for you to choose from. They range from bands that you wear on your wrists that let you signal for help to full-on camera systems that can be installed to let your family monitor you.
There are also sensors that can be attached to the objects that you use the most. Then, if something seems amiss or out-of-routine for you, your loved ones can be alerted to check in on you.
Most of these safety systems can be viewed or managed on a smartphone.
Just plain cool GPS shoes – There are shoes out now that are able to keep people dealing with Alzheimer’s or dementia, who may have the potential to wander, safe.
A safe area is set up for the person, and if they go outside of that boundary, an alert is sent to their loved ones.
These gadgets are just a few of the vast options available to help you stay home and live independently longer.
Breck Obermeyer is a community liaison with Health Alliance Northwest, serving Yakima County. She is a homegrown girl from Naches and has a great husband who can fix anything and 2 kids who are her world. When not attending community events or providing Medicare education throughout the Valley, she can be found indulging in her hobbies of homesteading, pioneer cooking, and learning new survival techniques. She also has a strong love for all things Halloween.
It’s National Cleaning Week and the perfect time for spring cleaning your life. And we can help!
Martha Stewart’s comprehensive spring-cleaning checklist can help you make a plan.
Not a deep-cleaner? This Ultimate Spring Cleaning Guide can help you clean things you’ve never considered.
The kitchen is one place that needs lots of attention. These ideas can help you tackle it.
Hate cleaning? These spring-cleaning shortcuts can help speed up the process.
If doing a little a day will keep you motivated, this 30 days of spring cleaning guide is right for you.
You might not think of cleaning outside your house, but it’s the perfect time before the weather heats up.
Take the time to clean things you’ve never thought of for a sparkling house.