It’s Older Driver Safety Awareness Week, and the ability to drive safely can be affected by changes in our physical, emotional, and cognitive health. Although these changes are part of normal aging, they can affect each individual at different rates.
Just as one plans for retirement, it’s important to plan for your transportation needs.
December is the perfect time to have a conversation with loved ones as you come together for the holidays.
When an older driver decides it’s time for a check-up, useful driving fitness education tools can help identify challenges and help them adjust.
Driving intervention plans, drawn up between a client and therapist, can help older individuals drive safely for as long as possible.
When someone needs to adjust to keep driving or can no longer drive, family and friends can help with resources for independent transportation in the community.
Exploring alternative types of transportation can help older adults stay independent. Options can include community networks, public transit, and ride sharing apps.
Vision problems and certain medications can also cause issues driving early. Talk to your doctor to get help.
It’s Epilepsy Awareness Month, and epilepsy is the 4th-most common neurological disorder.
While epilepsy is a spectrum of many kinds of seizure types and levels of severity, misunderstandings of the disease from others can cause challenges sometimes worse than the seizures.
If you’ve ever had a seizure or seen someone have a seizure, they can be scary. Learn more about how they work.
If you see someone having a seizure, knowing what to do can save a life. Know how to respond.
Adults living with active epilepsy are more likely to have unhealthy behaviors or other chronic health problems, which can worsen the symptoms of epilepsy. A healthy lifestyle can help.
Many states have varying laws about driving with epilepsy, and transportation can be a challenge for those living with epilepsy. Learn more.
An important part of having and caregiving for epilepsy is knowing how it affects independence and day-to-day living. These resources can help.
If you’re living with epilepsy and have suffered from discrimination, you have legal rights. Learn more about these and getting legal help.
November, where did you come from? I swear it was just yesterday that I was stressing out about what I was going to buy to contribute for Thanksgiving dinner last year.
Full disclosure, I’m not a very good cook.
During the holidays, most of us get lists ready of everything we would like to accomplish before the festivities begin. Along with those lists, we still have to do our daily tasks, like taking care of our families and our pets. These four-legged children are a part of our families, and we want them to feel loved during the holidays and for the rest of the year.
Unfortunately, the holidays mean a stressful financial burden for many people. It never fails that life happens and that bad situations happen all at once. When dealing with your four-legged children, they might need some care during this busy season and cause extra expenses you are not expecting. Thankfully, our community has different resources to help support those unexpected situations.
The Wenatchee Valley Humane Society has many programs that can assist during the difficult times. One of the programs they offer is Pets for Life, which has the intent of “keeping people and pets together during the times they need each other most.”
This program can help board pets without cost if the owner can’t afford to do so. Typically, our seniors use this program when they need to be admitted for inpatient care and don’t have anybody to watch over their pets. Pets for Life can also help with the financial burden if your pet needs to be evaluated by a veterinarian, and it can also help supply food for your pets.
Another wonderful program the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society offers is a low-cost spay and neuter program to help low-income citizens spay or neuter their pets at a very low cost. If you or anybody you know could use these services, call the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society at 509-662-9577 or stop by.
Knowing that we have such an amazing place that can help with our pets offers peace of mind to get geared up for our busy season. The holidays are intended to be full of love and joy and spent with everyone you care about. This includes our pets, and thanks to the assistance of this organization, we can feel comfortable that our pets will be by our side.
Jessica Arroyo, born and raised in the Wenatchee Valley, is a Medicare community liaison for Health Alliance Northwest, serving Chelan, Douglas, Grant, and Okanogan counties in Washington. During her time off, she enjoys spending time with her husband and infant son.
It’s Pain Awareness Month. Many kinds of health conditions can cause chronic pain, and these resources can help you start managing that pain.
Almost all sufferers of chronic pain end up in the ER at some point. How can you be prepared and what can you expect?
Pain management programs and your pain management team are key to getting your pain under control.
If your pain limits your ability to perform these simple tasks, it’s time to talk to your doctor.
One of the most common types of chronic pain is back pain. This tool can help you describe your back pain in better detail and track your pain over time.
Migraines are a common cause of chronic pain. This guide can help you talk about your migraine pain with your doctor at your next visit.
Be ready to talk to your doctor at your next appointment about what’s happened with your last visit by filling out this summary.
May is National Arthritis Awareness Month, and arthritis is America’s number one cause of disability. There are also nearly 1 million hospitalizations each year because of arthritis.
Nearly 53 million adults and almost 300,000 babies, kids, and teens have arthritis or a rheumatic condition. Learn more about arthritis.
People with osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis miss 172 million days of work per year. Learn about the different kinds of arthritis and be prepared.
Many people with arthritis also have other serious conditions. 57% of adults with heart disease, 52% of those with diabetes, and 44% of those with high blood pressure, have arthritis. Learn more about arthritis research.
1/3 of adults with arthritis who would normally be working have limitations in their ability to work, and overall, they’re less likely to be employed than those without arthritis. If you have arthritis, learn more about managing your pain.
Arthritis and its related conditions account for over $156 billion in yearly lost wages and medical expenses. If you have arthritis though, you have treatment options.
If you need support emotionally or the tools and resources to make healthy changes like exercise and diet that can improve your arthritis, the Arthritis Foundation can help.
It’s Defeat Diabetes Month. 9.4% of Americans have diabetes, and 1 in 4 of them don’t even know they have it.
Diabetes affects 1 in 4 people over 65 years old. Managing your diabetes is even more important as you age.
The most common types of diabetes are type 1, type 2, and gestational diabetes.
If you have diabetes, monitoring your blood sugar, exercise, and diet change can all help you manage your disease long-term.
These resources are packed with lifestyle tips that can help you make smart day-to-day choices when you have diabetes.
Diabetes can lead to more health problems, like heart disease, stroke, nerve damage, and more.
Curious about the history of diabetes? Learn more about how humans have made sense of it through the years.