Vaccinations are for all ages
Vaccinations aren’t for kids anymore.
Okay, vaccinations have really never been just for kids, but in recent years there has been a focus more than ever to ensure all adults are properly immunized. That effort comes into complete focus this month as August is recognized as National Immunization Awareness Month.
Being properly immunized is important for adults of all ages, given the severity of influenza, whopping cough and shingles. However, being fully vaccinated becomes even more important as you age and if you are subject to chronic illnesses, such as asthma, diabetes and heart disease.
It is recommended that all adults receive a vaccination for seasonal flu every year. While fall and early winter months are seen as popular times to be immunized, experts recommend receiving the vaccine throughout the flu season, which typically extends to late spring.
Meanwhile, medical experts also advise adults to receive the Tdap vaccine to protect against pertussis (whopping cough) and then a Td (tetanus, diphtheria) booster should follow every 10 years thereafter.
Other vaccinations are recommend based on an adult’s age, health status, as well as other risks factors.
Gardening with Alzheimer’s
Despite major strides to combat Alzheimer’s disease, tragically more than 5 million Americans continue to live with the disease.
While doctors and researchers continue to search for an Alzheimer’s cure, there are a growing number of recommendations that could serve as therapies of sorts for patients.
One therapy caretakers of Alzheimer’s patients might want to consider to engage in with their loved ones is to take up gardening.
Not only does gardening together create a visually beautiful location for caretakers and the Alzheimer’s patient to enjoy together, the activity can also provide positive health benefits.
Gardening provides positive impacts for those with Alzheimer’s by stimulating all of the senses. Researchers say sense stimulation can draw positive emotions from that those with Alzheimer’s no longer experience on a regular basis. Sensory stimulation activities also are said to help reduce anxiety and depression for those with the disease.
Although the summer season is starting wind down, rest assured that many weeks of pleasant, comfortable weather remains ahead.