July 2018

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Stay safe in the heat
Summer is here and temperatures are rising! Too much fun in the sun and heat can cause health problems and be dangerous - especially as we get older. Here are a few tips from the National Institute on Aging about how to stay safe in the heat: 
  • Drink plenty of fluids such as water, fruit and vegetable juices
  • Limit drinks with alcohol or caffeine
  • Keep your home as cool as possible
  • Limit use of the oven and keep window coverings closed during hot and sunny times of the day
  • During the hottest time of the day (mid-day), try to be in a cool setting  such as the library, a restaurant, movie theater, mall or a friend's home

Click here to learn more hot weather safety tips for older adults.  

Women's health after 50 - a personal checklist
After 50, many women begin to feel like they need and/or want to make changes. It might be a lifestyle change, change of living space or geographical location. They may also begin to reflect back and take stock of accomplishments as well as dreams still unrealized. Some women may question their purpose and be looking for that one thing that they are passionate about. Others may simply be searching for peace and happiness. Jeanie Lerche Davis, in her article for WebMD, suggests the following for keeping women's minds and health in tip top shape:
  • Get lots of sleep
  • Look for meaning and purpose - then share it with others
  • Get recommended cancer screenings, have your bone density checked and don't skip your annual checkup
  • Find an aerobic exercise you enjoy like walking or hiking. It will benefit your heart, brain and bones
  • Find a yoga class that suits you. You will stay more flexible and gain balance to prevent falls
  • HAVE FUN! As the lyrics to a current popular song say: "When is the last time you did something for the first time?" Go zip-lining, lake kayaking, backpacking, dancing - whatever puts a smile on your face and a thrill in your heart
  • Eat the rainbow every day. The more fruits and vegetables we consume, the better health we will enjoy
  • Drink alcohol in moderation
  • Find a creative outlet - paint, work with clay, learn a new musical instrument, sing in a local choir, design a garden
  • Make your home a place to relax and rejuvenate - eliminate clutter
  • Stay social with others who are positive and encourage you to grow and engage in life.
To learn more, click here.
 
Fighting ID theft
To help consumers fight back and protect themselves from identity theft, Congress passed legislation that allows individuals to freeze their credit lines free of charge. The President signed the bill in May.

When you freeze your credit lines, no one can set up credit in your name. Watch for this no-fee service to take effect in the coming months.

Click here to learn more. 
 
Save the date - Nov. 10
The seventh annual Adult Health & Information Fair will be held Saturday, Nov. 10 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Recreation Center at Eastridge. This is a free community event with more than 75 service providers on hand to share information and answer your questions.   
Salsa recipes
Temperatures are heating up. We're spending more time cooking on the grill and enjoying dining outdoors. Try one of these easy and delicious salsa recipes - your family and friends will love them!
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