Continue to Play it Safe in the Game of Life

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Nov 08, 2019

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Staying healthy and feeling your best is important at any age. As you grow older, you may experience an increasing number of life changes. How you handle and grow from these changes is important to staying healthy. The following tips can help you play it safe in the game of life.
Healthcare starts with you. Prevention and early detection is the key to wellness. Having a primary care physician is a must. Routine screening tests and preventive measures are recommended for maintaining good health, as is staying up-to-date on vaccinations. Getting vaccinated can help keep you, your family and your community healthy. To keep germs at bay, washing hands or using sanitizer frequently is the best defense.
Do you know the signs of a stroke? F.A.S.T. is a memory aid that stands for Face drooping, Arm weakness, Speech difficulty and Time to call 911. Some heart attacks are sudden and intense, but most start slowly with mild pain or discomfort. Call 911 if you experience pain, pressure or fullness in the chest, pain in one or both arms, shortness of breath, dizziness, fainting, nausea or vomiting, pain in the jaw, indigestion or heartburn.
Keep moving to maintain a healthy body and mind. Choose activities you enjoy, and make sure to wear proper clothing and shoes. Healthy meals consist of a variety of foods and include more fruits and veggies. Portion control and exercise balances calories in and out. Drink plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration and urinary infections.
Did you know that most falls occur at home and most fractures result from a fall? Get rid of tripping hazards such as throw rugs, install grab bars in the bathroom, use chairs with arms, use your cane or walker and be sure your house and entrances are well lit. Keep emergency contact information and medication lists on your refrigerator.
Be wary of financial exploitation and scams. Ask questions and dont give out personal information, especially your social security number.
If you need a doctor, call the 24/7 MetroSouth Find-A-Doctor line at 708-489-7925.

Editors Note: Submitted by Maureen Rafa, Community Outreach Coordinator, MetroSouth Senior Behavioral Health Unit. Call 708-334-9080, or email

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