Welcome to another digest of news, views and ideas that could effect the health and longevity of us kids on the Far Side Of 55.
And, we’ll this begin episode with the following:
5 Ways To Increase Your Retirement Income:
This week, the Motley Fool website, posted a discussion of ways senior citizens could increase their income during retirement.
What with the ever rising cost of retirement, especially health care, just about any retirement income enhancement type program is a wildly popular subject for many retirees…
Because of their popularity, I’ve been keeping a file of these kind of financial ideas that relate to people on fixed and limited incomes.
Then, when I’ve time and inclination, I research them and test their merits.
So far, most of the money producing ideas I’ve followed up on, are either not practical, or aren’t worth the effort.
And, this may be why I was eager to read the post about increasing retirement income, on Motley Fool.
While the post wasn’t a hype & fluff piece, it really came down to the following 5 ideas:
- Reverse mortgages
- Part-time work
For the details, click on the following blue link: 5 Ways To Increase Your Retirement Income
Bonus: 10 More Ways To Save Money:
Click on the following blue link: 10 Ways To Save More Money
Extra Bonus: Money Maximizer:
Huge list of discounts that can be searched by location: click on the following blue link: List Of Senior Citizen Discounts
35% of American Senior Citizens Are Doing This All Wrong:
Even though it’s a fact that:
Between 3,000 and 49,000 Americans, primarily older adults, died of flu or related illnesses each flu season for 30 years through 2007, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s latest estimates…
Despite this widely publicized evidence, 35% of us kids on the Far Side Of 55, still don’t get an inexpensive, most times free, flu vaccination every year!
Why Get Annual Flu Shots:
Vaccine Precautions For Adults With Chronic Health Conditions:
According to a CDC report:
“…Vaccines are especially important for those with chronic conditions, who are more likely to develop complications from certain vaccine-preventable diseases…”
Find out which vaccines are recommended for you when you click on the following blue link: Vaccine Precautions For Adults With Chronic Health Conditions
Tn Florida, I usually got shot up sometime in November. Now that I’m in Michigan, I’ll get it taken care of in the next week or so.
Should everyone, 6 months or older, get a flu vaccination?
Yes and no.
According to Centers For Disease Control:
Don’t get a flu shot if:
- you have any severe, life-threatening allergies
- you’ve ever had Guillain-Barré Syndrome (also called GBS)
- you’re not feeling well
- click the following blue link for more details: Flu Vaccine Reactions
It’s usually ok to get a flu vaccine when you’re a little under the weather. But the provider might ask you to wait until you’re feeling better.
And, because most, but not all, types of flu vaccine contain some egg protein, if you’re allergic to eggs, don’t get a flu shot without 1st clearing it with your doctor.
A quick and painless flu vaccine can:
- keep you from getting flu
- make flu less severe if you do get it
- keep you from spreading flu to your family and other people
The 2015 – 2016 influenza season is expected to bring new strains of viruses with it. Click on the following blue link to learn more about these devilish bugs and the new vaccines that have been developed to fight them: Newest Flu Viruses
And, the Center For Disease Control is actively promoting we senior citizens get the following vaccines:
- Influenza (Flu)
- Shingles (Herpes Zoster)
- Pertussis (Whooping Cough)
- Pneumococcal disease (Pneumonia)
To see the CDC’s chart of recommended vaccinations, broken down by age, click on the following blue link: 2015 Recommended Immunizations for Adults: By Age
Deaths From Prescription Drug Overdoses Reaching Epidemic Levels:
Overdoses of prescription medications kill 46 Americans daily.
And, for the years between 1993 and 2012, hospitalizations because of overdoses of prescribed drugs, jumped 5 times higher than previous years…
According to the Center For Disease Control:
“For adults between the ages of 55 and 64, in the years between 1999 to 2013, the rate of deaths from prescription drug overdoses increased 7 times over past rates…”
The biggest problem centers around misuse of prescription painkillers. Continued Increase In Drug Overdose Deaths
Among the most abused narcotic pain relievers are: oxycodone (OxyContin), hydrocodone (Vicodin), methadone and oxymorphone (Opana).
“…Overdoses involving prescription painkillers are at epidemic levels and now kill more Americans than heroin and cocaine combined…”
Some painkillers, or opioids, just don’t mix well with other prescription drugs that are commonly prescribed for senior citizen maladys.
And, because our systems become less tolerant to stimulants with age, us kids on the Far Side Of 55 should pay close attention to how and when we take our meds.
For practical tips on preventing prescription drug overdoses, click on the following blue link: How To Prevent Prescription Drug Overdoses
Find out more about drug overdoses when you click on the following blue link: Deaths From Prescription Drug Overdoses Reaching Epidemic Levels
90 Year-Old Woman’s Life Lessons:
Just when I thought I knew it all, I happened on these cool observations from one 90 year-old lady’s experiences.
Here’s an example:
“DON’T TAKE YOURSELF SO SERIOUSLY. NO ONE ELSE DOES.”
I mean, is that good advice, or is that good advicet?
Although I don’t like websites that make you ‘click’ successive pages to get the infomation you’re after, this one is worth the effort: 45 Life Lessons
Talk to you next time…
Your ideas for me, aging related story, and your comments are always very welcome.