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Planning and preparation for the event of a natural disaster is a priority! Most people live in areas affected by some form of extreme weather condition like hurricanes, tropical storms, tornados, earthquakes, volcanos, floods, blizzards, tsunamis, wild fires, and others. Natural disasters aren’t always predictable, and even when expected they can be more devastating than anticipated. Taking safety precautions for extreme weather conditions provides security and an action plan in the event you’re faced with natural disasters.

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Driving promotes independence and creates a sense of individuality, particularly for older adults who value autonomy and flexibility. It’s important to consider changes in the natural aging process to ensure safe driving. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 32,000 deaths occur each year on U.S. roads. Safety measures like wearing a seatbelt, adjusting car mirrors, and programing navigation devices prior to driving are simple measures that can be implemented.

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Skincare safety measures are not limited to sunny weather conditions. Conducting self-examinations, applying sunscreen, and having annual dermatological checkups are proactive steps to be taken throughout the year. Staying informed on skincare and performing monthly self-examinations are significant for healthy skin and cancer prevention. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation self-exams help identify potential skin cancers in the early stages when it can be cured. The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) comments on the importance of early skin assessments noting, “It is estimated that one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime. When caught early, skin cancer is highly treatable.” The AAD goes on to outline the ABCDE’s assessment guideline used in determining normal versus cancerous skin conditions. Get ready to learn the ABCDE’s for healthy skin and cancer prevention!

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Physical Therapy (PT) is a medical practice that aids in joint mobility, muscle strengthening, and pain relief.  PT may be prescribed for acute and chronic conditions depending on the client’s health needs. It is performed by skilled Physical Therapists, who are trained in manual therapies like range-of-motion, massage, mobilization, and more. WebMD comments on PT mentioning, “Physical therapy nearly always involves exercise of some kind that is specifically designed for your injury, illness, condition, or to help prevent future health problems.” WebMD also mentions how PT has positive influences in rehabilitation and prevention of injury. 

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) documents skin cancer as the most common type of cancer in the United States. Enjoying sunny beaches and water events are lots of fun, yet the outdoors can pose health risks during hot sunny days. The CDC comments on prolonged sun exposure stating, “Unprotected skin can be damaged by the sun’s UV rays in as little as 15 minutes. Yet it can take as long as 12 hours for skin to show the full effect of sun exposure.” Skin cancer prevention is crucial in promoting a safe and healthy summer. 

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