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Make time for your medications this holiday season!

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Make time for your medications this holiday season!

 

As the holidays apprGirl Holding Christmas Giftoach, we think about celebrating with loved ones, enjoying delicious food, traveling, and shopping. It’s easy to forget to take our medications during the hectic hustle and bustle of the season.

There can be serious consequences for people with chronic diseases (ex: high blood pressure, diabetes, heart conditions, and high cholesterol) who miss taking their medications. Every year, emergency rooms experience a high spike in heart attacks, deaths, and worsening heart failure around the holidays. Many are from people eating too much and binging on alcohol. However, missing medications can put you at a higher risk for needing to go to the hospital.

So, what can we do to help us remember to take our medications and have a safe, enjoyable holiday?

General Tips

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  • Make a list of all of your medications
  • Create a calendar or schedule to help you remember when to take which medicine
  • Use a pill box to organize daily pills
  • Use a smart phone app to help remind you when its time to take your medication:
    • Dosecast – Medication Reminder (free): Android, iOS
    • Drugs.com Medication Guide (free): Android
    • MedCoach Medication Reminder (free): Android, iOS
    • Med Helper Pill Reminder (free): Android, iOS
    • MediSafe Meds & Pill Reminder (free): Android, iOS
    • Pill Monitor Free (free): iOS
    • Pill Reminder AnyTimer (free): Android
    • Pill Reminder by Drugs.com (free): iOS
    • PocketNurse – Pill Reminder (free): Android
    • RXmindMe Prescription (free): iOS

 

Forgot to take your medications?

Generally, you can take it as soon as you remember, but if you are due for today’s dose, DO NOT double up to make up for yesterday’s missed dose. If you are not sure, call your doctor or ask a pharmacist.

Traveling

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  • Plan ahead and ask for an early refill from your pharmacy if needed
  • Medication bottles should have pharmacy labels on them with your name and other important details
  • If you’re going on a plane, pack your medications in a separate, clear bag to expedite the screening process

 

Diabetic medication and related supplies:
  • Insulin vials, insulin pens, lancets, an unlimited number of unused syringes, glucagon emergency kits, sharps disposal container, etc. are allowed at the checkpoint
  • Liquids and gels greater than 3.4 ounces are allowed as well, but must be removed from the carry-on luggage and declared to TSA
  • Insulin should never be placed in a checked baggage since it could be affected by temperature and pressures

 

Traveling with young children or babies:
  • Be prepared before they get sick and bring commonly needed medications like Acetaminophen(Tylenol) for fever or diphenhydramine (Benadryl) for cold or allergy symptoms
  • For medication safety, ask for child-proof bottles from your pharmacy and place your medications out of sight and out of reach from children

 

Alcohol & Medications

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  • Best to avoid alcohol, especially if you are taking antibiotics, cholesterol medications, antidepressants, sedatives, or warfarin
  • If you must drink – moderation is key! Limit yourself to 1-2 drinks per day

 

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Medicare

Medicare offers health coverage to people age 65 and older, people with permanent disabilities, and people with specific illnesses.

Who can get it?

  • Individuals 65 years and older
  • Individuals under 65 years who have received Social Security/Railroad Retirement disability benefits for 24 months
  • Individuals under 65 years who have disabilities, permanent kidney-failure or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s disease)


How much does it cost?

  • Part A (Hospital Coverage):
    • Premiums vary depending on work history and when you enroll
    • Annual benefit period deductible, no limit to number of benefit periods
    • Coinsurance fees apply on the 61st day and vary depending on the number of days in the hospital thereafter
    • Late enrollment and skilled nursing facility fees
  • Part B (Doctor Visits):
    • Monthly premium based on modified adjusted gross income
    • Deductible – per year, Coinsurance – 20% of Medicare approved charge per service
  • Part D (Prescription Drug Program):
    • Premiums and deductibles vary depending on which plan you choose.
    • Programs available for low-income people on Medicare to pay for premiums, deductibles, and coinsurance


What is required?

Citizenship or legal permanent residence (5 years or more)


What is covered?

Part A (Hospital Coverage):
Hospital care, skilled nursing facility care, nursing home care, hospice care, home health services, etc.
Part B (Doctor Visits):
Most outpatient services (lab tests, routine physicals, dental or eye exams, surgeries, and doctor visits), ambulance services, durable medical equipment (DME), mental health, etc.
Part D (Prescription Drug Program):
Medicare Health plans are available, (which may have a premium), to cover medicines


Where do I go for care?

  • LA County DHS hospitals and clinics
  • Any provider who accepts Medicare


Where do I apply?

  • Any Social Security Administration office


For more information, click here or call (800) 772-1213 or (800) 633-4227. You may also visit any Social Security Administration office.



Source: https://dhs.lacounty.gov/wps/portal/dhs/coverageoptions/medicare/


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Did you know that pediatric dental disease, also referred to as childhood tooth decay, is the #1 chronic childhood illness? When left untreated, childhood tooth decay can have devastating consequences that extend beyond the dental chair. Rampant decay can negatively impact a child’s overall quality of life, inhibit their cognitive and social development and compromise their growth, function, and self-esteem.

  • Pediatric dental disease is 5 times more common than asthma and 7 times more common than hay fever.
  • Left untreated, pediatric dental disease can lead to malnourishment, bacterial infections, required emergency surgery and even death.
  • Pain and infection caused by tooth decay can lead to problems in eating, speaking and learning.
  • Dental disease has been linked to heart disease, stroke, diabetes, pneumonia, poor pregnancy outcomes and dementia.


The Good News? Tooth Decay is Preventable!

A Children’s Oral Health Crisis
In the U.S. alone,

  • Dental care is the most prevalent unmet health need of children in the United States
  • An estimated 17 million children in America go without dental care each year
  • More than 51 million school hours and 164 million work hours are lost each year due to dental disease, leading to increased educational disparities and decreased productivity
  • Approximately 43% of America’s lack dental insurance, including more than 20 million children, almost 3 times the population lack medical coverage
  • For every $1 spent on oral health preventive measures, American taxpayers are saved as much as $50 in restorative and emergency procedures for the under and uninsured
  • Only 1.5% of 1 year olds have had a dental office visit compared with 89% who have had an office-based visit with their physician
  • 52% of new recruits have oral health problems needing urgent attention that would delay overseas deployment
  • More than 25% of children aged 2-5 years and 50% of those aged 12-15 years suffer from tooth decay


A Global Problem

Oral health services in many countries are limited.

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  • Dental decay is the most common childhood disease worldwide.
  • Tooth decay is still a major problem in most industrialized countries, affecting 60-90% of school children and a majority of adults.
  • Access to oral health services in developing countries is limited, and teeth are often left untreated or are extracted due to pain.
  • Dental disease is the fourth most expensive disease to treat in most industrialized countries.


Source: America’s Tooth Fairy


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