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Fireworks and PTSD

It’s Independence Day, and it’s time for BBQ’s, outdoor fun and fireworks!!! Well…fireworks really? Maybe think twice… It’s been a very dry summer for most of us and much of the west is burning up. This week’s Cleanwaste Outdoor blog focused on wild fires since several of the fires around here were caused by a stray firework. If you want to read more on that topic please check our OR blog at http://www.cleanwaste.com/blog/outdoor-blog. For this week’s Healthcare blog however, I would like to shed some light on a totally different topic. PTSD, or post-traumatic stress disorder. “Post-traumatic stress disorder is a type of anxiety disorder. It can occur after you've seen or experienced a traumatic event that involved the threat of injury or death.” (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0001923/)

You may not realize it but even though fireworks are a fun time for most of us, they can spark a very bad time for those who suffer from PTSD. The loud and sudden noises can trigger a flashback reaction for many causing them weeks of trauma. Even those who may not suffer from PTSD can have negative reactions to the fireworks ” A couple of weeks after Sept. 11, 2001, police in Albany, N.Y., were inundated with calls -- many from the elderly -- because they thought a village outside the state capital was under attack.”
Read more: http://www.upi.com/Health_News/2010/07/01/Caregiving-Fireworks-and-PTSD/UPI-28161277972280/

I’m not advocating the ban of fireworks but I think it is important that we are conscious of the fact that both people and animals can react differently to loud noises and fireworks. If you are going to light of fireworks this 4th of July or any other time for that matter, just be conscientious of others. If you would like more information on PTSD check out this link and the others listed above. http://www.ptsd.va.gov/public/pages/anniversary-reactions.asp

Be safe, have fun and remember what our country stands for and celebrate it!!

Cheers! Marci

Seniors and Fraud

 Fraud schemes targeting seniors are become more and more prevalent. Last year one million cases of elderly fraud were reported, for a total of $2.6 billion in losses. According to the FBI seniors are singled out as targets because they are more financial stable, trusting and less likely to report fraud for fear of being deemed incompetent to care for themselves. Additionally, if seniors do choose to report a crime they often make poor witnesses due to memory issues. Fraud waged against seniors can be very embarrassing and emotionally taxing, as well as, financially devastating.

Fraud schemes targeted at seniors range from telemarketing fraud to health care fraud, cemetery and funeral fraud to identity theft. StopSeniorScams.org offers 5 tips to remember to protect yourself or your senior loved-ones from fraud: 1) If an offer is too good to be true, it probably is. 2) When it comes to a “now or never” opportunity, choose “never.” 3) Keep account numbers codes and passwords private. 4) Shred bills, junk mail and receipts when discarding them. 5) Don’t be afraid to report your experiences. If you feel uncomfortable, tell someone.

For more information about current fraud schemes and fraud warning signs please visit the FBI website: www.fbi.gov/scams-safety/fraud/fraud#rsbf

Could you be overheating?

It’s finally getting nice out, but along with the warmer, nicer days comes higher temperatures and the possibility of a Heat Emergency. Did you know that children and the elderly are more apt to suffer a heat emergency? Let’s say a 65 year old male is mowing his yard in 80 degree heat. He starts to sweat profusely, and is very thirsty, these are some of the early symptoms of a heat illness. He continues to mow and develops a headache, becomes weak and dizzy, his skin is cool and moist, these are later symptoms of heat exhaustion. He then collapses in the yard, his breathing rapid and shallow, his skin is hot, dry and red, these are some of the symptoms of a heat stroke. Educate yourself on the facts of heat emergencies, learn the signs and symptoms, check out www.healthline.com/adamcontent/heat-emergencies and be in the know! Stay hydrated and go somewhere cool when you feel overheated, simple solutions that could save your life. Have a safe and fun summer!

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“When we are young and again when we are old, we depend heavily on the affection of others. Between these stages we usually feel that we can do everything without help from others and that other people´s affection is simply not important. But at this stage I think it is very important to keep deep human affection.”- The Dalai Lama

My name is Maggi Blessum and I am a graduate of English from Montana State University. I was born and raised in Stuttgart, Germany. When I turned 18 I left Europe behind to experience Montana and study at the university.

After graduating I began an ongoing search for a job that would be, as they say, rewarding. I wasted no time gaining experience in a colorful variety of jobs such as working as a wrangler for a guest ranch, a donation specialist at a nonprofit organization, and lastly and most unexpected as an activities assistant/caregiver for a local senior community specializing in memory care.

Although the position was temporary and short lived it remains with me to this day as one of the most eye opening and challenging experiences of my life. Having never been exposed to Alzheimer’s before I had no idea what caring for someone with the disease would entail. To be honest I had no idea what caring for the elderly in general would involve. I found myself growing passionate about the spread of awareness of not only this disease but of the trials that caregivers go through on a daily basis.
I am privileged to say that I now work for a company that supplies a valuable product to those who care for the elderly, but I don’t want to stop there. It is my personal mission to create a relevant blog to those working in home healthcare, as caregivers, or who are simply interested in more information about caring for the elderly.

Formerly Phillips Environmental. Same products. Same company. New name.