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The Back to School Backpack Program was a Success!

The Back to School Backpack Program was a Success!

The Back to School Backpack Program was a Success!

US MED’s Employee Care Program has participated in The Back to School Backpack Program and reached it’s goal of 72 backpacks with school supplies for children in our community. These children range from kindergarten to 12th grade and do not have the means to purchase supplies for school. US Med Employees donated a minimum of $10 to fill a backpack with school supplies for a child in need.

Supplies included:

  • 1 – 17″ Backpack, assorted colors
  • 4 – Double Pocket Folders
  • 2 – One Subject Spiral Notebooks
  • 1 – Compostition Notebook
  • 1 – Pencil Pouch
  • 1 – 12-inch Ruler
  • 1 – Pack of 4 Pens
  • 1 – Pack of 4 Colored Pencils
  • 1 – Blunt Tip Scissors
  • 4 – Erasers
  • 2 – Glue Sticks
  • 1 – Pack of 5 Crayons
  • 1 – Dome Sharpener
  • 3 – Highlighters

Employees who donate, placed their names on a backpack tag for our donation display wall. This program started on June 26, 2018 and ended July 25th, 2018.  Our goal of 72 backpacks was reached and wish to give many thanks to the Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Foundation, Children’s Miracle Network, US Med’s Employee Care Program and all those who donated to help us make these school supplies possible.

Backpack Program Goal Reached

 

DIABETES ALERT!DAY

DIABETES ALERT!DAY

DIABETES ALERT!DAY

What’s Your Type 2 Diabetes Risk?

One in three American adults is at risk for developing type 2 diabetes, a serious disease that can lead to complications like kidney failure, heart disease, stroke, blindness, and amputations. But type 2 diabetes doesn’t have to be permanent—it can be prevented or delayed with healthy lifestyle modifications. The first step is learning your risk.

That’s why this year United States Medical Supply is participating in American Diabetes Association Alert Day®. On March 27, we encourage you to take a simple and anonymous one-minute test to find out if you are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. You’ll answer questions such as, “Do you have a family history of diabetes?” and “Are you physically active?” to learn your diabetes risk in 60 seconds. It’s that simple.

Once you’ve taken the test, share it with friends and family—with 84 million Americans at risk for developing type 2 diabetes, someone you love could be at risk.

This Alert Day, you may also consider giving back to the American Diabetes Association so more people can learn their diabetes risk. You can also learn more about this disease, how to prevent it, and how to fight back to help transform your life at diabetes.org/alertday.

We hope you’ll join us by learning your type 2 diabetes risk this year for Alert Day, and help others do the same.

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Additional Links:

American Diabetes Association® National Social Media Channels

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AmDiabetesAssn

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AmericanDiabetesAssociation
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/american-diabetes-association
Instagram: https://instagram.com/amdiabetesassn

Campaign URL: http://diabetes.org/alertday

Donation URL: http://diabetes.org/alertdaygiving

World Diabetes Day 2017

World Diabetes Day 2017

World Diabetes Day 2017

 

November is National Diabetes Awareness Month and today (November 14th, 2017) is what is becoming known as World Diabetes Day, a day of diabetes awareness worldwide.  With so much misleading information out there, days like these are becoming ever more prevalent.

 

Some things to expect on this day include the launching of support groups and fund raising campaigns towards diabetes research.  Social media campaigns can include hash tags such as #MakeDiabetesVisible, #WorldDiabetesDay, & #WDD.  Active members of the Diabetes Online Community host an annual twitter chat #WDDchat17 for the entire day exchanging comments and ideas on diabetes awareness efforts.  Some monuments worldwide are being lit up in the blue color associated with diabetes awareness, which some are calling “blue-washing”.  Others are wearing blue clothing and showing the blue circle on social media profiles as a sign of solidarity.

 

This all goes down in commemoration on the birthday of insulin co-discoverer Dr. Frederick Banting who lived over a century ago.  Created by The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and The World Health Organization (WHO) in 1991 in response to the ever-growing health threat presented by diabetes.  This year marks the tenth year it was officially recognized by the United Nations with an official resolution, raising the public consciousness of this special day.  The campaign has reached a global conversation of over 1 billion people in over 160 countries and growing.  Steadfast in it’s continuing mission to draw attention to important issues as it relates to Diabetes, maintaining it within the public and political focus.

 

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Veteran’s Day Observed

Veteran’s Day Observed

Veteran’s Day & Honoring Those Who Served

 

Veterans vowed their allegiance to our country by serving in the military and fight for America’s liberty.  Showing gratitude can come in many forms, but a little appreciation can go a long way for those senior veterans in need on Veteran’s Day as their health and resources decline.

 

Here are some things you can do for Veteran’s Day:

 

  • Spending Time – Veterans in assisted living facilities nearly always enjoy visitors. Listen to what they have to say about their experiences, you may just learn something new.

 

  • Food Delivery – Local food banks usually accept food drops as well as volunteers to help deliver food to senior veterans.

 

  • Visit the Wounded – Ask about visitation hours at your regional Veterans hospitals to spend time with wounded service members.   A sympathetic ear can be great therapy for them.

 

  • Discounts – If you are a business owner, offer something that the seniors can enjoy in the form of discounts. If you do not own a business, research a list of discounts they can use for them.

 

  • Care-packages – Contact a local organization that help troops in need.  Find out what deployed troops really want or need in those care packages you help put together.

 

  • Wear a red poppy – Shows support for veteran and active duty service members. Donations received for the flowers usually assist disabled and hospitalized veterans.

 

  • Support Veteran-owned businesses – Not always easy to figure out which businesses are owned or operated by veterans. Contact your local chamber of commerce for more information.

 

  • Express thanks – Whenever you see somebody in uniform, offer words of appreciation or a small act of generosity to exhibit how much their service means to you.

 

  • Send a card – Start creating a contact list of the Veterans you know and send them thank you cards. Keep updating your list and make it a yearly tradition.

 

 

*If you or a loved one live in an assisted living facility and is in need of diabetic supplies, see our website and sign up for direct FREE shipments to assisted living facilities!

 

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Now have Medicare and need to manage your Diabetes?

Now have Medicare and need to manage your Diabetes?

Now have Medicare and need to manage your Diabetes? Here is a helpful start.

In 2017 Medicare covered 58 million Americans, and to a lot of us, it can seem like a complicated labyrinth.  For those over 65 years of age, it is essential health coverage administered by the United States government.  It’s a daunting task to understand it right away, but here is some information to mitigate the steep learning curve.

Medicare, being such a massive program, is broken up into four sections.

  • Part A covers hospital stays, nursing facility care, hospices, and health care.
  • Part B covers doctor visits, outpatient care, medical devices, and requires a monthly premium.
  • Part C let’s people enroll in private insurance plans while still receiving benefits from parts A & B.
  • Part D covers prescription drugs.

Part A solely covers care at home and medical facilities, but medicare can cover diabetic supplies such as medication, monitoring equipment, insulin delivery products, and therapeutic aids.  These supplies are usually covered in Parts B & D which also include things like meter strips, lancets, insulin, insulin pumps, and Continuous Glucose Metering devices.

Regular screenings such as the fasting blood glucose test are covered under part B.  Over time, poor blood circulation can cause complications such as foot disease, and as such, foot exams, therapeutic footwear, and shoe inserts all fall under part B of the Medicare program.  Nutrition therapy and training for newly diagnosed diabetics are also covered as to provide guidance for those beginning to deal with or struggling in controlling their Diabetes.

Part D involves outpatient prescription drug benefit, which requires a monthly premium based on your level of income.  Various plans fall under Part D, but it all depends on your individual drug needs (click here to find your plan).

 

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Common Health Issues for Seniors Over 65

Common Health Issues for Seniors Over 65

Common Health Issues for Seniors Over 65

With today’s higher life expectancy, 65 years of age can now mean looking forward to a meaningful rest of your life, given that you manage your health closely to avoid health risks associated with older age.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 41% of people over 65 say their health is great, but for the remaining 59% these health concerns can be a challenge.

The obvious health choices such as keeping a healthy diet, physical activity, avoiding alcohol and tobacco come to mind,  but acute awareness of some of these common chronic illnesses is key.

1. Arthritis

Affects 49.7 percent of all adults over 65 and causes not only joint pain but can lower quality of life by discouraging physical activity. Read more.

2. Heart Disease

The leading killer of adults over age 65, and responsible for almost half a million deaths in 2014.  Chronic heart disease affects 37% of men and 26% of women 65 and older. Read more.

3. Cancer

The second leading cause of death among adults over age 65, with 413,885 deaths in 2014, according to the CDC. If caught early, many types of cancer are treatable. Read more.

4. Respiratory Diseases

Third most common cause of death among people 65 and older, with 124,693 deaths in 2014, according to the CDC.  Increases vulnerability to infections while reducing quality of life. Read more.

5. Alzheimer’s Disease

Responsible  for 92,604 deaths of people over age 65 in 2014.  Impacts issues from self-care safety to the cost of professional care, either at home or at a residential facility. Read more.

6. Osteoporosis

Estimates put 54 million Americans over age of 50 affected by low bone mass or osteoporosis. This raises risk for a fracture or break that could lead to poor senior health and reduced quality of life. Read more.

7. Diabetes

Affects 25 percent of people ages 65 and older. It has caused 54,161 deaths among adults over age 65 in 2014. Can be diagnosed and addressed early with simple blood tests for blood sugar levels. Read more.

8. Influenza and Pneumonia

Although not chronic conditions, these infections are among the top eight causes of death in people over age 65.  Seniors are more vulnerable to these diseases and less able to fight them off. Read more.

9. Obesity

As body weight increases, so does the risk for disease. Adults between 65 and 74, 36.2 percent of men and 40.7 percent of women are obese. Read more.

10. Shingles

Chicken pox can come back as shingles in your adult life.  One in three people over 60 will get shingles, and 50 percent of all Americans will experience it before they’re 80. Read more.

Law enforcement agencies offering a safe way to get rid of unused prescription drugs.

Law enforcement agencies offering a safe way to get rid of unused prescription drugs.

 DEA launches Drug Take-Back Day for expired or unused prescription meds.

Unused prescription drugs can end up in landfills, water supplies, and into the hands of thieves as well.  It is safe and responsible to dispose these potentially hazardous substances by handing them over to the proper authorities.

The state of Alabama is about to run the 14th Drug Take-Back Day in seven years.  These programs have successfully collected over 450 tons of medication nationwide, according to the D.E.A.

These type of programs are the front lines in preventing prescription drug abuse and opioid overdose related deaths. “Two years ago, we lost more than 52,000 Americans to drug overdose, more than 33,000 of those from opioids. We urge you to do your part to keep these dangerous drugs off the streets and help end this national epidemic.”said DEA Special Agent in Charge Stephen G. Azzam in a statement

All drop-offs are completely anonymous and no private information is collected.  States such as Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi have participated in this program so far, with new collection sites being added daily.

More information and drop-off sites can be found at: http://www.deatakeback.com/

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How to Make Halloween Enjoyable for Children Living with Diabetes

How to Make Halloween Enjoyable for Children Living with Diabetes

How to Make Halloween Enjoyable for Children Living with Diabetes.

As Halloween approaches, it can prove to be a difficult time of the year for the parents of diabetic children.

It can be easy for them to feel left out when faced with limitations to the treats they may consume.  Consulting with a healthcare professional to determine safe alternatives is key.

Another important step is closely monitoring blood sugar levels for a safer holiday experience.

Focusing on other aspects of the holiday helps these kids avoid alienation from participation.  Letting them decide their costume, help with decorations, and planning an eventful party are just a few examples.

Toys and other activities such as pumpkin carving are great alternatives to high-sugar sweets and edibles.  But if the child is to have some, it’s best to combine it with a healthy meal to reduce the amount of insulin needed.

Keep a lookout for treats being sneaked by you.  Communication is critical, as some younger ones might not understand why others can have more candy than them.  Emphasizing discipline while expressing empathy will go a long way in mutual understanding and gaining trust.

Having a plan to mitigate candy consumption and being creative in the alternatives makes all the difference.  This holiday goes beyond sweets & treats and making your children aware of this will open their minds to other healthier activities..

More can be read here: Happy healthy Halloween tips for kids with diabetes

How are you preparing for Hurricane Irma?

How are you preparing for Hurricane Irma?

Hurricane Irma Preparedness Guide

In preparation for Hurricane Irma, we wanted to provide our Doral extended community with a list of items to have on hand to best deal with the multiple outcomes the storm may levy:

The National Hurricane Center suggests the following materials:

  • Water: At least 1 gallon of water per person/ animal per day for at least 3 days.
  • Food: At least a 3-day supply of non-perishable food.
  • Radio: A battery-powered radio with NOAA weather radio tone alert and extra batteries.
  • Flashlight: Make sure you have extra batteries as well.
  • First Aid Kit
  • Manual can opener: If the electricity is out, you would need some way to open your canned food.
  • Cellphone: Make sure you have extra battery packs or a solar charger to keep your phone on.
  • Prescription medications
  • Glasses
  • Cash
  • Important family documents: Make sure you have copies of insurance policies and some form of state issued ID.
  • Sturdy shoes: Think about pulling out those rain boots and sneakers.
  • Pet supplies: Your pets will need enough food and water to also weather out the storm with you.

SOURCE: http://www.noaa.gov/

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