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Fall Allergies Are Nothing to Sneeze At For Seniors

Fall Allergies Are Nothing to Sneeze At For Buffalo Seniors By Alicia Schwartz, MSN-Ed, PCC, CCM, RN of VNSNY CHOICE Health Plans While Fall allergies aren’t fun for anyone, they place an extra burden on older adults, many of whom live with preexisting medical conditions that can be complicated by allergy symptoms such as congestion or a sore throat. According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation ... »

June Checklist for Summer Allergies and Asthma Concerns

By Alicia Schwartz, MSN-Ed, PCC, CCM, RN of VNSNY CHOICE Health Plans As summer begins, irritants like pollen and smoke are more likely to cause asthma attacks. According to the American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology, asthma is a chronic disease that affects about 8% of Americans, and is characterized by inflammation of the airways and difficulty breathing. Although many individuals out... »

The Importance of Caring for Family Caregivers

By Beth O’Keefe RN Care Coordinator with VNSNY CHOICE Health Plans, from the not-for-profit Visiting Nurse Service of New York It is November; the weather is getting colder and the days are growing shorter. It seems like only yesterday when we were complaining about summer’s heat. Already we need to think about dressing warmly enough for the weather; and before you know it, it will be time to thin... »

COPD Awareness – Tips for Breathing Easier

November is COPD Awareness Month—Tips for Breathing Easier By Alicia Schwartz, RN, VNSNY CHOICE Health Plans November is National COPD Awareness Month, and according to the COPD Foundation, there are 24 million chronic obstructive pulmonary disease sufferers in the U.S., but fewer than half are aware they have the disease. Talk to your doctor if your think you might be at risk, or visit www.copdfo... »

Stopping Slips, Trips and Falls: Simple Home Fixes to Keep Seniors Safe

By Beth O’Keefe RN Care Coordinator with VNSNY CHOICE Health Plans, from the not-for-profit Visiting Nurse Service of New York September 22nd is the first day of fall and the beginning of National Falls Prevention Week. This is the perfect time to remind older adults and their families about safety measures they can take to reduce their fall risk now, and throughout the year. A study by Georgetown... »

Taking Steps Toward Fall Prevention

By Beth O’Keefe, Care Coordinator with the not-for-profit VNSNY CHOICE Health Plans You may be surprised to learn that 1 in 3 adults over 65 will suffer a serious fall this year (CDC). In severe cases, these falls can trigger a downward spiral of health issues, impairing mobility and the quality of life for both active and homebound seniors. The places where falls are most common aren’t on sidewal... »

A Tribute and a Thank You To Nurses: Five Things You Didn’t Know About Nurses in Your Community

By Beth O’Keefe RN With so many changes in healthcare the expanded role of nurses nurses has become vitally important to a health care team’s success. Managed Long Term Care Nurses, as well as Home Health Care visiting nurses, are often the unsung heroes who keep our aging population living safely and independently at home or in the least restrictive setting possible; helping them preserve their d... »