Author Archives: Marissa G

  • National Blood Donor Month – FAQs About Donating Blood

    Blood donations from strangers have saved the lives of many people every year. You might hear about certain times of year being the most important times to give blood, most specifically in the summer, and the middle of winter. During the winter, less people are likely to give blood because of the cold weather.

    During the summer, people are more likely to get injured playing sports or doing things outside, so they are more likely to need an emergency blood transfusion. Even though January is National Blood Donor Month, blood donations are highly necessary all year long.

    If you are considering giving blood for any reason, you should check with your doctor first if you have any health issues. You might also have some questions, so feel free to ask professional at the American Red Cross, or your doctor. Here are some of the more frequently asked questions and their answers.

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  • Warm Winter Vacation Spots for Seniors

    When winter chills arrive, so do thoughts of warmer climates. Fortunately, there are many warm winter vacation destinations that are senior-friendly, not only because they are affordable and easy to get to, but also because they offer a variety of attractions, outdoor activities and opportunities for relaxation. Here are a few of our favorites.

    Palm Springs, California
    Once the top winter weekend getaway spot for Hollywood stars, Palm Springs still retains a glamorous air. Whether you enjoy playing golf, relaxing by the pool, shopping or hiking, Palm Springs is a relaxing, senior-friendly vacation destination. Winters in Palm Springs are warm and dry, with average January daytime temperatures of 71 degrees. You can stay at an upscale resort or historic inn, find a moderately-priced hotel room, relax at a B&B or rent a vacation condominium.

    If you stay on or near Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs' iconic main street, you can easily sight-see, dine and shop without a car. To explore Palm Canyon, ride the historic Palm Springs Aerial Tramway or get to Palm Desert or another Coachella Valley community, you'll want your own vehicle.

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  • User Perspective: Visiting Glenwood Springs on Oxygen Therapy

    If you're looking for plenty of fun things to do in the great outdoors, look no further than the great adventures that can be had in Glenwood Springs, Colorado. You don't even need to be the outdoorsy type per say, to appreciate your time in what has been dubbed “America's Most Fun Town”. This place certainly lives up to its nickname, and if you use oxygen therapy on a regular basis, you can have just as much fun.

    One such oxygen therapy patient is Gloria P. of Aspen, Colorado, which is a little less than an hour away driving distance from Glenwood Springs. Gloria loves visiting Glenwood Springs, and has been there on numerous occasions, so she's our tour guide and oxygen therapy advice giver for using a portable oxygen concentrator while having fun in America's Most Fun Town.

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  • 5 Healthy Holiday Habits

    The holiday season can be so busy that many of us, often, let our health take a back seat. There are plenty of tempting, unhealthy, habits that we can pick up during this time of year. Here are five, simple, holiday habits you can adapt to make sure you stay in tip-top-shape through this hectic and fun season.

    Drink Smart

    Drinking an excess of alcohol is one of the biggest problems people face during the holidays. The ideal of having “more fun” at parties and treating yourself can easily get out of hand. Drinking too much can equate to feeling much worse later on in the day, evening, next day, and some times more. Drink smarter and healthier this holiday season by sticking to champagne and dry wines which contain less sugars and carbs than eggnog, beer, and sweet wines. Stay hydrated and remind yourself to slow down by drinking water or a ginger ale throughout the night. Stay hydrated!

    Drink Smart

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  • An In-Depth Look at the Respironics SimplyFlo Home Concentrator

    Philips' Respironics SimplyFlo Home Concentrator is the most compact and lightweight stationary oxygen concentrator available on the market. With a 2 liter per minute (LPM) continuous flow supply of oxygen, fewer than 9 pounds (4.1 kilograms) of weight, and very small dimensions, it is perfect for a patient who travels frequently or wants to maintain an active lifestyle without compromising his or her oxygen therapy.

    It represents the middle ground between full-size home oxygen concentrators and fully portable ones. It has much smaller dimensions and weight than the former, but unlike the latter, it still requires an external power source to work. As the manufacturer states, it is best suited for overnight use as an alternative to the large, intimidating oxygen concentrators that cause many patients to reject oxygen therapy.

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