Preparing for Emergencies: A Guide for Seniors and Their Caregivers

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    Let’s get the important stuff out of the way first. Are you having chest pain or pressure? If you are, ask yourself these questions: Can I make it feel better or worse by moving or pressing on my chest? Does it hurt to cough or breathe? Have I ever felt this before? If you answer “no” to all three questions, stop reading this and call 911. If you can answer yes to some or all of these, I still have one more question for you: Do you think the chest pain might be from your heart? If the answer...Read More
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    I used to pride myself on being drug free, and then my doctor raised an eyebrow at my blood pressure. Now I have to take a couple of medications to keep it under control. Oh! You thought I meant the other kind of drug free? Well, yeah, I’m that, too. As far as I’m concerned, keeping track of my medications is pretty easy: every morning I take one of each pill. That’s it, just two pills a day. I’m not organized enough to order my prescription by mail 3 months at a time, but I do use my pharmacy’s...Read More
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    Falls are associated with getting older and they have a certain stigma that doesn't come with other unforeseen medical emergencies. Based on talks with my older patients, falls come with much less warning than one might think there would be. Fall persons typically blame themselves, making the aftermath of a fall—especially a fall with significant injury—that much worse. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC; falling is not a disease, but they still keep statistics on...Read More

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Rod Brouhard

Rod Brouhard is a paramedic with more than 20 years experience responding to 911 calls in an ambulance and as a firefighter. He has spent the majority of his career treating and transporting the "Medicare crowd" as he referred to them. For ten years he directed the emergency medical services program at one of California's oldest community colleges and he began freelance writing during his tenure there. He trained emergency medical technicians and oversaw the first responder, pre-paramedic, and electrocardiogram...

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