Do Prescription Discount Cards Actually Save You Money?

Do Prescription Discount Cards Actually Save You Money?

 

 

 

 

Imagine if your grocery store acted like a pharmacy. Milk can only be found behind a counter, and you have no idea how much it costs until checkout. At checkout, you find that this particular brand of milk is $105, which has no relationship to the quality of the milk, but you can’t really price check it against the other brands. The weirdest part? There’s another company you’ve probably never heard of that can get you the milk for $5, but who they are and what they do is a mystery.

 

A drug discount card will show you how much you’ll pay for your prescription, and whether switching pharmacies or using a specific discount or savings tip will help you save money.

 

 

How Prescription Prices & Discounts Work

 

 

When you go to a pharmacy in America to pick up a prescription, you’ll pay one of the following:

 

1) A “cash price.” Think of a cash price like a car’s sticker price—this is what you pay if you don’t have insurance or if your insurance company won’t cover that drug (it’s not on their “formulary,” which happens more often than you’d think).

 

2) A “club price.” A discounted price that you get if you join that pharmacy’s club (sometimes free, sometimes requiring a paid membership). No insurance is required—you just have to join the club.

 

3) A “negotiated (or coupon) price.” A discounted price based on a contract between the pharmacy and an insurance company (technically, it’s called a Pharmacy Benefit Manager). If you have insurance, your co-pay is generally a percentage of that price or a flat fee ($10, etc).

 

The cash prices at pharmacies are usually very high, but if you know where to look, there are great discounts that can be found. Some pharmacies (usually grocery stores or big-box stores) offer very cheap cash prices for certain generic drugs. Many pharmacies publish a list of popular generic drugs with cheap cash prices. Some pharmacies even offer certain drugs for free! The problem is knowing which drugs are on which pharmacies’ lists—it’s somewhat random and drugs are added and removed frequently.

 

Club prices can be lower than cash prices, and pharmacies don’t always tell you when a lower club price is available. Keep in mind that club prices a) may require a membership fee and b) require you to provide some personal information to the club.

 

Negotiated prices are probably the most confusing part of what a drug discount organization does, but they’re also a great, easy way for you to save on your prescriptions.

 

Virtually all pharmacies enter into contracts with companies called Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBMs) to provide discounted prices for the hundreds of millions of Americans who have insurance. These same contracts also allow people not using insurance to receive a smaller discount when they use a free discount coupon or card. It’s worth noting that some pharmacies will not honor coupons for controlled substances ( Adderall, oxycodone, etc.).

 

Most reputable drug discount organizations also provides savings tips, suggestions for alternative less-expensive drugs, information on manufacturer coupons, drug shortage and recall info, pill identification tools and much more. The goal is to make you an informed consumer by providing as much information as possible in an organized, easy-to-read way.

 

 

Will a Prescription Drug Discount Card Save You Money?

 

You can decide whether a discount drug card will be helpful to you by getting answers to the following questions:

  • How much does it cost you to obtain the card? Some are free, but not all of them are. What are the fees, or what is the purchase price? If there are fees, are they one-time only? Or do they recur?
  • Is the card honored at your pharmacy? If the card is not honored at your pharmacy of choice, are you willing to change pharmacies to be able to use their discount? If the drugs you need are available only through a mail-order pharmacy, do you have to pay additional shipping and handling costs?
  • Does the card cover the drugs you take? Not every card will help pay for every drug. The more common the drug you take, the better chance you can get a discount. Some cards cover generic drugs and some do not.

 

 

 

Once you know the drug is covered, and that you can obtain the drugs through a pharmacy that is acceptable to you, you’ll want to check the price of the drug using the card.

 

Then you’ll want to ask:

 

  • Have I compared the cost of my drug through my pharmacy with other pharmacies in my area, too?
  • Can I get a lower price using this drug card than any other price I have found, even when I take into account the cost of obtaining the card, or shipping costs (if applicable)?

 

Once you have made the assessment for each card you are eligible for, you’ll be able to determine your best option for saving money.

 

Recommended Prescription Discount Company (Free)

 

 

 

I recommend SearchRx

SearchRx is free, and accepted at 68,196 pharmacies, including Rite Aid, Walmart, Walgreens, CVS, Target, and many others.

 

 

 

 

How to Use SearchRx

 

Search the SearchRx database and pharmacy price checker for the lowest discounted prices on over 50,000 prescription drugs. Their relationship with a leading pharmacy benefit manager gives SearchRx access to the best discounted prescription prices, which are passed on to you for excellent savings.

 

 

The price of prescription medications can vary greatly – even between pharmacies in the same chain.

SearchRx gives you access to their pricing, so you can find and compare the best pharmacy prices near you.

SearchRx works with nearly every pharmacy in America, so you’ll always know you’re getting the best deal in your area.

 

 

 

Once you’ve found your best local pharmacy price, saving is easy. Simply print out, email, or receive your prescription coupon by text message, then present this coupon to your pharmacist when you check out. The codes on your drug coupon will be entered by the pharmacist to access SearchRx group rate prices.

 

 

It’s a very simple process:   Bring your discount coupon with your prescription ​to the pharmacy of your choice and save on all FDA-approved prescription medications.

These discounts are available to all U.S. residents, no exceptions.

 

There are no deductibles.  Regardless of your insurance status, (whether insured, underinsured or uninsured) you will never be charged for the use of your searchRx drug coupons.

 

There are no limitations or maximums.  Use your searchRx discount coupon once, or a million times. There is no limit to your savings.

 

There are no pre-existing condition exclusions.  There is no coverage refusal based on any pre-existing medical conditions. searchRx coupons are available for use for all Americans.

 

SearchRx is free.  There are no hidden fees, or any fees for that matter. You will absolutely NEVER be charged for using the SearchRx service or affiliated coupons. 

 

 

Use SearchRx even if you already have insurance: The SearchRx card is not insurance; they simply provide discounts on prescriptions.

When you go to the pharmacy to pick up your prescription, just bring both your insurance card and the SearchRx coupon with you, and ask the pharmacist to see which provides the more cost-effective option for you. 

 

 

Here is a video demonstrating how SearchRx works:

 

 

 

 

 

 

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An OverBed Table System Improves Quality of Life

An OverBed Table System Improves Quality of Life

 

 

 

So many times after our loved ones return home from the hospital, it becomes obvious how inconvenient and dangerous our homes can be when we care for them. 

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Example:  atHand Overbed Table System
An overbed table is a terrific convenience both for people who must or who simply like to spend long amounts of time in bed.
An overbed table provides more support, stability and surface room than a bed tray and can be adjusted to accommodate the height of your bed’s mattress with a base that slides under your bed along the floor for a close fit.

A hospital overbed table is made specifically for use with a hospital style bed, but it’s important to measure the model you’re considering and your bed, checking clearance under the frame—many overbed table styles may fit even a hospital bed.

The features most important to you depend on the types of activities you want to accomplish in bed. An overbed desk tray table with a flat surface is great for writing, eating or playing cards, to name just a few activities. Reading is often easier with a tilt table—the tilt top overbed table surface enables you to angle your newspaper or book at the best level for your comfort. Some overbed tables offer part fixed and part tilting surfaces.

The finishes, colors and textures now available in overbed table designs means your choice of overbed table can have more of the look of a piece of furniture than a medical accessory.

 

 

 

Choosing an Overbed Table

 

Example: Eva Medical Adjustable Overbed Table With Wheels

 

These are some of the most popular features available to help you narrow down your selection:

 

  • An easy to clean top that’s roomy enough for the activities you’d like to engage in.
  • Adjustable table height to accommodate the height of your mattress. Some overbed tables can be adjusted for use while you’re sitting in a chair, including a wheelchair, as well as in bed.
  • The adjustment mechanism should be easily to use and lock into place.
  • An adjustable pivot and tilt arm allows you to position the work surface to the height, angle and tilt best for your task, providing you with more versatility.
  • With overbed tables that offer tilt positions, you might want to look for a style with a lip along the lower edge for holding your book, newspaper or a pad and pen.
  • Take note of the weight limit that the tabletop surface can handle—usually between 40 and 50 pounds. Standard overbed tables are not meant to provide support when getting up and down.
  • Standard C-shaped or U-shaped bases have about 24″ of space between the legs to slide under chairs as well as your bed. Wheel casters offer for easy maneuverability over all floor surfaces. Locking casters on the base of the overbed table mean that the table will stay put once you position it.

 

 

Recommended Overbed Table

 

There are many choices of overbed tables, and I found one in particular that I really like:

 

 

 

 

The atHand Overbed Table System is a very modern and feature-rich version of an overbed table.

Usually in a hospital or a nursing home you’ll see standard overbed tables, but they’re very basic; they’re meant just as a place for the food tray or maybe some personal items, and they very easily get cluttered.  Also, with the standard overbed table, you’re still left needing other things that the table doesn’t help with.

The atHand Overbed Table System was designed to incorporate all of the things that people feel they need and would like close-by if they have limited mobility.

 

 

 

 

 

They did a lot of focus groups to find out what those items were, and that is why the table includes power and USB ports.

 

 

 

 

It also has integrated lighting that is adjustable in brightness as well as where you place it on the table.

 

 

 

 

The  atHand Table is height-adjustable, but it also angles in toward the user, so you can really get it up close to you if you’re writing or working on a laptop.

 

 

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In addition to all of those features, there are storage compartments, because that way you can still have all of your things, but they’re neatly organized and they’re not on the tray.

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are also some great optional accessories for the atHand Table, like a special cup holder that keeps the drink close by, but off the table. There is also a bin for tissues, which is something everybody has near their bedside, but the box takes up a lot of room on the tray table. You can also purchase  a trashcan because it helps with infection control to have the trash in a separate place, but, close by.

 

 

The AtHand Overbed System

 

 

The other thing is it’s a very nice looking overbed table system. I have to tell you, it’s a lovely piece of work. I wouldn’t mind having this in my bedroom.

According to the company’s focus groups, something that came out loud and clear was, if I’m out of the hospital, I don’t want to be reminded of when I was in the hospital

That’s why they chose darker, richer colors because those are something that you’re not going to see in a facility. It does have a homier look.

 

 

 

 

For caregivers, the atHand Overbed Table System makes their life a lot easier; the power outlets in particular because older homes have fewer outlets and most of the time they’re going to be lower to the floor or behind furniture. There is one power cord that attaches to the wall, which then powers the table with four, 120-volt outlets, and four USB ports. 

 

 

I’ve heard stories of caregivers that have kind of pieced things like this together. They have a power strip looped over the headboard and a TV tray table next to the bed.

 Peace of mind is everything for family caregivers. I think that the biggest challenge, when you’re at work or away from your loved one, is they could fall out of bed reaching for something, or just have to make moves that aren’t appropriate for them.

Caregivers often feel bad that they can’t always be there for their loved one because they’re probably managing a career and children of their own, and don’t have as much time as they would like to be with their loved one.

So, if this product can help give the caregiver peace of mind, knowing that their loved one has everything they need to last them through the day, then that goes directly to the purpose that an overbed system should have.

And of course, for those in bed, it’s a terrific aid to independence, allowing them to do simple things without having to rely on a caregiver.

 

 

You can see this manufacturer really researched to try to come up with a way to fit everything within reach.

And you don’t have to actually be in a bed to use it, because the tray table angles toward the user.

 

 

 

You can use it next to a recliner, even if it’s one of the larger ones where the tray table may not fit underneath the chair.

 

 

 

 

If you have it alongside the chair and the tray table angled in, it still fits nice and close so you can use the tray table as a desk or for whatever you need.

 

 

 

Video: Demonstrating the AtHand Overbed System

 

 

 

The atHand Table is manufactured in the Cleveland area, but sells nationally on Amazon .

 

 

Thanks for visiting and reading …

I hope this article provided you some helpful ideas.  I welcome your comments below.

-Laurie

 

 

 

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The Angry Dementia Patient

The Angry Dementia Patient

 

 

Seniors With Dementia are Easily Frustrated and Stressed

 

Sometimes it seems like seniors with Alzheimer’s or dementia get angry at the drop of a hat. What’s most likely happening is that they suddenly reach a breaking point because of frustrations that build up.  Here are some ways to make everyday life easier and less stressful for seniors with dementia.

 

Why Dementia Patients Get Angry

 

When someone has dementia, their ability to function well in the world declines.

Tasks that we consider simple, like brushing teeth, are actually quite complex. To a person with dementia, it can be difficult to remember all the steps and sequence them properly.

 

 

For example, these are the major steps they need to take to brush their teeth:

 

  1. Enter the correct bathroom (the one with their toothbrush)
  2. Find switch and turn on light
  3. Locate correct toothbrush (theirs)
  4. Locate toothpaste
  5. Take cap off toothpaste
  6. Put an appropriate amount of toothpaste on toothbrush
  7. Put toothbrush (with toothpaste still on) in mouth and gently brush every tooth surface
  8. Spit out toothpaste
  9. Rinse mouth thoroughly with water – spit, don’t swallow

 

Once we break it down, brushing our teeth is far less simple than we might think. And, someone with dementia may also have trouble with the smaller steps that make up many of these major steps.

 

 

When even the most basic parts of the day are so difficult and overwhelming, it’s easy for the frustration to build up. When they’re expected to do yet another “simple” thing, they may erupt in anger.

For example, when you’ve had an extremely stressful day, someone coming to you with even a simple request can cause you to lose your temper – it’s the last straw, right?

That’s often what’s happening to seniors with dementia. Because their world is becoming more confusing and difficult to navigate, it doesn’t take much for them to reach that “last straw” feeling and react with anger.

 

 

Taking Steps to Reduce Anger in Dementia Patients

 

 

Accept Their Limitations

Avoid pushing seniors with dementia beyond their limits by expecting them to do things they’ve been struggling with. They aren’t refusing to do things because they’re lazy or refuse to remember.

Their brains are failing and they’re losing the knowledge and abilities they need to accomplish those once-easy tasks. Accept where they are now and work with the skills they have today.

 

 

Reduce Complex Decisions

Making choices about every part of their day isn’t necessary, but there are some decisions your older adult may still want to make.

The goal isn’t to take away their right to choose, but to simplify so making choices is easier – too many options are confusing and overwhelming.

For example, when changing, lay out all the clothes they need, but offer a choice between two shirts – the red shirt or the blue shirt? That way, they are still participating in the process. But they won’t have to find and select all the other clothing items they need.

Similarly, for lunch you could offer a choice between two entrees you know they enjoy – a ham sandwich or split pea soup? That decision is much easier to deal with than a broad question like “What do you want for lunch?”

 

 

Slow Down

We’re used to moving at a “normal” pace, but that’s because our brains are fully functional and can quickly process information and thoughts.

When someone has dementia, those cognitive processes slow down significantly. That’s why your older adult needs more time when thinking, speaking, or taking action.

To reduce stress and allow them to feel successful, don’t rush them through daily life. Take the pressure off and let them move at their own pace – even if it seems really slow.

 

 

Keep the Environment Calm and Quiet

Being in a noisy, bustling environment can overwhelm the senses and make it hard to think, especially when someone has dementia.

Have you noticed that we all need calm and quiet when we’re trying to think? For example, if you’re driving to an unfamiliar location, you automatically turn down the radio so you can concentrate. And, most students seek out quiet places like libraries when they need to learn complex new concepts.

For someone with Alzheimer’s or dementia, everyday tasks have become difficult and require extra thought and concentration. When you add loud noise or lots of people, it’s natural for them to feel frustrated and stressed.

 

 

Treat Them With Respect

Everyone, no matter their age or abilities, wants to be treated with respect. Seniors with dementia are no different. Even if they struggle with decisions or everyday tasks, there are many ways to make things easier while still showing respect.

A good way to do this is to offer simplified choices, like with the red or blue shirt mentioned above. That way, you’re not giving orders and expecting them to follow. You’re helping your older adult make decisions in a way that suits their current abilities.

 

 

Rely on Routine

Routines reduce the amount of thinking and number of decisions that need to be made on a daily basis. We don’t have to remember what time to eat breakfast because we always eat around 9am, after getting up and brushing our teeth.

Routines are especially helpful for seniors with dementia because they reduce the number of things they need to remember or think about.

Having a steady, constant routine is comforting and far less stressful than if each day was unpredictable and they had to go hunting for their toothbrush every time they needed it. Putting objects in the same places and doing the same activities at the same time of day means they know where things are and what will be happening.

 

 

Speak Simply

Alzheimer’s and dementia affect the brain’s ability to process and retrieve information. Short, direct sentences with only one thought per sentence are easier for your senior to understand.

The goal is to give your older adult less to think about and less to remember. If you’re giving instructions, make it one step. If you’re sharing information, keep it to one thought.

Using fewer words and a warm and positive tone will be far less frustrating for your senior.

 

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Avoid Fatigue

 

 

Getting overtired isn’t good for anyone’s mood, but it can put even more pressure on an already frazzled senior with dementia.

Just like you’re more likely to snap when you’re exhausted, someone with dementia is more likely to have an angry outburst when they’re fatigued.

 

 

Modify Tasks to Help Them be Successful

When a task is too difficult, it’s frustrating and stressful. The answer isn’t to have your older adult stop doing things for themselves. That will only make them feel worse. Instead, find ways to modify activities so they will be successful.

For example, if they’re having trouble cutting meat at dinner, consider serving more foods where the meat is already in smaller pieces or getting a specialized knife that’s easier to use (like this one).

Or, if your older adult struggles to zip their pants, consider switching to elastic waist athletic-style pants or specialized pants with velcro fastening in place of a zipper (like these). Another idea is to switch to easy, slip-on shoes if they have trouble tying their shoes.

 

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Bathing is another good example. Similar to brushing teeth, there are many steps involved in taking a bath or shower. It’s much easier to be successful if you help by laying out a towel, comb, and fresh clothes. Then, turn on a heater in the bathroom and start the water running at a comfortable temperature. Now there are less steps for your older adult to manage and bathing will be easier.

 

 

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Bromelain For Arthritis and Pain Reduction

Bromelain For Arthritis and Pain Reduction

 

 

 

In recent years, a number of clinical studies have appeared to substantiate one of the traditional therapeutic uses of extracts of bromelain, namely, in the treatment of inflammatory disorders of the musculoskeletal system.

 

There is now clinical evidence for the use of bromelain in osteoarthritis.

 

Bromelain, an extract from the pineapple plant, has been demonstrated to show anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties and may provide a safer alternative or adjunctive treatment for osteoarthritis. All previous trials indicate its potential use for the treatment of osteoarthritis.

 

Arthritis is a musculoskeletal disease which affects the joints. In this disease, the joints stop functioning properly because of pain, swelling, and stiffness.

There is also a change in the structure of the bones. This makes a person unable to perform daily tasks and causes a lot of inconvenience.

There are many different causes of arthritis and this disease usually occurs when different factors act up together. Some of the environmental factors that lead to arthritis are injuries, infections, smoking, and stressful occupations.

Genetics and lifestyle factors play important roles in the progression of arthritis. This disease can occur suddenly and at any age.

The symptoms of arthritis are swelling, stiffness in the joints, fatigue, tiredness, loss of appetite and loss of weight, skin rashes, fever, and feeling of being unwell. Generally most people get these feelings from time to time, so if these symptoms stay for long then it is important to get checked from the doctor.

There is no specific cure for arthritis. Many different types of treatments are available. People usually opt for medications like painkillers (aspirin) and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs which reduce joint stiffness and swelling.

Other therapies like hydrotherapy (exercise in warm water pool) and physiotherapy and surgery are also available to improve the joint structure and function.

Apart from drugs, therapies, and surgery, fruits are also beneficial in treating various disorders. Pineapple is a great source of nutrients which helps in curing various diseases involving inflammation and indigestion.

 

 

What are the health benefits of pineapple?

 

Pineapple is a very healthy and nutritious fruit which provides the body with numerous micronutrients. It is a low-calorie fruit as a cup of pineapple chunks contains only 80 calories no fat, and 1 gram of protein. It is full of essential compounds, minerals, vitamins that promote health.

It is thought that pineapples originated in South America; however they were first discovered by the Europeans. After that, Spanish and Portuguese introduced pineapples in Asian and African countries.

Pineapple is a very useful fruit because firstly it adds sweetness to your food and secondly it contains Bromelain.

Bromelain is an enzyme that helps in the digestion of food by breaking down the food to reduce a feeling of heaviness and bloating. Therefore specialists recommend pineapple after meals.

Pineapple has many medicinal benefits like it improves the respiratory system and prevents the occurrence of lung disorders, cures microbial and bacterial infections like cough and cold, improves the process of digestion, helps in losing weight, reduces inflammation, prevents cancer and heart diseases, strengthen bones, improves immune system, and enhances blood circulation.

Surprisingly, pineapple is also great for skin and hair. It acts as an exfoliating agent and smoothens and brightens skin tone. It is also rich in vitamin C, beta carotene, copper, zinc, and folate. These compounds help in increasing the fertility for both men and women.

 

 

 

Benefits of Pineapple Bromelain In Arthritis

 

 

Pineapple has an enzyme bromelain which acts against substances that increase the progression of arthritis. It is beneficial for reducing the symptoms of arthritis.

Bromelain has been demonstrated to show anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties and may provide a safer alternative or adjunctive treatment for osteoarthritis. All previous trials indicate its potential use for the treatment of osteoarthritis.

 

 

 

Bromelain Acts as an Anti-Inflammatory Agent

 

Pineapple gets its anti-inflammatory properties because of the presence of the enzyme bromelain. A study was published by Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences in which the mechanism by which bromelain exhibits its anti-inflammatory action was studied extensively.

Bromelain is able to exhibit anti-inflammatory properties because it exhibits various actions. Firstly, it increases the fibrinolytic activity. This means that it increases the breakdown of clots and improves the healing of wounds.

Wounds like leg and foot ulcers are symptoms of arthritis, so this increase in the fibrinolytic activity helps in healing the wounds faster.

People with arthritis experience damage in the tissues and inflammation. Whenever there is an inflammatory disease, the fibrin (a protein) gets deposited at the damage site which leads to the progression of the disease and pain.

Hence it is important to decrease the activity of fibrinogen in arthritis. Hence bromelain reduces the fibrinogen level and helps in treating arthritis.

Bromelain also reduces the level of bradykinin and prostaglandins which are inflammatory mediators. This reduces the joint pain and swelling and prevents the progression of arthritis. It portrays all these actions by modulation proteins that are located on the surface of the cells because these proteins play a role in the development of arthritis.

 

 

 

Bromelain Has Antioxidant Properties

 

An increase in the oxidative stress leads to tissue damage which in turn causes inflammation. Hence to prevent the progression of arthritis, it is important to have compounds in the body which balance the oxidative stress and reduce inflammation.

Pineapple has abundant vitamin C which imparts anti-oxidant properties and reduces inflammation in arthritis.

Pineapple is also abundant in phenolic compounds. Phenols are chemical compounds that have antioxidant properties and treat arthritis. Hence the more phenolic compounds a pineapple will have, the better antioxidant effects it will present.

This means that pineapple is effective in decreasing the oxidative stress and hence reducing pain and swelling. This reduction in oxidative stress is because of the presence of vitamin C and phenols in pineapple.

 

 

 

Bromelain is Effective in Reducing Pain

 

A study published in Phytomedicine in 2002 investigated the anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties of bromelain.

At the end of the study period, it was seen that bromelain has a positive effect in reducing the acute knee pain, swelling, and stiffness. It also improved the function of the joints which enhanced the overall physical and psychological well-being of the patients.

In another study published by Majeeb and Borole in the International Journal of Medical and Health Sciences in 2015 evaluated the anti-inflammatory effects of pineapple juice in arthritis in animal models.

In the control group, there was no reduction in swelling whereas in the treatment group that was given pineapple juice, a significant reduction in swelling was observed.
Bromelain found in pineapple is a potent anti-inflammatory agent and helps in reducing pain in arthritis. It can be used as a dietary supplement and replace the other anti-inflammatory drugs.

 

 

 

Dosage of Bromelain For Arthritis

 

Bromelain is present in pineapple; however the dose is not high enough for it to act as a medicine. Hence it is important to take bromelain capsules or tablets that provide the proper dose of bromelain.

For arthritis, 500 to 2000 mg a day of bromelain should be taken in 2 divided doses.

 

 

Example:  NOW Bromelain

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Precautions

 

It is necessary to take bromelain under the supervision of a doctor because it can interfere with other medications. It should not be consumed by a child as no safety test has been conducted yet.

Pregnant and breastfeeding women should not take bromelain as it is not safe for the child.

 

There are certain medications with which bromelain interferes :

  • Antibiotics: Bromelain can increase the uptake of antibiotics by the body. Hence a doctor should be consulted.
  • Blood thinning medicines: Bromelain can increase blood-clotting. Hence when it is taken with blood thinners, it can lead to bleeding.
  • Sedatives: Bromelain can enhance the effects of sedatives and cause more harm than good.

 

 

 

Conclusion

 

Pineapple is a fruit which contains many nutrients beneficial for the body. It contains vitamin C which boosts the immune system and also provides many anti-oxidant properties.

This helps in prevents tissue damage and inflammation.

The main nutritional component of pineapple is bromelain. It contains anti-inflammatory properties that help reduce joint swelling, pain, and stiffness. These effects improve the quality of lives of the people suffering from arthritis.

The takeaway:  bromelain in pineapple is effective in treating arthritis by reducing joint pain and inflammation. It has the ability to act against various inflammatory mediators and decrease pain and swelling.

If you suffer from arthritic symptoms, follow the advice of your doctor, and consider supplementing with bromelain.  It is a natural and inexpensive remedy which is known to make a difference for many people. 

You can read some interesting consumer reviews which discuss bromelain’s effects on pain and inflammation at Amazon. 

I found the consumer reviews of Amazon’s best selling Now brand of Bromelain very interesting, as many purchasers explain how they found pain relief with this supplement.

 

 

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MyPurMist Review – Is the MyPurMist Steam Inhaler Worth Buying?

MyPurMist Review – Is the MyPurMist Steam Inhaler Worth Buying?

 

 

 

Why Use a Steam Inhaler?

 

Steam is a doctor recommended natural decongestant used by millions. And steam from MyPurMist is instant so you don’t have to wait. It provides instant fine mist that penetrates deep into your sinuses, nose, and throat for superb relief. MyPurMist is 100% Natural (drug-free) therapy.

 

Steam has been used throughout the ages to provide powerful therapeutic benefits to the upper respiratory system.

Steam inhalation is a natural and effective treatment for respiratory conditions and is highly recommended for treatment of the common cold, sinusitis, allergies and laryngitis.

Steam relieves inflammation and congestion of upper respiratory mucous membranes, it moistens dry nasal passages, thins and loosens mucus for easier elimination and helps clear congestion. Inhaling steam also helps to relax muscles, thereby relieving coughing.

 

How Does MyPurMist Work?

 

Steam is a doctor recommended natural decongestant used by millions. And steam from MyPurMist is instant so you don’t have to wait. It provides instant fine mist that penetrates deep into your sinuses, nose, and throat for superb relief. MyPurMist is 100% Natural (drug-free) therapy.

 

Steam has been used throughout the ages to provide powerful therapeutic benefits to the upper respiratory system.

Steam inhalation is a natural and effective treatment for respiratory conditions and is highly recommended for treatment of the common cold, sinusitis, allergies and laryngitis.

 

Steam relieves inflammation and congestion of upper respiratory mucous membranes, it moistens dry nasal passages, thins and loosens mucus for easier elimination and helps clear congestion.

 

Inhaling steam also helps to relax muscles, thereby relieving coughing.

MyPurMist has harnessed the natural, therapeutic power of steam in a handheld device that is easy to use.

MyPurMist reinvents steam therapy utilizing breakthrough patented “CFV” hospital technology, setting  a new standard for safety, convenience, speed, and ease of use. It provides fast natural relief for people suffering from sinus congestion, colds, or allergies.

Steam from MyPurMist is instant so you don’t have to wait. It provides instant fine mist that penetrates deep into your sinuses, nose, and throat for superb relief. This provides direct and maximum humidity where you need it (and nowhere else).

Additionally, MyPurMist has temperature controls that allow you to decide how warm you want your mist to be. The temperature range of MyPurMist is a comfortable 100-115F, which will not burn you even at the highest setting. The best way to see that there is enough steam is to turn on MyPurMist with the mask on and see if the mask clouds up within 2-3 seconds.

 

 

Who Does MyPurMist Help?

 

MyPurMist relieves the inflammation and congestion of your sinuses, alleviates mucous membrane dryness; and helps keep nasal passages moist and clean.

 

 

MyPurMist can provide symptomatic relief for:

 

  • Allergies
  • Sinusitis
  • Colds
  • Flu
  • Laryngitis
  • Nasal, sinus and chest congestion
  • Coughs
  • Parched throat
  • Lessening mucus production
  • Discomfort from sore throat
  • Headache pain

 

 

MyPurMist

How to Use MyPurMist

 

Using the MyPurMist is very simple: you just add water to the little cup, turn it on, and when the steam starts coming out immediately, you put the mask to your face and breathe it in. It’s very easy.

The cup is pretty tiny – it’s practically a shot glass – but you may be surprised to see how much steam the MyPurMist puts out and for how long.

On one little shot of water, it runs for almost 30 minutes, and then stays on another 10 minutes to clean and dry itself out.

 

I’ve been doing steam therapy for over a year now, with a number of different products, and the first thing I noticed when I began breathing the steam was how efficient it is. By that I mean, you breathe in and you’re actually able to feel a lot of water vapor going into your lungs.

Interestingly, despite the amount of water, it’s not super hot like you get if you put your face too close to a different model of facial steamer. Reading the manual, I found out this is because it uses something called CVF, or Capillary Force Vaporizer, technology.

MyPurMist vaporizes the water without boiling it, so you don’t have to deal with hot steam burning your face. I will say that the face mask can get a little hot, but not unbearably so.

 

You can use MyPurMist as often, or as long, as you like since it is 100% natural.

A full water reservoir provides approximately 20-25 minutes of use. One idea is to use MyPurMist for 10-15 minutes just before sleeping for more restful sleep.

For most optimal results the manufacturer recommends using MyPurMist once in the morning and once before bed for 10-15 minutes each.

Try different durations to see what is most optimal for you. Generally speaking using MyPurMist more often will provide you the consistent benefits of humidification.

 

 

Getting Started With MyPurMist

 

For the First Use or After a Long Period of Storage (No water in the reservoir):

 

  • After the cycle is done, do not empty the reservoir of the water left over unless you plan to store the device.

 

For Subsequent Uses:

 

  • Pour MyPurFill Demineralized or distilled water till the fill line

  • Turn on device right away
  • After the cycle is done, do not empty the reservoir of the water left over unless you plan to store the device

 

 

The MyPurMist device has two primary indicators of operation.

 

Red light:

The steady red light is an indicator for “water out” or when the timer has run a full cycle. However, at times a red light may come prematurely. In such cases the water level may need to be adjusted or the device needs to be reset. The flashing red light means you will have to wait 30 seconds for the unit to come back on (it’s cooling down). This is the top light.

 

Blue light:

The 4 blue lights are indicators of your selected temperature and that the unit is turned ON.

 

 

MyPurFill Demineralized Water

 

MyPurFill Demineralized Water is available in convenient 12 oz. bottles.  MyPurMist uses only 1 oz. of water to generate approximately 25 minutes of very fine soothing steam so the cost of using MyPurFill is less than 10 cents per average daily use.

Distilled water is also appropriate to use in MyPurMist.  The manufacturer recommends using either MyPurFill Demineralized or distilled water only.

Using any additives in the water reservoir, any other liquid or water with minerals (e.g. bottled, purified or boiled water) will damage the device and will void the warranty.

 

 

MyPurMist ScentPads

MyPurMist ScentPad Eucalyptus and Peppermint, 8 reservoirs - (Pack of 4)

You can also purchase MyPurMist ScentPads, which are designed to work with the MyPurMist steam to release soothing aromatic Eucalyptus and fresh Peppermint vapors for non-medicated comfort and a peaceful night’s rest.

Each MyPurMist ScentPad has 8 reservoirs of 100% natural essential oil that are uniquely designed to work with the steam from MyPurMist. 50% Eucalyptus, 50% Peppermint; Double distilled essential oils.

One reservoir may be used multiple times in the course of a day.

 

 

Cleaning MyPurMist is Simple

 

The manufacturer suggests wiping down the outside of the product with a dry cloth before storing for longer periods of time. If the outside of your MyPurMist gets dirty, use a warm damp cloth dipped in soapy water to gently wipe the outside of the unit, but do not submerge the MyPurMist in water.

Be sure to drain all of the water out of your MyPurMist and wait until it has run through the automatic drying cycle before storing. This helps to prevent mold growth on the inside of the unit.

 

MyPurMist Replacement Masks for Adults and Children

 

To prevent germs from spreading, wipe masks down with warm soapy water and dry before storing. Everyone that uses MyPurMist have his or her own mask.

 

MyPurMist Adult Replacement Mask, 1 ea

 

Adult and Child MyPurMist  Additional/Replacement Masks are available at Amazon.

 

 

 

MyPurMist Handheld Steam Inhaler / Steam Vaporizer / Personal Steam Inhaler
MyPurMist Handheld Steam Inhaler

Final Thoughts

 

If you are looking for the therapeutic effects of breathing steam, and want the convenience of something portable and handheld, I don’t think there is a better personal steam vaporizer than the MyPurMist Handheld Steam Inhaler.

 

 

 

 

 

Summary of Pros:

  • All natural relief for respiratory and nasal congestion
  • Lightweight, handheld, portable design lets you use it comfortably anywhere
  • Unique CVF technology delivers a lot of steam from a little water, without boiling or getting too hot
  • Face mask delivers steam directly to your mouth and nose
  • Self-cleaning
  • Safe for anyone to use several times a day

 

Cons

  • Needs to be plugged in, so not fully portable

 

 

 

Consumer Reviews of MyPurMist

 

For more opinions, there are over 1,120 consumer reviews on Amazon, and 240 answered questions.

 

 

 

 

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Best Treadmills For Seniors

 

 

 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that older adults complete at least 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity or 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity each week. Walking is one of the safest ways to fulfill this requirement because it’s a functional activity that is gentle on the muscles and joints.

Treadmills allow you to fulfill your daily activity goal year round, but how do you select the right treadmill for your needs? You can start by considering the size of the treadmill because you must make sure that it fits comfortably into your living space. The width of the walking belt is also important because you need room to hit your natural walking stride comfortably.

If you want to enjoy interval training and other walking exercises for seniors, the range of speed available on your treadmill is also important. While most seniors aren’t up for a treadmill run, it is reasonable to assume that you will want to pick up speed as you become more physically fit. Many seniors are surprised at how fast they can walk once they get accustomed to their treadmill.

Finally, look at the advanced features offered on some treadmills. You may want a built-in heart rate monitor to ensure that you’re working within your target heart rate zone, or you may prefer a console with pre-programmed workouts to ensure that you don’t get bored during your workout sessions. You may also look for a machine with a well-lit console to ensure that you can easily see the feedback delivered throughout your workout.

 

 

How to Choose the Right Treadmill For Your Needs

 

When used frequently, an electric treadmill is a wise investment that will help you fight against disease and illness while managing your mood and increasing your ability to continue daily activities without depending on your loved ones. While you may start shopping with your maximum budget in mind, it’s more important to find a machine that safely accommodates daily exercise and rehab for the elderly.

The treadmills recommended below are all suitable for older users because they have extra cushioning on the walking belts and safety features like the red key that locks the belt between workout sessions.

In addition to those basic features, you may want to consider the location of the speed controls and the start/stop button for added safety.

You should also think about the number of pre-programmed workouts that you will use and what type of programs will best fit your needs.

Some advanced treadmills now offer pre-programmed heart rate workouts that require you to walk with your hands covering the pulse sensors in order to create workouts based on your pulse. You may not need this type of advanced programming if you just want a basic treadmill to increase your daily activity level, but those interested in improving their cardiovascular endurance may consider investing in a treadmill with this capability.

Every senior will select a different treadmill based on their unique needs, so start by identifying what you want to accomplish with your machine. You can then match the available features to your needs and budget to select the best treadmill for your healthy lifestyle.

 

 

Best Treadmills for Seniors

 

 

 

The ProGear HCXL 4000 Electric Treadmill

 

 

The ProGear HCXL 4000 Electric Treadmill is a good pick for heavier users or any senior searching for a wider belt to ensure comfort while exercising at higher speeds.

The ProGear HCXL 4000 is approved for users up to 400 pounds, and the extra-wide walking belt measures 20 inches. It’s also equipped with a 1.5 HP motor that is designed to operate quietly.

The maximum speed for this treadmill is 4 mph, and that is adequate for most seniors walking at moderate to fast speeds. For an added challenge, you can manually incline the walking belt.

The 18-inch safety handles contain speed controls, and a key lock system secures the belt until you’re ready to begin your workout.

 

 

 

 

The Exerpeutic TF1000 Walk to Fitness Electric Treadmill

 

 

Whether your goal is to get your heart rate up for weight loss or to just add more physical activity into your daily life, the Exerpeutic TF1000 delivers adequate speed and walking space to meet your needs.

With a maximum speed of 4 mph, pulse grips to monitor your heart rate and a 20-inch wide walking belt, this is a treadmill that you aren’t likely to outgrow as your fitness abilities increase over time.

 

 

This is also a wise choice if you’re concerned about safety during your walks. The extra-long safety handles extend along each side of the machine, and a bright red button on the console allows you to stop the belt at any moment. A safety key is also offered to secure the belt between workouts.

 

 

 

 

Weslo Cadence R 5.2 Treadmill

 

While this is one of the most affordable treadmills available to seniors today, the Weslo Cadence R 5.2 treadmill is far from lacking in advanced features. This includes a large console loaded with six workouts designed by personal trainers.

 

 

The walking belt is 16 inches wide and 50 inches long, and the belt is cushioned for added protection of your joints and muscles. That cushioning is important if you plan on speed walking or going for a light jog, and with a maximum speed of 10 mph, the machine is suitable for high-intensity workouts.

If you’re concerned about the amount of space a treadmill may consume in your home, note that this is a folding model. Some seniors may need help raising and lowering the walking platform, but you can fold it up against a wall or roll it between rooms as necessary.

 

 

 

 

Sole Fitness F80 Folding Treadmill

 

The Sole F80 is a mid to high range item. It comes with a powerful 3.5 CHP motor and a two-ply walking belt designed to reduce the impact on your muscles and joints for a safer walking experience.

The large console is equipped with an advanced sound system that allows you to connect an MP3 player for entertainment. You can walk at your own pace or select from eight pre-programmed workouts, two of which are based on your heart rate.

 

 

The belt on this treadmill is a generous 22 inches wide, but it is a larger treadmill that will consume more space in your home. The manufacturer warranty is also quite impressive with lifetime coverage for the frame.

 

 

 

LifeSpan TR1200i Folding Treadmill

 

 

The LifeSpan TR1200i Folding Treadmill is a mid-market electric treadmill. It’s suitable for users up to 300 pounds and features a 20-inch walking belt, well-lit color console and speed controls conveniently located on the handlebars.

 

 

If you’re concerned that you’ll get bored walking on a treadmill, you’ll appreciate the 17 pre-programmed workouts and your complimentary membership to the online LifeSpan Fitness Club.

 

You can walk or jog up to 11 mph, and there are 15 incline levels to ensure that your body is continuously challenged over time.

With a 2.5 CHP motor, this is a high-quality treadmill that will keep up with most seniors.

 

Thanks for visiting and reading … I hope this article provided you some helpful ideas.  I welcome your comments below.

-Laurie

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Planning Ahead for Parkinson’s Needs

Planning Ahead for Parkinson’s Needs

 

 

Caring for a loved one with Parkinson’s disease at home can be like sailing a ship through uncharted waters. Currents, wind shifts and changing weather patterns all influence the ship’s course on a daily basis.

The effects of Parkinson’s disease also present an unpredictable course and caregivers must continually seek solutions and a positive direction for the care they provide.

 

Barbara’s Advice

 

Barbara has been caring for her husband for over 10 years.

He was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and she has remained steadfast with his care at home.

Through the years, she has been creative in developing practical ideas that save time, require less energy and reduce stress.

Most importantly, employment of these concepts has enabled her to maintain the dignity and independence of her husband:

 

 

 

Start Planning in the Early Stages

 

In the early stages of her husband’s disease, Barbara made an appointment for occupational and physical therapy consultations along with a home environment assessment.

This decision helped her to begin planning for the physical care and necessary home modifications to support her husband’s needs.

She offers these additional ideas for caregivers to customize their caregiving procedures as needs arise:

 

 

Mobility Aids/Furniture:

 

Wheelchairs — consider two separate chairs; one to use for indoor mobility and at the kitchen table (can be locked in place), and one to use for outings to the mall or family gatherings.

 

 

 

 

Walker — the best investment has been a four-wheeled walker with balloon tires, hand brakes and a padded seat. It glides over the ground and uneven surfaces and was paid for by Medicare and a co-insurance policy.

 

 

 

Recliner — add a wooden base to the chair to raise the height six to 10 inches. This makes it easier for the care receiver to get in and out of the chair alone.

 

 

Electric or Power lift chairs are another option and may be partially paid for by Medicare.

 

 

 

Bathroom Safety:

 

Install grab bars in several wall locations and a safety handle on the edge of the bathtub. Be sure to drill the bars into a wall stud for maximum hold and safety.

 

 

 

Remove the toilet seat and place a commode frame with arm rests over the toilet or purchase an elevated toilet seat with raised arms.

 

 

For sanitary purposes, keep flushable wet wipes available for use after toileting. Wipes can also be used to clean bathroom fixtures.

 

 

 

Add a non-skid bath mat, a bath bench and a handheld shower head to allow the care receiver to assist with their own shower.

 

 

 

For grooming, use an electric razor and an electric toothbrush to encourage self-care.

 

 

 

 

 

Incontinence Products:

 

Use incontinent pads and adult briefs in layers as needed for full protection against wetting through.

 

See:

 

 

 

 

Clothes or Furniture:

 

Washable sheet protectors and chair pads can be used to save on constant laundering. For full protection, layer several pads on the bed or chair.

 

 

 

Floor Safety:

 

Use a Swiffer-type dry and wet mop on the floors for easier cleaning.

Do not use throw rugs, but if the floor surface is slippery, use a short-napped rug with a rubber backing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Personal Safety:

Purchase a whistle and place it around the care receiver’s neck. This can be used to call for help, especially if the caregiver has a hearing deficit.

Place another whistle near the bed or toilet if needed.

 

 

 

 

Personal Emergency Response Systems (PERS) like GreatCall can be rented monthly to summon help when the caregiver is out of the home.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alarm systems can be installed at exit doors and on wheelchairs to prevent wandering or falling.

Motion Sensor & Remote Alert Plus Kerr Absorbent Protector Pads
Example: Motion Sensor & Remote Alert

Alarm systems can be installed at exit doors and on wheelchairs to prevent wandering or falling.

 

 

Transfer or gait belts can be used to keep the care receiver secure in the chair when the caregiver has to leave the room.

It can also be used to assist in safely helping the care receiver out of bed or a chair.

 

Mobility Transfer System (a) Safetysure Mary'S Aide Transfer Sling
Example: Mobility Transfer System

 

 

 

Independence Two Handle Clear Mug
Independence Two Handle Clear Mug
Mealtime Options:

Canvas aprons can be purchased at craft stores. Cut the ties off and replace with elastic on the top to enable the care receiver to put it on without help. Vinyl or quilted bibs/aprons can also be purchased from medical supply companies. Place the bottom half of the apron underneath the plate for neater mealtimes.

Use cups or glasses with lids and straw holes to prevent spilling. A two-handled cup with a spouted lid can also be kept by the bedside.

 

 

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SureFit Plastic Food Guard

 

If the care receiver has tremors, buy shallow soup bowls and edge guards for plates to keep the food contained.

Purchase utensils with weighted, built-up or angled handles to help hands remain steady.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Car Ideas:

 

Car seats made of leather are easier to access and to clean.

Consider purchasing a swivel seat cushion to ease car transfers.

 

Pivot Disc

Some older adults can stand up from a wheelchair, but can’t turn around to sit in the car. This disc saves you from injuring your back or shoulders while helping them turn around.

With this pivot disc, your senior stands on the disc and you can slowly turn them so their back faces the car seat and they can sit down.

 

 

Purchase a handicapped vehicle parking permit  through the driver’s license bureau and have it authorized by the physician. Use the permit at any handicapped parking zone or at any meter in the city.

Pack a car tote bag. Include a package of wet wipes, bibs, a change of clothing, incontinent pads, plastic garbage bags, and water.

Eat in the car and park near a scenic area to enjoy the meal and the view if dining in a restaurant becomes too difficult.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bedroom Solutions:

 

Consider the need for an electric hospital bed with a trapeze for movement and increased independence. This can be rented monthly through Medicare and a co-insurance policy.

Try nylon or silk pajamas for ease in turning in bed.  Use a bed guardrail for safety and support.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dressing for Success:

 

Velcro Hush Puppy shoes are easier for the care receiver to put on and take off. Turn a lace-up shoe into a slip-on shoe with elastic shoelaces.

Purchase pull on boots with zippers for winter.

Use a long-handled shoe horn with a spring hinge.

The care receiver will have warmer feet and avoid falling by wearing slipper socks with rubber treads over regular socks. Thin stockings vs. cushioned sole socks are better on carpeted surfaces.

Sport pants and elastic waistbands ease dressing woes for the caregiver and care receiver.

 

 

 

 

QUIKIKS: Hands-Free, Rear Entry, Slip-on Shoes, Men's Brown Leather Casual Lace-up (11.5-W)
These are neat! QUIKIKS: Hands-Free, Rear Entry, Slip-on Shoes

Visual Cues:

 

Magnifying sheets, magnifying glasses, large wall clocks, talking watches and natural spectrum lamps help those with impaired vision and encourage independence.

Enriching Activities:

Review photo albums and old greeting cards.

Read the comics.

Listen to music and books on tape.

Enjoy walks in the park when able.

Create a memory box filled with past treasures or items that encourage reminiscence.

Display things around the home that bring joy such as family photos, children’s art work, and holiday decorations. This display also helps with time or seasonal orientation.

Consider attending a Parkinson’s disease support group together.

 

 

 

 

Final Thoughts

As one can see, revising care procedures and modifying your home can promote successful caregiving. In addition, these ideas will uphold the dignity and independence of the care receiver. Learn from others who have walked in your shoes and set your sails for a new direction in providing care for a loved one with Parkinson’s disease.

 

Based on an article by Kristine Dwyer and Barbara Churchill

 

 

 

Thanks for visiting and reading …

I hope this article provided you some helpful ideas.  I welcome your comments below.

-Laurie

 

 

 

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