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The National Security Council has designated the month of April as Distracted Driving Awareness month. It’s crucial for drivers to be aware of distractions to help minimize the number of deaths associated with car accidents.

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According to a recent article by FindLaw, here are ten tips and facts to keep in mind while driving:

  1. New teen drivers are distracted more easily
  2. Every distracted second counts
  3. Eating while driving can be considered distracting
  4. Cell phone records can be used in court
  5. Texting and driving can lead to child endangerment charges
  6. Distracted driving can lead to public shaming
  7. Texting crash videos will make you think twice
  8. Hands-free cell phone use can still be distracting
  9. Use an app to curb your bad habits
  10. You could find yourself in hot water

Following these tips will help you and those around you. Although April is Distracted Driving Awareness month, it’s smart to follow these tips all year round!

Read the full article here.

At times, being a caregiver can be stressful. Daily tasks can lead you to feel isolated, overwhelmed or tired. It is important to acknowledge your emotions and identify the source of your stress. If not managed correctly, stress can pose health issues. These may range from diabetes to heart to disease. April is stress awareness month, it’s a good time to remember that properly taking care of yourself can help limit stress and improve your overall health. 

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This Mayo Clinic article explores the signs of caregiver stress and provides tips for managing the emotional and physical demands of taking care of a loved one. Some tips include:

  1. Accept help
  2. Focus on what you are able to provide
  3. Seek social support
  4. Set personal health goals
  5. See your doctor

Find more information by reading the full article here.

 

 

Whether you’re in a minor fender bender or a major accident, it’s important to know which steps to follow to ensure the proper care is taken for you and your vehicle. Getting into an accident while in a rental car can be challenging, but knowing what to do can help.

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According to a recent WhatHappensNow article, here are ten tips to follow if you’re in a rental car accident:

  • Pull over to a safe spot, turn on your hazard lights (flashers) and stop before calling for help.
  • Check for injuries. Call 9-1-1 if there are injuries.
  • Watch for oncoming vehicles before exiting the car.
  • Call the local police or law enforcement agent.
  • Call the rental car company.
  • Call your insurance agent.
  • Document the damage of the accident.
  • Towing the car.
  • Keep copies of ALL receipts.
  • Get extra estimates.

Read the full article here.

Doctors recommend a well-balanced diet to all, especially Seniors. As people age, their diets may need to change depending on how well balanced they eat. According to Ruth Frechman, registered dietitian and spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association, there are ways that caregivers can incorporate healthy foods and specific actions to modify their loved one’s health.
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According to a recent AgingCare article, here are six vital tips for Seniors:

1.Prepare Meals Rich in These Nutrients: Omega 3 Fatty Acids, Calcium

2.Limit Sodium Content

3.Hydrate

4.Incorporate Changes Gradually

5.Set an Example

6.Make Smoothies

Follow these tips to stay a healthier, happier you!

Read the full article here.

Work-related injuries can be extremely stressful. Not only is the injury a strain on your body, but it often makes it difficult to survive financially. If you’re injured at work, it’s important to understand your legal rights and responsibilities.

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Here are 10 tips from NOLO on how to get the most out of your workers’ comp claim.

  1.  Immediately report your injury
  2. Get prompt medical service
  3. Consider changing doctors
  4. Understand your available workers’ comp benefits
  5. Be prepared for independent medical examinations
  6. Beware of surveillance and private investigators
  7. Keep detailed records
  8. Consider appealing a denial of benefits
  9. Attend all scheduled legal proceedings and appointments
  10. Consider hiring a workers’ comp lawyer

Read the full article here.

In honor of National Bath Safety Month, we’re taking a deeper look at how to keep seniors safe in the bathroom. Bathroom safety is a serious concern for elderly Americans. In fact, according to the National Council on Aging:

  • One-fourth of older Americans fall each year.
  • Every 19 minutes, a senior dies from a fall.
  • Every 11 seconds, an older adult is sent to the emergency room for a fall-related injury.

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That’s why Uplifting Mobility compiled these eight bathroom safety tips for seniors.

8 Bathroom Safety Tips for Seniors

  • Install grab bars
  • Invest in a good shower chair
  • Install a walk-in tub
  • Place non-slip mats in the bathroom
  • Install a raised toilet seat
  • Put essential items within easy reach
  • Make lighting and door changes
  • Use a bath lift

Read the full article here.

As the holidays approach, there are many things running through your mind. What you shouldn’t have to worry about, though, is what to gift your loved one in a nursing home. That’s why the blog We Have Kids broke down 10 of the best gift ideas for nursing home residents.

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10 nursing home gift ideas

  1. The gift of your time
  2. Soft-smelling lotions
  3. Fluffy socks and comfortable slippers
  4. Personal cosmetics
  5. Mind games like Scrabble, crossword puzzles and Sudoku puzzles
  6. Homemade treats
  7. Bird Feeders
  8. Compact discs of singers from their era
  9. Photos of their loved ones
  10. Stuffed animals

Read the full article here.

Within two days, two people died after two routine operations at South Buffalo Mercy Hospital. The patients died within about 45 hours of each other after surgery performed by different doctors on Dec. 14 and 16. Both suffered perforated bowels during operations considered routine and minor. And both died from the sepsis that resulted.

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Don Chiari, of Brown Chiari, spoke with The Buffalo News regarding lawsuits filed on behalf of the families of Ellen Schuta Feeney and James P. Keane.

Read the full article here.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. For many adults, though, the holidays also come with a lot of added pressure. When you also have the duty of taking care of an elderly parent or relative, it might be difficult to see the season as anything besides downright stressful.

It’s important to discourage unhealthy behaviors as a means of coping with all of this impending work. Excessive drinking and eating, as well as lack of exercise and sleep, are likely to add to these negative feelings (rather than helping you kick them to the curb).

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Instead, pinpoint the triggers that are likely to cause you the most stress this time of the year. Then, identify ways that are effective for you individually to manage and release your stress- whether that’s exercising or scheduling some “you time.”

During the holiday season, in particular, don’t hesitate to ask for the help or support from your loved ones. If you’re taking on a greater number of tasks, you should also be taking on a greater number of people to aid you in accomplishing your goals.

Make sure to use these 10 tips from AARP to keep from feeling overwhelmed this holiday season.

Read the full article here.

Workers compensation is a form of insurance designed to help employees recover from injuries sustained in the workplace. Every state has different laws pertaining to workers compensation programs. Benefits provided to workers may include medical expenses, death benefits, lost wages and rehabilitation services.

In most states, any business with at least one paid employee (even if that employee is temporary) is required to carry workers compensation insurance.

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A few of the most common workers compensation claims include:

  • Overexertion
  • Slip and Falls
  • Bodily Reaction
  • Struck by an Object
  • Machinery Incidents

Learn the top 10 most common workers compensation claims. Read the full article here.

Lawyers on both sides of a lawsuit focused on the death of Holding Center inmate Richard A. Metcalf Jr. have agreed to keep the depositions of Sheriff Timothy B. Howard and two of his top aides sealed, one of the attorneys said Wednesday.

Jim Brown, whose Brown Chiari law firm represents Metcalf’s father, said his team and lawyers defending the county have agreed not to revisit State Supreme Court Justice Mark J. Grisanti’s order sealing the testimony of Howard, Undersheriff Mark N. Wipperman and Jail Management Superintendent Thomas Diina.

 

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Caring for your aging parents or in-laws is becoming an inevitable part of life because people are living longer. But becoming a caretaker for an elderly relative can also cause friction in your marriage.

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As a result, newlyweds should come up with a game plan – if possible, even before anyone has health problems – for dealing with aging or sick parents and in-laws. To keep your marriage intact and still be a good son, daughter, or in-law, here are 11 rules for supporting your loves ones.  

Read the full article here.

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