With the incidence of the flu and other seasonal viruses increasing, the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) calls on Rhode Islanders to seek medical care in the most appropriate medical setting. “Emergency departments are perfect for emergency situations. If someone is experiencing a serious health issue, they should absolutely call 911 or go to…

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National Institute on Aging

Autumn ends and winter begins on December 21st.  With frigid temperatures coming soon, the Rhode Island Department of Health calls on older Rhode Islanders to take precautions in extreme cold weather. Older adults can lose body heat quickly, faster than when they were young.  With changes taking place in your body that comes with aging…

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Last week, Rhode Island health officials and the state’s top health care executives kicked off the state’s 2018-2019 flu vaccination campaign to educate the Rhode to get their annual flu shots to reduce the risks of getting the infectious disease.  Although 480,000 Rhode Islanders were vaccinated last year. the event’s goal was to increase the…

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Prescribing Dementia Drugs

  Seventy percent of elderly dementia patients prescribed dementia drugs are on them long-term despite the lack of evidence that they provide any benefit beyond one year, says a new report released by the AARP Public Policy Institute.  Reducing overuse of dementia drugs could result in substantial savings, estimating $20,000 per patient, for patients insurers.…

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National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM) is an annual observance held every August to spotlight the importance of vaccination for people of all ages. Communities across the nation country use the month each year to raise awareness about the important role vaccines play in preventing serious, sometimes deadly, diseases across the lifespan.  The annul NIAM is sponsored by…

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This week Rhode Island Expands Access to Life-Saving Hepatitis C Treatment, announces the state’s Executive Office of Health & Human Services (EOHHS) and advocates for patients with Hepatitis C (HCV).  With the publishing of the July 12 changes to the state’s Medicaid policy, there will now be access to lifesaving treatments for older Rhode Islanders…

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seniors in heat wave

Over the years, there have been higher-than-average temperatures, warmer summers, and more extreme-heat days. These changing conditions can cause more illnesses and deaths, especially for older Rhode Islanders and for those who have cardiac or breathing problems. According to States at Risk: America’s Preparedness Report Card, the Ocean State has more than 26,000 people who…

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