Sunday, January 1, 2023

Things To Do - Volunteer to Help Seniors and Persons with Disabilities in Your Community

During a pandemic, the elderly and persons with disabilities are often at the greatest risk. To protect themselves, they may become isolated and unable to access basic services or meet their daily needs for food and supplies. Isolation and loneliness have negative impacts on overall health and wellness. If you feel safe offering assistance, there are three areas in which you can volunteer.


Delivering Meals or Groceries

Organizations that deliver food to the needy include Meals on Wheels and Feeding America. Contact local service agencies as well as the large national ones to see if they need drivers willing to bring food and groceries to needy isolated persons.

If you live in an area not served by any of these agencies, you can use social media to let people know that you are willing to shop for and deliver groceries, or run other errands such as picking up and delivering prescription medications.


Technology Assistance

Help older family members or elderly community members stay up to date with information and keep connected with loved ones through technology. Sometimes the easiest way is to phone and talk the person through how to use their existing electronic tools, including smart phones.

Consider writing (or making a video) and sharing tutorials for downloading ebooks or audio recordings from the local library collection, or directions for emailing or for downloading a podcast. Create step-by-step written instructions for using video conferencing tools. 

Remember to include tips for safe experiences online. Seniors and the disabled are frequent targets of online scammers.

If you are unsure how to start creating these educational materials, check out the free materials provided by Generations on Line.


Social Support

Loneliness has large impacts on health, and is increased during times of enforced isolation. Check with local civic organizations and churches to see if they can match you with a person who would benefit from a regular phone call “just to check in.” 

For a good list of potential discussion topics for talking with seniors, please look here:  https://www.griswoldhomecare.com/blog/senior-conversation-starters-discussion-topics-for-elderly-adults/

If you feel too shy to volunteer in this way, consider sharpening your interpersonal skills. Here is a helpful list of tips on how to engage in small talk: https://www.forbes.com/sites/christinapark/2015/03/30/an-introverts-guide-to-small-talk-eight-painless-tips/#74f0b662574a 

Volunteering helps others, but helping others also benefits you. You will be less likely to feel depressed and will experience increased overall well-being. Where can you volunteer safely?


Saturday, December 10, 2022

Healthinfo Island Displays and Exhibits for December 2022



You can teleport to any of the eight displays and exhibits using the SLURLs in this blog post. Click on the poster with the same name as the title of the poster set, and you will get a notecard that contains all the text of the posters plus descriptions of the images. 

If you click each poster, you will get a message with additional information and live links.

Central Pavilion of Healthinfo Island

Check out the calming breathing exercise on the back wall!

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Healthinfo%20Island/128/126/24

Seasonal Affective Disorder Awareness Month



Chronic Pain



National Influenza Vaccination Week Dec 5-9


Flu by the Numbers (and Letters)


Reduce Your Risk of an Aneurysm


Human Rights Day- Dec 10


Narcan (Naloxone)


Upgrade Your EQ



Thanks to Mook, Diva and Anna for assistance with the posters this month.

Tuesday, November 8, 2022

Car Care Tip- Batteries are Dangerous and Recyclable

Image of a car battery
Typical car battery

The car’s battery supplies electricity to start the engine, as well as being a surge suppressor for the car's computer. When the engine is off, it also provides power for items such as lights, stereo, GPS, wipers, or USB ports. It contains 21 pounds of lead and 1 gallon of sulfuric acid, encased in 3 pounds of plastic.

Not only are lead and sulfuric acid dangerous to human health, but under certain conditions it can produce explosive hydrogen or flammable and toxic hydrogen sulfide gas. Wear protective eyewear and sturdy gloves when handling car batteries.

However, if you must dispose of a car battery, recycle it. The lead plates inside can be melted down and reformed for use in constructing new batteries. The sulfuric acid can be neutralized and safely reclaimed. Even the plastic can be recycled into new battery cases.

To find out more about car battery safety: https://autobatteries.com/battery-installation/battery-safety-and-handling.

For information on recycling car batteries: https://earth911.com/recycling-guide/how-to-recycle-car-batteries/.


Sunday, November 6, 2022

Healthinfo Island Displays and Exhibits for November 2022

You can teleport to any of the eight displays and exhibits using the SLURLs in this blog entry or by clicking on the pictures (which also link to the SLURLs). Once you get there, click on the poster with the same name as the title of the poster set, and you will get a notecard that contains all the text of the posters plus descriptions of the images. 

If you click each poster, you will get a message with additional information and live links.

Central Pavilion of Healthinfo Island

Check out the calming breathing exercise on the back wall!

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Healthinfo%20Island/128/126/24


National Family Caregivers Month

Eye Care and Disease Prevention


Ginkgo biloba

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Healthinfo%20Island/172/155/22

Raising Your HDL Cholesterol

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Healthinfo%20Island/114/79/24

Messages from Your "Cogfog"

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Healthinfo%20Island/98/40/26

Is your gut healthy or unhealthy?

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Healthinfo%20Island/50/28/28

Dense Breasts

Monkeypox

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Healthinfo%20Island/21/63/32

 

Thanks to Mook, Shyla and Anna for assistance with the posters this month.