Summer is here which means more options for time outdoors. Time spent outdoors can improve overall health and wellness offering many opportunities to be physically active. It helps reduce stress levels and can help promote mental health. While the outdoors has a great deal of benefits, it is still important to take precautions as temperatures rise and opportunities for sun exposure increase.
Two oral antiviral treatments for COVID-19 are now available with a healthcare professional’s prescription. The treatments Paxlovid, by Pfizer, and Lagevrio, by Merck, both have an Emergency Use Authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to help your body fight COVID-19. These oral antiviral treatments help to stop the SARS-CoV-2 virus (the virus that causes COVID-19) from multiplying in your body. This helps to lower the amount of the virus that is in your body which can result in less serious symptoms and may lower the chances of getting worse and/or needing hospitalization.
If your loved one is a resident within an assisted living community, it could be beneficial to know more about their memory care community. A study published in the Alzheimer’s & Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer’s Association, titled Memory Care Reduces Nursing Home Admissions Among Assisted-Living Residents with Dementia reports findings that residents in memory care were less likely to have any hospital or nursing home admission within the first 180 days in assisted living. The study found that differences in care processes in memory care that help residents avoid transfer may be a significant factor in their findings.