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Kate Hays


Cause builder, runner, indie music lover, chuckler, improvisational chef(er), general life-liker. On loan to AARP Health from @smallact.

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What Does This Symptom Mean?

Posted on 10/24/2011 by |Health | Comments

Personal HealthI am not the hypochondriac sort; I don’t assume that every symptom means something is desperately wrong. That said, I am a Google-er of symptoms both big and small; it’s good to have all the info on your bod, right? AARP Symptom Checker to the rescue. From swollen ankles to palpitations, from itchy eyes to tingly fingertips, enter in all of your symptoms to see what might be going on with you, inside and out. So go on, click here …

Drug Take Back Day

Posted on 10/17/2011 by |Health | Comments

Personal HealthIt’s that time of year again; here on the East Coast, we’re unpacking our sweaters, and doing a quick inventory of summer, a sort of fall cleaning. Do you do do a seasonal survey of your closet? Maybe, in addition to that home cleaning, you should take a peek in that medicine cabinet of yours. October 29th is Drug Take Back Day. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency will be collecting unneeded and expired medicines. Do you hold on to prescriptions …

Reminder: Medicare Open Enrollment Is Almost Here

Posted on 10/10/2011 by |Health | Comments

Personal HealthThe changing of the seasons can spark the desire to change other things in our lives; your wardrobe, maybe your Medicare coverage? If you are a current Medicare participant, but have a hankering to change your plan, now’s the time to do it. Don’t miss your chance to mix up your Medicare options during open enrollment, October 15 – December 7th, and changes you make become effective on January 1, 2012. Learn more about the Open Enrollment here. And if …

Fight Flu

Posted on 10/3/2011 by |Health | Comments

Personal HealthJust this past week, I stopped by my local pharmacy and noticed that, in spite of the hot weather, the place was plastered with advertisements – “Get your flu shot here today!”  While the weather seemed incongruent with the signage, flu season is definitely just around the corner. So, what’s new with flu shots this season? First of all, there’s a new high-dose version of the flu shot. The higher dose may mean higher protection from the flu. And second, …

Sitting is the New Smoking

Posted on 09/27/2011 by |Health | Comments

Personal HealthJust so you know, I love technology. Doing social media for AARP and other organizations, I rely daily on technology. From my iPhone to the 100s of software applications I could have running on my computer at any given time, my work and personal life revolves around it. I also do a lot less walking as a result; tied to my devices, much of my day involves sitting at a desk, working on a computer. I remember a different time. …

Drug Check

Posted on 09/26/2011 by |Health | Comments

Personal HealthOnce upon a time, we trusted that our doctors knew our all of our medications, and how they interacted. But now, trooping off to the cardiologist one day, and the gastroenterologist the next, with a side of psychiatrist? And what happens if, say, you forget to mention all the drugs you’re taking to each doc, and even if you do, do they know how all the drugs you’re taking interact?