This Saturday: Take-Back Day for Old Drugs

Posted on 04/25/2013 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Personal HealthAmerica, it’s time to clean out your medicine cabinet. Those old, expired, dangerous prescription drugs that you no longer need and are wondering how to get rid of safely — and anonymously — and for free? Mark your calendars for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, for National Prescription Take-Back Day. Collection sites and times are posted at www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback. This is the sixth time in three years that the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has offered this event. Last year Americans …

The Best Apps of 2012 (50+ Edition)

Posted on 12/26/2012 by |Technology | Comments

TechnologyMy life has become app centered.  In fact, I probably spend more time on my smartphone testing apps than most 20-somethings. I ask my friends, I ask the Internet, I ask my Twitter followers … and I download, tap and swipe away. All in the service of this blog. I must admit, I download a lot of toads before I find a prince.  So I offer these suggestions for my favorite apps of 2012 after extensive personal research. What apps …

Too Many Pills: Are We Over-Medicated As We Age?

Posted on 04/25/2012 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthHow many pills do you take a day? Five? Six? More? More than 40 percent of Americans age 65 and older take five medications a day, according to a 2008 study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, and each year more than a third will suffer an adverse side effect as a result. New York Times health writer Jane Brody recently wrote about the disastrous effects of over-medication on her 92-year-old aunt, who was taking seven prescription …