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Healthcare for Seniors in Florida

Senior womanHealthcare is one of the most important things to keep up with. As infants, we are taken to the pediatrician and given vaccinations and checked for obvious problems. Normally the medical problems faced as a child are few. We come into the world as a clean slate so to speak. As we age, that changes.  The body starts wearing out. Lifestyles have taken their toll. Doctor’s offices have become out social settings. Finding good healthcare is essential when we are seniors.

Florida seems to be the place for seniors to retire to. Almost everyone I know talks about going to Florida when they retire. And the coast of Florida is the most popular place to go to. That’s what makes Rockledge, Florida in Brevard County a booming area. With all these retirees is makes sense that Rockledge has some of the best healthcare for elderly patients around.

Geriatric medicine is probably at its best in Florida. The population of people over 50 years of age has been increasing steadily every year. Seniors have health issues that many other age groups do not.  Some common issues are incontinence, hearing and vision problems. Almost every senior will deal with these at some point. Seniors have more incidents of diabetes, heart disease, cancer, Parkinson’s, dementia related conditions, sleep disorders, depression and arthritis than any other age group.

To accurately and effectively deal with senior health concerns, Florida has more doctors that specialize in medicine geared to this age group. This isn’t saying that other areas of the country are lacking in this area, but due to the large population of seniors in Florida it is easier to locate a doctor close to you if you are a Florida senior.

When checking the yellow pages in the area of Rockledge, Florida in Brevard County there are 187 medical listings. This is a phenomenal amount! Surely there is one that will fit the need of a senior with a health issue. Most healthcare providers in Brevard County will accept Medicare or other insurances.  Seniors live on fixed incomes so it’s important to know what is covered and what is not. No matter what your health issue is, money should never be the determining factor in receiving care. Check with your healthcare provider about a payment plan if a treatment is not covered by insurance. They will be glad to work with you. Stay healthy and happy in your golden years.

How to tell the difference between the cold and the flu

Young beauty caught a coldYou wake up one morning feeling lousy!  Your throat is sore, you are congested and coughing, you ache all over and even though you slept all night, you feel very tired and fatigued.  You’re pretty sure you’ve either picked up a nasty cold or you’ve got the flu, but don’t really know how to tell.  Although it’s sometimes hard to tell the difference, there are some minor differences to help you understand which you may have.

IS IT A COLD?

Colds are caused by any one of thousands of viruses and are usually milder than the viruses that cause the flu.  If you have a cold, you will feel symptoms for 7-10 days and are contagious for the first three days of showing symptoms.

Some symptoms of the flu include a sore throat, which may be the first symptom to present itself.  Other symptoms will start showing up over the next few days.  You will feel congestion, which will lead to coughing and/or a runny nose.  Most people do not get a fever, although a very mildly elevated fever is sometimes present.  One indication of a cold is that the runny nose discharge starts off very watery and clear and will later turn thicker and darker in color.

IS IT THE FLU?

The flu is also caused by any a virus, but in particular, one of the influenza viruses.  They are usually more severe than the symptoms seen in a person with the cold.

These symptoms include those that are present with the flu, but may also include nausea, muscle aches, fever, diarrhea and headache, but rarely include a sore throat.   The flu symptoms may also last 7-10 days, although the worst symptoms are usually over within 3 days.  A person with the flu may have a dry, hacking cough and usually has severe and profound fatigue.  These symptoms usually come on very quickly.

One concern regarding the flu is that it can lead to other health issues, such as pneumonia, a weakened heart or even death.

Summing it up:

The cold and the flu often do have similar symptoms, but here is a quick breakdown of the differences.

If you first have a sore throat and develop other symptoms within the first 48 hours or so, you probably have the cold. If you have a wet, productive cough, you probably have a cold.  If you are feeling “under the weather”, but can still function relatively well, you probably have a cold.

If you have sudden onset of symptoms that include fever, aches and fatigue, you may have the flu.  If your cough is dry and hacking, you may have the flu.  If you feel like you’ve “been hit by a truck”, you probably have the flu.

If you are unsure what you have, and especially if you already have other health issues, it’s best to visit a doctor.  Schedule that visit within the first 24 hours of the symptoms because then a doctor can test for the presence of the influenza virus.  He can also prescribe an anti-viral medication that can help lessen the length and severity of the virus.