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Spring Maintenance for Senior Safety


  • Can they move around and negotiate the property safely?
  • Are they willing to allow outside help from a neighbor or service company when needed?
  • Is the work they are doing to keep the home up to date too exhausting?
  • Is the responsibility of spring maintenance overwhelming?
  • Are some important tasks being left undone?

Full story at the source: Spring Maintenance for Senior Safety

Good for the Body and Soul

Tending to gardens, clearing eaves and gutters, and cleaning windows are but a few of the strenuous tasks that are required for home maintenance. These chores are especially worrisome for adults with senior parents living on their own. But, if your parent(s) can take these tasks on, they should—performing them has a positive effect on the body and mind.


Keep Your Container Plants Alive and Kicking – Babamail

1. Right watering

Many people believe that the more they water their plants, the better they will be. However, all plants (including non-potted plants) have different watering needs and these needs may vary depending on the time of year or season, the amount of light and ambient temperature. The best way to avoid this problem is to know the moisture level that each plant requires. The majority of plants (except moisture loving plants) love it when the top surface of the soil dries out between watering spells, while others require the soil to be slightly moist at all times. A good method to use is to poke your finger into the soil about an inch deep and feel if its wet or dry.

2. Remember to water
It’s just as harmful to under-water plants. Therefore, once again, it is important to know the moisture requirements of each plant to keep them healthy. Also, it’s obvious that in the summer plants will require more water. When you’re watering your plants, do it thoroughly, so that the entire substrate moistens well and some water seeps out from the holes at the bottom of the pot. Wait for it to dry, and then water again.

3. Know Everything About the Plant
No two plants are the same. The number one thing you should do is to ask about the growing requirements of a plant before you purchase one. Furthermore, you should do some of your own research on your new plant when you get home. There are many great gardening websites available that have excellent information on a wide range of plants.

4. Best amount of Sunlight

It’s often thought that all plants love the sun, but there are some that require shade or partial shade. According to experts, the plants themselves can tell us if they are getting the right amount of light or not. For example, the leaves may change color or become scorched if they’re getting too much sunlight. On the other hand, if the plant is stretching toward the light or the leaves are a lot bigger than usual, then they need more light.

5. Avoid Moving or Changing Positions of Plants
Plants get used to the location they have been placed, and do not like being moved about constantly. If one of your plants is thriving under certain temperatures and conditions, avoid moving it, as it may be difficult for the plant to adapt to its new place.

6. Correct Soil
Every plant species has its own planting needs and soil requirements. Therefore, it’s recommended that you do proper research regarding soil type before potting your plant. If you are placing a plant in a container, be sure to use well-draining soil. You can make your own light and crumbly soil mixture, or can buy some from your local garden store.

7. Manage the Pests 

Some of the common pests that can affect your potted plants are aphids, spider mites, scales, mealybugs, and whiteflies. Attacks from these pests can be prevented with some simple techniques. Whenever you buy a new plant, analyze it to see if there are any signs of pests or disease. Look on the undersides of the leaves and the tips of the plants as these are the parts that pests like to infect the most. If pests are already damaging your plants, identify what type of pests they are, and then treat them appropriately.

8. Transplanting as needed
Most plants will outgrow their containers after a year or two, so it’s very important that you transplant them into larger containers with fresh and well-nourished potting soil. Some of the signs that indicate that it’s time to transplant is when the leaves turn yellow, the plant stops growing, or seems to require water again and again.

9. Careful Care
Are you going on vacation? This might be good for you, but it isn’t for your potted plants. Therefore, you must make sure to make arrangements for them. Ask someone to come in and water the plants when you’re away. Another option is to use self-watering containers.

10. Pinch, Deadhead, and Prune
If you want bushier growth, pinch the tips of young plants. Furthermore, many flowering plants require “deadheading,” which means picking and removing the old flowers to promote new ones. You will know when to remove them once the flowers start to fade or wilt or turn brownish.

11. Proper Fertilizer 

Potted plants depend heavily on soil nutrients and can often require supplements to grow better, improving the production of flowers and fruits. If you use a balanced fertilizer, regularly and according to the instructions, you can ensure that your plants are getting all the nutrients that they require.

12. Proper Fertilization
Over-fertilization can also be detrimental to your plants. It can even kill them. Fertilizers, when used in excess, can cause a lot of damage to the roots. If you see symptoms such as yellowing and wilting of the lower leaves, browning leaf tips, defoliation, and slow or no growth, then it is possible that your plant is suffering from over-fertilization.

13. Proper Temperatures
If you do your research on your plants, you will find out what temperature (maximum or minimum) they can tolerate. During harsh winters, it is best to protect your plants by keeping them indoors or in a greenhouse. If you’re living in a warm climate where summers get hot, protect your plants from the intense summer sun using a tarp.

Source: balconygardenweb
Images: depositphotos


Remove Plaque in Next to No Time | Tips and Updates – BabaMail

A DIY Home Remedy to Remove Plaque – posted by BabaMail

Yup, you heard that right! The things that keep wounds clean and your fridge smelling fresh will also do wonders for your mouth. This mixture is our favorite because it’s made from common household items which are easy to get a hold of, it’s cheap, and there are no hidden additives or chemicals.

To make your own plaque-busting mouthwash, you will need the following:

• 1 tablespoon of baking soda
• ½ a cup of salt
• ½ cup of drug store hydrogen peroxide (1-3%)
• 1 cup of cold water
• ½ cup of warm water
• Toothpick
• Toothbrush


1. Combine the salt and baking soda in a small container.

2. Run your toothbrush under some warm water, then swirl the bristle around in the baking soda-salt mixture.

3. Brush your teeth normally, and spit out the homemade paste when finished.

4.  Now to the best part – the mouthwash! This step is simple. All you need to do is combine the ½ cup of hydrogen peroxide with the ½ cup of warm water, and swish it around in your mouth for a minute or two.

5. To remove as much plaque as possible, use a toothpick on the hard-to-reach areas, and rinse the excess away with some cold water.

Repeat this procedure up to twice a week, but please remember that this DIY dental routine is not meant to replace your daily brushing and flossing. Just think of it as a fast, fun, and economical way to make plaque a thing of the past.

Source: tiphero

Source: Remove Plaque in Next to No Time | Tips and Updates – BabaMail

How to Safely Use Glucose Meters and Test Strips for Diabetes

Pre-owned test strips can give incorrect results and may not be safe to use with your device. So the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommends that you do not buy or sell previously owned glucose test strips. Talk to your health care provider if you are not sure where to buy test strips for your glucose meter or if you cannot afford to buy the test strips recommended for use with your meter.


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Using a glucose meter to check and monitor blood sugar is a daily part of life for millions of Americans with diabetes.

Glucose meters and test strips are medical devices regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. And the FDA wants to make sure you use these devices safely. Read on for advice.

Beware of Buying Previously Owned Test Strips

The FDA is aware that some sellers are marketing pre-owned or secondhand test strips to consumers. These are unused test strips previously owned by someone else.

These pre-owned strips may be sold at lower prices when compared to new strips. For instance, you may see flyers advertising cheap test strips in your neighborhood, or you may see sellers marketing cheap test strips online.

It is technically legal for people to resell their test strips. But the FDA does not recommend that you buy pre-owned test strips or that you resell your unused strips.

That’s because pre-owned strips can give incorrect results—and may not be safe to use with your device.

Here’s why:

  • Test strips should be properly stored to give accurate results. If you buy pre-owned strips, it is hard to know whether the strips were stored properly. Test strips also could be expired. A lack of proper storage or using expired strips could put you at risk for getting incorrect results from your glucose meter. And incorrect results can put you at risk for serious health complications—and even death.
  • Test strip vials that have been opened by another person may have small amounts of blood on them, which can put you at risk for infection.
  • Pre-owned test strip vials may have been tampered with, which means that they may not be safe to use. (For instance, the expiration dates might have been changed or covered up.)
  • Pre-owned strips also may not have been cleared by the FDA for sale in the United States. (If instructions aren’t in English or the strips look different than other strips of the same brand, this can be a sign of unsafe strips.)

The bottom line? The FDA recommends that you buy unopened vials of glucose test strips designed for your meter—and that you do not buy pre-owned test strips.

Talk to your health care provider if you are not sure where to buy test strips for your glucose meter or if you cannot afford to buy the test strips recommended for use with your meter.

7 More Safety Considerations for Glucose Meters and Test Strips

You may be a pro at testing your blood sugar levels. But consider these safety reminders.

Follow instructions carefully. Glucose meters and test strips are sold with instructions for use. You can call the manufacturer of your device or your health care provider if you have questions.

Ask your health care provider to watch you test yourself. He or she can tell you if you are using your device correctly.

Do quality control checks of your device. Regularly test your meter using a control solution to make sure the test strips and meter are working properly together. (Read the meter’s instructions for use to see how often you should test it.)

Understand what the meter display means. Be sure you know how high and low glucose values are displayed on your meter. Sometimes they are displayed as “LO” or “HI” when the glucose level is beyond the range than the meter can measure. Talk to your health care provider if you have questions.

Know which test site gives the most accurate results. Readings from other areas of your body may not be as correct as fingertip readings.

  • Readings from alternate sites—such as your forearm or palm—can be less accurate than fingertip readings when your glucose levels change quickly (like after you eat or during exercise).
  • Take a reading from a fingertip if you think your blood glucose is low, if you don’t normally have symptoms when your blood glucose is low, or if results from an alternate test site don’t match how you feel.

Know when and how to clean and disinfect your glucose meter. Cleaning and disinfection instructions can vary, so always read and follow the directions in your manual.

Know when to report device problems. In an emergency, call 9-1-1. For non-emergencies, the FDA encourages you to report any issues to MedWatch, the FDA’s voluntary reporting program. (Problems may include devices that don’t work, suspected incorrect results, or any other problem with your meter or test strips.)

This article appears on the FDA’s Consumer Updates page, which features the latest on all FDA-regulated products.

Updated: May 16, 2017

Published: March 18, 2008

Source: Consumer Updates > How to Safely Use Glucose Meters and Test Strips for Diabetes

June 10 – Genealogy & Family History Day

Genealogy & Family History Day – June 10, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the UNL College of Business Administration, 12th and R streets
University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries will host its third annual genealogy and family history day from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. June 10 in Room 143 of the College of Business Administration building, 12th and R streets. This year’s theme is “Family History Research through Life’s Stages.”

The event is free, but seating is limited. Pre-registration is required. A full program and registration information are available at or by emailing Joan Barnes at<> or Tom McFarland at<>.

Participants can learn about resources that reveal information about a person’s life from birth, school, adulthood and death. Presenters will highlight a diverse range of resources available through courthouses, county government offices, historical societies and libraries. Professional genealogists Gail Blankenau and Marcia Stewart will give talks on citing sources and using church records, respectively.

Participants can attend the entire day or specific sessions. They can bring a lunch or purchase lunch at a downtown restaurant.

Source: Genealogy & Family History Day | Libraries | University of Nebraska–Lincoln

May 23 – Class – FACEBOOK 101: Who, What, When, Where, Why?

FACEBOOK 101: Who, What, When, Where, Why?

Tuesday, May 23, 5:00 p.m. by Diane Siefkes, dkSolutions

4735 South 54th Street 

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Homestead Rehabilitation Center offers FREE presentations by local experts. Enjoy a tips, takeaways and time for questions all inside of 60 minutes! Presentations start at 5:00 p.m. at Homestead Rehabilitation Center, located at 4735 South 54th Street (at the corner of 54th and La Salle). Enter at the new Therapy Entrance at the south end of campus. Seating is limited so reserve your space today! Contact Eldonna at Homestead Rehabilitation by phone (402) 560-1366 or email to reserve your seat!

How Prepared Are We As a Nation? | Survival Still, Emergency Drinking Water System | Survival Still

OUR GREATEST STRENGTH. We have a number of things that contribute to the preparedness of our country, from the great people, to the excellent training programs and even our wealth, but there is one thing that is more important than everything else; our interconnectedness. The overarching strength of our country’s emergency response is the fact that if one place goes down, countless others can respond to help the affected area. This interconnectedness comes down to one thing: communications.

Full article is found at the Source: How Prepared Are We As a Nation? | Survival Still, Emergency Drinking Water System | Survival Still

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