92-Year-Old Owner Credits Chihuahua with Saving Her Life

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When 92-year-old Marie Alexander fell in her yard, the plucky little Chihuahua did what she could to summon help for the Inverness, Florida, woman.

It’s a good thing the dog “follows me everywhere,” according to Alexander, who fell checking her mail a couple of weeks ago.

“When I went to step up on a walkway, my foot twisted and I just fell backwards,” she tells ABC Action News, who reported the story.

A fence and shrubs surrounded the property, so no one could see Alexander laying on the ground, unable to get up. Sassy wasn’t about to just sit there in her owner’s time of need. Instead, for five hours she attempted to bark down cars in the hot temperatures.

The Fabulous Fox 2016 – 2017 Season 6-Show Season Ticket Package Sale!

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2016- 2017 U.S. Bank Broadway Series

The Fabulous Fox is thrilled to welcome a season of Tony Award® winning Best Musicals to our stage!  Fun Home, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder and Cabaret have all received the Best Musical honor.   And five of the season ticket shows are making their St. Louis debuts.  For details on each of the outstanding productions, see the more information links below.

Season Ticket packages are on sale now. Six-show packages start at only $128!
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How Aging Affects Driving

As people get older, their driving patterns change.
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Retirement, different schedules, and new activities affect when and where they drive. Most older adults drive safely because they have a lot of experience behind the wheel. But when they are involved in crashes, they are often hurt more seriously than younger drivers. Age-related declines in vision, hearing, and other abilities, as well as certain health conditions and medications, can affect driving skills.

Changes in Driving Habits

When people retire, they no longer drive to work. With more leisure time, they may start new activities, visit friends and family more often, or take more vacations. Like drivers of any age, they use their vehicles to go shopping, do errands, and visit the doctor. Driving is an important part of staying independent.

Most people 70 and older have drivers’ licenses. They tend to drive fewer miles than younger drivers. But, they are also keeping their licenses longer and driving more miles than in the past, often favoring local roads over highways. As the overall population ages, there will be more older drivers on the road.
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7 Tips for Avoiding Elderly Heat Stroke & Exhaustion

Hot weather is dangerous, and seniors are particularly prone to its threat. Elderly heat stroke and heat exhaustion are a real problem. In fact, a recent University of Chicago Medical Center study found that 40% of heat-related fatalities in the U.S. were among people over 65.
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There are several reasons for elderly heat vulnerability. People’s ability to notice changes in their body temperature decreases with age. Many seniors also have underlying health conditions that make them less able to adapt to heat. Furthermore, many medicines that seniors take can contribute to dehydration. Fortunately, a few simple precautions are all that’s needed to keep safe.

Here are some guidelines for keeping safe in hot weather:

  1. Drink Plenty of Liquids
    Dehydration is the root of many heat related health problems. Drink plenty of water or juice, even if you’re not thirsty. But remember to avoid alcoholic or caffeinated drinks, as they can actually contribute to dehydration.
  2. Wear Appropriate Clothes
    An old Swedish saying says, “There’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothes.” When it’s hot out, wear light-colored, lightweight, loose-fitting clothes and a wide-brimmed hat.
  3. Stay Indoors During Mid-day Hours
    During periods of extreme heat, the best time to run errands or be outdoors is before 10am or after 6pm, when the temperature tends to be cooler.
  4. Take it Easy
    Avoid exercise and strenuous activity, particularly outdoors, when it’s very hot out.
  5. Watch the Heat Index
    When there’s a lot of moisture in their air (high humidity), the body’s ability to cool itself through sweating is impaired. The heat index factors humidity and temperature to approximate how the how the weather really feels. The current heat index can be found on all popular weather websites, and is also usually announced on local TV and radio weather reports during periods of warm weather.
  6. Seek Air-conditioned Environments
    Seniors whose houses aren’t air-conditioned should consider finding an air-conditioned place to spend time during extreme heat.The mall, library or movie theater are all popular options. During heat waves, many cities also set up “cooling centers,” air-conditioned public places, for seniors and other vulnerable populations. Seniors without convenient access to any air-conditioned place might consider a cool bath or shower.
  7. Know the Warning Signs of Heat-related Illness
    Dizziness, nausea, headache, rapid heartbeat, chest pain, fainting and breathing problems are all warning signs that help should be sought immediately.

Learn how there’s an elderly death risk linked to higher temperatures and get info on dealing with elderly dehydration.


Texting Campaign

Texting while driving is a serious problem on America’s roads. Seventy-one percent of young people say they have sent a text while driving. As a result, thousands of people die every year in crashes related to distracted driving.
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Help us tackle the issue by getting involved. Share these with your friends and remind them, if you’re texting, you’re not driving.

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On anniversary of Vietnam War injury, dying veteran reunites with horses

The Washington Post: By Yanan Wang
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At 21 years old, Roberto Gonzalez was drafted into the Army and sent to Vietnam, serving for only a few months when he was shot and left paralyzed in 1970.

He spent the rest of his life raising and training horses with his wife, Rosario Gonzalez. He is one of just a few disabled licensed horse trainers in Texas, Rosario told CNN. The horses are Gonzalez’s heart and soul.

For a while, he feared he might have to die without them.

Gonzalez, now 71, was admitted to the Audie L. Murphy Memorial VA Hospital in San Antonio ten months ago for a wound in his back, Fox News reported. But soon afterwards, doctors learned that his liver and kidneys were failing. Month after month, he remained in the hospital.

As Gonzalez’s condition worsened, he told Rosario that he had just one remaining desire: to see his horses again.

The hospital was happy to oblige, as Gonzalez was one of the facility’s first patients when it opened in 1974. Last Saturday, on the 46th anniversary of his injury, Gonzalez got his wish.


85-Year-Old Great-Grandmother Fulfills Dream of Returning to College and Graduating: ‘I Wanted to Finish What I Started!’

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Lottie Jacks can’t wait to walk across the graduation stage on Saturday – the 85-year-old great-grandmother has waited her whole life for this moment!

The soon-to-be college grad is on track to receive her bachelor’s degree in biology from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama, on May 14. Jacks originally enrolled in college in 1948, but dropped out of school one semester short of receiving her degree to marry her longtime sweetheart.

“I wanted to finish what I started! All those years, I dreamed of going back to school,” she said in an interview with Samford University.
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Service Dogs for Multiple Sclerosis

The Difference a Balance Dog Makes

Updated February 09, 2016
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 Service dogs are specially-trained dogs that assist people living with disabilities in a multitude of ways. You might be most familiar with guide dogs that help people with vision difficulties navigate the world and assist people with hearing loss by indicating when a phone is ringing or a baby is crying. But those with vision or hearing loss aren’t the only people who can benefit from having a trained service dog.
Many people living with multiple sclerosis (MS) have difficulty moving from place to place due to numbness in their legs, which results in feelings of instability and a lack of balance. MS-related fatigue can also cause people to fall, feel unbalanced or have difficulty walking. Canes and other aids can help, but balance dogs are becoming increasingly common amongst people diagnosed with MS.

Hip Replacement Safe for Patients in Their 90s, Study Finds

By Kathleen Doheny, HealthDay News

Hip replacement surgery is often needed because of the wear-and-tear arthritis known as osteoarthritis.
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Complication rates similar to patients in their 80s and younger, researchers say.

As the population ages, more and more older people might need to have their hip joints replaced. But how old is too old to undergo the surgery?

According to a new study, patients in their 90s who need total hip replacement can have results comparable to younger patients.

“Our data show that [older] patients have the ability to do better than we expected,” said lead researcher Dr. Alexander Miric, an orthopedic surgeon at Kaiser Permanente, in Los Angeles.

Over a 10-year period, Miric and his colleagues compared the results of hip replacement surgery in 183 patients who were aged 90 and above to the results of more than 43,000 other total hip replacement surgeries performed on younger patients.


Smithsonian Gardens – Community of Gardens

Ladue Ward III Garden
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This garden, located in Ladue, Missouri, reflects the vision, planning, implementation and maintenance of a master gardener. The genius loci of the garden underscores the owner’s innate sense of scale, proportion, light and shadow, textural variety of materials and the relationship between the house and the garden. Over a sixty-year period, she has transformed a one-acre parcel into a series of garden zones that collectively express her personal taste and compliment the immediate surroundings.

Acquainted with the previous owners, the current owners expressed an interest in purchasing the property if the opportunity ever arose. In 1955, the property became available and the couple moved to their Ladue residence and immediately began to transform the property. The residence was designed by the well know local architect Ralph Cole Hall who maintained a design practice with Victor Proetz. Proetz & Hall designs were known for their extreme sophistication with a stylistic preference for the neoclassical designs of the first half of the nineteenth century.
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