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Tips to stay safe this summer

Monday, July 14th, 2014

After the coldest winter in years and a cool start to spring and summer in Chicago, sun and summer safety may not be at the top of your list. As you know, though, the weather in Chicago changes often, so get ready as we head into the dog days of summer.


  • Stay cool. Older adults and people with chronic health problems are more likely to get heat exhaustion or even heat stroke, which can be deadly. If you don’t have air conditioning, why not visit your local library and check out a bestseller? Another option is a trip to your favorite mall. Window-shopping is free, and most malls have places to sit. Even better, invite a friend and get in a mall-walking workout in the cool air. If you can’t get out of the house, drink lots of water and take cool baths.If you know an older person without air conditioning, check in during hot spells. Learn more about heat exhaustion and heat stroke, including the warning signs and what to do.


  • Get the water your body needs. You may not feel thirsty, but your body needs water to stay healthy. Always carry a full water bottle with you when you go out. Health conditions and prescription drugs may affect how much you need, so ask your doctor for a recommended amount of water each day. Be sure to eat your fruits and vegetables too.


  • Protect your skin. The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends using a broad-spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF (sun protection factor) of 15 or higher. If you’re going to be outdoors for long periods of time, say, at a family picnic, use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher. Wear sunscreen even on cloudy days and in shady areas — you can still get burned. Follow the directions about how often to apply in different conditions (for example, while swimming). Protect your head and face with a hat (some hats even have SPF ratings!) and your eyes with sunglasses. The sun is most intense between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., so keep that in mind while planning your activities. Remember, protecting your skin from the sun’s harmful rays can help you stay younger looking!


  • Avoid bug bites. Mosquitoes are known for passing along West Nile virus, and deer ticks transmit Lyme disease. Both can carry other diseases as well. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has a tool that can help you choose a safe and effective insect repellent based on your activity, your time outdoors, your preferences and “how attractive you are to insects.” Once you choose an insect repellent, follow the label instructions.


  •  Practice food safety. Summertime family picnics are a great way to get together, but eating outdoors is no reason to slack in the food safety department. Food should be kept at appropriate temperatures and cooked thoroughly. Check meats with a thermometer to be sure. The Food & Drug Administration (FDA) offers these tips and recommended cooking temperatures. Bon appétit!

When you take the right precautions, you can enjoy a fun, rewarding and safe summer — year after year.

To Be An American

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

In celebration of Independence Day and the freedoms we enjoy as Americans, we have asked many of our residents what it means To Be an American. Here’s what they told us:

“It’s a blessing and a privilege given to us by the Lord for which I am grateful. Our many freedoms come to mind. What a blessing is ours to be able to worship God without fear. Also as a woman to be respected—not regarded as unimportant. Then to have a government that’s of the people, by the people and for the people.”
~ Hazel Gunderson

‘President Lincoln said, “Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth upon this continent a new nation conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.” Down the line I came, into the picture and I take it for granted. I can speak out, vote out. Not many countries give that privilege. It’s not easy to be free but we have done it.’
~ Donald E. Marcoux

“I feel blessed, thankful and lucky to be an American. A place where I am not afraid to express my thoughts and beliefs.”
~ Mildred Marcoux

“To live in a country with the most
freedom in the world.”
~ Walter Depa

“For me, I have the assurance that despite the turbulence in our world and unrest in our country, I can enjoy serenity and comfort.”
~ Herb Grunde

“As the Declaration of Independence states, ‘All men are created equal,’ thus suggesting the sacred dignity of the individual. This profound statement, guaranteeing equal rights for ALL, is something for which we have been striving since those Revolutionary days. With the grace of God and effort on the part of us all, (voting and working for the common good) this will come to fruition.”
~ Jack Kernan

“To live in a free country and have free choices, to help one another and be there when needed.”
~ Marilyn Ellefsen

“Both of my parents were Polish immigrants; they came over as teenagers. I was fortunate to be born in this country with all the opportunities it had to offer.”
Robert P. Prorok

“Being an American is a Big Honor. I have served in the U.S. Army and helped raise a family in freedom.”
~ John Martin

“I have the privilege of serving God, our Heavenly Father, without fear of my life and Bible taken from me.”
~ Alice Powell

“1.The privilege of living our life and choice of employment in any style we choose,
2.Living in this country with people who guide us along the way being proud to be Americans.”
~ Jody Movrich

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