Does Wearing a Mask Prevent the Flu

A stranger in a surgical mask is a clear sign that flu season has arrived. It starts off slow — first a person riding the subway, a couple holding hands walking down the road. But as winter takes full effect, the masked population begins to increase. While these masks certainly seem like solid lines of defense against sickness, is wearing surgical masks one of the most important things you can do for your health, or are they simply a waste of money?

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10 WAYS TO KEEP SENIORS SAFE DURING WINTER WEATHER

If you have an elderly loved one who will be spending the winter in a part of the country that typically sees significant snow and ice, there are steps to take that can help keep your loved one safe. As winter is the number one season for seniors suffering at-home slip and fall accidents, and as many of them do not (or cannot) prepare themselves for wintry weather, here are ten ways you can help keep your loved one safe this winter.

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10 WAYS TO TRAIN YOUR BRAIN TO BE OPTIMISTIC

While some people appear to be more positive than others, it doesn’t mean that you cannot train yourself to approach life more optimistically. Practicing optimism often means creating practices around optimistic thinking. By focusing on your thoughts and mental patterns, you can begin to retrain yourself to think more positively and optimistically and learn new patterns of thought. Spend less time engaging negative thoughts and instead, replace them with positive or more helpful thoughts. Over time, you can train yourself to approach situations more positively and optimistically.

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