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Prescription Drug Drop to Take Place

 Prescription Drug Drop to Take Place

Prescription and over-the-counter medications have become the new “party” drugs for teens.

To help this problem, Saratoga County residents are encouraged to get rid of unused or expired medications at several drug drop locations on Saturday, Sept. 29.

The following sites will collect unused prescription drugs:

CDPHP Document Fair to aid public with advance directives

CDPHP Document Fair to aid public with advance directives

The CDPHP Document Fair will be held on Thursday, Aug. 23 from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Beltrone Living Center. The center is located at 6 Winners Circle in Albany.

CDPHP and the Colonie Senior Service Centers, Inc. have teamed up to provide the public with the free document fair to help guide through the process of completing advance directives.

According to CDPHP, these legal documents serve as written instructions regarding preferred medical care in case a person is unable to communicate their wishes.

Area attorneys will be at the event to walk people through the process.

Red Cross releases new Hurricane App

Red Cross releases new Hurricane App

The Red Cross released its new Hurricane App on Wednesday. The new app puts useful information in the hands of people living in Hurricane prone areas.

According to the Red Cross, the app is free and is the second in a series to be created by the Red Cross. The app will be for iPhone users and Android users and gives instant access to local and real time information on what to do before, during and after a hurricane.

The launch of the Red Cross hurricane app comes just before what is traditionally the busiest period of the Atlantic hurricane season. Features of the app include:

NYers urged to get vaccinated against whooping cough

NYers urged to get vaccinated against whooping cough

New Yorkers are being urged to get vaccinated against pertussis (whooping cough). There has been an increase in the number of cases this year.

“Pertussis is a highly contagious, but very preventable disease,” said Commissioner Shah in a statement. “Here in New York, we are seeing an increased number of reported cases this year, as is the case across the United States. I encourage New Yorkers to make sure that you and your family members are up-to-date on pertussis vaccinations in order to prevent infection.”

The illness often starts with cold-like symptoms including sneezing, a runny nose or low-grade fever, along with a mild cough. The cough will become more severe during the first week or two, and is often characterized by episodes of rapid coughs (coughing fit), followed by a high-pitched whoop. The cough may last for a couple of months and is more frequent at night.

The State Health Department recommends the following steps against pertussis infection:

Tips for a stress-free summer vacation

Summer is the perfect time to hit the road and get away from it all. Whether you are planning a quick weekend getaway or a longer family vacation, experts suggest following a few simple tips to make your time off healthy, enjoyable and stress-free.

NY adds warnings against fish near algae blooms

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York officials have added broad warnings against eating any fish caught in areas with visible blooms of blue-green algae in the latest lengthy edition of cautions against contaminants in sport-fish.          

Updated annually by the health and conservation departments, new advisories note microscopic algae are naturally present in lakes and streams but can mass in warm, shallow, undisturbed surface water.          

While most are harmless, some produce toxins.          

Officials say people and pets shouldn't drink the water or swim where blooms discolor the water or form surface scum.          

Free Alzheimer's training available to local caregivers

Free training for caregivers of older adults who have Alzheimer’s is now available to help manage the challenges of providing care.

The Alzheimer’s or Other Dementias CARE: Changing Aging through Research and Education Training Program provided by the Home Instead Senior Care office gives a hands-on approach to help caregivers manage the behavior of those with Alzheimer’s.

For more information on the free training program, please contact the local Home Instead Senior Care office at (518) 346-6769 or visit their website here.