November 2009 Senior Life Notes - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

November 2009 Senior Life Notes

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This month in KHQ.com Senior Life

Seniors and Tylenol, NSAIDs and opiod pain medicines - information and side effects.  Click Here  to read the article.

Inactivity is a health risk - especially for seniors!  Click Here for an exercise prescription for seniors.

If you have high blood pressure and are starting to feel a "bug" coming on...before you take something for those sniffles, read this and check with your doctor.

Are you having trouble hearing, but avoiding a hearing aid?  Click Here for an article that addresses some common hearing questions.

One of the biggest decisions facing retirees is that of "where to live".  The options are many: keep the family home, downsize to smaller house or condo, or ridding oneself of the stress and expense of ownership all together.  Click here for an interesting article that helps you weigh the issues so you can make this decision a little easier. 

Private Caregivers, a KHQ.com Senior Life Partner, wants to remind you that their Independent Care Nursing Pool offers:

  • End of Life Care
  • Assisted Living & Elderly Care
  • Pain Management
  • Palliative Care
  • Respite Services
  • RN Delegation
  • Long Term Care

Click here for more information about what Private Caregivers might be able to do for you or your family. 

Interlake Pharmacy is also a KHQ.com Senior Life Partner, says, "most people are surprised to learn their co-pay is the same no matter what pharmacy they use.  Why not experience the convenience of Interlake Pharmacy and receive the prompt, courteous service you deserve."  Learn more about Interlake Pharmacy by clicking here.

If you haven't lately, check in on the video player on the Senior Life main page, right here.  From information about new developments in long-term care policies to exercise tips - you'll find a little something for everyone - in convenient 2-minute-or-less videos!

Plus, from our partners at Avista - The cost of energy is a topic that's important to everyone, so Avista invites you to join us in a continuing conversation about energy and rates.
 
Many of our customers have asked how rates are set. Avista is a regulated utility, so we can't simply change rates whenever we want. Because we're regulated, our rates can change only with state approval. The state utility regulatory commission conducts a detailed and transparent process whenever we request a rate change.

For both electricity and natural gas, one of the biggest components of rates is the wholesale cost of energy. We work hard to keep all costs low, but ultimately a major portion of the cost of energy is set by the wholesale market.

For natural gas, the good news is that the wholesale cost has fallen. So for the third time this year, we requested lower natural gas rates for our customers. And for the third time this year, the Washington and Idaho utility commissions have approved our request. So just as we enter into heating season, natural gas bills should go down substantially.
 
We invite you to learn more and share your views, questions and comments with us on these and any other topics. Join the conversation at www.avistautilities.com/blog or email us at conversation@avistautilities.com

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