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| GADGETS FOR SAFER
|You may want to consider the
purchase of some of the following items to make driving easier and
BLIND SPOT DETECTORS: Blind spot
detectors and Intervention systems use either radar or image detectors on side
mirrors to determine if an object is in the car's blind spot. The system pulls
the vehicle back to safety if the driver attempts to change lanes into
potential danger. Sounds like a terrific gadget to prevent accidents. However,
it sometimes gives false warnings, picking up incoming traffic, parked cars,
and even trees. It is still be something you might want to consider, especially
if those blind spots have been troublesome to you or a loved one.
NIGHT VISION TECHNOLOGY: For those people who drive at night, the night-vision
options might be a worthwhile consideration. This system increases the driver's
perception and seeing distance in darkness or poor weather beyond the scope of
headlights. However, many--but not all-- systems uses a screen that portrays a
video image that could be a danger in itself because it takes the driver's eyes
off the road.
BACK-UP CAMERAS: This gadget might be good for drivers who have difficulty in
gauging the length of the vehicle with respect to items behind it, or if it is
difficult to see a child or object in the back that may be in the path of the
vehicle. This camera can provide an image of what's behind the car to better
assess whether it's safe to go in reverse. A beeping sound or other signal also
may alert to a potential obstruction.
LANE DEPARTURE WARNING: This device uses a camera or other tracking device to
pick up the visual lines on a roadway. It will warm the driver when a vehicle
begins to move out of its lane, unless a turn signal is activated. Some sysems
will sound an audible alert, visual notification, or vibration of the steering
wheel if the driver is veering into another lane. Others work with the steering
to keep the car in its lane.
And guess what, folks... The auto industry is working on cars that will drive
itself. These vehicles are currently in the testing
How To Stay Young At Heart
1. Throw out nonessential numbers. This
includes age, weight and height. Let the doctor worry about them. That is why
you pay him/her.
2. Keep only cheerful friends. The grouches
pull you down.
3. Keep learning. Learn more about the
computer, crafts, gardening, whatever. Never let the brain idle. When you keep
your mind active, you help keep it healthy.
5. Laugh often, long and loud.
6. The tears happen. Endure, grieve, and move
on. The only person who is with us our entire life, is ourselves. Be ALIVE
while you are alive.
7. Surround yourself with what you love,
whether it's family, pets, keepsakes, music, plants, hobbies, whatever.Your
home is your refuge.
8. Don't take guilt trips. Take a trip to the
mall, around the block, to another city or around the world, but NOT to where
the guilt is.
9. Tell the people you love that you love them, at every opportunity. AND
ALWAYS REMEMBER: Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by
the moments that takes our breath away.
Occasional dizziness, especially when you sit up, stand up, or
turn your head, may indicate vertigo, a medical term for the false sense of
motion. Some people experience nausea and vomiting.
Vertigo is the most common cause of
dizziness and relates to the balance mechanism in the inner ear. It may result
from fluid build-up and inflammation, which generally clears up without
treatment. The following are a few reasons why vertigo may occur:
Meniere's disease is characterized by
vertigo lasting 20 minutes or more. It may also include buzzing/ringing in the
ear, fluctuating hearing loss, and a feeling of fullness in the ear.
Rapid changes of motion, such as in a
boat, car, airplane or an amusement park ride can make one temporarily dizzy.
Acute vestimular neuronitis can persist for
several days and can be incapacitating. The cause is unknown, but may be a
viral infection. However, it usually clears up without treatment.
Acoustic neuroma is a non-cancerous growth
on the acoustic nerve connecting the inner ear to the brain. Symptoms may
include dizziness, loss of balance, hearing loss and ringing/buzzing in the
Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo, may
be a natural result of aging, although doctors do not know for sure. BPPV
involves dizziness when you move your head. It is caused by particles of
calcium carbonate crystals breaking loose. When the particles shift inside the
inner year, vertigo results. This condition can be treated through a physical
therapist, or your doctor may prescribe medication.
Vertigo is not the only cause of dizziness.
Recurring dizziness may signal a more serious condition, so it's important that
you see your doctor.
Laughing is good for you because it lowers the levels of stress hormones
and strengthens the immune system!
| GRANDCHILD-PROOF YOUR HOME
Your home may no longer be set up for little
ones. If you're expecting a visit from a young grandchild, store medicines and
cleaning substances in a locked cabinet. If you're thinking of putting these
items out of reach, keep in mind that toddlers love to climb. When my son was
about two or three years old, I walked into his room just in time to find that
he had pulled a chair over to a dresser, somehow managed to climb atop the
furniture, and was on the tips of his toes teetering dangerously at the edge as
he stretched his body upwards to reach something on the top book shelf that
stood over the dresser. Also, keep surfaces free of small objects that could be
swallowed, and cover unused electrical outlets with safety caps.
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