Dear Heloise: I recently read the hint from a reader in Ohio about writing the purpose for her medications on the bottles. I have discovered that the pharmacy will add almost anything that can fit on the label if you request it. I now have the pharmacy put what the medication is for (pain, infection, etc.) on the label, along with the specific directions for how to take the medicine. Too often, the pharmacy just puts "take as prescribed," but I don't always remember, so having all the information typed on the bottle makes a big difference. All you have to do is ask! Carol in Texas
Check with your pharmacy to see if it will provide this service for you. Carol, thanks for passing along this great information. Heloise
Dear Heloise: In this electronic age, we all have multiple push-button phones programmed with frequently called numbers. I also programmed "911" and then put a drop of red nail polish on the appropriate buttons to make it easier and quicker to find and use. B. Coffee, Colorado Springs, Colo.
Dear Heloise: This is a hint I saw my husband do: We recently stayed at a hotel, and in the middle of the night he had to get up. Instead of turning on a light, he used the light on his cell phone to light the way. Clever, huh? F.M. from Texas
Dear Heloise: I am an avid reader of many types of books and authors. I cannot always remember if I have read a book or not. Rather than reading the first few pages or the backside of the book to make a determination, I have purchased a pocket-size address/telephone book, and I list the author alphabetically with the title of the book underneath. This is my way of quick referencing when purchasing a new book. It sure saves time. Debra A. Carson, Auburndale, Fla.
Dear Heloise: My elderly aunt, who lives in an assisted-living facility near our home, has begun to lose track of time and often even the seasons. It is very distressing for her. To cheer her up and to also help her keep track of the seasons, I purchase inexpensive seasonal decals, which I put on her apartment-size refrigerator. I have many sets, including Christmas, Easter, Valentine's Day and St. Patrick's Day. She enjoys the cheerful images, and it is an easy way for her to keep track of the time of the year and helps her look forward to upcoming holidays as well.
To make it easier for her to get dressed in the morning, I put clean underwear, a handkerchief and socks into the pockets of her housedresses and slacks after I do her laundry. This simple task allows my aunt to remain a bit more independent. Sally Anne Novak, Greensburg, Pa.
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