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For the record, I vote yes!

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You'll probably watch this a hundred times this week (I know I have). Once you're ready to move on and actually help Lee Majors in his mission, visit the National Council on Aging

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Flu Tips from Lee Majors:

People 65 and older should not wait for flu season to start to get their annual flu shot.
Get vaccinated as soon as possible when vaccine is available because the body’s immune system and its ability to fight illness decreases with age, meaning older adults are more vulnerable to the flu and its related complications.

There are a few vaccine options available, and some have been developed for specific stages of life.
In addition to the traditional flu vaccine (which helps protect against three strains of the flu virus), there is a quadrivalent vaccine (which helps protect against four strains), and a higher dose vaccine that is designed specifically for adults aged 65 and older. By improving the production of antibodies in older patients, the higher dose vaccine can provide a stronger immune response to influenza than traditional vaccines.

The flu can be easily passed from person to person, so it’s important that those who spend time with older adults, such as family and caregivers, also get vaccinated.
An annual flu shot is a Medicare Part B benefit. This means that the vaccine is covered with no copay for Medicare beneficiaries 65 years of age and older. Talk to your health care provider today about the dangers of the flu, the benefits of annual immunization to help protect against the flu, and the best flu vaccine option to meet your needs.

Flu + You is an educational program from NCOA and Sanofi Pasteur.

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<h1><a href="/blog/digital-life-after-death">(Digital) Life After Death?</a></h1>

As we become ever more reliant on technology, we are faced with sometimes unexpected problems. One that is becoming more apparent is that of our postmortem digital lives. Many people develop quite robust virtual lives in various online communities, gaining very real friendships with people they may have never met in real life. 

How to communicate the passing of someone to these virtual friends? How should one's presence on Facebook, Twitter, etc. be managed in the event of death? How does an unexpected death complicate this? NPR program Sound Medicine recently tackled these questions.

From Sound Medicine:

Interview: Evan Carroll, co-founder, The Digital Beyond; co-author, "The Digital AfterLife."

Jill Ditmire talks with Evan Carroll, the co-founder of the blog, The Digital Beyond, and co-author of "The Digital Afterlife," a book dedicated to managing online content after a user’s death. According to Carroll, people need to give relatives specific information about managing digital media (email, Facebook, Twitter, as well as bank accounts and legal documents) in the case of death. Carroll recommends we make a list of the usernames and passwords for all of our digital accounts and specify what we would like done with each account upon our death as part of our estate planning. 

Additional Resources:

Learn more about what happen to digital assets after a user's death
Learn more about The Digital Beyond

End of Life Resources at NEHM
End of Life Media at NEHM

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Each week, we highlight stories from our newsfeed on Prismatic. No account is required to see what we think is worth reading, so visit our profile often! We update it daily so there is usually something new to check out. Here is a sample of what we liked this week:

Film Experts Say These Movies Transformed The Civil Rights Movement via Business Insider
Narrative films are not without their own power. They can educate viewers by humanizing characters audiences might not be familiar with, educated about, or have ever had a chance to meet in person.

Looking For Free Condoms? There's A Health Department App For That via NPR
Though health apps abound, most of them focus on diet or fitness. The small yet growing number of apps created by state and local health departments are different. Many put oodles of health data in a person's hand.

World Suicide Prevention Month:Thinking Globally, Acting Locally via HHS
To commemorate World Suicide Prevention Day, this seminar will provide an overview of the US Surgeon General's 2012 National Strategy for Suicide Prevention, present community best and promising practices in suicide prevention for at-risk populations, and conduct specialized training on Q, P, R - Question, Persuade, and Refer--an evidence-based tool for gatekeepers on the warning signs of suicide.

Born to be ‘bikers’: Motorcycle ministries reach out to under-served via Episcopal News Service
An avid biker, Geisler, 57, rector of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Pittsburgh, realized the need for a motorcycle ministry after a biker said to him, “you don’t know what it’s like to look like Frankenstein and have the heart of Shirley Temple.”

Episcopalians continue to offer aid along long road to Sandy recovery via Episcopal Digital Network
“It becomes this endless loop and in the meantime they’re still without power, without water, without an adequate place to live,” said Sniffen, whose parish has been involved in Sandy recovery efforts since shortly after the storm.

Top 10 Favorite Quotes on Nursing via Scrubs
10. “Nursing is love made visible.” -Pat Wilson

Hospice Doctor Helps Families Navigate The End Of Life via NPR
At least once a week, Casarett says, one of his patients expresses a desire to end his or her own life. "It's a reminder to me that I have to stop whatever I was doing ... and sit back down to try to find out what is motivating that request," he says. "Is it really a carefully thought out desire to die, or is it, as it is unfortunately many times, a cry for help?"

Kids With Costly Medical Issues Get Help, But Not Enough via NPR
More than 2 million children in the U.S. are born with multiple chronic illnesses that often require frequent trips to the hospital. Problems include cystic fibrosis, muscular dystrophy and cerebral palsy, among many other diseases. As medicine has advanced, more very sick children survive past infancy, and even thrive.

Let us know which articles you liked (or didn't) in the comments!