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10 Tips to Keep a Senior’s Mind Sharp

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How can you help keep your loved one’s mind sharp when they are in assisted living? There are a variety of simple ways to help maintain and even increase brain function in seniors. Try to incorporate some of the following suggestions in your loved one’s daily routines:

1. Exercise – Staying in excellent physical shape can actually help prevent some of the effects of aging.

2. Eat brain-healthy foods – Fruits and veggies that are rich in antioxidants can help keep a senior’s mind sharp. Also, foods such as fish, nuts and seeds include fats that help protect the brain.

3. Use brain-boosting supplements – Certain combinations of vitamins and other natural ingredients can help keep the brain sharp and a senior’s memory intact.

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Stroke: Time Matters So Know the Signs

Stroke-Time-Matters-1From the Fall 2011 Senior Circle publication

Stroke – a brain attack – is America’s third leading cause of death and a top cause of serious disability. Yet quick treatment can mean survival and recovery, according to Maria Stamp, MD, with Porter’s Lake Porter Medical Group. “There are treatments available, but they’re only available in the first few hours of a stroke,” said Stamp. “Time is critical. Your chances of recovering well may depend on your timing.”

Stamp advises to look for the following signs:

  • Sudden numbness or weakness of face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body
  • Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
  • Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes

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Porter Health System’s Senior Circle Program Presents “Urinary Incontinence: It’s Nothing to Laugh About”

Senior_Circle_Logo_porterPorter Health System’s Senior Circle program will present “Urinary Incontinence: It’s Nothing to Laugh About” at Noon on Tuesday, Sept. 27 at Porter’s Education and Rehabilitation Campus, 1401 Calumet Avenue in Valparaiso.

Urologist John Lynam, DO, will lead a discussion on the types of incontinence and detail treatment options. The program is free and a light lunch will be provided. To register, call 1-800-541-1861.

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Wondering? Questions About Healthy Aging: Urinary Incontinence

Questions-Healthy-Aging-Urinary-Incont-2From the 2011 Fall Senior Circle publication

Q: I’m so embarrassed. Sometimes I have to go and can hardly make it to the bathroom without peeing my pants. What can I do?

A: “I see many patients with this same complaint,” said Namir Shaba, DO, urologist with Lakeshore Urology. “Just because this is common, people shouldn’t accept it as a natural process of aging.” Shaba explains that this form of incontinence could be due to many causes, including an infection, overactive bladder, cystocele (a dropped bladder) in women, benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) in men, or a number of other anatomical changes. According to Shaba, the first step is to get a urinalysis and have a good pelvic exam, both of which your primary physician can perform. If you need further evaluation, your physician may send you to a urologist. Infections can be treated with antibiotics, an overactive bladder can usually be treated by medication, and other anatomical changes can be repaired through surgery to restore normal function.

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Answers to Guide Your Knee Needs

Senior-Circle-Knee-Needs-1From the 2011 Fall Senior Circle publication

According to the American Hospital Association, we will see a sharp increase in the number of knee replacement surgeries as Baby Boomers age and enjoy their later years.

So to learn more about the types of knee replacements options offered today, we sat down with Orthopedic Surgeon Bruce Thoma, MD, for a brief interview.

Q: What’s the difference between a partial and total knee replacement?

A: A partial knee replacement is more localized and less invasive. Because of this, patients typically recover faster from a partial knee replacement than a total knee, yet the complete knee replacement can solve more problems for a greater number of people.

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Porter Health System’s Senior Circle Program Presents “How to Reduce Your Risk of Heart Failure”

Senior_Circle_Logo_porterPorter Health System’s Senior Circle program will present “How to Reduce Your Risk of Heart Failure” at Noon on Thursday, July 21, at the Valparaiso Family YMCA, 1201 Cumberland Crossing Drive, Valparaiso. The program is free and a light lunch will be served.

During the presentation, Cardiologist Michael Wheat, MD, and Terri Pugh, RN, will discuss how to recognize the symptoms of heart failure. Participants will learn how to reduce their own risks, as well as more about the importance of a heart-healthy diet.

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Wondering? Questions About Healthy Aging: Pneumonia Vaccine

Senior-Circle-Questions-About-Healthy-Aging-VaccineFrom the 2011 Spring Senior Circle publication

Q: “I just turned 65 and my doctor recommended that I get a pneumonia shot. Do I really need one?”

A: “The pneumonia vaccine is a good idea for patients 65 and older and for others at higher risk, such as those with chronic cardiovascular disease, diabetes, asthma, COPD or a compromised immune system,” said Geraldine Feria, MD, with Wanatah Primary Care. Consider that about 10,000 people die each year because of invasive bacterial infections.

As we get older, or if we have other health issues, a simple pneumonia that would ordinarily be treated as an outpatient can become more severe, causing patients to end up in the Intensive Care Unit on a ventilator or with a more invasive infection,” said Feria.

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