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Seniors

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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Triad Presents Empower Our Parents Educational Forum to Benefit Those Whose Parents Are Aging

porter-co-triad-logoPorter County Triad, together with gold sponsors Home Instead Senior Care, Life Care Center of The Willows, Rittenhouse Senior Living of Valparaiso, and Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, will present “Empower Our Parents” for individuals who are facing the prospect of assisting their parents through the journey of aging.

The educational forum will take place from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m., April 14 at the Village Park Enrichment Center at Banta, 605 Beech St., Valparaiso. Reservations are requested by calling (219) 462-1301. The program is free and open to the public; however, senior services businesses who wish to sponsor or have a table may do so with a donation made to Triad. For sponsorship information, please call (219) 462-1301.

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Hebron Center Site Manager Connects to Area Seniors

Josephine-Purevich-croppedJosephine Purevich stays connected to the community as site manager of the Hebron Senior Center by keeping the place humming with activities and helping fellow seniors feel at home.

Purevich coordinates speakers and health awareness events along with games, Meals on Wheels lunches and the annual Christmas party.

The center is a place to socialize, play different style cards, games, Bingo,” she said. “We have speakers in to discuss disease awareness and elderly nutrition.”

Beyond blood sugar and blood pressure monitoring, Purevich looks to boost senior health by bringing yoga to the center after seeing the funny side of exercise. Seniors were recently exposed to laughing yoga, which combines laughter and breathing, after Triad sponsored an expert from Indianapolis. While she is still on the hunt for a laughing yoga expert, she has found an RN to lead yoga, which can be done seated.

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Wondering? Questions About Healthy Aging: Shingles Vaccine

Shingles-Vaccine-Senior-Circle-2011From the January 2011 Senior Circle publication

Q: I've read about the new shingles vaccine. Do I need it?

A: "If you're 60 or older, you should consider getting the vaccine," according to Pranjal Patel, MD, a family practitioner with Lake Porter Medical Group. "The vaccine may help you avoid getting shingles or prevent a recurrence of the painful skin rash caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox," he said. Shingles is most common in people 50 years old or older, those with medical conditions that keep the immune system from working properly, or those receiving immunosuppressive drugs.

The shingles vaccine, Zostavax, is given as a single injection, usually in the upper arm and typically covered by insurance. Zostavax contains a weakened chickenpox virus (varicella-zoster virus), helping to stimulate your immune system. Studies show that the shingles vaccine reduces the risk of developing shingles by about 50 percent. Findings also show that the shingles vaccine helps people who develop shingles to have shorter periods of nerve pain called postherpetic neuralgia (PHN), which can be extreme and last from 30 days to many months, said Patel.

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PCACS Hosting Two Part Workshop Series at Rittenhouse with Speaker from Alzheimer's Services

Porter County Aging & Community Services (PCACS) will host a presentation on “An Overview of Dementia & Alzheimer’s Disease” with Barbara J. Dzikowski, MS, QDCS, Program Director for the Alzheimer’s Services, on Wednesday, March 2 at 11 a.m. at Rittenhouse Senior Living (1300 Vale Park Road, Valparaiso). Barbara Dzikowski will outline the main characteristics of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. This is part one of a two part series of workshops with Barbara Dzikkowski from Alzheimer’s Services


Visit the Rittenhouse Website
1300 Vale Park Road
Valparaiso, IN 46383
Phone: 219-531-2485

On Wednesday, March 9 at 11 a.m., PCACS will host a presentation on “The Emotional Rollercoaster of Caregivers” with Barbara J. Dzikowski, MS, QDCS, Program Director for the Alzheimer’s Services, at Rittenhouse Senior Living (1300 Vale Park Road, Valparaiso). Barbara Dzikowski will explain how caregivers can effectively deal with the challenges to their physical and emotional wellbeing as caregivers. Participants will walk away with practical tips and tools for enjoying a better quality of life as caregivers. This is part two of a two part series of workshops with Barbara Dzikkowski from Alzheimer’s Services.

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Encouraging Independence in Seniors - Maintaining Quality of Life

Encouraging-Independence-in-SeniorsAs a caregiver, it is important to encourage independence in seniors, but also to interact with them in ways that provide the opportunity for them to maintain a better quality of life for themselves. By participating in activities with your senior loved one, not only are you showing that you care - the acts you undertake together can help improve their overall health. In fact, research indicates that keeping seniors physically, mentally, socially and emotionally engaged can help them retain better cognitive function, stay healthier and live independently longer.1

As the seniors in our lives grow older, daily interaction is vital to their health and happiness. However, when caring for a loved one, it is easy to get into the habit of doing things "for" them rather than "with" them. Let's face it - it can be more efficient to do everything yourself. Seniors are seasoned pros at doing things for themselves, but, due to aging bodies or underlying health issues, aspects of everyday living sometimes become a bit challenging both mentally and physically. Seniors may need your help, but doing everything for them is neither the answer nor does it cultivate a better quality of life that can be achieved by learning the art of Interactive CaregivingTM.

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Porter Health System’s Senior Circle Program Presents “Winter Wildlife in the National Park”

Senior_Circle_Logo_porterPorter Health System’s Senior Circle program will present “Winter Wildlife in the National Park” at 2 pm, on Thursday, Jan. 27, at the Porter County Visitor’s Center, 1420 Munson Road, Porter.

During this free presentation, Ranger J.P. Anderson will share information on the multitude of wildlife that spend their winters in the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.

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