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Important Annual Check-ups for Seniors

Brookdale-Annual-CheckupVisiting the doctor is important for your loved one to maintain their health and prevent any medical conditions. While residing in assisted living your loved one’s health will be monitored, however it is still necessary for your loved one to schedule tests and check-ups that need to be performed annually by a doctor.

Important annual check-ups you may need to schedule for your loved one include:

Body Statistics

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Emotional Wellness Seminar Presented by Brookdale Senior Living

Emotional-Wellness-SeminarJoin Brookdale® Senior Living at the YMCA for an educational seminar all about Emotional Wellness. It’s a great way to discover the importance of maintaining emotional health and wellness as you age. Don’t miss this informational event.

Thursday, January 26, 10:30 am
Location: YMCA- 1201 Cumberland Crossing Dr, Valparaiso, IN 46383

Points of Interest:

  • Are Happiness and Emotional Wellness the Same Thing?
  • Self Efficacy

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RSVP Counselors Offer Guidance on Medicare Plans

pcacsRetired and Senior Volunteer Program counselors will provide direction on the 2012 Medicare plans during the open enrollment period, beginning Oct. 15 and ending Dec. 7.

Seven State Health Insurance Assistance Program volunteers have been trained and certified by the Indiana Department of Insurance and will be available by appointment to meet clients during this timeframe. Scheduled meetings will take place at the RSVP office in Porter County Aging and Community Services, 1005 Campbell St. in Valparaiso, and at locations in Portage.

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Porter Health System’s Senior Circle Program Presents “Beat the Bug”

Senior_Circle_Logo_porterTo increase awareness on how to best avoid the flu this season, Porter Health System’s Senior Circle program will present “Beat the Bug” at 6 pm, Wednesday, Oct. 19 at Porter’s Education and Rehabilitation Campus, 1401 Calumet Ave. in Valparaiso. During the presentation, Derek Gasper, DO, will discuss ways to reduce the risk and severity of the flu virus, as well as the importance of getting a flu vaccine. The program is free, refreshments will be provided and registration is required, by calling 1-800-541-1861.

Additionally, from 4 to 6 pm prior to the program, Porter Health System’s Senior Circle program will be offering free flu shots to its members. Appointments are not necessary for flu shots (just for the above program). All participants must show their Senior Circle membership card or may sign up that day to become Senior Circle members for the $15 annual membership fee.

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10 Tips to Keep a Senior’s Mind Sharp

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2601 & 2501 Valparaiso St
Valparaiso, IN 46383
Phone: 219-548-2230

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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