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Scottsdale Healthcare sponsors Women of Scottsdale annual event

The Women of Scottsdale held their annual “Spotlight Your Business” luncheon, at the Kierland Weston Resort and Spa, in Scottsdale Arizona on Friday, June 15, 2012. Sponsored by Scottsdale Healthcare, this annual event offers members an opportunity to showcase their companies. This year’s event featured over 50 local Scottsdale businesses.

The Women of Scottsdale is a local organization that promotes quality networking, and career and personal development for women from all walks of life in Scottsdale, Arizona. The organization endeavors to promote professional women who desire to be successful and connect with the community through monthly meetings where members share information, ideas, and contacts.

In addition to Scottsdale Healthcare, this year’s event included a variety of health, beauty, food community and personal care products and services for the health conscious business women.

They included:

Aspire 2 Wellness; a Scottsdale based business “for women who want to outsmart mid-life weight gain“. Owner, Bonnie Roill, RD, unveiled her new Free E-publication; “10 Real Reasons Women Gain Weight and How to Stop it in its Tracks”, which is due for release to the public Monday June 18, 2012. This 20 page E-book combines cutting-edge science, and behavioral strategies, for women in mid-life to help them discover how to outsmart mid-life weight gain so they can look and feel fit without deprivation and a diet of endless shakes. The Women of Scottsdale were given a special web link to get their copy on Friday. The free e-book can be obtained by the general public at http://tinyurl.com/realreasons.

Hollywood Eye Magic; distributor, Sandy Metter, was featuring an Anti-aging serum treatment which is oxygen infused for immediate results. Lasting up to 12 hours, the serum is promoted as having a cumulative effect with daily use. Sandy also offered on site free demonstrations on the effectiveness of Hollywood Eye Magic products. For more information contact Sandy at sandymetter2@gmail.com.

Phoenix Children’s Hospital (PCH); was represented by Susan Martz. One of the largest children’s hospitals in the country with over 1,000 medical staff, PCH provides specialty and subspecialty inpatient, outpatient, trauma and emergency care for patients throughout Arizona and other Southwestern states. It has six centers of excellence; a Neonatal Intensive Care, a Level One Pediatric Trauma Center, a Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders, Center of Pediatric Orthopedics, Phoenix Children’s Heart Center, and Barrow Neurological Institute ot Phoenix Children’s Hospital.

NU SKIN; a leader in the skin care industry with scientifically advanced ingredient technologies and skin beneficial formulas. Their skin care line offers over 100 different products. Local representative from the Miralinda Center For Well-Being, LLC, Linda Gerdes Mercer and Donna Bochow were on hand to discuss the NU Skin product line and the Galvanic Spa™ II E. There will be a Free demo in Scottsdale of the latest age-defying beauty Techniques on June 28, 2012. Contact 602-325-9201 for details.

Scottsdale HealthCare; as the sponsors of this years event, was well represented by Suzette Robles, Nancy McCutcheon, and Carol Wolfert. The organization has 3 campuses in Scottsdale; Osborn Medical Center, a 337-bed, full-service hospital, a leader in the fields of trauma, orthopedics, neurosurgery, cardiovascular and critical care; Shea Medical Center, a 433-bed full-service hospital providing emergency, medical/surgical, critical care, obstetric, pediatric, cardiovascular, orthopedic and oncology services; and Thompson Peak Hospital, a 64-bed community medical-surgical hospital.

J. Alexander’s Restaurant; Denise Tysick and Krisen Opalanski handed out samples of fresh baked carrot cake. J. Alexander’s is a contemporary American restaurant, known for its wood-fired cuisine. The menu features a wide selection of American classics including prime rib of beef, steaks, fresh seafood, sandwiches, entrée salads and a varied and rotating selection of features like Seafood Czarina, Tuscan Steak, Grilled Fish with Mango Papaya Salsa and Chicken Milanese.

Discover The Region Magazine; Jodie Wilson, editor in Chief distributed copies of her magazine. The mission of the magazine is to network Business and Community leaders together to bring into focus the opportunities of their part of the world.

Friends of Africa International (FOAI); Co-founder Bonnie Bishop explained the purpose of FOAI was to increase awareness of the wildlife and cultural issues in Africa and the delicate balance facing the African continent. It supports and assist effective and established charitable institutions, research centers, and projects, both in Africa and in the USA, whose mandate is the conservation and protection of African wildlife, environment, and culture, from the constant threat of devastation by outside forces.

Carefree Homecare – Companion Services, Inc.; Carla Sutton, MSW, Vice President and General Manager was available to share information on the personal care, daily assisted living and entertainment services offered. Carefree Homecare is a recognized leader in providing quality non-medical home care services for senior care in Phoenix and Scottsdale and surrounding areas. Disease-Specific Care giving programs include Cancer Care, Alzheimer’s and, Stroke and Parkinson’s. Click here to learn more about Carefree Homecare.

Community Bridges, Inc.(CBI); is a private non-profit organization that provides services throughout Arizona. They offer a full continuum of behavioral health programs and support the community at large. Services include a full continuum of the highest quality substance abuse and mental health treatment, lifesaving interventions, support for women and children, outreach to help the homeless and community-based prevention and education services for youth and families.

Gabriel’s Angels; Gabriel’s Angels is the only program in Arizona that delivers healing pet therapy to abused, neglected and at-risk children. The short term goal is to instill in children an overall emotional sense of well-being, safety and happiness. Long term aspiration is to help children learn core social skills that will prevent them from continuing the cycle of violence as adults. Presently they provide pet therapy services to over 115 agencies and serve 13,000 children annually through nearly 155 Pet Therapy Teams, free of charge.

Additional information: Click Here for photo gallery form previous Women of Scottsdale events

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The Longest Day- Is Happening Today!

For the people involved in this event, this challenge is one day. For people with Alzheimer’s, it’s every day. Run, walk, bike or challenge yourself to some other endurance activity to honor those facing Alzheimer’s. Learn More

On June 20, 2012, the longest day of the year, participants across the northern hemisphere will push their limits in a sunrise-to-sunset relay to raise awareness and funds for the fight against Alzheimer’s. It’s one day to honor the passion, dedication and strength displayed by people with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers every day.

Join us for year one of this exciting and innovative event! The Longest Day allows you to participate with ultimate flexibility – you choose your activity, route and time of day to get active. The only rule is that someone on your team is in motion throughout the 16 hours of daylight on the longest day. The Alzheimer’s Association will provide fundraising support and connect you to a virtual community of other participants. We’ll also be cheering you on throughout The Longest Day!

Each team member pledges to raise a commitment fee and is asked to raise a minimum of $100/hour of activity (suggested minimum: $400). Participants will receive a virtual fundraising toolkit, an event day experience kit (including a T-shirt and awareness and celebration materials) and ongoing staff support to help plan a great day and reach fundraising goals. Through smartphone technology and social media, every participant will be able to showcase their efforts and share their stories as part of the global movement to fight against Alzheimer’s.

We’re in it until Alzheimer’s is finished. Show your support for the cause by donating to a team or participant in The Longest Day. Give to honor the more than 35 million people worldwide who are living with Alzheimer’s and the countless caregivers who face this disease so bravely every day.

Follow the event now and donate!

http://act.alz.org/site/PageNavigator/longest_day_home.html?utm_source=ALZ.ORG&utm_medium=Peel&utm_campaign=Longest%2BDay

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Study Shows Stress Decreases With Age

If you’re feeling more stressed than ever these days, you’re not alone: A scientific analysis of stress over the past 25 years finds that American stress levels increased 18 percent for women and 24 percent for men from 1983-2009. But there’s a silver lining: The study also found that stress decreases as we age.

Thirty-year-olds have less stress than 20-year-olds, and 40-year-olds have less stress than 30-year-olds,” said lead researcher Sheldon Cohen.

Cohen and his Carnegie Mellon colleague analyzed data from three surveys (one in 1983, one in 2006 and one in 2009) and about 6,300 people, in what’s considered the first historical comparison of stress levels across the United States. The results show increases in stress across almost every demographic category.

In all three surveys, however, those 55 and older showed the lowest levels of stress.

Those most negatively affected by the recent recession, in terms of stress, were white, middle-aged men with college educations and full-time jobs.

Friday Quick Hits: 

  • Advanced Style. Twenty-something photographer Ari Seth Cohen has been shooting New York’s 60+ set, whose images he collects on his blog, “Advanced Style,” and published in a book of the same name last month. A lot of these older women “don’t have a job, they don’t have to impress their bosses, their children, their lovers,” said Cohen. In dressing, “they have no one to please but themselves.”
  • A century of weather. Nearing 100 years old, meteorologist Robert Simpson–who helped develop the hurricane wind scale–has seen firsthand some of the worst weather disasters in U.S. history.

Photo: Sporrer/Rupp / Cultura / Aurora Photos

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June is National Safety Month

Each June, the National Safety Council encourages organizations to get involved and participate in National Safety Month. NSM is an annual observance to educate and influence behaviors around the leading causes of preventable injuries and deaths. Each week carries a theme that brings attention to critical safety issues. 

Small changes can make a big difference to your health and wellness. If people made the choices to eat better, engage in more physical activity and quit smoking, at least 80% of all heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes – and up to 40% of cancer – could be prevented, according to the World Health Organization.

Ergonomics involves designing the job environment to fit the person and is important to take into consideration at work, but also while working on projects at home. It’s about learning how to work smarter and preventing conditions such as overexertion.

Most falls are preventable. Many people attribute falls to being clumsy or not paying attention, but many risk factors exist. Risk factors include physical hazards in the environment, age-related issues and health conditions. Reduce your risk and find fall hazards in your workplace and home to prevent injuries and keep others safe round the clock.

Driving is one of the most dangerous activities you will do each day. As traffic on the roads increases during the summer months, keep in mind tips on issues such cell phone distracted driving, safety belt use, impaired driving and aggressive driving to stay safe when driving for work or pleasure.

Free online training opportunity
Car crashes are the leading cause of unintentional death among our nation’s teens. Register for the Alive at 25 Parent Program between June 24 and June 30 for a free chance to learn more about teen driver safety. You will have 30 days from the date of registration to complete your training.

Special thanks to SafetyServe.com for providing this free Alive at 25 Parent Program online course. Over the past three years, more than 3,000 parents have taken advantage of this exceptional offer during this annual NSC observance.

By National Safety Council, http://www.nsc.org

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National Alzheimer’s Plan Released

Today the Obama Administration announced the release of the National Alzheimer’s Plan. U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius reaffirmed our nation’s commitment to conquering Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, with a specific goal of finding effective ways to prevent and treat the disease by 2025.

In addition to the release of the Plan the Administration also published a new website alzheimers.gov which will serve as a resource for those fighting the disease.

Read the Alzheimer’s Association comments on the plan.

Read the entire text of the National Alzheimer’s Plan (pdf) (html).

Posted on May 15, 2012 by Alzheimer’s Association

On January 4, 2011, The National Alzheimer’s Project Act was signed into law by the President of the United States after having been passed unanimously in both the Senate and House of Representatives.  This is a major victory for the Alzheimer’s Association’s chapters and advocates as well as the nation.  Once enacted, NAPA will create a national strategic plan to address and overcome the rapidly escalating crisis of Alzheimer’s.
NAPA is the largest legislative victory in many years for the Alzheimer cause.

Over the last several years, the Alzheimer’s Association has been the leading voice in urging Congress and the White House to pass the National Alzheimer’s Project Act (NAPA).  The National Alzheimer’s Project Act will create a coordinated national plan to overcome the Alzheimer crisis and will ensure the coordination and evaluation of all national efforts in Alzheimer research, clinical care, institutional, and home- and community-based programs and their outcomes.  Alzheimer’s advocates were instrumental in moving NAPA through Congress.  More than 50,000 e-mails, nearly 10,000 phone calls and more than 1,000 meetings by the Alzheimer’s Association and its advocates led us to the historic legislative victory for the Alzheimer community.

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Heatstroke: A deadly hazard of summer

To avoid heatstroke, avoid strenuous physical activity outside during the hottest time of the day, if possible.
To avoid heatstroke, avoid strenuous physical activity outside during the hottest time of the day, if possible.

(CNN) — Michael Musick is all too familiar with the toll heat can take on the human body.

He was helping his father put up hay on their family farm three weeks ago when his vision began to blur. His legs became weak and his muscles cramped.

“If you keep pushing it, after you see the stars, then everything goes black and you pass out,” said Musick, 46, who lives on a farm near Honaker, Virginia. This was the third time in five years that he had a heat-related illness, but this was the most severe. This time, he passed out twice.

“It’s pretty classic for folks. If they continue to have episodes of heat-related illness, they usually get worse each time,” said Dr. S. Hughes Melton, practicing physician in Lebanon, Virginia, who treated Musick for heatstroke.

A normal body temperature is around 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit, but in heatstroke the body can warm up to 106 degrees Fahrenheit or higher in 10 to 15 minutes. Death or permanent disability can result from heatstroke if not treated immediately.

The risk of heatsroke is up this week because of heat wave across the nation. Twelve states are under heat advisories from the National Weather Service as of Wednesday, including Musick’s Virginia. And even areas of the country that aren’t under heat advisories, such as Newark, New Jersey, and New York’s JFK airport, hit record highs Tuesday.

“When you have the kind of heat wave that we’re having now, we start to get worried,” said Dr. Janyce Sanford, chair of emergency medicine at the University of Alabama, Birmingham.

America under heat stress

This summer’s heat has already claimed at least one life: a 51-year-old man in Granite City, Illinois, died because of excessive heat, according to the Madison County coroner. He was found unresponsive in his mobile home, where the air conditioner was not working, according to CNN affiliate KMOV. The preliminary cause of death is heatstroke.

Between 1999 and 2003, there were 3,442 reported deaths resulting from exposure to extreme heat, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. During that time Arizona had the highest number of deaths related to hyperthermia, which happens when the body overheats (heatstroke is a form of it), followed by Nevada and Missouri.

Elderly people and young children, as well as people with chronic severe illnesses, are at highest risk of heatstroke.

Heat hurts your insides too

There are a few different forms of heat-related illnesses.

Heat cramps are usually considered mild, and can be treated with liquids and going into a cool environment. More severe is heat exhaustion, which involves elevation of body temperature, headaches, nausea and vomiting.

And then there is heatstroke, which is the most life-threatening. Heatstroke resembles heat exhaustion but may additionally involve neurological symptoms such as confusion and dizziness, or even coma. The body can no longer sweat, and internal temperature skyrockets.

Geoff Stoker, 24, remembers sweating profusely at soccer camp in high school and then, after three days, the sweating stopped altogether. He lost desire to eat, and vomited. His father, a surgeon, treated him for heatstroke at home, and he had no long-term side effects.

In Musick’s case, the heatstroke temporarily diminished his kidney function to about 50%.

Patients may also lose water weight through dehydration, said Dr. Sylvia Morris, hospitalist at Emory University Hospital Midtown in Atlanta, Georgia. A hospitalist is a physician whose focus is patients within a hospital.

Sanford’s hospital typically sees one or two chronically ill elderly patients who live without air conditioning and develop heatstroke in any given summer. But she believes the South sees fewer cases because people in that region are more acclimated to high outdoor temperatures; they’re more used to having to deal with heat than in other parts of the United States.

Treatment

In severe cases, patients must be admitted to the intensive care unit, where medical staff watch body temperature carefully. A 48-hour hospital stay would usually be necessary, Sanford said.

“If you can get them to treatment fairly quickly, they’ll survive it,” Sanford said. Chronic illnesses can complicate recovery, however.

Treatment focuses on cooling the patient down to a normal body temperature. If the patient has a clear airway, breathes normally and has normal circulation, medical staff will remove his or her clothes and spray cool water while a fan is blowing, Sanford said. Cool intravenous fluids also bring body temperature down.

Musick’s wife Teresa, recognizing heatstroke symptoms, drove him to the hospital when she noticed that his speech was slurred and his blood pressure was dropping. The emergency room staff gave him an IV, and the next day he followed up with Melton, who gave him two more IV bags.

“His body is not able to cool itself effectively, and so for him, he needs to avoid prolonged working in the heat. That’s really his only option at this point, because I don’t think his body will adapt,” Melton said.

Avoiding heatstroke

To protect yourself, try to avoid strenuous physical activity outside during the hottest time of the day — between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.

People who must work outside should make sure they drink plenty of water every half-hour or so and take breaks in a cool environment if possible, Sanford said. Wearing lightweight, light-colored clothing and a wide-brimmed hat can also help.

You can tell if you’re dehydrated by looking at your urine, Melton said. If you’ve had adequate amounts of water, your urine will probably look light in color; darker means you should drink more.

And make sure you check on the elderly, especially if they don’t have air conditioning, Morris said. They should spend time in cool places such as a library or a mall to get a break from the heat, she said.

5 tips for surviving extreme heat

Kidney, liver and heart problems are all conditions that should make patients extra aware of the heat, and they should talk with their doctors about heat exposure, said Morris.

“People tend to forget to drink. By the time you’re thirsty, it’s really too late,” Morris said.

Musick said his problem is that he doesn’t like to drink water so much, and his hydration concerns his wife. But over the past three years he’s made an effort to get at least 8 glasses a day in his system.

Since his most recent heatstroke, he’s been resting and hasn’t been out on the farm.

“I am really pushing the hobby of farming to be retired,” Teresa Musick said.

By Elizabeth Landau, CNN
July 14, 2011 6:18 a.m. EDT

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May is Stroke Awareness Month

Learn how to raise stroke awareness during National Stroke Awareness Month in May and throughout the year. Explore the Resource Center for programs and activities aimed to increase public awareness of lifesaving stroke information and provide the stroke community a role in the act of raising awareness. Join stroke champions across the U.S. by encouraging others to be aware and share knowledge about stroke.

Prevention:

Up to 80 percent of all strokes can be prevented by working with a healthcare professional to manage risk.

Although stroke can happen to anyone, certain risk factors such as high blood pressure and diabetes can  increase chances of a stroke. By following the latest prevention guidelines and filling out a stroke risk scorecard to discuss with a doctor, you are on the path to preventing a future stroke.

Treatment:

Stroke is an emergency and must be responded to urgently so a doctor can evaluate whether or not treatment will help. Treatments for stroke include a clot-buster drug called tissue plasminogen activator (t-PA), a clot retriever device and a system for revascularization. t-PA must be given with three hours of the first symptom appearing. To make sure you and others act FAST and call 9-1-1 immediately at any sign of a stroke, learn the FAST test and read about all the sudden warning signs so you can respond appropriately.

Recovery & Rehabilitation:

Recovery from stroke is a lifelong process. For many people, recovery  begins with formal rehabilitation, which can restore independence by  improving physical, mental and emotional functions. It is important for  you and your family to know that no matter where you are in your  recovery journey, there is always hope.
National Stroke Association offers tools, resources and support for all types of issues survivors face after stroke.

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‘Elderly’ No More

“Have you thought about changing the name of that blog you’re writing for?” Ann Fishman asked. “The boomers aren’t going to like it. They don’t ever want to get old.”

I’d called Ms. Fishman, president of Generational Targeted Marketing, a market research firm in New York, with a simple question. What language should we use in talking about people age 65 and older? Should we call them “seniors”? “The elderly”? “Older adults”? Something else?

“For heavens’ sake, don’t call them anything,” said Ms. Fishman. “Let’s talk about their interests and values.” Marketers, she noted, make it point to address potential customers’ “stage of life” and “lifestyle,” but never talk about their age.

But what’s the alternative for the rest of us, and for doctors who treat patients who fit this description, and for academics who study this demographic? What terms should we use to discuss this age group without giving offense?

I decided to conduct a small, random, unscientific survey by calling a few mostly past-middle-age experts and asking what they thought. Here are their responses.

Harry Moody, 67, director of academic affairs for AARP:

What’s going on is we have a problem with the subject itself. Everyone wants to live longer, but no one wants to be old.

Personally, I tend to use the term “older people” because it’s the least problematic. Everyone is older than someone else.

“For heavens’ sake, don’t call them anything,” said Ms. Fishman. “Let’s talk about their interests and values.” Marketers, she noted, make it point to address potential customers’ “stage of life” and “lifestyle,” but never talk about their age.

But what’s the alternative for the rest of us, and for doctors who treat patients who fit this description, and for academics who study this demographic? What terms should we use to discuss this age group without giving offense?

I decided to conduct a small, random, unscientific survey by calling a few mostly past-middle-age experts and asking what they thought. Here are their responses.

Harry Moody, 67, director of academic affairs for AARP:

What’s going on is we have a problem with the subject itself. Everyone wants to live longer, but no one wants to be old.

Personally, I tend to use the term “older people” because it’s the least problematic. Everyone is older than someone else.

 

Much of the time, it’s completely unnecessary to use age as an identifier at all. People don’t like it. That’s why you see organizations changing their names. Elderhostel got rid of “elder” and became Road Scholar. AARP shortened its name, which now doesn’t mention age or retirement.

Jane Glen Haas, 74, nationally syndicated newspaper columnist:

Don’t call anyone “elderly.” I associate that with people with physical disabilities who need constant care.

“Senior citizens” is a term coined in the late 1930s for people who needed a place to go, senior centers, to have a good lunch. To me, it implies somewhat impoverished older people, not the way people want to think of themselves.

“Aging” — to me that sounds like I’m declining.

I guess “older people” is best. I suppose if you had to call me something, I’d prefer that it be “writer” or “an older writer.”

Dr. John Rowe, 67, chairman of the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on an Aging Society and a professor of health policy at Columbia University:

People who study this talk about the “young-old,” roughly age 65 to 75, and the “old-old,” a group that tends to have more physical needs and functional impairments. The problem with terms like “the elderly” or “seniors” is that they lump these two groups together, and none of the young-old want to be identified with the old-old.

My view is that the elderly is a demographic group, like youth or middle age. I use it when I’m talking about populations. When I’m talking about individuals, then I say “older person.”

Personally, I prefer the term “senior,” but the fact is no one calls me that because no one thinks I’m that old.

Margaret Morganroth Gullette, 70, author of “Agewise: Fighting the New Ageism in America” and a resident scholar at the Women’s Studies Research Center at Brandeis University:

How we discuss age depends on the context and the underlying ideology. Society mostly adheres to a decline ideology that equates getting older with getting worse, usually from a health, and often from a financial, standpoint. Countering this is positive aging ideology that insists that many things get better with age. You’ve got a tug of war between these two views and over the direction of change that aging represents.

I prefer descriptions that imply movement to those that are static. Phrases like “aging past youth” or “aging into the middle years” or “aging toward old age” — I’d like to see those mainstreamed.

Thomas Cole, director of the McGovern Center for Humanities and Ethics at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston:

We’ve tried “elder,” but people don’t like that because it reminds them of patriarchy and the church. We replaced “old age” with “aging,” which carried more of a sense of dynamism, but now that doesn’t work either because of the anti-aging movement.

“Longevity” is a more positive term, without all the negative associations other words have gathered, but you can’t call an older person a “longevitist.”

The culture’s problem is that we split aging into good and bad.

We’re unable to sustain images of growing older that handle the tension between spiritual growth, the good, and physical decline, the bad. In the Hebrew Bible, aging is both a blessing and a curse. But our culture can’t achieve this kind of synthesis.

Dee Wadsworth, 62, staff gerontologist at the Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church in Dallas:

We don’t call people “junior citizens,” so why do we call them “senior citizens”?

“Elderly” is not generally accepted as a noun. To many of us, it’s associated with social services, health programs, long-term care. The American Medical Association prefers the words “older person” or “aging adult,” as do I. They’re neutral descriptions, neither positive or negative.

Boomers will never identify with “senior” — that’s their parents, not them. Senior centers, agencies on aging, other organizations with the word “senior” in them are all going to have to change their names if they want to draw the boomers.

Dr. Alexander Smith, 38, assistant professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco:

This came up as a disagreement between two of my senior mentors. One said he thought we should use the term “elderly” because it connotes a degree of respect that “older adults” doesn’t convey. The other said we should call elderly patients “older people” or “older adults,” because they are people first and foremost.

It’s not just terminology that’s at issue here. It’s our underlying attitudes about aging that really need to be addressed.

In general, I’d prefer to refer to people as they’d like to be called, but I don’t know what that is.

So much for the experts — what about you? What language do you think we should use to describe people who have advanced beyond the middle of their lives, and why?

By JUDITH GRAHAM, New York Times

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April Is National Parkinson’s Awareness Month

Parkinson’s disease is a disorder of the brain that affects the transmission of messages to the muscles. It is characterized by tremor, stiffness of the muscles, and difficulty in initiating movements. Over one million Americans have Parkinson’s disease. It occurs most often in later life, but can also affect younger people. Men face almost twice the risk of developing the condition. Parkinson’s disease is a progressive disease, which means that it normally worsens over time. It usually, but not always, develops slowly.

No one knows what causes Parkinson’s disease. Certain “Parkinson-like symptoms” can result from the side effects of some drug therapies, or can be caused by conditions such as a brain tumor, arterial disease, viral encephalitis, stroke, or head injury.

What are the Symptoms?

  • Tremor or involuntary movements—One or both hands or limbs may exhibit an involuntary trembling, which lessens when the person is using the affected part. Involuntary movements of the hand are common, and the person may seem to be “rolling” something between the fingers.

  • Rigidity of muscles; slowness of body movement—Posture may be stiff or stooped, with diminished movement of the arms and legs.

  • Shuffling gait—The person may take small, cautious steps, or may alternate slow steps with rapid ones.

  • Loss of facial mobility—The person’s face may seem to be expressionless.

  • Speech difficulties—Speech may be slow and expressionless, and the voice a low-pitched monotone.

  • Impaired balance—The person may have difficulty balancing or sitting up straight.

  • Deteriorating handwriting—The person’s writing becomes cramped, smaller and more difficult to read.

How Is Parkinson’s Disease Diagnosed?

At present, there are no laboratory tests that can confirm the diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease. In order to arrive at a diagnosis, the physician takes a family and health history from the person, and performs a thorough physical and neurological examination, observing the person’s movements and muscle function.  The physician will also rule out other disorders that can cause similar symptoms. Early diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease is important so that appropriate treatment can begin.

Managing Parkinson’s Disease

For now, there is no cure for Parkinson’s disease. But with early diagnosis and an effective plan of treatment, the symptoms of the disease can often be controlled or lessened. Treatment varies widely for each individual, and may include:

  • Medication therapy—A number of drugs can help control the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. The choice of correct drug or drugs, the dosage, the method of taking medication, and the risk of side effects of drugs vary from person to person, requiring careful physician supervision.

  • Rehabilitative therapyPhysical, occupational and speech therapists can assess the person’s abilities and needs, and provide exercises to help maintain the highest possible range of motion, muscle tone, balance and flexibility, and communication ability.

  • Lifestyle alterations—Exercise helps maintain muscle tone and strength. Diet is important for nutrition, for maintaining an appropriate weight, and because protein level may be a factor in the person’s condition. Rest and stress reduction are also important.

Support groups and counseling are available to help the person and family members deal with the social and emotional impact of Parkinson’s disease.

Article compiled by and For More Information go to…

The National Parkinson Foundation website is a good source of information and resources about treatment, support and research.

The American Parkinson Disease Association website includes a directory of APDA Information and Referral Centers where Parkinson patients and family caregivers can access information and resources.

The Parkinson’s Disease Information Page offers information on Parkinson’s disease, causes, treatments, support from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.

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LifeLegacy Foundation’s Memorial Service in Phoenix

On behalf of LifeLegacy Foundation, we invite you to attend a Memorial Service in honor of your loved one, who was a Donor through our organization.

The memorial service is in celebration of your loved one’s life. We hope the families of those who have passed away and donated will recognize the importance of the gift they have given.

Please join us on Saturday, April 14th, 2012 from 1:00-3:00pm at Paradise Sunset Chapel.

Paradise Sunset Chapel

3934 East Indian School Rd

Phoenix, AZ 85018

For directions call (602)955-1600

Anatomical gifts make miracles happen.

 

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