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Archive for May, 2014

Staying Sharp As You Age

May 22, 2014

Looking for ways to stay sharp as you age? The answer is simple, fun and good for you – just babysit your grandkids at least once a week.

Grandparents who care for their grandchildren have a lower risk for developing Alzheimers and have increased mental sharpness. Just be careful – too much of a good thing can be harmful.

 

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Researchers from the Women’s Healthy Aging Project study in Australia studied 186 women and put them through a series of tests for memory and mental processing ability.

So what were the results? Grandparents, and specifically grandmothers, who performed significantly higher, were the ones who cared for their grandchildren at least once a week. However, too much of a good thing can be detrimental, and those who cared for grandchildren five days a week performed worse.

So how does it all work? Caring for grandkids keeps you socially engaged and active, just be careful to avoid the high stress levels of becoming a full-time caregiver.

 

Tips for Staying Active with Your Grandkids

Don’t just watch shows or pop in a movie when you babysit your grandchildren, keep their minds and bodies active – and yours too!

Visit a local park: If a park and playground is nearby, take a walk to go visit. Relax on the swings while they play and run around, or bring a sports gear to play soccer, tennis or basketball.

Bike around the neighborhood: Get our the bike helmets and go for a ride around the neighborhood. If you aren’t up for biking with them, walk while they ride around the neighborhood.

Chalk it up: Let your creative side show and color the driveway with artwork.

Work on educational activities: Help your grandkids out with their schoolwork, or prepare them for school with fun and easy to use workbooks.

Get Cooking: Open up your cookbook and pick a recipe – you don’t need a special occasion to bake some delicious cookies.

These are just a few ideas to get you started but there are so many more! Go swimming, play hide and seek around the house or create a puppet show, use your imagination.

 

Taking Care of Your Health

While taking care of your grandkids may help prevent developing Alzheimers and help increase mental abilities, you still need to focus on taking care of the rest of your body. Screen for Life offers customizable screening packages that can prevent life-changing diseases. Check out the health screenings that we offer, and schedule yours online with us today.




Stroke Dangers in the ER

May 15, 2014

Stroke affects 795,000 per year in the United States, meaning that one person has a stroke every 40 seconds. While 88% of stroke patients do not get a warning, research from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore says that early warning signs of stroke are being missed by doctors in the emergency room for those who do get a warning.

 

How Strokes Are Misdiagnosed

12.7% of patients treated for stroke were originally misdiagnosed by the physician in the ER and returned later. Doctors confused early warning signs with other, less threatening conditions. Headaches and dizziness are symptoms of stroke, but also ear infections and migraines.

Based on this study, researchers believe that anywhere from 50,000 to 100,000 people are injured by a misdiagnosed stroke each year. However, certain factors seem to increase the risk of being misdiagnosed in the study:

• Women were 33% more likely to have a misdiagnosis
• Minorities were 20-30% more likely to have symptoms ignored
• Patients under age 45 had the highest risk

 

How You Can Detect Stroke

The more you know, the better off you are. Detecting a stroke early or before it happens give the patient the best chance at a full recovery. Early warning signs for stroke include:

• Numbness/Weakness of Extremities
• Confusion
• Blurred Vision
• Dizziness
• Loss of Balance
• Severe Headache
• Difficulty Speaking
• Face Drooping

Certain risk factors for stroke are preventable, other are determined by family history, race, age and gender.

Concerned about your risk for stroke? Annual stroke screenings are recommended for anyone over age 50, or if you have risk factors, age 40. We offer five screenings to help you understand your personal risk. Schedule your preventive stroke screening with us online today.




National Hospital Week

May 14, 2014

May 11th – 17th is National Hospital Week. Hospital Week celebrates hospitals and the men and women who, day in and day out, support the health of their communities through compassionate care, constant innovation and unwavering, unmatched dedication. For more information, please visit http://www.aha.org/advocacy-issues/nhw/index.shtml.

Life Line Screening would like to thank all of our hospital and healthcare providers who sponsor screening events in the many communities we serve! For a full list of hospital sponsors, please visit our featured hospitals site.




Community Healthcare is More Important than Ever

May 10, 2014

Looking for easy, convenient and affordable health care options? You aren’t the only one. The Health Resources and Service Administration state that about 20% of people in the United States live in areas with an insufficient amount of primary care physicians to meet community needs.

To add to this problem, the Association of American Medical Colleges predicts that there will be a shortage of potentially 45,000 physicians within the next six years.

The healthcare access gap is becoming more apparent in the aftermath of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). More than 5 million Americans have signed up to receive insurance this year, and that number is expected to grow to close to 30 million by the end of 2017. With more Americans having the means to afford healthcare, the growing problem is that they do not have anywhere to go.

So where do you turn to for accessible healthcare? The answer is closer to home than you think – community based health options.

 

Community Healthcare

Community based health options offer up quality care and are options that are able to save you a more costly trip to the doctor’s office.

Option #1: Community health screenings – Life Line Screening, the nation’s leading provider of preventive health screenings, offers affordable tests in local and in some cases under served communities. Our focus is to detect chronic diseases such as stroke, cholesterol and diabetes that are a burden on the healthcare system, and cause significant disability to individuals and their families.

Option #2: Retail Clinics – These are small practices mostly found in national drug stores, and are predicted to double by 2015. Accenture also reported that they will save the health care system around $800 million annually since they are used instead of a higher cost option.

 

Hospital Relationships

Retail clinics and health screening services are often partner with local hospital systems. Minute Clinic from CVS, for example, has a list of the hospital affiliations, meaning that they collaborate with those medical systems in the community.

Life Line Screening partners with many hospitals throughout the nation in an effort to make patients more aware of unrecognized health problems. We also encourage our screening participants to seek follow-up care with their personal physicians.

Community-based healthcare options like Life Line Screening are a way of providing accessible, easy, convenient screenings. Learn more about community health screenings.




Exercise is the Key to Healthy Aging

May 8, 2014

Growing older doesn’t mean giving up an active lifestyle. As you grow older, exercise becomes more important than ever. Exercising regularly can boost your energy, help you maintain your independence, manage symptoms of illness and pain and might even reverse some symptoms of aging.

So if you’re searching for the fountain of youth, look no further. Exercise is good for your mind, mood, body and memory.

 

Start Your Exercise Routine

30 minutes is the recommended amount of daily exercise, which amounts to 2% of your day. Start a workout routine and stick to it. Have a designated time each day to walk outside, go to the gym, bike or take a fitness class.

Once you get into the habit, it will be hard to break, and you will feel all the better for staying committed!

 

Excuses Aren’t Going to Cut It

Everyone has their excuse, but let’s face it. If 30 minutes of exercise is just 2% of your day, you can make time.

There’s no point in exercising. I’m going to get old anyway: Exercise and strength training can actually help you look and feel younger all while staying active. If you exercise on a regular basis, it actually lowers your risk for developing heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity and Alzheimer’s.

Older people shouldn’t exercise so they can save their strength: A sedentary lifestyle, especially for adults over 50, is unhealthy. Inactivity will cause you to lose muscle strength and the ability to do independent activities.

Exercise may cause falls: This one is especially false. By exercising you build up strength and stamina, which will prevent the loss of bone mass and improve your balance. The bottom line? Exercise will actually reduce your risk of falling.

It’s too late for me to start now: You are never too old to start! If it’s been a while, start with light walking, tai chi or gentle activities and slowly build your way up.

 

Taking Care of Your Health

Exercising regularly and following a healthy diet plan are both ways to fight off disease; some risk factors cannot be controlled with a healthy lifestyle. If you know that you have a family history of certain conditions like heart disease, stroke or diabetes you may want to schedule a health screening  to determine your personal risk factor.




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