All posts by Anetra Clark

Simple Tips For Fall Prevention

Fall prevention is an important topic for seniors and their caregivers to discuss and implement. Aging brings about physical changes and health issues (not to mention the side effects of medications used to treat those issues) that can increase the likelihood of falls. Most serious falls happen in and around the home, and can result in serious even life-threatening injury. Therefore to stay safe and maintain a level of independence, it is crucial to take these simple precautions to ensure your safety and reduce your risk of falling. See your doctor Make a list of your current medications and supplements […]

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Vital Vaccinations for Seniors this Season

Labor Day can signify many things. One of which is the end of summer, and the beginning of cooler weather, warm woolies, comforting and soul hugging soups, and steamy mugs of tea or hot cocoa. Its also the beginning of cold and flu season. The timing of flu is unpredictable and can vary from season to season. Seasonal flu activity can begin as early as October and continue to occur as late as May. Flu activity most commonly peaks in the United States in January or February. Vaccines are especially important for  adults over the age of 65, as immunity […]

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Mission: Nutrition – Eating Well as You Age (Part 4)

In this final installment of our series, we will take a look foods that help fight the onset of dementia. Alzheimer’s and dementia are some of the scariest and most emotionally-triggering degenerative diseases. But they are easier to prevent than previously thought. Memory loss that disrupts daily life may be a symptom of Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia. Alzheimer’s is a progressive brain disease that causes a slow decline in memory, thinking and reasoning skills. In Alzheimer’s disease, inflammation and insulin resistance injure neurons and inhibit communication between brain cells. Be aware of these 10 warning signs and symptoms […]

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Mission: Nutrition – Eating Well as You Age (Part 3)

Although we’re still snug in summer’s golden embrace, before you know it we will once again be caught in the throes of a notorious Michigan winter. It’s always wise, particularly for seniors and caregivers to be proactive and prepare to wage war against flu season, and other immune system antagonists.   People 65 years and older are at greater risk of serious complications from the flu compared with their younger counterparts because the immune defenses becomes weaker as we age. Flu symptoms can include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue.   In […]

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Mission: Nutrition – Eating Well as You Age (Part 2)

In this installment of eating well as you age, we will take a look at Osteoporosis. This degenerative disease decreases bone strength and increases the likelihood of broken bones. It’s the most common cause of this injury among senior citizens. Bone is a dynamic living tissue that is constantly being broken down and replaced. Osteoporosis occurs when the development of new bone doesn’t keep up with the removal of old bone. This can cause your bones to become porous and brittle.   Osteoporosis can creep up silently in its early stages, without any typical symptoms or warning signs until an […]

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Mission: Nutrition-Eating Well as You Age (Part 1)

Everyone knows the importance of staying healthy and eating well. But did you know that as we age our body requires more and different nutrients to help stave off certain age related illnesses and maladys?   A full and balanced diet can promote mental acuteness, help fight age related disease, help you recuperate faster from injury or surgery, and also help you to better manage any current health issues you might be facing.   This is the first in a series of informational articles that  will provide insight into the benefits of a healthy diet in relation to age. We […]

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Sleep Habits Change As We Age

As part of the aging process, sleeping habits change as we age and vary from person to person. The sleeping cycle consists of multiple stages throughout the night that are repeated several times, including dreamless periods of light sleep, as well as some periods of active dreaming known as the REM (Rapid Eye Movement) cycle. While many people believe that a poor night’s sleep is normal amongst the elderly, it is not! Sleeping needs change throughout the course of one’s lifetime, and there are several different explanations as to why the elderly experience disruptive sleeping patterns.  A normal night of […]

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Urgent Care or Emergency Department

Urgent Care or Emergency Department, it can be confusing!

Many people are unaware of the differences between the emergency department and an urgent care center, and when you shouldgo to one over the other. The biggest difference is cost. An urgent care center is going to be much less expensive than the emergency department because the emergency department is set up for life threatening injuries or illnesses.

Urgent Care is designed to treat minor and non-life threatening injures and to take some of the pressure off of the emergency department. Due to this, wait times are often shorter at an urgent care facility as well. Most urgent care centers are staffed by one doctor and a few mid-level providers, such as physician assistants and nurse practitioners, as well as nurses. An urgent care will also be equipped with some diagnostic equipment, such as an x-ray. Reasons to go to an urgent care are

  • Stitches
  • Broken Bonesurgent emergency cartoon
  • Burns
  • Cold or Flu
  • Common Sprain
  • Sore Throat or Fever

People can often substitute a trip to an urgent care for  a visit to a primary care physician, but this is strongly discouraged. The cost of a visit to the urgent care is much more than the cost of a visit to a doctor’s office. Some reasons to go to urgent care:

Emergency Department in a hospital, focuses on life-threatening medical issues. In other words, the emergency department is reserved for true emergencies. The emergency department is also staffed by more highly trained professionals and specialist. Technology is generally far more advanced and more readily available.  Some reasons to go to the emergency department:

  • Signs of a heart attack, such as discomfort in chest or upper body, shortness of breath, breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea, and lightheadedness
  • Signs of a stroke, such as facial drooping, numbness or weakness in the arm, leg, or face, speech difficulty, blurred vision, dizziness or loss of balance, sudden severe headache with no known cause
  • Poisoning
  • Severe, life threatening wounds or amputations
  • Coughing up or vomiting blood
  • Suicidal or homicidal feelings

Here is a helpful infographic to help you remember when to go to the urgent care and when to go the emergency department

UC vs ED infographic

 

What is Anodyne Therapy?

If you suffer from chronic pain in your feet, legs, back, neck, or hands and wrists Anodyne Treatment may help you. Anodyne is a non-invasive and drug free treatment that uses focused infrared light transmitted through therapy pads that are placed over the painful area. The infrared light dilates blood vessels and alleviates pain. Anodyne has been used for more than a decade to increase circulation and to reduce pain, stiffness, and muscle spasms. It can be used on any part of the body, even over metal implants, pacemakers, and defibrillators. Anodyne treatments are completely pain free. It has been […]

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Winter Advice for Elderly Caregivers in Michigan

Advice for Elderly Caregivers in the Rough Michigan Winter Ahead All the snow in Michigan over the past week reminds us that winter safety should be of top concern as we transition to the slippery, cold season. Here is a list of things you can do as an elderly caregiver to ensure that they stay safe and warm this year. Prevent Falls on Snow and Ice Don’t let seniors shovel themselves! It’s one of the leading causes of injury during the winter. Get out the good, rubber soled boots or shoes Add non-skid pads to regular shoes Put new treads on […]

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