The Well

Monthly information and suggestions to promote a healthier lifestyle and a stronger sense of wellbeing.

Signs of Aging Parents That Might Need Help

04-01-2018The Well

As we all know, we are living much longer than our grandparents perhaps or even our great grandparents. Our parents are living longer and as adult children we might be missing signs that our parents are having difficulty living alone. It’s hard to admit that our parents are aging, our mothers gave birth to us and nurtured us, and our fathers were our protectors and providers. So sometimes its hard to come to a realization that perhaps our parents need some assistance with activities of daily living.

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Medicine And Pregnancy

03-04-2018The Well

Are you pregnant and taking medicines? You are not alone. Many women need to take medicines when they are pregnant. There are about six million pregnancies in the U.S. each year, and 50% of pregnant women say that they take at least one medicine. Some women take medicines for health problems, like diabetes, morning sickness or high blood pressure that can start or get worse when a woman is pregnant. Others take medicines before they realize they are pregnant.

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Preventing Falls in Older Adults

02-01-2018The Well

“Even to your old age, I am He, and to gray hairs I will carry you…” (Isaiah 46:4)

Facts about Falls

During the Winter season when there is sleek sidewalks and driveways, we would expect an increased risk for falls, but for seniors, it’s the inside of their homes that can be downright dangerous. Falls are very common and often preventable. Falls are the #1 cause of death due to injury for people age 65 and older.

Seniors are at greater risk for falls due to health problems and physical hazards, such as throw rugs.

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The Lone Senior: The Life and Death Effects of Social Isolation

01-02-2018The WellExcerpt taken from Lifecare Innovations

A 2012 study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences shows an association between loneliness and mortality, placing what used to be perceived as a relatively benign social problem on a par with smoking in its impact on lifespan, and even worse than obesity in this same regard.

The number of seniors living alone is estimated to be 11 million and growing. While living alone does not in and of itself guarantee social isolation and loneliness, it is most certainly a risk factor.

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Science Says Silence Is much More Important Than You Think

12-01-2017The Well

Advent is the time of year that we wait in contemplation for Christ’s coming and enjoy the Christmas Season and in that waiting, here is something else worth contemplating: Silence can be beneficial for our brains!

In 1859, the British nurse and social reformer Florence Nightingale wrote, “Unnecessary noise is the most cruel absence of care that can be inflicted on sick or well.” Every careless clatter or banal bit of banter, Nightingale argued, can be a source of alarm, distress, and loss of sleep for recovering patients.

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Here’s how you can stay ahead of flu season

11-01-2017The Well

Flu season is quickly approaching. Here a few quick tips use you can use every day to avoid getting sick:

Wash your hands: You should be washing your hands often, especially before eating, after using the bathroom and after being around those who are ill. Avoid touching your mouth, eyes and nose, and if you do, make sure those hands are clean.

Two methods to effectively clean your hands: Use alcohol hand gels/foam or, use soap and water. To engage your children, having them wash their hands while singing “Happy Birthday” twice which provides the 15 second requirement for clean hands and makes it fun for kids.

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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

10-01-2017The Well

Know the Facts

Domestic abuse and violence refers to a pattern of violent and coercive behavior exercised by one adult in an intimate relationship over another. It is not a private family matter. Domestic violence, also known as intimate partner violence (IPV) is defined by the Centers for Disease Control as a serious, preventable public health problem that affects millions of Americans. It refers to the physical, sexual, or psychological harm by a current or former partner or spouse and does include teen dating relationships. A statistic from the Bureau of Justice indicates that from 1994 to 2010, about 4 in 5 victims of intimate partner violence were female. Domestic violence affects the whole family, including any children. (obtained through Catholics For Family Peace)

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Don’t Let Health Care Providers Use the Improvement Standard to Deny Medicare Coverage For Your Loved One or Relative

09-01-2017The Well

For decades Medicare, skilled nursing facilities, and visiting nurse associations applied the so-called “improvement” standard to determine whether residents were entitled to Medicare coverage of the care. The standard, which is not in Medicare law, only permitted coverage if the skilled treatment was deemed to contribute to improving the patient’s condition, which can be difficult to achieve for many ill seniors.

Three years ago in the case of Jimmo v. Sebelius the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) agreed to a settlement in which it acknowledged that there’s no legal basis to the “improvement” standard and that both inpatient skilled nursing care and outpatient home care and therapy may be covered under Medicare as long as the treatment helps the patient maintain her current status or simply delays or slows her decline. In other words, as long as the patient benefits from the skilled care, which can include nursing care or physical, occupational, or speech therapy, then the patient is entitled to Medicare coverage.

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4 Questions to Ask During Your Child’s Back-to-School Physical

07-01-2017The Well

With the school year approaching, parents are getting ready to take their children for their back-to-school check-ups. These exams are important to not only avoid preventative issues, but also to regulate pre-existing conditions.

There are several key questions that parents should ask when they bring their child to a family physician for their back-to-school physicals.

Your time you spend with your family doctor is very important. The important things to discuss with your family physician are any health issues child is having along with their overall health. Parents should inquire about proper diet. They should also ask their doctor if the child's height and weight are on target and what type of nutritional foods they should be consuming. This is important as poor nutrition can lead to illness down the road.

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When Faith & Cancer Collide

06-01-2017The Well

I have been a parish nurse at Holy Spirit for 13 years. I have observed parishioners face the greatest threats to their lives, asking, as did Jesus on the cross, echoing the words of Psalm 22, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” They may be so overwhelmed and frightened that they may lament, “Where is God? Has God abandoned me? Has God done a disappearing act just as the enemy, cancer, is at the door?”

We tend to forget that our God is the God of the difficult times in our lives as well as the good times. When the threat of cancer arises, our faith, the foundation of our hope, is challenged, as we see the possibility of death. The reality of the threat of no longer being here as a living, breathing person, stands in contradiction to our hope, even threatens our hope.

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