Advance Directives

Thursday, April 16 is National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD)

Have you shared your health care preferences with family, friends and health care providers?

Read our article below on The Basics of Advance Directives These legal documents spell out your end-of-life medical preferences when you can’t speak for yourself.

The Basics of Advance Directives

Every person has a right to make decisions about his or her medical care. But in a time of crisis, you may not be able to speak for yourself. A sudden illness, accident or serious injury can strike at anytime. It could render you unconscious or even near death for an extended period of time.

Water Aerobics

Water Aerobics: Everyone in the Pool

For a workout that’s easy on your body, but still works your heart and major muscle groups, water aerobics may be just the thing.

If you’re looking for an effective, fun workout, water aerobics may be just the ticket.

Water aerobics is a low- to no-impact form of activity. It will raise your heart rate and cause you to break a sweat. It’s both an aerobic and muscle-building workout. It can vary in intensity from moderate to vigorous. That depends on your fitness level.

Signs of a Stroke

Every minute matters: Know the signs of a stroke

By Tanise Edwards, M.D.

When someone is having a stroke, time isn’t on your side — unless you act fast. How you react could be lifesaving. And, it may mean the difference between a successful recovery and a lasting disability for your loved one.

So, know what to look for — and what you should do.

Talk with your Doctor

Patients used to be led by doctors, but now taking initiative and being prepared is essential to a collaborative patient-doctor partnership. Although discussing sensitive topics can be difficult, the relationship you have with your doctor is one of the most important aspects of receiving good health care. It is also helpful for you to take an active role in the development & ownership of your Care Plan. Below are a few easy steps in developing a plan to make the most of your next visit with your doctor.

What to prepare before meeting with your doctor:

  • 1. A list of your symptoms – write them down as you experience them and be specific
  • 2. Your medications – this includes any prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications, herbal remedies, supplements, laxatives, and eye drops.
  • 3. List of habits or life changes – such as use of assistive devices like canes, walkers or scooters.

Annual Wellness

A Guide to your annual wellness visit.

Going to your annual wellness visit each year helps your doctor take better care of your health so you can stay well and keep your independence. Wellness Visits can help find health issues early, when the chance for getting treated and cured may be better. Staying on top of your health can lower the chance of going to the hospital and may help prevent bigger problems in the future.

Importance of Annual Vaccines, Screenings and Exams for Seniors

It is important to be an active participant in your own health and wellness. Today seniors are living longer lives and have better access to more affordable care. Therefore, they should be following up with their doctors and receiving regular vaccinations, screenings and exams. Annual visits, vaccines and scans aid in the prevention of major illnesses, they help to recognize risk factors for disease, identify medical problems, and building the physician–patient relationship.