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Contents AUGUST 2018 || VOL. 5 ISS. 8

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BETWEEN NEIGHBORS Editor’s note

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EVENTS

Fun things to do in August

Sabercats Youth Football expands in the North Valley

business 22

CHAMBER CORNER

Anthem Area Chamber of Commerce grows

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HIGH SCHOOL

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Patrick Crouse

Constable candidates

CRAFTS

Future freshman

VETERANS

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PERSPECTIVE

Simple projects

Just a Shelter Dog

PETS

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CooLifting

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ASK THE PHARMACIST Fall prevention

SUDOKU

An original puzzle

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Pinewood Lake

food

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BEAUTY

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READS

better

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TA C K L I N G T H E COMPETION

CROSSWORD

An original puzzle

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DINE

Dao Kitchen

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Enjoy a morning filled with dance, open play, gross motor development, and social time at a free Tot Time Dance Class. For ages birth to 24 months. Every Tuesday from 9:45 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. Drop in. Free. Arizona Dance Artistry, 625 W. Deer Valley Rd., # 100, Phoenix. arizonadanceartistry.com

Get the wiggles out with this fitness class just for kids. Zumba Kids is a rockin’, high-energy dance party with a certified instructor. Tennis shoes must be worn. Every Tuesday from 4:30 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. Ages 6 to 11. Drop in. $6 per session or purchase a MKids Punch Card with 10 sessions for $45. Mountainside Fitness, 2655 W. Carefree Hwy., Phoenix. mountainsidefitness.com

Musical Theater of Anthem’s no-cut production of A Year with Frog and Toad KIDS is a perfect way to get your start in musical theater. Ages 6 to 11. 10:30 a.m. Register online. Tuition and costume fee, $325. 42323 N. Vision Way, Anthem. musicaltheatreofanthem.org

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Hang out with Moana at the NatCo Princess Club during a fun afternoon of arts and crafts, teatime, story time, games, as well as an etiquette, modeling, and a dance lesson. Take the Princess Oath and model on our runway. Ages 2 to 4 years from 1 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. Ages 5+ from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Register by calling (623) 330-5808. Nathalie & Co., 2460 W. Happy Valley Rd., Phoenix.

Join Youth 4 Troops to help Make Plastic Sleeping Mats for homeless veterans. Volunteers will help sort and cut plastic shopping bags that are then rolled into plarn balls. Knowledgeable volunteers will crochet the plarn balls into mats. No crochet knowledge is necessary to participate in this event. Open to all ages. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Drop in. Free. Anthem Civic Building, 3701 W. Anthem Way, Anthem. youthfortroops.org

Bring your toddler to Artsy Tots for some creative, openended art activities. Please dress to get messy. For kids ages 18 months to 3. 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Registration required. Free. North Valley Regional Library, 40410 N. Gavilan Peak Pkwy., Anthem. evanced.mcldaz.org

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fresh | HIGH SCHOOL

Future Freshmen Student Emma Suttell shares her advice for Boulder Creek’s next generation of Jags.

Emma participates in Veterans Heritage Project

I CAN STILL remember my first day as a freshman at Boulder Creek High School; I was anxious about what was ahead of me, nervous that these final four years of school would entirely change the course of my future. Little did I know, my years at Boulder Creek would soon turn into my favorite years, and now, as a rising junior, I’m more than happy with my time at the school so far. There’s more than enough going on at the school to be excited about, and I figured that I would share some of the things I wish I would’ve known about when I was an incoming freshman.

Campus Culture It’s easy to say that BCHS’s Jaguars have lots of school spirit. With a strong backing from StuGo, the campus is always ablaze with students dressed in jag print, participating in spirit weeks or random theme days throughout the course of the year. One tip I have for future freshmen—go full out on spirit days and don’t be afraid to dress up. The “too cool for spirit” days are gone; everyone at Boulder Creek loves to dress up, take pictures, and sometimes even earn candy for dressing up.

Friends This is one topic I know that almost every freshman is always concerned about. How will I make friends this year? Will I keep all the same friends throughout high school? The answer to the latter is most likely no, but that doesn’t mean it’s a bad thing. Friend groups change because of mixed schedules, new opportunities, and a variety of other reasons. Don’t ever miss the opportunity to make new friends in your classes and reach out to people you haven’t met before. Reach out beyond only your

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Homecoming Spirit Week is a popular BCHS event

middle school friends and you might meet some people who’ll be your best friends until graduation.

Classes Challenge yourself this year. Freshman year is a great year to boost your GPA (yes, freshman year does matter to colleges). Don’t be afraid to take honors level classes, it will pay off once you migrate into more rigorous courses during your next three years. Additionally, making connections with teachers is a must—you can ask them for recommendation letters, advice, and suggestions throughout the year.

Clubs Most students forget that colleges are also looking for involvement in your high school years, and for most of us, that means getting involved in campus clubs. Boulder Creek offers a club for just about every topic you could ever think of, and if there isn’t one to satisfy your wants, you can make your own with the support of a few friends and a faculty member. Clubs vastly vary in their objectives and tasks, for example, Veterans Heritage Project, a club that I’m president of, publishes a book each year and writes an article in 85086 Magazine each month. Another club, Global Studies, ventures to other countries for service projects, while Theatre Club supports school productions and


Choir is one of the many activities Emma participates in

teaches theatrical techniques to any student who’s interested. Keep an eye out for these clubs and many more advertising on bulletin boards in the hallway for meeting dates and more info.

S ports With several varsity sports teams, there’s always a game going on here or there. In the fall, be sure not to miss any of the home football games. One of the ways to do this is to purchase an athletic pass that will be printed on your student ID. This pass will get you into any game throughout the year and comes at an extremely cheap rate that will save you money all year long. Don’t miss being a part of Boulder Creek’s student section that fiercely cheers on the bleachers, alongside the cheerleaders on the sidelines. The sports games are surely events you don’t want to miss.

The Arts Boulder Creek offers a strong selection of arts courses. Featuring classes such as choir, band, dance, ceramics, studio art, and more, there’s no shortage of arts opportunities at the school. Several of the departments offer concerts or showcases throughout the year that students can attend at a discounted rate. Even if you’re not the biggest fan of music or art, be sure to attend some of these events to make connections and maybe even be inspired to try out a new class. I had absolutely nothing to fear; the transition from middle school is somewhat odd, but the teachers, staff, and students of BCHS make it an easy transition. One thing that I can assure you of, it’s that Boulder Creek is more than ready for this next generation of Jags.

EMMA SUTTELL Emma is a high school junior at Boulder Creek. You can find more of her work on andthenemma.com.

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to the victim. Constables also locate criminal suspects and serve them with a summons that directs that person to appear before a justice of the peace. Constables further enforce the law by executing writs of restitution in landlord tenant cases. Evicting people from their residence is usually an unpleasant duty, but doing so often serves to protect the public, especially when it has been discovered that a neighborhood rental property has been operating a meth lab. Constables also enforce court orders to seize property to satisfy judgments. Arizona constables have had a colorful history. Wyatt Earp’s brother, Virgil Earp, served as a constable in Prescott. Gila County Constable Miles Wood arrested Billy the Kid in 1876. Wesley Bolin was Arizona’s secretary of state for nearly 30 years; but he began his political career in 1938 as a constable in west Phoenix. Standards for modern constables are governed in part by the Constable Ethics, Standards, and Training Board. It sets

the professional standards for constables throughout Arizona, ensures that every constable is meeting their continuing education requirements, and provides supplemental funding to counties for constable training and equipment. The board has a dual purpose of: (1) accepting, investigating, and resolving complaints against constables, and (2) reviewing and awarding grants from funds collected from writ fees collected in accordance with A.R.S. § 11-445. One justice of the peace and one constable are elected from each justice court precinct for a four-year term. (I’m unopposed.) To help ensure that they reflect the values of the local community, both are required to live in the justice court precinct they serve.

JUDGE GERALD A. WILLIAMS The justice of the peace for the North Valley Justice Court. The court’s jurisdiction includes Anthem and Desert Hills.

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fresh | READS

KRISTINE ABRAMS Kristine Abrams is a freelance writer, avid reader, and day hiker with a slight Brooklyn accent. Share your thoughts on this month’s book or suggest future reads via kristineabrams@yahoo.com. Author Sally H. Cronk

Just a Shelter Dog Anthem writer Sally H. Cronk talks about her unique book. By Kristine Abrams

JUST A SHELTER DOG, by Anthem resident Sally H. Cronk, is so unique and touching. Hearing the story (mostly) from the dog’s perspective puts a different spin on it and it worked. I mean, why not? He’s the main character. Good boy, Singer! And now, Sally, the (human) author of the book, answers some questions for the community she calls home. 85086: First of all, LOVED the book. It’s very entertaining to have it told from a dog's perspective. I think we all sometimes wonder what dogs (and other animals) have going on in their heads. Is that what gave you the idea to write in this format? SC: I grew up with dogs and always wondered what they were thinking. How did my dog know when I was thinking about going for a walk before I even moved? Getting ready to prepare his food? When I was sad and needed comfort? Each dog I had

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would become my best friend. Later, when I got into obedience training, I observed even more the fascinating body language of canines, and the expressions in those watchful, loving eyes. While developing the characters in my book, I most enjoyed speaking for my dog characters. 85086: I like how the main character (our canine narrator) has two different names (Runtie, then Singer). It's almost symbolic of the two different dogs he was throughout his life, and how far he'd come. I think you nailed it with this passage, and this is how he was able to become the amazing dog he eventually became: PAGE 223 “Bad dogs get that way because they don't trust their people. Routines create trust and comfort and mean somebody cares. If no one looks out for us, fear and misery take over.” I read this several times. It's so true and it sort of applies to a lot more than dogs, do you think? SC: My goal for readers is that, yes, they recognize that many of Singer's thoughts and beliefs should be applied to humans as well. Dogs, especially, need routines so they know their human pack members love and care about them. Doesn't everyone need to feel that way? Without trust there is no love. 85086: Well said! So, Ansley. Possible real hero of the book, or at least a close second. Without giving too much away, she's a very selfless person. I like how we get a little glimpse into her past, and also her future. Was she a fun character for you to develop? SC: Ansley was a challenge for me. As I mentioned earlier, Singer's ‘dog speak’ just seemed to come naturally. Ansley's motivations


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business | CHAMBER CORNER

EXPANSION Anthem Area Chamber of Commerce announces growth with larger space and additional services. THE ANTHEM Area Chamber of Commerce, answering demand from its members for flexible co-working space, recently announced plans to expand by opening its doors at the never-occupied Anthem Corporate Center building located at 3715 W. Anthem Way. The chamber recently finalized a lease for a 2,700-square-foot executive office suite on the building’s first floor. The new location will allow for continued growth of the chamber’s operations, a more convenient visitor center location, and expanded office co-op space for members. Chamber members, leadership, staff, and guests, gathered together with project management and leasing representatives and the Anthem Community Council on July 12 to celebrate the beginning of the construction phase. The evening featured live music, catering by Mama’s Hawaiian Bar-B-Cue, refreshments, and building tours. Construction is expected to be completed in September. “Co-working spaces are quickly becoming a cornerstone of the modern-day chamber of commerce business model,” says Executive Director Heather Maxwell. “Our young and growing chamber is keeping pace with our larger counterparts across the nation by offering co-working space for our chamber members. The Anthem Corporate Center is the area’s only class A office complex and in a prime location, right in the heart of Anthem. We’re thrilled to bring more cost-effective, efficient, and flexible co-working options to our membership.” The building was recently acquired by an Arizona-based investment group and now offers competitive rent rates and flexible tenant improvement packages. As a result, there’s a significant increase in leasing interest. The chamber will be the first tenant in the building, but more tenant announcements are expected soon. The chamber’s suite will be built from the concrete up, tailored to meet the chamber’s needs. The chamber will have its own entrance at the southwest corner of the building, convenient for member and visitor parking. Inside, the suite will offer reception, a visitor center, chamber office, conference room, 10 private offices, co-working space, and a shared lounge, kitchen, and business center. A limited number of chamber office co-op memberships are still available for private offices and co-working. The chamber will accept co-op membership applications monthly, as space is available. Private office memberships start at $500 and co-working memberships are $200 for one person. In addition to networking and col-

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The Anthem Area Chamber of Commerce is opening its doors at the Anthem Corporate Center

Inside, the suite will offer reception, a visitor center, chamber office, conference room, 10 private offices, co-working space, and a shared lounge, kitchen, and business center

laborating with other like-minded professionals, co-op members will enjoy 24/7 secured access to the area’s only class A executive office suites, on-site parking, mail and package delivery, as well as high-speed internet, marketing, and promotion. For more information about the chamber or chamber office co-op membership, call Heather at 623-322-9127 or email hmaxwell@anthemareachamber.org.


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Live by the Seven

VETERAN PATRICK CROUSE SHARES HIS FAMILY’S CODE WITH A SUPPORTIVE COMMUNITY. By Gabi Jenkins

PATRICK CROUSE is one of many in his family to serve in the United States Armed Forces. His family’s history in the military dates back to the 1700s. From the Revolutionary War to World War II, Patrick’s family has served in the milary in any way they could. It’s a tradition to continue the legacy of his grandfathers by sharing the stories of his past. For example, his family’s code is to “live by the seven.” It is seven words that should be used everyday: yes sir/ma’am, no sir/ma’am, please, and thank you. His father taught him this, and he has carried that with him everyday and instilled it in the hearts of others. From his family to yours, you too can live by the code. However, the code is not the only thing being shared. In this case, he would like to share his story with you. Patrick was stationed in Hohenfels, Germany. In his unit, he was a gunner for the M1 Abrams tank. He learned many life skills and made many fond memories during his years of service. One of his favorite memories was the day his tank became known as the flaming chicken after it caught on fire. After four years, he was honorably discharged for his service. Despite his discharge, he never stopped serving his community: Anthem. Patrick has a big heart. After his four years in the military, he followed the footsteps of his father and became a police officer in the Phoenix department. He became a patrol rifle instructor, teaching new cadets to handle firearms properly. When he’s not instructing and driving around the city, he easily expresses his joy to serve the community, whether he’s protecting them from danger or helping them with gardening work. His job is not the only way he gives back to the community. He coaches girls junior varsity and varsity soccer at Boulder Creek High School. He teaches them to respect people, act with integrity, discipline themselves, and so much more. For instance, last year, the girls soccer team rang bells for the Salvation Army. Meanwhile, any money Patrick makes from coaching girls soccer goes to the Boy Scouts, where his son, Trevor Crouse, was an Eagle Scout. Trevor carried the same fire and passion for serving others like his father, Patrick. Unfortunately, Trevor died four

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years ago from a rappelling accident. When Patrick could not serve his community, his community served him. One of the major contributions the community blessed him with was a published piece of music from Boulder Creek’s band director, James O’Halloran. The Boys Scouts also have a scholarship award named after Trevor Crouse in honor of his compassionate personality and the numerous hours that he contributed to the community. Patrick feels he can never repay them for what they did and he’ll always be in debt for the compassion and generosity the community has shown him in his time of grief. Patrick was unable to tell his son the stories of his grandfathers’ past, but his legacy will continue on in other ways. The scholarship from the Boys Scouts, the memorable piece of music from James, and a tribute from Saint Rose’s church are just some of the ways Trevor will be remembered. Patrick is unable to share his family lineage with his son, but was willing to share it with the community since it meant so much to him when they helped him in a time of great need.

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home | CRAFTS

Quick Crafts TRY THESE SIMPLE PROJECTS TO HELP YOUR KIDS GET INTO A SCHOOL BOUND STATE OF MIND. By Shannon Fisher Photos by Shannon Fisher Photography SUMMER FLEW by and kids are getting set to head back to school. With that in mind, here are some crafts to get the kiddos thinking about the school year ahead of them.

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We started with two items from the starters menu. First, a chicken egg roll ($1.65), a long deep-fried wonton that’s filled with freshly cooked vegetables and shredded chicken. It’s served with sweet and sour sauce. While it can be shared, it’s not overly large, so order more than one if sharing. We also ordered crab puffs ($6.45). There are six, so this starter is much easier to share. The triangles are filled with a cream cheese mixture with a hint of crab. These strike me as more cream cheese puffs than crab puffs, but either way, it’s a tasty starter. Dao’s orange beef ($12.25) has very similar flavors to orange chicken dishes served around the Valley. I don’t often see orange beef on menus, however, and that intrigued us. The dish consists of thin strips of beef that have been dredged through flour and quickly fried. The beef is then cooked in a wok with orange sauce to finish the preparation. Each piece of beef varies in size, which leads you to believe they’re making each batch by hand. Searing the sauce in the wok helps the sauce to adhere to each piece without saturating it and making the beef pieces soggy. The flavor profile is similar to the chicken version but with the added richness that the beef provides. It’s served with your choice of white or fried rice at no additional charge. You can also request brown rice but there is a slight upcharge for it. The next dish we ordered was from Dao’s classics section of the menu. Moo shu ($10.25) is a dish that often disappoints. We were thrilled by the result at this eatery. You have your choice of chicken, beef, pork, or vegetable all at the same price. If you want shrimp added or a combination of all proteins and vegetables there is a slight extra charge ($1). After some deliberation, we opted for pork as our protein. The pork is cooked with a variety of vegetables and served on a large serving dish. The process of adding some of the mixture with Hoisin sauce and wrapping it all up in thin Chinese pancakes is entertaining. You can eat it like a burrito, a taco, or even bypass the pancake altogether. Be forewarned that at other restaurants this dish fails due to the pancake. It’s often too thick, served cold, or even just tasteless. Dao’s pancakes are perfect. The menu offers lunch specials Monday through Sunday, Twin Flavor pairings, as well as a combination or pre-fix menu that is catered to two or more people. They also have a full bar that is near the take-out section of the restaurant. They offer a lot of dishes that are difficult to find outside of the East Coast, such as the New York style Egg Foo Young. The staff all works together to help you have an enjoyable experience and not have to wait for anything that you may need. They even give you complimentary deep-fried banana bites that are drizzled with honey along with fortune cookies when the meal is concluded. I highly recommend stopping in for a dish of orange chicken or beef, as well as some of the other great items. The next time I run into some of you, I may get to say, “Orange you glad that you did.”

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CooLifting

New treatment promises to erase wrinkles. By Elizabeth Hausman

IF YOU THOUGHT younger looking skin could only be achieved by enduring traumatic and invasive facial treatments that involved needles and downtime, it’s time to think again. There is a new treatment called CooLifting that was launched in Barcelona, Spain, that is now available at limited medical spas in the United States. This new treatment blasts wrinkles away in less than 5 minutes with no downtime, no pain, no needles, and immediate results. The company’s motto: 5 minutes to remove 10 years. CooLifting is designed to easily and quickly treat the whole face and can also be used on the neck and chest. The CooLifting Gun uses compressed CO2 combined with proprietary hyaluronic acid (hydrating serum) that is delivered at a very high pressure and a very low temperature to literally blast wrinkles away in minutes. The secret to the effectiveness lies in the combination of the cold CO2 flow (cryophoresis) and the atomized hyaluronic acid serum being applied under high pressure (barophoresis) on the epidermis. This allows for an intense penetration of the active ingredients and an exponential increase in their effectiveness. The thermal shock that is caused by bringing an external intense cold source suddenly to warm skin, which is normally at 97 degrees Fahrenheit, generates a dermis reaction that is deep and

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instantaneous, thus stimulating the underlying tissues. At the same time, blood vessels in the skin contract and expand alternatively to counter the cold (an action known as paradoxical vessel-motricity). This activates blood circulation that induces the production of collagen and elastin while increasing oxygenation in the tissues. After a CooLifting treatment, clients can expect to see an immediate lifting effect, softening of superficial and deep wrinkles, reduction of deep skin-folds, an increase in collagen and elastin stimulation, dermis regeneration, and an improvement of skin texture and tone. CooLifting could potentially become the most spectacular and fastest treatment available to challenge passing time. 2 Who can benefit from the treatment? Anyone desiring facial rejuvenation, prevention, and treatment of wrinkles, improved skin tone, and texture can benefit from the treatment. CooLifting is safe for all skin types and can be used on sensitive skin. Clients of all ages can benefit from the intense hydration that the treatment provides. 2 Are there side effects or downtime associated with treatment? No side effects have been reported. CooLifting is a safe, non-invasive, painless, no downtime procedure. As a matter of fact, it’s a perfect “red-carpet” treatment before a special event such as a black-tie dinner, wedding, or class reunion. 2 What type of results can be expected? The treatment generates both immediate and long-term effects that include lifting and smoothing of the skin, reduction of both


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Prevention Local pharmacists talk about how to decrease the risk of falling. By Julie Acosta and Tara Storjohann

QUESTION: My friend’s mom recently fell and went to the hospital with a broken hip. Now I’m worried about my elderly parents. What can they do to prevent falling? ANSWER: Unfortunately, fall rates are increasing in older adults. The good news, there are ways to help your parents prevent falls but first it’s important to understand what can increase someone’s risk for falling. Continue reading for more details and go to the following website for STEADI materials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: cdc.gov/steadi/patient.html.

WHAT CAN INCREASE SOMEONE’S RISK FOR FALLING? 2 Environment: Common household items may cause falls like throw rugs, clutter, dimly lit rooms, or uneven steps. Also, vision problems, which may include wearing old prescription glasses, glaucoma, or cataracts, can lead to falls. 2 Medical Conditions: Certain medical conditions may increase someone’s risk for falling. Some common ones include arthritis, diabetes, osteoporosis, chronic pain, Parkinson’s disease, vertigo, brain or mood disorders, urinary incontinence (numerous trips to the bathroom), and/or dehydration. Additionally, several over-the-counter and prescription medications may increase the likelihood of falls. These are listed in the table provided. 2 Improper Footwear: Sandals, high heels, flip-flops, or shoes that do not fit properly can cause imbalance or foot pain/discomfort and increase someone’s risk for falling.

WHAT CAN HAPPEN AFTER A FALL? A fall can just cause mild pain for some but for others it could land them in the hospital or a long-term care facility. About one in every five falls results in a serious head injury or broken bone, so it’s important to seek medical attention if someone falls and hits his or her head, especially if they are on a blood thinner. After a fall some people have a fear of falling, which may lead to cutting back on everyday activities. Unfortunately, this may result in decreased muscle mass and balance, which can ultimately place them at higher risk for falls.

WHAT CAN BE DONE TO HELP PREVENT FALLS? Help prevent falls by talking openly with your healthcare provider about fall risks and prevention. Be sure to have your vision screened annually and update your glasses as needed. Also, increase activities that strengthen legs and help with balance (Tai Chi, yoga, and dance). If needed, canes, walkers, or wheelchairs should be used to assist with balance. Be sure to talk to your healthcare provider or pharmacist

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MEDICATIONS THAT CAN INCREASE YOUR RISK FOR FALLING* Medication Class

Common Examples and Comments

BenzodiazepinesValium (diazepam), Ativan (lorazepam), usually prescribed to Restoril (temazepam), and Klonopin help people with sleep (clonazepam). or anxiety. Over the Counter

Benadryl (diphenhydramine), Unisom, and melatonin.

Non-benzodiazepinesusually prescribed to treat insomnia or sleep difficulties.

Lunesta (eszopiclone), Sionata (zaleplon), and Ambien (zolpidem).

Anticonvulsants/ Mood stabilizers

Depakote (valproic acid), Neurontin (gabapentin), and Lyrica (pregabalin).

Antidepressants

Elavil (amitriptyline), Pamelor (nortriptyline), Oleptro (trazodone) Zoloft (sertraline), Celexa (citalopram), Lexapro (escitalopram), Paxil (paroxetine), Prozac (fluoxetine), Remeron (mirtazapine), Wellbutrin (buproprion), Effexor (venlafaxine), and other antidepressants.

Muscle Relaxants

Flexeril (cyclobenzaprine), Metaxall (metaxalone), Robaxin (methocarbamol)

Antispasmodic

dicyclomine, hyoscyamine, scopolamine

Opioids

Norco or Vicodin (hydrocodone) and Percocet (oxycodone).

Blood pressure lowering medications

These medications can lead to very low blood pressure, thus creating a fall risk.

Blood sugar lowering medications

These medications can lead to very low blood sugar, thus creating a fall risk.

*Note this is not a complete list of medications that increase risk for falls. Talk to your provider or pharmacist for more details.


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