Welcome to Team Healthy Horizons! Our Georgia 2018 edition is filled with information about premier medical care providers and wellness resources in your community along with articles to help you enjoy a healthy lifestyle. A big thank-you to Blair Elrod with the Polk County Chamber of Commerce for connecting us with Julie McNeil so we could share her familyâ€™s inspiring story. Six years ago, Julie and her husband Patrick were looking for a way to fund Christian missions. Concessions for Christ became a familiar sight at festivals and ball fields in West Georgia and, in 2015, the family founded an orphanage in Haiti. We also spoke with Kera Norman at Goldâ€™s Gym about POUND fitness classes. The workout program has spread to more than 50 countries and is taught by more than 14,000 instructors. If you love drumming, lively music and group classes, POUND may be right for you. For more than 15 years, our goal at Healthy Horizons has been to provide a vital resource for your wellness and healthcare needs, and we recognize our duty to consciously maintain relevant content to better serve you. With our passion for God, community and family, this publication is a natural extension of our core beliefs and values. Thank you for choosing Healthy Horizons. Mark and Kimberly Helms 2
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Concessions for Christ The McNeil family is bringing hope to children in Haiti through sweet treats in West Georgia.
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Pat and Julie McNeil’s venture to fund their mission trips has taken their family from making shaved ice treats in Rockmart to founding an orphanage in Cabaret, Haiti. They’ve seen Grace Children’s Home grow from a small house with six children to a larger home for 14, and as funds allow, they hope to provide care for more children in the impoverished nation. Concessions for Christ began in 2011 with a mobile Tropical Sno trailer to support the family’s outreach and community work in other countries. “We needed a cash flow. We both work full-time jobs so we were looking for something we
could do on the weekends. Our daughter loves shaved ice and one thing led to another,” Julie says. “The community support has been great. “It’s just become our way of life from March to October. It’s tiring but it’s a good tired.” When their daughter Shelby and her best friend were preparing for college, the girls were considering careers in healthcare and wanted to do a medical mission trip. “We’ve been to South America and the Honduras. We were looking for something closer and something more economically feasible. So, we started planning a trip to Haiti for the two girls and me,” Julie says. “Pat was a little
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concerned about us going alone so he went first.” While in Haiti, Pat met Robinson who was working in a prosthetics lab. Before an earthquake devastated Haiti in 2010, Robinson had been an orphanage administrator. After the earthquake, the children had to be placed with other organizations. “They started sharing stories, and my husband knew this was still where Robinson’s heart was. Someone had to help him.” Later that year, Julie was volunteering in a Haitian dental clinic. Her day job is working as a dental hygienist in northwest Georgia. Pat and Robinson had stayed in touch, and Robinson
came to meet Julie. “We only had about five minutes because I was in the middle of a lot of things. He introduced himself and we talked. He’s so great and he has so much energy. It just really stayed with me. “When I got home, Pat and I talked about it and talked about it. It just wouldn’t let us go. We prayed for guidance.” The couple was led to partner with God’s Mission in Haiti in 2015 to found Grace Children’s Home. They started by bringing the six children from Robinson’s orphanage back together. Now, their orphanage is home to 14 children from one to 12 years old. “We don’t actively seek more children. We have to be selective and manage the home responsibly. If we weren’t selective, we would have a new child every day,” Julie says. “We look at it on a case-bycase basis. “We do have a miracle baby. Her grandmother brought her and told us the baby was going to die www.readhealthyhorizons.com
without help. How do you say no? You just have to make a way.” The needs in Haiti are huge. The country is one of the poorest in the Western Hemisphere. More than two-thirds of the population are unemployed. In 2010, a 7.3 magnitude earthquake left 230,000 people dead and 300,00 injured. More than 1.5 million people were displaced. The country’s hurricane season lasts from June through November and brings torrential rains, high winds
and flooding. “It’s a constant battle. They’re hit every year. Most of the population lives in tents. There are very few structures,” Julie adds. “You can’t even drink the water. Water that’s safe for drinking must be purchased.” Grace Children’s Home is supported by revenue from the shaved ice business, donations and sponsorships. When that’s not enough, the McNeils make up the difference. “When the need comes, you just 8
trust God to provide.” Along with a home, the orphanage provides medical care and education for their children. Sending a child to school costs $350 per year but it’s an important investment, according to Julie. “The Haitians love their country and they don’t necessarily want to leave but they need a better way of life. With an education, we’re helping these children become their best so they can stay and help their country. “It just takes so much. The costs in Haiti are triple what they are in
the U.S. because of inflation and corruption so the people suffer.” You can help Grace Children’s Home with a monthly sponsorship of a child or by making a donation. Visit their website at www.gracechildrenshome.org to learn more. Look for the McNeils’ Tropical Sno trailer in West Georgia. Along with festivals and ballgames, Concessions for Christ is available for birthday parties, church events and corporate events. To learn more about their shaved ice treats, visit www. concessionsforchrist.com.
According to a 2004 study, more than 2.4 million people, including youth groups, in the U.S. have participated in short-term missions
times a year for evangelism and to work at Grace Children’s Home and help with community projects. “I have no reservations about
within the country and around the world. In 2005, an estimated 1.6 million Americans went overseas on mission trips. If you’re interested in mission work, do plenty of research and make personal contacts with organizations, says Julie McNeil. “Many people may hesitate to donate their time and resources because of the track record. Take time to learn where the funds are going. Who’s going to benefit from your work?” Julie’s family goes to Haiti a few
visiting Haiti. It’s safe if you have someone to guide you,” she adds. “There are a lot of good organizations. You just need to put the time in beforehand to know who you’re working with.” You can find information about a mission trip to Haiti at www. gracechildrenshomehaiti.org. The trip is scheduled for July 26-Aug. 4, 2018. The website Prepare My Mission (www.preparemymission.com) offers tips to help you get started. After picking a destination, they
advise you to start with updating your passport and scheduling any recommended vaccinations if you’re traveling outside the U.S.
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Serving The Carroll County/West Georgia Council on Aging is a group of representatives from service agencies, civic clubs, senior citizens organizations, churches and clubs, and many other volunteers who are concerned with the needs of the elderly. By joining together, the Council is able to pool resources, expertise and energy toward helping local senior citizens. The Council has made a name in the area for their fellowship programs. There are three held annually - one in February with a Valentineâ€™s theme, one in May with a patriotic theme and one in November celebrating
Thanksgiving. The event is free and a meal, as well as lots of educational information and great fellowship, is provided for attendees. These wellattended events, as well as other services, would not be possible without the groups involved and outside donations. For more information on how to help the Carroll County/West Georgia Council on Aging and all of their programs, contact Sandra Morris at 678-378-0985.
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3/4 cup self-rising flour 1 stick margarine, melted 1 cup chopped pecans 4 1/4 cups sugar 8 oz. cream cheese 1 cup sliced strawberries 1 container Cool Whip 2/3 cup water 2 1/2 tsp. cornstarch 1 box strawberry Jell-O Blend together flour, margarine and pecans, and press into an oblong pan. Bake until golden brown, 20-25 minutes. Let cool. Blend cream cheese with 4 cups sugar until fluffy. Fold in 1 container of Cool Whip, spread on top of cool pie crust. Put 1 cup of sliced strawberries on top. In a sauce pan, combine 1/4 cup sugar, 2/3 cup water with 2 1/2 teaspoon cornstarch, and Jell-O. Bring to a boil, then let cool. Spread on top of strawberry mixture.
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Hills Country Club. They provide sack lunches with three servings of soup and sandwiches, and also deliver to shut-ins. A hot meal is served at the Soup Kitchen from 11 a.m. until noon Monday through Friday of the last full week of each month. For more information find them online at www.carrollcountysoupkitchen.org 3. If you have more money than time, the Community Foundation of West Georgia is a public charity that provides our local citizens a credible and professional means of giving back to the community through a collection of funds that provide resources to support charitable activities. Shown is the organizationâ€™s 15th anniversity celebration event held last year. For more information, find them online at www.cfwg.net. 4. The Pregnancy Resource Center provides free pregnancy testing, limited ultrasounds, prenatal and parenting education and baby items. Shown are a few volunteers at a recent fundraiser. They manned the concession stand at a University of West Georgia game with part of
the sales going directly to PRC. For more information, visit www.pregnancyrc.com. 5. Georgia Baptist Childrenâ€™s Homes and Family Ministries, Inc. is a caring ministry of services designed to promote the spiritual, physical, and emotional wellbeing of children, youth and families. Shown here is a scene from the annual fundraising Doll Show. For more information, call 770.463.3800, or visit their webpage www. gbchfm.org.
U O N P D Have fun, get in shape and release your inner rockstar with POUND. It’s a full body workout that combines strength and cardio fitness. If you love drumming, lively music and group classes, POUND may be right for you. “After your first class, your mind is blown. You’re learning to do something new and fun with your body. Most of us have that inner rocker who drums on the steering wheel when a great song comes on the radio,” says Kera Norman, POUND program mentor for Gold’s Gyms of West Georgia. “This workout will let you tap into that energy.” 16
POUND combines constant drumming with squats, lunges, jumps, stretches and other moves. You’re drumming with ripstix which are heavier and shorter than drum sticks. In a typical 45-minute class, you may strike the floor around 15,000 times as hard as you can. “We don’t want you to be overwhelmed. There’s an introduction for beginners, and our instructors provide guidance for new people in the classes. We’ve all been there,” Norman laughs. “You may feel as if you don’t know what you’re getting into but soon you’ll be letting loose and enjoying the
experience.” After four or five classes, the frequent repetition of the moves will make it easier to keep up. POUND workouts can be modified for most ages and fitness levels. Whether it’s slower moves or higher squats, the instructors will demonstrate options that can work for almost anyone. Losing weight is one of the benefits of the class. Depending on the intensity of your workout, you may burn up to 800 calories per hour. You may also notice improvements in: • Strength
ND A full-body workout • Agility • Coordination • Endurance
my waist, shoulders, biceps and backside first, but you’ll feel it in your muscles after your first class.” Norman says it’s best to wear You may find that POUND lifts clothes that allow you to move your mood, helps with anxiety and freely. Don’t wear anything fights fatigue. too loose; you don’t want your “It’s a great way to let go of stress. clothing to get in the way of When you’ve had a bad day, you your movements. Yoga socks, can work out your frustration and comfortable athletic shoes and even release that energy while you drum bare feet are okay. You just want to the beat. You learn to focus on to be able to grip the floor while working out. Ripstix are provided yourself for an hour.” If you’re taking classes three or but you should bring a yoga mat, four times a week, you can expect to towel and water. see results within four weeks. Expect upbeat music, probably “I started noticing changes in a mixture of rock ‘n’ roll, hip hop
By Patricia Surrett, Editor and other styles with a strong beat. The sets are usually changed every four to five weeks to keep the music fresh and the workout fun. You can find a POUND sneak peek on YouTube at the POUND Rockout Workout channel. To find a class near you, visit www. poundfit.com. Gold’s Gyms of West Georgia has two facilities in Douglasville and one in Austell. They have a free two-week pass that lets you sample classes along with gym equipment. They offer 80-90 classes per week. You can find more information at www.goldsgymwestga.com. www.readhealthyhorizons.com
S i g n s you might have arthritis Do you have achy joints that don’t move the way they used to? You may be experiencing the beginning signs of arthritis. Arthritis is a painful inflammation of the joints, and there are more than 100 different types of this chronic condition. The most common is osteoarthritis (OA), which affects more than 30 million Americans, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). OA occurs when the cartilage and bones within a joint begin to break down. The risk of developing OA increases with age, but even adults in their 20s and 30s can develop the condition. No matter your age, it’s never too early to start thinking about your bone and joint
health. Here are five signs of arthritis to watch out for.
Evening Joint Pain
Does joint pain keep you up at night? You’re not alone. According to the Arthritis Foundation, about 70 percent of people with osteoarthritis have trouble sleeping. Being on your feet all day can lead to soreness because arthritic joints don’t have a lot of cartilage to serve as a cushion. Because getting a good night’s sleep can help improve your ability to manage the pain, try these tips: • Avoid alcohol and caffeine a few hours before bed. • Turn your bedroom into a sleep haven by keeping it cool and dark. • Unplug by turning off your computer, phones and TV at least an hour before bed. If pain persists in keeping you awake, speak with your doctor.
While stiffness of the joints is normal when you wake up in the morning, it could also be a sign of early OA if it persists throughout the day. If you’re experiencing morning stiffness, resist the urge to stay in bed. Just go through your daily routine. You are likely to feel better once you’ve warmed up your joints. If your daily routine includes gentle exercise, that’s even better. Stretching and strengthening exercises can help reduce pain. If the pain continues or inhibits your ability to continue normal activities, you need to discuss the symptoms with your doctor.
Reduced Range of Motion
If you find it difficult to lift your knees, stand up or twist your upper body, it could be a sign of OA. A reduced range of motion often begins in the hips and knees, and could eventually move to the shoulders and spine. Your doctor may suggest range-of-motion exercises like stretching to help relieve symptoms and protect joints from further damage.
OA can cause your joints to swell, so watch out for swelling at the ends of your fingers (closest to the nails), as well as in your hips, knees, lower back, neck and thumbs. Schedule a visit with your doctor if you are experiencing swollen joints. If there is no pain, it could be OA. But if you’re experiencing any redness or warmth, it could be rheumatoid arthritis. Dr. Slappey suggests: “Set up an appointment with us so that we can diagnose your particular problem and assure that you get the appropriate treatment.” To find an orthopedist, call Tanner’s free, 24-hour physician referral line at 770.214.CARE (2273) or select “Find a Doctor” at tanner.org. For more information about orthopedic services at Tanner, visit TannerOrtho.org. Carrollton Orthopaedic Clinic has locations in Bremen, Carrollton and Villa Rica. For more information, visit www. carrolltonortho.com or call 770.834.0873.
By Gregory S. Slappey, MD - Carrollton Orthopaedic Clinic www.readhealthyhorizons.com
NEW! Do I really need eight hours of sleep? No. If you actually track the amount of time that people sleep using an actigograph, most people sleep between 6 1/2 and seven hours per night. Research supporting the need for at least 8 hours of sleep per night does not exist. Most researchers now believe that the relationship between sleep duration and mortality is best described as a U-shaped curve with the right side of the “U” considerably higher. That is, less than 5 1/2 hours of sleep is associated with some degree of increased mortality. However, sleeping beyond 9 or 10 hours per night, is associated with a markedly increased mortality. It has been hypothesized that if you’re very ill, you do tend to sleep a lot more and this increases mortality. Morton H Shaevitz Ph.D., ABPP, Psychology Today 20
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Even when I’m tired, I feel wide awake as soon as I go to bed. What can I do to fall asleep faster? If you get up early one morning and then sleep in the next, it can be hard to fall into a rhythm. Going to bed and waking up at roughly the same times every day can help you fall asleep faster and sleep more soundly. Coffee (or tea or an energy drink) can keep you awake long after the last sip by boosting your adrenaline production and blocking sleepinducing chemicals in the brain. It takes about six hours for just half of the caffeine you drink to be processed. The bright light during the daytime is a big part of what sets our circadian rhythm to keep us awake when the sun’s up (and asleep during the night). But the blue lights in many electronic screens like computers, tablets, and
cell phones are so bright that they can interrupt your sleep. Often, tossing and turning can be the result of not being able to lay the anxieties of the day to rest. Get them off your mind by putting them down on paper. Make a list of things that you know you need to deal with tomorrow so that you can forget them tonight. A simple progressive relaxation technique can do wonders when it comes to beckoning Mr. Sandman. As you lie in bed, squeeze your toes as tightly as you can, then allow them to relax completely. Continue up your body, tensing and relaxing your legs, your belly, your hands, your arms, and so forth. Can’t Sleep? Get Up. If you’re still sleepless after 15 to 20 minutes, hit the reset button. Get out of bed and go to another room. Try reading, making yourself a cup of herbal tea, or just sitting and relaxing (but resist the urge to check your e-mail or watch TV). (taken from sleep.org)
By Kenneth L. Boss, MD Villa Rica Family Medicine
A survey last year confirmed something we all suspected: Men don’t like going to the doctor for their annual physical. Despite their steadfast willingness to go the extra mile for their families, they are far less likely to make and keep an appointment with a physician. The top three reasons men gave for skipping a visit to the doctor’s office included: Too busy to make an appointment Afraid to find out something may be wrong Concerned or embarrassed about possible exams or procedures Those are valid concerns, but they aren’t reason enough to skip the trip to your primary care physician. Here are my four reasons an annual physical is worth the hassle:
You should always make time for your health
I get it — you’re busy. Between work commitments, shuttling kids around, taking care of the house and just some downtime to spend the way you like, our schedules are full. But your health should never take a backseat to your to-do lists. Your health, in fact, is what enables you to follow-through on commitments and be there for family and friends. Invest some time in yourself and carve out time for your annual physical.
Early intervention is key
Many people have anxiety around seeing the doctor. The unknown is always scary, especially if you suspect something is wrong. But, that is even more reason to make an appointment. The earlier you and your doctor identify any potential health issue, the sooner we can begin addressing it. The good news is that many chronic conditions are easily managed, particularly when you catch them early. You can even take steps to reduce your risk of developing conditions like diabetes if your physician thinks you are at risk.
The worst part of the exam is the anticipation
A digital rectal exam, for instance, may seem embarrassing, but it’s not painful and it’s usually over before you realize it. Don’t let a simple procedure stop you from getting a physical that can identify any potential health risks.
It’s easier than ever to find a doctor
One reason men put off going to the doctor is that they don’t have one of their own. If you don’t have a doctor, ask family and friends or do a little research of your own. Tanner Health System offers a free 24-hour physician referral line at 770.214.CARE (2273) that you can call to find a physician near you and schedule an appointment. You can also search online to read bios of nearby doctors and get a better idea of their specialty and approach. Dr. Boss is board-certified in family practice with Villa Rica Family Medicine, part of Tanner Medical Group. For more information, call 770.456.3790 or visit www.VillaRicaFamilyMedicine.org. www.readhealthyhorizons.com
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Exercise fads come and go almost as quickly as fad diets. There’s jogging, weight training, swimming, golf, dancing, cycling, aerobics, highintensity interval training, team sports, tennis, cross-country skiing (though not so popular in the Southeast) and any combination of the above. If you look online long enough, you’ll surely find someone who believes one of these forms of exercise is clearly better than any other. In fact, clinically speaking, there is a form of exercise that’s best: the one you’ll actually do. Many exercise regimens fail simply because, well, we never really liked them. We started jogging, even though we’ve always hated running. We bought a membership to a glamourous gym, even though we never have time to go there, and besides, exercising in front of other people makes us self-conscious. We bought a tennis racket with the best of intentions, but none of our friends play with any regularity so it’s been consigned to the back of a closet (next to those running shoes). It’s hard enough to talk ourselves into getting up early in the morning or making time in the afternoon to exercise. It’s even
harder when we truly loathe the exercise. Exercise can improve our health only if we actually do it. And the options for getting exercise are wide open. All it takes is 30 minutes of exercise a day, five days per week, to see a meaningful change in your blood pressure, cholesterol, help you control your weight and more. So, how can you squeeze in your 30 minutes of, well, whatever you enjoy?
If you hate exercise, make it about something else
You hate the treadmill or the elliptical, in part, because it’s so
boring. So make your time exercising about something other than exercise. Station the exercise equipment near a television or use a mounted rack to hold your tablet and stream a television show on Netflix, Amazon Prime, HBO Go, Hulu or any other entertainment service. Once you get into a series, your reason for getting up early or making time in the afternoon isn’t for the exercise; it’s so you can start the next episode of “Deadwood,” “Outlander” or “The Wire.”
Find a workout buddy
You’re not the kind of person who would stand up a friend and skip out on your social obligations, are you? Of course not. That’s why finding a friend or two with whom you can exercise can be invaluable: it keeps you accountable. You’re
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less likely to skip out on exercise when that also means skipping out on your pals. And besides, having some companionship makes the activity less about exercise and more about the comradery and conversation.
Don’ t let the weather get in the way
Georgia and Alabama can be great places to exercise outdoors — sometimes. At other times, the temperature plunges to bone-chilling cold or soars up toward “fry an egg on the sidewalk” hot. Rain, wind, early nightfall after daylight saving time and more can all make it hard to venture outdoors for our 30 minutes a day. Fortunately, there are plenty of free or nearly-free indoor opportunities throughout the region to get some fitness. You can find some local options on the Get Fit page at GetHealthyLiveWell. org.
Bored? Try something new
Maybe we really liked going for an evening walk or heading down to the pool for a few laps at first, but now these things just seem tedious. If you’re bored with your routine, change it up and try
something new. Rent a bicycle and head out on the Carrollton GreenBelt, explore a new park or trail, or try a new activity. Even just changing up the kind of music you listen to while exercising can help break the monotony. And if the new activity doesn’t work out as well as the old, at least you tried and your old routine is always ready and waiting for you. If you’re interested in learning more about health and fitness, check out Tanner’s Get Healthy, Live Well newsletter. You can customize your free subscription with up to 30 health topics, including sections on diet, exercise, weight management and more. Tanner Primary Care at Mirror Lake is located in Villa Rica, Ga. For more information, visit www. primarycaremirrorlake.org or call 770.812.3839. Dr. Razzak is board-certified in family medicine with Tanner Primary Care at Mirror Lake. She earned her medical degree from the Saba University School of Medicine in Saba, Netherlands-Antilles, and completed her residency in family medicine at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. Dr. Razzak also holds a master’s of public health in health organization and policy from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
saving lives Our family funeral home began in 1950, and now we are only three years shy of having served our community for 70 years under the care and guidance of three generations. When my grandparents started the funeral home, they also were one of the only ambulance service providers in our quaint community. My grandfather drove the funeral coach as an ambulance for many, many years, as funeral homes often did in small towns around Georgia. The medical world, ambulances, and funeral service have all changed greatly since then. One thing we are grateful that has continued to grow stronger throughout the years at our family business is our love for others. Our company was grounded in our faith to serve others as we would want to be served. We still offer services to others based on our company’s foundation of giving back, loving our community, and helping others during some of the hardest days in their lives. We are glad to announce that we are partnering with a company that allows us to highlight our foundation, not only for helping families, but also to recognize and respect the humble beginnings of our founder, Clyde Jones. He dedicated many years to serving others in the lifesaving world of first responders. When Clyde Jones drove the funeral home’s funeral coach/
ambulance on emergency calls, all he had available to him was an oxygen tank. The main route available to take to reach an Atlanta Hospital was Highway 78, as it was before the days of I-20. After the ambulance service faded from being part of the service our funeral home provided, we still enjoyed riding with Papa Clyde because he still drove like he was at the wheel of an ambulance, not as fast but always with both his feet and on alert. Our hearts in funeral service break with each and every loved one who passes away, our purpose in life is for families, friends, and our community to turn to us in trust when death strikes their family. Our dedication to serving others and our reputation of 70 years of service is a blessing as it’s evidenced that our hearts are molded to helping. With the history of our foundation and the roots that began almost 70 years ago, we are blessed to be able to graciously invest back into the community in order to promote the saving of lives, just as Papa Clyde did with the ambulance service as part of the services we provided in this community. We are partnering with a company who developed an amazing life-saving app called Vital ICE (In Case of Emergency) app (code 3694 or 2189). We recognized a unique opportunity to assist our local first responders through a simple initiative that could help save lives. In the event
of an emergency, first responders can use the Vital ICE app to retrieve the user’s vital information. This information can then be easily taken on the ambulance to the hospital, or sent directly to the hospital from the Vital ICE app, where ER staff can further assess this critical information. Remember you can never do too much when saving lives. Our family funeral home encourages you to take advantage of this free service we are offering. Download the Vital ICE (In Case of Emergency) app now, from either the Apple App Store or Google Play, for your smartphone and enter one of our codes: #3694 for the Villa Rica area and #2189 for Douglasville area. Jones-Wynn Funeral Homes & Crematory is making this potentially life-saving app available for free to download in the community as a way of showing their gratitude for allowing them to serve you. We ask that you please take just a few minutes to download the Vital ICE app and fill in the information so that you are prepared in case of an emergency. This app is available to the entire community, regardless of age, so do not pass up this valuable life-saving opportunity. Your information will only be used by you in case of an emergency by the first responders. Questions about the app can be answered at www.vitalboards.com/ vitalice and or by calling our funeral homes at 770-459-3694 or 770-9422311.
By Scott & Ellen Wynn McBrayer, Jones-Wynn Funeral Home www.readhealthyhorizons.com
Become engaged in your medical care
Are you actively engaged in your medical care? In today’s society many have become accustomed to seeing their doctor and getting a shot or pill and everything just gets better. As we age we find that a single shot or pill doesn’t quite get the job done. Chronic conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure and COPD complicate everyday life and complicate your healthcare. It is important you become actively engaged in your healthcare for the best results. You want to find out all you can about your conditions and actively work to improve your condition. There are a few key things that you can do right now that will make your situation better: • Create an account on your doctor’s Patient Portal. You need to do this to see your lab results, your prescribed medications and the diagnosis that your care providers have used to describe your conditions. • Know how to pronounce each of your medications and what those medications treat. Imagine taking a chemical substance and not even
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knowing what it treats, well that is exactly what most of us do when it comes to medications. You can’t just remember the color or shape of the pill, know the name and dosage so you can have a coherent conversation with your doctor or the doctor’s nurse. • Start keeping track of things like your blood pressure and blood sugar levels if you suffer from hypertension or diabetes. Don’t show up to your appointments and become surprised or alarmed if your numbers are not what they should be. Record your numbers so you can spot a trend before you get into trouble. • Begin to watch what you eat. You can record your food intake in a notebook and review that with your medical provider. This is just a small step but your medical care team can usually offer advice on ways to improve your nutrition. At your next visit to the doctor have your homework done. Be ready to take part in improving your health. Be engaged!
Wellstar Douglas Urologist performs
first robotic surgery A urologist peered into a highlymagnified screen while manning WellStar Douglas Hospital’s first robot. Gaspar Msangi, M.D. was in the driver’s seat during the hospital’s first robotic surgery, and the new da Vinci® Surgical System gave him an edge. With the da Vinci, physicians have high definition vision and robotic “wrists” that bend and rotate more precisely than the human hand. “We’re focused on giving WellStar patients access to the most advanced technology,” said Bill Mayfield, M.D., chief surgical officer at WellStar Health System. “This sophisticated technology means patients typically spend less time in the hospital and recover faster.” The da Vinci robot makes incisions as tiny as a keyhole. As a result, patients who have robotic surgery typically experience less blood loss, complications, recovery pain and scarring. These 30
types of surgeries are considered minimally invasive. “We’re thrilled to be able to offer this advanced technology in Douglas County,” said Craig Owens, president of Douglas Hospital. “We’ve worked to bring robotic surgery here for several years, and we know it is going to make a tremendous impact on our patients’ lives.” The first robotic surgery at Douglas Hospital was a sacral colpopexy, a pelvic floor reconstruction. Douglas Hospital offers gynecologic and general surgery procedures on the da Vinci robot. Dr. Msangi, the physician who performed the hospital’s first robotic surgery, began performing these specialized procedures in 2013. He received his medical degree from the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine in Rochester, Minn. and he cares for patients at WellStar Medical Group’s Urology
practice. The da Vinci Surgical System is on a growing list of specialized services available at Douglas Hospital. The new STAT Clinic helps patients with lung and chest cancer get treatment started faster. The new Wound Care & Hyperbaric Center helps patients with diabetes who have had to drive long distances for highly specialized care in the past. And the new genetics program helps people make important treatment decisions and lower their risks for cancer. “The robotics program will help us attract the next generation of surgeons to Douglasville,” Owens said. “We also have a strong focus on recruiting more primary care physicians, vitally important for delivering world-class healthcare in this community.” For a surgeon referral in Douglasville and surrounding areas, call 770-956-STAR (7827).
WellStar Douglas Hospital opens cutting-edge wound care center Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy chambers WellStar Douglas Hospital opened its new Wound Care & Hyperbaric Center in October, providing patients with a comprehensive, individualized approach to wound care. Previously, patients drove great distances to receive the highly specialized services necessary for healing. Often, those who suffered from diabetic wounds had limited resources for care and therapy. “This service is the first of its kind in Douglas,” said Scott Filgo, executive director of Wound Care & Hyperbaric Oxygen Centers for WellStar Health System. “Douglas has a high incidence of patients in the area with diabetes who are in need of specialized wound care – it is a service well needed.” Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a medical treatment administered by delivering 100 percent oxygen pressures greater than sea level to a patient in a large clear acrylic chamber. Patients are able to lie down, relax, and watch TV or sleep during treatment. “Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy or ‘HBO’ is used as a primary or adjunctive therapy and can accelerate healing of chronic wounds,” said Filgo. “In return, this decreases the risk of hospital
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admissions and even surgery. HBO also enhances the body’s own ability to heal soft tissue and bone from the late effects of radiation therapy. It heals from the inside out, and over time can allow patients to assume normal activities of daily life.” The center’s clinical team members and physicians possess certified training approved by the Undersea Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS); registered nurses have Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society (WOCN) certification and technologists are Certified Hyperbaric Technologists (CHT). “Having staff and physicians with advanced training and certification brings a higher level of knowledge and care to the patients,” said Sandra Dodson, manager of the Wound Care & Hyperbaric Center at WellStar Douglas Hospital. “This ensures the team has the in-depth knowledge necessary to provide world-class patient care.” “The prime candidate for hyperbaric oxygen therapy would be patients with diabetic foot ulcers,” said Filgo. “Treatment is important because statistics show that patients with diabetic ulcers result in amputation and a high mortality
rate. By saving patients’ limbs, it can help save their lives.” Patients with diabetic foot ulcers are not the only candidates for hyperbaric oxygen therapy. HBO is also prescribed for patients who have deep bone infections (osteomyelitis), soft tissue, and bone radiation injury, compromised skin grafts and flaps, crush injuries and other chronic wounds. “Physicians will be better armed with cutting-edge resources that will enable them to treat complicated acute and chronic wounds,” said Christopher Watts, M.D., medical director of the new wound care center. A multidisciplinary team — including general surgeons, vascular surgeons, podiatrists and infectious disease specialists, certified wound nurses and certified hyperbaric oxygen technologists — offer patients an individualized team approach. “The center specializes in the treatment of complicated wounds, providing a range of highly specialized wound care services under one roof,” Dr. Watts said. For more information about the Wound Care & Hyperbaric Center at WellStar Douglas Hospital, please call 770-947-4415. www.readhealthyhorizons.com
! s e i g r e l l . .. A s e z e e n s t a h t l l A & Asthma Clinic y rg le Al e re ht ac Pe By Christina Stein, NP
Allergy occurs when a person’s immune system reacts to substances in the environment that are harmless for most people. These substances are known as allergens and are found in dust mites, pets, pollen, insects, molds, foods and some medicines. When allergic people are exposed to allergens they can have an immune reaction that leads to allergic inflammation (redness and swelling). This can then cause symptoms in the: • nose and/or eyes - hay fever (allergic rhinitis/conjunctivitis) • skin - eczema, hives (urticaria) • lungs - asthma A substance that is an allergen for one person may not be for another - everyone reacts differently. The likelihood (or risk) of developing allergies is increased if other family members suffer from allergy or asthma.
What happens when you have an allergic reaction?
Depending on the allergen and where it enters your body, you may experience different symptoms. For example, pollen, when breathed in through the nose, usually causes symptoms in the nose, eyes, sinuses and throat (allergic rhinitis). Allergy to foods usually causes stomach or bowel problems, and may cause hives (urticaria). Allergic reactions can also involve several parts of the body at the same time. The nose, eyes, sinuses and throat When allergens are breathed in, the release of histamine causes the lining of your nose to produce lots of mucus and to become swollen and inflamed. It causes your nose to run and itch and violent sneezing may
occur. Your eyes may also start to water and you may get a sore throat. Ongoing nasal allergies can lead to sinusitis and even ear infections. The lungs and chest Asthma can sometimes be triggered during an allergic reaction. When an allergen is breathed in, the lining of the passages in the lungs swells and makes breathing difficult. Not all asthma is caused by allergy, but in many cases allergy plays a part. The skin Skin problems such as eczema (dry, red, itchy skin) and urticaria (also known as hives) often occur. Food may be a factor in some cases of hives and eczema.
Effective prevention and treatment options are available
Allergen avoidance relies on identifying the cause of your allergy and then taking steps to reduce your exposure to the allergen. Many people are allergic to dust mites, therefore reducing dust mite exposure in the house is important. Medications used to treat allergies include: • Antihistamines block the effect of histamine which causes the inflammation from allergies. Non-sedating antihistamine tablets rarely cause drowsiness and are available from pharmacies without a prescription. Antihistamine nasal sprays and eye drops can also be used. • Intranasal cortiocosteroid nasal sprays (INCS) are very effective for treatment of allergic rhinitis (hay fever) when used appropriately and regularly. Many are available without a prescription. • Leukotriene modifiers can also be used to help reduce the inflammation of allergic reactions.. Allergen immunotherapy (also known as desensitization) is a long-term treatment which changes the immune system’s response to allergens. It involves the administration of regular, gradually increasing amounts of allergen extracts, by injections or by sublingual tablets, sprays or drops. You do not have to put up with the symptoms of allergy. If you think you may have an allergy you may need to consult your doctor. In some cases you will be referred to a clinical allergy/immunology specialist for further evaluation and treatment advice.
Carrollton Club Congregate Community offers each resident an affordable, suitably-sized private apartment equipped with individually-controlled heating and air conditioning, kitchen with fullsize appliances, big windows to let in lots of light, and a private patio so you can enjoy our beautiful landscaping. Designed for seniors (age 62 or older) or disabled adults of any age, Carrollton Club Congregate Community provides the privacy, comfort, convenience and social opportunities needed for dignified independent lifestyle. Furnish your apartment with your own personal furniture and decorations, making it truly home. Each apartment has two entrances, lots of storage and some units have washer and dryer hook-ups. Set on six acres near downtown Carrollton, our community provides privacy, peace and quiet.
s Personal handyman services s Transportation to scheduled shopping, doctor visits and special events s A full activities schedule s Beauty shop, library and internet We also have two-bedroom, wheelchair-accessible and garden apartments available.
AMENITIES: s A full-course meal each day in our Dining Room (or delivered to your apartment) s Housekeeping twice a month Sandra Morris, Executive Director
Veterans, Burials The willingness of America’s veterans to sacrifice for our country has earned them our lasting gratitude. This is called the Home of the Free, but only because of the services of the brave. Let’s take a moment to talk about the benefits that Veterans and their families are entitled to during their end of life services. All of the benefits that we will be discussing are only possible with the veteran’s honorable discharge form (DD-214). With that said, if you are unsure where your or your loved one’s DD-214 is, then now is the time to find it. We have been able to help so many families ahead of time with this process. We have some families and veterans who bring their DD-214 to us, and we scan it for them and keep a copy in our pre-need file. In fact, some of our veteran preneeds are just a copy of their veteran or family history paperwork so their families do not have to locate it at the time of death. Keeping a copy with us or your funeral home of choice is a great way to help reduce stress during a heartbreaking death. The American Flag that is seen honorably draped over a veteran’s casket is one of the most commonly known benefits to which a veteran’s family is entitled. But did you realize that once the flag is draped over the casket, nothing else is supposed to be placed on top of the flag? You may be thinking that you want to be cremated. Yes, veterans who choose cremation are still entitled to an American Flag, even if the services do not include a casket. Also, in this situation the flag will be folded before the service and can still be presented to the family. Different factors, such as the amount of time served and levels of service as a veteran are used to determine the type of honors that are rendered at the final ceremony. Whether a family chooses a traditional burial, a cremation burial, or even a memorial service that concludes inside a chapel or sanctuary, we help veteran families apply for military honors from their branch of service. A detail team from one of the military branches will hold the appropriate
ceremony. Some of the honors include the playing of taps, military personnel pallbearers, a 21 gun volley firing squad, and the folding and presentation of the United States Flag. Another benefit provided to veterans are headstones or markers for their grave or cremation site. This benefit is provided to veterans who choose any cemetery and is not limited to only veterans who choose a National Cemetery as their final resting place. A simple description of the different marker/ headstone options includes flat bronze, upright headstone, and/or a flat granite marker. Veterans are oftentimes provided with free burial spaces. At the National Cemeteries, veterans are entitled to a free burial space and a free outer burial container. Also, at the National Cemeteries, several other family members may meet the eligibility requirements to receive a free burial space. For example, the veteran’s spouse is entitled to a free burial space and outer burial container, as well as minor children under the age of 21. One of the National Cemeteries is located in Canton, Georgia, and is a beautiful and peaceful setting for a cemetery. Another tip to remember is that there are several local cemeteries, including Meadowbrook Memory Gardens in Villa Rica, that also honor veterans for their service to our country by giving all veterans a free burial space with a DD-214. Another of the final benefits we will talk about today is veteran’s allowances. A family can submit an application to receive reimbursement for the final expenses. First the family provides a statement of proof that the funeral arrangements for the service have been paid. Then, depending on the veteran’s ranking and service along with meeting certain criteria, and/or requirements, a reimbursement of these services might be possible. Please contact us with anything you may want to know more about or with any questions for guidance you might need about veterans and any associated benefits at 770-459-3694 or 770-942-2311.
By Scott & Ellen Wynn McBrayer, Jones-Wynn Funeral Home www.readhealthyhorizons.com
When you’re looking for an outdoor adventure, Historic Banning Mills offers stunning views and unique experiences. Home of the Screaming Eagle Eco-Canopy Zipline Tour, the adventure resort is surrounded by a diverse ecosystem in the Snake Creek Gorge near Whitesburg, GA. With almost 10 miles of continuous ziplines and sky bridges, The Screaming Eagle has been certified by Guinness World Records as the world’s largest zipline canopy tour. As the first level, The Forest and Woodland Canopy Tour swoops you along nine ziplines, a tower and sky bridges. The course was designed with families in mind so children ages 8 and older can participate. Other levels add more ziplines, towers and bridges providing birds-eye views of the lush woodlands and Snake Creek rapids. If you’re up for an all-day adrenalin rush, try Level 5. The tour lasts about eight hours and includes up to 60 ziplines and 42 skybridges along with the heart-pounding Terminator Corner and Ridge Runner. At 3,400 feet, the Flight of the Falcon is the longest zipline in the mainland U.S. The tours also have add-on options for even more exhilarating experiences, including a power free fall. While you’re enjoying the excitement of soaring above Snake Creek, there are two rules: Stay safe. Have fun. Mike and Donna Holder, owners and founders of the park, implemented the safest system in the world - a continuous closed belay system that prevents accidental unhooking. The system is used extensively in the U.S. and Europe. Age and weight
restrictions are also in place for maximum safety. “It’s always a guided tour,” says Donna. Guides are on hand to explain the belay system and ensure your gear is worn correctly, and they’ll accompany you throughout the course. Crazy Squirrel Village provides an aerial adventure for younger thrillseekers. Children ages four and older can experience five ziplines and six aerial elements at heights up to 20 feet off the ground. On the Upper Tier 2, children at least nine years old can soar along four ziplines and 35 aerial elements up to 60 feet above ground. For more down-to-earth adventurers, Historic Banning Mills offers horseback riding, kayaking and hiking. Kayak tours will take you along the Chattahoochee River. Hiking trails wind through 80 acres of woodland where you can explore Native American history and the ruins of Banning Mills township. With so much to experience, you’ll want to stay more than a day. And Banning Mills provides an array of options from treehouse rooms to RV sites. Historic Banning Mills is more than an adventure destination. It’s also a conservation and retreat center surrounded by one of Georgia’s most unique environments. The Holder family is working to preserve the pristine ecosystem of the Snake Creek Gorge and Chattahoochee Watershed along with the history of Banning Mills. To learn more about the park and conservation center, visit www. historicbanningmills.com. www.readhealthyhorizons.com
Children’s of Alabama offers links to the Graduated Driver License Law, the Teen Driving Agreement and more resources for parents and teens. Go to www.childrensal.org/Safe-Teen-Driving-Toolkit to access. Automobile crashes are the number one killer of teenagers and the number one cause of disabling injuries for teens. Sadly, many of these accidents are preventable. Leslie Brown is the coordinator of Alabama Safe Kids at Children’s of Alabama. She said parents play an important role in encouraging their children to be safe as a driver and a passenger. “Parents can start by talking to their child when in elementary school about being a safe passenger,” Brown said. “Things like modeling safe behavior, wearing a seatbelt every time and putting the cell phone down. They’re going to do what we do.” In Alabama, the Graduated Driver License Law is a mandatory restriction in place for
inexperienced drivers. One of the requirements is that a new driver may not have more than one nonfamily passenger in the vehicle with them other than the parent, guardian or a supervising licensed driver at least 21 years of age. Brown said parents should become familiar with the Graduated Driver License Law and download a Teen Driving Agreement for their new driver to sign. This helps to establish important ground rules to keep the new driver safe. And Brown says, if the teen violates any of these rules there should be consequences. “Take away keys when they don’t follow rules,” she said. “You can also offer rewards when they do make good choices.” Brown said it’s important teens and adults do
these three things: s Obey the law s Wear a seatbelt s Put down the cell phone Brown has teenagers of her own, so talking about safe driving isn’t just part of her job description, it’s personal. “I always say to my teenagers, ‘Are you a great friend or a good friend?’” she said. “I tell them, ‘Encourage your friends to wear their seatbelts. Ask, ‘Can I send that text for you?’ instead of allowing them to text and drive.” Getting a new driver’s license is an exciting time for a teenager. By helping them to know the law and apply safe driving practices, parents can play an important role in keeping their teens alive. www.readhealthyhorizons.com
“Ashbrook Village has been given a prestigious award that places Ashbrook in the top 1% of senior care providers in the United States and Canada. ‘The Best of 2016/2017 Awards’ was awarded by Senior Advisor. com, the largest ratings and reviews site for senior care and services in North America.” Ashbrook has been awarded the “Best of the Best” award locally for eight straight years. Ashbrook Village, located in Villa Rica, Georgia, serves the West Georgia area offering Independent
Assisted Living – Memory Care Our approach provides the ideal solution for seniors who may need some assistance with bathing, dressing, or just medication management. Our residents enjoy private rooms and baths, delicious meals, engaging social activities, laundry service, housekeeping service and transportation to local doctor’s appointments. There are no long-term contracts, just a simple
Memory Care, Assisted and Independent Living
Cottages, Assisted Living and Memory Care. Ashbrook Village is conveniently located to Tanner Medical Hospital and 2 miles from Interstate 20 so it is easily accessible to family members from several destinations. Independent Living The perfect alternative to seniors who are looking to downsize and are interested in a low-maintenance lifestyle. Our one and two-bedroom cottages are spacious and include a kitchen, dining area, living room, and handicap accessible bath and washer/ dryer hook-ups. “When I started the process of looking for an Assisted Living for my parents I visited many facilities and still was lost as what to do. Then I met Gary Tallent at Ashbrook, he had a great wealth of experience that made everything so much simpler. My parent’s health and social activity improved so much after moving into Ashbrook. I could not be happier with the care of the staff and employees. The cleanliness is overwhelming!” - Mary 40
month-to-month fee. With a variety of care options, our residents only pay for what they need and want. We support and encourage the independence of our residents through our professional assisted living and memory care services. With our safe living accommodations and 24-hour staffing, residents and their families are comfortable knowing they are safe and secure. “I looked at eight different assisted livings before I found Ashbrook for my mom! I’m so glad that I went with Ashbrook … it is so clean and I don’t have to worry about my mom when I’m not there …the care and love is the best. They truly know and understand what is involved in placing a loved one in a facility.” - Jim, Douglasville Veterans Benefits Ashbrook Village is proud to accept benefits available for U.S. veterans or the surviving spouse of a U.S. veteran. Residents may receive a federal pension of up to $2,000 per month to help pay for assisted living services at Ashbrook Village.
resources ALLERGY CLINICS Atlanta Allergy & Asthma Clinic PC 770-942-7696 Ariana Buchanan, MD 770-832-1984 Center for Allergy and Asthma of Georgia 770-749-7714 Carrollton 770-504-4232 Villa Rica 770-766-4719 Newnan Center for Allergy and Asthma of West Georgia 770-537-2323 Peachtree Allergy & Asthma Clinic 770-832-1984 ASSISTED LIVING & RETIREMENT FACILITIES Ashbrook Village 770-456-4477 Autumn Square 770-834-1737 Brookdale Senior Living 678-796-0974 Carrollton Club Congregate Community 770-830-6610 Colonial Guest House Inc. 706-675-6372 Cottage Landing 770-830-8857 Stewart House Retirement Living, Inc. 770-838-0303 The Oaks of Carrollton Assisted Living 770-834-2242 42
Wesley Woods Newnan 770-683-6833
West Georgia Spine Center 770-834-6669
BEHAVIORAL HEALTH Behavioral Health of W. Georgia 770-812-3530 Carrollton, Villa Rica
DENTAL CENTERS Bremen Dental Depot 770-537-4439
Willowbrooke at Tanner 770-812-3266 Villa Rica, Carrollton 770-812-3610 Cartersville 706-509-3500 Floyd
DIAGNOSTIC IMAGING WellStar Douglas Imaging Center 678-715-6601 Douglasville 678-838-2590 Douglasville 770-443-7700 Hiram
CANCER CARE Cancer Treatment Centers of America 770-400-6000 Roy Richards, Sr. Cancer Center 770-812-9824 Tanner Radiation Oncology 770-812-9824 CARDIOLOGY Tanner Heart and Vascular Specialists 770-812-9326 Carrollton, Villa Rica, Bremen, Wedowee Tanner Heart and Vascular Center 770-214-2273 Carrollton, Villa Rica WellStar Medical Group 678-715-5080 CEMETERY Meadowbrook Memory Gardens 770-459-6494 CHIROPRACTORS Dr. Peter Lazarnick 770-853-7940 Temple Chiropractic 770-562-8590 Villa Rica Chiropractic Wellness Center 770-459-8439
EAR, NOSE & THROAT Bi-County Ear, Nose & Throat 770-949-4200 Douglasville 770-819-1435 Austell Bremen Ear, Nose & Throat 770-537-6633 Carrollton Ear, Nose & Throat 770-832-1488 Harbin Clinic 706-276-7215 Cartersville 706-236-6499 Rome Villa Rica Ear, Nose & Throat 770-459-0408 WellStar Medical Group 770-949-4200 ELDER LAW Victoria Collier 404-370-0696 Kimberly Harris 706-668-7525 FUNERAL HOMES Jones-Wynn Funeral Homes & Crematory 770-459-3694 GENERAL/FAMILY PHYSICIANS Buchanan Medical Clinic 770-646-8281
Comprehensive Breast Care of West Georgia 770-812-5886
HEARING CENTERS Tri-State Beltone Center 404-913-8678
Douglas County Family Practice 770-949-5535
HOME HEALTH SERVICES Gentiva Health Services 678-840-4475
Infectious Diseases of West Georgia 770-812-5837
Tanner Home Health 770-646-0062 Bremen 770-834-5438 Carrollton
Peachtree Immediate Care 770-456-0911
HOSPICE Halcyon Hospice 770-456-4643
Primary Care of Bremen 770-537-6500 Physicians Care Group of West Georgia 770-834-3351 Tallapoosa Family Healthcare 770-812-2800 Tanner Family Healthcare of Franklin 706-675-6949 Tanner Primary Care 770-812-5831 Carrollton 256-357-2188 Wedowee 770-812-3866 West Paulding Villa Rica Family Medicine 770-459-4411 West Carroll Family Healthcare 770-258-5424 Woodland Family Healthcare 256-449-2001 GASTROENTEROLOGY Atlanta Gastroenterology Associates 678-784-5020 Douglasville 678-486-5500 Hiram West Georgia Gastroenterology Associates 770-214-2800 Bremen 770-214-2800 Carrollton 770-456-3786 Villa Rica
Tanner Hospice Care 770-214-2355 HOSPITALS Higgins General Hospital 770-812-2000 Tanner Medical Center 770-812-9666 Carrollton 256-357-2111 East Alabama 770-812-3000 Villa Rica Wellstar Douglas Hospital 770-949-1500 INTERNAL MEDICINE Tanner Primary Care at Mirror Lake 770-812-3839 WellStar Medical Group 770-949-9590
MEDICAL EQUIPMENT & SUPPLIES Apothecary Shoppe Pharmacy 770-949-7977 Douglasville 770-459-9499 Villa Rica Bowdon Homecare DME Inc. 770-258-5055 Garrett Drug Co. 770-537-2364 NURSING HOMES Carrollton Manor Inc. 770-834-1737 Countryside Health Center 770-646-3861 Pine Knoll Nursing & Rehab Center 770-832-8243 The Oaks of Carrollton 770-834-3501 OB/GYN Tanner Healthcare for Women 770-812-3850 West Georgia Healthcare for Women 770-214-2121 West Georgia OB/GYN 770-834-0170
West Georgia Internal Medicine 770-834-6208
ORTHOPEDICS Bremen Orthopaedics 770-537-0611
LIFT CHAIRS Sit ‘n’ Sleep 770-834-1122
Carrollton Orthopaedic Clinic 770-834-0873
MATERNITY CENTERS W. Steve Worthy Maternity Center 770-836-9711 The Maternity Center 770-456-3177
Pinnacle Orthopaedics 378-453-5717 Tanner Ortho and Spine Center 770-214-2273 Villa Rica Orthopaedics 770-456-0211 www.readhealthyhorizons.com
PARKS & RECREATION Banning Mills 770-834-9149 Water’s Edge 256-310-6174 256-310-5660 PEDIATRICS Atlanta Gastroenterology 404-843-6320 Carousel Pediatrics 770-834-0606 Children’s of Alabama 205-638-9100 Children’s Healthcare of West Georgia 770-812-8640 PHARMACIES Clayton Pharmacy 770-537-2321 Garrett Drug Company 770-537-2364 Haney’s Drug Center 770-834-3393 Lovvorn Drugs 770-537-8889 Tallapoosa Drug Company Inc. 770-574-2339 Turner Pharmacy 770-832-7076 REHABILITATION Southern Therapy Services 770-537-6477 Bremen 770-834-7436 Carrollton 770-459-4555 Villa Rica Tanner Rehabilitation Services 770-824-2291 Bremen 770-836-9721 Carrollton SENIOR SERVICES Carroll County/West Georgia Council on Aging 678-378-0985 Comfort Keepers 678-715-8624 44
Douglas Senior Services 770-489-3100
Heard County Transit 706-675-1410
GA DHS Division of Aging Services 404-657-5258
Rome Para Transit Services 706-236-5036
Southern Crescent Aging and Disability Resource Connection 678-552-2838
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