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JULY

2011 Volume 2, Issue 7

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Senior Program: Behavioral Health Now an Option for Home Health Care

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Emotional: How Do I Make Sure that Home Health Care is Quality Care?

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Physical: Fatigue

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Nutritional: Are Foods Made With “Real Sugar” Healthier?

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Senior Living: Socially Active Seniors Stay Sharp

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Hearing Technology: Bluetooth Technology

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Retired and Wired: Seniors Stay Fit, Sharp and Connected

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Better Living: Body, Mind and Spirit

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Financial Health: Hot Summer, Cool Stocks, What’s Next?

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Old Glory: The American Flag

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Arthritis: Fewer Unknowns, More Answers in Rheumatology Field

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Senior Living Tour Seniors Get a Taste of Real Living

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Health Tips: Caregiver Relief

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Healing Technique: Understanding Myofascial Release

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Hearing Sensitivity: Do Musicians Suffer Noise-Related Hearing Loss?

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Movement: New Hope for Chronic Pain

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Laser Therapy: Healed by the Light

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Acupuncture: Headache Relief Without Medication

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Country Manor Leading the Way in Memory Care

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Behavioral Health Now an Option for Home Health Care By Amedisys Home Health Care

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n the past, home health care has offered services such as skilled nursing, therapy, medical social workers and home health aides. Some programs also offer disease management programs to treat patients who suffer from chronic disease, which represents substantial long –term costs. Amedisys now offers a Behavioral Health at Home program to ensure excellent patient care while controlling costs through a demonstrated plan of care. Amedisys’ Behavioral Health at Home program is designed to meet the home health needs of the psychiatric patient. These services effective provide transition from hospital to home with ease for the patient, family, physician or facility. Our psychiatric nurses asses the home environment and provide coordination of care for the patient and family, along with the psychiatrist and/ or primary care physician to make sure the needs of the patient are being managed effectively. A patient would be admitted if he or she has psychiatric diagnosis or an emotional disorder and is under the care of a psychiatrist and/or primary care physician. Additionally, the patient would be homebound due to altered perception or cognition, potential for self-harm or violence, altered thought process, poor impulse control, and impaired social interactions, among other reasons. Amedisys’ services provide skilled patient assessment, patient monitoring to ensure adherence to doctors’ orders and medications, administration of medications, crisis intervention, management and evaluation of care, and individual family counseling.

Amedisys Home Health Care covers the entire Quad City area. For more information on Amedisys’ Behavioral Health at Home program or to find out if you quality for home health care, call us at 309-786-5762 or visit us at www.amedisys.com

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emotional

How Do I Make Sure that Home Health Care is Quality Care? Submitted by We Care Home Care

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s with any important purchase, it is always a good idea to talk with friends, neighbors, and your local area agency on aging to learn more about the home health care agencies in your community. In looking for a home health care agency, the following 20 questions can be used to help guide your search: • How long has the agency been serving this community? • Does the agency have any printed brochures describing the services it offers and how much they cost? If so, get one. • Is the agency an approved Medicare provider? • Is the quality of care certified by a national accrediting body such as the Joint Commission for the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations? • Does the agency have a current license to practice (if required in the state where you live)? • Does the agency offer seniors a “Patients’ Bill of Rights” that describes the rights and responsibilities of both the agency and the senior being cared for? • Does the agency write a plan of care for the patient (with input from the patient, his or her doctor and family), and update the plan as necessary? • Does the care plan outline the patient’s course of treatment, describing the specific tasks to be performed by each caregiver? • How closely do supervisors oversee care to ensure quality? • Will agency caregivers keep family members informed about the kind of care their loved one is getting? • Are agency staff members available around the clock, seven days a week, if necessary? • Does the agency have a nursing supervisor available to provide oncall assistance 24 hours a day? • How does the agency ensure patient confidentiality? • How are agency caregivers hired and trained? • What is the procedure for resolving problems when they occur, and who can I call with questions or complaints? • How does the agency handle billing? • Is there a sliding fee schedule based on ability to pay, and is financial assistance available to pay for services? • Will the agency provide a list of references for its caregivers? • Who does the agency call if the home health care worker cannot come when scheduled? • What type of employee screening is done? When purchasing home health care directly from an individual provider (instead of through an agency), it is even more important to screen the person thoroughly. This should include an interview with the home health caregiver to make sure that he or she is qualified for the job. You should request references. Also, prepare for the interview by making a list if any special needs the senior might have. For example, you would want to note whether the elderly patient needs help getting Page 6 — Healthy Cells Magazine — Quad Cities ­— July 2011

into or out of a wheelchair. Clearly, if this is the case, the home health caregiver must be able to provide that assistance. The screening process will go easier if you have a better idea of what you are looking for first. Another thing to remember is that it always helps to look ahead, anticipate changing needs, and have a backup plan for special situations. Since every employee occasionally needs time off (or a vacation), it is unrealistic to assume that one home health care worker will always be around to provide care. Seniors or family members who hire home health workers directly may want to consider interviewing a second part-time or on-call person who can be available when the primary caregiver cannot be. Calling an agency for temporary respite care also may help to solve this problem (see the Respite Care fact sheet for more information about these services). In any event, whether you arrange for home health care through an agency or hire an independent home health care aide on an individual basis, it helps to spend some time preparing for the person who will be doing the work. Ideally, you could spend a day with him or her, before the job formally begins, to discuss what will be involved in the daily routine. If nothing else, tell the home health care provider (both verbally and in writing) the following things that he or she should know about the senior: • Illnesses/injuries, and signs of an emergency medical situation • Likes and dislikes • Medications, and how and when they should be taken • Need for dentures, eyeglasses, canes, walkers, etc. • Possible behavior problems and how best to deal with them • Problems getting around (in or out of a wheelchair, for example, or trouble walking) • Special diets or nutritional needs • Therapeutic exercises. In addition, you should give the home health care provider more information about: • Clothing the senior may need (if/when it gets too hot or too cold) • How you can be contacted (and who else should be contacted in an emergency) • How to find and use medical supplies and medications • When to lock up the apartment/house and where to find the keys • Where to find food, cooking utensils, and serving items • Where to find cleaning supplies • Where to find light bulbs and flash lights, and where the fuse box is located (in case of a power failure) • Where to find the washer, dryer, and other household appliances (as well as instructions for how to use them). If you need home care, call We Care Home Care at 309-269-8232 to schedule an appointment.


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physical

Fatigue By Dr. Kristin Miller MD, Anti-Aging and Optimal Health

“Help, I need more energy!” Do you wake up feeling tired? Do you wish you had a clone of yourself to help handle the number of balls you are juggling in the air? Do you lose focus during conversation? Are you starting to lose your mental edge? Or are you losing your physical stamina? We are pulled in so many directions these days. Sometimes it may feel that your body and mind cannot keep up. Fatigue can be insidious. Sometimes it can begin when you cannot get adequate quality and quantity sleep. Sometimes it can occur after an illness, when your body was expected to have recovered. Other times it can be present during times of hormonal changes, such as perimenopause for women and declining testosterone ratios for men. It can also occur in children. But why and how does fatigue occur? Where does it begin? The answer is: 1. fatigue symptoms can be due to a problem in the body, or 2. fatigue may be due to the body’s response to a problem Remember, your body functions like a symphony, with each organ playing the part of an instrument section, and each cell playing the individual part of each instrument within that section. Or you can think of it like a football team, with the organs being the offense and each cell playing a different part of that offense. The function of the center is quite different than the function of the quarterback, the tight end, the receiver, but all are extremely important to the success of the offense and the team. On a cellular level, the mitochondria “engines” in each cell must be able to effectively produce energy depending on the demands of your body, while the nutrients you eat must be able to be broken down effectively to neutralize the free radicals that are produced in the process. Free radicals are scavengers, and will damage cells if not neutralized. If this process is not occurring smoothly, fatigue may result. On an organ level, feeling energetic depends on good gastrointestinal function, including eating the proper nutrition, digesting well, and absorbing those nutrients effectively in the small intestine. A balanced hormonal system is necessary for proper energy, strength, and mental focus, including the organs of the pituitary Page 8 — Healthy Cells Magazine — Quad Cities ­— July 2011

gland, thyroid gland, parathyroid glands, adrenal glands, testicles, and ovaries. The hormonal system also works with the cells making up the immune system and the gastrointestinal tract lining to maintain control of inflammation and proper reaction to dysfunctional cells and pathogenic, or harmful, microbes. The cardiovascular and pulmonary systems are responsible for transporting oxygen and nutrients to each cell and organ, and the neurological system including the brain provide direction for neuroresonance, the communication highways and frequencies for the body’s cells and organs. On a system level, there can be a problem with cellular function or an organ dysfunction, and this may cause an adaptive response in this and other organs in the body. This response may attempt to improve the situation in the short-term but may result in a different set of problems and symptoms in the long-term, with FATIGUE being a common complaint. The way to get to the bottom of how and why fatigue has set in is testing your body’s unique use and balance of its biochemical pathways involved in cellular function, gastrointestinal function, hormonal balance, immune system function, and how well your body is handling stress. Dr. Kristin Miller at Anti-Aging & Optimal Health has the expertise in evaluating the causes and responses of fatigue, and experience in treatment of the underlying causes for fatigue. Your body was designed to be well. Dr. Miller will work with you to help your body to assist in healing itself and to help reachieve balance. Call Anti-Aging & Optimal Health at 563-322-2263 to schedule a consultation, or email them at info@drmillermd.com and check their website at www.drmillermd.com. Dr. Kristin A. Miller at Anti-Aging & Optimal Health has is a Board Certified Advanced Fellow in Anti-Aging & Regenerative Medicine, through the American Academy of Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine (www.a4m.org). She is one of 500 physicians in the world to complete this advanced level of training in Functional Medicine.


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Are Foods Made With “Real Sugar” Healthier?

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By Michael Roizen, M.D., and Mehmet OZ, M.D.

ou’ve probably seen those made with “real sugar” ads on TV and heard about food makers replacing high fructose corn syrup with “real sugar” in everything from ketchup to crackers. “Real sugar” may be the craziest comeback since platform sandals, John Travolta and the Red Sox. Though those comebacks made people grin. Sugar has NO redeeming social value! Food manufacturers want you to think that “real” or “natural” sugar is sweeter for your health. Don’t fall for it. Regular readers of this column (love yah!) know we’re not fans of high fructose corn syrup. Like all added sugars and syrups, it pumps your body full of empty calories, sends your blood sugar soaring faster than the express elevators at the Empire State Building, and gums up proteins in ways that load your arteries with lousy LDL cholesterol. (Hello, heart attack and stroke.) High sugar levels also increase blood fats called triglycerides, which threaten your ticker, skin and sex life. And HFCS has been poured into all kinds of food, from salad dressings to chili. Since 1960, we’ve gone from 0 pounds a year of HFCS to more than 50 pounds per person. Even though we’ve cut back some, Americans are still in sugar shock: We down 22 teaspoons of added sugars each day. That’s average! And it’s two to three times what your body can handle. The American Heart Association wants women to top out at six to seven teaspoons a day, and men at 10. Personally, we eat less than that. Because whether added sugars come from table sugar, organic brown sugar or raspberry syrup, they subtract from your health. Our goal for you is our goal for ourselves: zero added sugars and blood sugar below 110. Anything higher ages your arteries, which ultimately ages every part of you. That’s why the new pro-sugar ads make us itch (Mehmet) and twitch (Mike). Oh, one more thing: If the fructose in HFCS indeed turns out to excel at making you gain weight, know that table sugar contains almost as much: Both it and HFCS are about half fructose. Yep, the same sugar found in fruit. But while the small amount of fructose in an apple or mango is fine because fruit’s fiber slows down its absorption (so your blood sugar doesn’t rocket up), the large amounts in sodas, candy, desserts and candy-topped yogurt aren’t. Here’s what they do to your heart, bloodstream and belt size: Added sugars spell double trouble for your waistline. First, there are the extra calories. Second, a big hit of fructose makes you overeat by revving up ghrelin, your body’s “I’m hungry” hormone, and turning down two hunger-controlling hormones, insulin and leptin. They invite diabetes. Chugging one to two regular sodas, sweet iced teas or fruit punch drinks a day raises your diabetes risk 26 percent. Why? Excess fructose drives up blood sugar levels by indirectly telling muscle cells to resist insulin’s orders to absorb blood sugar. They raise your blood pressure. Downing lots of added sugars doubles your risk for hypertension. The top blood pressure numbers for people in one test who consumed the fructose in just 2.5 sodas a day were as high as 160. You (and your heart) want that number to be 115!

Added sugars aren’t just where you’d expect to see ‘em (soda, dessert, candy). They’re also hiding in deli meat, ketchup, soup, bagels, crackers, cereal and even some baby food. Thanks to a loophole, manufacturers aren’t required to list added sugars separately from those found naturally in fruit, grains and dairy foods (which your body knows how to handle). You have to outsmart three food-industry tricks to find ‘em: Trick 1: “Natural” and “organic” sweeteners. Unrefined brown sugar, unrefined dehydrated cane juice, raw sugar, honey, maple syrup, molasses, barley malt, rice syrup and agave are still added sugars. A few of these have a smidgeon of other nutrients, but not enough to compensate for the smackdown sugar gives your body. Trick 2: Disguised names. The ingredients list may not say “sugar” or “HFCS.” But there’s added sugar if any of these are on the label: brown sugar, cane sugar, confectioners’ sugar, corn sweetener, corn or other syrups, honey, molasses, fruit juice concentrate, cane juice, invert sugar, malt sugar or anything ending in “ose” (dextrose, fructose, glucose, lactose, maltose, sucrose). Trick 3: Multiples. Food makers are splitting up the sweeteners, so you may not spot ‘em till you’re halfway down the ingredients list. Keep reading, and look for more than one. Don’t be fooled -- but we know you’re too smart for that. The YOU Docs, Mehmet Oz and Mike Roizen, are authors of “YOU: On a Diet.” Want more? See “The Dr. Oz Show” on TV (check local listings). To submit questions, go to www.RealAge.com. (c) 2011 Michael Roizen, M.D. and Mehmet Oz, M.D. Distributed by King Features Syndicate, Inc.

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senior living

Socially Active Seniors Stay Sharp By Heidi Behning, Marketing Director, Jersey Ridge Place

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ne part of staying healthy is staying engaged and having an active social life. That’s why assisted living facilities typically provide numerous ways for patients to take part in community activities. You can check with the activities director at any facility to find out more about specific programs, but here are some of the kinds of activities you can usually find. • Bingo parties, arts and crafts, and classic movies are standard assisted living activities that most people can enjoy. • Mall walking or other walking activities can be held indoors yearround, while outdoor activities such as nature walks, fishing, and Frisbee golf are typically available in warmer months. • Sit and get fit/ chair excerise • Sunday worship • Card games such as bridge, cribbage, or rummy may be held weekly. In addition, poker tournaments or tournaments for other popular card games are sometimes offered. • Board games like Scrabble, Trivial Pursuit, and home editions of TV game shows can be fun to play on game night, but can also be done tournament-style. • Guest speakers, weekly prayer meeting, Bible study, and religious ceremonies are typically offered on-site for people of all faiths. • Make your own musical instrument night combines an arts and crafts activity with a musical sing-along, which can be great fun. • Most facilities plan seasonal events, especially around the holidays. • Poetry readings, comedy club, and talent show night can be a great way to show off your talents and skills, and encourage your friends to do the same. • Music therapy and art therapy can be especially helpful when a patient is working to regain muscle control. They are also ideal for anyone who appreciates the arts.

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• Pet therapy is good for any resident who likes animals. Visiting or resident pets can provide an opportunity to soothe and be soothed, and can help reduce stress. • Gardening clubs may be offered for those with a green thumb, or a desire to find one. • Many facilities provide transportation to local stores for some shopping and socializing away from home. • Scavenger hunts, balloon volleyball, miniature golf, and ice cream socials are often well-attended events. • Some facilities have Wii Sports, which can be a fun way for residents to stay in shape while playing a video game that improves hand-eye coordination. • Many facilities also offer book clubs, bowling leagues, and quilting circles, plus many more activities depending on resident interests. Mental decline as you age appears to be largely due to altered connections among brain cells. But research has found that keeping the brain active seems to increase its vitality and may build its reserves of brain cells and connections. You could even generate new brain cells. Low levels of education have been found to be related to a higher risk of Alzheimer’s later in life. This may be due to a lower level of life-long mental stimulation. Put another way, higher levels of education appear to be somewhat protective against Alzheimer’s, possibly because brain cells and their connections are stronger. Well-educated individuals can still get Alzheimer’s, but symptoms may appear later because of this protective effect. You don’t have to turn your life upside down, or make extreme changes to achieve many of these benefits. Start with something small, like a daily walk. To take a tour and get more information about Jersey Ridge Place, call Heidi Behning at 563-505-5507.


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Sept. 13

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$5.00 Reserves Your Seat!

What’s New in Retirement Living? Join us on a full day of exploration into the finest retirement communities Quad Cities has to offer. Wiersema Charter Service will chaperone you to 5 retirement communities where you will have the opportunity to see for yourself what each community has to offer today’s active senior. Learn what’s new in senior living with others on a fun day of learning and activity. Buses will board at 8:00 am at both locations. You will receive boarding and parking instructions by mail the week prior to the tour.

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• A tour of five of the finest senior living communities in the area • Charter coach seating in one of two coaches reserved for this event • Light breakfast and coffee served at registration • Lunch provided and served to you at the Park Vista Retirement Living Community • Afternoon snack • Canvas “goodie” bag with tour guide and goodies from area merchants To reserve your ticket, mail your check in the amount of $5.00 along with your name, address & phone number to: Hutcheson Enterprises, 2807 W. 35th St. • Davenport, IA 52806 Call Laurie for more information 563-650-1876 July 2011 — Quad Cities ­— Healthy Cells Magazine — Page 13


hearing technology

Bluetooth Technology What is It? By Margaret Christiansen, Au.D., CCC-A, Audiology Consultants

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luetooth is a technology that has been popular with cell phones for awhile and has recently made its way into the world of hearing aids. Bluetooth technology is a technology that allows for wireless communication between electronic devices and your hearing aids. If hearing aids are bluetooth compatible, your cell phone, music player or television can be wirelessly connected to your hearing aids via a remote control. A remote control unit is necessary to help facilitate the transfer of information between your hearing aid and the device you are using. Bluetooth technology is designed to make use of these devices easier for hearing aid users. One of the most common uses for this technology is with cell phones. It allows you to talk on your cell phone without having to put the phone up to your hearing aid. When the phone rings, the hearing aid user hears a ringing sound in their hearing aids. They accept the phone call by pressing a button on the remote control and then the conversation from the phone is wirelessly transmitted to their hearing aids! Gone are the days of hearing aids ringing when the phone is put up to the ear! This technology can also be used when listening to music from a personal music player or when watching television. Devices are available

“The sound from the television can wirelessly be transmitted directly to your hearing aids.” that can make a television bluetooth compatible. This means that when you watch television, the sound from the television can wirelessly be transmitted directly to your hearing aids. This allows you to hear the television program clearly without interference from outside noise sources. Bluetooth technology is just one of the ways that hearing aid technology is advancing and making communication easier for hearing aid users. Make an appointment today to discuss bluetooth and other exciting technologies with your audiologist. For more information about Audiology Consultants, P.C., call 563355-7712 or visit www.audiologyconsultants.com.

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retired and wired

Seniors Stay Fit, Sharp and Connected Social Networking and Technology Helps Keep Seniors In-Touch Submitted by Senior Star

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or retired senior Mary George, 71, Davenport, the computer is her connection to the world. “I’m probably on the computer every day, logging on to Facebook, playing games, and most importantly, keeping in touch with family across the country,” she says. Mary is not alone. Computer use among Americans 65 and older has doubled in the past 10 years, while Internet usage among that age group has more than tripled, according to the Pew Internet Project. And, while social media use has grown dramatically across all age groups, Pew also reports older users have been especially enthusiastic over the past year about embracing new networking tools. Social networking use among Internet users ages 50 and older nearly doubled to 42% in May 2010. Seniors Using Social Media You can count Mary in the growMary George of Davenport keeps in touch with friends and family through Facebook from her home at Senior Star at ing number of social media users. “I Elmore Place. Technology is used throughout the community to help keep seniors mentally stimulated and in-touch with family have seven brothers and sisters and members across town or in other parts of the country. we are all on Facebook,” she says. “I also text, too. My daughter checks in As seniors embrace technology, Senior Star is keeping pace, offerall the time, and I love getting pictures of the grandkids.” ing Skype, Wii Fitness programs, and unique computer programs such Technology not only helps seniors stay connected but also can help as Dakim BrainFitness. Dakim is a program that challenges long- and fight depression and dementia. The Alzheimer’s’ Association reports short-term memory as well as other critical thinking and language skills that every 71 seconds, another senior is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s with activities such as “Name that Song,” or “Keep Your Eye’s Open.” disease. Numerous studies have found that people who frequently parThe cultural references are from the 1930’s and 1940’s so seniors can ticipate in brain-stimulating activities had, in some cases, a 63 percent also connect with personal memories and experiences. lower risk of dementia than others who participated less frequently. “We want seniors to maintain as much independence as possible,” Meanwhile, researchers from Semel Institute for Neuroscience and says Cathy Hughes, executive director, Senior Star at Elmore Place. Human Behavior at the University of California-Los Angeles found that “Seniors who consistently participate in mentally stimulating leisure surfing the Web for only a week stimulated areas of the brain that conactivities are keeping their minds sharp, are able to make their own trol decision-making and complex reasoning in middle-aged and older decisions, and are generally happier when connected to their families. adults with little Internet experience. Many of our residents have children and grandchildren who live too far Carolyn McCann, 70, is a neighbor of Mary’s at Senior Star at away for frequent visits.” Elmore Place, and is also an avid game player on the computer. “I love “Most of my grandchildren live in the northwest in Seattle and Vanto play games like solitaire, poker, and a word game called ‘WHOMP.’ couver,” says 84-year old Betty Noll, Davenport. “I love getting their I enjoy it. It keeps me alert, my mind active, and is a great distraction news. I even got an email with a picture from my grandson who caught from worries. It’s better than sitting around watching TV.” a 30-pound salmon!” Although many seniors are still wary of the complexity of computers, more are adapting to the technology. Says Carolyn, “A lot of To take a tour or get more information about Senior Star, call seniors think they can’t do it. It isn’t hard once you learn how. You just 866-415-6909 or visit them at 4500 Elmore Ave, Davenport, IA. keep doing it every day, and I think it’s great.” July 2011 — Quad Cities ­— Healthy Cells Magazine — Page 15


better living

Body, Mind and Spirit:

See Beth Run

Submitted by Orthopaedic Specialists

Beth Saranglao of Moline, Illinois, is back on the road thanks to a total hip replacement from Dr. John Hoffman of Orthopaedic Specialists in Davenport. Beth’s surgery was performed on an outpatient basis which reduced costs and recovery time following the procedure.

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eth Saranglao doesn’t stay in any one place for very long. The 46 year-old elementary school computer lab manager and summertime pool manager doesn’t even have a telephone line in her house any more. “Just my cell phone. You know how it is these days,” she explains, detailing a life of recreational running, bicycling, swimming, tennis, inline skating – all in addition to the usual time commitments of a family, including a son on a traveling baseball team. Yet after running 4 to 5 miles every morning for 20 years or so, Saranglao started feeling a sharp pain in her hip joint. That was two years ago, and keeping the pain in check required 18 ibuprofens every day. Fellowship trained surgeon, John Hoffman, M.D., Orthopaedic Specialists, saw that the damage to her hip’s cartilage was serious. Saranglao had hoped that re-surfacing her hip joint would work, but Dr. Hoffman’s examinations revealed that re-surfacing wasn’t an option. Instead, Saranglao had a total hip replacement in December 2007. “I’d love to set off an airport metal detector with all the metal in my hip,” Saranglao jokes, “but with my son in baseball, I never get to travel anywhere fun.” Saranglao’s surgery was at 4:00 p.m., and she was home 17 hours later, at 9:00 in the morning. “I loved it,” Saranglao says of the having the procedure done on an outpatient basis. “I didn’t have to check in. I was up and walking and glad to be home.” Saranglao’s surgery was performed at Mississippi Valley Surgery Center in Davenport. Most major insurers cover this procedure in the outpatient setting. MVSC is the only Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) in Iowa that performs total joint replacements in an outpatient setting. Based on Iowa Hospital Association data, charges at local Quad City hospitals for total knee replacement surgeries range from $26,000 to $38,000. The average charge for knee replacement surgery at Mississippi Valley Surgery Center is $17,500 Experience Counts Davenport-based Orthopaedic Specialist Dr. John Hoffman, a fellowship-trained 20-year veteran who performs approximately 600 minimally-invasive total joint operations a year, says revolutionary improvements in surgical techniques, anesthesia, and joint technology are Page 16 — Healthy Cells Magazine — Quad Cities — ­ July 2011

saving patients money and allowing them to return to their active lives much faster. It’s also a procedure expected to grow as the population ages. “Joint replacements five years ago required a major incision (8-12 inches vs. 4 inches today), longacting anesthetic and extended convalescence. Medical innovation now allows doctors to perform them safely and effectively so that patients recover at home and get back to life quicker,” explains Dr. Dr. John Hoffman, Orthopaedic Specialists, is a fellowship-trained surgeon and perHoffman. Better techniques lead to faster forms over 600 minimally-invasive total joint operations a year. recovery and less need for hospitalization. “We employ new surgical techniques that spare patients’ muscle tissue,” explains Dr. Hoffman. “We have also fine-tuned regional anesthetic and pain management protocols. These factors allow most patients to be walking within hours of the procedure and home for recovery,” he adds. Dr. Hoffman has fined tuned his technique under the guidance of Richard Berger, M.D., a pioneer of minimally invasive hip and knee replacements practicing at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center in Chicago. Back to Life and Back on the Road Saranglao has returned to a life every bit as active as the one before surgery. “I shouldn’t have waited so long,” she says. She bicycles every morning (during bad weather it’s indoors, on a trainer), and she’s back to running most days on the treadmill. “I’d do it again. I’m still flexible – I can do cheerleader splits!” If you are experiencing hip pain, contact Orthopaedic Specialists at 563-344-9299 or get more information at painfreeqc.com.


financial health

Hot Summer, Cool Stocks, What’s Next? By Dan Zude CFP, Portfolio Manager, Northwest Bank & Trust Company Investment Management Group

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he Investment Management Group clients I’ve spoken with recently are asking what to expect for the rest of 2011. I feel cautiously optimistic. The economy has recently shown signs of another summer slowdown. On June 6, the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the Standard and Poor’s 500 had been down for five straight weeks and were in the process of making it six. It is very similar to the path the economy followed in 2010 where growth started the year strong only to falter in the summer and then modestly improve in the third and fourth quarters. Last year the summer slowdown proved temporary and I believe that will be the case for 2011 also. Earlier this year, the tragic events in Japan caused a major disruption in the supply chain for auto manufacturers as well as technology industries. Another shock to the economy came in the form of gasoline prices which peaked at over $4.00 per gallon in mid May. This was an approximate 90¢ increase from the end of December. These two blows to growth resulted in numerous downward revisions to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) outlook for the second and third quarters. Other recent economic data releases confirmed the slowing. Among them were May nonfarm payrolls. That month we gained back only 54,000 jobs when 175,000 were expected. It is estimated that we need to create 250,000 jobs per month just to keep the unemployment rate from rising further. That said, Fed chief Ben Bernanke’s favorite word these days is “transitory” and that’s where the outlook begins to improve. Auto production appears set to reaccelerate in the third quarter. This improvement should have a positive effect on growth in the second half of the year. The price of a barrel of oil has come down to around $100 and gas prices are now below $4.00 per gallon. This should help revive spending and confidence on the part of consumers. This is important because consumers, you and I, make up 70 percent of the economy. Also, bank lending conditions and customers willingness to borrow is slowly improving. This is critical to growth and the economy’s ability to become more self-sustaining. All things considered, the “transitory” negative effects of supply chain disruptions and gas price shocks should begin to work their way out of the economy as we head into the second half of the year. This should allow growth to return to the 2.5 percent to 3.0 percent range with a corresponding boost to equity prices. We believe another 8.0 percent is attainable by year end which would put the S&P 500 at about 1,400. Interestingly, June 30 marks the first time in three years that no monetary stimulus will be injected into the economy. We feel the markets will view this favorably. The success of quantitative easing programs is highly debatable given that they are prone to devaluing the dollar and raising commodity prices. All told, the second half of 2011 should see a slow but steady improvement. Good news for investors. For more details about how we are positioning our clients’ portfolios for the rest of 2011, or other questions about investing, call us at the Investment Management Group. Northwest Bank & Trust Company Investment Management Group is located at 100 East Kimberly Road in the bank’s NorthPark Tower and can be reached by calling 563.388.2628. For more information visit www.northwestbank.com/IMG.

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Country Manor Leading the Way in Memory Care

Country Manor’s Management Team: Lisa Irwin, RN, Wellness Director; Stephanie Butler, Community Relations Manager; Nichole Will, Executive Director; Judy Dejonghe, Life Enrichment Coordinator; Dan Verbeke, Maintenance Director.

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estled in a quiet residential neighborhood on 46th Street in Davenport, Iowa you will find what some consider to be the best kept secret of the Quad Cities. Country Manor Memory Care is the only Stand Alone Assisted Living Community in the immediate area that is solely devoted to Alzheimer’s and dementia care. It is our passion and our only focus. We are committed to personalized and loving care of seniors with memory impairments. Our specially trained caregivers that work around the clock understand the unique needs of our residents. Our compassion coupled with knowledgeable tech-

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niques and therapies afford our residents the respect and dignity they so deserve. Enhancing the daily lives of those who suffer from memory impairment is what we are about. Country Manor believes strongly in the validation of our residents, making them feel valued as they should be. We work with family members to learn about each resident’s past roles, life skills, habits and interests. Their life stories are significant in building our relationships with them, making meaningful connections and are the foundation for us to enrich their lives.


Increasing Need for Memory Care Currently, an estimated 5.4 million people in the United States are living with Alzheimer’s disease and it is suggested that this number could double by the year 2050. This has tremendous impact on the families and loved ones of those suffering with memory loss. In 2010 there were more than 131,000 unpaid caregivers in Iowa providing support to those suffering with impaired memory. At Country Manor we greatly respect the desire to care for a loved one at home, but this can come with great costs. Family caregivers suffer loss of sleep, depression, anxiety, and added stress and worry because of the prolonged duration of assisting their loved ones. It is important that families know that help is out there. Whether a family is interested in finding permanent placement for their loved one, need some time away, or just need someone to talk with, there are resources available. Purposeful Design When Country Manor Memory Care was constructed in 1998 it evolved with the input of dementia care experts in correlation with the advice of the Alzheimer’s Association. As you enter through the doors of our community your immediate feeling is the warmth of home. The intent of Country Manor’s purposeful floor design is to create a safe and pleasing environment for those with memory loss. It has the feel of a family home, allowing it to feel familiar and reassuring to those that live here. The circular hallways throughout allow our residents to stroll about freely which can relieve stress, all the while promoting daily exercise. The bedrooms are clustered in quiet wings and are decorated to each family’s liking. Residents at Country Manor have a variety of rooms to choose from. We offer three floor plans including a private suite, a deluxe suite, or a companion suite. The companion suite offers and economical choice for a resident that is suitable or desires a roommate. All apartments come fully furnished, but families may choose to bring their own furnishings and decorations. We encourage all families to personalize their loved ones’ apartment. Did you know studies have proven that the number one fall risk for seniors is in the bathroom? We took those studies seriously in the design of our community. In order to reduce that risk our resident’s bathrooms are located throughout each living are and in close proximity in such a way that allows for maximum supervision, while affording privacy and dignity. Country Manor is a residence that is only one level, completely handicapped accessible and for added security we have monitored entryways. Our great rooms offer a place of solace with fireplaces to warm by and soft music to sooth the soul. Multiple living rooms are located throughout the building and are furnished with comfortable seating, books and magazines along with music, movies and old time television shows from their era. Adjacent to these living areas is an intimate dining room and kitchen reminiscent of home with a big oak table to gather around. There are also private dining areas provided for families to come and share meals with their loved one.

Caregivers use individualized activities to engage each resident and spur memories. Here Capitola and Amanda are playing a sorting game.

The Comforting Taste of Home Speaking of meals, how about those comfort foods we all love such as Sunday pot roast with mashed potatoes and gravy, meatloaf with a homemade sauce and fried chicken with grandmother’s biscuits to mention a few! And what is a good meal without dessert? We serve a plenty; with the likes of your favorite slice of pie, chocolate layered cake, fresh baked cookies and of course that mouth watering hot fudge sundae. You won’t believe the spread put before you for our Country Manor Family Events such as our Thanksgiving Feast, Christmas Gathering, Mother’s Day Luncheon, Father’s Day Cook Out, Independence Day Barbecue and our Courtyard Picnic. We promise you won’t go away hungry! Validating People as a Whole Validation Therapy is Country Manor’s unique approach to connecting with residents on a deeply personal level. It is a practical way of working with our residents that helps reduce stress, enhance dignity and increase happiness in those with memory impairments. Naomi Feil, MSW, ACSW began working with validation in 1963 and has been teaching others to practice this technique since 1980. Validation techniques offer residents an opportunity to express themselves both verbally and nonverbally. Caregivers use a caring, empathetic, non-judgmental approach that focuses on building trusting relationships and decreasing tension. When our residents can express the things that have often been suppressed, the intensity of the feelings lessen, they communicate more, and are less likely to withdraw into further stages of disorientation.

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Structured Programming Brings Joy to Residents “I could take each of our residents and show you how we meet their fundamental needs through our philosophy of care,” says Judy Dejonghe, Life Enrichment Coordinator. Country Manor’s structured programming scheduled daily for our residents is crucial and plays a pivotal role in building their self-esteem and enhancing their quality of life. We utilize engaging and entertaining activities such as pet therapy, religious and patriotic programs, physical fitness and massage, the power of music, artistic expression, intergenerational activities, and community outings. Our caregivers also use insightful programs like intellectual word games, discussion and reminiscing to provoke much interaction with our residents. Self-esteem is boosted through familiar and simple daily tasks such as shucking corn, peeling potatoes, snapping beans, sweeping the sidewalks, folding laundry, organizing jewelry boxes or tool chests, and making words with letter tiles, just to name a few. “There is no doubt that we make a difference in the lives of these endearing people entrusted in our care,” Dejonghe goes on to say “Often the simplest things in life give the most pleasure. A kind word, a smile, a pie, ice cream, even the smallest trinket.” It’s a work in progress, finding the ways to meet their needs and enrich their lives. “Guess what I learned yesterday,” she laughs, “Elaine LOVES avocados (she has even had to fight monkeys for them on one of her trips abroad). Who knew?” When family members step inside Country Manor Memory Care, they discover our distinctive purpose and vision. It is when they step outside, however, that they carry with them a great sense of reassurance and peace of mind in knowing that they have made the right deci-

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Cozy living areas invite residents, family, and friends to relax, visit and enjoy each day together. sion for the one they love. We invite you to come and experience the warmth and compassion of Country Manor. You do not have to battle memory loss alone. We can make this journey together. For more information about COUNTRY MANOR MEMORY CARE please call 563-391-1111 or visit Country Manor at 900 West 46th Street Davenport, IA 52806. Visit our website at www.countrymanormemorycare.com


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The American Flag - Our Pride and Joy By Sally Hogue, Community Relations Coordinator, Courtyard Estates of Walcott

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orking in senior health care and having relatives who were in the United States army, I thought I respectfully represented the baby boomer generation well in regards to respect of Old Glory. I realized I still have more to learn. The flags at Courtyard Estates of Walcott get replaced frequently due to flying in the country winds. I recently rediscovered there is definitely a process to replacing the American flag and I was remiss in this area. The maintenance man at Courtyard Estates of Walcott, a former serviceman, knew the process of lowering the flag and followed official replacement protocol. Once brought inside a resident assistant, also a former military drill sergeant asked me to assist in folding the flag. Somehow elementary school training kicked in and I knew not to let it touch the floor and to hold it taunt. This was not enough, somehow I did not remain in the proper position for correct folding and was corrected more than once. I fell short and watched with amazement as I turned the assistant folding process over to the two former service people! Without a word a perfectly folded flag appeared. It was respectfully placed in a box and the American Legion picked it up commending us for a job well done. Many of us have veterans or their widows residing in our facilities, so it may be time to review the standards of respect for Old Glory. DID YOU KNOW? Flying the American Flag: 1. The flag should never be dipped to any person or thing, unless it is the ensign responding to a salute from a ship of a foreign nation. 2. The flag should not be displayed with the union (the starred blue Canton) down, except as a signal of distress, or extreme danger to life or property. 3. The flag should not be used as wearing apparel, bedding, or drapery or for covering a speaker’s desk, draping platforms, or for decoration, except for coffins. 4. The flag should not be used as a part of a costume or athletic uniform, except as a military patch or for firefighters, police or members of patriotic organization. 5. Flag lapel pins should be worn near the heart. 6. The flag should never be drawn back, bunched up, or used for covering a ceiling. 7. The flag should not be used for advertising or sewn to anything discardable. 8. The flag should never touch the ground nor be stepped on, if so burning it is not necessary. 9. A lowered flag should fall into waiting arms and hands and be folded and stored neatly.

10. The flag should be cleaned and mended when necessary. 11. Extremely tattered flags may be burned in a dignified manner. Displaying the flag outdoors: 1. When hung with another flag, the United States flag must be at the top. 2. The U.S. flag is always the first to be raised and the first to be lowered. 3. When displayed over a street, it should be hung vertically. If over a sidewalk, the flag’s stars should be facing away from it. 4. During ceremonies the flag should be raised briskly and lowered slowly. 5. The flag should only be displayed between sunrise and sunset and when the weather is fair. 6. Salute the flag as it is hoisted and lowered; hold salutes until the music is done. Displaying the flag indoors: 1. The flag should be displayed in a place of honor and to the right of speakers or stages. 2. If grouped with other flags, the U.S. flag should be in the center and at the highest point. 3. When displayed on a wall the stars should be at the top and to the observer’s left. Saluting the flag: 1. In a parade the flag is carried to the right of a marcher. 2. When the flag passes all should face and salute it. 3. Armed forces and veterans should perform a military salute. 4. Citizens not in uniform should place their right hand over their heart and men should remove head coverings. The flag in mourning: 1. On Memorial Day the flag is displayed at half-staff until noon and full staff from noon to sunset. 2. The flag is flown at half-staff for one day to mourn the death of government leaders and for thirty days in mourning current or former presidents. 3. Flags covering caskets should not be lowered into the grave. How well do you fair with flag etiquette? Some rules may resonate as you observe a Fourth of July celebration or the next Labor Day Parade. Pass along these tips to your friends and children as we all continue showing our country’s respect for Old Glory. For an “Elegant Lifestyle for Seniors” visit Courtyard Estates of Walcott. Call Sally Hogue at 563-284-4211 to arrange for your personal tour.

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arthritis

Fewer Unknowns, More Answers In Rheumatology Field By Genesis Health Group

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arry Hardaway was on the golf course when he felt like he was having a heart attack. Instead, an emergency department physician diagnosed him with a panic attack. But there was more. He underwent tests that indicated a reason for the panic attack. Small bits of calcium were breaking off bones, and they were causing the condition he was experiencing. Even on the golf course that day, bits of calcium were emerging from his skin. “The doctor told me to find a good rheumatologist who understood systemic sclerosis,” Hardaway explained. That rheumatologist was Daryl K. Miller, M.D., who at the time was practicing in Hardaway’s hometown of Quincy, Ill. Once he found Dr. Miller, Hardaway has never let go. Dr. Miller moved to Pekin, Ill. to practice. Hardaway continued to commute from Quincy to see him. When Dr. Miller and his physician-wife, Celeste Miller, M.D., moved to the Quad-Cities last year to Patient Larry Hardaway commutes from his Quincy, Ill., home to see his favorite rheumatologist become part of Genesis Health Group, Hardaway Daryl Miller, M.D., in Moline. Hardaway has systemic sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis. began making regular trips to continue to see his favorite rheumatologist. “What I have is pretty rare ... I also have rheumatoid arthritis ... so and diseases of the muscles, joints and bone. His practice is located when you find someone who you have confidence in, you don’t want at 615 Valley View Drive, Suite 203, in Moline. to lose them,’’ Hardaway said. “I have confidence in Dr. Miller, and I like him.” Rapid Advancements Once every two months, Hardaway makes the road trip of 2 1/2 More so than in other medical fields, rheumatology is evolving raphours each way for an examination in Dr. Miller’s Moline office. The two idly. Advances in treatments and discoveries about the musculoskelhave become close, and appointments are filled with banter in addition etal system have benefited patients. to the medical examination. “Here is an example of the change we’ve seen in this field: When As the first rheumatologist to become part of Genesis Health I was still in medical school, the general treatment for arthritis was 12 Group, Dr. Miller specializes in the diagnosis and therapy of conditions aspirin a day,’’ Dr. Miller explained. “Now we’ve seen a 180-degree

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turn. Now, it is a once-a-month anti-inflammatory medication that is much more effective than those 12 aspirin a day. “The technology and treatments available to us now have completely turned around this specialty.” Dr. Miller was introduced to rheumatology early in medical school. The specialty was one of his early rotations. He enjoyed his introduction to the field. “It’s a very rewarding specialty that keeps developing,’’ Dr. Miller said. “We’ve come a long way from just being able to make a diagnosis. Making a diagnosis is not the challenge. Having a good treatment available is the challenge. That is where we are seeing such great advancements.’’ The advancements, however, have not come without a cost. Dr. Miller said one of the limitations of the new medications is that they are expensive to develop, and that cost is at least partially passed on to patients. “But we’re talking about making such a difference that a patient is pain-free, is able to work and enjoy their life. If we can have that kind of impact, a patient is more willing to overlook the cost,’’ Dr. Miller said. As witnessed by the loyalty of Larry Hardaway, Dr. Miller has not been reluctant to move his practice when the benefit outweighs the risk. “It takes some time to mature a practice after a move. You have to get your name in public and in front of doctors who are making the referrals,’’ Dr. Miller added. “Over time, and with word of mouth from patients, the practice develops.” Hardaway said he has not found another doctor who understands his condition as well as Dr. Miller. He believes exposure to toxic chemicals during his work career may have been a direct cause of his systemic sclerosis. Occupational exposure to cleaning solvents, especially Trichloroethylene (TCE), are believed to be a risk factor for systemic sclerosis. There is no cure for the condition that can lead to heart failure, kidney failure and pulmonary hypertension, which Hardaway does have. Others who worked with Hardaway have died from the exposure to TCE.

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Systemic Sclerosis Rare Hardaway has also experienced the clawing of his hands (sclerodactyly), and Raynaud’s phenomenon, a circulatory condition which turns fingers white due to lack of blood flow, then blue as vessels dilate to keep blood in tissues and finally, red as blood flow returns. Both conditions are related to the sclerosis. There is no cure for systemic sclerosis. “We dipped equipment into chemicals to clean the equipment before it was shipped out to the military,’’ the 60-year-old Hardaway explained. “We never thought much about it and would do it without protection. “Some of the guys I worked with are gone now. They still use the same chemicals to clean military parts that have been in the war but they use protective equipment now. But even today they are still cases of overexposure to TCE.” Dr. Miller is board-certified in Rheumatology and Immunology. He graduated from and completed his residency at University of Iowa. He completed his fellowship at the University of Missouri-Columbia.

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senior living tour

Seniors Get a Taste of Real Living By: Sara Browning

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ind out everything there is to know about life after retirement as Healthy Cells Magazine of the Quad Cities area hosts a tour of five local retirement communities to help seniors discover the joys and pleasures of new beginnings. “Out and about” in the Quad Cities area never sounded so good! Healthy Cells is gearing up for a one-day, Senior Living Tour on Sept 13, 2011 with transportation provided by Wiersema Charter and Tours. A Fact-Finding Mission The tour is designed to help seniors find just the right place to retire. The fun-filled day provides a unique, non-committal opportunity to learn, and to gather information to help with retirement living decisions, without having to meet face-to-face with a salesperson. Seniors are encouraged to come to this event with questions in mind and to ask the tough questions. ‘What are the extra fees? Do you have a place to park an RV?’ This is a fact-finding mission. We want seniors to go in and grill staff with questions! The tour puts seniors at a power point because they can ask a lot of questions, not feel shy, and get their answers; whereas one-on-one, people are not as bold. Seniors also have the potential to meet residents who live in the homes to discover what they enjoy most about senior living. What’s In Store Seniors will board Wiersema Charter and Tours buses to tour five retirement communities; ManorCare Health Services, Friendship Manor, Park Vista Retirement Living, Courtyard Estates of Walcott, Ridgecrest Village.

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“Even though I wasn’t ready to move in immediately, you never know what happens,” says Iona Fangmann of Davenport. “But now I have the information to make a decision on where to go when the time comes. Plus, the lunch and treats were wonderful!” Cost is $5.00 per person, which includes lunch and a morning and afternoon snack at one of the retirement communities. Seniors will also receive a large canvas “goodie bag” brimming with goodies. Participants will spend a minimum of 45 minutes at each facility. Signing Up In order to register for the tour, participants must send in the name, address, and phone number of each participant, and mail it along with a check payable to Hutcheson Enterprises ($5.00 per person). Approximately two weeks before the tour, those registered will receive a confirmation of their reservation in the mail that will inform them which bus they will be riding. It’s never too early to begin looking into future living arrangements. The Senior Living Tour is a fun and informative way to start. See you there!


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t is becoming more the rule, not the exception, that senior citizens with long- term care needs receive assistance from their children and relatives not a nursing home or home health facility. In fact, about 75% of seniors needing some type of long-term care receive care from a family caregiver. The responsibilities that come with being a caregiver can be overwhelming. Trying to juggle a full-time career and family while keeping another loved one fed, giving medications and transporting him or her to appointments can cause a person to become stressed. The following are a few tips to relieving some of the stresses that come with being a full-time caregiver. • Take time for yourself. Getting away from your job, family and friends for a little quiet time to yourself can be very therapeutic. Do not feel guilty if you need time to relax. The constant juggling of tasks can be very exhausting. • Ask for help. If you have conflicts, don’t be afraid to reach out to other loved ones for help. You cannot be expected to do everything. • Divide caregiver roles. Splitting up the roles of caregiving allows time for everyone to enjoy life outside of the responsibilities of caregiving. • Take a break or a vacation from caregiving. When you are stressed out, your stress will affect the person who needs care also. Your loved one does not want to be a burden on you and will understand if you need time away. One option is to look in to respite stays at nursing homes. Many skilled nursing facilities offer short-term care

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for patients whose loved one will be out of town or need a break. Not only will you have time to yourself, but peace of mind that your loved one is being cared for. • Look in to options for long-term care. Often people feel guilty about placing a loved one in long-term care. They feel it is their duty to care for the seniors in their life and return the favor for care they received in the past. Remember that there are times when a person cannot be cared for in the home setting. It is important to know of the options available if a situation such as this should arise. The transition will be much easier for everyone if a plan is in place. This health tip was brought to you by HCR Manor Care. With 60,000 caregivers nationwide, the HCR ManorCare centers and agencies are preeminent care providers in their communities. Quality care for patients and residents is provided through a network of more than 500 skilled nursing and rehabilitation centers, assisted living facilities, outpatient rehabilitation clinics and hospice and home health care agencies. These locations operate primarily under the respected Heartland, ManorCare Health Services and Arden Courts names. To get more information about Heartland Health Care Center Moline, call them at 309-764-6744 or visit them at 833 16th Ave, Moline, IL


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Understanding Myofascial Release By Michele Dorbeck, Deere Road Chiropractic

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yofascial Release (MFR) is a safe, effective, and extremely gentle form of stretching and balancing that can eliminate pain, restore mobility, and have a profound effect on the body’s fascial tissues at a very deep level. MFR is a holistic hands-on approach that produces consistently effective and lasting results by respecting the wisdom of the client’s mind-body and its ability to self-correct. The skilled MFR therapist offers powerful “hands-on” healing techniques that can facilitate the health and wellness of their clients, and assist them in realizing their fullest potential. MFR techniques provide gentle, sustained pressure into the facial system to release restrictions which are often the cause of pain and limited motion. MFR is particularly helpful in the treatment of stubborn or chronic problems that have not been resolved by traditional methods. Promoting mind-body awareness can provide access to emotions and belief systems that may have prevented permanent structural healing. Once this missing information is revealed and released, healing is complete

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Myofascial Release is utilized as part of an individualized, comprehensive treatment program which may include traditional modalities, exercise/flexibility programs, movement therapies, and therapeutic yoga. By treating the “cause of the problem”, symptoms are eliminated in order to make permanent, structural changes to help the client return to a pain free active lifestyle. Myofascial Release is effective in the treatment of: • Headaches & Migraines • Fibromyalgia • Myofascial Pain • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome • Neck & Back Pain • Women’s Health Issues • TMJ Dysfunctions • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome • Restriction of Motion • Acute & Chronic Pain • Attention Deficit Disorders • Repetitive Stress & Sports Injuries • Rehabilitation • Post Surgical/Traumatic Scarring • Scoliosis • Neurological Dysfunction The fascial system consists of tough connective tissue which spreads, uninterrupted, throughout the entire body in a three dimensional web. The fascia has an appearance similar to a spider’s web or a sweater. The fascia surrounds, attaches to and infuses every muscle, bone, nerve, blood vessel, and internal organ. You can begin to see that each part of the body is connected to every other part by the fascia, like the yarn in a sweater. Therefore, when the fascial system becomes tight or hardens in one area (due to injury, inflammation, disease, surgery, etc.), it can create drag distantly into seemingly unrelated areas of the body. The fascial system profoundly influences all other structures and systems of the body. Fascial restrictions exert enormous pressure on pain sensitive structures causing discomfort and/or limited motion. These restrictions exert enormous pressure on pain sensitive structures causing discomfort and/or limited motion. These restrictions can affect our flexibility and stability, and are a determining factor in our ability to withstand stress and strain. Since many of the standard tests, such as x-rays and MRIs do not show fascial “drag”, it is possible that many people suffering with pain and/or lack of motion may be experiencing undiagnosed myofascial restrictions. Michele Dorbeck has been licensed massage therapist for four years and has practiced Myofascial Release at Deere Road Chiropractic for two years. Her patients have had great results with massage and myofascial release. An average appointment is 60 to 90 minutes. Most patients start seeing results on their first and seconds visits. Make your appointment with Michele today at 309-314-3587.


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Do Musicians Suffer Noise-Related Hearing Loss? By Sara Neumann and Dr. Molly Parker, Audiologist Parker Audiology, PC, formerly Don White Hearing Aid Service

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oise is everywhere; it’s a common part of today’s society. Although we often don’t think of it as causing damage, listening to loud noise over time can damage fine hair structures known as outer hair cells in your cochlea (the snail shaped part in your inner ear). Loud sounds can consist of traffic and construction noise, factory noise, airplanes, power equipment and even music. Many people think that listening to music cannot cause damage because it is not noise, however that is not true. Even concert bands and marching bands can get to be as loud as jet engines. Most of us enjoy playing and listening to music; it is now more accessible than ever due to the prevalence of iPods, Pandora and smartphones. However, increased exposure to loud music is also partly responsible for an increase in the incidence of hearing loss in young adults ages 12-19 years. The Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA) in 2010 reported that 19.5% of these young adults had hearing loss compared to 14.9% in a study 15 years earlier.* Often, we don’t think of music as noise, but it isn’t about what kind of noise it is, rather, it is about how loud the sounds are and how long we are exposed to it. Individuals with normal hearing sensitivity can hear from 0 – 25 dB. Noise becomes too loud when it goes above 85 dB for over 8 hours a day. For every 3 dB that the sound increases, you cut the safe time in half (88 dB is safe for 4 hours, 91 dB for 2 hours and so on). There are several ways to reduce the risk of Noise Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL) as it relates to playing and listening to music. • Have your hearing tested on an annual or bi-annual basis. Having a baseline can help an audiologist determine if your hearing has decreased over time. • Take breaks from noise/music whenever possible. • Increase the distance from the source of the noise: for every doubling of distance, you reduce the loudness by 6 dB. • Set the volume limits in your iPod or other MP3 player by going to settings and setting the default volume levels and using sound isolating earphones that seal the ear and reduce the need to turn up the music to hear over environmental noise.

• Wear hearing protection when you listen to live music or play music. For musicians, there are high-fidelity hearing protection that you can get as a standard fit product or custom molded to your ears. *The JAMA study is newsworthy because the conclusion that one in five teens sampled in the survey reported mild hearing loss which was a significant increase from findings in earlier years. In particular, the researchers found that 19.5% of young adults between the ages of 12 and 19 in the more recent time period reported some amount of hearing loss, compared with 14.9% among the earlier group, 1. Shargorodsky J, Curhan S, Curhan G, Eavey R: Change in prevalence of hearing loss in US adolescents. JAMA 2010;304(7):772–778. If you think you have hearing loss, schedule an appointment with Parker Audiology today at 563-326-5441.

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New Hope for Chronic Pain: QC-area Woman Receives World’s Smallest Neurostimulator Approximately Silver Dollar-sized Medical Device Provides Pain Relief By Mississippi Valley Pain Clinic

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or 47-year old Tammy Hausch, a career transcriptionist and mother, chronic back pain was severely limiting her life. “It got so bad I couldn’t sit, drive or work. I had to crawl to the bathroom,” she recalls. With her children gone and moved away, she eventually had to sell her house and move in with her parents. “My life was a wreck and no doctor at the time could help me.” Chronic pain is a serious public health issue that remains largely under-treated and misunderstood. The American Pain Foundation estimates 76.5 million Americans are affected by chronic pain. The National Institutes of Health also estimates chronic pain costs the U.S. economy $100 billion a year in lost work time and medical expenses. Tammy suffered from a disease that causes cysts on her sacrum. While a Kansas City back surgeon removed the most of the cysts, the resulting back surgery did not alleviate her back pain. She sought advice from doctors at Johns Hopkins in Maryland to the Laser Institute in Arizona, but found no relief. “I tried pain medication, physical therapy, everything that is, until I received my spinal implant at the Mississippi Valley Pain Clinic in Davenport.” Dr. John Dooley, a pain specialist at the Pain Clinic, remembers Tammy. “She felt hopeless about her situation. And she is not alone. I see many patients who live with undiagnosed chronic pain in their backs, legs or arms, including many who have undergone surgery but still feel pain is limiting their lives. Tammy was a perfect candidate for spinal implantation, which is like a pacemaker for pain.”

Pacemaker for the Spine In April 2010, Dr. Dooley temporarily implanted the device in Tammy for a weeklong trial. The neurostimulator, called the Eon Mini™ is slightly larger than a U.S. silver dollar and was developed by St. Jude Medical. “It’s similar in function and appearance to a cardiac pacemaker,” explains Dr. Dooley. “The neurostimulator delivers mild electrical pulses to the spinal cord, which interrupt or mask the pain signals’ transmission to the brain.” “The technique is a amazing,” says Tammy. “I was in the procedure room just over an hour. He put it in just Page 30 — Healthy Cells Magazine — Quad Cities — ­ July 2011


the right place, and I began to feel relief.” The positive results were enough to convince her to undergo surgery for permanent implantation. A year later, Tammy is walking, driving and hopes to return to work. “I am a different person. People who see me now ask what’s changed, and I tell them about my spinal implant. It definitely takes some getting used to. I can feel the vibrations in my right hip when the stimulator is working. I can control it with a remote I carry, depending on my different levels of pain. I can sit, walk and have so much more energy! “I believe with every day I will get stronger. I’ve talked to other patients who have the device, and one told me she was playing tennis five years after her implantation. I have hope now, and it’s what keeps me going.” If you think you are experiencing pain, make an appointment at the Mississippi Valley Pain Clinic at 563-344-6653.

The Eon Mini: The World’s Smallest, Longest-Lasting Rechargeable Neurostimulator to Treat Chronic Pain Eon Mini combines greater patient comfort with 10-year battery longevity Slightly larger than the circumference of a U.S. silver dollar, the Eon Mini neurostimulator has a thin 10 mm profile and weighs 29 grams (approximately 1.0 oz). Its small size allows for a smaller incision, which gives physicians increased flexibility in selecting the implant location and is intended to make the site less visible and more comfortable for patients. “Device size is an important consideration for many patients. The thin, small design should increase patient comfort, making it ideal for those whose body type requires a small device,” said Steven Rosen, M.D., of Fox Chase Pain Management Associates in Philadelphia, Pa. “Along with its dimensions, the device’s ability to provide high power output and long periods between recharges should make this an appealing option for many patients.” Even with its small size, the Eon Mini has the longest-lasting battery life of any rechargeable spinal cord stimulation (SCS) device in its class. It is the only small rechargeable neurostimulator to receive a 10-year battery longevity approval by the FDA. For patients this means the device should provide sustainable therapy and maintain a reasonable recharge interval for 10 years of use at high settings. The device’s battery longevity also may mean that patients require fewer battery replacement surgeries.

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Healed by the Light By Dr. Kevin Smith, DPM

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ilvis woman becomes one of the first people in the Quad-Cities to receive new drug-free, painless, non-invasive laser treatment for hard-to-treat foot pain. Lisa Sandoval of Silvis knows how drastically chronic foot pain can alter your life. It made the long days on her feet working in retail at Dick’s Sporting Goods in Davenport almost unbearable. “I have to be on my feet all day. It’s worrisome. How much longer would I be able to walk around like that?” Sandoval spent the last year in search of relief for a condition known as plantar fasciitis, an inflammation of the tendon-like tissue that runs along the bottom of her foot and attaches to the bones of the foot. In search of relief, she had orthotics made for her shoes, tried numerous cortisone shots, physical therapy, and even had cryosurgery, a procedure aimed at killing the nerve that’s causing the pain. For her, nothing worked for long. Not only was Sandoval’s foot pain a threat to her livelihood, it robbed her of her ability to take part in leisure activities she once enjoyed, like walking and gardening, “It just kind of makes you a big slug. At the end of the day you don’t want to move around too much. You just want to sit down and rest your feet.” Relief at Last Sandoval is one of the first patients in the Quad-Cities to undergo a new type of laser therapy treatment for foot pain. Moline Podiatrist Dr. Kevin Smith is the first podiatrist in the Quad-Cities to be able to offer MLS Therapy to his patients. Dr. Smith calls the MLS system “the most promising treatment I have seen in years for relieving pain and promoting healing.” He added, “I was impressed not only by the results the MLS Laser produced, but also by the broad range of problems it can treat.” In addition to treating plantar fasciitis, which affects hundreds of Quad-Citians, it has also been demonstrated to relieve pain and swelling from strains and sprains as well as promoting healing following surgery. MLS Laser Therapy has become a very popular pain relief option in the clinical practices where it is offered, with 90% of patients experiencing significant improvement of their symptoms in as few as one to two treatments. How MLS Therapy works The treatment is completely painless, and for many patients, the benefits of treatment take a few hours to reveal themselves. Before her first treatment, Sandoval ranked her foot pain at an ‘8’ on a 1-10 scale. The next day, she was able to walk pain-free for the first time in more than a year. “It has gotten better since then. It’s pretty amazing.” We spoke with Sandoval between her third and fourth treatment. While her pain had not completely subsided yet, she estimated it at half the level it had been before she started MLS therapy. She was already starting to be more active in the evenings. Though lasers have been used by doctors for some 35 years, MLS Laser Therapy is a state-of-the-art breakthrough in restoring patient mobility. This innovative therapy works at a cellular level using a synchronized combination of laser emissions, simultaneously addressing swelling, pain and the loss of joint motion. The result is a significant leap forward and a huge departure from traditional treatments. Dr. Smith explains, “Using the MLS Laser, the cells of the tendons, ligaments and muscles, even the skin repairs itself faster. As the inflammation is reduced, the pain subsides, helping the body achieve a speedy recovery.” No Pain – No Side-Effects Unlike some pharmacological solutions or invasive treatments, MLS Laser Therapy has no known negative side effects. Patients report that many acute conditions subside with one phase of six short treatments, which last 4-8 minutes. Chronic conditions

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Dr. Kevin Smith administers MLS laser therapy to the bottom of Lisa Sandoval’s foot. Dr. Smith, is a QC native who has had primary medical research published in international journals. Dr. Smith calls MLS therapy, “the most promising treatment he has seen in years for relieving pain and promoting healing.”

can be successfully controlled with one phase of 10 short treatments followed by an occasional maintenance treatment. “We’re so pleased to be able to offer this remarkable treatment to our patients, especially those whose pain has been difficult to manage,” said Dr. Smith. A Quad-City native, Dr. Kevin Smith, D.P.M. graduated from Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine in Chicago, Illinois in 1997. Following an internship at North Chicago Veterans Administration Medical Center, he received surgical training through Catholic Health Partners, which is affiliated with Northwestern School of Medicine in Chicago. Dr. Smith’s office is located at 550 30th Ave Ste 4, Moline, IL. To see if the MLS laser may help you, schedule an appointment at 309-762-7919.


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Headache Relief Without Medication Submitted by Elements Acupuncture

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o you have frequent and severe headaches that don’t seem to get better by using medication? According to a new study performed by Duke University Medical Center researches, acupuncture may be more effectual for relieving headaches than medication. Over 10 years ago, the National Institutes of Health promoted acupuncture as a possible treatment for chronic headaches. Although studies in this field have increased, there have been opposing reports in regard to its success. “We combed through the literature and conducted the most comprehensive review of available data done to date using only the most rigorously-executed trials,” says Tong Joo (T.J.) Gan, MD, a Duke anesthesiologist who lead the analysis.* Adults that suffered from chronic headaches were researched for over a month. The doctors analyzed data from only randomized controlled trials evaluating acupuncture to relieve those adults that suffered from chronic headaches. “Acupuncture is becoming a favorable option for a variety of purposes ranging from enhancing fertility to decreasing post-operative pain because people experience significantly fewer side effects and it can be less expensive than other options,” Gan says. “This analysis reinforces that acupuncture also is a successful source of relief from chronic headaches.”* Even though everyone experiences a periodic headache, more than 45 million Americans (as many as one in six) experience chronic headaches. The most common form of headache treatment is medication with varying degrees of success. The Duke researchers analyzed studies that compared acupuncture to either medication or a control group who received a placebo (or fake) acupuncture. The placebo acupuncture mimicks traditional acupuncture, by inserting needles into the skin but the acupuncturist is able to avoid meridians or areas of the body that Chinese medicine teaches embodies vital energy correlated with attaining the balance required for good health and wellness. “Acupuncture has been practiced for thousands of years but only recently has started to become more accepted as an alternative or supplement to conventional therapies,” Gan explains. “One of the barriers to treatment with acupuncture is getting people to understand that while needles are used it is not a painful experience,” Gan says. “It is a method for releasing your body’s own natural painkillers.” The therapy of acupuncture therapy is now emerging nationwide and a common treatment for chronic headaches involves 30-minute acupuncture sessions. Most people will begin to experience relief after five to six treatments. Gan also has performed research to establish the results of acupuncture therapy on post-operative pain, nausea and vomiting. His research has determines that acupuncture may significantly re-

duce pain and the use for pain medications after surgery. He also determined that acupuncture therapy may be as effective as medication in diminishing nausea and vomiting after surgery. *As referenced by Dukehealth.org, updated on October 22, 2010. The research was conducted in collaboration with Yanxia Sun, MD. The meta-analysis was supported by Duke’s Department of Anesthesiology. If you have been experiencing chronic headaches and haven’t found relief, schedule an appointment with Elements Acupuncture at 563-359-7878. Their Davenport location at 2175 E 53rd St (across from Kelly’s Pub) opens in July.

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