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Promoting Healthier Living in Your Community • Physical • Emotional

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Comprehensive Prosthetics and Orthotics Giving Patients a New Lease On Life

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Healthy Sleep: Has Snoring Got You Banished To The Couch?


Nutrition: Vitamin B—Nutrition Affects Brain Function


Physical: Free From Shoulder Pain


Emotional: Maintaining Boundaries, Maintaining Health


Planning Ahead: The Sandwich Generation—Actively Helping with Mom and Dad's Future


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Cancer Research: Muscle Wasting in Lung Cancer


Home Care: Reducing Re-hospitalization


Mental Health: Internet Addiction—Yes, It's Real


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Relationships: Marriage Over a Lifetime


Physical Therapy: The Answer to "I'll Just Live With It"


Welcome Home: Brandon Wood Retirement Center


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o you consider yourself a patient person? In today’s fast-paced, stressful world, most of us want what we want—now. Normally impatience takes root when we are trying to control our own destinies because things are not moving fast enough for us. When things do not happen on our timing, we often get frustrated, discouraged and sometimes angry. Too many times we just charge ahead and make rash choices, later regretting our decision. This is where having patience can come to the rescue. Am I a patient person? No. Not all the time. When I am feeling stressed with decision making or a situation is not developing on my time table, I turn to prayer. Psalms 27:14 has solid advice: “Wait on the Lord. Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart. Wait, I say, on the Lord!” Waiting on His direction and seeking His guidance brings peace and patience. Remember, He only wants the best for us. The next time you find your patience being tested, take a deep breath and take stock of the situation at hand rather than reacting out of anger, fear or stress. Remember that your quick decision(s) may have consequences, both positive and negative, for the rest of your life. Patience is a virtue—let it be one of yours! Sincerely,

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Has Snoring Got You Banished To The Couch? Submitted By Illinois Institute of Dental Sleep Medicine


am’s snoring was so bad, even his parrot noticed. “Our pet parrot would mimic the sound of my snoring, except his was even louder than mine,” says Sam. But it wasn’t just the snoring that interrupted nighttime peace in Sam’s household. “When Sam would stop breathing at night, it really worried me,” his wife says. Sometimes silence isn’t golden. Snoring is often caused by a condition called obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), which leaves the body without oxygen for extended periods of time during the hours of sleep. When a person with OSA falls asleep, the back of the throat and the tongue relax. Many people with sleep apnea snore so badly that their bed partners can’t sleep. They may spend years of their life sleeping on the couch or in separate bedrooms. After being diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea, Sam began using a CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure), but after three months of battling it, Sam knew he needed something else. Not everyone who snores has obstructive sleep apnea, but snoring is often a key symptom of sleep apnea. “The pressure of the CPAP made it hard to breathe. I always felt tense when sleeping with the CPAP machine, and could never relax.” He stopped using the CPAP, and his symptoms returned. “My blood pressure was out of control, even with continual increases in my medication,” says Sam. The American Heart Association says that sleep apnea isn’t just snoring. Left untreated, the condition can lead to serious cardiovascular problems. This was certainly Sam’s experience. During sleep apnea, oxygen levels drop, causing blood pressure to rise, which raises heart rate, and temporarily lowers oxygen supply to the brain. This is linked to obesity, cardiovascular disease, stroke, and diabetes. Don, another patient, could relate to Sam’s struggle with the CPAP. “I snored a lot and it kept my wife up at night. We’ve been married for 48 years and she had to put up with my snoring for most of that time,” says Don. “My doctor suggested I try the CPAP, which did work, but was an incredible inconvenience. I didn’t like wearing the CPAP and never could keep the mask on at night. I tried a number of different Page 8 — Healthy Cells Magazine — Peoria ­— July 2012

masks—none of them seemed to work and they were costing a lot of money. The noise of the CPAP was keeping my wife up at night too.” Don had an added complication that sent him searching for an alternative to the CPAP. “The CPAP was also a real hassle when it came to traveling. My job required me to travel overseas a lot, and when I took my CPAP along I almost always got stopped by security. I knew there had to be something better for me.” Some things in life don’t have to be lived with. Both Sam and Don found a solution that finally brought relief when they visited a dentist trained in the application of a small oral appliance. The appliance is similar to a sports mouth guard. It is largely noninvasive, painless, and a convenient option for treatment of OSA in most cases—both at home and for travel. It works by repositioning and stabilizing the lower jaw and tongue, and in most cases prevents the soft tissue from relaxing into the airway. Treatment is reversible and may be combined with other OSA therapies, if necessary. Sam was impressed with his quick and easy adjustment period to wearing the device. “Within the first month of using the dental appliance I noticed a huge difference in my energy levels. My wife is so happy because for the first time in years, we have a life after dinner now. We can actually enjoy spending some time together.” Some things in life, like being too tired to enjoy family time, just ought to be skipped! Sam found that with the dental appliance, he could skip it all. Don couldn’t be happier with the results. “The dental device has made a huge difference in my life. I have better health, more resilience, energy, and I think I play better golf, too!” Most medical insurances and Medicare cover oral appliance therapy. For more information on oral appliance therapy, contact Dr. Rod Willey at the Illinois Institute of Dental Sleep Medicine. As a general dentist, Dr. Willey has focused his practice on the treatment of snoring, sleep apnea, and TMD with oral appliance therapy. To contact them, call 309-565-8149 or email them at

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Vitamin B

Nutrition Affects Brain Function By Paula Stone, Lifestyle Specialist


t’s not just your body that needs good nutrition. This fact was brought home to me in a big way while one of my good friends was receiving treatment for breast cancer. She was enduring another round of chemotherapy. I called her nearly every day to see how she was doing. There was a detectable change in her and her voice. She was confused and had slurred speech. I was so concerned, that I called her husband at work and started interviewing him about her medication, or if she was drinking or what might be going on with her. After we had eliminated all other possibilities I told her husband to have her doctor check her for B vitamins. After testing, it turned out that I was right! She was severely, dangerously low in B vitamins because she was unable to eat. This can be

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"Being able to manage your life is dependent on good nutrition and eating well."

a problem for many cancer patients. She was hospitalized so they could give her B vitamins intravenously. She immediately started to sound better, more like her old self. A person who is low in this nutrient may appear drunk and will certainly be confused. Vitamin B make brains and nerves work. Pregnant women who are deficient in B vitamins are more at risk of having a baby with nerve or neural tube birth defects like spina bifida and others. Plus, getting the nutrients we need from food is getting more difficult. People may not know how to cook or they may be too ill to cook and eat. So patients and lots of other people, too, fall back on fast food and prepared foods that may have few nutrients and lots of salt, sugar and fat. Unfortunately, some seniors follow this poor nutrition path, too. How much of the mental confusion that seniors have might be because of a vitamin deficiency? No one knows for sure. But if you or a loved one is diagnosed with dementia, ask your doctor to do a little more checking. If blood levels of vitamins are lower than they should be, especially if the problem is B vitamins, it’s easily cured. Being able to manage your life is dependent on good nutrition and eating well. It might be a good idea to take some good supplements, too. It will make your brain and your nerves stronger and help you maintain your treasured independence.

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Free From Shoulder Pain Dr. Yibing Li, MD

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nderstanding shoulder problems as well as methods of treatment and prevention can help individuals enjoy a healthy painfree lifestyle. Teenagers, senior citizens, athletes and non-athletes alike can experience shoulder problems due to injury, overuse or improper use of the shoulder resulting in such symptoms as weakness, stiffness and pain in the shoulder, neck and arms. Fortunately, several non-surgical treatment options are now available to help individuals work through discomfort and return to a healthy life. Experiencing Difficulties Several types of shoulder conditions result from inflammation. Tissues in the shoulder may become inflamed from overuse caused by performing the same activities day after day. A tennis player, for Page 12 — Healthy Cells Magazine — Peoria ­— July 2012

example, who consistently uses his right shoulder to serve the ball may experience tissue that is swollen or inflamed. Bursitis and tendinitis are common shoulder injuries resulting from constant stress that inflames the joint and tissues. “Bursitis occurs when the bursa becomes inflamed,” says Dr. Yibing Li, Founder and President of the Center for Pain Management & Rehabilitation in Peoria. “The bursa is a fluid-filled sac that cushions muscles and bones in the shoulder joint. Similarly, an inflamed tendon results in tendinitis.” Another common shoulder injury, a rotator cuff tear, occurs when one or more tendons in the rotator cuff become inflamed through injury or overuse. The rotator cuff, which stretches between the upper arm and the shoulder blade, allows individuals to move their arm in various directions. Inflammation causes the tendons to become weak until they eventually tear.

“A patient with a rotary cuff tear may notice a clicking or grating sound or may have trouble lifting his arm,” says Dr. Li. “The tear may be small or tear all the way through.” Arthritis occurs when pain and inflammation result as the cartilage supporting the shoulder bones wears away over time and the bones begin to rub together. “Arthritis can occur in either one or both joints in the shoulder,” says Dr. Li. Diagnosing Shoulder Pain A thorough evaluation can help physicians learn the cause of shoulder complications. Knowledge of a person’s medical history can contribute to a proper diagnosis. A shoulder exam encompassing the shoulder, neck and arm may also be necessary to pinpoint the source of the injury or discomfort. In addition, a physician may need to study the structures inside a patient’s shoulder. “X-rays can help identify broken bones or shoulder dislocation while ultrasounds utilize sound waves to view the inner shoulder,” says Dr. Li. “An MRI, or magnetic resonance imaging, creates images of the shoulder joint using magnets.” Treating Common Shoulder Problems Shoulder conditions may be treated with the help of a physician who is specialized in joint and muscle diseases. Active rest is very beneficial and involves avoiding activities that could exacerbate shoulder pain, including lifting heavy objects or playing certain sports. Anti-inflammation medications may help alleviate acute shoulder pain. In the case of severe shoulder pain, a doctor may utilize injection therapy to help reduce painful swelling or inflammation.

Exercise is also beneficial. “Exercise, including physical therapy, works to strengthen and stretch muscles and increase a person’s range of motion,” says Dr. Li. Prolotherapy, a natural regenerative therapy, has been employed as an alternative to shoulder surgery for chronic shoulder pain, labral tears and rotator cuff tears. “Prolotherapy offers a lasting solution for chronic pain that has not been seen with traditional anti-inflammatory treatment,” says Dr. Li. “Most commonly, it is used to treat sports injuries, shoulder joint degeneration, tendon injuries, osteoarthritis, ligament injuries, labral tear injuries and rotator cuff injuries.” For more information, visit or An Ounce of Prevention Preventing future shoulder complications can be accomplished through regular exercise and by limiting activities that could place unwanted stress on a previous injury. Individuals should also make certain not to lean consistently on their arm or shoulder or engage in any activity that causes pain. Dr. Yibing Li, MD, is the Medical Director for the Center for Pain Management & Rehabilitation (CPMR) and leads a multi-disciplinary pain management team in Peoria and Pekin. Dr. Li is specialized in nerve, muscle and joint diseases and interventional pain management. For more information, call 309-689-8888 or visit The Center for Pain Management & Rehabilitation’s main office is located in Peoria at 5401 North Knoxville in the Proctor Professional Building, Suite 117.

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Maintaining Boundaries, Maintaining Health By Jason J. Siewert, Ph.D.


ears ago, I worked at a major university in the Midwest. A student came to me with a long list of concerns, chief among them some problems with his academics. He had dark circles under his eyes that were so pronounced they almost seemed cartoonish, and he almost always showed up a little disheveled, even by your modern college student’s standards. In time, I learned that he studied and worked so much that he only got about 4 hours of sleep per night and at least once per week he had an “all-nighter” to get his schoolwork done. I am pretty confident that if you had met this young man, you and I would agree that he was working pretty hard in school and was generally pretty gifted. Why then, was he doing so poorly, while working so hard and being so talented? Page 14 — Healthy Cells Magazine — Peoria ­— July 2012

The answer sat in his willingness to consistently push himself too far. By getting so little sleep, the hours upon hours that he spent studying became less and less productive with each passing week. The further behind he fell, the more he would compensate by giving away needed rest. He would promise to catch up on rest during the weekend, or school break, or over a holiday. As he kept deferring self-care, his grades continued to gradually drop. He could not figure out why the added work was not resulting in improved grades and for weeks the dark circles got darker and he looked more and more exhausted for our morning meeting. Maybe this story is familiar to you. Maybe you are the kind of person who feels obligated to say “yes” to every request, or to produce perfect

examples of the work you do. Maybe you are so invested in something that you willingly cut into your sleep time in order to get one more task done. While the sense of accomplishment associated with that much productivity can be very nice, it is important to be mindful of what can slowly get lost when one pushes themselves too far. Good mental health can have a considerable amount to do with the maintenance of appropriate boundaries. Almost every week, I have a conversation with somebody in my therapy office relating to letting go of some commitments or dealing with a sense of exhaustion. Unfortunately, there are only so many hours in a day. Time that gets given to one activity needs to be borrowed from another, and all too often, individuals begin to treat their own downtime, family time and sleep time as if they are somehow less valuable or important than their other duties. When these pieces of personal time get sacrificed for something else, things can begin to fall apart in a predictable chain-reaction. Like so many things in nature, to carry on in a sustainable way, things need to be replaced at the rate that they are used. Through our sessions, this young man eventually learned that his downtime was important too, and when he got adequate rest, he was able to accomplish in four hours what used to take him six. The work performed in those four hours was of much higher quality and his focus was much better. He learned to consistently produce outstanding work without fixating on it being absolutely perfect, and the time he saved was well invested in caring for himself and ensuring adequate rest and recovery. He learned that while he could always work a tiny bit more on his various projects, it was not always a good idea to actually do so. By enforcing a few simple boundaries around his work and personal

"Good mental health can have a considerable amount to do with the maintenance of appropriate boundaries." life, he was able to produce better work while using less actual time for it. With a few nights of good sleep, the circles disappeared and his grades eventually rose to a level that he could be satisfied with. He got to have his cake and eat it too, and did it by doing less, not more. Psychology Specialists is a group of doctors and counselors with a broad range of specialties who help people with all types of mental and emotional health. For more information on how to develop coping skills and set appropriate boundaries, contact Psychology Specialists at 640-0782 or visit

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hile having coffee with a friend, she spoke about her parents making the choice to sell their home and decrease their “home upkeep” time. While it was a fairly big change, they moved to a very nice community living facility. Due to her mom’s diminishing memory, this will make life a bit easier for her dad and help ease the minds of the adult children. Even more interesting was the plan set in motion to pay for their future living expenses. Life today is active, especially for women, ages 45–56, who care for both their parents and children. These people are caught in the “sandwich generation” and these columns are focused on issues affecting you. So, their family gathered information on the costs of home care, assisted living, and skilled care. Costs range quite a bit, but $4,000 per month is a good starting point for assisted living for a couple and skilled care can run from $5,000 to $10,000 monthly per person depending upon type of care needed. She continued to explain that Medicare Plans typically do not cover this type of care. So what can a person, or couple, do to prepare for this type of expense? In their case, the adult children, several years ago, set up a plan to split the premium payments for an insurance plan that would cover home health care, assisted living and facility care, if ever needed. She explained that they looked at this long-term care insurance plan as a way to help their parents have access to quality care, but also a way to protect their inheritance. She went on to say that the odds of a married couple needing long term care is about 70% and more than one in ten will need more than five years of care in a nursing home. It seems odd to think about adult children getting together and paying premiums, but she said they all agreed it made good sense. Their mom and dad seem to enjoy their newfound time by playing pool and taking part in activities while finding peace with more safety. Of course, their dad kept his car and they get out as often as they wish. Now is the time to create a plan that might help assure your parents will be taken care of. By getting siblings together, ideas can be discussed and a future plan and planning tools can be agreed upon. You will find some helpful tools on the MRMS-INC website found below.

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•T  ake your pet inside if possible. With a heat index over 100 degrees, pets will do better inside with air conditioning. Another possible solution is to put your pet in a cool area of your house like the basement. Certain breeds of dogs—those suited for very cold weather—can be particularly uncomfortable in our humid, hot weather. Huskies, Malamutes, Samoyeds, and others who do great in cold temperatures can really suffer in an Illinois summer. Keep your pet's breed in mind when determining where they'll live. • If your pet begins to show signs of distress like excessive panting or lethargic behavior, or should he become unresponsive, seek veterinary care immediately. Don't wait—extreme heat can cause brain damage and death very quickly. Call your veterinarian for ways to bring your pet's body temperature down while you're transporting him to the veterinary office. • Another warm weather threat is summer parasites. Fleas, flies, ticks, and mosquitoes create all kinds of problems for dogs and cats. Flies can actually eat away a dog's ears—prevent this type of injury by using a fly repellent for outside dogs. Fleas not only make a pet miserable with itching and scratching, they can actually cause your pet to be anemic. Ticks and mosquitoes can transmit Lyme disease or heartworm. Consult your veterinarian for prevention or treatment possibilities.

Midwest Nose & T Associa Most importantly, leave your pet at home on hot days. Every summer in the Peoria area, an animal suffers from heat exhaustion because they've been left inside a hot car. Sadly, some of these pets die. Usually, this happens to pets of people who love them dearly and want to take them everywhere. It's just too dangerous—do not leave your dog or cat in your car during hot weather. Even with the windows open, the inside of the car can reach more than 160 degrees in just a few minutes. Save your pet by leaving him home on hot days! And our favorite summer holiday, the 4th of July, presents special threats for pets. Each year dogs and cats panic and run off when frightened by fireworks and the chaotic atmosphere that goes along with them. Firecrackers, bottle rockets, spinners, and other retail fireworks injure animals each year. Mixing pyrotechnics and pets can create a danger for people as well. At a backyard cookout or at the community fireworks event, a dog frightened by the noise and light can bite—putting itself and others in danger. The best place for your pet during any fireworks display is at home and inside where he/she cannot become lost or injured.

Peoria County Animal Protection Services can help if you lose your pet or see an animal injured or who isn't receiving proper care. Call PCAPS at 309-672-2440 for information or to report animal cruelty or abuse. Special thanks to Waggin’ Tails Resort, Goodfield, IL, for sponsoring this article. For all your doggie daycare, grooming and kenneling needs, call Waggin’ Tails Resort: 309-642-9299. E-Mail:

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Comprehensive Prosthetics & Orthotics Giving Patients A New Lease On Life By Amy Kennard

This is just a few of the Board Certified clinicians at the ten CPO offices throughout Illinois. (Back Row, left to right) Edward Wells, resident, Todd McAllister, CP, LP, Dennis W. Dillard, C.Ped., L.Ped., CTO, Michael Cavanaugh, CO, LO. (Front Row) Amit Bhanti, CPO, LPO and CEO, Saravanan Sundarakrishnan, CPO, LPO, Donald Goertzen, CP, LPO and president, Yvonne Chavez, resident.


ndependence. It’s something that many of us take for granted. To get from Point A to Point B without even thinking twice about it. To be able to use our four limbs to perform everyday tasks with ease. To move freely and without pain. For some, independence is a lofty aspiration. The first step in reaching that goal is mobility. And the people they contact to help them get there are the team at Comprehensive Prosthetics and Orthotics (CPO). An unchanging mission Seven years ago, CPO was virtually a company of three: Don Goertzen, CP, LPO, BOCPO; Charu Tyagi, Orthotist; and Don’s wife, Donna. Charu’s husband, Amit Bhanti, CPO, LPO, acted as consultant and officially joined the practice in 2007. Their modest accommodation of 2,000 square feet pales in comparison to the 15,000 square feet they occupy now at their main office in Peoria, not to mention their 10 other locations in Bloomington, Quincy, Decatur, Peru, Rockford, Jacksonville and Springfield with clinics in Galesburg, Kewanee, Streator and Ottawa. But despite their incredible growth, they have never deviated from the original mission: to create and deliver the best possible care for their patients. Page 20 — Healthy Cells Magazine — Peoria ­— July 2012

Don, co-owner of CPO and also an amputee, is vigilant about making patient care a priority. “We treat our patients like family. At every appointment we make sure that they have a special experience from hello to goodbye. It’s gotten to the point where our patients actually look forward to their office visits, which is a lot to be able to say when you have a disability or are in pain.” Restoring mobility…and more Today, there are six areas of service in which CPO concentrates: • Prosthetics: CPO is in the forefront of the latest advancements and technology of prosthetics — devices that replace or extend a limb, extremity or other body part. Over the years, huge medical strides have been made in the manufacturing and technology of prosthetics. From a prosthetic as small as a tip of a finger to one as innovative as a bionic knee, CPO customizes each device for a comfortable, functional, secure fit. • Orthotics: For individuals who suffer from osteoarthritis, stroke, traumatic brain or spinal cord injury, scoliosis, or general foot or

back pain, an orthotic can help heal, improve function, correct deformity or manage pain. These orthotic devices repair, support or immobilize a body part in order to help heal, improve function, correct deformity or manage pain. • P edorthics: Specializing in footwear and other supportive devices to address conditions of the feet and lower limbs, including, but not limited to, shoes, shoe modifications, foot orthoses and pedorthic devices. The Peoria location houses a fabrication department where custom orthoses and prostheses are created on site insuring quality on-time deliveries to their patients. • Wound Care: CPO works with many diabetics who suffer from lower-extremity wounds related to their disease such as foot ulcerations, foot and toe deformities and other complications. The CPO staff work with the patient’s physician as part of their orthotic treatment to help heal and take preventative measures for their wounds such as shoes, custom orthotics and healing boots. • Lymphedema: Most commonly found in diabetic and vascular patients, lymphedema often occurs after removal of the lymph nodes, which can result in swelling. CPO fitters offer garments appropriate for day wear, when the circulatory system is working against the pull of gravity, as well as night wear, when compression wrapping is often recommended. • Post Mastectomy: Garments and breast forms of varying styles are available for post mastectomy and lumpectomy patients, patients processing through surgical reconstruction, or those women or young adults experiencing hormonal or surgical breast asymmetry. Fitting options range from immediate post surgical garments and lightweight puff prostheses to sports and fashion bras and foam and silicone prostheses. A “Share and Care Closet”, started by the Community Cancer Center but now housed at CPO, offers women the opportunity to either donate or receive gently used garments and forms at no charge. OPEN™ communication In 2011, CPO brought on board Eric Robinson as Chief Marketing Officer. As Eric was reviewing CPO’s Don Goertzen (left), CPO President, and Amit Bhanti (middle), CPO CEO, procedures and processes, he noticed that they work with their patient, Patrick Brougham (right), using a computer to provided a high level of education between the patient align his new microprocessor knee to enhance his daily activities and and the referral sources (such as doctors, nurses, and physical therapists). He saw this focus on education providing the freedom to do whatever he chooses in life. as an opportunity to formalize the education process in order to further train healthcare providers during the limb after surgery to physical therapy training for amputees to post-op continuum of care. Based on this premise, he created OPEN™, instructions and possible complications.” Because of the breadth of this the Orthotics & Prosthetics Education Network, designed to assist program, Eric hopes that OPEN™ could become a universal network of healthcare professionals in managing their patients’ CareStream™ education for other practices in the orthotics and prosthetics industry. of rehabilitation. CareStream™ was a term coined by CPO to illustrate the process from initial patient consultation through rehabilitation. “CareStream™ is kind of a ‘river of rehab’,” says Eric. “We have a comprehensive list of educational topics, from educating nurses on how to wrap a

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Aaron Marrett, CPO prosthetic technician, puts the finishing touches on a customized prosthetic leg with a state-of-the-art cosmetic skin to add a life-like appeal bringing the patient one step closer to restored mobility and self-confidence. Orthopedics in Bloomington. Operating under that name with his wife, Janet, Don Peters offered orthotic, prosthetic and pedorthotic care as well as post mastectomy and compression garment therapy services. In fact, through the purchase of DJ Peters Orthopedics, CPO is now an accredited post-mastectomy facility with an American Board for Orthotic and Prosthetic Certification, employing two certified fitters (American Board for Certification). As Don and Janet planned for retirement, it was of vital importance that the company transition would be positive for their employees and current community of patients. Amit commented, “It was our intent that the transition be as smooth as possible, with patient care being our top priority. We wanted to ensure that all employees continued with the association so patients would see the same familiar faces in the Bloomington office.” Don added, “I am pleased to see the passion for patient care and industry development that he has felt being carried on through the next generation of practitioners of CPO and wishes them well.” The acquisition gives CPO an even larger presence in the Central Illinois area with plans to expand the staff and reach of this practice even further in the future. Patients speak for themselves It’s not difficult to find patients with high praise for the work of Team CPO. Many patients have been living in pain for many years. With comments like, “No one was willing to spend the time with me that these folks have” to “I truly believed they saved my life”, everyone has a story of the professionalism, compassion and generosity of the CPO staff. As part of compliance requirements for accreditation, patients are asked to fill out a patient satisfaction survey—and they’re happy to do so. “We have a high satisfaction rating from our patients,” says Eric. “Many of them offer to participate in testimonials and have even modeled for us in order to produce collateral marketing and PR information.” Desire to inspire Each year, CPO is a sponsor of IPMR’s Legends at the Ballpark, an annual event for invitees only at O’Brien Field that brings in a Page 22 — Healthy Cells Magazine — Peoria ­— July 2012

former baseball superstar for a night of food, fun and baseball. CPO invites a large group of patients each year to join them at the ballpark for this unprecedented event. This year’s event was held on June 9 and featured baseball legend, Ernie Banks. Their desire to inspire doesn’t end there. CPO continues their involvement in the community to bring awareness to orthotic and prosthetic education by partnering with success stories, like CPO patient, Dana Bowman. Bowman, a Retired Sergeant First Class, is a former skydiver for the U.S. Army Parachute Team, the Golden Knights, who lost his legs in an accident during their annual training in Yuma, Arizona, in 1994. He now tours the country as a motivational speaker and skydiver. CPO also hosts golf tournaments and tennis clinics for amputees, encouraging them and inspiring them to live their lives to the fullest. Over the years, CPO has grown from a staff of three to more than 40 caring professionals including American Board for Certification (ABC) certified orthotists, prosthetists, pedorthotists certified mastectomy and compression wear fitters and a certified lymphedema fitter. Where most companies see a five to 10 percent growth in a year, CPO is doubling, now with 10 locations and serving thousands of individuals in state-of-the-art ABC accredited facilities. Through it all, their commitment to their patients has only become more dedicated as they continue to strive to provide patients with health, hope and independence through newer technologies, streamlined processes and educational programs.

For more information on Comprehensive Prosthetics and Orthotics’ services and locations, visit their website at or call 1-888-676-2276.

Central Illinois Agency on Aging, Inc.’s 10th Annual Dr. Laurence E. Norton Golf Tournament August 17, 2012 at Coyote Creek Golf Course Rain Date: August 24, 2012 8 AM - Registration Driving Range: 8 AM (Complementary) $5 Entry for Putting Contest at 8 AM 10:00 AM - Shot Gun Start Awards Ceremony/Dinner (Immediately Following golf) Four (4) Person Scramble - Cost: $320 Per Team (Includes: Golf, Cart, Prizes, and Dinner) ($29.00 of the cost is tax deductible) Please RSVP by August 10, 2012 to JoAnn Olson, or Michelle Sanders, or phone 309-674-2071

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Muscle Wasting in Lung Cancer By Michele Rice, PharmD, BCOP, Director of Pharmacy and Research, Illinois CancerCare


n addition to investigating new treatments for cancer, clinical trials are also designed around minimizing side effects of treatment or preventing and managing complications of cancer. Supportive care research can be just as important to patients and can impact both quality and quantity of life. For some patients with advanced cancer, the wasting syndrome is one of the more distressing complications of cancer. Wasting syndrome, clinically known as “cachexia,” is a combination of loss of appetite, weight loss, weakness, and fatigue. Patients who develop this syndrome have a poor response to chemotherapy, more side effects from treatment, and are not likely to live as long as patients who retain or gain weight. Lung cancer patients are particularly susceptible to wasting syndrome. Traditionally, nutritional counseling has been provided to improve dietary intake. Some recommendations include avoiding cooking smells, eating smaller, more frequent meals, and eating earlier in the day rather than later. However, nutritional counseling alone has demonstrated limited benefit to patients, particularly if much weight loss has already occurred at diagnosis. Appetite stimulants have also been used to treat patients with wasting syndrome. Both corticosteroids (drugs like Prednisone) and

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progestational agents (drugs like Megestrol) improve appetite and increase weight gain. However, both classes of drugs are associated with unpleasant side effects that patients may find difficult to tolerate long enough to see a weight gain benefit. Today, new agents are being investigated to prevent wasting syndrome associated with cancer and to treat those patients in whom wasting has begun. Discovering an effective treatment for muscle wasting will be a tremendous benefit to cancer patients, particularly patients with nonsmall lung cancer. Effective, new treatments cannot be found without the efforts of clinical trials, motivated physicians, and patients committed to finding cures. Dr. Sachdev Thomas at Illinois CancerCare is the local principle investigator for clinical trials that are being investigated to prevent wasting syndrome associated with cancer and to treat those patients in whom wasting has begun. Dr Thomas sees patients in Peoria and Ottawa, but any of his partners can enroll eligible patients. For more information, contact the Research Department at Illinois CancerCare, 309-243-3605.

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Reducing Re-hospitalization By A.J. Querciagrossa, President and CEO, OSF Home Care Services


e-hospitalization—when a patient discharged from a hospital is re-admitted within 30 days—is getting significant attention in the healthcare industry right now. Next year, Medicare will begin penalizing hospitals if their re-admission rates are too high. That’s a trend throughout the healthcare industry. Quality care means acting to prevent serious problems, not just treating those that arise. In the new world of healthcare, cost is one way we measure quality. Providers are realizing that they share the responsibility with patients to control healthcare costs. Reducing preventable re-hospitalizations and emergency room visits is both a financial and a moral imperative. There is a bridge that continues quality medical care after a hospitalization and between doctors’ appointments. That bridge is home care, which brings clinical expertise, education, specialized equipment and medicine into a patient’s home. Because of the potential to reduce hospitalizations and trips to the emergency room, home care also brings value to the healthcare system. Let’s look at some of the tools in the home care toolbox.

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Home health nurse visits. Nurses, like doctors, have specialties. Those include wound care, diabetes management, cardiac rehabilitation, palliative care and more. A visit from a home health nurse between trips to a physician’s office means another set of eyes looking out for patients and seeing to their needs. And home health nurses work with a patient’s primary care physician and specialists, so everyone on a patient’s care team remains on the same page. Education. Home health nurses are teachers. They teach patients and their families how to manage their medications, control diabetes, prevent falls, use medical equipment and do strengthening exercises, among other things. Education and compliance are firmly linked; people need to know how to take care of themselves in order to do it well. Therapy. Physical, speech and occupational therapy are all available through home care. Those services are often vital to a patient’s safely maintaining independence. Hospice. Hospice nurses and physicians provide an option for patients who need medical monitoring and pain control during their final days, often in the comfort of their own home. But hospice also treats emotional and spiritual needs of the patient and the patient’s family. Hospice does whatever it takes to make a patient’s final days comfortable and allow them to spend those days with their loved ones in peace. Tele-monitoring. Home care can provide devices patients use at home to remotely measure weight, blood pressure, oxygen levels and more. Nurses who monitor the incoming data for worrisome changes can anticipate problems and intervene—sometimes even before the patient realizes there is a problem. Home medical equipment. Home care has the supplies patients need to be safe and comfortable in their own homes. In-home delivery of everything from respiratory supplies such as CPAP or oxygen to bathroom safety supplies is available, and all of it comes with maintenance and education on how to safely use the products. Personal response system. This program provides subscribers with assistance at the push of a button 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Health care at its best is, above all, collaborative. Home care works with physicians and hospitals to fill the gaps in care until patients can be safely independent in their own homes. Home care is preventive, proactive and personal. For more information, call OSF Home Care Services at 800-673-5288 or visit

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Internet Addiction: Yes, It’s Real By Vickie J. Lewis


magine waking up reaching for your smart phone and it’s not there! You start looking for it frantically and discover that not only is your smart phone missing but also the laptop has disappeared along with your iPad, Kindle Fire and even the desktop is gone. You lay back down, close your eyes, and get back up thinking that it was a nightmare so you start rifling through the drawers and cabinets, still nothing. Panic starts, you begin to shake, sweat, and feel anxious to the point your heart feels like it’s beating out of your chest. You begin to ask yourself questions. How will I check my email? What blogs will I miss? What about tweeting, texting, surfing, skype or face time? My Facebook, linkedin and my games—oh, what will I do? For some of us, this might be an inconvenience, maybe even a feel of freedom, but for some, it is traumatic and could become withdrawal from an Internet addiction. Internet addiction is described as an impulse control disorder, which does not involve use of an intoxicating drug, and is similar to a pathological gambler or gamer. An Internet addiction is a process or behavioral addiction. Wikipedia uses the name Internet Addiction Disorder or IAD. According to the Stanford University School of Medicine and Center for Internet Addiction Recovery, one out of eight Americans suffers from an Internet Addiction. Some Internet users may develop an emotional attachment to online friends and activities they create on their screens. Internet users may enjoy aspects of the Internet that allow them to meet, socialize, and exchange ideas through chat rooms, social networking websites, or “virtual communities.” Other Internet users spend fewer hours researching topics of interest online or “blogging.”

Similar to other addictions, those suffering from Internet addiction use the virtual fantasy world to connect with real people through the Internet, as a substitution for real-life human connection, which they are unable to achieve normally. The effects of an Internet addiction could result in personal, family, academic, financial, and occupational problems that are characteristic of other addictions. Impairments of real-life relationships are disrupted as a result of excessive use of the Internet. Individuals suffering from Internet addiction spend more time in solitary seclusion, spend less time with real people in their lives, and are often viewed as socially awkward. Arguments may result due to the volume of time spent online. Those suffering from Internet addiction may attempt to conceal the amount of time spent online, which results in mistrust and the disturbance of quality in once a stable relationships. Some suffering from Internet addiction may create online personas or profiles where they are able to alter their identities and pretend to be something other than themselves. Those at highest risk for creation of secret life are those who suffer from low self-esteem, feelings of inadequacy, and fear of disapproval. Such negative self-concepts can lead to clinical problems of depression and anxiety. Signs and symptoms of Internet addiction can be: • Losing track of time online: Staying online longer than originally intended • Preoccupation with the Internet: thoughts about on-line activity or anticipation of the next on-line session • Jeopardized or risk of losing employment, home, and/or academics: late for work, working late because is not being completed on time, career opportunities lost, laundry piling up, little food in house to fix for meals, failing grades, homework being uncompleted, and strained relationships • Lies to family members, therapists, or others to conceal the extent of involvement with the Internet • Isolation from family and friends • Repeated, unsuccessful efforts to control, cut back or stop Internet use • Feeling a sense of euphoria while involved in Internet activates • Use of the Internet as a way to escape from problems to relieve a dysphonic mood (e.g. feelings of hopelessness, guilt, anxiety, depression) • Use of the Internet in increasing amounts of time in order to achieve satisfaction • Repeated, unsuccessful efforts to control, cut back, or stop Internet use If you have any questions or concerns, or wish to schedule an assessment, call 1-800-522-3784 or visit Vickie J. Lewis, BA, CRADC, MISA-I, PCGC, is a Corporate Services Clinician at the Illinois Institute for Addiction Recovery.

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Sun and Safety Tips By Keri Hartwig, Program Services Director, Crittenton Centers

•C  over up. Wearing protective clothing and hats is one of the most important ways of warding off UV damage. Oh, and don't forget the accessories! Sunglasses with UV protection protect your eyes from harmful rays. Hats prevent sunburned scalps and faces. Remember, protective clothing is just as important for babies. • Keep watch on medications. Some medications increase the skin's sensitivity to the sun, so make sure to ask your doctor whether your child may be at risk. Prescription antibiotics and acne medications are the most notorious culprits, but when in doubt, ask. •S  et a good example for your kids. If your child sees you following sun-safety rules, he'll take them for granted and follow suit. Remember, skin protection is important for every member of the family! Fireworks, Families and the Fourth of July Fireworks are a summer tradition for many families. Unfortunately, injuries from fireworks are another tradition that often seems to follow when kids are allowed to play with fireworks. Remember these key safety tips when you choose to use home fireworks this Fourth of July: • Always use under adult supervision • Read and follow instructions • Always keep water and sand nearby • Never light indoors—use only outdoors • Never try to make your own fireworks • Never relight fireworks that appear to have gone out • Only light one at a time • Never allow small children to go near fireworks • Store in a cool dry place • Never lean over top of fireworks to light them • Tie hair back, wear safety goggles, and no loose fitting clothes • Sparklers should be immersed in sand once they appear out—they are still very hot and can burn


t’s the time of year we have all been waiting for—Summer! Cookouts, swimming, baseball games, trips to the zoo—we spend a lot of time outside during the summer.

Sun Safety Make sure you protect your family by following these sun safety tips: • Limit outdoor playtime between 10 am and 4 pm. Avoid unnecessary exposure when the sun's rays are at their strongest. Even on cloudy or cooler days, UV rays remain strong. Shady spots can be just as tricky because of reflected light. If your child is playing outdoors during these hours, make sure to apply sufficient sunscreen. • Apply sunscreen properly. Generously apply sunscreen 30 minutes before your child goes out in the sun. Choose a sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher. Don't forget nose, ears, hands, feet, shoulders, and behind the neck. Lips can also burn, so apply a lip balm with SPF protection. Reapply sunscreen every two to three hours, or after sweating or swimming. Page 30 — Healthy Cells Magazine — Peoria ­— July 2012

Are sparklers safe? Parents, who understand that firecrackers, bottle rockets, and roman candles, etc. can cause injuries, often let their younger kids play with sparklers because they think they are safe. However, sparklers, which can reach about 2000°F, cause half of the injuries to children under age five, and 10 percent of fireworks-related injuries overall. Because of this, even sparklers should be avoided, or at the very least, used with extreme care. Crittenton Centers has been serving Peoria and all of central Illinois since 1892. Originally founded as a maternity home for unwed mothers, the agency has evolved into a multi-service child welfare organization. Currently, our three core services include the Crisis Nursery, Child Development Center, and Family Services. Crittenton Centers is located at 442 W. John Gwynn Jr. Ave. in Peoria. For more information, please call 309-674-0105 or visit

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Marriage Over a Lifetime By Ron Hill, LCSW


hen we get married, most of us believe that we are going to be the perfect spouse and our partner is going to be the perfect partner. We believe that it will be the perfect marriage forever. The reality is that marriage is hard sometimes. Neither you nor your partner is going to be perfect. But a lot of marriages work… so how do they do it? Similar to the stages of development of growing up, marriages have stages of development. Similar to the individual stages, each stage of marriage has its own challenge or some form of crisis. Marriages continue to develop as each challenge or crisis is resolved and we progress to the next stage. Although each relationship is different, all marriages or partnerships experience relevant parts of these stages. Many things can alter the stages such as bringing children to the marriage, age differences when getting married, and having no children. Here are the eight stages and tips for the journey: 1. Dating: This stage is thought to be the most fun. There are “butterflies” as romance is developing, and discovering each other can be exciting. This is when we decide if we are compatible and make decisions about commitment and marriage. TIP: Enjoy this time and really get to know each other, family backgrounds, and life goals. 2. First year of marriage: The task is working out the details of life together. This can include how we spend our time, balancing each other’s family, and negotiating sexuality and intimacy. TIP: Focus on developing good communication. This will serve you well in the more demanding stages. Page 32 — Healthy Cells Magazine — Peoria ­— July 2012

3. F  amily with young children: This stage is about taking on more responsibility, co-parenting, and launching careers. This is a hard one. Its feels like everything and everyone needs a high level of attention. Marriages can get overwhelmed due to the demands. The goal is to find ways to remain together during these times of high stress. TIP: Stay focused on maintaining your romance. 4. Family with school age children: This stage is focused on supporting your children’s development and managing behavior. As the children become more active in school, sports, and other interests, the challenge is making time for the parent’s relationship. TIP: Make it a priority to schedule a structured time for the two of you. It could be a date night or just an hour after the kids have gone to bed. 5. Family with adolescents: As the children grow older, there is more conflict management. “Dead spots” in marriage due to previous resentments, emotional distance, and unresolved stress of earlier stages can be exposed by poor conflict management and communication. TIP: Don’t fight in front of the kids or involve them in disagreements. It’s ok for the kids to know that their parents don’t always agree, but they need to see an eventual unification. 6. Launching: This is usually called “empty nest.” It’s an emotional readjustment as children leave and it is common for each parent to go through a period of sadness and struggle with finding new roles. However, this can be an opportunity to get to know each other again, and there is more time for couples to pay more attention to each other. TIP: Do things you may have done while dating and work at renewing the marriage. 7. R  etirement: Although we all look forward to this stage, the challenge here is to develop a sense of life purpose outside of previously held work and family roles. We have to figure out how we will spend our time, and which interests we want to pursue now that we have the chance. TIP: We need to find a balance between spending time together and apart. 8. Old age: Managing our feelings about health-related issues and loss of spouse, autonomy, and social connections are challenges in this stage. TIP: Think about and communicate your wishes about your end of life decisions and finances with your spouse and family. Navigating the challenges and solving the crises of marriage can be difficult. If you are struggling in your relationship, consider speaking with a counselor. A skilled counselor can be neutral, facilitate good communication, and help find solutions. Ron Hill is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker at True North Solutions. He provides a variety of services but specializes in children, marital, and relationship issues. For more information, contact True North Solutions at 309-589-1011.


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The Answer to “I’ll Just Live With It” By JD Nimrick, PT


ou’ve no doubt heard someone say, “I’ll just live with it”, or “It’s just part of getting older” when it comes to dealing with physical pain and discomfort. Well, I’m here to tell you that there is a better option available to you, and that’s a supervised physical therapy program. According to Nancy Beaumont’s editorial in PT Magazine, "Physical therapists are good people to know. They're educated in understanding the interaction of all your body parts. Their hands-on approach begins with examination, diagnosis, and treatment of the immediate problem. Then they teach you how to take care of yourself by showing you how to do exercises and how to use your body properly to gain strength and mobility and prevent recurring injury. You'll find them advising on proper posture and body motion, treating injuries, consulting on fitness, and administering physical therapy in the home." More specifically, Physical Therapy has proven to be very successful in treating multiple conditions and their associated symptoms including:

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With more people opting for conservative, non-surgical options as the first line of treatment for many conditions, physical therapy is an ideal way to treat a variety of problems with great results. You may want to consider having a screening done to see if your pain could benefit from physical therapy.

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A screening consists of a therapist who will review your problem and possible treatment options. If physical therapy appears to be a reasonable treatment for you, the therapist will work with your physician to obtain a referral and verify that your insurance plan is part of the many plans that we accept. Treatment can start in as little as 24 hours after your screening. To learn more about how physical therapy may help you, come to our Community Screening Day on July 14th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. for a complementary screening at any Premier Physical Therapy location. A typical screening consists of a 15-minute one-on-one consultation with one of our experienced physical therapists. So, if you or someone you know is dealing with pain, please call our main line to schedule your free screening: 309-683-6900. Premier Physical Therapy has offices in Germantown Hills, Lacon, and Peoria. Remember, you don’t have to “just live with it!”

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Brandon Wood Retirement Center By Sara Browning


iscover how Brandon Wood enriches daily life for senior citizens as seen through the eyes of two special friends. Secure in the heart of Morton, Illinois, Brandon Wood Retirement Center combines the safety of small-town living with all the comforts and conveniences of home. At Brandon Wood, retired residents can leave their worries behind while enjoying the good life throughout their golden years. “This is My Home” Jeannette Gray knew she was home the moment she stepped through the door of Brandon Wood Retirement Center. “When I opened the door for the first time, I saw the dining room. It was beautiful! I said: ‘This is my home.’” A Morton resident for forty-five years and the mother of four children, Jeannette, 91, grew up on a farm with her twin sister. As the years passed, Jeannette and her family decided it was time to make some changes. “I’m not getting any younger,” she says with a smile. Jeannette’s close friend, Bernice Kaiser, 81, has known Jeannette for nearly a decade. Having lived in Morton for 71 years, Bernice moved to Brandon Wood shortly after her husband, Wayne, passed away. “I’ve lived at Brandon Wood for two years, and I really enjoy being around people,” she says. “Everybody is so nice here. It’s like a family.” Bernice says she enjoyed eating at the Red Bud Tree Restaurant before it was renovated into Brandon Wood Retirement Center. “I ate at the restaurant several times, and Jeannette did, too. Even then, I thought it was a beautiful place. I never dreamed it would become a place that I would end up calling home, but I’m glad it did!” A New Phase of Life The carefree lifestyle Brandon Wood provides residents has been a perfect fit for Jeannette and Bernice. “So many good things are happening here,” Jeannette says. “There’s great entertainment and something for everyone!” Indeed, from group outings to educational programs to social events, there’s never a dull moment at Brandon Wood. Shopping trips, card games, bingo, exercise classes, birthday parties, Bible studies, baking classes, coffee hour and Page 36 — Healthy Cells Magazine — Peoria ­— July 2012

and maintenance,” says Bernice. “After you retire, you really don’t want to have to be concerned with any of those things, and the staff at Brandon Wood understands that.” “The office staff is wonderful,” adds Jeannette. “One day a staff member came up to me and said: ‘You need some caps for your walker’ Then he put some on for me. I didn’t even have to ask him.” During the day, Jeannette looks forward to Brandon Wood’s home-cooked menu options served waitress style in an exquisite dining room overlooking the atrium with a waterfall. “They have so many delicious meals here. I love to cook, and I used to cook everything! Even now, I feel like I could go right into the kitchen and just ‘take off!’” Residents may choose from barbecued ribs, hot German potato salad, oven-baked chicken, apple pie ala mode and sugar-free vanilla pudding, to name a few options.

picnics in the courtyard encourage residents to engage in an active, social lifestyle. Residents may also choose to relax with a good book in the library, have their hair done in a professional beauty or barbershop or browse in the gift shop with family and friends. Brandon Wood also invites musical groups, such as Country Express. “I love the music,” says Bernice who has been a member of the choir at Zion Evangelical United Methodist Church for many years. “I love singing in my church choir. We also have church services here that I enjoy. Some people think when we retire we should cut back on church activities, but a friend of mine told me: ‘You are never too old to serve the Lord.’ Church has always been a very important part of my life.” Jeannette admits she has a knack for card playing. “I like Bingo, Pinochle and Crazy Rummy,” she says with a laugh. “My children used to play cards. Now I enjoy playing with my friends here. I tell people so often how lucky I am to have such a nice place to call home.” Worry Free & On the Go! In addition to a wonderful array of activities, Bernice says she found the Brandon Wood apartments inviting from the start. “I looked at other retirement homes, but I liked the living arrangements here. It’s a very comfortable place to call home!” Brandon Wood encourages independent-style living with sixty-nine maintenance-free apartments consisting of studio and one- or twobedroom units. Apartments come equipped with telephone and TV hookup, full private bathrooms, 24-hour security personnel, individually-controlled central air conditioning and heating in most apartments, walk-in closets, laundry facilities and reserved parking areas. Weekly housekeeping as well as grounds maintenance is also provided. “It’s extremely nice not to have to worry about snow removal

Menus are designed to accommodate special diets and personal preferences. Bernice and Jeannette say they wouldn’t change a thing about their decision to spend their golden years in the comfort and security of Brandon Wood Retirement Center. “It’s wonderful to sit and enjoy the company of family and friends in a place you love,” says Bernice. “I’ve had a good life, and I want to try to grow old gracefully. Brandon Wood is the perfect place.”

For more information on Brandon Wood Retirement Center visit, email: or call Kaye Strauch at 309-263-7341 to schedule a complimentary lunch and personal tour. July 2012 — Peoria — ­ Healthy Cells Magazine — Page 37

your health records

Patients Benefit from Connected Care By Marianne Payne


ealthcare providers in central Illinois are working to address the Swiss cheese effect. “Often patients have medical records that look like Swiss cheese because there are bits and pieces of care done by a lot of different providers,” said Central Illinois Health Information Exchange Executive Director, Joy Duling. “Our goal is to start filling in those holes and bringing it all together so it is a more complete picture.” Next time you visit a provider’s office, you may notice posters, brochures, or information on the clipboard about changes to how your medical record is shared. Some facilities will be integrating the information into the HIPAA Notice of Privacy Practices. These changes are significant. Healthcare communication is entering a new era through Health Information Exchange (HIE). HIEs are networks that allow the secure sharing of electronic health records among all providers who participate. The regional network that serves Peoria, Bloomington-Normal, Decatur, Champaign-Urbana, and surrounding communities is called the Central Illinois Health Information Exchange (CIHIE). Other regional HIEs

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"HIEs (Health Information Exchange) are networks that allow the secure sharing of electronic health records among all providers who participate." are sprouting up around the country and will eventually connect to create a nationwide exchange. Many patients wrongly assume this sort of electronic sharing is already occurring. You have probably already visited a doctor that has gone electronic. However, even these modern medical professionals may still not have immediate access to records from other hospitals or facilities. HIE software brings all the pieces of your medical record into one place for instant access. All state and federal privacy regulations for paper records also apply to electronic records. However, with all the talk about privacy

in our modern digital world, it may be unsettling to hear that there are changes to how some of your most private information is being shared. The CIHIE team knows that everyone must have confidence in the system’s ability to protect patient data in order for the project to succeed. “We say our software is designed in keeping with the three A’s of security: authorize, authenticate, and audit,” Duling said. “Users must be authorized to access your data, that clearance is authenticated through passwords and other protections, and all activity is closely audited, including audits of the auditors. It can actually be said that electronic records have an edge over paper records in this area because the system leaves ‘digital fingerprints’ of everyone who has accessed a file.” If you still have concerns after reviewing the educational material at your visit, you can contact the facility’s designated privacy / security representative. This person will be able to prevent all or some of your record from being shared though the HIE, if appropriate. Duling said it is important that patients participate in HIE because current sharing methods of faxing and mailing are inefficient, especially in emergency situations where the patient is unable to communicate or remember details. “By participating, patients equip clinicians to make better decisions on their behalf. The more of these pieces that we can pull together, the safer care is because we can start seeing things like multiple tests being done and conflicts with medication,” Duling said. Learn more, including what facilities are participating, at

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Avoiding the Pitfalls of Online Estate Planning Tools By Thomas M. Henry, Attorney at Law


ichael was a father with good intentions who desired to save time and money by putting together an estate plan. Rather than consult a lawyer to help him create a custom personalized estate plan, Michael’s plan was composed entirely of online tools, consisting of a will, a power of attorney and an advanced living directive. Unfortunately, Michael believed documents were all he needed to have an effective estate plan and never made the changes that were necessary. After his death, Michael’s family learned that additional legal fees—more than five times what should have been required—were necessary to try to undo the damage caused from using online planning tools. Page 40 — Healthy Cells Magazine — Peoria ­— July 2012

Individuals should have their lawyer prepare a concise custom estate plan whereby they integrate property ownership with their ultimate desires for disposition to prepare only those documents necessary to achieve their goals. Too many people fail to understand and properly classify the manner in which their assets are held and how these assets should be treated when transferring them to the next generation with the least amount of legal fees. A good legal estate plan will always save—not cost—individuals money. If individuals do not have a custom estate plan inventory performed and a custom evaluation made of the nature and types of

Johnigk their assets and how those assets integrate into their financial plan, they may be inadequately protecting their loved ones. As parents, we have a solemn obligation to educate our children on exercising responsibility by setting our affairs in order and creating a concise legal plan. Currently, there are several court cases pending in Central Illinois that display a lack of legal knowledge of the manner in which estate planning should be performed. As a result, families are left to pay the price and endure the consequences of failing to properly and legally provide for loved ones. In order to ensure proper estate planning, a person must be certain to consult an attorney, or call my office to receive a special 25 percent discount. I work one-on-one with my clients to create a concise legal estate plan with all required documents. This plan includes the powers of attorney for health, powers of attorney for property and a thorough analysis of whether a revocable trust is appropriate for the family or whether more extensive asset planning and asset protection planning are necessary. Don’t fall victim to the pitfalls of online estate planning! Consult an attorney and protect loved ones’ assets. For more information or assistance with your estate planning needs, contact Thomas M. Henry at the Henry Law Group at 309690-3355. Located at 7620 N. University, Suite 203, Peoria. Visit us online at

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