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2019 Health Care Guide temperatures can target fat cells without damaging the skin or surrounding tissues. The fat cells freeze and die and the body metabolizes them over time. The Coolsculpting treatment involves the placement of a vacuum applicator on the treatment area. Once the vacuum applicator is engaged patients may feel pulling, tugging and pinching for a short time. Once the cooling cycle begins, patients may feel a stinging or intense cold sensation similar to putting your bare hands in the snow. Patients typically experience little to no “downtime,” however, they may experience some mild bruising, aching, cramping, swelling, itching, or numbness of the treated area. These symptoms typically resolve within a week or two. The newer Coolsculpting treatment applicators have made the patient experience not only faster, but far more comfortable during treatment and the days following treatment. Coolsculpting is currently FDA-cleared for nine different body areas.


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Independence – A Basic Human Need Remember the thrill of being tossed the car keys when you were a teenager? Ahhh . . . indepen-

dence. Now imagine what it must be like to hand over the keys for the last time when you are told you can no longer drive. The loss of independence can be devastating to many seniors and can lead to depression that often results in a rapid deterioration in health and cognitive abilities. And no one wants to rely on others to care for their basic needs. Not only is there a loss of dignity involved, but there is a genuine desire to not burden others. Mom doesn’t want you to add her doctor appointments to your busy schedule. Dad doesn’t want to admit that he just can’t manage meals by himself anymore. With in-home care, seniors can safely maintain more of their independence without having to rely so heavily on family members. As your loved ones slowly lose some of their physical and/or cognitive abilities, professional care at home can help maintain their dignity and independence. At Dignity Home Care Professionals, our certified caregivers offer personalized client-led care, encouraging as much independence as possible. Our approach to interactive caregiving affords seniors a sense of achievement and pride as they continue to perform as many activities as possible. We are there to assist, not control, our clients, giving them the freedom to develop care plans specifically tailored to their individual needs.

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Francis Audiology Associates 724-933-3440 There are many and varied reasons why people fail to recognize their own hearing loss. Below are some ideas that may help you to persuade a loved one to get help. Educate You must understand that the person in question may not perceive a hearing impairment. This results in the impression that their hearing is normal, and any hearing problems can be explained by blaming external circumstances (Background music on TV; accusing others of mumbling.) Site examples of conversations they have missed. Describe to them how they withdraw from conversations at family functions and social events. It is also important to share with them that other family members want them to be included. Recruit Opinions from Friends and Professionals It may be helpful to have a trusted friend or family member share their observations. A person outside the family will help dispel the notion that the only people our loved one has trouble hearing is their immediate family. Other powerful resources are your family physician or audiologist. Stop Being a Hearing Loss Facilitator We begin to compensate for the person with the loss by frequently repeating conversations; raising your voice to be heard and tolerating the TV at excessively loud levels. Tell your loved one how you feel and how frustrating the situation has become. Therefore, every time a situation arises that requires your interpretation; tell them that you will use a key word such as “hearing,” or “please” before doing so. This will provide a constant reminder and heighten their awareness to the problem. Reassure and Dispel Hearing Aid Myths Finally, try to help them understand that hearing loss can affect anyone at any point in life. Statistics show that the average age of first-time hearing aid wearers is getting lower and their satisfaction levels are on the rise! Technological advancements have made dramatic improvements in hearing aid performance and appearance.  Alert Them to Safety Issues If the loss is significant enough, it can put them and others at risk. They may not hear the phone from another room, a child crying in the crib or hear a person entering the house. Again, it is up to you to make them aware of these situations. After all, as far as they are concerned, the phone never rang, Johnny has been sleeping quietly for hours and they have been home alone all day. I hope that these suggestions assist you and your loved one to enjoy a safe and gratifying world of sound. Happy Hearing!


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Northern Connection Magazine - February 2019 issue