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LIVING BETTER | Healthcare & Fitness 2017

When is it time to start thinking about assisted living? Dr. Shirley Newell | Aegis Living

When your parent gets older and the ability to care for themselves independently begins to wane, it’s important to pay attention. Children may have the tendency to overlook the signs of mental and physical decline. After all, everyone wants their parents to be independent for as long as possible, and the indications can be subtle. Keep these signs in mind and be aware it may indicate the need for more support: Seclusion: Take notice of your parent’s social activities. Has your father abandoned a favorite hobby? Has your mother stopped socializing? Perhaps your parent has given up their club membership. Loss of interest in activities that a parent once found pleasurable can be a sign of depression. Dramatic weight fluctuation: Nutrition and diet can become a major concern among the elderly. You should keep an eye out for a large amount of uneaten or spoiled food in the refrigerator and pantry. Often, malnutrition and weight loss are a clue that someone is simply forgetting to eat.

Declining personal hygiene: Poor hygiene might also be an aspect of everyday life for people with declining cognition. You may notice that your loved has disheveled clothing. Sometimes challenged folks might have trouble keeping track of bathing, oral care and other facets of cleanliness. Difficulty with mobility: Falls, are the leading cause of serious injury and death in people over 65. Their incidence increases with age, vision and hearing loss and balance disorders. This is compounded by side effects and interactions of various medications which can result in problems such as blood pressure fluctuations, confusion and dizziness. Forgetfulness: Mental decline may cause your mother to forget important dates, the right way to use the microwave, or the thoroughfares she needs to get home. Sometimes memory impairment may be just be normal age related forgetfulness. However, multiple experiences that accumulate over time may prompt a visit to the physician to discuss the symptoms and possible need for further testing. Attention to finances:

Although finances can be a touchy subject for some, if possible, discussing them with your loved one is important. If you notice that your parent’s financial decision-making skills are slowing or seem impaired, you may need to step in and offer additional support. Growing health care needs: It’s normal for people to experience deteriorating health as they get older. But if you find that your parent is becoming less able to manage, it may be time to consider assisted living. Assisted living can provide seniors with help with medication administration, transportation, assistance with activities of daily life (i.e. meal, dressing, and bathing), medical care, and companionship. If it’s not time for a permanent move, assisted living communities often offer respite care where seniors can stay as short-term guests, giving them the opportunity to get to know the staff and residents, engage in activities, enjoy the food, and experience the community on a trial basis. Dr. Shirley Newell is Aegis Living’s chief medical officer and geriatrician with more than 30 years in the industry. For more information, visit www. aegisliving.com.

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Growing up, I was the kid with the cool mom. She would drive around our small beach town on her scooter in her movie star sunglasses. She would spend hours barefoot at her easel painting the surf. She wore layers of bright colors and laughed loudly. We often ate pancakes for dinner, staying up late and watching scary movies. Mom loved to fill our home with friends and sleepovers. She always said “the more, the merrier!” I loved my mom’s eccentric personality. But as she got older, her strange behavior became worrisome. Unpaid bills were piling up on her desk. She isolated herself from friends. She often couldn’t find the right words when she spoke. Once, I found her phone in the refrigerator. After meeting with her doctor, she was diagnosed with dementia. Months later, she can no longer live alone. When memory loss caused by dementia progresses and demands on your time increases, it can be a difficult balancing act. This is when you should visit an Áegis Living community. We are a trusted source for senior living. Our compassionate staff is trained in assisting those with memory loss and caring for their specific needs with dignity. Call the residence nearest you for an appointment or more information.

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Eggs are an all-natural source of high-quality protein and a number of other nutrients, all for 70 calories an egg. Cost-effective and versatile, the unique nutritional composition of eggs can help meet a variety of nutrient needs of children through older adults. Plus, nutrition research suggests eggs can play a role in weight management, muscle strength, healthy pregnancy, brain function, eye health and more. In fact, according to a recent review and meta-analysis, eating one egg a day reduces risk of stroke by 12 percent. Also, a new study indicates adding eggs to a salad increases vitamin E absorption.

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CARDIOMETABOLIC HEALTH More than 40 years of research has demonstrated that healthy adults can enjoy eggs without significantly impacting their risk of heart disease. EGG ALLERGIES Although eggs are a common food allergy in children, research suggests most kids outgrow this allergy. NUTRIENTS IN EGGS One egg has varying amounts of 13 essential vitamins and minerals plus 6 grams of high-quality protein. NUTRITIOUS DIETARY PATTERNS Eggs fit into the healthy dietary patterns recommended by public health organizations. PHYSICAL PERFORMANCE The high-quality protein in an egg is essential for building and maintaining lean body mass.

Hopelink to offer free cooking classes Submitted by Hopelink

Space is available for a series of free cooking classes at Hopelink’s Avondale Park location. The “Cooking Matters” classes will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Feb. 21 and 28. Taught by a volunteer chef and nutritionist, the free classes will help participants learn how to prepare healthy, low-cost meals. Those attending will receive a free nutrition book and recipes, as well as a free bag of groceries at the end of each class. Priority will be given to low-income households (about $45,000 annual income for a family of four) and current Hopelink clients. Must be 18 years of age or older to sign up for the series. Classes will be held at Avondale Park, 18435 N.E. 98th Way in Redmond. For more information or to register, contact Lauren Rieves at (425) 250-3021 or lrieves@hopelink.org. Classes are made possible through a partnership with Solid Ground.

WEIGHT MANAGEMENT & SATIETY The high-quality protein in eggs can reduce hunger and facilitate weight loss as well as help with weight maintenance. EGGS ACROSS THE LIFESPAN Essential nutrients within the egg can support a healthy pregnancy, growth and development of children, and muscle mass and function during aging.

Why are eggs considered a nutrient dense food? One large egg has varying amounts of 13 essential vitamins and minerals all for 70 calories. At just 20 cents each, eggs are affordable and also contain 6 grams of high-quality protein and all nine essential amino acids. Eggs are an excellent source of choline and selenium, and a good source of high-quality protein, vitamin D, vitamin B12, phosphorus and riboflavin. In addition, eggs are rich in the essential amino acid leucine (one large egg provides 600 milligrams), which plays a unique role in stimulating muscle protein synthesis. Does the nutrient content of an egg vary by shell color or housing practice? The nutrient content of eggs is similar regardless of color (white or brown), grade (AA, A, or B), or how they are raised (organic, free-range, and conventional). Although eggs are a natural nutrition powerhouse, feeding laying hens a diet enriched in specific nutrients can, in most instances, enhance that nutrient in eggs. Due to higher production costs, such specialty eggs are usually more expensive than generic shell eggs. For more egg nutrition facts visit www.eggnutritioncenter.org.

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your face dry with a towel. Enjoy the look of your moisturized skin! Tips: • Use a ripe avocado so that it is easier to mash it into a lump-free paste. For a lump-free puree use a blender instead of a fork . • Use plain, unsweetened yogurt with live cultures when making this face mask.


LIVING BETTER | Healthcare & Fitness 2017

EvergreenHealth, Overlake Medical Center announce joint venture Submitted by EvergreenHealth and Overlake Medical Cente

EvergreenHealth and Overlake Medical Center have formed Eastside Health Alliance, a joint venture to improve access, coordination of care and offer the greatest quality and value to residents of the Puget Sound’s Eastside. The joint venture is structured around three defined initiatives: • Collaboration in cardiac, neuroscience and thoracic surgery services to offer comprehensive care for the Eastside community. • A Coordinated Quality Program (CQP) to share safety and quality data and best practices. • Formation of a single Eastside Clinically Integrated Network (CIN), known as the Eastside Health Network, which combines Overlake Provider Network and Evergreen Health Partners to standardize quality improvement; patient care management for proper utilization of care; clinical protocol development;

and work directly with business and payers to enhance value and lower the cost of care. “Our organizations share the goal of providing the highest quality, best value, safest and most comprehensive care,” said Overlake President and CEO J. Michael Marsh. “Through this joint venture, we are able to better compete in the ever-changing health care marketplace and benefit from the sharing of best practices, operational efficiencies, enhanced care, and bolstering our organizations’ position as the Eastside’s preferred health care systems.” The Eastside Health Network, in partnership with Eastside physicians, will participate in existing and new accountable care networks. Additionally, the organizations will share infrastructure expenses and gain population health expertise while also aligning independent and employed physicians across the Eastside for improved care coordination and quality.

of the entire Eastside,” said EvergreenHealth CEO Robert Malte. “EvergreenHealth and Overlake Medical Center have a history of working together, and in collaboration with independent providers through our clinically integrated networks. Our new joint venture will further this collaboration and help us simultaneously improve clinical outcomes for our patients and reduce the per capita cost of care for the benefit of patients, businesses and our region.” The organizations will remain separate entities and the joint venture will have no impact on either organization’s governance, administration, or tax exempt status. The strategic alliance will be a 50/50 joint venture, structured as a limited liability company (LLC) around the three initiatives noted above. The joint venture will be governed by a new Board of Directors, with equal representation appointed by both boards.

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Dust off that bicycle to get active and meet your neighbors By Diana Bryant | Cascade Bicycle Club

If you live in the Northwest, you may have noticed that people here really like to bike. And with good reason. After all, the health and social benefits of biking are enough to keep those pedals turning

all year long. From the simple increase in daily energy levels to the chance to take in some eye-popping scenery, the reasons to hop on a bike are plentiful. Let’s take a look at a few of them.  It makes you feel good. It’s no secret that regular exercise and activity are good for the mind and body. Riding a bike is an easy way to build an exercise routine into your week. Whether you’re heading to work, the grocery store, your kids’ school or just to meet up with friends, riding your bike there adds an extra element of cardiovascular activity to your routine. Start with short, convenient trips around your neighborhood, and work your way up to longer rides or faster paces as you get more comfortable.   Speaking of friends, it’s a great way to make some. Biking is an excellent way to meet new people and try new things. Cascade Bicycle Club offers Free Group Rides every day of the year and for all skill levels, with rides starting and ending in Redmond, Kirkland, Bothell and

other Eastside communities. Many rides feature social destinations like coffee shops and cafes, and if you come out to ride regularly, you’ll begin to recognize familiar faces. Maybe you’ll even get to know a few. See what it’s all about at www.cascade.org/grouprides. It’s more thrilling than you may remember. Think back to when you were a kid and ditched those training wheels for the very first time. Remember the wind at your back, the open road ahead and the feeling of finally being able to outmaneuver your little brother. Sweet, sweet freedom. While the payoffs might be a little different now, the feeling is still the same. Coasting downhill on a sunny day, with snow-capped mountains and temperate forests in the distance, is one thrilling way to take in the picturesque scenery of the Puget Sound’s Eastside communities. Biking challenges people to exceed their goals and push themselves to new heights — and there are organized rides all over the region that make one heck of a bucket list item. So how can you get started biking on the Eastside? It’s easier than you think. Cascade Bicycle Club features lots of daily rides convenient to Eastside riders. Try out an Eastside Tours Evening Ride or a Climbing Hills Eastside in Winter (CHEW) Ride; check out many more at www.cascade.org/calendar.

Up for a bigger challenge? Consider riding Flying Wheels, a beautiful century ride through western Washington’s fertile Snoqualmie Valley. Starting and ending at Marymoor Park in Redmond, the ride is a great opportunity to get out and explore the Eastside on two wheels. The route has shorter options, too (25, 45 and 65 miles). Learn more at www. cascade.org/flyingwheels. Whether you’re looking to spruce up your exercise routine, meet new people or just challenge yourself to see new places, there’s an easy way to get started biking in your community. The benefits are plentiful. Bring your brother along. You can probably still outmaneuver him. To learn more about Cascade Bicycle Club and its Eastside rides and events, visit www.cascade.org. Diana Bryant is the communications and marketing specialist for Cascade Bicycle Club.   

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LIVING BETTER | Healthcare & Fitness 2017

Viral infections on the rise in King County

By Allison DeAngelis

Overlake doctor details prevention, treatment options for Eastside residents Untold numbers of Eastside residents are currently home in bed, sick with entirely preventable viruses. But Dr. Dennis Rochier, chief executive officer of the Overlake Medical Clinics, has advice on how citizens can stay healthy. King County is currently seeing a surge in influenza cases, along with a mumps outbreak. Close to 170 people in the country had been diagnosed with mumps by the end of January, giving them a fever, muscle aches, fatigue and a swollen jaw or cheeks. Countless others have the fever, cough and congestion associated with the flu, which has killed more than 114 people statewide this season. “We’re seeing such an increase in the number of [flu] cases so much earlier than we generally do. Physicians are left wondering, ‘Is it just peaking earlier this season?’” Rochier said. Both viral respiratory illnesses are preventable through readily available vaccinations. It’s not too late to get a vaccination, Rochier said, and the antibodies develop within two weeks following the flu vaccination. “It’s not too late to get a vaccination,” Rochier added. But, the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) and flu vaccines are not fool-proof. The flu vaccine generally has a 70 percent effective rate, which can vary from year to year as medical professionals and scientists try to predict which strain of the flu will sweep the country. The full dosage of the MMR vaccine, which is delivered via two separate shots, is 88 percent effective, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. However, more than 60 percent of mumps patients in King County had an up-to-date MMR vaccine. But, there are other options to prevent or stave off the spread of these diseases, Rochier said. People can be tested to see if they have any active mumps antibodies in their bloodstream that will protect them from the virus, he said. Those whose vaccinations may have worn off many years ago can receive a single booster shot to reinforce their protection. “We really don’t know how [the mumps outbreak] is going to play out,” Rochier said, as there’s no drugs available to treat or prevent the virus outside of vaccines. The most important thing that people who may be ill can do is to act fast, Rochier stressed. There are several medications that doctors can give within the first 48 hours of getting the flu that are effective in stopping the virus, he said. Patients often don’t need to go into their doctor’s office or a hospital to get a prescription, he added, which can help reduce the risk of spreading the disease to healthy or vulnerable populations. Employers should absolutely encourage and even dictate sick employees stay home, he said. Without any other options for medical intervention, the county’s best option now is to reduce exposure.

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Best in the Nation Your healthiest best begins with… Year after year, EvergreenHealth delivers exceptional care and service. And that kind of excellence gets noticed. This year, Healthgrades has recognized EvergreenHealth Medical Center for its outstanding clinical care. We are honored to be among the

100 Best Hospitals in America This latest honor joins EvergreenHealth’s other recent accolades, which include recognition by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top five hospitals in the Puget Sound for the fourth year; a Truven 100 Top Hospitals designation; an “A” Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade; and the first health system in Washington State to receive a Five-Star rating from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). These recognitions embody everything we stand for: Lower risk, better outcomes and more ways EvergreenHealth keeps you at your healthiest best.

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