Livingwell March 2015

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MARCH 2015


IN THIS ISSUE | 2 Hear that? | 3 Medicare pre-planning | 4-6 Top events and support groups | 9 Electronic Health Records

Enhancing thehealthcare experience Patient advocates provide assistance, information and even friendship


By Gremlyn Bradley-Waddell

ver had a doctor’s appointment and by the time you were back in the parking lot, realized that you’d forgotten at least half of what was said in the exam room? Or maybe you’re in a hospital bed and disappointed with the care you’re receiving, but afraid — or too exhausted — to voice displeasure. These are the kinds of scenarios in which patient advocates can be lifesavers, both literally and figuratively. As the job title suggests — although that title can differ from organization to organization — these lay professionals advocate for all kinds of patients in any number of ways and their ranks are growing; more hospitals and healthcare organizations are offering their advocacy services to clients, usually at no charge. But you don’t have to be in a hospital setting to get this kind of help — patient advocates also are available for hire through for-profit companies.

‘It’s about personalizing care’

In her role as the sole patient care coordinator at John C. Lincoln North Mountain Hospital in Phoenix, Debbie Denton may visit with four patients or even as many as 30 on any given day. “It just depends where I’m needed,” said Denton, who makes morning rounds, attends nursing huddles and is in constant communication with all 10 nursing units and the emergency department. The concerns she hears from patients range from complaints about meals to requests for helping out-of-town family members find local lodging. If a patient doesn’t have family, she “can help be their voice,” she said. Or if a patient is unhappy with their level of care or service, she can help with that, too. “If the patient doesn’t want to talk to the nurse — maybe there’s a personality

“It’s all about the little things and being a friend. Sometimes, that’s all that’s needed.” Debbie Denton, patient care coordinator, John C. Lincoln North Mountain Hospital, Phoenix conflict — I can go into the room, listen and let the patient know I’m hearing the concern and that we will come up with a plan to fix whatever’s broken,” she said. “It’s a team effort.” Denton’s services are free and offered to any of the hospital’s patients (John C. Lincoln Deer Valley Hospital also has a patient care coordinator), but a patient must either request it or be referred to the service. And, when Denton’s off duty, nursing supervisors are there to step in. “We want our patients to be cared for and to know that their care is to benefit them, not to benefit us or our schedules,” said Denton, who’s been in the medical field more than 30 years. “My position is ! ADVOCATES, continued on page 7





f you’re a healthy older adult, a senior living arrangement could be the last thing on your mind. But planning for the

future may be smarter than waiting until a senior living

situation is actually needed.

From independent living to skilled nursing

Most senior living communities are restricted to residents 62 and older. They’re available in a variety of configurations, said Martha Batista, president of Senior Living Advisory Group in Scottsdale and Phoenix. These include independent living only; independent and assisted living; assisted living only; independent living, assisted living and skilled nursing all on one property (called a continuing care retirement community or a CCRC); and skilled nursing only. For assisted living, you have the choice of a large community or a group home, which is a smaller setting with generally no more than 10 residents under one roof. In a CCRC that requires an entrance fee for what’s known as a “life-care plan,” you must be able to live independently when you first move there and you must qualify financially to be able to pay the monthly cost of living there. You live independently for as long as possible, but if you need assisted living or skilled nursing care later on, it’s available without moving to an entirely new location. In CCRCs where you don’t pay an upfront entrance fee, you can move into assisted living from the start if you need it, Batista said, but you’ll pay the market price for that service. Whether you pay an entrance fee or not, all CCRCs require that you pay a monthly fee for your apartment or townhouse.

Variety of community options, fees and amenities

A sampling of just a few local CCRCs include Vi (pronounced “vee”) at Silverstone and Vi at Grayhawk in North Scottsdale; Sun Health Senior Living’s three locations in the West Valley; Fellowship Square’s two locations in Mesa and one in north Phoenix; and The Terraces of Phoenix. Vi, Sun Health properties and The Terraces require an entrance fee. Fellowship Square requires only a monthly fee. All CCRCs include a variety of activities and some meals paid for by the monthly fee. ! SENIOR LIVING, continued on page 10

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Top: While sitting in the library at Atria Sierra Pointe Independent and Assisting Living community in Scottsdale, Martha Batista chats with (from left) Len Niemiec, Miriam Brodian and Estelle Caron. When not working directly with clients looking for a new home, Batista takes time to tour communities and visit with residents. Above right: Sharon Grambow, chief operating officer for Sun Health Senior Living in Surprise, said that Sun Health focuses on what residents can accomplish and what they still want to learn rather than on how people may have declined with age. Grambow said:

“We’re here to be advocates for healthy living and innovative programming that help people live well for as long as they possibly can.” Many senior living communities offer activeliving amenities, including The Colonnade, Sun Health’s senior living community in Surprise, where residents can enjoy everything from exercise classes, a gym and a pool, to a restaurant, café and a well-stocked library. Above left: Vi at Silverstone residents enjoy many upscale features, including this outdoor fireplaced sitting area. | Photo: Vi at Silverstone

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona launches ‘Nourishing Arizona’

Alzheimer’s Prevention Registry reaches 100,000 enrollees

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona (BCBSAZ) recently announced it is stepping up efforts to fight the issue of food insecurity and related chronic health conditions through a new program called Nourishing Arizona. Research shows that one in three Arizonans are considered “working poor,” meaning they are living at or below 185 percent of the Federal Poverty Level. Families with limited incomes are often forced to make food choices based on price or convenience alone. Nourishing Arizona aims to help people understand the importance of good food, while

The Alzheimer’s Prevention Registry recently enrolled its 100,000th volunteer interested in participating in studies aimed at preventing Alzheimer’s. Championed by Banner Alzheimer’s Institute (, in collaboration with partner organizations and leading scientists, the Registry aims to accelerate prevention research by establishing an online community of healthy individuals who are committed to fighting the disease, informing them about the latest developments in research and connecting those who may be interested with scientists carrying out the studies.

gaining an understanding of how to make healthy decisions and knowing where to go to get help. “By raising awareness, supporting new and ongoing community programs, Nourishing Arizona looks to have a long-term effect on chronic health conditions and improve overall wellness for Arizonans,” said Rich Boals, president and CEO of BCBSAZ. More info:

Registry staff communicates closely with stakeholders in the international Alzheimer’s research community and provides information to Registry members about the latest developments in research, scientific advances and overall brain health. The Registry also notifies members about research opportunities taking place in their communities and how to participate if they are interested. Anyone 18 or older with an interest in the fight against Alzheimer’s can join the Registry. Several studies that are currently enrolling, as well as others that are launching soon, will need thousands of volunteers. More info:

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Hear that?

Expert advice on the best ways to preserve ear health


Tinnitus (ringing in the ears) often can be treated

By Debra Gelbart

e asked local hearing experts for their best advice about protecting your hearing throughout your life and the safest way to care for your ears. Here’s what they told us:


Don’t ignore hearing loss; see a doctor

Abraham Jacob, M.D., director of The University of Arizona Ear Institute in Tucson, said that if you’re aware of hearing loss, you should see a doctor who specializes in diseases of the ears, nose and throat for an evaluation. “Waiting to wear a hearing aid until hearing loss is severe means you’ll be a poorer performer with those hearing aids when you eventually get them,” he said, “because the areas in your brain that process hearing-related information may have been dormant for too long.” When someone reaches a point where speech-understanding ability is poor despite wearing hearing aids, Jacob said, a cochlear implant may be a better option to help restore hearing. “It’s a straightforward surgery that takes about an hour and a half,” he said. “Patients in their 70s, 80s and even 90s do very well with it.”

Be cognizant that balance and dizziness conditions may start with an issue inside your ear

Don’t put cotton swabs or ear washes into your ear

“Ears are self-cleaning,” Jacob said, “and in the vast majority of people, ear canal skin and wax that have been shed make their way out on a sort of a conveyor belt that starts in the eardrum and ends at the ear canal opening.” The ear canal is short, he said, and a cotton swab can inadvertently push wax further into the canal instead of removing it — and that can interrupt the conveyor belt effect. Ear washes leave the ear canal damp and that can lead to infection.

Hearing aids used to have a stigma — too large and cumbersome and not always convenient in group settings. But no more. Today’s hearing aids are smaller, more functional and very high tech.

Wearable technology

Techies — and even many not-sotechies — of all ages are becoming comfortably accustomed to using technology like Bluetooth headsets. Now, hearing aid users can sport the same look but get even more benefits: the connectivity between a hearing aid set and a smartphone means you can receive a call directly into your aids. But technological advancements stretch past placing and receiving calls. “Where most of the real exciting

Like the brake-pads on a car

Some hearing loss is inevitable if you live long enough, said hearing aid specialist Zack Mills of Paradise Hearing in Phoenix. “Your inner ear, in a way, is like the brakepads on a car. After a number of miles, they’re going to wear out. However, if you take good care of them, they can last longer.”

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Troy Hale, an assistant professor of audiology at A.T. Still University, an osteopathic medical school in Mesa, said that many of these types of problems are related to the balance organ within the ear. “They may not always be associated with aging,” he said. “Small calcium particles inside the ear called otoconia can dislodge, causing abrupt spells of vertigo and imbalance. These problems can almost always be treated medically in a simple manner.”


“Depending on the underlying cause of the condition, not everyone has to live with that annoying ringing sound,” Hale said. Treatments can include hearing aids, masking devices, sound therapies and sometimes medications.

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While hearing aids continue to have more features and capabilities, they also continue to get smaller. Depending on a patient’s needs, some aids can be completely undetectable. “There’s a hearing aid that’s the size of a peanut almost that fits deep inside the ear,” said Jaime Silva, president and owner of PurTone Hearing Centers. “It’s an automatic hearing aid for those patients who don’t want people to see their hearing aids or deal with push buttons or volume controls.” These newer, tiny aids have built-in auto controls so there is literally no work to be done after inserting the aid. “It’s very comfortable,” Silva said. “It goes deep in the ear. For the first week, you have the feeling that it’s in there, but after that, the sensation just goes away.” Thinkstock

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things have taken place is in the connectivity of hearing aids to other devices,” said Bob Baber, BC-HIS, owner of 16 local Miracle-Ear Centers. “With Bluetooth, we’re able to stream things from your cell phone, your computer and your television. All these different devices are able to stream directly to your hearing aids so you don’t have background noise bothering you.” In addition, devices like companion microphones can make activities like large dinner-table talks easier to navigate. Simply give your companion — or perhaps a tourguide leader in a museum — the small microphone, and voilá — your large-group discussion becomes significantly easier to follow.

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Medicare pre-planning

Research your costs and options before the big 6-5


By Gremlyn Bradley-Waddell

f you’re getting close to age 65, you’ve undoubtedly received plenty of mailings from the Social Security Administration and organizations like AARP announcing that the initial enrollment window for Medicare, the federal health insurance plan — available to those 65 and older and, in some cases, for younger individuals who have disabilities — is based on your birth date. It’s important to keep in mind that most individuals who are not working or are self-employed can enroll in Medicare as early as 90 days before their 65th birthday, during their birthday month, or no longer than 90 days after their 65th birthday, according to Michael Rime, vice president of sales and distribution for Phoenix Health Plans. If you are still employed, though, you don’t need to do a thing, as long as you’re covered by your employer, Rime said.

Array of components

In general, options include original Medicare — Part A, or Hospital Insurance, and Part B, or Medical Insurance — as well as plans that supplement it, known as Medicare Advantage Plans (Part C) and Drug Coverage (Part D). While those basic components don’t sound like much, they add up to a mindboggling array of combinations, so plan on taking several months to go over all your choices, said Mike Tilton, vice president of sales for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona Medicare Advantage. Indeed, the process can be “very complicated,” said Robert Matura, vice president of Cigna Medicare in Arizona. When his own father-in-law got ready to retire, “we actually took a year to evaluate all his options,” he said.

Comparing plans important

If you are no longer working or you’re self-employed and you need to sign up for Medicare on your own, you certainly don’t want to snap up the first plan you see, said Cyndi Bloom, director of marketing for Phoenix Health Plan, who said it’s important to take the time to compare plans. For instance, at, you can compare several plans at a glance according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), including various plans’ “overall star rating,” “summary rating of

Part A Hospital Insurance

Medicare options

Part D Prescription Drug Coverage

Part C Medicare Advantage Plans

Part B Medical Insurance

“Choosing a plan can be overwhelming, but there are a lot of great resources and brokers out there, and with some good planning, it’s easy to make the best choice for you.” — Mike Tilton, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona Medicare Advantage

! 6 questions to consider when planning for Medicare While every individual’s situation is different, a few questions to ask yourself during your pre-planning process include:

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! FYI: Medicare 2015 costs at a glance 2015 COSTS AT A GLANCE Part B premium Part B deductible Part A premium Part A hospital inpatient deductible

Part C premium Part D premium

Most people pay $104.90 each month. $147 per year. Most people don’t pay a monthly premium for Part A. If you buy Part A, you’ll pay up to $407 each month. You pay: • $1,260 deductible for each benefit period • Days 1-60: $0 coinsurance for each benefit period • Days 61-90: $315 coinsurance per day of each benefit period • Days 91 and beyond: $630 coinsurance per each “lifetime reserve day”after day 90 for each benefit period (up to 60 days over your lifetime) • Beyond lifetime reserve days: all costs The Part C monthly premium varies by plan. The Part D monthly premium varies by plan (higher-income consumers may pay more).

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health plan quality” and “summary rating of prescription drug plan quality.”

Enlist help from others

Because choosing a plan can be a daunting task, it’s a smart move to enlist help from others, Bloom said. Adult children can be a great resource, and it’s also helpful for them to have an understanding of what kind of coverage their parents have. Other sources may include a trusted doctor or an insurance broker, both of whom have plenty of experience with

Medicare, Matura said. The Area Agency on Aging Region One (; 602-264-2255) and the State Health Insurance Assistance Program (; 800-432-4040) are also good sources, Rime said, and Tilton said Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona Medicare Advantage will send a representative for a free in-home assessment, if that’s what a potential customer desires. “It’s a complex buying decision and we want to make sure we help support people through the process,” he said.


WHAT KIND OF BENEFITS ARE YOU GOING TO USE THE MOST? Assess your needs and be honest with yourself about your past, current and potential health history, Matura said.“It’s when people are not realistic about their health or health situation that they get into trouble,” he said. ARE YOU PLANNING ON MOVING OR MAINTAINING DUAL RESIDENCY? It’s time to start looking for a new primary care provider in those new (or secondary) surroundings. WHAT’S YOUR MEDICAL STATUS? Are you in fairly good health or do you have a chronic or ongoing condition that requires frequent appointments? “Most people don’t live long, healthy lives by accident,” Matura said. “Choosing the right plan takes a keen understanding of your needs.” DO YOU HAVE A SPECIFIC DOCTOR THAT YOU MUST OR WANT TO SEE REGULARLY? You may want to find a plan that includes your provider. WHAT PRESCRIPTIONS DO YOU TAKE? Original Medicare doesn’t have a prescription drug program, so you will need to supplement through either Medicare Part D (Drug Coverage) or a Medicare Advantage Plan, Rime said. WHAT KIND OF FINANCIAL EXPOSURE CAN YOU AFFORD? Costs will vary based on your household income, Tilton said, and there are out-of-pocket costs to consider.“The good news is that they’ve also made some nice enhancements in Medicare coverage,” he said, noting that physicals are free in addition to preventative care procedures including screenings, lab tests, bone density measurements and breast cancer screenings.

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Take advantage of opportunities to meet others with similar issues and learn more about various aspects of your health – from A to Z.

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WELLNESS MEDICATION CHECKS Call to schedule a personal meeting St. Luke’s, 1800 E. Van Buren St., Phoenix Tempe St. Luke’s, 1500 S. Mill Ave., Tempe Register: 877-351-WELL (9355) FOOD, MOVEMENT & MOOD March 5, 9–10 a.m. Humana Guidance Center 5943 E. McKellips Rd., Mesa 480-325-4707 HIP & KNEE TREATMENTS March 17, noon–1 p.m. Mountain Vista Medical Center 1301 S. Crismon Rd., Mesa Register: 877-924-WELL (9355) COOKING FOR WELLNESS March 17, 6–8 p.m. Breast Health & Research Center 19646 N. 27th Ave., Phoenix 623-780-4673; UNDERSTANDING LEG HEALTH March 18, 7–8 p.m. Barnes & Noble 10500 N. 90th St., Scottsdale 480-882-4636; DANGERS OF MIXING MEDICATION March 26, 1–2 p.m. Granite Reef Senior Center 1700 N. Granite Reed Rd., Scottsdale 480-882-4636;

CAREGIVERS CAREGIVERS SUPPORT Various dates, times & locations By Duet; 602-274-5022; CAREGIVERS SUPPORT March 9 For time: 602-406-6688 St. Joseph’s Outpatient Rehab 114 W. Thomas Rd., Phoenix CAREGIVERS SUPPORT March 11, 2:30 p.m. Mountain Vista Medical Center 1301 S. Crismon Rd., Mesa Register: 877-924-WELL (9355) CAREGIVERS SUPPORT March 20, 9–11 a.m. Benevilla Birt’s Bistro 16752 N. Greasewood St., Surprise 623-584-4999 ONLINE NETWORKING (DUET) March 24 12:30–2 p.m.; 602-274-5022

GRIEF SUPPORT GROUPS GRIEF SUPPORT GROUPS Various dates, times & locations By Banner Hospice Rev. Cindy Darby,; 480-657-1167

Fibromyalgia Wellness Center 8300 N. Hayden Rd., Scottsdale 480-948-4955 CHRONIC PAIN SUPPORT March 5 & 19, 6–7:30 p.m. Freedom Pain Hospital 17500 N. Perimeter Dr., Scottsdale 480-586-2300 HOPE FOR TODAY Chronic Pain Anonymous March 10, 17, 24 & 31, 3:30–4:30 p.m. Temple Chai Shalom 4635 E. Marilyn Rd., Phoenix CHRONIC PAIN SUPPORT March 11, 6:30–8 p.m. Scottsdale Senior Center 10440 E. Via Linda, Scottsdale 480-314-2330;

HEART/STROKE LIVING WELL WITH HEART DISEASE Numerous dates, 1–2 p.m. Banner Del E. Webb 14502 W. Meeker Blvd., Sun City West 602-230-2273 STROKE SUPPORT March 5, noon Paradise Valley Hospital 3805 E. Bell Rd., Phoenix 602-923-5546 MENDED HEARTS March 5, 6:30–8:30 p.m. John C. Lincoln 19841 N. 27th Ave., Phoenix 623-879-5583; STROKE SURVIVOR SUPPORT March 12, 2:30–4 p.m. Dignity Health Chandler Regional 1955 W. Frye Rd., Chandler 480-728-5414 HEART FAILURE SUPPORT March 16, 1–2 p.m. Banner Del E. Webb 14502 W. Meeker Blvd., Sun City West 602-230-2273 STROKE SUPPORT March 18, 1 p.m. Mountain Vista Medical Center 1301 S. Crismon Rd., Mesa Register: 877-924-WELL (9355) STROKE INFO/DISCUSSION March 24, 9 a.m. “Don’t let stroke define your life story” 10:15 a.m.: Expert panel Banner Del E. Webb 14502 W. Meeker Blvd., Sun City West 602-230-2273 STROKE SURVIVOR SUPPORT March 26, 2:30–3:30 p.m. Dignity Health Mercy Gilbert 3555 S. Val Vista Dr., Gilbert 480-728-5414


GRIEF SUPPORT Various dates, times & locations By Hospice of the Valley 602-530-6970

MENOPAUSE SUPPORT March 16, noon–1 p.m. Scottsdale Healthcare Shea 9003 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale 480-323-3663;

GRIEF BEFORE LOSS March 4, 11, 18 & 25, 2–3 p.m. Benevilla; 623-584-4999 16752 N. Greasewood St., Surprise

MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS March 28, 10 a.m. St. Joseph’s Barrow 350 W. Thomas Rd., Phoenix 480-829-6563

GRIEF SUPPORT March 12 & 26 Call for time: 602-406-3275 Dignity Health St. Joseph’s 350 W. Thomas Rd., Phoenix CHILD LOSS SUPPORT March 16, 6–8 p.m. Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center 10460 N. 92nd St., Scottsdale 480-323-3878;

PAIN INTRO TO FIBROMYALGIA March 4, 11, 18 & 25, 5:30–6:30 p.m.

BIO-IDENTICAL HORMONES March 31, 6–8 p.m. Breast Health & Research Center 19646 N. 27th Ave., Phoenix 623-434-2784;

DIABETES MANAGING DIABETES Various dates, times & topics Dignity Health Center for Diabetes Management 1760 E. Pecos Rd., Gilbert 480-728-3535

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MARCH 115 ARIZONA SENIOR OLYMPICS WHAT: Seniors can compete in 32 sports ranging from bowling to tennis WHERE: Various locations throughout the Valley WHEN: Varies by event PRESENTED BY: Humana & Healthways COST: Varies by sport; $26 and up INFO/REGISTER: 602-274-7742;

MARCH 5 & APRIL 2 MINI-MED SCHOOL WHAT: Become a med school student for a day and learn about the body, inside and out WHERE: Health Sciences Education Building, 435 N. Fifth St., Phoenix WHEN: 5:30–7 p.m. PRESENTED BY: The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix COST: Free INFO/REGISTER: 602-827-2024;

MARCH 6, 7 & 8 HEALING CANCER WEEKEND RETREAT WHAT: Learn how to get complete cancer care, empower the body and practice stress reduction and mind-body techniques WHERE: The Saguaro Hotel, 4000 N. Drinkwater Blvd., Scottsdale WHEN: March 6, 5:30–8 p.m.; March 7, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.; March 8, 9 a.m.–3 p.m. PRESENTED BY: Cancer Support Community Arizona and Healing and Cancer COST: Free INFO/REGISTER: 602-712-1006;

MARCH 7, 19 & 26 UNDERSTANDING DEMENTIA WHAT: Maribeth Gallagher, psychiatric nurse practitioner and director of Hospice of the Valley’s dementia program, will discuss “understanding the journey of dementia” PRESENTED BY: Hospice of the Valley COST: Free DATES/LOCATIONS: • MARCH 7: La Casa de Cristo Church, 6300 E. Bell Rd., Scottsdale Info/register: 602-636-5391 or email by March 4 • MARCH 19: Lord of Life Church, 13724 W. Meeker Blvd., Sun City West Info/register: 602-636-5392 or email by March 13 • MARCH 26: Sun Lakes Methodist Church, 9248 E. Riggs Rd., Sun Lakes Info/register: 602-776-6795 or email by March 20 TIME: Registration 8:30 a.m.; presentation 9 a.m.–noon. Complimentary continental breakfast.

• INFO/REGISTER: 602-224-0524; SUN CITY • WHEN: March 21, 9 a.m.–8 p.m. • WHERE: Lakeview United Church, 10298 W. Thunderbird Blvd., Sun City • INFO/REGISTER: 602-778-7694; AHWATUKEE FOOTHILLS • WHEN: March 28, 4 p.m.– March 29, 6 a.m. • WHERE: Desert Vista High School, 16440 S. 32nd St., Phoenix • INFO/REGISTER: 602-952-7504; ahwatukeefoothillsaz

MARCH 7 HOLISTIC WELLNESS WORKSHOP WHAT: Navigating food and the medical arena WHERE: North Scottsdale Christian, 28700 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale WHEN: 9 a.m.–noon PRESENTED BY: RN Patient Advocates of Arizona and Fix 24 COST: Free INFO/REGISTER: Limited seating; 602-465-2733;



COLON CANCER SYMPOSIUM WHAT: Latest info on long-term survivorship and side effect management WHERE: Courtyard Marriott Scottsdale Salt River, 5201 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale WHEN: 7:30 a.m.–noon PRESENTEDBY:ColonCancerAlliance COST: Free INFO/REGISTER: 602-359-5996

LIVING WITH MYELOMA CONFERENCE WHAT: Bone marrow cancer patients learn how to live with the disease WHERE: Chaparral Suites, 5001 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale WHEN: 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m. PRESENTED BY: Arizona Myeloma Network COST: Free INFO/REGISTER: 623-388-6837;

MARCH 14 HONOR RIDE PHOENIX WHAT: Riders will cycle alongside America’s healing heroes while raising funds and awareness for Ride 2 Recovery, a 501(c)(3) organization that aids in the recovery of injured veterans through cycling programs WHERE: UnitedHealthcare, 4425 E. Cotton Center Blvd., Phoenix WHEN: 8 a.m. SPONSORED BY: UnitedHealthcare, USO, United Airlines, U-Haul, Macy’s, Rudy Project and Saris Racks COST: Varies; free to injured veterans INFO/REGISTER: honorRide.php


MARCH 7 JOINT HEALTH SEMINAR WHAT: Physicians discuss joints in the hips, shoulders, hands, knees and feet WHERE: Scottsdale Resort & Conference Center, 7700 E. McCormick Pkwy., Scottsdale WHEN: 9 a.m.–noon PRESENTED BY: St. Luke’s Medical Center COST: Free INFO/REGISTER: 877-351-WELL (9355)

MARCH 7 BLAKE’S MIRACLE SWIM-A-THON WHAT: Swimmers of all ages get their friends and family to pledge money for each lap they swim WHERE: SWIMkids USA, 2725 W. Guadalupe Rd., Mesa WHEN: 9 a.m.–2 p.m. BENEFICIARY: Banner Children’s at Cardon Children’s Medical Center integrative therapy programs; drowning prevention initiatives COST: Variesbydonation/sponsorship INFO/REGISTER: 480-820-9109;

MARCH 12 STROKE SEMINAR & HEALTH SCREENINGS WHAT: Learn about risk factors, prevention and symptoms; free screenings for heart rate, blood pressure and body mass index WHERE: Phoenix Baptist Hospital’s Wellness Center, 2000 W. Bethany Home Rd., Phoenix WHEN: 6–8 p.m. PRESENTED BY: Phoenix Baptist Hospital COST: Free INFO/REGISTER: 855-292-9355;

SOUTHWEST COLLEGE OF NATUROPATHIC MEDICINE DISCOVERY DAY WHAT: Learn about naturopathic medicine and tour new building WHERE: Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine, 2140 E. Broadway Rd., Tempe WHEN: 9 a.m.–3:30 p.m. PRESENTED BY: Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine COST: Free (breakfast & lunch included) INFO/REGISTER: 480-858-9100;

MARCH 18 DEMENTIA DIALOGUE WEBINAR WHAT: Experts in dementia care offer this monthly online seminar WHERE: Online WHEN: noon–1 p.m. PRESENTED BY: Banner Alzheimer’s Institute COST: Free INFO/REGISTER: 623-832-3248; ResearchOnlineEdu

MARCH 21 HEALTHY LIVING FESTIVAL WHAT: Booths on healthy living, nutrition, fitness and more WHERE: Tempe Public Library, 3500 S. Rural Rd., Tempe WHEN: 10 a.m.–1 p.m. SPONSORED BY: Tempe Public Library COST: Free INFO/REGISTER: LibraryEvents

MARCH 28 CANCER SURVIVORS DAY CELEBRATION WHAT: Pancake breakfast, community booths and more WHERE: 3686 S. Rome St., Gilbert WHEN: 8–11 a.m. PRESENTED BY: Ironwood Cancer & Research Centers COST: Free INFO/REGISTER: SurvivorsDay

MARCH 28 PHOENIX AMBUCS BIKE DAY WHAT: The Phoenix chapter of AMBUCS, a national nonprofit organization that promotes independence and mobility for children and adults with disabilities, will distribute 20 adapted tricycles to special needs children. The children for this giveaway have already been selected for this event, but the organization is always looking for corporations as well as individuals to help sponsor bike giveaways, make donations and to help at future events. WHERE: Hoy Field, Phoenix College, 1202 W. Thomas Rd., Phoenix WHEN: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. INFO: If you’re interested in learning more about this organization, call 602-689-9376 or email


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DIABETES SUPPORT March 5, 7–8 p.m. The Nutrition Professionals 1237 S. Val Vista Dr., Mesa 480-216-1635 DIABETES SUPPORT March 9, 3 p.m. Mountain Vista Medical Center 1301 S. Crismon Rd., Mesa Register: 877-924-WELL (9355)

ALZHEIMER’S/DEMENTIA ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION SUPPORT GROUPS Various locations Valley-wide For locations, details and/or complete list of groups: 602-528-0545; • CAREGIVER SUPPORT Various dates/times • EARLY-STAGE DEMENTIA Various dates/times • MIDDLE-STAGE ALZHEIMER’S March 5, 12 & 26, 9:30–11:30 a.m. • BASICS OF ALZHEIMER’S March 6 & 11, Various times • CAREGIVER STRESS March 9, 3-4 p.m. • 10 SIGNS OF ALZHEIMER’S March 10 & 25, Various times • EARLY-STAGE ALZHEIMER’S March 12, 19 & 26, 10 a.m.–noon • EARLY-STAGE SOCIAL BBQ March 18, 1–3 p.m. • CONVERSATIONS ABOUT DEMENTIA March 23 & 30, Various times • CHALLENGING BEHAVIORS March 23, noon–1 p.m. • LEGAL & FINANCIAL PLANNING March 31, 1–2:30 p.m. ALZHEIMER’S & MEMORY SUPPORT March 6, 9–11 a.m. Benevilla Birt’s Bistro 16752 N. Greasewood St., Surprise 623-584-4999 DIRECTIONS FOR CAREGIVERS March 6, 12:30–2 p.m. Banner Sun Health Research Institute 10515 W. Santa Fe Dr., Sun City Register: 623-832-3248 ALZHEIMER’S & MEMORY SUPPORT March 10, 17, 24 & 31, 10 a.m.–noon Faith Presbyterian Church 16000 N. Del Webb Blvd., Sun City 623-584-4999 PLANNING AHEAD CLASS FOR CAREGIVERS March 10, 4–6 p.m. Banner Alzheimer’s Institute 901 E. Willetta St., Phoenix Register: 623-839-6850

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ABRAZO HEALTH CARE:; 602-674-1400 Arizona Heart Hospital, Arizona Heart Institute and Arrowhead, Maryvale, Paradise Valley, Phoenix Baptist and West Valley hospitals BANNER GOOD SAMARITAN POISON CENTER: Hotline: 800-222-1222 BANNER HEALTH:; 602-747-4000, numerous hospitals and medical centers BANNER CHILDREN’S-CARDON CHILDREN’S:; 480-412-KIDS (5437) BARROW NEUROLOGICAL INSTITUTE:; 602-406-6281 CHANDLER REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER:; 480-728-3000 JOHN C. LINCOLN DEER VALLEY:; 623-879-6100;602-943-2381 MARICOPA INTEGRATED HEALTH SYSTEM:; 602-344-5011 MAYO CLINIC:; 480-515-6296 MERCY GILBERT MEDICAL CENTER:; 480-728-8000;480-358-6100 MUHAMMAD ALI PARKINSON CENTER:; 602-406-6262 PHOENIX CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL:; 602-933-1000 SCOTTSDALE HEALTHCARE:; 480-882-4000 Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn, Scottsdale Healthcare Shea, Scottsdale Healthcare Thompson Peak ST. JOSEPH’S HOSPITAL AND MEDICAL CENTER:; 602-406-3000 ST. JOSEPH’S WESTGATE MEDICAL CENTER:; 602-406-0000 ST. LUKE’S MEDICAL CENTER:; 602-251-8100 TEMPE ST. LUKE’S HOSPITAL:; 480-784-5500 VALLEYFEVERCENTERFOR EXCELLENCE:;602-406-8253

PROBLEM BEHAVIOR SOLUTIONS March 11, 10 a.m.–noon Banner Sun Health Research Institute 10515 W. Santa Fe Dr., Sun City Register: 623-832-3248 PROBLEM BEHAVIOR SOLUTIONS March 11, 2–3 p.m. Banner Alzheimer’s Institute 901 E. Willetta St., Phoenix Register: 623-839-6850 CAREGIVING: STAYING ME March 13, 10:30 a.m.–noon Musical Instrument Museum 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix Register: 602-230-2273 ALZHEIMER’S SUPPORT March 15, 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Dignity Health Huger Mercy Center 2345 W. Orangewood Ave., Phoenix Lunch provided; 602-406-5600 CAREGIVER SUPPORT March 16, 1:30–3 p.m. Pyle Adult Recreation Center 655 E. Southern Ave., Tempe Register: 877-351-WELL (9355) AVOIDING ARGUMENTS March 17, 10–11:30 a.m. Banner Heart Hospital 6750 E. Baywood Ave., Mesa Register: 602-839-6850 DIRECTIONS FOR CAREGIVERS March 23, 4–5:30 p.m.

Banner Alzheimer’s Institute 901 E. Willetta St., Phoenix Register: 623-839-6850 TRANSITIONING CARE March 24, 10 a.m.–noon Banner Alzheimer’s Institute 901 E. Willetta St., Phoenix Register: 623-839-6850 LEWY BODY DEMENTIA March 26, 12:30–3 p.m. Arbor Rose Senior Living 6063 E. Arbor Ave., Mesa 480-641-2531 or 480-985-1925

BREAST CANCER BOSOMBUDDIESSUPPORTGROUPS Various dates, times & locations Ahwatukee/Chandler: 480-893-8900 East Valley: 480-969-4119 Northwest Valley: 623-236-6616 West Valley: 623-979-4279 BREAST CANCER SUPPORT March 9, 2–4 p.m. Ironwood Cancer & Research Centers (Presented with Dignity Health) 685 S. Dobson Rd., Chandler 480-340-4013 TREATMENT OPTIONS March 10, 9 a.m. Banner Del E. Webb 14502 W. Meeker Blvd., Sun City West 602-230-2273

BREAST CANCER SUPPORT March 12 & 26, 6–8 p.m. Breast Health & Research Center 19646 N. 27th Ave., Phoenix 623-780-4673; BREAST CANCER SUPPORT March 14, 10 a.m.–noon Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center 10460 N. 92nd St., Scottsdale 480-323-1321; BREAST BUDS SUPPORT March 21, 11 a.m.–1 p.m. MidFirst Bank Conference Room 6508 W. Bell Rd., Glendale 480-657-0500;

CANCER SUPPORT GROUPS CANCER SUPPORT COMMUNITY SUPPORT GROUPS 360 E. Palm Lane, Phoenix For more info and/or complete list of groups: 602-712-1006; • CAREGIVER SUPPORT Various dates & times • MULTIPLE MYELOMA March 5, 10 a.m.–noon • PROSTATE March 5, 6–7:30 p.m. • TEEN CANCER March 10, 6–7:30 p.m. • LYMPHOMA March 14, 10–11:30 a.m. • PANCREATIC March 14, 10–11:30 a.m. • CARCINOID March 14, 1–2:30 p.m. • LUNG March 14, 1–2:30 p.m. • COLORECTAL March 21, 10–11:30 a.m. • OVARIAN March 21, 10–11:30 a.m. IRONWOOD CANCER & RESEARCH CENTERS SUPPORT GROUPS 685 S. Dobson Rd., Chandler For more info and/or complete list of groups: 480-340-4013 or • PROSTATE March 9, 7–9 p.m. • CAREGIVERS March 21, 10 a.m.–noon • METASTATIC March 25, 3–4:30 p.m. VIRGINIA G. PIPER CANCER CENTER SUPPORT GROUPS 10460 N. 92nd St., Scottsdale For more info and/or complete list of groups: 480-323-1321; • PANCREATIC March 10, 4–5:30 p.m. • NON-HODGKIN’S LYMPHOMA March 12, 6–8 p.m.

• NEWLY DIAGNOSED March 16, 6:30–7:30 p.m. • CAREGIVER & FAMILY March 18, 6:30–7:30 p.m. • LIVING WITH LYMPEDEMA March 23, 6:30–8:30 p.m. NEWLY DIAGNOSED March 10, 6–7:30 p.m. By Cancer Support Community at Banner Good Samaritan 1111 E. McDowell Rd., Phoenix 602-712-1006; COPING WITH CANCER March 11, 6:30–8 p.m. Banner Thunderbird 5555 W. Thunderbird Rd., Glendale 602-865-5450 ESOPHAGEAL March 16, 6–7:30 p.m. By Cancer Support Community at Banner Good Samaritan 1111 E. McDowell Rd., Phoenix 602-712-1006; KIDS CAN COPE March 18, 6:30–7:30 p.m. Banner Thunderbird 5555 W. Thunderbird Rd., Glendale 602-865-5450 DEFEATING CANCER March 19, 6–7:30 p.m. Bink’s Midtown 2320 E. Osborn Rd., Phoenix 602-527-3776 ORAL, HEAD & NECK March 19, 6:30–8:30 p.m. Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center 10460 N. 92nd St., Scottsdale 602-377-2447 COPING WITH CANCER March 25, 6:30–8 p.m. Banner Thunderbird 5555 W. Thunderbird Rd., Glendale 602-865-5450

GASTROINTESTINAL OSTOMY SUPPORT March 5, 2 p.m. Banner Boswell 13180 N. 103 Dr., Sun City 602-678-4441 OSTOMY HEALTH FAIR March 7, 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Fellowship Hall 161 N. Mesa Dr., Mesa 480-812-0324 OSTOMY SUPPORT March 10, 6 p.m. Elite Home Healthcare Services 2140 W. Greenway Rd., Phoenix 602-246-8221 OSTOMY SUPPORT March 19, 12:30 p.m. La Casa de Cristo Church 6300 E. Bell Rd., Scottsdale 623-580-4120

PARKINSON’S PARKINSON’S EDUCATION, EXERCISE & SUPPORT GROUPS Various dates, times & locations By Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center 602-406-3840; 602-406-4921 CAREGIVER SUPPORT March 11, 1:30–3 p.m. Duet, 555 W. Glendale Ave., Phoenix 602-274-5022; PARKINSON’S SUPPORT March 17, 3–4 p.m. Shepherd Hills Methodist Church 13658 Meeker Blvd., Sun City West 623-584-4999

RESPIRATORY BETTER BREATHERS/COPD SUPPORT Various dates, times & locations By the American Lung Association 602-429-0005;

BRAIN/NEUROLOGICAL HEALTHY BRAIN March 11, 12:30–1:30 p.m. Humana Guidance Center 5943 E. McKellips Rd., Mesa 480-325-4707 YOUNG ADULT BRAIN INJURY March 11, 6–7:30 p.m. St. Joseph’s Barrow 350 W. Thomas Rd., Phoenix 602-996-1396; 602-406-6688 BRAIN ANEURYSM SUPPORT March 18, 6–8 p.m. St. Joseph’s Barrow 350 W. Thomas Rd., Phoenix 760-333-7658 PROGRESSIVE SUPRANUCLEAR PALSY SUPPORT March 21, 1:30–3:30 p.m. Banner Thunderbird 5555 W. Thunderbird Rd., Glendale 602-920-4632, BRAIN TUMOR SUPPORT March 24, 6–8 p.m. St. Joseph’s Barrow 350 W. Thomas Rd., Phoenix 623-205-6446 CALENDAR | continued on page 6

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CALENDAR | continued from page 5 BRAIN INJURY SUPPORT March 26, 6–7:30 p.m. St. Joseph’s Barrow 350 W. Thomas Rd., Phoenix 602-508-8024; 602-406-6688

HEARING LOSS HEARING LOSS SUPPORT March 12, 12:45–2:30 p.m. By Hearing Loss Association of America at Ed Robson Library 9330 E. Riggs Rd., Sun Lakes 602-652-3000;; HEARING LOSS SUPPORT March 25, 1:30–3:30 p.m. By Hearing Loss Association of America at Fountain Hills Community Center 13001 N. LaMontana Dr., Fountain Hills 301-657-2248;; HEARING LOSS SUPPORT March 26, 1:30–3:30 p.m. By Hearing Loss Association of America at Lions Foundation Campus 9451 N. 99th Ave., Peoria 301-657-2248;;

PARENTING BREASTFEEDING SUPPORT Various dates, times & locations By Dignity Health 480-728-5414; 602-406-4954 GRANDPARENTS RAISING GRANDCHILDREN Various dates, times & locations By Benevilla; 623-207-6016; By Duet; 602-274-5022; MOMS ON THE MOVE March 4, 11, 18 & 25, 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Scottsdale Healthcare Shea 9003 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale 480-323-3878; POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION SUPPORT March 4, 11, 18 & 25, 1–2:30 p.m. Dignity Health Chandler Regional 1875 W. Frye Rd., Chandler 480-728-5414 T.E.E.N.S. 4 TEENS SUPPORT March 5, 12, 19 & 26, 6–7 p.m. Dignity Health Chandler Regional 1875 W. Frye Rd., Chandler 480-728-5414

PREGNANCY & INFANT LOSS March 5, 6–8 p.m. Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center 10460 N. 92nd St., Scottsdale 480-323-3878; POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION March 6, 9:30–11:30 a.m. Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center 10460 N. 92nd St., Scottsdale 480-323-3878; MOTHER-TO-MOTHER SUPPORT March 6 & 27, 10–11:30 a.m. St. Joseph’s; 877-602-4111 350 W. Thomas Rd., Phoenix BREASTFEEDING SUPPORT March 9, 16, 23 & 30, 1 p.m. Banner Estrella; 602-230-2273 9201 W. Thomas Rd., Phoenix MOMS ON THE MOVE March 10, 17 & 24, 1–2:30 p.m. Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn 3624 N. Wells Fargo, Scottsdale 480-323-3878; CIRCLE OF MOTHERS March 11, 18 & 25, 10 a.m.–noon Banner Estrella; 602-230-2273 9201 W. Thomas Rd., Phoenix INFANT BRAIN DEVELOPMENT March 14, 9 a.m.–1 p.m. Tempe St. Luke’s 1500 S. Mill Ave., Tempe Register: 480-784-5588

SENIORS MEDICATIONS & SIDE EFFECTS March 11, noon Mountain Vista Medical Center 1301 S. Crismon Rd., Mesa Register: 877-924-WELL (9355) ADVANCES IN WOUND CARE March 12, noon Mountain Vista Medical Center 1301 S. Crismon Rd., Mesa Register: 877-924-WELL (9355) THE 5 Ws OF AGING IN PLACE March 19, 1–2 p.m. Fellowship Square 35 W. Brown, Mesa 480-834-0600;



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ou need to start to engage in brain health right away to protect against Alzheimer’s disease, said Marwan Sabbagh, M.D., a neurologist, director of the Banner Sun Health Research Institute and author of an Alzheimer’s prevention cookbook as well as The Alzheimer’s Answer: Reduce Your Risk and Keep Your Brain Healthy. “Changes in the brain start decades before the onset of forgetfulness.” Here are six ways to care for your brain to help preserve cognitive health:



VISIT AN UNFAMILIAR CITY AND CHALLENGE YOURSELF TO NAVIGATE IT. “Having to read a map to navigate around an unfamiliar geographical area strengthens nerve cells because you’re using parts of your brain you may not typically use,” said Gary Reese, M.D., a neurologist and medical director of the stroke program at Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn.


ADD WILD SALMON, WALNUTS AND FLAXSEED TO YOUR DIET. They contain omega-3 fatty acids which, Muley said, may protect the brain against cognitive impairment. Try to take in about 500 mg per day of omega-3, he said, either through food or supplementation.

CONSUME AT LEAST ONE TEASPOON DAILY OF THE SPICE TURMERIC. Turmeric “has been linked to lower rates of Alzheimer’s,” PURSUE A VARIETY OF ACTIVITIES THAT CHALLENGE YOUR COGNITIVE Sabbagh said. “India has the lowest incidence of SKILLS. Don’t limit yourself only to crossword puzzles or Alzheimer’s disease in the world and turmeric is a Sudoku, Muley said. By teaching yourself a new language, staple of the diet there.” playing a musical instrument or learning a hobby, he said, you activate new parts of the brain. BOOST BLOOD FLOW TO YOUR BRAIN THROUGH AEROBIC EXERCISE. Increased blood flow can enhance nerve cell connections GET AND KEEP YOUR BLOOD SUGAR AND CHOLESTEROL LEVELS UNDER in the brain which are essential for brain health and can CONTROL. These affect brain health as well, Sabbagh said. “increase the size of the part of the brain responsible for Reese added that low cholesterol levels reduce your risk memory called the hippocampus,” said Suraj Muley, M.D., of Alzheimer’s disease. a neurologist and director of the neuromuscular disorders program at Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix. Your The bottom line goal should be to engage in aerobic exercise for at least “Brain activity, the right foods and exercise will help you 30 minutes at least four times a week, Muley said. protect the only brain you’ll ever have,” Reese said.


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Good Wishes in the form of beautiful scarves

Beauty and comfort for those with hair loss related to illness, treatment

with a little style. It was at that time that the Good Wishes program was born. QUESTION: Who provides the scarves and/or the funding to make them? ANSWER: We host an annual benefit that helps us with our operating expenses which includes scarf production. We also have online donating opportunities for people to give. Our fabrics are negotiated with vendors and purchased at a substantial discount, typically ends of bolts or discontinued prints. The wraps are made locally [in Washington] by a commercial sewing company.


By Alison Stanton

he mission of Good Wishes is simple: to provide free of charge one beautiful ‘It’s a Wrap’ or ‘Good Wishes Scarf’ to anyone experiencing the thinning or loss of hair as a result of illness or treatment. “Our goal is to, in some small way, ease the person’s journey, provide a small bit of comfort and share the power of positive thinking and good wishes with these individuals on their path to healing and recovery,” said Stacey Wilson, executive director of Good Wishes, a 501(c)(3) organization based in North Bend, Washington. Wilson recently answered a few questions about the organization. QUESTION: How did Good Wishes get started?


ANSWER: In 2006, Laurie Erickson, the owner of a hair accessories company in North Bend, Washington, was unsure what to say when a customer named Hillary asked what she had for someone who had lost her hair due to chemotherapy. Although there

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“I’ll listen to the unsaid words. I know there’s more and most people open up. They need to know they’re not alone on this journey.”

‘I don’t want anyone to feel alone’

Marilyn Harter, patient advocate, Hospice of the Valley

Pardon the pun, but checking in via phone with clients receiving end-of-life care from Hospice of the Valley (HOV) isn’t just Marilyn Harter’s job — it’s her calling. “I love people and I love to listen,” said the not-for-profit organization’s patient advocate, whose services are free of charge to all HOV patients and their families. “Sometimes a concern is as simple as ‘this wheelchair isn’t comfortable’ and my job then is about getting the right cushion on a chair,” Harter said, noting patient comfort is a priority. Other times, a patient just needs a sounding board or a friend. It’s not unusual for Harter’s call to be the only human interaction a patient gets all day — and experience has taught her there is often more behind the reply of “oh, I’m just fine,” when she asks how a client is doing. “I’ll listen to the unsaid words,” she said.

Good Wishes

wasn’t really anything that Laurie could offer from her company, she had worked with cotton and silk fabrics in beautiful designs and patterns for years and it struck her that she should design and send a scarf to Hillary as a way to share some comfort

“We all need to work as a team, and the patient should be the center of the team.” Jackie Shore, RN OCN, nurse advocate, RN Patient Advocates of Arizona

“I know there’s more and most people open up and even apologize, saying, ‘I’m sorry I took all this time’ and ‘I don’t know why I’m crying.’ They need to know they’re not alone on this journey. We’re there 24/7 and they can call us in the middle of the night — it doesn’t have to be a medical emergency.” And it isn’t always the ill patient who calls on her for help. She assists patients’ caregivers and family members who are often stressed themselves. “I’ve found that just affirming what they’re doing is important, so I might say ‘you’re doing an incredible job and if your mother could talk to you now, she would say that too.’ That means so much to them,” she said. “I don’t want anyone to feel alone at this time.”

‘Sometimes you need someone there for you’

Jackie Shore could have used someone like herself a few years ago. The registered nurse, who now works as a self-employed independent patient advocate, found herself in the middle of a medical situation that didn’t go exactly as she’d hoped. Everything turned out all right, but it became clear to her how important it is for patients — including those who may or may not be admitted to a hospital or other healthcare facility — to have someone in their corner advocating on their behalf. “Sometimes, you need someone there for you,” said Shore, who usually charges an hourly fee, but also offers flat fees or package-style rates depending upon each client’s needs and circumstances. “What I’m supposed to be is a fly on the wall.” Shore and her company, RN Patient

QUESTION: How can someone request a scarf? ANSWER: When possible, we ask people or their friends and loved ones to choose three or more fabrics that suit their taste and style and then contact us through our online request form on our website,, by phone at 888-778-5998, or through e-mail at Advocates of Arizona, are not affiliated with any physician or hospital, but she will accompany clients to doctor’s appointments and take detailed notes for patients while in the exam room. One client, for example, has difficulty hearing and uses Shore’s notes to make sure she understands everything her doctor has said. Another of Shore’s clients was given a cancer diagnosis and called her to discuss the treatment options she faced. Another client, an out-of-state resident, phoned Shore when he felt his mother was being inappropriately discharged from a local hospital. Her main goal is to make sure her clients are getting the best care possible and aren’t feeling rushed, stressed or overwhelmed as they make healthcare decisions. She establishes a health history of each client by making a medical timeline and then talks with each one about what they want to achieve with her assistance. Shore said she tries to empower her clients, working with them to develop questions they can ask of their doctor on their own. She thinks doctors appreciate her approach, which she says ends up with patients needing less of their follow-up time. “We all need to work as a team,” she said, “and the patient should be the center of the team.”




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Ask Emily Dear Emily: I’m allergic to perfumes, chemical smells plus many other things. Cleaning has gotten to be a problem as manufactures seem to think everything has to have a fragrance in their product. Can you recommend to me a natural way to freshen my room and air? – B.A., Newport, PA Dear B.A.: Vinegar is the cleaner of choice for those with allergies, asthma or a sensitivity to harsh chemicals. Cleaners you make yourself cost pennies, instead of the dollars supermarket cleaners cost. And, what is much more significant, the compounds you put together are safe, natural and easy on the environment. I will give you my natural Fresh Air freshener from page 108 of my latest book The Vinegar Anniversary Book. Put the following into a pump spray bottle: 1 teaspoon baking soda, 1 tablespoon white vinegar and 2 cups of water. After the foaming stops, put on the lid and shake well. Spray this mixture into the air for instant freshness. Hello Emily: I have a situation that I need additional guidance on and am hoping you will be able to assist me. I have a natural limestone walled shower and a natural slate shower floor. I also have very hard water that leaves behind white powdery mineral deposits that stain the stone The mineral deposits do not come up with steam, scrubbing or with natural stone cleaner. I’ve read many very conflicting reports on the use of vinegar on natural stone. Any suggestions, resources or insights that you can offer would be very much appreciated. Thank You, – C. A., King of Prussia, PA Dear C.A.: Yes, vinegar could eventually etch the limestone and slate. And, yes it will do a very good job of removing the powdery mineral deposits in your shower. You will probably find that anything that will dissolve the mineral deposits will also dissolve the limestone, as they are both composed of the same material. You might find that a quick rinse with vinegar, followed by a thorough rinse with lots of cool water will minimize the damage it could do. You may also want to look into the benefits of a water softener to minimize the problem. Dear Emily: Within the past year, I purchased a number of copies of “The Vinegar Anniversary Book” and refer to the books resources frequently. I’ve also given the books as gifts. I note that in The Vinegar Anniversary Book on page 101 you cover when not to clean with vinegar. Does your research and, or experience include additional info on vinegar on nickel & stainless steel faucets and fixtures? – C.A., King of Prussia, PA Dear C.A.: Both nickel and stainless steel fixtures can collect mineral deposits from hard water and vinegar is very good at removing these deposits. Remember to always rinse well after cleaning with vinegar. You may also find that buffing your metal fixtures with a cloth dampened with mineral oil will reduce their tendency to pick up these deposits. Or, you may find that a household furniture wax will give you similar results. Emily Thacker is the author of over 17 books. Her best-selling books about common household products have appeared in newspapers and publications across the U.S. including USA Today, USA Weekend, Parade Magazine, The History Channel Magazine and The Saturday Evening Post. Send Questions to: Emily Thacker C/O James Direct, Inc., 500 S. Prospect Ave., Box 980, Hartville, Ohio 44632. If interested in Emily’s latest book and a FREE Special Bonus please see the articles on this page titled “Vinegar, Better than Prescription Drugs?” or “Why Diet? Try Vinegar!”

housands of years ago ancient healers trusted apple cider vinegar, and modern research shows vinegar truly is a wonder cure! In fact, apple cider vinegar’s biggest fans believe this golden liquid can help solve the most troublesome of human afflictions. Since even the earliest of times a daily vinegar cocktail was used to help control appetite to lose weight and continue good health. And now after years of continued research all across the globe, over 1000 new vinegar super-remedies and tonics are available in the brand new 168-page Vinegar Anniversary Book by famed natural health author, Emily Thacker. Author of the very first book of its kind since the 1950’s, Ms. Thacker brings her unique wisdom, experience and downhome flavor to this complete collection. From the Bible to Cleopatra to the fierce Samurai warriors of Japan, vinegar has been documented as a powerful tonic to ensure strength, power and long life. In China, the health system that has been in place for thousands of years recognizes the value of vinegar. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) oversees the health of millions of Chinese – not with modern drugs – but with proven remedies that include vinegar. Today’s research studies and scientific reports continue to praise the healing powers of vinegar to maintain good health and well being. Even grandma knew that her old remedies worked even if she wasn’t able to explain why. And scientific research confirms this. For instance, grandma said putting diluted vinegar in the ears would ward off infections. The American Academy of Otolaryngology’s doctors – who specialize in treating infections like swimmer’s ear - now recommend using a vinegar mixture as a preventative. The Yale-New Haven hospital uses vinegar as a hospital disinfectant. When after-surgery eye infections became a problem, their Department of Bacteriology solved it with vinegar. Food poisoning? Some doctors suggest that regular vinegar use can prevent it! The 168-page Vinegar

Anniversary Book will amaze you with its over 1000 natural remedies, secrets, tonics and cure-alls for a healthier, happier life. You’ll get easy recipes that mix vinegar with other common household items to help: • Calm an upset stomach • Ease leg cramps • Soothe sprained muscles • Control appetite to lose weight • Relieve coughs • Banish nausea • Arthritis pain • Make hiccups disappear • Cool a sunburn • Boost memory • Reduce sore throat pain • Relieve itchy skin • Lower blood pressure & cholesterol • Eliminate bladder infections • Chase away a cold • Treat burns • Reduce infection • Aid digestion • Improve memory • Soothe sore feet • Treat blemishes & age spots • Remove corns & calluses • Replace many household cleaners And that’s just the beginning of the over 1000 new and improved hints and tips that you’ll get. 50 years ago a daily dose of an apple cider vinegar and honey tonic was used to ease arthritis. During the last 30 years or so, many wonder drugs have replaced this timetested home remedy. Now vinegar, along with countless other old-time tonics, have new supporters including many medical professionals. The reason? Almost everybody has experienced the negative side of some of the powerful new drugs. Strep and Staph infections? Vinegar is a powerful antiseptic and kills even these dangerous bacteria on contact. Headaches will fade away with this simple vinegar concoction. Feel good and look good with these hair and skinfriendly vinegar remedies. You’ll learn when you should and should not use vinegar. Can apple cider vinegar really do all this? The answer is yes because it is such a marvelous combination of tart good taste, germ-killing acid and an assortment of important vitamins and nutrients. Join readers like L.S.

of Monroe, N.C. who says “Thanks, this book is wonderful. A real life saver for me!” Find different ways to combine vinegar with common foods like lemon juice, blueberries, onion, strawberries, garlic, honey, ginger and more to create recipes to help improve health and quality of life. All new ideas to put vinegar to work around the home to clean, disinfect and eliminate mold and mildew. Great for those with allergies or asthma! Save money as you put Emily’s latest discoveries to the test! There’s even 365 additional tidbits to take you through the year beginning with January’s winter snows through the dog-days of summer and into the golden leaves of autumn. Yes that’s over 1000 triedand-true remedies and recipes in this handsome collector’s edition and it’s yours to enjoy for 90-risk free days. That’s right, you can read and benefit from all 168-pages without obligation to keep it. To get your copy of the Vinegar Anniversary Book direct from the publisher at the special introductory price of $12.95 plus 3.98 shipping and handling (total of $16.93, OH residents please add 6.5% sales tax) simply do this: Write “Vinegar Anniversary” on a piece of paper and mail it along with your check or money order payable to: James Direct Inc., Dept. VA2609, 500 S. Prospect Ave., Box 980, Hartville, Ohio 44632. You can charge to your VISA, MasterCard, Discover or American Express by mail. Be sure to include your card number, expiration date and signature. Want to save even more? Do a favor for a relative or friend and order 2 books for only $20 postpaid. It’s such a thoughtful gift. Remember: It’s not available in book stores at this time. And you’re protected by the publisher’s 90-Day Money Back Guarantee. SPECIAL BONUS - Act promptly and you’ll also receive The Very Best Old-Time Remedies booklet absolutely FREE. It’s yours to keep just for previewing “The Vinegar Anniversary Book.” Supplies are limited. Order today. This was excerpted from an advertorial in USA Weekend.

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have some useful advice that others may be interested in. When I got my Dentures several years ago, the Dentist told me use vinegar to get the plaque off them. So - about once a week I soak them in the wonder liquid and Presto - they sparkle. I have since gotten implants Since I am not fond of the hygienist scraping the posts for cleaning - I clean them with Vinegar before going for my check-up. On my last visit to her, she couldn’t believe how clean they were and praised me for it! I then asked the Dentist that put the implants in if the vinegar would harm the metal posts and he informed me it is OK to use it. - D. L. New Braunfels, Tx.

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he latest study about vinegar, shows it will prevent an estimated 72,600 deaths from cervical cancer each year. This according to a study released at the American Society of Clinical Oncology annual meeting in Chicago, IL. The results were based over a 12 year period tracking 150,000 women in Mumbai, India, between the ages of 35-64 years. The conclusion, a simple vinegar test significantly reduces cervical cancer deaths. Immediate plans are to implement this simple and successful screening test in developing countries. The study had been planned for 16 years, but after the results were analyzed and found to be conclusive it was stopped at 12 years. Vinegar has always been used for its versatility in home remedies, cooking and cleaning. And now scientific and medical findings are showing its a simple, low cost, noninvasive and safe for the patient.

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hen celebrity beauty Scarlett Johansson needs to keep her skin looking beautiful and glowing one would think she would turn to high priced beauty creams. Not so, according to an article in the February 2013 issue of Elle UK. She uses simple apple cider vinegar and its natural pH balancing properties to keep her skin looking amazing.

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Transforming healthcare through technology

Electronic Health Records allow providers to share information, resulting in better coordinated care


By Meghann Finn Sepulveda

he evolution of electronic health record (EHR) technology provides a shared platform in which providers can communicate more effectively, review comprehensive medical history and prescribe medication in a variety of healthcare settings all within a fingertip’s reach. Through EHRs, patients can request medical records, utilize a patient portal to set appointments, update history and converse with providers, resulting in increased engagement in overall care. The progression of EHRs focuses on integrating and tracking patient data to ultimately improve patient safety and increase quality outcomes.

Privacy is paramount

An EHR system is a tool that is made accessible to healthcare providers in accordance with state and federal laws put in place to secure and maintain patient confidentiality. Risk assessments evaluate EHR system security weaknesses. “There are enforced requirements to help ensure data is not compromised,” said Amy Cotton Peterson, partner and member of the health law practice group at Quarles & Brady, LLP in Phoenix. “If a security breach occurs, the provider must internally assess the breach and may have notification requirements. The provider could be investigated, fines implemented and significant penalties could result depending on the type of information and to whom it was disclosed.”

Stringent security measures

Today most hospitals and healthcare providers have stringent policies and procedures set in place along with dedicated educational training programs in an effort to avoid a security breach. “Most EHR systems require log-in credentials to track who is accessing patient information,” Peterson said. “Privacy laws require a provider to submit an accounting of certain types of disclosures to the patient upon request.”

“The patient portal allows patients to interact with their providers and gives them the ability to email questions, schedule appointments and complete medical forms which can save a lot of time. It lets the patient be more engaged in their care.”

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An electronic health record (EHR) is a digital version of a patient’s paper chart. EHRs are real-time, patient-centered records that make information available instantly and securely to authorized users. While an EHR does contain the medical and treatment histories of patients, an EHR system is built to go beyond standard clinical data collected in a provider’s office and can be inclusive of a broader view of a patient’s care. EHRs can: ! Contain a patient’s medical history, diagnoses, medications, treatment plans, immunization dates, allergies, radiology images, and laboratory and test results ! Allow access to evidence-based tools that providers can use to make decisions about a patient’s care ! Automate and streamline provider workflow

One of the key features of an EHR is that health information can be created and managed by authorized providers in a digital format capable of being shared with other providers across more than one healthcare organization. EHRs are built to share information with other healthcare providers and organizations such as laboratories, specialists, medical imaging facilities, pharmacies, emergency facilities, and school and workplace clinics so they contain information from all clinicians involved in a patient’s care. Source: medical forms which can save a lot of time,” said Jane Carrington, PhD, RN, assistant professor, The University of Arizona College of Nursing in Tucson. “It lets the patient be more engaged in their care.” As a federal initiative, these state-of-theart systems are rolling out across the nation. “Research shows that patients of all ages are doing very well with this technology,” Carrington said. “The patient portal systems are intuitive and designed well.” Patients can access, download and print medical records and forms directly from the portal to take with them to an appointment which eliminates the need for paper and fax requests and helps with the continuity of care between providers and specialists.

Transforming healthcare

According to Arizona State University’s Center for Health Information Research, 80 percent of Arizona practicing physicians have adopted an EHR system, which Banner Health has been aggressively provides immediate knowledge of a implementing EHR systems in hospitals patient’s medical history and the capabilfor the past decade. As required by law, ity to review medications and prescribe the Notice of Privacy Practices is made electronically. available to every patient. “Today’s systems alert the provider if “While we all have the responsibility there is a potential medication interaction of to protect patient information, there is concern,” said Melissa Kotrys, CEO, Arizona always risk,” said William Holland, M.D., chief medical information officer for Banner Health-e Connection. “This can be lifesaving Health. “We have various types of security in an emergency situation.” In addition, the secure transmission of information that can measures put in place to store and share occur between different care settings allows medical information including technical for better follow-ups and reduces complicaencryption and limited access to secure tions and readmission rates. servers that are housed in locked areas.” “It serves a great need for providers so they can be aware of any pre-existing medical Patient portal systems conditions, view test and lab results, and The implementation of the patient portal, avoid duplicate orders,” said Michael Zent, populated by the EHR, gives you secure 24-hour online access to your private health PhD, managing partner, Topaz Information Solutions, an EHR software provider that information. offers integrated behavioral and physical “The patient portal allows patients to health solutions. “Charts are accessible interact with their providers and gives in real-time, allowing for quick and easy them the ability to email questions, referrals, admissions and discharges.” schedule appointments and complete

— Jane Carrington, PhD, RN assistant professor, The University of Arizona College of Nursing, Tucson


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All CCRCs emphasize staying well and able as long as possible. For example, at Sun Health senior living communities, a concept called Masterpiece Living™ guides the philosophy and activities offered at its communities, which are Grandview Terrace in Sun City West, La Loma Village in Litchfield Park and The Colonnade in Surprise. “Masterpiece Living says that because researchers have determined that 70 percent of how we age is within our control, residents can improve physically, spiritually, socially and intellectually, no matter what age they are,” said Sharon Grambow, chief operating officer for Sun Health Senior Living. “We celebrate what residents accomplish and what they still want to learn rather than focusing on how people may have declined with age.”

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! Know your finances and how much of an entrance fee and a monthly fee you can afford. While fees vary widely, independent living in an apartmentlike community can range from $2,000 a month to more than $5,000 a month and an entrance fee can range from about $100,000 to more than $700,000, depending on the community, its location, the size of the unit you select to live in and whether one or two people will live there. ! Because a CCRC involves purchasing an arrangement for future care, you may not need this type of community if you have already purchased long-term care insurance. “Depending on the benefits provided through your policy, you may be already set to receive care in assisted living or a skilled nursing facility if you need it,” Batista said. In that situation, a stand-alone independent living situation might be optimal for you, she said, because it will probably be more affordable and you’ll still get to enjoy the benefits of socialization.

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" continued from the cover “The socialization that residents enjoy definitely is the biggest benefit of living in a senior community,” said Lindsey Arrey, director of marketing for Fellowship Square in Phoenix. “This type of living arrangement gives residents the freedom to do what they really want to do, whether it’s volunteer work, a hobby or something else.” Senior living communities can be very upscale, resembling living at a resort. At Vi, for example, residents enjoy weekly housekeeping, 24-hour concierge service, all utilities paid, an indoor and outdoor saltwater pool and seven meals a week (one of which is a lavish Sunday brunch) included with the monthly fee in any of three dining venues. Kimberley Keim Bankofier, Vi’s community relations manager, said there’s also an on-site salon and spa, on-site banking, a wellness center and gym, lectures, presentations, performances and classes that include Pilates, ballroom dancing, Zumba, yoga and tai-chi.


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