| SUNDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2017
THE GOOD LIFE | THE COURIER
How to prevent unnecessary hospitalizations
common cause of preventable hospitalization is heart failure, but it important to realize that more than 80 percent of older
reventable hospitalizations occur disproportionately in adults 65 or older. The most
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adults have at least one chronic illness. Just one chronic illness increases your risk of having to be admitted to the DR. SAMEET hospital. MOOR Research also has shown that a higher level of continuity of care is related to fewer hospitalizations. In fact, adults age 65 and older who regularly follow up with their primary care physician are 20 times less likely to end up in the hospital. Continuity of care means following up at regular intervals with your primary care physician and taking advantage of your Medicare benefits. This allows for a higher quality of care with the professional who knows your health best. How does this benefit you? You’re able to direct all of your questions to your family physician and health care team, who is well-versed with your medical history. Here are some important aspects of care available to help keep you out of the hospital and maintain the quality of life you enjoy. Immunizations</&hrdp2> Often forgotten about are the importance and effective of vaccinations in older adults. You may need one or more vaccines, even if you received vaccines as a child. What you need to know:
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A commonly missed is the tetanus vaccine, which you require every 10 years. Adults age 60 account for the majority of tetanus cases in the US annually. Typically Medicare coverage is only available when you get a skin cut, so it is crucial to get the immunization around age 60 and then anytime after 65 if you suffer an injury. Please see MOOR, Page 10
Heart healthy tips As I mentioned above, the leading cause of preventable hospitalizations in older adults is heart failure. The best way to keep your heart healthy is simple — diet and exercise. There are many resources that your family physician can provide you with to help provide you with a healthy lifestyle plan. Keeping up with your blood pressure screenings, controlling your blood sugar and managing your cholesterol can go a long way in preventing heart-related diseases and hospitalization. The DASH diet is an eating plan that has proven to lower blood pressure, improve cholesterol and help decrease your risk of getting heart disease. The DASH diet emphasizes the importance of vegetables, fruits and low-fat dairy products; encourages more whole grains, fish, poultry, beans, seeds, nuts and vegetable oils; and limits foods high in sodium, sweets, sugary drinks and red meats. Also, remember that 30 minutes of aerobic exercise five times a week can help reduce heart disease.
Preventative screening Keeping up with all the health screening requirements can get overwhelming, but it is very important to remain up to date with them and regular visits to your Family physician can help ensure that you don’t miss out on important aspects of health maintenance! What you need to know: Colorectal cancer screening is recommended for all adults between ages 50-75. It is very vital to your health, and there are other screening methods apart from a colonoscopy — ask your health care provider about other options that may be available to you. Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women, apart from skin cancer. However, mammography can help detect breast cancer early. We recommend that women ages 50-74 get a mammogram every 2 years. Are you a smoker or a former smoker? You may be entitled to lung cancer screening or screening for abdominal aortic aneurysms. Be sure to ask your health care provider about these screenings. Are you older than 65? Do you know that you may be eligible for bone density screening? Ask your doctor. Screening for osteoporosis via DEXA scan can help prevent fractures and help increase overall quality of life.