July 17, 2016 by Leigh St John
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Why is skincare the focus of longevity research? I guess a cell is a cell, and if you can crack the code for one human cell, it is only a matter of time to solving the puzzle with different types of cell – and skin is without doubt the most visible cells each of us have. And it’s our faces in particular we often judge ourselves and others by, and we are in turn quickly scrutinized, and often opinions reached in a fraction of a second. Our faces often show the most visible signs of aging, and for many in modern society age is by nature “bad” and young or looking young is the ideal. That is why billions and billions of dollars each year are poured by consumers into all sorts of treatments to minimize wrinkles, to push back the effects of gravity, and to turn back the hands of time. And with that much money to be spent by consumers, there are many manufacturers eager to find the next step in arresting Father Time – and at least detaining him until the next stagecoach arrives, where hopefully he can be encouraged to move on before too much damage can be done.
The Entire Issue Explained – In A Pair of Shoelaces
Some time ago a friend gave me a simple analogy that puts this entire issue in perspective. The science may not win a Nobel Prize, but it gave me the necessary ah-ha moment.
The double helix of the DNA strand – our most basic foundation for life – is held together at each end by things that act in the same way as the hard plastic bits on the end of shoelaces do – preventing the DNA from unraveling, and the individual chromosomes scattering across the floor like dropping a string of pearls down a marble staircase. These things are called telomeres.
Somewhere programmed into these tiny telomeres is the entire basis to how long the DNA stays intact – and by inference these are the keys to the length of life of the organism. Somewhere written into the telomere is a great musical score but like all musical scores it has a double bar somewhere to signify the end; but is it to be a minuet or a Wagnerian epic? But sure enough, when the time comes, and the telomeres blow the full time whistle, the DNA strand will unravel and die – and the circle of life begins again. Telomeres govern how often our skin cells are replaced; why a puppy and a child born on the same date may age exactly the same chronologically, but the puppy has become a geriatric before the child reaches puberty.
Telomeres, my friend explained, occasionally go on the fritz (that must have a very specific scientific meaning). One of the ways this occurs is they may forget their programming to release and unravel, and they just hang on, allowing the cells thus affected to multiply again and again without dying. In fact, when this occurs often they become very difficult to kill and to all intents and purposes once the telomeres act in this way, the cell – and those it propagates – are effectively immortal.
This condition has a name which we all know. Cancer.
But, what if we were able in some way to persuade the telomeres within a cancer to behave normally – would that not be the “magic bullet” cure for cancer? And the other side to that equation – if the telomeres in healthy cells could be persuaded to act as they do in a cancer – then is this the recipe for a healthy cell that does not die? Does the cure for cancer and immortality hang on just this one thread?
Whatever your views may be, the reality is that some of the world’s finest research scientists are working on that exact question and some would say it is only a matter of a decade or two before this is neither conjecture nor science fiction, but a reality to face up to. The changes that would take place in society even if life expectancy were to take a leap forward by say 10 or 20 years are enormous, but we should all be thinking that this is a distinct possibility.
From the dab of lanoline a generation ago to what I know hold in my hand as an anti aging skincare treatment is more than just a revolution – and I have no doubt in a few years I will be saying this cream will not just slow the aging process and reduce the visible signs of aging, making your face appear younger – but it will actually be younger.
But before that, let’s look back at how this whole engagement with life extension and anti-aging started. Mankind has always striven for longevity and mused about immortality – but the past 50 years has seen some dramatic steps in reality toward this goal.
The thought of extending life has been on the mind of mankind for millennia. References to the search for ways to prolong life can be found as far back as the Epic of Gilgamesh.
Gilgamesh was reputedly the fifth king of the kingdom of Uruk, the modern-day Iraq, around 2500 BC. According to the Sumerian list of kings, he reigned for 126 years. The Torah or Old Testament records Methuselah as living over 900 years, with life spans measured in centuries apparently commonplace before the time of Noah.
Throughout the development of scientific thought from the Reformation onwards, scholars have applied themselves to solving this riddle and these endeavors continue today at the very leading edge of scientific progress.
As the secrets of our existence are unraveled in ever more minute detail, we are beginning to understand what it is that makes us grow from tiny babies into adults. We now know, for example, that cell functions slow down as the body ages and that production of certain substances required by the body to regenerate decrease or cease completely.
Skin, for instance, needs two substances to retain strength and firmness.
The production of these substances namely collagen (strength, tightness) and elastin (flexibility) decreases with age. The decreases in production together with other factors that include the threat of free radicals make the skin age and become wrinkly. Free radicals are essentially incomplete oxygen molecules causing destructive chain reactions within cells.
The same kind of thing happens in every cell, every tissue and organ around the human body. For example, people develop frown lines, crow’s feet and wrinkles. Nutrients are no longer absorbed easily and vital cell functions, hormones and other substances are produced at decreased rates resulting in the body aging.
A Brief History of the Life Extension Movement
Science has been looking for ways to slow down this process for centuries. The forming of life extension movements, however, did not really begin until around 1970.
â¢ In this year, Denham Harman, the originator of the so-called ‘free radical theory of aging’, decided that an organization dedicated to the research and information sharing between scientists working in biogerontology (the field of science concerned with the biological aspects involved in the aging process) was needed. As a result, the American Aging Association was formed.
â¢ In 1976, two futurists, Philip Gordon and Joel Kurtzman wrote a book on the research into extending the human lifespan. This popular volume was titled ‘No More Dying. The Conquest Of Aging And The Extension Of Human Life’.
â¢ Kurtzman was then invited to speak at Florida’s House Select Committee (HSC) of Aging, which was chaired by Claude Pepper, an American politician and spokesman for the elderly. The aim of this talk was to discuss the impact on Social Security by life extension.
â¢ In 1980, Saul Kent, a prominent activist in the field of life extension, published the book ‘The Life Extension Revolution’ and founded the nutraceutical (from ‘nutrition’ and ‘pharmaceutical’, in other words, a nutrition supplement) firm known as ‘The Life Extension Foundation’.
This foundation is a non-profit making organization promoting dietary supplements and publishing the periodical ‘Life Extension Magazine’. Kent was later involved in work relating to cryogenics. He was jailed in the course of this work over a dispute at one point, although charges were dropped at a later stage.
â¢ In 1982, American health writer and life extension advocate Sandy Shaw and her co-writer, Durk Pearson, popularized the term ‘life extension’ even further with the bestseller ‘Life Extension: A Practical Scientific Approach’.
â¢ Roy Walford, a gerontologist and life-extensionist, published ‘Maximum Lifespan’, another popular book on the subject. He and Richard Weindruch, his student, followed this up in 1988 with their summary on the research they had conducted into the ability to prolong the life of rodents through calorie restriction. The title of this book is ‘The Retardation of Aging and Disease by Dietary Restriction’.
Although this ability to extend life with calorie restriction had been known since the 1930’s, when gerontologist, biochemist and nutritionist Clive McCay did some research into the subject, it was the work of Walford and Weinbruch that gave solid scientific grounding to the McCay’s findings.
Walford’s scientific work was driven by a personal interest in life extension. He practiced calorie restriction as part of his own life and eventually died at the age of 80. The cause of his death was amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a progressive motor neuron disease.
â¢ A4M, the ‘American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine’ was founded in 1992 to create a medical specialty for anti aging that was distinctly separate from geriatrics. This allowed scientists and physicians interested in this particular field of science to hold conferences and discuss the latest developments.
â¢ The sci.life-extension, a Usenet group, was created by California-born author, philosopher and translator Brian M. Delaney. This represented an important development within the movement of life extension. It made it possible, for example, for the CR (Calorie Restriction) Society to be created.
â¢ A more recent development is the proposal of Dr A. de Grey, a biogerontologist at Cambridge University. This proposal suggested that damage to cells, macromolecules, organs and tissues can be repaired with the help of advanced biotechnology. This is evident in hair restoration products, for instance.
More than Books
Although it would appear that most of the work revolving around life extension has been done solely by writing books or founding societies or organizations of some kind or another, the reality is that these books were written in response to or based on very specific, detailed scientific research that have yielded positive results.
They are no longer the works of hopeful minds, but the works of dedicated scientists who have spent their lives working on discovering facts about aging and trying to find ways to slow down, or even reverse the process.
Many breakthroughs have been made, and in many ways, we are already able to extend lives to a certain extent. The average lifespan of a human being is already far greater than it used to be as a result of medical, pharmaceutical and nutritional advances brought about by research and development.
The work continues, and scientists around the world are continually conducting research, comparing results, discussing options and making advances on our behalf.
Driving Forces behind the Development of the Life Extension Movement
What factors are driving this movement into ever greater efforts to find solutions to the extension of Life? The answer to this question actually includes a whole range of factors.
Expectations Have Risen
As the ‘baby boomer’ generation (born between 1946-1964) enters retirement age, expectations of this group are dramatically different from those of the preceding generations. They have greater expectations and desires to enjoy their life as pensioners to the fullest and for as long as is possible. This expectation covers not only length of life, but quality of life as well and this is not a passive request but an active and strident demand in many cases.
Progress in pharmacology has led to a wide selection of drugs that allow people to live longer and fuller lives being developed over the last two decades or so. The work is still very much in progress and many more drugs are being developed daily.
One of the classic examples of a drug raising the quality of life for older individuals are erectile dysfunction treatments – notably Viagra, Cialis and Levitra. These drugs have dramatically reduced the number of fatalities or serious injury resulting from elderly men rolling out of bed, as well as a number of more qualitative benefits.
Advances in Genetics
Some of the latest scientific research and subsequent advances made in biotechnology and genetics are providing some hope that it may be possible to hold back some of the fundamental causes of aging.
As we outlined previously, chromosomes containing DNA strings are essentially capped with a binding substance known as telomeres. In effect, the telomeres are consumed during cell division and over time, they become shorter and shorter.
This was first observed by a scientist called Leonard Hayflick, and the process of limited cell division was subsequently named the Hayflick Limit. Advocates of life extension work on the thought that lengthening the telomeres through drugs or gene therapy may ultimately extend the Hayflick Limit and thereby fool the cells, and as such the body, into ‘thinking’ it is younger than it actually is.
Developments in Precision Manufacture
Advances made in the fields of nanotechnology, miniaturization, computer chips and robotics also provide hope for potentially life extending solutions.
In the 1970’s, a popular TV series starred Lee Majors as the ‘Six Million Dollar Man’? Science fiction then. Today, it is science fact. Millions of people now walk through life with artificial ankle, knee and hip joints and healthy feet. A generation ago, mass production of this kind of technology was a distant dream.
The same applies to many individuals with artificial limbs. Artificial legs used to be crude wooden contraptions that were just able to keep a person balanced. Today’s artificial limbs are almost fully functional.
The Blessings of Medical Progress
Who would have thought even 50 years ago that it would become possible to bypass a coronary artery, or even replace a heart completely? Yet there are hundreds of thousands, if not millions of individuals enjoying their lives after having this kind of surgery – few of whom would be alive just half a century ago.
Millions of people no longer have to wear glasses, because of the availability of laser surgery. This, too, was science fiction just a few years ago. Today, it is advertised next to shampoo in magazines and on TV.
In other words, science is moving rapidly towards not only extending life, but making the quality of these extra years better as well.
Is it Science, Science Fiction or Lunacy?
What should the average person believe? This question is almost as difficult to answer as finding solutions to extended life. Even among scientists, opinions are divided. Some do believe that extending the quality of life is as possible as extending life in general.
Others brush off the thought as un-scientific nonsense. This is often simply based on the fear of anything ‘new’ disturbing the status quo of established limits. Fortunately, real scientists do keep on looking, because if every single scientist had decided that some of the advancements already in medical, pharmaceutical and technological fields could not be possible, we would all still be dying at 30.
So where does that leave us?
There is no doubt what-so-ever that there are many charlatans out there trying to make a quick buck out of people’s desire to retain their youth. Even today, many products being sold in their millions are essentially non-effective – often given fantastic names and have the most bewildering ingredients to make them look scientific to consumers and justify their cost.
But the facts are while many advancements are being made and research points to the possibility of eventually finding the key to maintaining youth for longer, the scientific community is still warning the public that many of the products being sold today are unreliable to say the least.
â¢ Although food supplements may assist in keeping a body healthier – something that can often be achieved by simply adopting a healthier life style and diet – there is as yet no categorical and undeniable proof that they slow down aging as such.
â¢ The same goes for many hormone treatments. Although they may have a short term effect of some kind, it is not yet scientifically proven that they will actually work in the long run. The fear that it may not work is based on the fact that taking hormones, a good example is the hormonal acne treatment, will ultimately actually slow down the body’s own production of these hormones.
In addition, many treatments may have potential (and yet unknown) side effects in the long run that could be harmful to the user’s health. This includes the fears that such hormone treatments could increase the risk of cancer, diabetes and other major illnesses.
â¢ Other ideas, like the calorie restriction method, are working for rodents. In fact, studies conducted with rats on 30 to 50 per cent restricted diets have shown to almost double the life span of rats.
Similar studies conducted on primates have also shown tendency to extend life to a certain extent and prevent a list of age related illnesses. There are as yet no studies on humans, although some are actually living on calorie restricted diets. Whether this will prolong their lives, however, is a question of having to wait and see.
The theory is that by reducing calorie intake, the metabolism of the body is slowed down, thereby slowing the aging process as well. Nutritionists say there is a certain amount of calories a body of a certain size and weight needs to have to maintain health. Reducing this amount by up to 50 per cent is hardly a good idea in the long term.
Time will tell, as they say, but how will anyone be able to tell the difference? If a person lives to the age of 80, is this because they are on this diet or would they have lived to this age anyway?
Where Will This Lead?
Many believe there is realistic hope and expectation of making significant strides in the area of longevity within the next two decades. This group typically believes the answer will ultimately lie within genetics and biotechnology. It is too early to make definite predictions, but the research so far shows promise and, as mentioned earlier, some of the results of this research are already being used in certain treatments to improve patients’ lives.
At present, overall aging is difficult to slow down, to say the least. Some products indicate they will assist in maintaining overall health/longevity, but the area we are seeing the first commercial products being developed is in the area of skin care and given the size of this market, it is likely that this will continue to be the weather-vane of longevity treatments.
Science or Snake Oil?
It will be difficult to tell these two apart for many years. Charlatans are likely to about, because it is difficult to disprove many theories easily. Equally difficult will be positive proof from those with an ethical perspective on the trail of a real breakthrough, as products based on valid research and using technology or ingredients that will actually have an effect rarely promise overnight results. This is something that anyone looking to find improved youthful looks, etc, will have to bear in mind. None of these products can perform miracles. Even the best of them will take time and regular use in order to achieve the desired effect.
The bottom line is that where we stand now, we can be sure there are some things which are ineffective or even harmful; there are some that show some promise and there are some that are starting to cross the line of being able to demonstrate results – albeit modestly at this point.
In the meantime, it is wise to research products very carefully and to refuse to be baffled by weird and wonderful sounding ingredients or fantastic sounding promises of instant youth. Regeneration will take time – let’s face it, it has taken a lifetime to get to this point, turning back the clock can never be possible over night.
Skin Care and the Life Extension Movement
One may well ask just what all this, and in particular the life extension movement as such, could possibly have to do with skin care, health and beauty products. The fact is, much of the research into life extension is resulting in new approaches to skin care as a kind of by-product.
A greater understanding of how genetics and cellular processes affect the aging and condition of skin allows these research and development teams to investigate different compounds, their compatibility with human cells and genetic make up.
Many compounds found in nature are not just compatible to human skin but in fact the skin cells actually have natural receptors for these compounds. Because life extension research has discovered these receptors, skin care developers can now use this knowledge and create the formulae for their products to provide maximum effect.
Another skin care ‘by-product’ of life extension research is the use of nanotechnology. The use of nanotechnology, or, to be more precise, nanoparticles, has had a huge impact on the way nutrients and other components of skin care products are being delivered to the skin cells. In some ways, nanotechnology has already revolutionized skin care. It is now possible to use active ingredients previously difficult to effectively deliver to the skin, as well as making old, proven ingredients even more effective. Some ingredients used in cosmetics for hundreds, if not thousands of years by certain cultures can now be even more effectively used to improve skin condition and maintain a healthy, youthful look.
Even the moisturizing effect of skin care products can be improved with nantechnology. For this effect, so-called nanosomes are used. Nanosomes are small, pocket-like particles that melt or disintegrate on skin contact. By doing this, the moisturising effect is accelerated, assisting the skin faster and more efficiently.
Nanotechnology plays a key part not only in slowing the aging of skin, but is believed to actively assist in repairing and healing skin cells and tissue.
Another breakthrough in life extension research that is beginning to make itself felt in skin care products is the research into stem cells. Stem cells are elements of all life, plant, animal and human. Stem cells have two properties other cells do not have. These properties are the ability to develop into any kind of cell type and the ability to divide almost indefinitely. The use of plant stem cell extracts in skin care is likely to become one of the next ‘big things’ in the industry. And prepare for the debate when human stem cells are proposed as part of an anti-aging skincare regime, as will inevitably occur!
One thing we can be certain of, is that science will continue to search for answers to the question of life extension, and business will drive the commercialization of discoveries. But whether these lead us to a utopian future or potentially a minefield of strife as we debate who will use and who will benefit from these new godlike powers. In the meantime, at a practical level in the skincare, health and beauty industry we remain hopeful and expectant we will see the emergence of products that not only promise results, but produce them.
David Christensen is a veteran of Asia Pacific business, currently residing in Bangkok, Thailand and heading up the business he was a co-founder of, Royal Siam Natural Health & Beauty – who can be located at [http://www.royalsiam.asia], and the information supporting site at [http://www.royalsiam.info]. Royal Siam was established after careful planning in early 2011, spending 2011 concentrating on building the necessary business infrastructure and concentrating on the domestic Thai market. Early in 2012 Royal Siam launched its international website and online store, and in April 2012 publicly declared the ambition to be among the world’s top 20 premium health and beauty brands by the year 2020. Royal Siam is a unique business, operating in the premium skincare, anti aging, and related fields. At its core, one mission is to commercialize and bring to a global market the immense wealth of knowledge about the healing and beneficial properties of Thai and South East Asian plants – a knowledge base carefully built up over the last thousand years. At the same time, the mission is to bring to market the very latest in scientific advances in the area of anti aging… resulting in the unique position of having a Thai heritage and offering the best of nature, tradition, and science.
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Treat them like a person, not a patient
New living systems developmental model of care shifts the focus of treating Alzheimer’s disease and other debilitating illnesses
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – Donald H. Ford observed that advanced Alzheimer’s patients, like his mother-in-law, are typically bored and lonely, and often depressed, frightened or angry. His professional knowledge convinced him it didn’t have to be that way. When Alzheimer’s struck his wife, he created a scientifically based alternative form of Alzheimer’s care that enabled her to still have a satisfying life.
Ford shares this revolutionary plan he used with his wife, Carol in the new book Carol’s Alzheimer’s Journey: Treat Them Like a Person, Not a Patient. He is an experienced psychology professional and developed a living systems developmental model for care that incorporates an individual’s humanity. It helps patients live a meaningful and pleasurable life, despite their limitations. Carol’s Alzheimer’s Journey is a guide for caregivers of senior citizens with serious limitations to improve their care receivers’ quality of life.
“Traditional medical model caregiving focuses on what’s wrong with a person and tries to fix it. However, when what is wrong can’t be fixed, the caregiver can’t succeed and that’s discouraging,” Ford says. “In Our developmental model of care, the focus is on what the person can still do and on designing experiences from which they get satisfaction.”
As people continue to gain more awareness of Alzheimer’s disease and other seriously debilitating diseases, plans like the model in Carol’s Alzheimer’s Journey become more relevant. Based on his professional research, Ford believes that a person always functions as an integrated unit, so a model was needed that combined the biological, psychological, behavioral, social and contextual aspects of a person’s patterns of behavior when planning for elder care. Carol’s Alzheimer’s Journey asks society to adopt the view that it is not enough to focus on keeping senior citizens alive and “warehousing them” until they die.
Ford’s plan in Carol’s Alzheimer’s Journey is a person-centered quality of care focus. It replaces the traditional medical emphasis on what is wrong with the person with a positive emphasis on using their remaining capabilities to create a satisfying life, despite limitations.
Carol’s Alzheimer’s Journey: Treat Them Like a Person, Not a Patient
By Donald H. Ford
ISBN: 978-1-3008-0321-8 (sc); 978-1-3009-9178-6 (e)
Approximately 564 pages
Available at www.LuLu.com, www.amazon.com and www.barnesandnoble.com.
About the author
Donald H. Ford earned a Bachelor of Science, Master of Science and doctorate degrees in mathematics and psychology from KansasState and PennsylvaniaStateUniversities. He spent the first 10 years of his career creating a new kind of psychological and developmental services program at PennState for students and their families. Then PennState asked him to create a new kind of college called Health and Human Development. It stimulated other universities to develop similar colleges. After 10 years as Dean, he resigned and returned to his first love of teaching, scholarly and professional work. He published seven books about psychotherapy and human development.
TERRY MURPHY RECOGNIZED AS SHARE HUMANITARIAN OF THE MONTH
Terry Murphy, a longtime local businesswoman and community leader who is president of Strategic Solutions and serves as president of Downtown Las Vegas Alliance, is the SHARE Humanitarian for the month of May for her volunteering efforts with Veterans Village, The Rape Crisis Center and the Variety Early Leaning Center Lorenzi Campus.TERRY MURPHY RECOGNIZED AS SHARE HUMANITARIAN OF THE MONTH
Murphy also serves as Honorary Consul for the Republic of Ireland and as a board member of The Smith Center for the Performing Arts.
Each month, SHARE honors those in the community who give without hesitation to help others in need. Murphy was selected for this honor from the more than 1,500 SHARE volunteers in Southern Nevada.
SHARE is involved with raising funds for various social causes including housing assistance and neighborhood support service programs.
SHARE is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1994 by business executives dedicated to providing affordable housing for individuals in need. During its nearly 20 year history, the organization has served hundreds of families, seniors, veterans and those with physical challenges or terminal illnesses. sharelasvegas.org
About Veterans Village:
Veterans Village is located at 1150 Las Vegas Boulevard in a repurposed Econo Lodge motel. It serves as a temporary housing facility for U.S. veterans and their families and provides a comprehensive and holistic roster of services to help vets heal and succeed. Services are provided through public and private collaborative partnerships with community organizations and government agencies and include housing, nutrition, life skills training, employment training and referrals, continuing education and degree programs, exercise training, medical services, mental health counseling and special veteran-centric activities and events. Veterans Village is managed by SHARE, a 501(c)3 organization founded in 1994 by Arnold Stalk and Karin Rogers to provide affordable housing for individuals in need. SHARE oversees all operations of services for Veterans Village residents. www.vvlv.org
About The Rape Crisis Center:
The Rape Crisis Center (RCC) is a non-profit organization founded in 1974 by Florence McClure and Sandra Petta as the Community Action Against Rape (CAAR) with the goal of helping those in Clark County heal from the trauma of sexual violence. Today, The Rape Crisis Center operates a 24/7 crisis hot line for sexual assault victims and provides counseling, advocacy and support to help victims begin the healing process and navigate the legal system. The RCC is also committed to the prevention of sexual assault through educational programs and community outreach. To assist victims to become survivors, the organization depends on a core base of dedicated volunteers and staff. These individuals are empathetic and enthusiastic people who give their time, energy, and personal sacrifice to continue to serve Clark County’s victims of sexual violence. This service is provided through face-to-face and over-the- phone intervention with newly victimized individuals.The Rape Crisis Center hotline number is 888-366-1640. For more information, visit www.therapecrisiscenter.org.
Private health insurance for senior citizens is very hard to come by. As you get older, it becomes more prevalent that commercial insurance companies don’t want to cover older Americans. Since the creation of Medicare, there is no incentive to cover senior citizens because most buy into the Medicare system any way. Even though this may be true, there are still some older Americans who need to buy private health insurance. So let’s take a look at some of the main reasons why getting insurance for them can be difficult.
Your Age Is a Dominant Factor.
There are a number of reasons why senior citizens can’t get health coverage. For starters, a lot of health insurance companies look at your age. When people start getting over the age of 50, they are prone to have more illnesses, they see the doctor more often, and they might have more hospital stays. So the risks of insuring an older person far outweigh the benefits. We all age so why is this such an important factor?
The Cost Of Insuring An Older Person Is High.
Due to the fact that the elderly are prone to so many conditions and will need so much care, there are many companies who consider them to be a big risk. The average hospital stay of a person over the age of 50 is longer than some one in their 20’s and 30’s. Younger people heal and recover a lot quicker then older adults so their cost per treatment is less. Insurance companies know approximately how much they have to pay out for each age group and take all these things into consideration when pricing policies.
Pre-Existing Conditions are Not Insurable.
If you have a pre-existing condition like diabetes or high blood pressure, it is most of the time not insurable. May be with the new health care reform this will change. However, what does a pre-existing condition tell an insurance company? It tells them that you may not do a good job in taking care of yourself or you have bad eating habits. So why insure someone who could have possibly prevented such conditions by not drinking, not smoking, and not overeating. This may not be fair but insurance companies are in the business of making money for their investors.
Affordability May Be A Problem.
The last thing that you will find is that many times, senior citizens can’t afford the insurance. Even if they find a company willing to insure them, many are retired and are on a limited income. The cost of premiums alone can eat up any retirement check or pension income. Many have to choose between insurance or keeping a roof over their heads.
Getting health insurance for senior citizens is still a big problem for many. Many have never paid into the social security system and are not eligible for medicare and private insurance is way too expensive. Hopefully, the new health care reform will address many of these issues otherwise what options do these seniors have.
Getting good Health Insurance Information to stay update with the ever changing laws can be difficult. Visit www.healthbenefitstoday.com to get all the fact before you make a decision to purchase health insurance.
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When you are more than fifty years of age, it is natural that your requirements for medical assistance increases. Periodical visits to Medical centers become important now for safeguarding you from health problems and also for making it possible for you to recoup should you fall ill. Until now, you had been keeping mostly healthy and your own medical requirements have either been paid by your company or organization or effortlessly been managed with your earnings and savings.
Now that you are contemplating to retire and enjoy life, this is the time to consider choosing a health insurance policy for senior citizens to take care of your (and your spouse’s) health-related expenditures. Here are some more points to consider:
- Hospital Expenses tend to be skyrocketing these days particularly since most of us have the tendency to choose treatment in branded Private Hospitals. This can create a dent on your retirement savings in the event you do not have medical insurance for senior citizens.
- For anyone who is preparing to retire and survive on pension or interest earnings from savings, a medical emergency can lead to a monetary crisis. To steer clear of this, it is advisable to consider a comprehensive policy of health insurance.
- The medical coverage, which you had in the course of your career, generally ceases when you retire. Suitable Medical insurance can replace this insurance cover.
- It may not be a good idea to count on your children to avail their employee/group insurance for you as this insurance cover would also cease when they happen to change occupation.
- Pre existing ailments are excluded from health related insurance for senior citizens for a period of two to four years in most instances. If you join early, you can avail the policy even for treatment of existing illness (after the stipulated period), before the illness develop into a serious one.
- If you are confused as a result of the countless choices available in the field of insurance available to senior citizens, do not hesitate to seek guidance of an independent insurance adviser.
- In normal instances, for availing insurance, medical checkups are essential for anyone above 45. In case you are reluctant to undergo such tests, you will even be able to find policies, which are provided without these tests. Nevertheless, it is best to declare your pre-existing illnesses truthfully, to steer clear of rejection of your future claims.
- Please be aware that recently Government of India has issued some stipulations (July 1, 2009) which makes it mandatory for all health insurance companies to refund 50% of the expenses made by you on medical tests related to the policy, in case they accept your policy.
- Government of India has also issued guidelines that every health insurance company has to offer insurance coverage for individuals up to 65 years of age. There is also a provision for shifting insurers if you are not satisfied with the current provider.
Please keep it in mind that there is a great deal of differences in terms and conditions in the policies of health insurance for senior citizens provided by various companies. You will even find companies which even offer “No age restriction for enrollment” and “assured renewal for life”. Take your time to choose a suitable health insurance policy which meets your personal needs.
Wish you a happy, healthy and enjoyable time after 50.
KV Gopalakrishnan Senior Citizens Consultant
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Short term insurance has become very popular over the recent years as it is a cheaper and affordable insurance option for many people. When it comes to insurance polices there are many to choose from. There are companies that provide a host of insurance policies and at times it is difficult to choose the ideal one for you. For people over 65 years of age it becomes even more difficult because they are not aware of the right plans for themselves and they fear the amount of premium that they need to pay as the amount for insurance policy increases with age. If you are over 65 years this may sound depressing for you however the good news is that there are many short term health insurance plans that are offered by insurance companies for their benefit and welfare.
The above insurance companies offer the best policies that are less expensive for them. These companies have two sets of health insurance policies that are available for people under 65 and the next set for people over 65. The insurance policies that have been framed for senior citizens by Medicare are short term insurance policies that have been targeted for the welfare of these citizens. There are certain cholesterol levels, blood pressure, family history, height, weight and other considerations that are taken into account for these citizens. In fact, the above policy considerations are more liberal than the ones that are made for younger adults. These citizens can reap the benefits of short term health insurance polices that have been made keeping their needs in mind.
The term insurance policy intended for senior citizens offer the best rates and helps them save significant money. The short term insurance is also called a temporary insurance that provides health insurance for a limited period only. The time period can be as short as a month and can also go up to 6 to 12 months as well. The term health insurance works in the same way as the long term health insurance. The coverage between the two is different and in the case of the former the person gets a health card that will possess limits and the deductibles on the services of the policy. Such a short term insurance policy provides you with the advantages of an insurance against accidents and illnesses only for a limited period.
The short term health insurance plan for senior citizens do not contain pre-existing conditions and preventive care. The pre-existing condition is a medical problem that a person suffers from before he or she goes into insurance. These short term health insurance plans are specially designed to provide protection against major health problems that a senior citizen faces.
Thus, from the above it is evident that the above short term health insurance have been specially designed for the purpose of senior citizens and they can avail all the benefits and the advantages of the polices that have been offered to them with ease.
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Senior citizen health insurance becomes a necessity as Medicare alone might be insufficient unless you have a good savings plan or 401K during working years. Retirement is a time when you get away from the daily grind and do things that you love to do. However, when you consider the cost of a senior citizen health insurance plan and added medications versus the fixed income of the retirees, the picture looks quite bleak. Why is senior citizen health insurance so expensive to secure? Is there anything that can be done to help the situation?
Getting an insurance policy is paying against a calculated risk. People get hurt or sick, and the insurance company takes this risk into consideration when calculating the premium. The greater the risks, the higher the premium.
With increasing age, people are more susceptible to illness and injury. Illnesses such as hypertension and diabetes require long term care and medication, hence increasing the overall cost. Age is seen as a high risk factor to the profitability of the insurance company. This results in the premiums for senior citizen health insurance being higher.
However, there are some ways to help you prepare for this. When setting up your 401K savings plan, make sure that you take into consideration both the cost of living after retirement and the cost of health care. Include the projected costs for the premium payments for the senior citizen health insurance.
Sign up for the plan prior to retirement as the plan will be less expensive if you are younger at the beginning of the policy. Check the details to verify that the plan covers everything that you want and is compatible with Medicare. Your chosen plan should be supplemental to government provisions and is not intended to replace them. Always read the policy carefully before signing the acceptance of the policy.
While this may seem like an extreme expense, the additional coverage provided by these policies is worth paying for considering the kind of expenses that might be incurred.
When purchasing the senior citizen health insurance cover, shop around to get the best possible rates and coverage for your needs.
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Are you a senior citizen? Medical science told us that there are ailments associated with age. You’ll agree with me that it is virtually unheard of for youngsters to complain of illnesses like osteoporosis, high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, arthritis and certain cancers. But these are mostly the health challenges of older adults. As a senior citizen, you need to know that you can effectively manage these diseases through healthy eating. Let me show you how.
Fluids. Naturally, you’ll observe, in most cases, that the skin and the entire body frame of older adults shrink as they get older and older. This is as a result of the fact that they tend to dehydrate so easily, which may not be unconnected with their inability to feel thirsty most of the time. As a senior citizen therefore, you should form the habit of constantly ingesting water and fruit juices into your system.
Proteins. Proteins are body-building foods. They are also in the business of repair and or replenishment of worn-out body cells and tissues. The healthy proteins for senior citizens include eggs, lean meats, turkey or poultry and fish. From these, minerals such as calcium, zinc and iron, greatly needed by the elderly can be sourced.
Carbohydrates. Carbohydrates are energy-giving foods. It is a known secret that senior citizens need a lot of energy derivable from this kind of foods in order to sustain their ability to perform basic daily activities like dressing, bathing, etc. Whole grains, cereals and their derivatives form excellent diets for them. And more so, with some fibre content in the foods, these older folks will be less exposed to constipation.
Fats. Only unsaturated fat foods, as in lean meats, fish, low-fat diary products, avocados, nuts and seeds, should be taken by senior citizens. The reason being that other fats contain HDL kind of cholesterol that can aggravate blood pressures, thereby putting their heart conditions at very high risk.
Moderate Exercise. Man shall not leave by bread alone. Our senior citizens need some bit of exercises – taking a walk, light gardening, riding bicycles, etc – which can help them burn off calories thereby reducing weight; improving heart and lung functions, and ultimately engender overall feeling of well-being. It is important to note, however, that before they embark on any form of exercises, their doctors must be aware.
If our senior citizens can strive to adopt the above healthy lifestyles or habits, I guarantee their good health even though, for sure, their health cannot be as it used to be when they were younger. Healthy eating is a gateway to a healthy, long life and the case of our senior citizens cannot be different.
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Experts are saying that senior citizens of today are a lot healthier than the elderly a few decades ago. Not only are they getting sick less, but they are also more active. They are living fuller lives, something that the old folks in the past couldn’t have done.
What the Numbers Say
Statistics show than one third of all seniors need medical attention in a hospital annually. The reasons for hospitalization are very varied, but most of it is caused by the declining condition of their bodies. The fact remains however, that life expectancy is on the rise.
What Increased Life Expectancy Means
The increase in life expectancy means that people people would need care for a longer period. Though they are living longer years, it does not mean that they are immune from the more common ailments. Even if they don’t get sick, their body conditions really aren’t at their top forms anymore.
Common Reasons for Hospitalization
When a person becomes a senior citizen, the chances of being hospitalized are increased. There are two major reasons why a person can be hospitalized, these are due to injuries and heart problems.
Common Senior Citizen Injuries
Falls are the most common causes of injuries for the elderly. As people grow older, the chances of falling are greatly increased. Half of all those who are over 80 are likely to experience falling at some point.
The most common type of injury for seniors who have fallen is a hip injury. It accounts for more than 40% of all the injuries that seniors suffer because of falls
We all know that as people start to age, their bones become a lot weaker. This would account for the brittleness of the bones. When a person who doesn’t have a strong structure falls, the bones could easily break.
Other Types of Injuries
There are other types of injuries that seniors are prone to getting. These include injuries from motor vehicle accidents, poisoning from medications and fires. Their frail physical conditions can make them suffer more from these injuries. It is important that they be given immediate medical attention should they suffer from any of them.
Illness among Senior Citizens
When it comes to illnesses, heart problems are the most common reasons why seniors get hospitalized. These problems include heart attacks and strokes. When seniors exhibit signs and symptoms of any heart ailment, they should be brought to the hospital right away so they can be treated.
Something as simple as flu can cause the hospitalization of a senior. In their stage in life, a simple flu can cause a great deal of problems already. It should be treated right away so that it won’t get any worse or cause other conditions.
These are the most common reasons why seniors get taken to a hospital. If you are living with a member of your family who is a senior citizen, then you should know about these things so you can take better care of them. You can also share what you’ve learned to make them aware of the health risks.
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If you are a senior citizen and do not have health insurance, the thought of having to go to an emergency room in case of illness may be troubling you. You should have planned for your retirement but if you did not include the details of having Health Insurance after you retire, you are at the mercy of the ER and without coverage you may even have to forego treatment. For many people in the US, health care costs often result in bankruptcy even when they have insurance because not all illnesses are covered by the policy. When it can happen to the people who have insurance, it can be a nightmare for those who do not have it.
In recent months, the issue of health insurance for senior citizens has received extraordinary coverage and attention in the US because of President Obama’s plan to have universal health care available to all citizens. This measure from the Obama administration has drawn critics and supporters alike and the battle lines are drawn in an increasingly bitter battle. The issue at stake is whether there should be a public option that would enable the senior citizens access to health care provided for by the government. The public option does not guarantee free coverage but includes an option for the employers and the government to provide for an eventuality.
Senior citizens need healthcare and they need it more than the other age groups as they need access to quality medical assistance because of their advancing age that makes them vulnerable to disease and disability. It is for this reason that medical care in many countries is free for senior citizens and they have access to the best medical facilities. Likewise, the US should also have a health care system that provides for its senior citizens and ensures that they get proper treatment for their various ailments.
In the context of the baby boomers retiring in large numbers and without the proper tools for some of them to plan adequately for their retirement and health care, there should be a comprehensive plan for access to medical coverage by the insurance companies as well as the government. There are several insurance companies that have special plans for senior citizens as they allow for the coverage with all facilities provided for them. However, there are other companies that do not encourage coverage for senior citizens on the grounds that they are a high risk category and hence the premiums do not justify coverage. There are some commentators who call for an old age premium to be placed on the coverage plan so that senior citizens can get coverage at the rates provided by the insurers, albeit with a premium.
The point that is being made here is that senior citizens better plan for their retirement when they are in their forties and fifties so that they do not become a burden on their children and that they retain coverage beyond retirement and after they are well into their sixties.
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Healthy Eating and Lifestyle
While it is important for people of all ages to stay healthy, it is especially important for senior citizens to maintain healthy eating habits as well as to stay active which is important in the prevention of chronic illnesses like diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. By practicing healthier living practices, senior citizens can maintain a healthy weight, avoid depression, and stay mentally sharp. Those participating in caring for the elderly should be aware of these healthy living practices and work to both encourage and facilitate them.
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, a healthy diet includes many different types of food that are rich in nutrients. They have outlined specifically what this eating plan entails at the website.. Because this eating plan is designed specifically for senior citizens, it focuses on the types of foods that are important for preventing common ailments of older Americans like obesity and serious chronic illnesses.
Healthy Eating 101:
By following some of the tips listed, senior citizens can start a healthier lifestyle today:
- Don’t skip meals. It is important to eat regularly in order to maintain normal metabolism and not become tempted to eat higher fat foods when food is consumed.
- Eat a diet that is high in fiber. By eating foods like whole-grain breads, beans, vegetables, and fruits, you can lower your susceptibility to diabetes and heart disease.
- Senior citizens especially should begin to adjust their diet to one that includes less calories and fat because the body will need less as it ages.
- Calcium and Vitamin D are very important for nutrition and keeping bones strong. You can get this by either getting in at least three servings of dairy every day, or substituting these with soy-based beverages and proteins.
- Senior citizens will have a harder time absorbing adequate amounts of the B12 vitamin. For this reason, it is important to eat cereals fortified with this nutrient or taking vitamin B12 supplements with meals.
- Snack the smart way. Senior citizens will want to limit the amount of unhealthy snacking they do which involves foods high in calories and sugars. Instead, keep small portions of dried fruit, peanut butter, or crackers at hand to keep the appetite under control while remaining healthy.
- Drink plenty of water. Although senior citizens often feel less thirsty then they used to, it is important to stay hydrated by either drinking water or water-based beverages like tea, coffee, soup, and skim milk.
Planning and Preparing Meals
Sometimes people find it hard to eat healthily because eating is often a social event which involves many people with different eating preferences and goals. While it is important to be able to enjoy a meal with family and friends, it is also important to maintain your own eating integrity by making sure everyone is on board with your personal healthy eating goals. Friends and family, as well as those providing elder care should facilitate healthy eating, not detour from it. The following tips address ways that senior citizens can maintain the healthy eating habits without sacrificing the social aspect of sharing a meal with others or learning to adjust to a lifestyle that involves eating with less people on a day-to-day basis.
- Grocery shopping with others. This can be a fun and smart way to control the cost and quantity of food that you consume. If you don’t live with many people, this is a good way to split large-quantity items like potatoes and eggs which you may not be ableto use before expiration.
- A time saving a smart way to eat healthy is cooking large quantities of food ahead of time and portioning for heating on later dates.
- A quick way to prepare meals for yourself or for guests involves keeping frozen or canned fruits and vegetables on hand. Draining and/or rinsing canned foods is a good way to lower sodium or calories in foods that are kept in high sugar or high salt fluids.
- Eating or preparing a meal shouldn’t always be a chore. Trying new recipes or eating outside can be a fun new twist on a meal with someone special.
- Try to eat with people you enjoy to be around.
- Some senior citizens have difficulty preparing meals, which is why it is important to become informed about home health care agencies or eldercare facilities that can aid in providing meals. The Eldercare Locator number is 1-800-677-1116.
Loss of Appetite or Desire to Eat
There are various reasons for why some senior citizens may not eat as well as they should or lose the desire to eat completely.
If you find that it is difficult to eat well, then it is best to speak with a healthcare provider or someone involved in your elder care about what can be done to help you eat better.
Some senior citizens are unable to eat well due to issues involving the condition of their teeth or issues with dentures. Checking with a dentist about physical pain that occurs when eating or other issues can help with these issues that lead to poorer eating habits.
When senior citizens lose family and friends or become depressed about events in their life, they may lose the desire to eat. In these instances, it is of the utmost importance that these individuals seek help from people they trust like their family, friends, church community, or those assisting with their elder care that will happily help them in finding ways to continue a healthy lifestyle and eating plan.
Some senior citizens complain that the flavor of foods change when they begin to take certain medications. While it is best to consult with a physician about issues surrounding medication, people can also take vitamin supplements with food that will help them stay healthy.
If you have someone who assists with your in home care, ask them to be vigilant about helping you eat healthy. Have them remind you to eat, and ask them to lend you a hand in preparing meals that are good for you.
Maintaining a healthy weight is important for being able to function in day-to-day life as well as stay mentally sharp. Senior citizens often lose or gain weigh as they age. If you are unsure about what weight you should maintain, consult your physician.
Health Risks Associated with Being Underweight
- poor memory
- compromised immunity
- osteoporosis (weak bones)
- decreases strength
- hypothermia (lowered body temperature)
Health Risks Associated with Being Overweight
- type 2 diabetes
- high blood pressure
- high cholesterol
- heart disease
- stroke (lack of oxygen transported to the brain)
- some cancers
- gallbladder disease
Because healthy weights will differ for everyone, it is important to verify with a physician whether it is healthy for you personally to lose or gain weight.
Participating in regular healthy amounts of physical activity can not only make you feel better, but it can make you less prone to diabetes, heart disease, and colon cancer. Staying active can be difficult for senior citizens, still it is an important part of a healthy lifestyle.
The following are some tips for maintaining a lifestyle that incorporates physical activity:
- Know what amount of physical activity is appropriate for you. Everyone has different levels of activity that is safe for them, and while remaining active is important, always consult a health care provider about what is right for your lifestyle.
- Take time to warm up, cool down, or take breaks when participating in a session of increased physical activity.
- Take it slow. Always start slowly and build up to more intense levels of physical activities.
- If you experience any pain, dizziness, or shortness of breath during exercise, stop the activity immediately.
- Drink water.
- Dress appropriately if you decide to exercise outdoors. Wear warmer clothes during the winter and wear lighter clothes during the summer while applying sunscreen or wearing sunglasses.
- Wear the correct shoes for the activities that you participate in.
Types of Activity
Aerobic activities include activities that increase the heart rate and work the larger muscle groups. You may be able to speak a few words, but would not be able to carry on an entire conversation due to breathing patterns. Some examples of aerobics include:
- brisk walking
- water aerobics
- house work
- active play with children or pets
Begin incorporating small periods of this activity into your schedule during the week while slowly increasing the duration and frequency as time progresses. It is also important to incorporate different types of exercise that focus on balance and flexibility. Becoming used to a lifestyle with regular patterns of aerobic activity can reduce the effects of aging, control weight, lower risk of heart disease, improve flexibility, increase mood and energy, and expand social networks by meeting new people while doing various activities.
Strengthening activities involve the use of muscle groups against resistant forces like when lifting weights or doing yard work that involves lifting, digging, or pushing a lawn mower. This type of activity can keep muscles strong, reduce the need for a cane, reduce risk of bone injury, and help maintain a healthy weight.
Balance activities focus on muscles in specific areas of the body that encourage control as you move through space, reducing the likelihood of falls. This kind of activity could include walking heel to toe, standing on one foot, getting out of a sitting position without the use of the hands, and standing on the tip of your toes. Balance activities can help you stay steady on your feet and reduce the risk of fall and subsequent injury.
Flexibility activities increase the length of the muscles and can include stretching, yoga, and popular exercise programs like pilates. These activities can maintain the felxibility of joints, prevent stiffness, prevent injuries, and lower stress levels in general.
Weight-bearing activities require the muscles to work against gravity where the arms or legs bear the weight of the body. Activities like walking, tennis, and climbing stairs can build and maintain bone mass or reduce the risk of bone fractures.
Some activities incorporate multiple types of strengthening addressed above. What is important is that senior citizens find an enjoyable and do-able activity that will help them incorporate as many benefits as possible which will have far-reaching benefits to their health.
It’s Easy to Stay Healthy
A common misconception is that it takes an excessive amount of time and extra energy to maintain a healthy lifestyle. However, by just taking short walks for ten minutes a time or cleaning the house regularly can be practical ways to incorporate different physical activities into your daily schedule. And remember, staying healthy as a senior citizen will have increasing benefits as you continue to age.
Staying Motivated to Take Care of Yourself
Just because we age doesn’t mean that we are any less stressed by occurrences in life that may make us feel bad about ourselves or decrease our motivation to be good to ourselves. If anything, many of the challenges senior citizens face add stress. Losing loved ones and friends or having trouble being independent with the added stressed of disease and functioning due to aging can cause depression or lifestyle changes that contribute to bad health. Here are some important tips for being good to yourself when you may not feel motivated due to circumstances out of your control:
- Get plenty of sleep
- Stay connected with family and friends
- Join clubs or other social groups that you enjoy
- Spend time with people that you enjoy
- Volunteer at organizations in your community
- Work a part-time job that isn’t too stressful or demanding
- Watch a funny movie or find a way to laugh
- Take up a hobby that you enjoy
Most importantly, senior citizens should remember that it is relatively easy and worth-while to maintain a healthy lifestyle as they age. Be sure to keep family, friends, and those involved in your elder care informed of your goals as they can help assist you. And remembering to eat healthy meals regularly, getting in physical activity, getting enough sleep, and being good to yourself are critical for maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
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Monster Jam Drivers Nicole Johnson and Chuck Werner Visit Patients and Distribute Monster Jam Bead of Courage ®
On March 8, Nicole Johnson, driver of Scooby Doo and Chuck Werner, driver of El Toro Loco celebrated the crushing power of courage and confidence with patients at Renown Children’s Hospital, 1155 Mill St., in Reno.
Patients spent one-on-one time with Nicole and Chuck, received autographs and took photos with the duo, who are performing at LivestockEventsCenter this weekend. In addition, Nicole and Chuck sat with patients and helped them create a Monster Jam Thriller Necklace – including the Monster Jam Bead of Courage ® and eight other beads to further encourage the children during their challenging journey. Patients at Renown Children’s Hospital were among the first in 2013 to receive the Monster Jam Bead of Courage ® – recognizing the importance of courage and confidence to conquer fears! Nicole and Chuck also took the time to visit patient rooms.
PHOTOS AND VIDEO
Attached with this press release are three photos from the visit, with caption information below. If you would like unedited video from the event, please call Mark Earnest, Communications, Renown Children’s Hospital, at (775) 982-6774, or write Mark at firstname.lastname@example.org
ABOUT BEADS OF COURAGE
Beads of Courage, Inc. is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization that strengthens resilience and coping in children coping with serious illness through innovative arts-in-medicine programs. Through the Beads of Courage Program, children are given
beads to represent significant treatment milestones during their journey. Beads of Courage programs have supported
over 30,000 children and their families in over 100 hospitals worldwide. Every bead tells a story of strength, honor and hope. More information is available at www.beadsofcourage.org.
ABOUT FELD MOTOR SPORTS ®
Feld Motor Sports®, Inc. is the world leader in specialized arena and stadium-based motor sports entertainment. Feld Motor Sports, Inc. productions include Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam®, Monster Energy Supercross, AMA Arenacross Series, Nuclear Cowboyz®, and IHRA® Nitro Jam®. Feld Motor Sports, Inc. is a division of Feld Entertainment, the world’s largest producer of live family entertainment. For more information on Feld Entertainment, visit www.feldentertainment.com. Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam ® has the privilege of visiting hospitals nationwide in the cities they visit each year. Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam ® will be at Livestock Events Center in Reno on March 8, 9 and 10. For more information, visit www.monsterjam.com.
ABOUT RENOWN CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL
Renown Health, Reno’s only locally owned, not-for-profit integrated health network, is home to the region’s only NACHRI-affiliated Children’s Hospital; the region’s only hospital affiliated with Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals; the region’s only Children’s ER; the region’s only Wilbur D. May Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, the largest Neonatal ICU in northern Nevada; The John & Sue Dermody Children’s Healing Garden; northern Nevada’s only Cystic Fibrosis Program; and the region’s only Children’s Specialty Care, treating patients with tumors, cancer, blood disease and other major illnesses. For more information, visit renown.org/children.
On the eve of National Pancake Day, International House of Pancakes (IHOP) is delivering short stacks to patients at Renown Children’s Hospital. The “breakfast for lunch” will be served with special toppings to children without diet restrictions at the hospital from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Feb. 4.
The annual National Pancake Day effort is designed to raise money and awareness for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, a non-profit organization dedicated to saving and improving the lives of children, by raising funds for children’s hospitals throughout the United States.
Tuesday, Feb. 5, IHOP guests can enjoy a free short stack of pancakes between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. at any local IHOP in Reno, Sparks, Carson City and South Lake Tahoe. In return IHOP asks that guests donate what they would have spent on the pancakes to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. On this day, the restaurant chain hopes to raise more than $3 million nationally to kick off the 2013 fundraising year for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.
Guests are also encouraged to buy a Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals paper balloon for an additional dollar that will be placed on the wall with a name. “Miracle Balloons” will be sold for $1 and $5 each. Miracle Balloon sales offer guests another way to show their support of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and contribute to the fundraising effort locally in northern Nevada.
This will mark the eighth year that IHOP has held National Pancake Day, which to date has raised more than $10 million dollars nationally for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and other local charities. In northern Nevada, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has partnered with IHOP since 2006 and has raised more than $38,800 to benefit Renown Children’s Hospital. All funds raised at local IHOP restaurants will be donated directly to Renown Children’s Hospital.
“Our IHOP team does look forward to National Pancake day because they know that their efforts and all monies raised stay local and go to Renown Children’s Hospital,” said Peter Kouis, regional manager for IHOP. “They know this event impacts not only their own children but also other children in our community as well.”
To find a local IHOP or to donate online, visit www.ihoppancakeday.com.
To download b-roll footage or for more information about National Pancake Day, please click here. All media must be escorted on hospital property. To ensure access for interviews and photographs, contact Dan Davis, Public Relations Business Partner at (775) 691-7308.
About Renown Children’s Hospital
Renown Health, Reno’s only locally owned, not-for-profit integrated health network, is home to the region’s only Children’s Hospital; the region’s only hospital affiliated with the Children’s Hospital Association (CHA) and Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals; the region’s only Children’s ER; the region’s only Wilbur D. May Pediatric Intensive Care Unit; the largest Neonatal ICU in northern Nevada; The John & Sue Dermody Children’s Healing Garden; northern Nevada’s only Cystic Fibrosis Program; and the region’s only Children’s Specialty Care, treating patients with tumors, cancer, blood disease and other major illnesses. For more information and to follow the hospital’s progress, visit renown.org/children.
Massage Therapy Shown to be Beneficial for Enhancing Immune Function in Preterm Infants, Decreasing Blood Pressure and Improving Stability in Older Persons and Reducing Stress in Cancer Patients.
People of all ages are beginning to understand the many benefits of massage therapy, including the role it can play in overall health and well-being. Recent research compiled by the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) suggests that massage can enhance the immune function in preterm infants, decrease blood pressure and improve stability in older persons, as well as reduce stress and anxiety in cancer patients.
Massage Therapy for Improved Immune Function and Weight Gain in Preterm Infants
Research published in Pediatrics, the official journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), showed that for stable, preterm infants, daily massage therapy is positively associated with higher natural killer (NK) cell cytotoxicity and weight gain. American Massage Therapy Association President, Cynthia Ribeiro, says of the study, “This research demonstrates that massage therapy can benefit preterm infants by enhancing immunity and stimulating growth. Parents of preterm infants are encouraged to speak with a certified massage therapist to learn more about certain techniques designed to aid in their child’s development.”
Massage Therapy for Improvements in Balance, Neurological, and Cardiovascular Measures in Older Adults
Researchpublished in the International Journal of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (IJTMB ) found that older adults who receive massage therapy for up to six weeks could benefit from decreased blood pressure and improved stability. “This study suggests that regular massage therapy can produce several advantages for the older generation, including a relaxation affect for the entire body, lowering blood pressure, decreasing stress and improving balance, amongst other things,” says American Massage Therapy Association President, Cynthia Ribeiro.
Massage Therapy for Decreasing Stress in Cancer Patients
Research published in BMJ Supportive and Palliative Care indicates that massage therapy can have a positive influence on the quality of life of people suffering serious illnesses such as brain cancer. The American Massage Therapy Association acknowledges these study results, which suggest that massage therapy can improve physical as well as emotional well-being in patients with late stage disease and when used in combination with standard care, massage can help reduce stress, anxiety, pain and fatigue.
View AMTA’s Research Roundup Volume 2 online
Visit AMTA’s Find a Massage Therapist® to find a qualified massage therapist in your area.
Research Roundup, Volume 1
AMTA issued its first research roundup in 2012 which also highlighted the growing body of evidence showing that massage therapy can be effective for a variety of health conditions, including:
• Osteoarthritis of the knee
• Inflammation after exercise
• Chronic low-back pain
View this research in further detail.
Massage Therapy Facts
• Between July 2010 and July 2011 roughly 38 million adult Americans (18 percent) had a massage at least once
• 75 percent of American’s surveyed claim that their primary reason for receiving a massage was medical (43 percent) and stress (32 percent) related
• 89 percent of individuals believe that massage can be effective in reducing pain; with 29 percent of respondents admitting they have used massage therapy for pain relief
• 50 percent of people claim their doctor has either strongly recommended or encouraged them to get a massage
Visit AMTA’s research section for more information from our consumer and industry fact sheets.
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Dr. Quinn Pauly Joins Premier Care at Renown Medical Group
To help meet the need of patients in northern Nevada seeking more convenience and greater access to their primary care physician, Renown Medical Group is pleased to announce the addition of Quinn Pauly, M.D. as a new Premier Care physician.
Dr. Pauly is board certified in family medicine. He received his medical degree from the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine and completed his residency at Natividad Medical Center in Salinas, Calif.
The Premier Care Program, first introduced to the region through Renown Health last October, offers patients greater access to their primary care physician beyond traditional scheduled office visits. The program is based on a national trend and is made possible through a reduced practice size.
“Patients are requesting enhanced access and expanded personalized care,” said Larry Trilops, vice president of Ambulatory Services at Renown Health. “This program allows us to meet customer demand.”
What’s the difference?
Renown Medical Group offers same or next day appointments with your doctor if he’s available or another doctor, within Renown’s Medical Group consisting of more than 80 providers and 15 locations, if he’s not.
In contrast, the Premier Care program offers more access through a reduced practice size. With monthly membership fees (not covered by insurance) ranging from $35 – $55, you may communicate directly with your primary care physician 24/7, including weekends.
“My focus has always been to take time to listen to my patients so I can attend to their healthcare needs thoroughly,” Dr. Pauly said. “I enjoy getting to know my patients and their families and strive to give my patients personalized, compassionate care”.
Key Premier Care Benefits include:
• A smaller, low volume practice.
• Convenient appointments with your dedicated Premier Care physician with little to no waiting guaranteed.
• Online communication directly with your physician, regarding scheduled appointments, sick visits or general medical advice, with a response within 24 hours, seven days per week.
• Extended office time for appointments.
For more information about Premier Care, please visit renown.org/premiercare or call 775-982-8265.
About Renown Medical Groups
Renown Medical Group has more than 80 providers at 15 locations including Reno, Sparks, Fernley and Silver Springs.
Earlier this year, Renown announced awards that recognized two Renown Medical Group sites for initiatives for excellence in patient quality. In 2010, Renown became the first NCQA recognized Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) in Nevada, and in 2011, Renown became the fourth organization in the country to be recognized as a Level III PCMH under the new 2011 standards.
Renown Medical Group physicians provide preventive care and health education for all ages and treat most common illnesses and injuries including colds, flu, and aches and pains. They also coordinate their patients’ medical care including checkups, immunizations, referrals to specialists, lab and x-ray services and hospital admissions. Physicians see patients by scheduled appointment. Medical Group locations accept most insurance plans, including Hometown Health, UnitedHealthcare, Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Cigna, Great West, Coventry/First Health, Humana, Principal, Tricare and Medicare.
For added convenience, Renown Medical Group is the only primary care provider in the region that offers a secure, online venue for patients to manage their healthcare. With MyChart, patients can schedule and keep track of appointments, obtain certain test results and request prescription refills 24 hours a day. To sign up, ask a Medical Assistant for your access code at your next office visit. Same-day appointments are available by calling 982-5000, Monday through Thursday between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m., and Fridays between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. For more information, visit renown.org/medicalgroup.
As our loved ones begin to age, we have to wonder if they need elderly care services. How does one determine if your parents need to live in a nursing home, if they require in home healthcare, or if you’ll be able to take care of them yourself? The elderly have many more options today than they once did. Not everyone needs constant care, but sometimes it’s difficult to figure out the best option. Most seniors won’t admit they need help, so it’s up to you to look for certain cues to figure out what is best for them.
If your loved ones want to keep their independence and don’t have dangerous health issues, consider independent living communities. They will have their own apartments and will be living with others their age. This is a wonderful option for healthy seniors who may be looking to get involved in activities and want additional company. They won’t feel like you’re leaving them in a nursing home. Instead, they will be part of a social community.
Assisted living is the best choice for those who are beginning to have trouble with daily tasks and have less severe health problems. If you notice that the house is not always clean, they forget to do laundry or take medication, or they can’t cook their own meals, these are your cues for assisted living or home aides. If you move them into an assisted living home, they will receive help with grooming, bathing, and meal preparations. If your parents want to remain at home, you can have healthcare aides provide similar tasks.
The final option are nursing homes and facilities. Nursing homes are good for seniors who need 24-hour care. It is the best choice for people who have debilitating illnesses, such as dementia and Alzheimer’s. Nurses will be on staff all the time to help your parents with daily activities. This also happens to be the most expensive choice, but sometimes you have no other option. Your parents need help and you cannot give them the proper care they need. If you’re unsure, speak with your parents’ doctors to find out if nursing homes are the best solution.
Before you make a decision, talk about elderly care services with your parents. Don’t just ship them off one day and expect them to be okay with it. Sometimes you will have to take matters into your own hands, but explain to them that you only have their best interest at heart and this is for their benefit.
SeniorComfortGuide.com is an online assisted living directory featuring a number of resources for elderly care services in Ohio.
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Austin Senior Center
151 Main Street, Austin, NV 89310
(775) 964-2338 Lander County, 8am-3pm
Provides congregate meals (served at the
center Mon. – Fri. from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.)
Battle Mountain Senior Center
365 E. 4th St., Battle Mountain NV 89820
(775) 635-5311 Lander County
Congregate and homebound meals
(Meals on Wheels), transportation locally, Blood pressure screening once a month, Social activities, Meals M-F at Noon
Carlin Open Door Senior Center
320 Chestnut St., P.O. Box 1234
Carlin, NV 89822
(775) 754-6465 Elko County
Nutrition, Transportation, Socializations
Carson City Colony Center
401 Washoe St., Carson City, NV 89703
Recreational Activities, Nutritional Congregate Meals On Site 12-1pm, Meals on Wheels
Churchhill County Senior Center
310 E. Court Street, Fallon, NV 89406
(775) 423-7096, www.gofallon.com
11:30am – Provides congregate meals,
homemaking and advocacy, social activities, Meals on Wheels, Lifeline, Energy Assistance, Referrals, Aging and disability resource center
Comstock Senior Nutrition Prgm-Storey County
Mill & E Street, Virginia City, NV 89440
Call for branch info. Exercises & art programs, legal services, HAWK services, Floral program, SHIP Help, Access to health network
Dayton Senior Center
320 Old Dayton Valley Rd.
Dayton, NV 89403
Lunch Mon- Thurs 11:30am – 12:30pm,
Breakfast Friday 9am-10am, Home meal
delivery, transportation, activities.
Opens 8am – 4:30pm
Douglas County Senior Services
2300 Meadow Lane, Gardnerville, NV 89410
(775) 783-6455 Douglas, Open M-F, 8am-5pm
Dial a Ride, Meals on Wheels, Homemaker Program, Lunch M – F at noon, Trips and Activities
Eureka Senior Center
20 West Gold Street, Eureka, NV 89316
(775) 237-5597 Elko County
Nutrition program which provides congregate meals at Noon, Meals-on-Wheels for
homebound and at-risk seniors,
transportation, Medicare Counseling,
Fannie Komp Senior Center
728 7th Street, Crescent Valley, NV 89821
(775) 468-0466 Eureka County
A trip is taken once a month (weather
permitting) to Elko for shopping and doctors appointments. Social activities, Provides transportation to and from the meal site daily. Clinic M-W
Fernley Senior Center
1170 W. Newlands Drive, Fernley, NV 89408
Mondays – Friday Lunch 11:30am-12:30pm,
home delivered meals, social activities,
transportation, monthly newsletter, grief & alzheimers support groups monthly –
3rd Wed. at 1pm, Disabled and aging
Gerlach Senior Center
385 E. Sunset, Gerlach, NV 89412
(775) 557-2206 Washoe County
Provides recreational and social activities
(once a month weather permitting),
congregate meals (M-F at Noon),
Meals-On-Wheels for homebound seniors, transportation to appointments every
Lincoln Senior Center/Panaca Senior Center
10 Atchison St., Lincoln, NV 89042
775-728-4477. Congregate meals, Recreation,
Transportation to Medical Appointments
and Errands, Homemaker Program (call for additional info)
Mineral County Care and Share Senior Ctr.
975 K Street, Hawthorne, NV 89415
(775) 945-5519 Mineral County
Computer training, internet access, exercising
and wellness activities, Socialization,
Advocacy Representative, Health Nurse (call first) Monthly, Lunch Daily – Noon, Home Bound Delivery, Out of town trips. Senior services specialist. Public guardian
Shoshone Welcome Center – Elko Band
Council Senior Center
1530 Silver Eagle Dr., Elko NV 89801
(775) 738-0425 Elko County – Call for Hours
Serves hot meals to elders and handicapped, noon. Meals on Wheels, transportation,
nutritional information and monthly health presentations for elders, Referral services
Sparks Senior Ctr. – Washoe County
97 Richards Way, Sparks, NV 89413
Community focal point on aging where older persons as individuals or in groups come together for services and activities which enhance their dignity, support their
independence and encourage their
involvement in the community, assistance program on sliding scales, social activities, art classes, lunches 5 days/week, other food programs – Call for info, Special lunches, Library, Exercise, Blood pressure, Movies
Walker River Paiute Tribe Senior Center
1031 B Hospital Rd., Schurz, NV 89427
(775) 773-2224 Mineral County
Congregate meals at the center, Mon. and
Thurs., 11am-Noon, Fri. 8:30am-9:30am.
Meals on Wheels to homebound seniors, Provides trips for entertainment, shopping, errands, etc. Meals are delivered from 10:15am to 12:00pm
Washoe Tribe of NV & Senior Ctr
801 Washeshu Way, Gardnerville, NV
(775) 265-6426 Douglas County
Provides recreational activities, nutritional congregate meals on-site (11am-1pm),
Meals on Wheels for homebound seniors,
SAFE advocate, Homecare & Caregiver service
Washoe County Senior Services
1155 E. 9th Street, Reno, NV 89512
(775) 328-2575, www.washoecounty.us
Homecare, social services, legal program, recreational activities, adult day care, SHIP program, mental health & nutrition, Senior Dance Club of Nevada Fri 8pm-11pm
White Pine Nutrition Center
1000 Campton St., Ely NV 89301
(775) 289-2742 White Pine County
Serves seniors in McGill, Ely, Nevada.
Provides meals (Noon at the center) Ely,
Meals on Wheels to McGill and Ruth for homebound seniors, social, recreational activities for seniors over 60, medical van to appointments out of town
About Life Care
Your family is special with its deep bonds and unique relationships. Facing a dramatic change – such as moving a loved one into assisted living or a nursing home – is an unsettling prospect for most people. Life Care Centers have helped families for decades to work through the difficult decisions about how best to care for their loved ones. We understand how trying it is to choose nursing home care for your loved one, and how most struggling caretakers feel there is no other choice.
That’s why we’re here.
We want those special members of your family to become equally special members of ours. We want to relieve the anxiety and frustration you may be experiencing by providing a nursing home community of constant support, attention and personalized care. Above all, we want to serve each person entrusted to us with compassion, dignity, purpose and respect.
That’s not just our goal. It’s our privilege.
At Life Care Centers of America, we take elderly care very seriously. That’s why we offer residents a wide range of living arrangements and amenities, services and care. From home assisted living to retirement living to nursing homes – and even campuses that offer all three in a continuum of care – Life Care has the experience, expertise, and dedication to provide a full scope of specialty services.
Whether your needs include Alzheimer’s care, in-home nursing care, rehabilitation or recovery help, or any of a number of other specialty services, Life Care will be there, with all the support, education, and commitment you and your loved one need.
Life can deliver some unexpected twists: accidents, sudden illnesses or emergency surgeries can happen when you least expect them. And in the aftermath of such events, your energy is focused primarily on recovery—trying to also find the best available resources for help can be pretty challenging.
At Life Care, we understand the intense desire to recuperate and get back to normal as quickly as possible. But serious illness or trauma can sometimes force you to relearn even basic functions. The struggle to regain those lost capabilities while still recovering is frustrating and often overwhelming.
That’s when our teams of experts can make an overwhelming difference. Our skilled therapy services can hasten your recovery, help return lost skills and bring back strength and mobility. Our caring professionals work tirelessly with our residents not only in physical areas, but also by constantly supporting and encouraging them emotionally.
We believe our residents are the extraordinary people who refuse to allow temporary setbacks or disabilities to affect them permanently. Their determination and effort become invaluable tools in the rehabilitation process.
And it is our greatest privilege to partner with them—or you, or your loved one—during recovery … and become your strongest advocates in the road to reclaiming total wellness.
Life Care Centers of America
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Imagine living in a beautiful, peaceful environment, surrounded by friends and activities.
Caring for Life…
Since 1970, Life Care Centers of America has been providing unequaled nursing care and assisted living service. Our continuum of care campuses give our residents an individual care plan through various levels of care. But it\’s our commitment to quality and professionalism that makes us second to none.
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Las Vegas, NV 89119