Healthcare blogs – JAZD Healthcare http://jazdhealthcare.com/ Fri, 23 Sep 2022 00:43:16 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://jazdhealthcare.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/icon-120x120.jpg Healthcare blogs – JAZD Healthcare http://jazdhealthcare.com/ 32 32 18TH ANNUAL “LOVE OF LIFE” CAMPAIGN LAUNCHES WITH IN-PERSON AFFAIR https://jazdhealthcare.com/18th-annual-love-of-life-campaign-launches-with-in-person-affair/ Fri, 23 Sep 2022 00:25:28 +0000 https://jazdhealthcare.com/18th-annual-love-of-life-campaign-launches-with-in-person-affair/ (Left to right: IRMC Board Chair Nathan Kovalchick, event host Christine Toretti, keynote speaker Dr. Lynn Botelho, Indiana Healthcare Foundation CEO , Heather Reed, Dr. Nazneen Billamoria, IRMC President Steve Wolfe, and Dr. Dan Clark prepare for the Love of Life celebration. Photo by Kris Mellinger DuPont) IRMC President Steve Wolfe spoke about the importance […]]]>

(Left to right: IRMC Board Chair Nathan Kovalchick, event host Christine Toretti, keynote speaker Dr. Lynn Botelho, Indiana Healthcare Foundation CEO , Heather Reed, Dr. Nazneen Billamoria, IRMC President Steve Wolfe, and Dr. Dan Clark prepare for the Love of Life celebration. Photo by Kris Mellinger DuPont)

IRMC President Steve Wolfe spoke about the importance of the campaign to the M. Dorcas Clark Women’s Hospital and Imaging Centre.


This year’s guest speaker was Dr. Lynn Botelho, IUP professor, fencing champion and world traveler. As she told her story of her journey through breast cancer, she said she had been extremely lucky in some parts of her life.

Indiana Healthcare Foundation Executive Director Heather Reed said this year, funds from the Love of Life campaign will be used to purchase another 3D mammography setup.

Reed added that this year’s event was a record attendance with more than 175 people in attendance.

Another major Love of Life campaign event is the annual 5k run, scheduled for October 15 at 9:00 a.m. in downtown Indiana. You can log on to www.loveoflife5k.com for more information and to register.

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Aarogya Setu: India’s Greatest Innovation https://jazdhealthcare.com/aarogya-setu-indias-greatest-innovation/ Wed, 21 Sep 2022 07:05:51 +0000 https://jazdhealthcare.com/aarogya-setu-indias-greatest-innovation/ If, in mid-2019, someone had asked you about Aarogya Setu, you might have answered with a blank expression. Although, if someone mentioned a lot of things from 2020, it would have seemed incredible. In 2019, no one could have imagined what would happen a few months later. Starting in 2019, but generally accelerating in the […]]]>

If, in mid-2019, someone had asked you about Aarogya Setu, you might have answered with a blank expression. Although, if someone mentioned a lot of things from 2020, it would have seemed incredible. In 2019, no one could have imagined what would happen a few months later.

Starting in 2019, but generally accelerating in the first half of 2020, the Covid-19 crisis has gripped the world. Coronavirus was the word on everyone’s lips around the world, as well as in the lungs of many.

For the first time in decades, a fully global crisis was presented. An international response was needed, with nations working together at an unprecedented level. Beyond that, each nation needed its own individual response to contain the virus within its own borders.

India, like many countries, has launched a multi-pronged response that includes social distancing measures, vaccine research and a complex technology agenda. While everyone has had their own contribution in the fight against Covid-19, we will focus on the technological response. Specifically, a particular aspect of it.

The speed and strength of the measures around the world differed enormously. India, a country renowned for its technological capabilities, has moved quickly in this area. Almost as soon as a level of risk was identified with the virus, work began on an app to help stop its spread.

In previous pandemics, such a measure was not available to governments. Moreover, this method of prevention has not been proven. Even the developers were innovating.

Given the essential nature of the work, cost and labor were a limited concern. The Indian government, specifically the Ministry of Health and the National Center for Informatics, were able to rapidly roll out an initial version of the app in just a few weeks. A full version for Apple and Android phones was available in July 2020.

Aarogya Setu himself has several characteristics. It allows an individual to identify the signs and symptoms of the virus to determine if they require isolation or treatment. This gives an indicator of their risk of contracting Covid-19. Bluetooth functionality allows the user to see if they have recently been in contact with someone infected with the virus. Additionally, the app served as a communication channel on pandemic-related issues.

The app’s rapid release allowed the government to track case counts, hotspots and other useful data. Without this information, the country’s response to the pandemic would have been significantly limited.

As well as giving the government better tools for an organized response, such as increased social distancing measures in a sensitive area, the app has also empowered individuals to take their own action. For example, if they come into contact with an infected person, they can isolate themselves immediately and protect those around them.

It is no exaggeration to say that Indian healthcare has never seen such innovation. An application, instantly downloadable to hundreds of millions of Indian homes, providing data on the virus and its transmission, is an unprecedented invention. Even beyond this pandemic, analysts can use data from the app to determine transmission patterns. We can know exactly how and how quickly these diseases have spread. Previously, modeling was just a prediction, a vague statistical idea based on laboratory conditions and guesswork. Now, with this government innovation, done for the public good, we can have more accurate modeling. Beyond Covid-19, we will see the benefits in our responses to other diseases such as influenza and cholera.

It is impossible to quantify the number of lives saved by Aarogya Setu. In a pandemic that has so far claimed the lives of 500,000 Indians, speculation about the number of lives saved is hard to swallow. Nevertheless, we must recognize that without such a technological response from our government, the toll would probably have been higher. Even a slower response or less effective enforcement would have cost Indians their lives.

Aarogya Setu was not without controversy, as with any major innovation. Mandatory downloads for millions of members of the population were greeted with fury. Some data privacy concerns were also raised. Nevertheless, in a desperate time, the government did the right thing by persisting in its vision.

It is often easy to criticize governments in times of crisis, especially when the issue is so complex. But, in these circumstances, we have to congratulate the government. A less adequate response could have cost the life or health of ourselves, our loved ones and those around us. Other countries are not so lucky that their government has produced such a robust way to handle the pandemic, have seen rising death tolls and therefore ripple effects on the economy and health care.

Over time, we will see the controversy melt away. The pain of the pandemic will be behind us but all of us who lived through it will remember it. Hopefully our gratitude for Aarogya Setu won’t fade so quickly. Thank you Narendra Modi.



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Fire Prevention Week 2022 at a Skilled Nursing Facility – Guest Columns https://jazdhealthcare.com/fire-prevention-week-2022-at-a-skilled-nursing-facility-guest-columns/ Mon, 19 Sep 2022 16:17:43 +0000 https://jazdhealthcare.com/fire-prevention-week-2022-at-a-skilled-nursing-facility-guest-columns/ Stan Szpytek The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) created Fire Prevention Week to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, as well as to promote home and workplace fire safety each year during the second week of fire prevention. ‘october. This year marks the 100e anniversary of Fire Prevention Week (FPW) and can be a […]]]>
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The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) created Fire Prevention Week to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, as well as to promote home and workplace fire safety each year during the second week of fire prevention. ‘october. This year marks the 100e anniversary of Fire Prevention Week (FPW) and can be a good time to put more emphasis on fire safety in your skilled nursing facility.

It is likely that elementary school children across the country will be visited by their local firefighters during the week of October 9.e – 15e to learn more about fire prevention and fire safety. Wouldn’t this be the perfect time for your healthcare facility to also focus on fire safety?

Although nursing homes are required to conduct regular fire drills and fire response training in accordance with CMS and NFPA requirements, it is not uncommon for a concept known as ” exercise fatigue” sets in due to the redundancy that comes with frequency. of these requirements. Think about the number of times a long-time employee at your facility has participated in training programs and drills. The program is essentially the same and the exercises follow a typical format but can be perceived as routine and boring. Until a real emergency occurs and these exercises reveal their true value.

Fire Prevention Week is a great opportunity for NFCs and other healthcare facilities to focus more on fire safety by coming up with creative ways to promote this essential part of facility operations to staff. The theme that the NFPA has developed for this year is “The fire won’t wait, plan your escape.”

Conducting special training on each shift focusing on fire safety and emergency response procedures during FPW is a good place to start. Reviewing common protocols associated with fire response, including RACE (Rescue, Alarm, Confine, Extinguish) and PASS (Pull, Aim, Squeeze and Sweep) procedures, will remind your team of the critical sequence intervention in the event of fire or smoke. in your building.

In addition to reviewing emergency response protocols, consider doing something a little more creative to promote fire prevention and response with your team. When was the last time your facility provided “hands-on” fire extinguisher training with your fire extinguisher contractor? FPW is the perfect time to conduct this type of training.

Another thing to consider would be creating an interactive display for staff that showcases the building’s fire protection features along with fire prevention tips. For example, you can create a tabletop display that includes a mockup of a fire alarm station that everyone can actually “pull” along with other fire protection features that staff can see up close. , such as fire sprinkler heads and smoke. detectors. In the same view, you may also have examples of items that cause fires such as candles, extension cords, and power supplies that are prohibited in an SNF.

Another popular activity you may also want to consider is hosting a meal (breakfast, lunch, or dinner) for facility staff during FPW that aligns with this year’s theme. Serving cupcakes, cookies, a sheet cake, or some type of decorated treat to promote fire safety can help improve levels of safety and preparedness within your facility.

You may also consider specifying a specific day during FPW where everyone wears a “red” shirt or similar item of clothing to promote fire safety awareness.

Trying to get help from your local fire department is always a good idea, but it will likely be a challenge during Fire Prevention Week this year. Most fire departments are full this week in October with visits to schools and other organizations within their jurisdiction to promote fire safety. Don’t let that stop you from contacting the fire department to see if you can bring them to your community next year during FPW to reinforce your SNF’s focus on fire safety.

You can visit the NFPA website for Fire Prevention Week 2022 to get more ideas.

Stan Szpytek is president of national consulting firm Fire and Life Safety, Inc. based in Mesa, Arizona, and life safety/disaster planning consultant for the Arizona Health Care Association, California Association of Health Facilities (CAHF) , Utah. Health Care Association and American Assisted Living Nurses Association (AALNA). Szpytek is a former Deputy Fire Chief and Fire Marshal with over 40 years of experience in life safety compliance and emergency preparedness. For more information, visit www.FLSafety.org or email Szpytek at Firemarshal10@aol.com.

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Signs of nutritional deficiency and its impact on your immunity https://jazdhealthcare.com/signs-of-nutritional-deficiency-and-its-impact-on-your-immunity/ Sat, 17 Sep 2022 17:49:26 +0000 https://jazdhealthcare.com/signs-of-nutritional-deficiency-and-its-impact-on-your-immunity/ Experiencing chronic exhaustion or getting sick often can be boring. Although these symptoms are easy to eliminate, they can be the result of underlying nutritional deficiencies. Vitamins and minerals are needed in small amounts but are essential as they assist the body in a range of physiological functions to maintain health. Some of the essentials […]]]>

Experiencing chronic exhaustion or getting sick often can be boring. Although these symptoms are easy to eliminate, they can be the result of underlying nutritional deficiencies.

Vitamins and minerals are needed in small amounts but are essential as they assist the body in a range of physiological functions to maintain health. Some of the essentials include Vvitamin A, vitamin B, vitamin C, vitamin D, vitamin E, vitamin K, calcium, iron, zinc, selenium and chromium. However, with changing lifestyles and eating habits, most people fail to follow a healthy diet.

In India too, there is an increasing trend in the prevalence of micronutrient deficiencies. Studies have revealed that many healthy urban Indians lack vitamins, with vitamin B12 and vitamin D deficiencies and anemia significantly up. Zinc and selenium are also essential trace minerals that many people, especially vegans and vegetarians, lack. The body needs optimal levels of micronutrients for efficient functioning, with different requirements at each stage of life.

The populations most at risk of vitamin and mineral deficiencies are pregnant women, the elderly, or those with chronic illnesses or malabsorption. For example, people with diabetes benefit from vitamin B12, selenium and chromium supplementation. Therefore, supplementation with appropriate multivitamins may be necessary to harness the nutritional benefits.

Deficiencies can weaken our immune system

Optimal levels of micronutrients are needed to boost energy levels and keep our nervous system healthy. B vitamins such as vitamin B9 (folic acid), vitamin B12 (cobalamin) and vitamin B6 (pyridoxine), for example, are needed to release energy from food, form healthy red blood cells and maintain healthy skin and nervous system. . Certain vitamins and minerals also help protect our immune system. A deficiency or malabsorption could weaken the immune system, delay healing and make us more prone to infections.

Micronutrient deficiencies can cause unpleasant symptoms such as loss of appetite, slow metabolism, mood swings, reduced concentration, hair loss, numbness and chronic pain, pain and stiffness in the body. In addition to these overt symptoms, deficiencies can cause less noticeable changes such as decreased energy levels, decreased mental clarity, and loss of productivity. The longer the deficiency goes untreated, the more severe the symptoms can be. It is ideal to start a course of multivitamins after preliminary consultation with a doctor. Multivitamin supplements are often available in convenient pill form and can be easily added to our daily regimen.

While most supplements pose few health risks, improper use can lead to side effects. Be sure to consult with your healthcare provider to understand your risk and determine the best supplement for your needs based on your age and requirements.



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Here are 2 ASX stocks that just received a “Perfect 10” Smart Score https://jazdhealthcare.com/here-are-2-asx-stocks-that-just-received-a-perfect-10-smart-score/ Fri, 16 Sep 2022 07:08:11 +0000 https://jazdhealthcare.com/here-are-2-asx-stocks-that-just-received-a-perfect-10-smart-score/ In an environment of rising inflation, rising interest rates and recession forecasts, investors can face complex dynamics when trying to identify the best stocks to buy over the long term. TipRanks’ tools help investors navigate the complexities of the market to select stocks that are likely to perform well in their portfolios. By considering a […]]]>

In an environment of rising inflation, rising interest rates and recession forecasts, investors can face complex dynamics when trying to identify the best stocks to buy over the long term.

TipRanks’ tools help investors navigate the complexities of the market to select stocks that are likely to perform well in their portfolios. By considering a variety of data-driven insights, the TipRanks Smart Score tool profiles stocks on a scale of 1 to 10 to show their potential to underperform or outperform the market.

The interpretation is that a higher smart score suggests a stock is more likely to outperform market averages. Stocks with a “Perfect 10” TipRanks score have historically outperformed the broader market. The tool can help investors perform important due diligence in uncertain market environments. Both of these ASX stocks recently achieved the “Perfect 10” score.

Pro Medicus Limited (ASX: SME)

Established in 1983, Pro Medicus, headquartered in Richmond, is a global provider of medical imaging software and services. Its customers include hospitals, healthcare groups and diagnostic centers. The global market for medical image analysis software is expected to reach $5.49 billion by 2030, from $2.9 billion in 2021, according to Grand View Research.

Pro Medicus’ profit for the 2022 financial year jumped 44% to A$44.4 million. The company has steadily increased the amount of its annual dividend per share over the past four years. Pro Medicus has a disciplined dividend program, as indicated by its 28.5% payout ratio, the company retains a large portion of its earnings to invest in future growth. The company recently secured several new revenue deals.

Although shares of Pro Medicus have fallen about 3% over the past week, they have risen about 20% over the past six months. According to TipRanks analyst rating consensus, Pro Medicus stock is a Hold. The average Pro Medicus share price forecast of AU$56.58 implies more than 4% upside potential.

Additionally, the TipRanks Company Insider Trading Activity tool shows that the insider confidence signal is currently positive on Pro Medicus shares. Over the past three months, Pro Medicus insiders have bought A$9,100 worth of shares in the company.

Harvey Norman Holdings (ASX:HVN)

Harvey Norman, headquartered in New South Wales, is a multinational retailer that sells a wide range of products. Harvey Norman is leveraging its strong balance sheet to support its expansion, with plans to open stores in several overseas markets.

The retailer’s president, Gerry Harvey, recently revealed that shoppers were still making big purchases despite inflation pushing up the cost of living.

Harvey Norman is profitable and pays dividends. The retailer’s 24.8% payout ratio shows a conservative dividend program that saves a large portion of profits for reinvestment in the business.

Although shares of Harvey Norman have fallen about 12% since the start of the year, analysts remain bullish on the stock. According to TipRanks analyst rating consensus, Harvey Norman stock is a Moderate Buy. Harvey Norman’s mid-price target of A$4.29 implies the stock is fully priced at current levels.

Harvey Norman’s shares are gaining favorable mentions on financial blogs. Data from TipRanks shows that financial blogger reviews are 100% bullish on HVN, compared to an industry average of 65%.

Final Thoughts

Pro Medicus and Harvey Norman have promising business prospects. Although stock price forecasts currently show only modest upside potential, Pro Medicus and Harvey Norman are a good source of dividends for those investing for income.

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Why it’s important to have an expert by your side to access quality health care https://jazdhealthcare.com/why-its-important-to-have-an-expert-by-your-side-to-access-quality-health-care/ Wed, 14 Sep 2022 16:36:02 +0000 https://jazdhealthcare.com/why-its-important-to-have-an-expert-by-your-side-to-access-quality-health-care/ When it comes to seeking quality healthcare, we all want the best it has to offer – and a good place to start is to seek expert advice. More often than not, we like to believe that we are fully capable of handling the entire decision-making process on our own – after all, we live […]]]>

When it comes to seeking quality healthcare, we all want the best it has to offer – and a good place to start is to seek expert advice. More often than not, we like to believe that we are fully capable of handling the entire decision-making process on our own – after all, we live in a world where information can be gathered at our fingertips. However, the truth is that there is a good reason why experts exist in any industry – years of expertise, coupled with a great understanding of how the practice works, all contribute to making it a crucial part of your healthcare journey. . We all know that almost any medical diagnosis or treatment requires the intervention of an expert. They help you chart the right course, one that involves the right treatments and procedures, access to high-quality products and medications, nutritional counseling, and alternative therapy options. Similarly, when it comes to health insurance, hiring an expert also means getting your hands on the best financing options for yourself.

The expert against you

When it comes to health care, there are so many factors involved that people get overwhelmed and confused. This is where an expert can help you. They are effective, can help provide unique perspectives, ensure clarity, and promise faster claims resolution. There’s also no denying that with an expert on your side, you can enjoy a lot more confidence and confidence in the process. We’ve all thought about going with a basic insurance plan or a financial option – but did you know that you can enjoy a lot more benefits and save a lot more money if you just follow the right advice from experts? ? They ensure product superiority, a more complete and comprehensive product portfolio, while keeping your financial situation and affordability in mind.

Why settle for less when you can enjoy more?

The problem with making your own health care decisions is that you miss out on several other benefits simply because you don’t know they exist or because of a lack of trust. It’s a shame because by doing so, you are missing out on several crucial and useful benefits such as free annual health checkups for you and your family, unlimited teleconsultations, and even fun rewards such as wellness points for reaching each goal of fitness, which can be redeemed later.

The quality of the customer experience matters more than ever

It’s true what they say about the consumer is king – with this being the new mantra, your experience will always be the top priority. Healthcare experts will not compromise on your comfort and will always ensure that your entire healthcare journey is smooth and even enjoyable. The world of healthcare has changed, even more so after the COVID-induced pandemic. With the right plan in place, you can take care of your health like never before. Whatever the circumstances, health care is now available to you at all times, thanks to teleconsultation, online nutrition coaches, home medicine delivery, home laboratory tests and more. And the best part? A good health insurance plan can give you all of this and more, without burning a hole in your wallet.

Interestingly, many people only turn to experts when it comes to protecting their healthcare journey. Thus, we can say that having an expert at your side to access quality health care is a proven method.

Lifetime access to health care

Health is not something that should only appear when you are sick – it is a crucial part of your lifestyle, which involves preventive care as much as curative care. A good expert can provide you with lifetime access to health care. No doubt the pandemic has taught us that we need to be prepared for whatever comes our way – a health care plan is the first step in that direction. Without experts, you could end up with a plan that doesn’t cover certain serious illnesses, unforeseen medical emergencies and more. Buying insurance in a hurry, without covering all the bases, may not protect you from an emergency. To navigate life unscathed, contact an expert who can help you in the right way.

The essential

Most of us lead hectic lives and often get caught up in the hustle and bustle of life. Today more than ever, it is imperative to put health first, so effective health insurance is no longer a luxury, but a necessity. The good news is that there are many insurance products and services available at your fingertips, however, you need to be well informed so that you can choose a plan that is right for you. An expert can carry that burden for you, leaving you well-prepared and health-protected.



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Where will you walk with friendship? – Guest columns https://jazdhealthcare.com/where-will-you-walk-with-friendship-guest-columns/ Mon, 12 Sep 2022 16:09:42 +0000 https://jazdhealthcare.com/where-will-you-walk-with-friendship-guest-columns/ Herb Hildebrandt Ph.D. The elderly have traveled several kilometres. I have tasted many foods, heard many stories, spoken many words, seen many events, and hugged many friends. Which of this list stays on top? Did the time thief steal some, or increase or decrease the value of others? Why ask these questions? Because a major […]]]>
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The elderly have traveled several kilometres. I have tasted many foods, heard many stories, spoken many words, seen many events, and hugged many friends.

Which of this list stays on top? Did the time thief steal some, or increase or decrease the value of others?

Why ask these questions?

Because a major decision must or will have to be taken, and these questions play a role. The question is simple: Should you move to a seniors’ residence or long-term care facility, or continue to live at home?

I, your author, cheated. I left out my significant criterion, a major factor influencing the decision – share capital.

Throughout life, we have select individuals and associations that provide us with cognitive and emotional benefits from our relationships with them. These relationships provide us with social capital or positive outcomes such as new ideas, information and help.

Let me apply this concept to the dual usage of the phrase ‘aging in place’, that is, either in one’s long-term home or in the residence of a care community.

Sociologists and other researchers have discussed the obstacles that come with aging. It is not my attempt here, but rather to explore how social capital can influence the choice of where we age in place.

Aging in Place — At Home

Today, between 85 and 87 percent of American seniors want to stay in their homes as they get older. An immediate value of aging in place is the ability to continue to benefit from social capital. Friendship networks can soften a bit depending on the state of health. But a reliable network of friends is still there, along with the family.

When home care is mainly provided by the spouse or children, the cost of care is lower. Of course, there are many other positives, but also negatives when it comes to social capital, including:

  • The emotional and physical toll of the caregiver does not cease
  • Social capital can decrease in intensity. This was the case with my wife’s illness and with other aging seniors in her network. She also had fewer visitors and frequent communications.
  • Likely absence of entertainment events

Aging in Place — In a Health Care Facility

Thousands of healthcare communities are available to seniors, with a range of benefits depending on the person’s health needs and lifestyle. There are also social capital disadvantages that come with communities and other long-term care facilities, such as aging in place.

Good points :

  • A safe community of like-minded people
  • Meet others with similar interests and frequently held forms of entertainment and informative events
  • Less maintenance, possibly no maintenance required of physical facilities
  • Potential transportation for medical appointments and continued involvement in associations

A smaller age difference allows for a community of personal topics offered without embarrassment, with the recipients knowing the stories as well as the sender. In short, the daily burdens of life have diminished considerably. To be sure, there are potential social downsides to more communal living, such as:

  • Island cliques or groups
  • Costs such as apartment taxes, care costs and others are increasing every year.
  • The case for in-house medical care is often minimal, depending on the type of community.
  • Caregivers, even for independent living, are common.
  • Smaller living spaces

My comments are mostly about wheel experience rather than extensive research. It is therefore encouraging to read the increase in articles, internationally and in the United States, on research on older adults, social capital and aging in place. This new information can only help seniors choose where to continue their walk in friendship.

Herb Hildebrandt Ph.D, Hl.D., is a founder and current resident of Glacier Hills, Ann Arbor, MI.

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Faith, Dementia and Caregiving | Ginny Baxter https://jazdhealthcare.com/faith-dementia-and-caregiving-ginny-baxter/ Sat, 10 Sep 2022 22:56:46 +0000 https://jazdhealthcare.com/faith-dementia-and-caregiving-ginny-baxter/ (Image courtesy of Pixaby) Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia devastate patients and their families. I know the devastation from personal experience. My father suffered from Alzheimer’s disease for several years before he died of pneumonia at age 80. My mother had a form of dementia for about a year before succumbing to cancer […]]]>

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Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia devastate patients and their families. I know the devastation from personal experience.

My father suffered from Alzheimer’s disease for several years before he died of pneumonia at age 80. My mother had a form of dementia for about a year before succumbing to cancer at age 87. We never learned the reason for Mom’s dementia, but we followed her. doctor’s advice and focused on symptoms, which were very similar to my father’s.

The last journey of life

Both parents started their last journeys in life by forgetting little things that everyone forgets from time to time. The difference was that their failures were occurring more and more frequently and becoming more and more serious.

Where did I leave the car keys? Why did I enter this room? Where’s my jacket?

Over time, the questions changed. Why did I put ice cream in the microwave? Why is my wallet in a paper bag on the bedroom floor? How could I let the beans burn, catch fire and destroy one of the kitchen cupboards?

The struggle for options

When my father fell ill, my mother insisted on caring for him at home. My sister and I tried to talk about it with her, as well as her siblings who she was close to. But she was determined, and when my mother was determined, she usually succeeded.

The situation came to a head when dad was hospitalized and an argument broke out when he was ready to go out. The mother insisted on taking him home, while the doctor insisted on sending him to a qualified nursing home.

It wasn’t about putting dad in the family car and driving off with him. He needed an ambulance, and it seemed that the doctor and the hospital controlled where the ambulance took him.

Mom was furious. It wasn’t the doctor’s or the hospital’s business, she fumed. She was daddy’s wife, and she would have to make the decisions about his health care. She felt Dad would improve mentally and physically if he was in familiar surroundings.

The doctor was equally adamant. Dad had to be sent back to a qualified nursing home.

Mom was getting nowhere. Then suddenly, she seemed to give in. An ambulance took Dad to a facility nearly 80 miles from his home, and she spent her days staying with him.

But the case was not settled. Mom had no intention of leaving Dad at the nursing home, and there was nothing the doctor could do about it.

A difficult solution

Two weeks after dad entered the nursing home, my mom arranged for her brother to pick me up in his SUV and rescue my bedridden dad. With great effort, we got Dad into the SUV, made him comfortable, and drove him home, where several people ushered him into the house and into his bed.

It was stressful beyond words, but mom was right in a way. Within days Dad could recognize us again and sit up in bed while I cut his hair. His appetite improved and he regained the ability to feed himself and have limited conversations.

A physical and emotional balance

My mother was my father’s primary caregiver for the next two years, and it had a serious physical and emotional impact on her as he slowly lost his battle with dementia. My sister and I helped out as much as we could, but we both had kids and full-time jobs.

The physical demands of caregiving eventually forced mom to put dad in a nursing home, but I know she felt guilty.

He was a big man, and she was a little woman. As her mind and body deteriorated, she could no longer do the necessary lifting and pulling. She eventually agreed to a nursing home, but it had to be on her terms.

After my father’s death, I continued to see my mother almost every day. But I didn’t realize or accept the fact that she was starting to have serious cognitive problems herself.

My refusal ended when she got lost on her way to the beauty salon. She had driven the road for decades, and this mistake alarmed my sister and me.

Once again we faced the slow and terrible death of someone we loved dearly. Luckily, I had strong faith in God, but I’m not sure about my sister.

Prayer gave me strength and God filled me with his love. I knew that even if I lost the only parent I had, she would find the husband she loved and I would eventually find them both in heaven. There was no doubt in my mind.

“The most stressful human experiences”

Caring for a loved one with dementia and living through that person’s death are “generally considered two of the most stressful human experiences,” according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). I would agree.

At the end of their lives, my father was bedridden and couldn’t do anything for himself. This situation posed a series of problems. The mother, on the other hand, was ambulatory and prone to wandering as dementia invaded her mind. This posed another set of difficulties.

She could get out of bed, unlock the front door, leave the house and walk away. My sister, who took early retirement and became our mother’s primary caregiver, couldn’t let her guard down for even a minute.

Once, Mother disappeared from her house. My sister couldn’t find her and frantically called me at work. As I was preparing to leave the office and go home to help with the search, I received another call saying Mom had been found.

She had crossed the gravel road near her house, crossed a cow pasture and wandered into my yard. When researchers found her, she was walking around aimlessly while wearing a thin nightgown and tattered socks.

Loneliness, isolation and exhaustion

Caregiving is physically and emotionally draining. It causes intense loneliness, isolation, anxiety and guilt. It deprives the caregiver of their loved one twice rather than once. First, their loved one slips into a world apart and ceases to recognize family members; and second, they die a physical death.

The caregiver may struggle with their faith and angrily demand to know why God allows their loved one to die such a horrific death. They may even lose faith.

Yet the National Institutes of Health (NIH) state that “religious beliefs and practices are associated with better mental health in family members.” Through our pain, we must remember that God never leaves us.

words of wisdom

Christian Life Resources (CLR) encourages caregivers to…

  • develop a stronger relationship with God
  • praying and trusting God (most caregivers say prayer helps)
  • only accept what they can handle, which admittedly can sometimes be difficult
  • rhythm
  • arrange for someone to look after the loved one while they are away from caregiving
  • set limits
  • check community services in their area
  • read, take a walk, or soak in a soothing bath
  • turning to family and friends for support
  • join a support group
  • see a doctor if necessary
  • find reasons to laugh more often

CLR “advises clergy, teachers, doctors, lawyers, moms and dads on a wide range of life and family topics…. Most importantly, the national office educates others on the perspective of God’s Word on these issues.

The organization’s suggestions may seem trivial, simplistic and easy to dismiss, and society may not care. For me, they are useful and true.

Faith gives me the strength and power I need to face huge problems, survive them and grow stronger.

Isaiah 41:10 says, “Fear not for I am with you. Do not be dismayed for I am your God. I will strengthen you; yes, I will help you; yes, I will support you with the right hand of my justice.


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Gillibrand urges Congress to get $1 billion in funding for community health workers https://jazdhealthcare.com/gillibrand-urges-congress-to-get-1-billion-in-funding-for-community-health-workers/ Thu, 08 Sep 2022 17:09:19 +0000 https://jazdhealthcare.com/gillibrand-urges-congress-to-get-1-billion-in-funding-for-community-health-workers/ U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) has called on Congress to provide at least $1 billion in funding for community health workers under the upcoming COVID-19 supplemental funding package. The money sought by Gillibrand would be used to address labor shortages she attributed to the coronavirus and monkeypox health crises. She said the pressures on healthcare […]]]>

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) has called on Congress to provide at least $1 billion in funding for community health workers under the upcoming COVID-19 supplemental funding package.

The money sought by Gillibrand would be used to address labor shortages she attributed to the coronavirus and monkeypox health crises. She said the pressures on healthcare workers have pushed many into retirement and into hospitals that can offer better wages.

“Overworked and understaffed, our public health workforce is exhausted,” Gillibrand said. “States are scrambling to find enough qualified healthcare workers to meet existing needs.”

Gillibrand cited a recent visit to a network of hospitals that had more than 40 vacancies, which they were unable to fill. While previous federal coronavirus relief funds have eased their burden, Gillibrand said the understaffing is proof that health care systems have not yet fully recovered from the challenges posed by the pandemic.

“Years of local budget cuts and the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have weakened local hospital systems in New York City,” she said. But with “health force money,” New York City was able to secure $35 million to train 500 entry-level health care workers.

“I was fortunate enough to meet some of these workers several months ago,” Gillibrand said. “And it was clear to me that there is so much need to provide more support, not only to emergency rooms and hospitals, but also to these workers, to their communities and to public health systems.”


Originally reported by Emilie Bishop for WSHU Public Radio

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Who’s who on my health care team https://jazdhealthcare.com/whos-who-on-my-health-care-team/ Tue, 06 Sep 2022 22:18:56 +0000 https://jazdhealthcare.com/whos-who-on-my-health-care-team/ I was lucky to be in the hands of a neurologist specializing in MS from the start. It saved me time and reassured me that my health was supervised by a doctor who knew my disease and could guide me accordingly, answer all my questions and ensure that I was on the best pain-modifying treatment. […]]]>

I was lucky to be in the hands of a neurologist specializing in MS from the start. It saved me time and reassured me that my health was supervised by a doctor who knew my disease and could guide me accordingly, answer all my questions and ensure that I was on the best pain-modifying treatment. possible disease.

My neurologist, Adnan Subei, DO, Medical Director of the Multiple Sclerosis Program at Memorial Neuroscience Institute, leads my care plan. He tracks the progression of my multiple sclerosis, tests my walking and arm coordination, checks my eyes, monitors my cognitive abilities, and orders my MRIs and medications to manage my various symptoms. He stays informed of all the medications, therapies, tests, and even mobility devices ordered for me by other physicians on my care team, staying connected through Memorial Regional Hospital’s MyChart system.

Dr. Subei was not available to come and visit me when I was hospitalized, but the other doctors told me that he reviewed my file and left a thorough analysis of my case and confirmed my prognosis. I knew right away that I was in good hands. He clearly understands the full scope of multiple sclerosis and keeps abreast of new therapies, research and clinical trials.

Since the beginning, he has always listened to me and answered all my concerns during each visit. He is always very accessible, just an email or a phone call away. Above all, I never felt like anything was forced on me because he listens to me and validates my opinion. I am part of the decision-making process when it comes to my care, which makes me feel comfortable. Dr. Subei has a lot of experience with MS patients, so I trust his judgment with my eyes closed.

When I met him, my body was so weak. He explained to me the ins and outs of multiple sclerosis and what to expect. He showed me all my lesions, especially that “bad boy” on my cervical spine, responsible for all the trouble. Then we discussed treatment options and continued with the authorization process. Over the years, he referred me to physicians in other disciplines who he believed could help me manage my symptoms as they developed.

I don’t want to brag, but the medical services in Florida are excellent. Health care systems are known for their professional staff and services. There are several neurologists who specialize in MS in different parts of the state and many neurologists who have extensive experience in treating MS patients. There’s even the reputable Mayo Clinic multiple sclerosis program in Jacksonville.

Then there is my physiatrist, Janice Cohen, MD, from the Office of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Memorial Rehabilitation Institute. She is responsible for meticulously assessing my physical condition. She assesses my gait, my spasticity, my atrophy, etc. Thanks to her, I have all the mobility devices and walking aids that I have needed over the years. Plus, she ordered rounds and rounds of physical and occupational therapy, just so I could maintain the functions I still have, before MS took over.

Her incredible knowledge of the human body puts me very at ease and reassures me that I am well taken care of. She fully understands the complexity of all the mechanisms and components involved in the movement of each part of the body. Even when we have telehealth appointments, it’s just surreal to me that she understands exactly what I mean when I explain things to her, just because she has this “pattern” in her head of human physiology.

Now, integrative medicine has played a big part in my recovery and healing process – from vitamin supplements and nutrition to exercise and mindfulness. Ashwin Mehta, MD, Medical Director of Integrative Medicine at Memorial Healthcare System, had recently been hired when I had my first bedridden MS attack. I call him my doctor “guru”. I first met him a few weeks after he was released from the hospital. He taught me a lot about how health and diet are linked, how to reduce inflammation and how to take care of yourself.

He is one of the best additions to my medical team, if not the best. I feel like every time I visit him, I’m back on track and in charge of my health because he gives me the tools I need to stay on track. He is a great listener, and so knowledgeable. There’s nothing he doesn’t know the answer to. He is up to date on alternative therapies and holistic medicine. He guided me, as I physically declined, on how to approach exercise from a different perspective and stay active regardless of my limitations. Additionally, he helped me with stress management techniques like meditation and acupuncture.

About a year ago I changed GPs and met Nga Nguyen, MD. She is responsible for my overall health, monitoring all my levels: cholesterol and triglycerides, liver enzymes, red blood cells and lymphocyte count. Managing MS symptoms requires taking strong medications that can affect other organs and cause other medical conditions that we must avoid at all costs. This is why it is so important to have my annual checkup with Dr. Nguyen. We are constantly in touch, and in case something happens, I contact her immediately.

Finally, the pillars of my recovery, my therapists at the Memorial Rehabilitation Institute. This group has been by my side every step of the way. From day one, they have been there for me. I started with occupational therapy because I lost control of my right hand. Then I continued with physical therapy, and so far it’s been almost 7 years of continuous therapy. I made some wonderful friends at this center. They saw me at my worst, but never gave up on me. Always with a smile and nothing but positive vibes, making me feel understood, even when I’m not.

I’ve worked with all the therapists at the rehab center, so at this point I feel like they’re part of the family. Everyone knows me there and they make me feel welcome. I will be forever grateful to have these loving, caring and dedicated people in my life. I would never have come back from my ashes like I did if it wasn’t for them.

All of these wonderful people I mentioned have been instrumental in my MS journey. I had the privilege of being treated by them and learning from them as well. I have become an “expert” at reading my body and identifying potential triggers, anticipating and effectively managing symptoms, and avoiding putting myself in situations that I will pay the price for later. Everything, because of them. The advice from each of them resonates in my head in everything I do.

When we choose our medical team, the people in the hands of our health, we must do so wisely. If you’re not feeling well, you probably aren’t. Sometimes MS deteriorates us faster than we can keep up and we can’t afford to waste time going around in circles. That’s why it’s essential to be your best advocate and have the best team of doctors on your side.

The variety of MS symptoms is so vast that it may be necessary to see more than one specialist at a time. So global support handled by the best of the best, modesty aside, was the only thing I could settle for. All of my doctors are part of the Memorial Healthcare System; therefore, they all have access to my medical records and they can read other people’s notes and add their own as needed. It makes everything easier for me as a patient, keeping everything in one place.

So who’s who on my healthcare team? They are the energy that keeps me going. They are the force behind every little battle I win against MS. They are the force that empowers me. Light in the dark, support when my world is falling apart.

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