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Healthcare Terminology

Healthcare Terminology

Advance Care Directive – a written statement of a person’s wishes regarding medical treatment, often including a living will, made to ensure those wishes are carried out should the person be unable to communicate them to a doctor. Living Will – A written document that allows a patient to give explicit instructions about medical treatment to be administered when the patient is terminally ill or permanently unconscious; also called an advance directive. Health Care Power of Attorney – Legal authorization…

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12 Point Medication Check List

12 Point Medication Check List

12 Point Medication Check List 1.Learn Before you start taking any new prescription or OTC/herbal supplement by speaking with your pharmacist. Before taking ANY new drug OR supplement have your pharmacist review the impact on the other meds you are taking. Medications and supplements can counteract each other & therefore should be taken at different times of the day, some with food only, some on empty stomach. Do not expect pills to do what they are prescribed for if you…

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“I need to have Radiation”

“I need to have Radiation”

Here is some helpful information  I have gathered from pieces available on the net. You will find this helpful  in the event that you are told that you need radiation as part of your treatment protocol. Radiation therapy — also called radiotherapy — is a highly targeted and highly effective way to destroy cancer cells in the breast that may stick around after surgery. Despite what many people fear, radiation therapy is relatively easy to tolerate and its side effects…

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Staying Healthy When Traveling Abroad

Staying Healthy When Traveling Abroad

Staying Healthy When Traveling Abroad Many of us who are lucky enough to live in Sun City Carolina Lakes have many opportunities to travel in retirement. I have heard many very scary stories that perhaps could have been avoided. It is important to remember that you are responsible for your own health and wellbeing when you are traveling. Be Prepared. It’s a great way to make sure you have a good time and stay healthy to enjoy your trip. Before…

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Emergency Action Plan for Sun City

Emergency Action Plan for Sun City

Please take an opportunity to read and understand the following important  information.           RESIDENT INFORMATION FOR EMERGENCY ACTION PLAN  PURPOSE All organizations are at some level of risk.  Being prepared for an emergency* can make the difference between life and death.  Life safety is first and foremost at Sun City Carolina Lakes (SCCL): it is the primary focus in developing this, the SCCL Emergency Action Plan (EAP), created by the SCCL Public Safety Committee and the…

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When To Move On!

When To Move On!

How Do You Know When it is Time to Leave Sun City Carolina Lakes? Carole Miller, RN,BSN One in a series by HealthShare Hopefully you moved here Sun City Carolina Lakes because you wanted to enjoy our independent, active life style, be closer to family, pay lower taxes, or for the warmer weather. All of those are reasons most often heard for residing here. Occasionally someone moves here because they or their family think that we are a retirement community…

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Questions on Lyme Disease

Questions on Lyme Disease

Questions about LYME Disease? 1.. Lyme disease is transmitted by the bite of a tick, and the disease is very prevalent across the United States and throughout the world. 2. Lyme disease (DRG 867) is a clinical diagnosis and may cause infection of multiple organs and produce a wide range of symptoms and should be used as a differential diagnosis in rheumatologic and neurologic conditions, with symptoms similar to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Somatization Disorder, and any difficult-to-diagnose multi-system illness….

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Importance of Protein ( 50-70 grams a day)

Importance of Protein ( 50-70 grams a day)

✔Evidence indicates that protein intake of 50-70 grams a day  can improve muscle mass, strength, and function. ✔Frailty  as we age is closely connected to decreased muscle mass and strength known as sarcopenia. ✔Not only do the older progressively lose muscle with age, but their physiology resists building new muscle. ✔Pair inactivity with low protein intake, and continued muscle loss with age becomes  inevitable. ✔Animal sources of protein (highest quality) generally provide the most leucine, the essential amino acid that…

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Can You Pass This Balance Test

Can You Pass This Balance Test

Can You Pass This Balance Test? According to STEADI (Stopping Elderly Accidents, Deaths and Injuries) more than 27,000 people over 65, die as a result of falls, which is 74 every day all year long. Only 1 in 4 reports falls to their doctors during any appointment.  It is very important to let your doctor know if you are slipping, unsteady or falling, even occasionally.  There may be many reasons for falls but ALL are important, as part of your…

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