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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.
3. Fewer than 50% of patients with Lyme disease recall a tick bite or the “bull’s-eye” rash that is considered classic.
4. Many screening test can be unreliable. By definition, a screening test should have at least 95% in sensitivity as a result.
5. A vaccine for Lyme disease is currently unavailable.
6. When used as part of a diagnostic evaluation for Lyme disease, a “western blot” test should be performed by a special laboratory that is specifically known to read and report on Lyme results.
7. There are 5 subspecies of the Lyme spirochete (Borrelia Burgdorferi), over 100 other strains are known in the USA with 300 strains worldwide.
8. There has never been a study supporting that a 30 day antibiotic treatment would cure chronic Lyme disease. Short treatment courses (30 days) often have upwards of a 40% relapse rate.
9. Chronic Lyme disease requires prolonged treatment until the patient is symptom-free. Relapses may occur and often retreatment is required.
10. Lyme disease has been called “the great imitator” and should be considered in the differential diagnosis of many patients with symptoms of rheumatologic and neurologic conditions.
BEST ADVICE: Be your own best advocate and be open and persistent with your doctor regarding your symptoms. Keep a detailed written record that includes prescribed treatments and their effects.

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 health history.  They may mean more to your doctor than you think, as part of your total healthcare picture. Slips and fall may be the symptom of many things including, medication interaction, poor eyesight, and a neurological imbalance, and inner ear infection, loss of sensation in your feet and legs or even poor shoe selection.

Thanks to Dr. Steve Morris, for sharing the following. Gait Test with us at his Life Long Learning presentation. So, dig out a pencil and answer the following questions. You get a point for every YES answer.   Zero is the BEST score!…..Now be HONEST

    1. Have I had a slip or fall in the past 12 months?


    1. It has been suggested I use a cane or walker at any time.


    1. I sometimes feel unsteady when I walk.


    1. A family member says they are worried I might fall.


    1. I need to push on arms of a chair to stand up


    1. I have trouble judging the depths of curbs.


    1. I often need to get to the bathroom very quickly.


    1. I have lost sensation in my feet.


    1. Family has been asking me to “stand up straight”.


    1. Some of my medicines make me feel light headed.


    1. I take medicine to help me sleep.


    1. I don’t swing my arms when I walk.

Now if you are able to honestly able to all these questions and can get a ZERO your chances of a slip or fall in the next year are very low.  However, if your score is 4 or more you need to let your MD know and start a personal campaign to improve.  According to a study done by Reuters Health, step training focused on improving gait and balance may help prevent falls among the elderly. In this study the analysis of seven previous studies, with a combined total of 660 older adults, found that interventions to improve stepping skills cut the rate of falls roughly in half.  The best fall prevention, suggests that older adults would benefit from exercises designed to help maintain balance during everyday activities like getting out of a chair or avoiding obstacles on a sidewalk, said senior study author Stephen Lord of the University of New South Wales in Sydney, a leading expert in fall prevention. Check into classes or workouts (many easy to follow and available online) that improve your ability to recover when balance is lost.  That way trips or slips don’t turn into falls. Strength and balance are most important for physical functioning. So as we are finding, in many things in our lives Prevention is best.  So, first step is to put down your test and stand up without holding on to your chair and Step Lively.

Better Memory Tricks

Better Memory Tricks

Got Memory Failure? OK seriously who doesn’t? Start TODAY to do as much as you can with YOUR NON DOMINANT HAND. ….brush your teeth (while standing only on the non dominant foot) comb your hair, button your shirt, zip up pants, talk on the phone.( the toughest). Try to incorporate as much as you can so your brain cells that have been laying dormant on that unused side of your brain WAKE UP and ask What’s Happening Try this for a week, you have nothing to lose. The more you improvise the better the results. Your Memory Will improve………don’t forget!!

Brain Gain Made Easy ……….7 Steps

Brain Gain Made Easy ……….7 Steps

Brain Gain Made Easy ……….in 7 Steps

  1. Step it up, physical exercise helps prevent illnesses that can lead to memory loss by releasing a protein needed by the brain for healthy nerve cells.
  2. Try a Mediterranean diet that has shown a 20 decrease in memory problems, as it has lots of fruits, vegetables, and fish and uses good olive oil.
  3. Engage your brain just like good physical exercise; mentally challenging activities will keep your mind sharper.
  4. Stay social, stay engaged in your life. Studies prove that the more social connections someone has in their life the better they are at enhancing and preserving mental acuity.
  5. Sleep better. If your sleep is restless (causing lower concentration) here are few ways to help: no big meals, caffeine, alcohol 3 hours prior to bedtime and try to get into and out of bed at regular times.
  6. Lower your stress. High levels of the stress hormone, cortisol, prevents the brain from moving data out of the “memory bank” Add yoga, meditation and maybe even massage to your routine..
  7. STOP smoking. Nicotine is a vasoconstrictor and may cause small stokes in the brain, so  keep looking into all available  quitting solutions until you find one that works. 
Autism Effects 1 in 17 Families Across the Globe

Autism Effects 1 in 17 Families Across the Globe


“Autism ” has gather a great deal of information into  “Toolboxes “ to help families to understand and be supportive in multiple situations.


Healthy Food Quiz – Questions and Answers

Healthy Food Quiz – Questions and Answers

The Healthy Food Quiz: Questions  

Answer key at the bottom of this page

Which is least likely to lower your blood pressure?

  1. low-fat yogurt
  2. cantaloupe
  3. whole-grain bread
  4. spinach
  5. broccoli

Vitamin D may reduce the risk of all but one of these. Which one?

  1. bone loss
  2. colon cancer
  3. gum disease
  4. irritable bowel syndrome
  5. multiple sclerosis

Which is least likely to reduce your risk of diabetes?

  1. whole-grain cereal
  2. nuts
  3. salad dressing
  4. alcoholic beverages
  5. orange juice

Which is least likely to lower your risk of colon cancer?

  1. lean meat
  2. whole-grain bread
  3. low-fat milk
  4. a multivitamin
  5. exercise

Which is least likely to lower your risk of brittle bones (osteoporosis)?

  1. low-fat yogurt
  2. collard greens
  3. olive oil
  4. a multivitamin e. suns
  5. sunshine

Which is least likely to cause food poisoning?

  1. raw sprouts
  2. chicken
  3. salad
  4. mayonnaise
  5. beef

Meat eaters have a higher risk of all but one of these diseases. Which one?

  1. osteoarthritis
  2. diabetes
  3. gout
  4. non-Hodgkins lymphoma
  5. colon cancer

The Healthy Food Quiz: Answers

Which is least likely to lower your blood pressure?

(3) Whole-grain bread. The DASH study (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) showed that a lower-fat diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and low-fat dairy foods can lower blood pressure. Researchers aren’t sure whether the potassium, magnesium, calcium, protein, fiber, or other nutrients made the difference.

Vitamin D may reduce the risk of all but one of these. Which one?

(4) IBS (irritable bowel syndrome). Studies suggest that vitamin D may reduce the risk of bone loss, gum disease, multiple sclerosis, and colon cancer. Shoot for 400 IU a day (600 IU if you’re over 70). Good sources include multivitamins, calcium+D supplements, milk, and some yogurts, breads, breakfast cereals, margarines, and orange juices. Sunshine helps .with sunscreen, of course.

Which is least likely to reduce your risk of diabetes?

(5) Orange juice. To dodge diabetes, stay lean and exercise. Studies also find a lower risk in people who drink alcoholic beverages in modest amounts (1-9 drinks a week for men; 1-7  drinks a week for women), as well as those who eat nuts, whole grains, and unsaturated fats. Processed red meats (like bacon, hot dogs, and sausage), trans-fat-laden foods (like French fries, fried chicken, and pie crust), are all a No NO!

Which is least likely to lower your risk of colon cancer?

(1) Lean meat. Meat eaters seem to have a higher risk of colon cancer, even if the meat is lean. Foods that are high in magnesium (like beans, whole grains, and leafy greens) or calcium (like milk, yogurt, and cheese) seem to protect the colon. So do multivitamins (perhaps because they contain the B-vitamin folic acid) as well as daily exercise. May seem difficult but target 55-70 grams of protein a day divided over the day. Makes you start reading labels.  Think about  adding protein powder to your smoothies.

Which is least likely to lower your risk of brittle bones (osteoporosis)?

(3) Olive oil. Foods high in calcium (like milk, cheese, and yogurt), vitamin K (like collards, spinach, and broccoli), potassium (like fruits and vegetables), and vitamin D help strengthen your bones. The best sources of vitamin D are sunshine, a multivitamin, or a calcium+D supplement (see answer #2). Weight-bearing exercise (almost any activity but swimming) also protects bones and may help prevent falls by boosting balance, coordination, and strength.

Which is least likely to cause food poisoning?

(4) Mayonnaise. Fruits and vegetables (like berries, lettuce, and sprouts) can be contaminated in the fields by tainted water or manure, so wash thoroughly. Contaminated poultry, beef, andeggs may cause infections when they’re undercooked, so use a thermometer if you can, Commercial mayonnaise is pasteurized, so it’s relatively safe. (Homemade mayo is another story.)

Meat eaters have a higher risk of all but one of these diseases. Which one?

(1) Osteoarthritis. It’s not clear why people who eat more red meat have a higher risk of non- Hodgkins lymphoma, diabetes, and colon cancer. So mix up your diet with protein packed poultry, fish

So take your glasses when you go to the store next and get in the habit of reading the labels on things before you  put them in the shopping cart.   If you don’t like what the label says put it back on shelf and keep looking for a healthy alternative.

Kill Pollen = Put Pillow in Dryer!!

Kill Pollen = Put Pillow in Dryer!!

                               PUT YOUR PILLOW IN THE DRYER!

A suggestion for any morning that you wake up with a runny nose, a cough or a stuffy head.   Put your entire pillow in the dryer. Yep!

We all drool and cough into our pillow(s)  at night.   We take medicines during the day when we are feeling badly and then  go back to sleep on a pillow where the germs have been a play and multiplying all day, right!?

So, put pillow (s) in dryer 15 minutes on High as soon as you wake up and before you make the bed.  Plan to routinely put pillow(s) in dryer whenever you wash your sheets, especially during the winter months.

Killing the germs will give YOU the edge on getting better faster…………a  Health Share Promise.

Protein = Brain Power

Protein = Brain Power

Importance of  Increasing Protein  As We Age

✔Evidence indicates that protein intake greater than RDA can improve muscle mass, strength, and function in elderly.

✔Frailty 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 is inevitable.

✔Animal sources of protein (highest quality) generally provide the most leucine, the essential amino acid that is key to synthesis of muscle tissue.

✔Whey protein has been found to be especially high in leucine. Read the protein powder labels!

✔Some experts believe equally distributing protein intake over three meals a day is as important as getting enough protein.

✔To help older (>65 years) people maintain and regain lean body mass and function, the PROT-AGE Study Group recommends a range of 1.0 to 1.2 g of protein per kilogram of body weight= 45-70 grams pers day .

✔Sarcopenia is insidious but its progression may be accelerated by physical inactivity and poor nutrition.

✔Animal sources of protein (chicken, turkey, fish, beef, pork, shellfish, eggs, milk, yogurt, cheese, cottage cheese) contain complete protein.  Complete protein is necessary to build and repair muscle.

✔By combining foods from two or more plant categories in a meal, those foods compliment each other and provide all necessary amino acids to create complete protein.  Example: serve cooked dried beans (legume) and rice  (grain) together.

 Ways to Increase Protein

Read the labels and learn to understand the numbers!

Make a high protein smoothie by blending, milk, nonfat dry milk, yogurt, and/or whey protein powder.  Two tbsp. peanut butter will add an extra eight grams of protein.

Prepare custards, puddings, and quiches that are packed with protein from milk products and eggs.

Purchase whole grain breads with seeds to increase protein and fiber.

Prepare a hearty stew or soup with lean beef or turkey and add dried beans as well.

Eat ½ cup cottage cheese with fruit and/or yogurt, plus nuts if desired.

Consume Greek yogurt (more protein than regular) with 12 to 15 grams of protein per 3.5 oz. cup.

Substance Abuse

Substance Abuse

We are blessed to live in SCCL, an Active Senior Living community.  We have the ability to preserve our health and safety by being vigilant, aware and responsible for OUR OWN Health.

Number one avoidable problem is substance abuse among individuals over 65. Abuse results from misuse of alcohol and/or over-the-counter and prescription drugs. Misuse of drugs refers to underuse, overuse, or erratic use of legally prescribed and/or over-the-counter drugs.  Mixing alcohol with most medications is contraindicated as alcohol makes many medications either more or less potent.  Your MD is counting on the accurate dispensing of medications for your success of your overall healthcare plan. Beyond the physical and mental health risks, frequent heavy drinking also is linked with personal problems  and having relationship troubles.  If you drink alcohol, do so in moderation and measure. This means an average of one to two drinks per day for men and one drink per day for women. (A drink is one 12 oz. beer, 4 oz. of wine, 1.5 oz. of 80-proof spirits, or 1 oz. of 100-proof spirits.)  Drinking more alcohol increases such dangers as alcoholism, high blood pressure, obesity, stroke, breast cancer, suicide and accidents. Aging lowers the body’s tolerance for alcohol.  Older adults generally experience the effects of alcohol more quickly than when they were younger.  Alcohol is a factor, for example, in about 60% of fatal burn injuries, suicides and homicides as well as many slips and falls: 50% of severe trauma injuries ( broken hips & knees etc) and 40% of fatal motor vehicle accidents.

 Depression:  Consider asking your doctor about a depression anxiety screening questionnaire if you have any question that you or a loved one seems to becoming more depressed or anxious. Remember too  that alcohol is a depressant and muscle relaxant.

Stop Smoking.  Tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease, disability, and death in the United States. About 8.4% of adults aged 65 or older still smoke cigarettes in the last survey in 2010