National Wear Red Day Raises Awareness of Heart Disease in Women

Go RedFebruary is all about the HEART! MediLodge of Richmond reminds you that it isn’t just all about the Valentine flowers, cards and candy. This is a perfect time to keep those New Year’s Resolutions going strong – to be a healthier and stronger you in this New Year! Heart disease has been called the Silent Killer because it often has no noticeable symptoms. It’s more deadly than all forms of cancer combined. And it’s not just “an old man’s disease.”AHA

In 2003, research revealed that heart disease was by far the No. 1 killer of women, and actually killed more women than men. To save lives and raise awareness of this serious issue, the American Heart Association launched Go Red For Women. And the red dress has become the iconic symbol of our battle against heart disease in women.

National Wear Red Day® — the first Friday each February — is our special day to bring attention to this silent killer of women. We encourage everyone to wear red, raise their voices, know their cardiovascular risk and take action to live longer, healthier lives.

A decade of success since the first National Wear Red Day in 2003, we’ve made tremendous strides in the fight against heart disease in women. Through research and education to healthy lifestyle changes, we’re proud that:Heart Health
1. 34% fewer women now die from heart disease, saving 330 lives every day.
2. More women are taking ownership of their health by developing healthy lifestyles:
37% are losing weight
43% are checking their cholesterol
more than 50% exercise more
60% have improved their diets
33% have developed heart health plans with their doctor.
3. Awareness is up. 23% more Americans now realize heart disease is the #1 killer of women.
4. Awareness among minorities is up, doubling among Hispanic women and tripling among African American women.
5. 15% have quit smoking, and high cholesterol has declined by 18%
6. More communities have joined the fight. Registration in Go Red For Women is now more than 1.75 million. More than 25 million Red Dress Pins have been worn to support the cause. More than 185 cities host GRFW events and luncheons. And more than 2,000 landmarks light up in red on National Wear Red Day.
7. Legislative efforts are making a difference. Women no longer pay higher premiums than men for health coverage. And 20 states have programs for low-income women to get screenings for heart disease and strokes through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s WISEWOMAN.
8. More gender-specific guidelines have been developed, because women’s symptoms and responses to medication differ from men’s.
9. Gender-specific medical research is up. The FDA now requires clinical trial results be reported by gender.
10. Gender-specific inequalities have been identified; ensuring women receive the same level of heart treatment as men.
Visit www.goredforwomen.org for more information on this very important movement.
According to www.sheknows.com the 5 best ways to improve your heart health could be something that you already enjoy and love! Taking a brisk walk, swimming, going for a bike ride or do a little circuit training. Take time to take care of YOU and your Heart!

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Living Through Adapting: A Brief Discussion On Dementia Patients

dementiaCharles Darwin stated: “It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent; it is the one that is most adaptable to change.”

Here at MediLodge of Sterling Heights we are developing a dementia unit that is geared towards optimizing levels of independence for the patients with dementia. The key to taking care of the dementia population is to adapt their environment so they can function at a level of independence that is important to them. There are myths that say the dementia population is not appropriate for therapy, that they cannot show improvement, and that they can’t follow directions. Although it is true that new tasks are difficult for them to learn, it is not impossible for them to adapt to changes. In the process of asking them to adapt to change, it is important for the family and caregivers to recognize the changes and encourage your loved ones.

There are many different types of dementia and they all progress differently and at different rates. What is uniform across all dementia is that memory is affected and basic motor plans become difficult. Science has proven that through sensory techniques, a patient can tap into their long term memory where muscle memory is stored, and learn new techniques. The strongest sense in the human body is the sense of smell as it is the only sense that does not travel through the nucleus. The nucleus is where plaque builds up and blocks other stimuli from getting to the short term memory part of the brain. For this reason, many treatments include using smell to help learn new tasks. When you are visiting your loved ones with dementia, try wearing a vanilla/cinnamon scented perfume or Jergen’s cherry almond lotion. These scents will bring back old memories and you will find that patient’s become more alert and engaging. Try bringing in old pictures and having discussions about childhood or about your loved one’s career. We as caregivers have to adapt to the fact that the short term memory is most significantly affected. Therefore, in order to enjoy your visit with your loved one, discuss their past and reminisce. If they are on a regular diet, bring in their favorite foods from their childhood to early adulthood. Their world is their reality and we as caregivers need to recognize that and go with it. By engaging in the conversation the patient wants to have, they will stay calm and enjoy their time spent visiting.

The Occupational Therapy Department is working with the nursing staff on the 300 unit to develop individualized programs for our patients with dementia. The evaluation process involves staging their level of cognition and a family interview that is aimed at finding out what is important to those patients. Therapy treatment involves adapting the environment to allow the individual to function as independently as possible. Each patient will have a list of activities that they are capable of completing and that are meaningful to their daily life. Therapy is completing treatment on their first set of patients on the unit, and these patients are performing their own laundry, identifying the times of their meals, and completing dressing tasks with only supervision. Our goal is to maximize independence and promote high quality living to our patients with dementia.

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MediLodge of Sterling Heights

MediLodge of Sterling Heights

Ten Tips for Winter Wellness

Cold WeatherMediLodge of Howell is happy to share these ten tips for winter wellness.

1. Go for a walk even when the weather is really cold – your body has to work overtime to get warm and you may burn up to 50% more calories than you would on the same walk in summer! But remember, go a little slower until you get warm and keep up the hydration.

2. If you find it hard to get motivated to exercise in winter… just think of spring and how much harder it is to get back into shape rather than maintain your fitness throughout the winter.

3. Be aware of tendonitis and stress fracture if you don’t exercise in winter and expect to pick up where you left off after a whole winter with no exercise.

4. Instead of picking up a cup of hot chocolate to keep yourself warm, try a herbal beverage.

5. Gain an interest in indoor sports as opposed to cycling and jogging outdoors. Don’t forget that swimming at an indoor pool is an option for a great cardio workout!

6. The cold air and indoor heaters can dry out your skin. Make sure you drink at least 8 glasses of water each day and use moisturizers throughout winter.

7. Buy some indoor plants to soften up the dry atmosphere caused through heating. Indoor plants give off moisture and oxygen and the col­ors will brighten up a dull day outside.

8. Caught a cold or flu? If the infec­tion is above the neck (nose, throat) you could be OK to complete a low intensity workout. However, if you have symptoms that are worse than an average cold (chest congestion, muscle aches), exercise will only make you worse and delay your recovery. Rest is the best medicine.

9. Wear the right clothes when exercising in winter. Polypropylene is the perfect fabric to wear underneath a tracksuit, which will provide great insulation but minimize moisture loss. Gore-Tex is a fabric used widely for providing protection from the rain and wind.

10. Feel like sitting on the couch with a video and snacking on a cold, wet day? Reach for a protein bar or packet of soy nuts instead of high energy, high fat snacks.

MediLodge of Howell

MediLodge of Howell

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Super Bowl Sunday Stew

Your party guests and football fans are sure to enjoy this hearty stew!  This recipe comes to you from MediLodge of Rochester Hills.

SUPER BOWL SUNDAY STEW

stew21 pound beef (1-inch cubes)

Salt and pepper

3 tablespoons butter

30 ounces canned tomato juice

30 ounces canned diced tomatoes,

5 celery stalks, chopped small

2 carrots, peeled (cut in rounds or quarters)

2 onions, peeled and sliced thin

3 cloves garlic, pressed

1 potato, peeled and cubed

1 (10 oz) package frozen okra

3 to 4 tablespoons barley

3 cubes beef bouillon

10 ounces frozen corn

3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

2 teaspoons salt (optional)

6 to 8 stalks parsley, finely chopped

Water, as needed

1 pinch cayenne (optional)

12 black peppercorns

2 bay leaves

1/2 teaspoon thyme

Sauté meat pieces in butter over medium high heat until browned on all sides, about 5 minutes.

Pour into a 5- or 6-quart slow cooker or crock pot, add remaining ingredients, and mix well to blend. Note: You can add water to this stew depending on the thickness you want (about 4 cups for a thick stew). Cover and cook on LOW for 6 to 8 hours. Stir occasionally during the day. Taste for seasoning just before serving. If you want a bite to this stew, you can add to taste some cayenne. Serve in heated bowls with some country peasant bread or bread of your choice, in big chunks and with lots of butter.

Yields 6 servings.

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MediLodge of Rochester Hills

MediLodge of Rochester Hills

Successful Therapy Testimonials From MediLodge

MediLodge of Monroe Short-Term Therapy Success Stories

“I loved my aid Kourtney, she took such great care of me, I am going to miss her! All of the staff at MediLodge were great.  The food was great and my therapy was good. I would recommend MediLodge to anyone looking for a rehabilitation facility.”     Frankie C.

“MediLodge is great as always! The food was great, I probably gained some weight (that’s how good it is). My therapy was great and it always is. I keep coming back because they are so great here. Thank you!!” Joan L.

“MediLodge is the best place to go for therapy. They treat you like family! If I ever get sick again, I will be going back because they treated me with dignity and respect. Therapy must never have a bad day down there because the ladies are always smiling. The food is GREAT and tastes just like home cooking. I like the night owl option!’     Ken M.

“I believe if I had a choice or reason again, I would be back. MediLodge was and is a great rehabilitation facility. Thank you to everyone.”     Sharon B.

MediLodge of Monroe

MediLodge of Monroe

MediLodge of Montrose Shares Similar Success Stories

• Lois E. said:  “I chose MediLodge because I heard that it was one of the best places in Michigan to rehab. The doctors were always there when you needed them; they were really on top of everything. They also kept me informed about what was going on. The therapy was very thorough, you really got a workout!! The cleaning ladies were exceptional. Kathy was always busy. She is helpful, friendly and just awesome. The food was very good and the dining room is beautiful. Keep the chef! The overall care was excellent. I had no problems at all with the staff, when I pushed my call light they were right there to help. It was much better than the hospital. MediLodge was just overall a great place, it was more than we expected!!”
• Nancy R. said:  “My friends told me about MediLodge. The dining was great, everything was very clean. I enjoyed BINGO. The therapy was better than excellent; they went out of their way! I would absolutely recommend MediLodge to others.”
• Kathleen L. said:  “MediLodge is a wonderful place and it is near my home. The massages were over the top! Double excellent! I loved the oils that she used. The physicians are very accommodating and took care of my pain. The therapy department is awesome. I was very pleased with the social services and discharge planning. I would recommend MediLodge to anyone in a heartbeat!”
• Vincent G. said:  “Dr. Schreiber highly recommended MediLodge of Montrose! The dining experience was superior! I never had a bad meal the entire time that I was here. The wellness center was very clean. The therapy was excellent! Ryan (my therapist) was really good. It paid off! If I needed somewhere for more rehab, I would definitely come here!”
• Kathleen R. said:  “I chose MediLodge based on lots of recommendations from all over. This was my #1 choice. The dining was beyond excellent. It’s not only good food, it is a pleasant dining experience. I loved every bit of the hair, nails, and massages that I received. The cleanliness of the center was top notch. The physicians were excellent; I was impressed that they are reliable and very knowledgeable. The staff overall was friendly and well organized. The therapy was a real treat and very helpful for me. Everything was wonderful! I would definitely recommend rehabbing here!”

MediLodge of Montrose

MediLodge of Montrose

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MediLodge of Sterling Therapy Success Stories

MediLodgeThe Essence of the MediLodge Difference Encompasses…

1. Our notion of the Wellness Lodge, a place for healing, where patients – we prefer to address them as lodgers – come for relatively short term stays to avail themselves of our compassionate, personalized rehabilitation therapy, and…

2. A new, whole-person, wellness-centered philosophy we’ve named Zensational. More than a state of mind, this is a participatory process through which our lodgers join with MediLodge.

Our physicians, coordinating the efforts of our nursing and rehabilitation staff, will see to it that each lodger’s treatment is adapted to his or her medical and social needs alone. In short, we’ll take all possible steps to remove any obstacles to recovery and long-term wellness. To further ensure this, we encourage family members to join wholeheartedly in their lodger’s care, therapy, and planning.

MediLodge of Sterling

MediLodge of Sterling

This month the therapy department would like to spotlight one of the many success stories here at MediLodge of Sterling. We are very proud of all of our residents and the physical, mental, and emotional obstacles they overcome to return home or to their prior level of function.

Ruth S. came to MediLodge at the end of July. Ruth worked very hard in occupational and physical therapy five days a week. When she arrived she required two people to assist her with transfers and walking. While in therapy Ruth utilized the Nu-Step, weights, and the therapy mat for strengthening. Ruth took advantage of the home evaluation the therapy department offers. She was taken home prior to discharge to assess for any equipment needs and given suggestions for safety at home. After just 4 weeks Ruth went home with the ability to get in/out of bed, transfer, ambulate, and perform activities of daily living with no assistance. Ruth reports she went home and had a family get-together with 30 people, good food, and a bonfire. When asked about her stay here at MediLodge she reports “therapy was thorough and wonderful.” She also reports “the help was great and I would come back.”

Great job Ruth!

“I’m so grateful to the administration and staff for your thoughtfulness, kindness and generous heart. I want everyone to know how much I appreciate you.

Everyone was kind, helpful and pleasant when I went to see my brother Tom K. I want to thank you all. Thank you for everything, truly.”

Sincerely,

Mary Lou L.

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MediLodge of Sterling

MediLodge of Sterling

Prepare For Wintertime Dangers

By Chaley Crawford, MediLodge of Hillman Marketing Director

Happy 2014 Everyone!

I hope everyone enjoyed the holidays and were able to spend time with family and friends. It sure has been a COLD winter so far! Wintertime can be a dangerous time of year, especially for the elderly, with the extreme cold and all of that slippery ice out there. Because of this I figured I would share some tips to help, whether it be for your parents, grandparents or even the sweet little lady next door. We all need to do our part to help them stay safe this time of year.

Avoid Slipping on Ice

shovelIcy, snowy roads and sidewalks make it easy to slip and fall. Often these falls cause major injuries such as hip and wrist fractures, head trauma and major lacerations. While younger people often recover rather quickly from such injuries, older adults face complication, which are the leading cause of death from injury in men and women over the age of 65. Make sure to shovel all walkways and keep them salted and clear of ice.

Dress for Warmth

Hillman Cold WeatherCold temperatures can lead to frostbite and hypothermia. According to the CDC, more than half of hypothermia-related deaths were of people over the age of 65. So don’t let indoor temperatures go too low and dress in layers. When going outside make sure they wear warm socks, a heavy coat, a warm hat, gloves and a scarf. In very cold temperatures, cover all exposed skin. Use a scarf to cover the mouth and protect the lungs.

Fight Wintertime Depression

phoneBecause it can be difficult and dangerous to get around, many seniors have less contact with others during cold months. This can cause feeling of loneliness and isolation. To help avoid this, family members can check in on seniors as often as possible; even a short phone call can go a long ways. If you can’t personally check on them, maybe a neighbor of theirs would do it for you.

Check the Car

winterDriving during the winter can be hazardous for anyone, but it is especially dangerous for older people who may not drive as often anymore or whose reflexes may not be as quick as they once were. Make sure they get their car serviced before wintertime hits, checking things like oil, tires, battery, and wipers.

Prepare for Power Outages

downed linesWinter storms can lead to power outages. Make sure they have easy access to flashlights and a battery-powered radio in case the power goes out. Stockpile warm blankets and keep a supply of non-perishable foods than can be eaten cold.

Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poising

Using a fireplace, gas heater or lanterns can lead to carbon monoxidefireplace poisoning. Ensure safety by making sure there is a carbon monoxide detector in the house and that the batteries are still good. Have your heating system, water heater and any other gas, oil, or coal burning appliances serviced by a qualified technician every year and seek prompt medical attention if you suspect CO poisoning and are feeling dizzy, light-headed, or nauseous.

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A summer pig-roast is one of many lovely activities involving lodgers, staff and the community.

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