Posts Tagged ‘BrightStar Duluth’

Elderly Falls: Who’s At Risk?

Presented by Scott Morrison, Owner of 3 BrightStar location in North Georgia.

In our last blog, we discussed some elderly falls statistics and were introduced to the dangers of falling for older adults. One in three adults ages 65 or older falls each year, and they can cause hip fractures, head injuries and even instill a debilitating fear of falling again that can cause mobility issues. (more…)

10 Ways to Promote a Healthy Retirement Experience for the Elderly

Presented by Scott Morrison, CSA, and Owner of 3 BrightStar Care locations in Metro Atlanta and North Georgia.

Retirement is commonly the “next step” after years and years of being in the workforce. You’ve raised your family and you might be slowing down health-wise or just wish to spend time doing other things you enjoy. Around 65 or so, many tend to start evaluating life and developing an exit strategy for retirement. But with retirement can come inactivity and less social opportunities so it’s important to explore ways to maintain these areas of life to stay as active, healthy and sharp as possible. (more…)

February is Heart Awareness Month

Presented by Scott Morrison, CSA and Owner of BrightStar Care of North Georgia

Did you know that heart disease is the number 1 killer of women, causing 1 in 3 deaths each year? Did you know that heart disease kills more women than men, at an average rate of one death per minute?  Did you know that heart disease kills more women than all kinds of cancer combined?  The most common heart disease in the United States is coronary heart disease which occurs when a substance called plaque builds up in the arteries that supply blood to the heart.  Coronary heart disease can cause a heart attack, angina, heart failure, and arrhythmias.  

The disease is serious, but there is good news and that is heart disease is preventable and controllable. Particular health conditions and lifestyle factors can put people at a high risk for developing heart disease.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) you can begin by taking small steps every day to put yourself closer to heart health. These preventative measures include eating a healthy diet, maintaining a healthy weight, exercising regularly, monitoring your blood pressure, not smoking, limiting alcohol use, and remember to have your cholesterol checked.  

Visit Go Red for Women to learn more about heart disease and how you can get involved in supporting the American Heart Association.

Understanding Memory Loss

Presented by Scott Morrison, CSA and owner of BrightStar Care of North Georgia

As we age, so does our brain, and in turn these changes affect the memory.  The brain begins to lose brain cells and the body produces less of the chemicals your brain cells need to work. These changes can lead to mild forgetfulness and can also inhibit the ability to create new memories, which can make learning new things extremely difficult.  Mental and physical workouts help curve the aging process and keeping active into the golden year’s plays an essential role in keeping our minds sharp. 

Here are some ways to help your memory:

  • Learn a new skill.
  • Keep stress in check.
  • Do crossword puzzles and play board games.
  • Get lots of rest, exercise, and eat well.
  • Volunteer in your community, at a school, or at your place of worship.
  • Spend time with friends and family. Laughter is good for the brain!
  • Don’t drink a lot of alcohol.
  • Get help if you feel depressed for weeks at a time.

Have You Gotten Your Daily Dose of Sunshine?

Presented by Scott Morrison, CSA and owner of  BrightStar North Georgia

The holidays are over and the seasonal cheer is gone, and like it or not, the dead of winter has officially hit. The gloomy, cold weather isn’t going anywhere in the near future and some of us are unhappy about it more than others. If you have started experiencing muscle weakness or bone pain this winter you might be dealing with a Vitamin D deficiency. Vitamin D deficiencies are most common in winter months and some studies suggest an association between low Vitamin D levels and certain mood disorders including  Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), which can cause mood changes and unhappiness due to the lack of sunlight. (more…)

Glaucoma is often referred to as the “silent thief of sight”.

Presented by Scott Morrison, CSA and owner of BrightStar Care of North Georgia

January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month. Glaucoma is a leading cause of blindness for individuals over the age of 60.  It is often referred to as the “silent thief of sight” because there may be no symptoms or pain to warn you and symptoms often occur when the disease is quite advanced.  According to the World Health Organization, Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness in the world.  Glaucoma is an eye disease in which the internal pressure in the eyes increases enough to damage the nerve fibers in the optic nerve, which can lead to irreversible vision loss.  

Approximately three million Americans are living with glaucoma and it is estimated that only half realize that they have the eye disease. Glaucoma is a leading cause of blindness among African American and Hispanics in the United States.  Three times as many African Americans have glaucoma than Caucasians. Senior citizens, individuals with a family history of glaucoma, diabetics, and severely nearsighted are other groups considered to be at high risk for the disease.  There is no cure for glaucoma and lost vision cannot be regained.  However, early detection and treatment through regular and complete eye exams is the key to protecting your vision.  Click here to watch this informative video: Learning About Glaucoma.

January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month

Presented by BrightStar of North Georgia

The month of January is also known as Cervical Cancer Awareness Month. It is a time to increase public awareness and understanding of the disease, methods of screening and prevention, options for treatment, and overall the purpose is to educate the public on resources available to combat this disease.  Cervical cancer is one of the most common types of cancer for women.  Approximately 13,000 women in the United States are affected each year by cervical cancer.  In most cases the cancer can be prevented through early detection and treatment of abnormal cell changes that occur in the cervix years before the cervical cancer develops.  The human papillomavirus (HPV) is found in about 99% of cervical cancers. However, only particular strands of the virus are linked to the cause of cervical abnormalities that may lead to cervical cancer.  The most effective way to screen for cervical cancer is through an annual Pap test and this may be done in conjunction with a HPV DNA test performed by your health care provider.

Staying up to date with the latest information on prevention and screening is an imperative step in reducing your risk of developing cervical cancer, while access to current, in-depth treatment information can help you choose optimal care and achieve the best possible outcome from treatment. Click here to download a detailed guide on everything you need to know about cervical cancer.

CareAnswers: Help You and Your Loved Ones Fight the Flu

Presented by Scott Morrison, CSA and BrightStar Care of North Georgia

Flu season has begun and is unfortunately off to a deadly start. With early reports stating numerous hospitalizations so early in the season, it’s crucial to stay on top of our health and loved one’s health. Sharon Roth Maguire, a geriatric nurse practitioner and Senior Vice President of Quality and Clinical Operations for BrightStar Care®, prepared tips to help everyone stay safe and healthy this flu season. (more…)

Living with dementia, there is no quick fix

Provided by BrightStar of North Georgia

We live in a world of quick fixes and immediate gratification.  We honk our horns when people miss a beat at a green light, we get aggravated if the Big Mac isn’t ready right away and I find myself getting angry if my computer can’t get me the answer in a Google search. 

 In the world of dementia, there is no quick fix, no immediate gratification. There are limited symptom management medications, which are helpful in a handful of cases but there is no quick fix.  Every few months we are teased by the media with a scientific breakthrough. These teases keep us from focusing on the immediate issues surrounding dementia as we await a fix.  Sadly this seemingly innate need for a medical cure creates apathy toward immediate strategies that could make the situation better for everyone suffering with this disease.  “Everyone” in this context is the family, the person with the disease and our society at large.   In fact there are impactful things we can do NOW that can effect change. 

  • Learn everything we can about dementia. 
  • Lean on and learn with each other. 
  • Try to walk in the shoes of dementia from sympathy to empathy.
  • View all behaviors stemming from this disease as normal coping strategies. This attitude shift changes our mind set about “problems” in dementia. 
  • Shout dementia from the roof tops.  Talk to your friends about it. Don’t let it be a family secret.  

Change in the care of dementia will happen when we expose reality and start talking about solutions.

5 Reasons to Use In-Home Healthcare

Provided by Scott Morrison, CSA  and BrightStar of North Georgia

Whether it’s when caring for a child or an elderly loved one, sometimes we all need a little additional help. Before automatically opting for a nursing home or full-time daycare, consider the option of in-home healthcare that allows your loved one to receive treatment and care within the comfort of her or his own home. With the full continuum of homecare available from newborn care and nanny services to companion care to skilled medical care for the elderly, there is a wide array of situations where in-home caregivers can ease everyday stressors. (more…)