Senior Living / Health & Fitness Focus
Written by Don Ratzlaff Tuesday, 12 April 2011 17:23Marion County has 17 teams and just over 100 people participating in this year’s Walk Kansas fitness challenge.
This year marks the 10th anniversary of the introduction of the Kansas State University Research and Extension program, Walk Kansas challenges each six-person team to combine their distances to reach at least 423 miles, the distance between the state’s east and west borders.
The program began March 13 and will end May 7.
Marion County didn’t participate in the inaugural...
Written by Fred Cicetti Tuesday, 12 April 2011 17:22Q What is the leading cause of hospitalization of older people? Is it heart attacks or strokes?
AThe number one reason people over age 65 go into the hospital is congestive heart failure, or simply heart failure. If you have CHF, your heart can’t pump enough blood. This condition develops over time.
Heart failure is most common in older people, and is more common in African-Americans. Men have a higher rate of heart failure than women. But, because women usually live longer, the condition affects more women in their 70s and 80s.
In normal hearts, veins bring oxygen-poor blood from the body to the right side of the heart. It is then pumped through the pulmonary artery to the lungs, picking up oxygen. From there, the blood returns...
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 08 March 2011 14:47In the midst of National Patient Safety Awareness Week, March 6-12, the two hospitals in Marion County report they are making progress to ensure that their health care personnel, including medical staff, are protecting patients by receiving annual flu shots.
At Hillsboro Community Hospital, statistics for the 2009-10 flu season show that 87 percent of its health care personnel were vaccinated. That is a 47 percent increase over the 2008-09 vaccination rate of 40 percent, according to hospital officials.
Statistics for the 2010-11 flu season were not reported.
Meanwhile, St. Luke Hospital in Marion reports that more than 85 percent of their health care personnel, including medical staff, received a flu vaccination during the...
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 08 March 2011 14:46A familiar face has accepted a new role at Parkside Homes Inc., Hillsboro, effective the first of March.
Tracy Leffler, who has been employed at Parkside in a number of nursing-related roles since joining the staff in August 1997, has been named health services coordinator.
According to administrator Gretchen Wagner, the job of the health services coordinator is essentially the same as a director of nursing, but the title has been changed to reflect with Parkside’s commitment to cultural change, which emphasizes the needs of residents rather than the traditional institutional model of care.
“As cultural change has progressed, some of the words we use are changed to be more social minded as opposed to medical minded,” Wagner...
Written by Joyce Kyle Tuesday, 08 March 2011 14:46Every human feels anxiety on occasion; it is a part of life. All of us know what it is like to feel worry, nervousness, fear and concern. We feel nervous when we have to give a speech or go for a job interview. We know it’s normal to feel a surge of fear.
Most of us are able to manage these kinds of anxious feelings fairly well and are able to carry on with our lives without much difficulty. These feelings don’t disrupt our lives.
But millions of people suffer from devastating and constant anxiety that severely affects their lives, sometimes resulting in living in highly restricted ways. These people experience panic attacks, phobias, extreme shyness, obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviors.
The feeling of anxiety is a...
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