Category: Senior Focus

Effects of dementia can be devastating for victims and family

In the United States, an estimated 4 million people have Alzheimer?s disease?one form of dementia in older adults. In Marion County, there are an estimated 529 cases of Alzheimer?s.

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Life with dementia: ‘You’re always on call’ says wife and caregiver

For 16 of the 22 years of their marriage, Betty Kline?s husband Howard ?Whitey? Kline has had Alzheimer?s disease.

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Time to break silence about Alzheimer’s

Dad has Alzheimer?s disease. There I said it. So does his brother, my Uncle Eugene.

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Healthy Geezer- What to do about bladder-control issues

Q This is embarrassing to discuss with anyone so I thought I?d write to you about it. I?m having bladder-control problems. What can I do?

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Healthy Geezer- Colorectal Cancer

Q I?ve noticed that today people talk openly about rectal cancer. This isn?t something you used to discuss in polite company. Why is this?

 

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Healthy Geezer- ‘Liver spots’ a catchall for a lot of skin growths

Q Do liver spots have anything at all to do with the liver?

 

A No. This is a common question and a great starting point for a column about all those doohickeys that grow on our skin as we age.

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Healthy Geezer- Hearing loss can be aided

Q I?m 67 and have always had very good hearing. Lately, I?ve noticed that I can?t pick up some things my granddaughter says. Is this significant?

 

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Healthy Geezer- Mixing grapefruit with meds unsafe

Q: My daughter heard grapefruit juice can be toxic for some people. Is that true?

 

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1 of 20 people have irreversible vision loss

Q: At the recreation center in my development, I overheard some women talking about ?low vision.? Is that something like being near-sighted?

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New elderly director excited to serve area seniors
New elderly director excited to serve area seniors

New elderly director excited to serve area seniors

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Jayne Gottschalk is excited to succeed Noreen Weems as Marion County?s elderly director and to live as a new resident of Lehigh. ?Every day here is such a warm experience,? she said. ?There is always a senior citizen who stops to share blessings or needs.? Jerry Engler / Free Press. Click image to enlarge.

 

Jayne Gottschalk grew up playing cards, dominoes and Scrabble with senior citizens in her parents? cafe in Geneseo.

She said her folks, Elden and Irene Prester, owned several businesses in the town where she spent all 12 years of grade school and high school. She remembers getting up to open the cafe at 3 a.m. during wheat harvest to feed grain cutters early breakfast.

Gottschalk never lost her affinities for the elderly and small towns. She smiles with the pleasure it is bringing her to succeed Noreen Weems as Marion County?s elderly director, and to live as a new resident of Lehigh.

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