Category: Senior Living / Health & Fitness Focus

Marijuana still an illegal treatment for glaucoma

Q: I heard that marijuana helps glaucoma. I?d like to try it, but won?t I get in trouble? A: Marijuana can help your glaucoma and it could definitely get you in trouble because it?s illegal. Marijuana refers to the parts of the Cannabis sativa plant, which has been used for medicinal purposes for more than 4,800 years. Doctors in ancient […]

Read more ›
Contrary to belief, low-salt diet not good for everyone
Contrary to belief, low-salt diet not good for everyone

Contrary to belief, low-salt diet not good for everyone

Audrey Baker grew up watching her mother put table salt on nearly everything?steak, potatoes, even gravy. Believing the nutrition myth that salt is bad for health, Baker sometimes scolded her mom for her old-fashioned ways. As an adult, Baker carefully monitored what she ate, putting herself on a low-salt diet with lots of water. But one day at home, she […]

Read more ›

CHF leading reason seniors are hospitalized

Q What is the leading cause of hospitalization of older people? Is it heart attacks or strokes? ? A The number one reason people over age 65 go into the hospital is congestive heart failure (CHF), 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 […]

Read more ›
Marion County Walk Kansas program draws 17 teams
Marion County Walk Kansas program draws 17 teams

Marion County Walk Kansas program draws 17 teams

Marion 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 […]

Read more ›

Heart failure tops the list of reasons for hospitalization of seniors

Q 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 […]

Read more ›

Flu shots help keep hospitals from spreading illness in Marion County

In 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 […]

Read more ›
Leffler brings experience, heart to new role at Parkside Homes
Leffler brings experience, heart to new role at Parkside Homes

Leffler brings experience, heart to new role at Parkside Homes

A familiar face has accepted a new role at Parkside Homes Inc., Hills?boro, 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 […]

Read more ›

Help is available for anxiety

Every 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 […]

Read more ›
Myths can confuse heart-health benefits of omega-3s
Myths can confuse heart-health benefits of omega-3s

Myths can confuse heart-health benefits of omega-3s

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Did you know that including omega-3s in your daily diet is an easy way to support heart health? In fact, the American Heart Association has recommended the consumption of polyunsaturated fats, specifically omega-3 fatty acids, for good heart health. February […]

Read more ›
Preparation makes cold-weather workouts a good idea
Preparation makes cold-weather workouts a good idea

Preparation makes cold-weather workouts a good idea

Proper preparation and a good dose of fortitude is really all any avid runner or walker needs to continue an exercise and conditioning regime during the cold winter months, according to health and fitness experts. Melissa Batterton, a physician?s assistant at Via Christi Family Practice Clinic in Hillsboro, and a committed runner says there?s little to be concerned, health-wise, about […]

Read more ›