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ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZabcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz _1234567890-. Akron Beacon Journal INFORMING. ENGAGING. ESSENTIAL.D2 Tuesday November 3 2015 5 WAYS A PRIMARY CARE PROVIDER CAN HELP YOU STAY HEALTHY Lift-chairs starting at only 609 3573 Copley Rd. Copley Circle Scooters starting at only 899 We service everything we sell Ohios Premier Lift Chair Scooter Dealer Scooters PACE MEDICALWe specialize in custom petite extra tall and bariatric lift-chairs up to 700-lb. capacity in stock Travel and Heavy duty scooters in stock. PAID ADVERTISEMENT your questions or concerns. The u vaccine is important for everyone especially for those who live work or spend time with young children pregnant women and elderly individuals. 5. Recommend healthy changes. Your primary care provider can help recommend lifestyle changes to help reduce your risk for developing certain diseases reverse previous damage and keep you healthy long-term. Diet and exercise are two of the leading lifestyle factors that can impact your overall health. People who exercise regularly and eat a healthy diet are more likely to live longer and healthier than those who dont. Additionally exercise can help reduce your chances of developing heart disease type 2 diabetes stroke osteoporosis and certain types of cancer including breast and colon cancer. On top of those benets exercise can help relieve stress promote a healthy weight and improve sleep. In addition to diet and exercise stopping smoking is also one of the most important lifestyle changes you can make. Its never too late to quit smoking. In fact once you quit your body begins to recover within weeks. A year later your risk of heart attack will decline by about 50 percent. After 10 years your risk of lung cancer will almost be the same as if you never smoked. Additionally your risk for stroke coronary heart disease respiratory problems and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease COPD will decline. Your primary care provider can help you outline a plan to quit and can recommend helpful tools or even medications. Establish with a primary care provider The risk of developing serious or chronic conditions can be reduced with a help from your primary care provider. For those with chronic conditions a primary care provider can help streamline care and manage your overall health. If you need a primary care provider visit and click on Find A Doctor to search for a provider near you. If you already have a primary care provider make sure you schedule your annual wellness exam to stay on top of your health. This information is meant for educational purposes only and should not be considered specic medical advice. Physician is a member of Akron General Partners Physician Group Continued from page D1 ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZabcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz _1234567890-. D3Tuesday November 3 2015 Akron Beacon Journal INFORMING. ENGAGING. ESSENTIAL. Many people associate Hospice and Palliative care with dying but really these services are about living fully with dignity despite a life-limiting illness. November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month so lets take a closer look at these services and the special care they provide. What is Hospice Hospice services are available to people of any age race and religion and focuses on caring not curing. Most of the time hospice care is provided in the patients home however services are also available at freestanding centers hospitals nursing homes and other long-term facilities. Hospice provides a team-oriented ap- proach to offer pain management symp- tom control and emotional and spiritual support to patients and their loved ones when a cure is not possible. The team usu- ally consists of Patients personal physician Hospice physician Nurses Home health aides Social workers Clergy or other counselors Trained volunteers Speech physical and occupational therapists if needed According to the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization the core of hospice and palliative care is the belief that we all have the right to die pain-free and with dignity. Palliative Care Palliative care provides the same team- oriented approach to care as hospice but care is provided to people earlier in the course of their illness and can be provided along with other treatments they may still be receiving from their doctor. The goal of palliative care is to improve the quality of life for both the patient and the family. What is the Difference between Palliative Care and Hospice Hospice care always incorporates palliative care focused on caring for terminally ill pa- tients who no longer seek a cure for their illness and are expected to live for about six months or less Palliative Care appropriate at any time during a patients advanced or chronic illness can be provided at the same time as treat- ment that is meant to cure the patient Participating in hospice andor palliative care doesnt mean you are giving up on life. On the contrary they help you live your life to the fullest. These services can help you understand your condition and your choices for medical care while providing support for you and your loved ones. Hospice care is covered under Medicare Medicaid and most private insurance plans. Palliative care is also covered by most insurance plans including Medicare and Medicaid. If you are interested in learning more about hospice or palliative care ask your health care provider or go to the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organizations website at HOSPICE AND PALLIATIVE CARE Knudson Jewelers Tri County Plaza 1500 Canton Rd. Akron 44312 330-784-7431 Every Second Counts In A Medical Emergency ... Medic Aware Jewelry Is There To Help. We carry several types of medic aware bracelets necklaces and ID Tags for Men and Women. We also provide custom engraving services for these and other jewelry. There is limited time during a medical emergency dont leave anything to guesswork. Medical Emergency COMFORT SHOE SPECIALIST Andy Logsdon Longs Shoes 3260 Kent Rd. Stow 330-688-7808 Andy Logsdon Certied Shoe Fitter A Q How long should shoes last It truly depends on the person. The average step is 26 inches which makes 12185 steps in a 5 mile day. That means during that day a 160 pound person would exert 974 tons of pounding into their shoes So on average runners should replace their shoes every 4-6 months. Walkers every 8-10 months. Robert Rzewnicki is chief medical ofcer for Medical Mutual of Ohio responsibleforoverseeingallclinicalaspectsofthecompanyscaremanagement credentialingqualityimprovementandmedicalpolicyfunction. Dr.Rzewnicki originally joined Medical Mutual in 1987 as physician advisor. He was named to his current position in 1993. In addition to his post at Medical Mutual he is an actively practicing rheumatologist and served as director Continuing Medical Education for St Vincent Charity Medical Center for 25 years. By Robert Rzewnicki Chief Medical Ofcer Medical Mutual of Ohio Your Health Calendar Continued from page D1 FREE HEART VASCULAR SCREENING Cardiovascular disease is everyones No. 1 health risk. Akron Generals Heart Vascular Center joins allied health care professionals and volunteers for a free community cardiovascular screening for those without health insurance or who are under-insured. The goal is to help identify and educate individuals at high risk for heart disease atrial brillation stroke peripheral vascular disease PVD and abdominal aortic aneurysm AAA and develop ways to increase health and prevent ill- ness. Appointments are 20-30 minutes. When Nov. 7 Time 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. Where Akron General Medical Center Heart Vascular Center 1 Akron General Ave. Akron Callus 330-344-AGMC 2462 REDUCING HOLIDAY STRESS Discuss stress-related concerns for the bereaved during the holiday season. Learn how to balance the reality of grief along with the expectations of the holidays. Hear about options for coping with this potentially difcult time of year. When Nov. 11 Time2 - 330 pm or 6 - 730 pm Where Hospice of Visiting Nurse Service Justin T. Rogers Care Center 3358 Ridgewood Road Copley Cost Free Callus 330-668-4662 BARIATRIC WEIGHT-LOSS SURGERY INFO SESSION Led by Surgeon and Medical Direc- tor Walter Chlysta MD FACS these free sessions give an overview of the different types of weight-loss surgeries offered and the support provided by Akron Generals Bariatric Center. The risks benets and possible outcomes of surgery will also be discussed. Post-operative patients will share their stories as well. When Nov. 17 Time 6 p.m. Where Akron General Medical Center Boardroom 1 Akron General Ave. Akron Callus 330-344-1950 Onlineakrongeneral.orgobesity Continued on page D4 All Insurance Plans Accepted Home Pharmacy Locator Health Grocery ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZabcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz _1234567890-. Akron Beacon Journal INFORMING. ENGAGING. ESSENTIAL.D4 Tuesday November 3 2015 PAID ADVERTISEMENT Your Health Calendar Continued from page D3 QUIT SMOKING Akron General is pleased to offer com- munity residents a FREE six-session smoking cessation class using the Amer- ican Lung Associations Freedom from Smoking program taught by Tobacco Treatment Specialists. When Tuesdays Nov. 17 Dec. 22 additional class on the Thursday of the fourth week Time530 - 7 p.m. WhereAkron General Medical Center 1 Akron General Ave. Akron Cost Free Callus330-948-5532 SIMPLE EXERCISES TO DO AT HOME Kathy Wood RN BSN will present simple low-impact no-equipment needed exercises to do in the comfort of your own home. Participants will be given a free resistance exercise band. When Nov. 19 Time 6 - 7 p.m. Where Lodi Community Hospital Cardiac Rehab Suite 225 Elyria St.. Lodi Cost Free Call 330-948-5502 AKRON GENERAL EXPERTS OFFER HELP TO QUIT SMOKING In celebration of the American Cancer Societys Great American Smokeout tune in to WAKR 1590 AM throughout the day for health tips and informa- tion from Akron General experts about quitting a tobacco habit for good. Be sure to stop by the main lobby at Akron General Medical Center for an informa- tion packet When Nov. 19 Where Akron General Medical Center Main Lobby 1 Akron General Ave. Akron WAKR SENIOR LUNCHEON Akron General sponsors the popu- lar WAKR Senior Luncheon series. Enjoy lunch entertainment and health information. Reservation required. Tickets may be purchased at the WAKR station 1795 W. Market St. Akron or by sending a check made payable to WAKR Senior Lunch to WAKR 1795 W. Market St. Akron OH 44313 with a self-addressed stamped envelope. WhenDec. 3 Time11 a.m. 130 p.m. Where The Tangier 532 W. Market St. Akron Cost 14 Callus 330-869-9800 NAVIGATING THE HOLIDAYS WITH DIABETES Amid a season of sweets and special foods it sometimes can be challenging for diabet- ics to maintain their dietary discipline. But eating certain foods in moderation can help people with diabetes enjoy the avors of the holidays without compromising their health. The Centers for Disease Con- trol and Prevention says more than 29 million people in the United States have diabetes while another 86 million adults have pre-diabetes. One in four people with diabetes do not know they have the disease. Managing diabetes is more than just avoiding candy and cookies. Foods with a lot of fat or those that are high in carbohydrates also can be problematic. Such foods may not be so easy to avoid come the holiday season but the following are a few tips to help men and women with diabetes maintain their health through the holidays. - ANTICIPATE FOODS. Certain foods are staples of the holiday season. If you antici- pate potentially problematic foods then you can develop a plan to avoid them or eat them in moderation in advance of arriving at a family gathering or holiday party. - EAT A HEALTHY SNACK. Prior to going to a holiday party eat something that will satisfy your hunger to avoid overeating once you are there. - ASK ABOUT FOODS. Dont be shy to ask the host or host- ess about what will be served. This will help you develop a strategy that will t with your meal plan. - LIMIT ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION. Only drink in moderation and eat some- thing beforehand to prevent low blood glucose levels later. Avoid drinks with high calorie mixers or ones packed with extra sugar. - BRING A DISH. Make some- thing that is diabetic-friendly and bring it to the party. Chances are someone else attending the party is diabetic and will appreciate having a healthy choice as well. - OPT FOR FRUIT. Choose fruit over sweets at the dessert table. If you bring a baked good consider recipes with reduced sugar or ones that use a sugar substitute. - CONTROL YOUR POR- TIONS. Fill up your dish with healthy foods leaving only a small spot for something indulgent. - TEST DILIGENTLY. Now is the time to monitor your blood-sugar levels like a hawk. Monitor your levels more closely so you can see how holiday foods are affecting your levels and so you know if you need to make any adjust- ments. - REBOUND QUICKLY. Experts advise that if you go overboard on a particular day get back on your feet the next. Exercise revisit meal plans and cut portion sizes. Diabetics cannot stop moni- toring their diets just because the holidays have arrived. With planning and diligence its possible to enjoy the foods and avors of the holidays without compromising your health. NAVIGATING THE HOLIDAYS Only drink in moderation and eat some- thing beforehand to prevent NAVIGATING THE HOLIDAYS