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Healthier Aging

Aging is not just about accumulating years. Aging is also about building experiences and wisdom throughout the journey. It’s time to start embracing the aging process. Discover advice on coping with life changes, staying active and healthy at any age, and learning how to better navigate age-related health conditions.

What we previously thought of as an older person is changing. Advances in healthcare have made it possible for people to stay active and productive well into their 70s and beyond. According to many leading doctors, many Baby Boomers are working longer, going back to school for additional training, obtaining new college degrees, changing professions, acting as caregivers and serving their communities.

Despite all of that, ageism—the prejudice against people based on age and disability—still exists. Some men and women experience ageism when they feel ignored, underestimated or disrespected because of their age. We also practice ageism on ourselves when we think we have no value simply because we’ve reached a certain age. So how can you fight ageism?

Know your rights. Especially when it comes to your rights in the work place. Now that people are working well into their 70s, it’s important to act as your own personal advocate. Read your state’s age discrimination policies if you’re currently looking for a job. And if you already have one, your company’s human resources department can help you navigate any issues that may arise.

Change your attitude. How you feel about getting older can greatly affect the way people perceive you and your age. Instead of throwing in the towel and saying “my time is done,” Dr. Kagan recommends asking “what’s next?” Celebrate your age and the wisdom it has provided. Then keep learning new things, keep challenging your mind, and stay as active as possible so you’re ready to face the challenges ahead.

Share your stories and experiences. Though it isn’t always easy, speaking openly about the aging process can help shape and change the conversation about what it means to get old. Look to support groups, friends and family, online forums and social media to help you connect with others who are going through the same things you are.

 

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Spring clean and get healthy

 
Some of the tasks that you can perform during your annual spring cleaning may actually improve your family's health. The following ten spring cleaning activities will help make you, and your home, healthier and safer:
 
1. Thoroughly dust your home and clean or replace air conditioning and heating filters; clean all ducts and vents to decrease your exposure to pollens and other airborne allergens. 
 
2. Organize your medicine cabinet, discarding expired medications and old prescription medications no longer in use. Your pharmacist can advise you about the best way to dispose of old medications, since tossing them into the garbage may be dangerous. Many pharmacies and clinics offer a medication take-back service for free. The U.S. FDA also has issued guidelines about the safe disposal of drugs. You'll reduce your chances of becoming victim of a medication error and gain some storage space.
 
3. Check the garage and basement for old cans of paint, thinners, oils, solvents, stains, and other forms of "toxic" trash. Call your city or county sanitation department to find the location of the hazardous waste drop-off center, and get rid of anything you're not going to use.
 
4. Likewise, check under the sink and around the house for old, potentially toxic cleaning products and dispose of these.
 
5. Have your chimney professionally cleaned. You'll reduce the chances of carbon monoxide exposure from your chimney when it's fire season again.
 
6. Clean all mold and mildew from bathrooms and other damp areaswith non-toxic cleaning products. Mold is a fungus which can trigger allergic reactions in susceptible people. For more,
please read the Mold Questions, Answers, and Facts and Mold Patrol for Mold Control articles.
 
7. Check your rugs to be sure that rugs on bare floors have non-skid mats. Older mats that have become dusty may need to be washed or replaced to provide effective protection from falls. Outfit your bathrooms with non-skid bath mats.
 
8. Inspect outdoor playground equipment and be sure that it remains sturdy and in good repair. Pay particular attention to guardrails, protruding bolts, and other potential sources of injury.
 
9. Change the batteries in your smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector. 
 
10. Collect old batteries throughout the house for disposal in a battery recycling or hazardous waste center.
  
 

 

Therapy Services Close to Home at Oswego Community Hospital

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WHAT SPECIFIC THERAPY SERVICES ARE OFFERED? 

Acute Care Rehab Services  Patients in Acute Care benefit from therapy services to help restore them to their prior level of function. These therapy services may include Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Speech Therapy. 

The Rehab & Recovery Program  (also called Swing Bed) a program for patients who no longer need acute care, but require intermediate skilled nursing care and/or rehabilitation before returning home. Patients recovering from surgery, illness, or injury benefit from therapy services which may include Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Speech Therapy. 

An added benefit to our Rehab Program is that patients who need outpatient therapy after discharge, may continue to work with the same therapists who helped them during their recovery at this hospital. 

Outpatient Therapy Outpatient Rehabilitation services for Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Speech Therapy are offered for people who do not need to be hospitalized.   Outpatient rehabilitation benefits patients who have had procedures and conditions that decrease everyday functioning and affect quality of life. 

Our rehabilitation services offer you the opportunity to get the quality therapy you need with the comfort of returning to your home and community. Treatments in this program are available five days a week. Patients are referred to outpatient therapy by physician’s order. Ask your physician if you might benefit from outpatient therapy.

Physical Therapy  Physical therapy involves the evaluation and treatment of musculoskeletal and neuromuscular disorders. Physical therapists provide services that help restore function, improve mobility, relieve pain and prevent or limit permanent physical disabilities of patients suffering from injuries or disease. 

Speech Therapy Speech therapy treats patients with speech, language, cognitive and swallowing disorders with the goal of enhancing communication.  Patients with these medical issues often have difficulty pronouncing words accurately, finding words to express themselves or speaking loudly or clearly enough. Common conditions treated with speech therapy include dementia, stuttering, dyslexia, development delays or learning problems.

 

 

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Convenience and being accessible are two very important features in the Altamont, Chetopa or Oswego Community Clinics.  In order to do both and provide the "family centered care" needed in the communities all community clinics are pleased to provide electronic communication services.  

Now you can use your smart phone or internet connection to E-mail your communications to either clinic. Services that are available include: 
1. Arranging for an appointment 
2. Getting a prescription information refilled 
3. Asking for more information about the services at both clinics  

Email contacts are: 
 

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Teens don't always have the easiest time taking care of themselves. After all, they have other concerns - like dating and schoolwork. But adopting a few good habits will help keep them healthy and happy not just now but as they grow into adulthood.

1. Realize that you control what goes into your body
It's easy to blame others (hello, fast-food restaurants) for why we have an obesity problem. But the fact is that, even with lots of outside influences, you still have the choice about what you do or do not eat, drink, or smoke.

2. Realize that it's never too late to start adopting healthy habits
You get a do-over. Even if you've spent your childhood on a diet of soda and chips, it's not too late to make a change to get your body in a better place. It takes only two weeks to form a habit, so simple changes now will pay great dividends down the road. Start simple (try some raw veggies to get your crunch fix) and build up.

3, Walk 10,000 steps a day (about five miles)
They don't have to be all at once (but heck, you probably do a chunk of it at school every day). Make it a point to be active and get your body moving. Setting a tangible goal (like 10,000 steps a day) is a great way to start if you're not already active.

4. Have one buddy who shares your ideals about living a healthy lifestyle
Find a friend who you're comfortable talking with about healthy habits. Social networks (the live and in-person ones!) are so important to helping you develop self-esteem and a value system. Find positive people around you who can support you and share some of your goals.

5. Avoid known toxins
Avoid toxins such as tobacco, bisphenol A (BPA) in plastics, and toxins found in dry cleaning and some cosmetic products. That means stay away from formaldehyde (found in some Brazilian Blowouts, "smoking water," and embalming fluid).

6. Avoid the major categories of unhealthy foods
Stay away from saturated fats, trans fats, added sugar, added syrup, non-100 percent whole grains. Start looking at food labels and trying to ID these unhealthy foods and ingredients.

7. Eat cruciferous vegetables
Enjoy some cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, watercress, and arugula three times a week. They're disease-fighters, they'll fill you up, and the crunch will help take the edge off about that math test tomorrow.

8. Take a multivitamin
Take a multivitamin every day and get your recommended daily amount of calcium through food or supplements as well as vitamin D and omega-3 fats.

9. Floss and brush your teeth for at least two minutes twice a day
Not only do they play a major role in your appearance (you are eating broccoli now from tip No. 7, right?), but they also help cut down the risk of diseases you're going to be worrying about later in life.

10. Have your waist size equal less than half your height (in inches)
Try not to obsess over your weight (in fact, it's better to have a healthy range of ideal weight, so you can account for natural body fluctuations). But the best number to determine whether you're a healthy size is using that formula. So if you're 66 inches tall, your waist should be under 33 inches.
 
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The single best way to prevent the flu is to get a flu vaccine each season. The seasonal flu vaccine protects against the influenza viruses that research indicates will be most common during the upcoming season. There are several flu vaccine options for the 2014-2015 flu season.

Good Health Habits

Avoid close contact.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too.

Stay home when you are sick.
If possible, stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick. You will help prevent others from catching your illness.

Cover your mouth and nose.
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick.

 

Clean your hands.
Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs.

 
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