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-Jr- >> NOVEMBER 18, 2016 >> THE GRIDLEY HERALD Question or comments? Contact Editor Lisa Van De Hey at Ivandehey@gridleyherald.com o,. .............. BOOK PICK The "The Truth about Cancer:. What You Need to Know about Cancer's History, Treatment, and Prevention" by Ty Bollinoer - After losing seven members of his family to cancer over the course of a decade, Bollinger set out on a quest to learn as much as he possibly could about cancer treatments and the medical indus- try that surrounds the disease. He shares what he's uncovered, and provides new resources for coping with cancer. - Hay House, Inc. TIP OF THE WEEK KIDS' HEALTH NEW RESEARCH + BRANDPOINT Easy ways to boost your health Even the smallest changes can have a big impact on your health, and you can start improv- ing your wellness today with these easy steps. Take a stand while so many others are having a seal Stand up for your health by resolving to get up at least once an hour. Walk to the bathroom, the water fountain or to ask your question in person instead of via email - you'll be healthier for it. Run in place ... any place. Effective exercise can happen without the gym membership. Just 150 minutes of moderate exercise per week can dramatically reduce your own risk of diabetes. Ross for your heart. Not flossing can increase your risk of heart disease. A good oral hygiene habit includes flossing, so add this simple task to your regimen every day. Smallersize your plates. Consume smaller por- tions by using smaller plates. Your brain will feel as though you have still taken a full plate of food but you'll consume fewer calories. - Brandpoint/Blue Cross Blue Shield Association Anesthesia could affect grades, IQ Children exposed to surgical anesthesia before the age of 4 might have slightly lower grades and IO scores in their late teen years, according to a new study. Researchers at the Karolinska Institute in Stockhom, Sweden, found that children exposed to anesthesia before age 4 had grades at age 16 that were 0.41 percent lower than children who were not exposed to anesthe- sia. The study also found that those who were exposed to anesthesia before age 4 scored 0.97 percent lower on IO tests at age 18. Although the study established a link, it didn't prove that exposure to anesthesia was respon- sible for the lower scores. - More Content Now Protamine could be contact lens disinfectant A natural protein - protamine - might be useful in developing ....................... new types of disinfectant solutions for contact lenses that could lead to less contact lens-related infections. According to researchers at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia, protamine solutions work as well as current disin- fectant solutions in killing microbes that can cause infections. The results of the lab study showed significant antimicrobial effects of protamine solutions in killing a wide range of bacteria, yeasts and fungi. - More Content Now m Expert panel calls for changes to elder care By Judith Graham Kaiser Health Hews sk Kathy Kenyon about what it's like to be a family caregiver, and she'll give you an earful. On several occasions, doctors have treated this accomplished lawyer like she was an interloper - not the person to whom her elderly parents had entrusted health care and legal decision-making. Kenyon wasn't told how to identify signs that her mother, who had low sodium levels, was slipping into a medi- cal crisis. Nor was she given any advice about how to prevent those crises from occurring. When her parents - both with early-stage dementia - moved to the Washington, D.C. area, it took months for medical records to be transferred because Kenyon's right to the informa- tion wasn't initially recognized. An aberration? Hardly, according to a long-awaited report on family care- giving from the National Academies Of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, which acknowledges that the nearly 18 million caregivers for older adults are routinely marginalized and ignored within the health care system. "Caregivers are, on the one hand, heavily relied upon but on the other hand overlooked," said Richard Schulz, chair of the 19 -member expert panel that crafted the report and a profes- sor of psychiatry at the University of, Pittsburgh. Deeming that unacceptable, the panel has called for extensive changes to the health care system, including a family-centered approach to care that would recognize caregivers' essential contributions. What might that look like, practi- cally, from a caregiver's perspective ? The report doesn't say, but recommen- dations can be extrapolated from its findings. Your identity needs to be documented in your loved one's medical records. "We need to start by having a clear sense of who the caregiver is" so that individual can be recognized as part of a team looking after an older adult, Schulz said. This doesn't happen routinely. That's beginning to change. "flaJrty ............................... U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico have now passed versions of the. Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act, drafted by AARP, which calls for information about family caregivers to be included in hospital medical records. ' Your capacity to provide care to a loved one should be a essed. "No one asks you if you're comfortable doing the things you'll need to be doing, ff you have the time or what other responsibili- ties you have," said Laura Gitlin, a member of the panel and director of the Center for Innovative Care in Aging at lohns Hopkins University School of Nursing. Your job: Speak up and tell doctors, nurses or social workers what you can and cannot do. Your capacity to provide care should be incorporated into your loved one's care plan. Your abilities and limitations need to be recognized and addressed in every care plan that's developed for your loved one. There's alot at stake: Unrealis- tic expectations about caregivers' capacities put the health of seniors - and caregivers' Own health - at risk. You should get training in medical tasks for which you'll be responsible, Nothing substitutes for hands-on instruction, usually from a nurse. Be sure to reach out to hospital, rehab or home health nurses and ask for help understanding what you need to do and how to do it. You should be connected with ommon Area Agencies on Aging, which offer assistance accessing services; centers on independent living, which help people with disabilities; and disease-focused groups such as the Alzheimer's Association, among other organizations. But too often, "it's not at all clear where families should turn when they get a diagnosis," GRlin said. Ask for this kind,of information from your physician's office, hos- pital and people you know in the community. The government's Eldercare Locator is a good place to gather names of local organizations that may.be of help. You should be given access to medic records and information. Misunderstand- hag of the medical privacy act known as Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act is common and creates barriers to family caregiv- ers getting information they need to oversee a loved one's care. In fact, medical institutions are obligated to hand over information when an older adult has granted a caregiver a durable power of attorney for health care decisions or a HIPAA authorization specifying that they receive access to medical materials. In written testimony to the govern- ment, Kenyon said she was once told she couldn't Walk down a hall to see her father in a sleep center because doing so would violate HIPAA. That was an ill-informed interpretation of the law. While there's no easy solution, standing up for yourself is essential. "Advocate for your rights and make sure your caregiving contributions are recognized and supported to the extent they can be," said the Unit, or - sity of Pittsburgh's Schulz. "You're an important person in the health care system." resources that can be of hdp. A variety of resources for caregivers are avail BIGSTOCK TODAY'S WORKOUT Exercise targets small, but important arm muscle, By Mado Alleva More Content Now Shoulders - the group of muscles we either love or hate to work. If you are on the "love" side, then you are aware that a little bit goes a long way. If you're in the "no- love" corner, there has probably been an injury or some improper form during exercise that has made things undesirable. Either way you see it, our shoulder muscles - and more specifically - our deltoids are very important. The deltoid muscle is relatively small compared to other muscle groups and are slightly harder to work. The stronger our deltoids are, the stronger our uppei back will be, and they have an impor- tant role in stability and strength for many other muscle groups and exer- cises. And besides, they help pull our shoulders back, causing our chest to open - which leads us to standing taller. Our move today is a rear deltoid row. You will need a set of light to medium hand weights for this move. To begin this row, you can either stand up, or execute this on your knees. Grab your weights in both hands, and drop down to one knee. Bend your knee in front of you for balance. With your arms and the weights extended down to both sides of your Marlo Alleva and Adam Davis demonstrate rear deltoid rows. SCOTt WHEELER/THE LEDGER stabilizing leg, lean your upper body forward, roll- ing your shoulders back and down with chest tall, and core strong. You are ready to row. Engage the deltoids and proceed to pull the arms upward, tightening and squeezing in the deltoids. Raise the arms, shooting for shoulder level with the elbows as a stopping point. Once you reach your fullest squeeze in the move, slowly reverse back to the start position. Continue this rowing motion, on a slightly slower pace, between eight and lo repetitions. Take a small break and continue for three to five sets.. This move is good on its own, but even better as part of an upper-body workout. Because this muscle is smaller, add this exercise to the beginning of your workout, as you will have more strength for it. Keep in mind as well that if you have any shoul- der restrictions, this move is still beneficial with little to no weight. Happy rowing. - Marlo Alleva, an instructor at Gold's Gym and group fitness coor- dinator at Fontaine- Gills YMCA, can be reached at faluvzpa@msn.com.