Alzheimer’s Association offers information on “Healthy Living” and “Know the 10 Signs”

Researchers believe there is not a single cause of Alzheimer's disease. Rather, the disease likely develops from multiple factors, such as genetics, lifestyle and environment. Scientists have identified factors that increase the risk of Alzheimer’s, and while some risk factors — age, family history and heredity — can't be changed, emerging evidence suggests there may be other factors we can influence.
With June being Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month, the Alzheimer’s Association Greater East Ohio Area Chapter is sharing the importance of understanding the risk factors for Alzheimer’s and dementia, knowing the ten signs to watch for, and other suggestions for healthy aging and accurate diagnosis.
Risk Factors

Age: The greatest known risk factor for Alzheimer’s is increasing age, but Alzheimer's is not a normal part of aging. While age increases risk, it is not a direct cause of Alzheimer's. Most individuals with the disease are 65 and older. After age 65, the risk of Alzheimer's doubles every five years. After age 85, the risk reaches nearly one-third.
Family history: Those who have a parent, brother or sister with Alzheimer’s are more likely to develop the disease. The risk increases if more than one family member has the illness. When diseases tend to run in families, either heredity (genetics), environmental factors, or both, may play a role.
Genetics (heredity): Scientists know genes are involved in Alzheimer’s. Two categories of genes influence whether a person develops a disease: risk genes and deterministic genes. Alzheimer's genes have been found in both categories. It is estimated that less than 1 percent of Alzheimer’s cases are caused by deterministic genes (genes that cause a disease, rather than increase the risk of developing a disease).
Sex and race: Research has shown about two-thirds of individuals with Alzheimer’s are women. Additionally, Latinos are about one-and-a-half times as likely as older whites to have Alzheimer’s or another dementia, and older African Americans are about twice as likely to have the disease as older whites.
Risk factors you may be able to influence: While age, family history and heredity are all risk factors we can’t change, research is beginning to reveal clues about other risk factors we may be able to influence through general lifestyle and wellness choices and effective management of other health conditions.
Head injury: There is a link between head injury and future risk of dementia. Protect your brain by buckling your seat belt, wearing your helmet when participating in sports, and “fall-proofing” your home.
Heart-head connection: Some of the strongest evidence links brain health to heart health. This connection makes sense, because the brain is nourished by one of the body’s richest networks of blood vessels, and the heart is responsible for pumping blood through these blood vessels to the brain.
Overall healthy aging: One promising line of research suggests that strategies for overall healthy aging may help keep the brain healthy and may even reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s. These measures include eating a healthy diet, staying socially active, avoiding tobacco and excess alcohol, and exercising both the body and mind.
The Alzheimer’s Association Greater East Ohio Area Chapter offers a free community presentation for clubs and organizations titled: “Healthy Living for Your Brain & Body: Tips from the Latest Research.” To schedule a speaker, contact: 234.284.2754.
Know the 10 Signs
Memory loss that disrupts daily life may be a symptom of Alzheimer's or other dementia. Alzheimer's is a brain disease that causes a slow decline in memory, thinking and reasoning skills. If you notice any of them, don't ignore them. Schedule an appointment with your doctor or contact the Alzheimer’s Association 24/7 Helpline: 800.272.3900.
Memory loss that disrupts daily life
Challenges in planning or solving problems
Difficulty completing familiar tasks at home, at work or at leisure
Confusion with time or place
Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships
New problems with words in speaking or writing
Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps
Decreased or poor judgment
Withdrawal from work or social activities
Changes in mood and personality
The Alzheimer’s Association also offers a free community presentation, “Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters,” that explains the 10 signs in detail, the difference from typical-age related changes, and next steps and how to approach your family or physician.
The Alzheimer’s Association is a nonprofit providing free care and support made possible through local community events such as Walk to End Alzheimer’s, returning to Youngstown State University WATTS this October 26. Find out how you can support Alzheimer’s care, support and research at alz.org/walk.

Ways to Make Bathrooms a Safer Place
Homes should be safe havens. But each year injuries in and around the home contribute to millions of medical visits and many fatalities each year.
Although anywhere in a home can be the scene of an accident, bathrooms tend to be the most dangerous room in the house. Slippery tile, the presence of water and many sharp and hard edges in a small space pose several different hazards in the bathroom, particularly for young children and people age 65 and up. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says falls, which can result in serious injuries like hip fractures and head trauma, are the cause of 80 percent of all bathroom accidents.
Your friends at A to Z Dependable Services want you to be safe by following these simple tips.
Many bathroom accidents are preventable with some easy modifications.
Reduce slippery surfaces. Wet tile is a recipe for slick conditions. Bath rugs with rubber backing can provide traction in the bathroom, as can nonslip mats placed on the floor of the bathtub or shower enclosure. Water-resistant flooring made from recycled rubber is another option. It is softer, less slippery and more forgiving than traditional tile flooring.
Install lever-style fixtures. Round knobs in the bathroom can be difficult to grasp, especially for the elderly or those with arthritis. Lever-style fixtures are easier to maneuver and can help alleviate scalding from not being able to adequately adjust the water temperature.
Utilize transfer benches and shower seats. A transfer bench can help reduce injuries that occur when trying to climb over a tub wall. Benches are placed outside of the tub and a person sits and then swings his legs over the ledge. Transfer benches also can be used in conjunction with shower seats. This is a chair or bench that allows people to sit while they shower.
Install grab bars. Properly installed grab bars around the shower and toilet area can provide leverage and stability. AARP says many injuries to seniors occur when they are attempting to sit or get up from the toilet. Grab bars or an elevated toilet seat can help.
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Bathroom safety should be made a priority. Various modifications can make bathrooms safer for people of all ages.
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Summer Crisis Program Starts July 1st

The Ohio Development Services Agency and Direction Home of Eastern Ohio will help income-eligible Ohioans stay cool during the hot summer months. The Home Energy Assistance Summer Crisis Program provides eligible Ohioans assistance paying an electric bill or assistance paying for central air conditioning repairs. The program runs from July 1st, 2019 until August 31st, 2019.
To apply for the program, customers are required to schedule an appointment with MyCap in Youngstown 330-747-7921; Ohio Living Home Health and Hospice, Youngstown, 330-744-5071; Girard Multigenerational Center, Girard, 330-545-6596, Catholic Charities, 330-744-3320; Country Neighbor, Orwell, 440-437-8301. You can also call Direction Home of Eastern Ohio for information at 330-505-2300.
Customers need to bring copies of the following documents to their appointment:
copies of their most recent energy bills
a list of all household members and proof of income for the last 30 days or 12 months for each member
proof of U.S. citizenship or legal residency for all household members
proof of disability (if applicable)
physician documentation that cooling assistance is needed for a household member’s health (if there isn’t a household member over the age of 60).
Last year hundreds of families in Ashtabula, Columbiana, Mahoning and Trumbull counties were assisted through the Home Energy Assistance Summer Crisis Program.
“We want families to know that help is available to assist with utility bills,” said Lisa Solley, Director of Communications with Direction Home of Eastern Ohio. “We encourage people to call and find out if they are eligible for this or any other programs.”
The Summer Crisis Program assists low-income households with an older household member (60 years or older), or households that can provide physician documentation that cooling assistance is needed for a household member's health. Conditions can include lung disease, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, or asthma.
Ohioans enrolled in the Percentage of Income Payment Plan Plus Program (PIPP Plus) are not eligible for bill payment assistance through the program but are encouraged to work with Direction Home of Eastern Ohio to identify other opportunities for assistance.
For more information about the features of the Summer Crisis Program, contact Direction Home of Eastern Ohio at 330-505-2300  For more information about energy assistance programs call (800)282-0880, Monday through Friday (hearing impaired customers may dial 711 for assistance) and for a list of energy assistance providers select option 2, or visit energyhelp.ohio.gov.

Laser Cataract Surgery vs. Traditional Cataract Surgery

Modern Cataract surgery is one of the most common and safest procedures performed today.  There are over 3 million performed in the U.S. every year.  Both, the technology and methodology continues to improve with each new advancement.  However, as the technology, technique, and practices advance, it can be hard to know the difference between the types of cataract surgery available to patients today.
At Joseph Eye & Laser Center, we guide you through your options and help you determine the procedure that is customized for your specific needs.  Dr. Christopher Joseph, DO, FACS is an expert in cataract surgery and refractive surgery.  He completed an extra year of training by completing a fellowship in Pittsburgh, PA, which specialized in Laser Cataract Surgery and High-Tech lens Implants (IOLs), used to correct your vision during cataract surgery.  Dr. Joseph is also one of the few Ophthalmologist in the United States recognized for his excellence by the America College of Surgeons (ACS).  In 2018, the ACS nominated Dr. Joseph as a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS


Traditional Cataract Surgery:

A traditional cataract surgery procedure involves making a very small incision using a hand held blade, such as a scalpel, on the side of the cornea in order to remove the cataract-clouded lens.  A phacoemulsification probe, which uses ultrasound energy then breaks up the cataract in order for it to be suctioned out and removed.
After the cataract is removed, an intraocular lens will be inserted in order to replace the natural lens.  The cut eye tissue, at the site of the original incision, heals itself without the need of any sutures.
One of the main differences between traditional and laser cataract surgery is in the technology used.  Traditional cataract surgery uses hand held instruments, such as a blade and forceps to cut the incisions and remove the lens.

LASER Cataract Surgery:

One of the latest advancements in cataract surgery combines 3D imaging and laser technology to remove the cataract more precisely.
First, the surgeon will create a customized surgical plan with 3D imaging of your eye.  This 3D imaging allows the surgeon to precisely map out the unique characteristics of your eye and cataract.  Your surgeon will then use a femtosecond laser to create precise incisions at the edge of your cornea and an opening in the front layer of the cataract, studies have shown the laser to be 10X more precise than making the incisions and opening the front layer of the cataract by hand.  Your surgeon can also use the laser to correct any astigmatism that you have at this time.  Instead of using manual instruments, your surgeon will use the laser to break up the cloudy lens.  The lens is then suctioned out via small incisions in your cornea.  Your surgeon will replace the lens with an intraocular lens appropriate to your needs.
Laser Assisted Blade Free Cataract Surgery both reduces the number of instruments used and increases the precision of the procedure.  The use of laser also improves healing time, by decreasing the amount of swelling caused by the use of ultrasound energy during traditional cataract surgery.
Since no manual or blade instruments are used during an advanced laser cataract surgery procedure, some of the traditionally challenging steps of cataract surgery are now computer controlled, automated, and are an overall safeguard in the procedure.  The laser can also allow for more precise incisions and capsulotomies from which the lens is removed.  This leads to a better refractive outcome, greatly reducing your need for glasses after laser cataract surgery.
Whether traditional or advanced laser-assisted cataract surgery is right for you depends on many factors, all of which can only be assessed by your laser eye surgeon.  Both procedures are extremely safe, common, and have a high success rate, however, the use of cutting-edge technology can be difficult to master, so picking the right surgeon is critical.  Dr. Joseph is Fellowship trained in laser cataract surgery, dropless cataract surgery, high-tech lens implants (IOLs), and minimally invasive glaucoma surgery (MIGS).  If you would like to further learn about any of our cataract surgery procedures, contact the trusted experts at Joseph Eye & Laser Center today.

Medicare Enrollment Season is right around the corner
Each fall (October 15 through December 7), you have the opportunity to make changes to your Medicare plan.  You can review your current Medicare health and drug coverage during this Annual Enrollment Period.  
 If you are dissatisfied with your coverage, you are able to make changes at this time for the upcoming year.  Even if you are satisfied with your current Medicare coverage, you may want to look at other Medicare options that may better suit your individual needs in the upcoming year.  Reasons for considering changes could include:  increase in travel, medication changes, financial changes, health changes, etc.
We at Ohio Health Benefits understand that this Annual Enrollment Period is very important to you and would like to help. We offer you the opportunity to review your current plan, which is especially useful if you have had difficulties or unforeseen cost under your current plan. We strive to help those eligible for Medicare in the most efficient way possible.
We work diligently to prepare for Annual Enrollment and look forward to help you assess your current insurance situation. Please call us at Ohio Health Benefits to schedule your no cost annual review at 800-379-9621.

Shepherd of the Valley Hosting Antique Appraisal Show

Shepherd of the Valley Howland residents are hosting an Antiques Tent Show on Thursday, July 18th from 3pm รข“ 7pm at their Howland community located at 4100 North River Road NE, Warren.
The show will be modeled after the popular television program "Antiques Road Show," with more than ten appraisers of many kinds of antiques and collectibles on hand. Among them will be Richard Cervantes who appears periodically on the Antiques Road Show as a specialist on Asian art and oriental rugs.

Appraisers will provide opinions of value on everything from furniture to toys to jewelry, silver and vintage clothing and fabrics. Experts on Civil War artifacts, vintage dolls, Asian arts and oriental rugs, primitive farm and kitchen equipment will explain origins, dates and current values. Dealers and collectors of Native American objects, European and Old Russia decorative arts, US coins and currency including gold coins, paintings and other 2 dimensional art, as well as military memorabilia will be ready to evaluate and discuss items people bring. 
The event is free to the public. Each attendee is invited to bring 2 items for appraisal.  Food trucks will be onsite for refreshments and free bottled water and popcorn will be provided. Additional parking will be available at the Ernie Hall Aviation Museum and Eye Care Associates. Each person may bring up to two items for appraisal. Modern firearms are not allowed on the premises.
For more information contact Rachel Ellis at   330-856-9232 ext.            2618 or email at rellis@shepherdofthevalley.com 
Shepherd of the Valley is a Christian not-for-profit corporation dedicated to providing the finest quality care to the senior members of our community through an integrated continuum of services.  Shepherd of the Valley has four locations in Mahoning and Trumbull counties and At Home With Shepherd Home Health Services.