Alliance Goes Red

The following article appeared in today’s Alliance Review.

Published by: Shannon Harsh, Alliance Review

February 26, 2014 at 3:00 AM

Alliance Goes Red – ACH, AHA partner for women’s heart disease program

The heart of the matter – ACH to hold ‘Go Red’ event

The following article appeared in today’s Alliance Review.

Published by: Shannon Harsh, Alliance Review

February 12, 2014 at 3:00 AM

ACH to hold ‘Go Red’ event as part of American Hearth Month

Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women

(Left to right) Teresa Lattanzi, Dr. Debra Lehrer, Senior VP Planetree Leadership, and Susan Lucas, Director of Public Relations/Foundation at ACH, hold signs representing the one in three women who die each year in the United States due to heart disease.

Alliance Goes Red – An Evening for Women

Alliance Goes Red for Women's Heart Health

FREE Smoking Cessation Program offered at Alliance Community Hospital

Alliance Community Hospital is offering a FREE, four week smoking cessation program in conference room 1-B at the hospital. Classes are held on four consecutive Thursdays, January 9 – 30th, from 6 – 7 PM. Smoking cessation patches are NOT being offered as part of the program. For information or to register please call 330-596-7125.

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National Memory Screening Day Coming to ACH on November 19th

The following Press Release appeared in today’s Alliance Review.

As part of National Memory Screening Day, an annual initiative of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA), Alliance Community Hospital (ACH) will offer free, confidential memory screenings on Nov. 19. Screenings will be held from 8 a.m. to noon. at ACH (200 E. State St., Alliance). Appointments are recommended and can be made by calling the Public Relations Department at 330-596-7575. (Screenings are held in 30 minute increments.) Diabetes and bone density screenings will also be offered during these times. Light refreshments will be available.

Qualified health care professionals will administer the memory screenings and provide educational materials about memory concerns, brain health and caregiving. The face-to-face screenings consist of a series of questions and tasks, and take five to 10 minutes to administer.

AFA suggests memory screenings for anyone concerned about memory loss or experiencing warning signs of dementia; whose family and friends have noticed changes in them; who believe they are at risk due to a family history of dementia; or who want to see how their memory is now and for future comparisons.

Screeners emphasize that results are not a diagnosis, and encourage individuals who score poorly as well as those who still have concerns to pursue a full medical examination.

Such screenings are becoming increasingly important as the number of Baby Boomers turning age 65–the at-risk age group for Alzheimer’s disease–continues to climb. The federal government’s historic “National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease” urges a greater emphasis on both early diagnosis and education about Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.

However, an AFA survey of 2010 National Memory Screening Day participants found that 92 percent of those polled had never been given a screening by their primary health care provider; and 83 percent who were worried about their memory had not discussed their concerns with a health care provider.

“Brain health should be on everyone’s radar screen, especially as you age. Memory screenings are a first but critical step toward finding out where you stand now and what additional steps you might need to take,” said Carol Steinberg, president of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America.

Some memory problems, like those caused by vitamin deficiencies or thyroid issues, are readily treatable and even curable. Others might be due to Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia. Although there is no cure for Alzheimer’s disease, early intervention can improve the quality of an individual’s life; available medications may help slow progression of symptoms and diagnosed individuals can more readily participate in long-term care planning.

Warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease include forgetting people’s names and events, asking repetitive questions, loss of verbal or written skills, confusion and personality changes.

Dubbed by many as a “silver tsunami,” the number of Americans with Alzheimer’s disease is expected to triple to 13.8 million by mid-century. Advanced age is the greatest known risk factor for the disease, which results in loss of memory and other intellectual functions, and is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States.

For more information about National Memory Screening Day, call 866-232-8484 or visit http://www.nationalmemoryscreening.org.

Fall into Good Health – Free diabetes community seminar

Free diabetes community seminar

9:00 AM – “Healthy Eating Out” Presented by Yvette Graham, LISW-S – Extension Program Specialist, EFNEP

10:15 AM – “Healthy Feet” Presented by Allan Cao, DPM – ACH Resident Podiatrist

11:00 AM – “Know Your Numbers” Presented by Connie Altomare, MLIS, MA, RN, CCA, CDE