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2/6/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

Free memory screenings available to public

WEST AKRON — Neurology & Neuroscience Associates (NNA), a division of Unity Health Network (UHN), is now offering free memory screenings at its Neuroscience Center in West Akron.

In conjunction with the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, the NNA Healthy Aging and Memory Clinic is a new initiative for 2014 designed to identify potentially dangerous impairments that require treatment and address them as early as possible, according to UHN officials.

Each assessment will consist of a memory screening and questionnaire, which can help identify impairments and allow physicians to recommend the proper treatment, according to UHN officials.

UHN is an independent medical group built around a primary care core, bringing together physicians, health care providers and treatment facilities, according to network officials.

The multi-specialty group offers patient-centered care with services including family practice, general surgery, internal medicine, orthopedic surgery, otolaryngology, pediatrics, physical medicine, podiatry, psychiatry, pulmonology, critical care and sleep medicine.

For more information about UHN and Unity Health physicians, visit www.unityhealthnetwork.org.

The free screenings will take place at the Neuroscience Center, located at 701 White Pond Drive, Suite 300. To schedule a healthy aging and memory screening, call 330-572-1011, ext. 259.

 

ODA urging Ohioans to check in on older adults during extreme cold weather

COLUMBUS — Ohio Department of Aging (ODA) officials are urging Ohioans to check in on older loved ones and neighbors during cold temperatures to ensure they have the resources they need to stay safe and healthy.

According to ODA officials, older adults lose body heat more quickly and are more susceptible to hypothermia. The ODA offers the following things to keep in mind when checking in on older adults:

  • Do an indoor environmental risk assessment:

√ Is his or her heating system working?

√ Is there an adequate means to keep the temperature in the home in a comfortable range?

√ Are heating devices that pose a fire risk or carbon monoxide risk being used?

  • Do a health risk assessment:

√ Does he or she need medical attention?

√ Does he or she depend on oxygen?

√ Does he or she have the medications and medical supplies they need?

  • Check food supplies:

√ Is there an adequate food supply?

√ Is there access to nonperishable food that can be prepared without electricity if need be?

√ Is there access to clean drinking water?

  • Make sure they can get help if needed:

√ Does he or she have someone identified to call for help if needed?

√ Does he or she have access to a phone that works, even if the power goes out? (Cordless phones and voice-over-IP service may not work during a power outage.)

√ If he or she has a cell phone, is it sufficiently charged?

More tips and resources for checking on loved ones and friends are available on the ODA’s Facebook page.

 

Older Ohioans at increased risk for complications from extreme cold

 

COLUMBUS — As the winter of 2014 has brought colder temperatures and wind chills than Ohioans have seen in many years, the Ohio Department of Aging (ODA) is reminding people that bodies react differently to extreme conditions as they age.

Among other factors, older adults are at higher risk from extreme cold because they tend to lose body heat more quickly and are more likely to take medications that affect their ability to regulate body temperature, according to ODA officials. As a result, older adults are at higher risk for complications from hypothermia, frostbite and other cold-weather illnesses and injuries.

Confusion and disorientation can be symptoms of hypothermia, dehydration or stress, and may have nothing to do with the person’s age, according to ODA officials, whose advice if someone seems ill is to call 9-1-1.

The ODA has offered the following list of ways to assist an older adult who appears to need help:

  • Always treat adults like adults.
  • Be friendly, calm and reassuring. Make eye contact, speak slowly and distinctly.
  • Use positive language. Instead of: “Don’t go there,” say: “Let’s go here.”
  • Avoid “challenging” questions. Instead of: “Do you know where you are?” say: “I’m glad I got to visit you in your home today. Can I help you with something?”
  • Ask open-ended questions. Instead of: “Can I help you?” ask: “What can I help you with today?”
  • Redirect, don’t correct. When someone is confused, he may think you are someone you aren’t. Say: “I haven’t seen ‘Joe,’ but my name is _____. Can I help?”

Ohio’s Area Agencies on Aging can offer assistance to older people during extreme weather by providing services and linking individuals to local resources for food, warming centers and other help.

For Summit County residents, the Area Agency on Aging 10B Inc. can be reached at 800-421-7277. Medina County residents’ local agency is the Western Reserve Area Agency on Aging, which can be reached at 800-626-7277.

For more cold-weather safety information, visit www.aging.ohio.gov or follow ODA on Facebook and Twitter.

 

Kathleen Collins and Ariel Hakim contributed to these reports.

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