KCHD SPECIAL NOTICE
Date: Monday, September 22nd, 2014
Place: Cobblestone Inn and Suites- Meeting Room
501 E. Lowell Ave. Eads, CO
Kiowa County Hospital District will be hosting an educational demonstration for Fall Prevention Awareness.
Please join us in a discussion with your community’s Health Professionals on this subject.
The Mission Statement of Kiowa County Hospital District is to create a healthy community through access to quality, friendly, state-of-the-art health care and health education.
Kiowa County Hospital District is a State Licensed 25-bed Critical Access Hospital. We provide the following care and services:
We also offer the following Specialty Clinics:
September is Healthy Aging Month
September is a perfect time to celebrate Healthy Aging Month since it is time when many people think about getting started on new tasks after the summer. Drawing on the “back to school” urge embedded in everyone from childhood, the observance month’s activities are designed to encourage people to rejuvenate and get going on positive measures that can impact the areas of physical, social, financial and mental wellness.
No matter what your age, you can stay at your personal best with these tips:
1. Get moving
Exercise regularly to maintain a healthy body and brain.
2. Stay social
Take a class, volunteer, play games, see old friends, and make new ones.
3. Bulk up
Eat beans and other high-fiber foods for digestive and heart health.
4. Add some spice
Add herbs and spices to your meals if medications dull your taste buds.
5. Stay balanced
Practice yoga or tai chi to improve agility and prevent falls.
6. Take a hike
Brisk daily walks this September can bolster both your heart and lungs.
7. Sleep well
Talk to a sleep specialist if you don’t sleep soundly through the night.
8. Beat the blues
If you’ve been down for a while, see a doctor. Depression can be treated.
9. Don’t forget
To aid your memory, make lists, follow routines, slow down, and organize.
Tips for Reinventing Yourself during September:
Do not act your age or at least what you think your current age should act like. What was your best year so far? 28? 40? Now? Picture yourself at that age and be it. Some people may say this is denial, but we say its positive thinking and goes a long way toward feeling better about yourself. (Tip: Don’t keep looking in the mirror, just FEEL IT!)
Be positive in your conversations and your actions every day. When you catch yourself complaining, check yourself right there and change the conversation to something positive. (Tip: Stop watching the police reports on the local news).
Have negative friends who complain all of the time and constantly talk about how awful everything is? Drop them. As cruel as that may sound, distance yourself from people who do not have a positive outlook on life. They will only depress you and stop you from moving forward. Surround yourself with energetic, happy, positive people of all ages and you will be happier too. (Tip: Smile often. It’s conta-gious and wards off naysayers.)
Walk like a vibrant, healthy person. Come on. You can probably do it. Analyze your gait. Do you walk slowly because you have just become lazy or, perhaps, have a fear of falling? (Tip: Make a conscious effort to take big strides, walk with your heel first, and wear comfortable shoes.)
Stand up straight! You can knock off the appearance of a few extra years with this trick your mother kept trying to tell you. Look at yourself in the mirror. Are you holding your stomach in, have your shoulders back, chin up? Check out how much better your neck looks! Fix your stance and practice it every day, all day until it is natural. You will look great and feel better. (Tip: Your waistline will look trimmer if you follow this advice.)
How’s your smile? Research shows people who smile more often are happier. Your teeth are just as important to your good health as the rest of your body. Not only is it the first thing people notice, but good oral health is a gateway to your overall well-being. (Tip: Go to the dentist regularly and look into teeth whitening. Nothing says old more than yellowing teeth!)
Lonely? Stop brooding and complaining about having no friends or family. Do something about it now. Right this minute. Pick up the phone, landline, or cell and make a call to do one or more of the follow-ing: Volunteer your time, Take a class, and Invite someone to meet for lunch, brunch, dinner, or coffee. (Tip: Volunteer at the local public school to stay in touch with younger people and to keep current on trends, take a computer class or a tutorial session at your cell phone store to keep up with technology, choose a new person every week for your dining out.)
Start walking not only for your health but to see the neighbors. Have a dog? You’ll be amazed how the dog can be a conversation starter. (Tip: If you don’t have time for a dog, go to your local animal shelter and volunteer. You will be thrilled by the puppy love!)
Make this month the time to set up your annual physical and other health screenings. Go to the appointments and then, hopefully, you can stop worrying about ailments for a while.
Find your inner artist. Who says taking music lessons is for young school children? You may have an artist lurking inside you just waiting to be tapped. Have you always wanted to play the piano, violin, or tuba? Have you ever wondered if you could paint a portrait or scenic in oil? What about working in wood? (Tip: Sign up now for fall art or music classes and discover your inner artist!)
Tips for the Soul are these:
Resources: www.webmd.com; www.healthandtheaging.org; www.healthyaging.net
The Eads Clinic is changing office hours
Open through Lunch
Dr David Lenderts, MD
Dr Megan Silva, MD
Dr Jeffrey Waggoner, MD
Dawn Back, PAC
The Mission Statement of Kiowa County Hospital District is to create a healthy community through