Save The Date! 6/16/17

Save the date and join our very own Physician Assistant, Stacey McFadden at the Broward Library’s Hallandale Beach branch for an informative discussion on living with diabetes. Friday, June 16 at 3:30 PM.  We hope to see you there!

Save the Date!

Friday, May 19th at 3:00 PM! Join us for a fun workshop and stay tuned for more information about our other exciting activities. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

Bring your devices and let’s have fun!

Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s disease is a degenerative disorder that affects the brain causing progressive memory loss, altering thinking and communication skills as well as behavior.  Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia and the 6th leading cause of death amongst Americans.  More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s and more than 15 million Americans provide unpaid care for persons with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. Dementia is one of the costliest conditions to society because of the patients’ many needs of increased hospital stays, adult day services, home nursing care and the fact that persons with dementia are more likely to have other chronic conditions.  

Although it is normal to have some occasional memory lapses as we age, Alzheimer’s disease is not a normal part of aging.  In persons with Alzheimer’s disease, brain cells slowly begin to malfunction and ultimately they die.  It is also important to note that Alzheimer’s can also attack people in as early as their 30s, 40s and 50s; it is estimated that around 200,000 people younger than 65 are diagnosed in the United Stated with younger-onset Alzheimer’s.  Because of this, it is important for young people to take care of their brain health, especially those with genetic risk factors to Alzheimer’s and those living with other chronic conditions.

Alzheimer’s disease progresses slowly in 3 stages:  Mild or early stage, Moderate or middle stage, and Severe or late stage.

In Stage 1, the Mild or Early stage, a person may still function independently and take part of social activities and daily tasks efficiently, but will begin to develop significant memory lapses and problems with concentration.

Stage 2, or Moderate Alzheimer’s stage, can last for many years as the person’s behavior progressively changes and a need for a higher level of care increases. In this stage, memory lapses are more pronounced, communication is affected and intellectual knowledge gets lost over time.

Stage 3, or Severe Alzheimer’s, is the final stage in which individuals experience a loss in their ability to communicate efficiently, strong personality changes take place and memory and cognitive skills worsen.  Physical abilities are also highly affected, such as walking, sitting and eventually swallowing, requiring 24/7 assistance and care.

Maintaining optimum brain health should be a priority for all of us. Daily physical exercise, a balanced nutrition, socializing and engaging our brains with various activities such as puzzles, games, art, music and crosswords, are some of the ways to keep our brains active and keep our thinking process clear.

For information regarding this powerful and complex condition, including more extensive information about the stages of Alzheimer’s, symptoms, support for patients and caretakers and ways you can help, visit the Alzheimer’s Association website.

If you are or a loved one is experiencing unusual lapses in memory, changes in behavior and at times difficulty communicating properly, contact your doctor to discuss your risk factors for dementia and possible brain testing.

Call us at 954-454-6300 to serve you. Walk-ins are also welcome.

What is COPD?

Chronic lower respiratory disease is the third leading cause of death in the United States. A collection of lung related illnesses, which include chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) but also bronchitis, emphysema, and asthma, responsible for airflow blockages and breathing difficulties in over 140,000 Americans each year.

COPD, the primary disease in the collection of respiratory illnesses, is an incurable progressive disease that makes breathing increasingly difficult and can limit a person’s ability to do routine activities. It usually progresses slowly and it is a major cause of disability.  

COPD is caused by cigarette smoking or exposure to smoke, and by other lung irritants such as chemical fumes, toxic waste, air pollution and dust.  Avoiding these irritants is the best to prevent COPD in your life or help slow its process if you already have it.

 

 

Signs and Symptoms of COPD usually include:

  • Shortness of breath, especially with physical activity.
  • Ongoing cough with a lot of mucus.
  • Chest tightness and wheezing.
  • Having the flu or colds often.
  • Extreme Fatigue.

Having these symptoms does not mean you have COPD.  However, you should consult your doctor if you have symptoms or suspect something is unusual about your breathing.

Call us today to make your appointment and lead the path to healthy ‘lung’ life!

Happy Easter!

Our offices will close at 12:30 PM on Friday, April 14th in observance of Good Friday.

We will reopen at our regular business hours on Monday, April 17th.

We wish you and your loved ones a beautiful Easter holiday and a fun and healthy Spring season.

Save the Date!

Friday, April 28th at 3:30 PM! Join us for a fun workshop and stay tuned for more information about our other exciting activities. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

Bring your devices and let’s have fun!

 

Low Glucose Level in Non-Diabetics

Non-diabetic hypoglycemia is a condition that causes the sugar (glucose) in your blood to drop too low. it can be caused in persons who do not have diabetes due to a number of issues related to medication, lifestyle choices, poor nutrition, alcohol intake, exercise or other medical conditions.

Symptoms of non-diabetic hypoglycemia are very similar to diabetic hypoglycemia and include:

Blurred vision or changes in vision – Dizziness, lightheartedness, or shakiness – Fatigue and weakness – Fast or pounding heartbeat – Sweating more than usual – Headache – Nausea or hunger – Anxiety, Irritability, or confusion.

Even though the condition is non-diabetic, it must be treated promptly as severe symptoms can cause a worsening condition, lead to fainting and ultimately, death.

 

Prevention and management of this condition include early detection, diabetes symptom awareness and management, and proper nutrition such as healthy carbohydrates, limit or avoidance of alcohol, healthy protein foods and vegetables, not skipping meals and limiting or avoiding caffeine drinks.

Talk to your doctor if you experience any of these symptoms and learn more about diabetes prevention and adequate management of non-diabetic hypoglycemia.  Visit the American Diabetes Association for more extensive information.

 

 

Yes, we open on Saturdays!

Dr. Richard Wilbur will be at our Hollywood office to see patients on Saturday, March 18th from 9AM to 12PM.

Call us at (954) 454-6300 now to make your appointment. Walk-ins are also welcome.

Our busy lifestyles can at times keep us from putting our health first. That’s why Safecare offers Saturday and evening hours to help you keep good track of your health check-ups while not missing any important activities of your busy schedule.

 

Save The Date!

Join us for this informative workshop and stay tuned for more information about our other exciting activities. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

See ya there!

Love to read? So do we…

Bring your unwanted books or find a new one you’ll enjoy, and join the fun at our Hallandale Beach location.

Contact our office and follow us on Facebook and Instagram for information about our library opening and other exciting activities. 

See ya there!

 

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