Is it or is it not Dementia? Is it normal or not normal aging?

Is it or is it not Dementia? Is it normal or not normal aging?

Never assume its Dementia. If something is changing a person, the first question we need to ask is…Is it treatable or not treatable? You know something is changing, but don’t assume its Alzheimer’s. Dementia is a large umbrella that includes 85 to 90 different conditions which forms what is called Dementia. Alzheimer’s is one of the conditions and it is a larger portion of several different conditions of Dementia. Others include Mixed Picture, Lewy Body, Frontal Temporal, Vascular, Alcohol Related, Parkinson’s Related, and MS related. Dementia is not a diagnosis. It is syndrome or rather, a collection of symptoms.

Dementia means that two parts of your brain are fading. One could be memory and not all memory issues are the same. And it’s not, treatable. It cannot be fixed or cured. No one would ask for Dementia or any form of it. What we need to remember if one of our family members or if we work with someone who suffers with Dementia, is that their brain is changing and they are not always aware, but we are. Awareness is imperative and no one can handle this alone…not the person with it or the care givers. Reach out for help, have compassion, learn all you can so that you understand that their brain is changing and they are afraid. Yes, they can be cranky, belligerent, have delusions, and stare into space. They are not who you knew them to be. We have to come together and love them where they are and it takes nurturing, patience, and support for them and ourselves.

November is American Diabetes Awareness Month

November is American Diabetes Awareness Month

In 2018, the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK.NIH.gov) is focusing on the promotion of health after gestational diabetes. Women who have gestational diabetes have an increased lifelong risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes.  50% of women with gestational diabetes are estimated to develop Type 2 diabetes in their lifetime.

According to the NIDDK, the majority of gestation diabetes cases go away after the pregnancy.  If you or a loved one had gestational diabetes, it is recommended that:

  • Get tested for Type 2 Diabetes within the first 12 weeks after the baby is born. If the test is normal, then maintain testing once every 3 years.
  • Let your doctor know you had gestational diabetes and your plans for future pregnancies.
  • Let the pediatrician know you had gestational diabetes when the baby gets a well-baby checkup.
  • Maintain healthy eating and lifestyle habits to prevent or delay Type 2 Diabetes.

For more information, contact the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at https://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/basics/gestational.html.

 

Letter from the Executive Director

Letter from Executive Director November 2018

Get out the winter gear. Summer 2018 is a memory. We are approaching our winter months, which will also mean the flu season is rapidly approaching.

Stop by to see the new building for health services. We are seeing patents there now. The original building is now for Community Services and Administration. We have finished the painting and updating and welcome visitors as well.

Vaccines Available

We regularly carry pneumonia and shingles vaccines for our patients’ year around. The flu season is a new type of vaccine every year, so we have to wait until the supplier distributes it. We have the vaccine available now. Call 543-3773 to schedule the time to come in your vaccine(s).

Holiday Schedule in November

Our holiday schedule for November notes we will be open Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, November 19 through 21, 2018 during regular business hours. We will be closed on Thursday, November 22, 2018 and Friday, November 23, 2018 for the Thanksgiving holiday. We will resume office hours on Monday, November 26, 2018. In case of an urgent need, please go to the nearest Emergency Department.

Community Gift Drawings

As members of the Bethel community we are providing in November and December two drawings. Stop by the Administrative offices in the original building at 631 4th Ave. to enter your name.  You do not have to be a patient to enter or present to win.  See Ashley Dade or myself for the ticket.

The November drawing – You can come by the office starting October 15, 2018 to enter your name for the November drawing.  We will be providing two drawings for $75.00 gift certificates at AC.  The drawing will be held Thursday, November 8, 2018.

The December drawing-You can come by the office starting November 9, 2018 to enter your name for the December drawing.  We will be providing two drawings for giant stockings with toys. The drawing will be held Thursday, December 13, 2018.

All our best for a Safe and Happy Thanksgiving.

 

Community Gift Drawing in November

Bethel Family Clinic is sponsoring a drawing in November for two chances to win a $75.00 AC gift certificate.

 You do not have to be a patient or present to win.

 Stop by the Administrative offices in the original (red) building – 631 4th Ave. to enter your name.

 We can start taking names October 15, 2018 and will have the drawing on Thursday, November 8, 2018.

 See Ashley Dade or Deb White for the ticket to enter.

 

In December – we will be providing two drawings for giant stockings with toys.  We will start taking tickets on Thursday, November 8, 2018 and the drawing will be held Thursday, December 13, 2018.