Letter from the Executive Director

Letter from the Executive Director

2018 Highlights

As the year comes to a close, most reflect upon the time and changes that may have occurred, plans being developed and just gratefulness for another good year. Here at Bethel Family Clinic we have been privileged to open a new facility, after years of hard work from many that are here and some that have left the Bethel employee family.  It is only through efforts such as this that have given the Clinic a new and more modern facility.

We plan to extend that theme into 2019 by doing more refurbishing in the original clinic space. The Behavioral Health department is expanding services and the efforts in refurbishing will assist the team in those endeavors.

Community Gift Drawings Update

As members of the Bethel community we are providing in November and December two drawings. 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 – On November 8th, the drawing for the 2 AC gift cards occurred. The winners were (drum rolls please) Cris Cobos and Valerie Wiseman. Congratulations!

The December drawing is currently underway.   We will be providing two drawings for giant stockings with toys. The drawing will be held Thursday, December 13, 2018. Stop by the Health Clinic or Administrative offices for a chance to enter.

The winners are being displayed on the Bethel Family Clinic Face Book page.

Holiday Schedule in December

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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 … Continue reading

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.