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January 2014
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Katrina's Korner

News & More from Science Care's Family Services Manager Katrina Hernandez

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We, in family Services, have the pleasure of hearing such incredible stories of loved ones- what they meant to their family, what they have done for our community and what it means to give back. This includes stories of heroes that have served for our country, grandparents that have brought so much love and joy that leaves everlasting memories for years to come to those that have once survived tragedy and lived through it with the medical advancements made every day through the gift of donation.

Most of us have been touched by the hurt and pain injury and illness brings. I, firsthand, have been affected. My son at the young age of 6 was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. I would have bet anyone that in his lifetime we would not see a cure; a better alternative to the 6-8 shots or finger pokes taken each day. At our last appointment, to my surprise with an overwhelming sense of gratitude and hope, was informed that next month my son (now 15) would be moved to  the first phase of an artificial pancreas! This is one of the many reasons I am thankful each day to be a part of something bigger- changing the lives of  future generations.

We want to hear/share your stories and be a part of the legacy of such great people and acts that affect our future generations. To share your story, go to http://info.sciencecare.com/donor-stories.



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Did you know whole body donors can also be organ donors?

Typically, organ donors can also be whole body donors through Science Care’s program. You will need to register separately through each program and let your family know you want to donate your organs first and body second.

What happens if I am not accepted in to your program?

The vast majority will qualify even those with heart disease, cancer, diabetes, ALS, etc. Call to confirm current rule out criterion. The key rule outs are contagious disease and extreme obesity.

We do recommend that you not only speak to your loved ones about your wishes to become a whole body donor but also your alternate wishes should donation not be possible. This can be as simple as teling your loved ones if you prefer cremation or burial.

 

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New study shows promise in the future treatment of PTSD

According to a recent study showcased on cbsnews.com, imaging technology is shedding new light on how certain symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) manifest in the brain. “Researchers identified a specific opioid receptor in the brain linked to emotion that is also associated with a specific group of PTSD symptoms, including listlessness and emotional detachment.” Read the full story 

 

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"Several years ago my oldest daughter told me that she and her partner had arranged for their bodies to be donated to medical research at their deaths. The thought had crossed my mind, but I had not taken concrete steps for my remains to be donated. Her stating they had taken action inspired me to contact Science Care and put myself on the list of potential donors"

W. Cash - Colorado

Are you part of the Science Care Donor Registry with a story to share? If so, we’d love to hear from you. Just email us at shareyourstory@sciencecare.com and tell us why you made the decision to donate your body to science. 

 

News Around Town
 
Science Care's Community Relations Managers Out & About...
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Anne Warren in Southern Florida:

- Jan 9 - Presenting an educational in-service to the members of SilverServe, the senior division of SUNServe, serving the LGBT community.

- Jan 20 - Exhibiting at Boomer Times Expo @ Hard Rock Hotel in Hollywood. JOIN US!

- Jan 22 - Participating in an educational in-service for the Coral Springs Rotary Club at Runyons in Coral Springs

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Chloe Waller in Philadelphia PA:

January 8th - In-Service meeting with the Southeast Hospice Volunteer Coordinators at Memorial Health Center in Willow Grove PA.

February 25 - 28 - Will have a booth at the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine 4 day conference .
The event is being held at the Philadelphia Conference Center located at 1101 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107

Anyone wanting more information about the event or whom to contact to register pleqase visit: http://aahpm.org/ 

 

Helpful Caregiver Resources:

American Pain Society
4700 W. Lake Avenue
Glenview, IL 60025
(847) 375-4715

Hospice Foundation of America
1710 Rhode Island Ave, NW
Suite 400
Washington, D. C. 20036
(800) 854-3402

Medicare Rights Center
(800) 333-4114 (toll free)
(212) 869-3850

National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization
1700 Diagonal Road, Suite 300
Alexandria, VA 22314
(800) 658-8898 or (703) 243-5900

U. S. Living Will Registry
523 Westfield Ave. (P. O. Box 2789)
Westfield, NJ 07091-2789
(800) LIV WILL (800-548-9455)

Family Caregiver Alliance
785 Market Street, Suite 750
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 434-3388
(800) 445-8106
Web Site: caregiver.org
E-mail: info@caregiver.org

American Association of Critical-Care Nurses
101 Columbia
Aliso Viejo, CA 92656-1491
(800) 899-2226 or (949) 362-2000

American Hospice Foundation
2120 L Street, NW, Suite 200
Washington, D. C. 20037
(202) 223-0204

For more resources visit www.sciencecare.com

 

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Make a Resolution to

KEEP Your Resolutions

Happy New Year. Here’s wishing you a prosperous 2015! If you’re like 50% of the American population, you’ve probably made a new resolution or two. A resolution that you intend to keep for the entire year. Maybe it’s trying out a new diet, buying a gym membership, quitting smoking, or doing volunteer work. Hopefully you set a realistic goal for yourself. Unfortunately, most New Year’s resolutions head out the door before the end of January. Among the New Year’s resolutions crowd that sign up for a new gym membership, it is estimated that 80% drop out by the second week in February.

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Word to the wise, don’t pay for an annual gym membership unless you are 100% committed to using it! To help keep you on your 2015 goal, here is a list of things you can and should do to help make your resolutions stick:

  • Make a plan and set an actual goal – Be specific about what you want to accomplish and make a plan as to how exactly you intend to accomplish it.
  • Don’t try to take on more resolutions than you can handle – According to the American Psychological Association “Unhealthy behaviors develop over the course of time. Thus, replacing unhealthy behaviors with healthy ones requires time. Don’t get overwhelmed and think that you have to reassess everything in your life. Instead, work toward changing one thing at a time.
  • Track your daily progress – According to Time Magazine, “a study from the University of Washington found that the more that you monitor your performance, the better you’ll do at sticking to your goals.”
  • Make a Pros and Cons list - Remind yourself why you are doing this and what the result could be.
  • Share your plan and goals – Tell your friends and family members and don’t be afraid to ask for help!
  • Reward Yourself – Rewarding yourself doesn’t mean you should purposely fall off your resolution wagon. For example, if you chose to go on a specific diet, reward yourself with a night out at your favorite restaurant. Just be sure to order healthy food that’s not going to impact your diet negatively.
  • If you slip, don’t quit! – If you happen to forget about your resolution for a day or if circumstances temporarily prevent you from following it, don’t give up on your goal! One slip up isn’t going to prevent you from achieving your goal. It may make the process slightly more difficult, but it’s better than giving up altogether. 

 

We want to hear from you! Share your New Year's Resolutions with us on Facebook.

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 Health News

Age Old Questions Answered!

 

Can CARROTS really help improve your eyesight?

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According to this article in the Washington Post, the answer is “not really”. Apparently, the “carrots help improve your eyesight” theory stems from a story of wartime espionage where the British concocted a story about their WW II pilots nighttime vision being improved by a high-carrot diet in order to prevent their enemies from uncovering the fact that they were making use of a new technology called “RADAR”. See how the whole story unfolded here:

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Can a flu shot actually give you the flu?

As we approach the peak of flu-season, we thought it important to address the age-old question – Can a flu shot give you the flu?” The simple answer is no. The influenza vaccine is made from inactive flu viruses and it cannot give you the flu. However, because the vaccine can trigger an immune response in your body, you may experience some mild flu-like symptoms such as muscle aches or a low-grade fever.

According to the CDC, everyone 6-months of age and older should get a flu vaccination every season. Particularly if you are at high-risk of serious complications should you get the flu. There are certain exceptions however. People with severe, life-threatening allergies to flu vaccine or any ingredient in the vaccine can’t get the shot. Be sure to consult with your healthcare professional if you have any concerns about taking a flu vaccine.

Keep in mind that a flu vaccination takes about 2-weeks to ramp up. So if you plan to get the vaccine, don’t wait until you’ve developed symptoms or someone in your household or workplace has already caught the flu.

Get all of your flu vaccination questions answered here: cdc.gov

Flu Vaccine Provider Map: http://vaccine.healthmap.org/

 

Science "Care" Corner

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Family Caregiver Distress Assessment Tool

The holidays may be over, but as a caregiver, an end to the holidays doesn’t necessarily mean that there’s any less stress in your life. Too much stress can lead to anger, depression and even poor health. Take this free stress test from CaregiverStress.com to see how you are holding up:

 

Calculate the Costs of Long-Term Care

As the options for long-term care continue to grow, so to do the prices. Use this handy long-term care calculator from AARP to see what costs you can expect in your area.

 

Download Our FREE Caregiver Quiz!

How to pay for home health care
How to find a quality agency
What to look for in outside support services

Free Quiz: Click Here

 

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