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Posted on June 28, 2013 by Stacy Anthony
Your skin. It’s your body’s largest organ and a powerful protector — and yet it often goes unappreciated until there’s a problem…like skin cancer.
Dr. Marcus B. Goodman, a dermatologist who regularly visits St. George Village to provide free skin care checks to residents, believes that prevention, early diagnosis and rapid treatment are the keys to maintaining healthy skin. Dr. Goodman shares the following information.
What are signs of possible skin cancer?
Skin cancer occurs when skin cells start growing abnormally, causing cancerous growths. Most skin cancers develop on the visible outer layer of the skin (the epidermis), particularly in sun-exposed areas (face, head, hands, arms and legs). They are usually easy to detect by examining the skin, which increases the chances of early treatment and survival.
Another effective weapon against skin cancer is regular self-exams. Get to know the landscape of your skin and take an inventory of all moles.
Because skin cancer can resemble other skin conditions, be sure to tell your doctor about unusual skin changes or lesions, especially:
• A sore that comes and goes, but never completely heals
• A shiny bump or nodule, especially if it appears pearly or translucent (these can look brown or reddish and resemble a mole)
• A slightly raised pink growth with a crusted depression in the center, possibly with tiny blood vessels visible on the surface
• A patch of skin that is red or irritated, especially on the chest, shoulders or limbs
• A white or yellowish waxy scar with poorly defined borders
What precautions should be taken to prevent skin cancer?
The best protection against skin cancer is to minimize sun exposure, especially between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. If you do go out in the sun, use a broad-spectrum sunscreen (SPF 30 or higher that protects against UVA and UVB), making sure to cover the head, lips, hands, neck, and ears. Wear a wide-brimmed hat, sun- glasses, and protective clothing. Not only will this dramatically decrease your risk of skin cancer, but it will also prevent other sun-damaging conditions, like wrinkles and actinic keratoses.
While everyone should minimize their exposure to the sun, fair-skinned people, outdoor workers, and residents of sunny climates should use particular caution. If you have any risk factors, such as prolonged sun exposure, family history, or a past cancerous lesion, you may benefit from having your skin checked regularly by your doctor.
What are the different types of skin cancer?
Basal cell carcinoma (also called BCC) comes from the basal cells in lowest part of the epidermis. Approximately 80-85% percent of skin cancers are BCCs.
Squamous cell carcinoma (also called SCC) comes from the skin cells (keratinocytes) that make up the top layers of the skin. About 10% of
skin cancers are SCC.
Melanoma comes from skin cells called melanocytes, which create pigment called melanin that gives skin its color. Five percent of all skin cancers are melanoma. Although less common, it is a very dangerous type of skin cancer and is the leading cause of death from skin disease.
How is skin cancer treated?
In general, the treatment plan is based on the risk of the cancer spreading to another location or growing again (recurring) in the same location. Cancers that are likely to spread or recur are treated more aggressively. Treatment options include:
• Procedures (Cryosurgery, Curettage-electrodessication, Excision and Mohs surgery)
• Radiation and chemotherapy may be recom-mended in cases when the cancer has spread, or when other medical conditions prevent the use of other treatments.
Posted on May 20, 2013 by Stacy Anthony
Once again, court reporters are making sure that the stories of America’s veterans are recorded for future generations.
2013 marks the tenth consecutive year that the Veterans History Project (VHP) has worked with the National Court Reporters Foundation (NCRF) and the National Court Reporters Association (NCRA).
The mission of the Veterans History Project at the Library of Congress American Folklife Center is to collect, preserve and make accessible the personal accounts of American war veterans so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand the realities of war.
U.S. Representative Ron Kind (WI-3) proposed the Veterans History Project after interviewing veterans in his own family at a reunion. His wife, Tawni, a court reporter, knew that transcriptions would ensure the accessibility of interview content.
To date, more than 2,800 interviews in the VHP collection have been transcribed by court reporters. Once a court reporter transcribes an interview, the transcription is sent to the Library of Congress to be added to the veteran’s collection, and in many cases, it is digitized so that the public may access the transcript online.
Not only do court reporters serve VHP by transcribing oral histories that are submitted to the Library of Congress, they also dedicate their time as volunteer interviewers.
“I can’t tell you how rewarding it’s been to me to work with such dedicated professionals at VHP, and with court reporters who unselfishly volunteer their time and talent to ensure that these stories will be preserved so that future generations of Americans will know of the sacrifices made to preserve our freedom,” said Beth Kilker, NCRF’s Oral Histories Program Coordinator.
NCRF is also an ardent ambassador for VHP, and has promoted “VHP Days on Campus” at various court-reporting schools and firms. Most recently, NCRA held a “VHP Day” during the 2012 NCRA Convention in Philadelphia, and is planning a VHP Day during the 2013 NCRA Convention in Nashville, Tenn.
In addition to recorded interviews, VHP also depends on volunteers to donate veterans’ original photographs, letters, military documents, diaries, journals, two-dimensional artwork and unpublished memoirs.
NCRF is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, and the philanthropic arm of the 18,000-member professional association for stenographic court reporters, NCRA.
To learn more or participate, visit Veterans History Project
Posted on May 3, 2013 by Stacy Anthony
We’re “under construction” at St. George Village! Work is well underway on a beautiful new Pavilion being built, lakeside, on the dining room patio.
With the shade it will provide, the Pavilion will make an idea place for residents to enjoy an al fresco dining experience on evenings when the weather is nice. When completed, there will be outdoor seating for up to 20 people each evening.
Construction of the Pavilion is expected to be completed by Memorial Day weekend.
Posted on March 15, 2013 by Stacy Anthony
If you’re one of the 30 million Americans with a new Medicare card, you may take a healthy interest in how best to benefit from it.
One of the first and most important things to consider now that your new plan is in effect is prescription drug coverage. Perhaps the best way to save on medication costs is to utilize a pharmacy that’s within your Part D plan’s preferred network. Walgreens, for example, is a part of preferred networks with some of the nation’s largest plans, such as Coventry, Humana, SmartD Rx and UnitedHealthcare.
The benefit to beneficiaries is not only convenience, but cost savings. By using a preferred network pharmacy, you can recognize significant savings on prescription co-pays and medication expenditures.
It’s also important to understand the preventive health services you may need, what’s covered by Medicare and where you can go for these and other services. Medicare covers an annual wellness visit at your doctor’s office. In addition, immunizations, health tests and annual medication and plan reviews may also be available at your local pharmacy, so talk with your pharmacist or plan provider if you have questions on these or other services.
If you take multiple medications, many Medicare Part D plans will cover face-to-face annual checkups as well. Your pharmacist will review all your medications, vitamins and supplements, see if there are lower-cost alternatives and make sure you’re taking everything in the right way to get the best possible results. The pharmacist can then call your doctor to discuss any recommended changes, and you’ll receive a Medication Action Plan that you can share with your doctor.
Medicare Wellness benefits provide discounts on medications and services including immunizations, screenings for a number of common conditions, as well as education and counseling to encourage wellness and prevent disease. However, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, only 6.5 percent of eligible seniors have utilized this benefit. That’s where your pharmacist can be a great resource to help understand what services are covered.
Visit www.medicare.gov to learn more about how to make the most of Medicare and your Medicare Prescription Drug Plan.
Posted on March 1, 2013 by Stacy Anthony
Older Americans should know that while financial abuse is believed to cost seniors an estimated $3 billion annually, you can help prevent it and protect yourself.
Signs To Watch For
• You, family, friends or your bank notice financial activity you don’t recall, that is not consistent with your financial history or that is beyond your means.
• Your caregiver or beneficiary refuses to use your funds for necessary care and treatment or is threatening to place you in a long-term care facility unless you give him or her control of your finances.
• It appears that food or medication has been manipulated or withheld so you become weak and compliant.
Steps You Can Take
• If you feel threatened and believe you are in immediate danger, contact law enforcement.
• Talk with family members, friends and trusted professionals to plan your financial future. If managing your daily finances is difficult, consider engaging a money manager.
• Talk with a lawyer about creating a durable power of attorney for asset management, a revocable or living will, trust and health care advance directives.
• Never send anyone personal information to collect a prize or reward.
• Don’t be pressured or intimidated into quick decisions by a salesperson or contractor.
• Don’t sign any documents you don’t completely understand without first talking it over with an attorney or a family member you trust.
• Never provide personal information (Social Security, credit card, ATM PIN number) over the phone unless you placed the call and know with whom you are speaking.
• Tear up or shred credit card receipts, bank statements, solicitations and financial records before disposing of them.
• If you hire someone to help you in your home, be sure that person has been properly screened, with criminal background checks completed.
• If you suspect you or someone you know is being exploited, call (800) 677-1116 to get connected with the state Adult Protective Services or other appropriate aging resource.
For more information on financial exploitation, you can request a free brochure from the Eldercare Locator, “Protect Your Pocketbook: Tips to Avoid Financial Exploitation.” Call (800) 677-1116; the brochure can also be downloaded at www.eldercare.gov. The Eldercare Locator is a public service of the U.S. Administration on Aging and is administered by the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a).
Posted on February 15, 2013 by Stacy Anthony
In recognition of February as National Heart Health month, North Fulton Hospital is sponsoring Go Red, North Fulton!, a campaign that encourages women to be proactive about their health by learning more about heart disease risks and making heart-healthy changes in their lives. St. George Village staff and residents recently dressed in red to show their support for the hospital and Go Red, North Fulton!
Go Red, North Fulton! is a community program modeled on the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women® campaign, which was started 10 years ago to call attention to the fact that cardiovascular disease claims the lives of more than half a million women every year.
Posted on February 8, 2013 by Stacy Anthony
St. George Village resident Gene Stelten says his granddaughter, Allie, was the inspiration for A House for Wally and Me, a children’s book that he wrote about the process of building a Habitat for Humanity home. The story is told through the eyes of seven-year-old Allie, who is helping to build a Habitat house in which she and her family will live.
“My granddaughter has always loved helping people in need, so I named the main character in the book after her,” Gene says.
Since the book’s main message is to help children understand the importance of people coming together to work on a common goal of helping others, Gene thought it would be helpful to distribute copies to local school children. He enlisted the help of fellow SGV resident and professional storyteller Mary Apps, and together they read the story to students at local elementary schools.
After reading the book and distributing copies on a recent visit, Gene recalls a little girl who came up to him and asked if she could really take her copy of the book home and keep it. “When I said, ‘Yes, you can,’ she was so excited! I don’t know if she’d ever had a book of her own before,” he says.
In addition to helping children see how much fun it is to work together to help others in need as well as discovering the joys of reading, A House for Wally and Me has another important purpose. All proceeds from sales of the book (which costs $13.95), go to Habitat for Humanity.
Gene, a long-time volunteer for Habitat, wrote the book for free and the illustrator donated her services as well. He says that friends often give him monetary donations, which he uses to purchase copies of the book.
“I buy the books and then Mary and I take them to the schools to give to the students,” he explains. “Habitat gets the money from the sale of the books for its building projects, and the children get a free book of their own and learn about the rewards of helping others.”
If you would like more information about A House for Wally and Me and this worthwhile project, contact Gene Stelten by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Posted on February 3, 2013 by Stacy Anthony
St. George Village recently held its first “Cyber Café” on a Sunday afternoon in the Bistro, and what a resounding success it was! More than 25 residents showed up, armed with their tablets, laptops, smartphones and e-readers, to learn more about how to operate these technology devices from a group of 10 volunteers.
The volunteers from BlueHair Technology Group, along with students from Blessed Trinity High School, provided hands-on assistance, answering questions about basic operating functions of the devices and helping residents learn how they can get the most out of their technology, including:
• How to connect to the Internet and find information
• Setting up an email account, sending and receiving messages,
attaching and downloading files
• Playing games such as Words With Friends
• Creating a Facebook page
• Downloading and using applications such as Skype and Pandora
Due to the success of this initial event and the continued interest it generated, the Cyber Café will become a regularly scheduled event.
St. George Village, a senior living life care community, is committed to creating an environment that encourages residents to continue exploring, learning and challenging themselves, regardless of age.
Posted on November 4, 2012 by Stacy Anthony
It’s never too late in life to learn and make new discoveries, especially when it comes to technology and all the new gadgets on the market today. Residents of St. George Village senior living life care community are proving this true, using desktop and laptop computers, smartphones and tablets.
Six SGV residents recently enrolled in a workshop on how to use an iPad tablet computer. The class, which meets once a week for eight weeks, covers a range of topics from the very basics of the iPad and how it operates to how to download and use free applications from the Internet.
“Even people who are not ‘computer literate’ or intuitive regarding technology can learn how to use the iPad and become comfortable with it,” says class instructor Jane Ratliff, owner of Blue Hair Technology Group, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to educate seniors about current technology and the tools available to them to connect and communicate with family and friends. “And while the current senior generation didn’t grow up with technology, there’s no reason for them to miss out on the whole social experience it offers.”
Students enrolled in the iPad workshop are discovering the joys of being able to connect with others online — playing games with friends, video chatting with loved ones via Skype, or even connecting with their grandchildren on Facebook.
Hands-on workshops like this provide a fun, comfortable and convenient way for seniors to learn how to use technology, find information online, and stay alert and active.
St. George Village will sponsor a second eight-week iPad workshop, also taught by Ratliff, beginning November 13, and also will host a TechRALLY for Seniors — a hands-on technology education expo — on December 2.
Posted on April 19, 2011 by dshaffer
Wellington Court residents enjoyed a menu of hamburgers, hot dogs, coleslaw, watermelon, baked beans and banana pudding while soaking up a bit of sunshine on the veranda overlooking a beautiful waterfall! These family fun events are scheduled throughout the spring and summer months for all Wellington Court residents.
Family members of residents were encouraged to join us as well because we all know how important cookouts were to us growing up. I personally remember very well the cookouts at the lake with my grandparents, parents, brothers and sisters and of course my crazy uncles. Our residents particularly enjoy these cookouts because it also reminds them of their own family gatherings. Mary Lib, a resident at Wellington Court shared with us some of her cookout memories with her family in the North Carolina mountains with her 3 children and 5 grandchildren.
It was good to see so many healthy appetites… but then who could resist a hamburger hot off the grill!
We cherish these moments with our residents and their families here at St George Village and can’t wait for you to join us at one of these festive events soon!