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BronsonSenior Times - September 2018Page 11LEARNCLASSES AND EVENTSHealthy Cooking and Cancer PreventionWednesday, September 12, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.Kool Family Community Center200 W. Michigan Ave., Battle CreekNutrition matters. Learn more about ways to cook and eat produce on an affordable budget at this free event. You’ll also learn more about why certain vegetables and fruit may reduce the risk of certain types of cancers. A complimentary lunch will be served. Registration required. Call (269) 441-0948 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. or visit Care Planning WorkshopTuesday, September 25, 4:30 to 6 p.m.Kool Family Community Center200 W. Michigan Ave., Battle CreekPlanning for the future is important. Learn more about how to create a free advance directive document that identifies who you would want to make medical decisions and how to initiate the critical conversation with your loved ones. A Medical Preferences Care Planning Workbook will be provided as a resource as well as a Making Choices Michigan advance directive document. Presented by Hilary Kerr, Bronson advanced care planning community educator. A complimentary lunch will be served. Registration required. Call (269) 441-0948 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. or visit® Smoking & Tobacco CessationTuesdays & Thursdays, September 11, 13, 18 & 20, 2 to 3:30 p.m. Bronson Battle Creek Cancer Care Center300 North Ave., Battle CreekFree. Are you ready to live tobacco-free? This program will help prepare you to quit smoking and tobacco use. Registration is required and you must attend all sessions. To register, call (269) 341-7723 or visit Prevention Program: Fit & Healthy 365Starts in September (register now)Bronson Battle Creek Diabetes Education CenterWant to learn small steps that make a big difference in your health? Join this program. This is a CDC recognized program. Therefore, certain health criteria must be met to qualify for this program. Cost is $130 for 12 months. For more information or to register contact the Bronson Battle Creek Diabetes Education Center at or (269) 245-8316.SUPPORT GROUPSAmerican Lung Association Better Breathers ClubThursday, September 13, 1:30 to 3 p.m.Bronson Battle Creek Outpatient Center, 2nd floor, Conference Room C 300 North Ave., Battle CreekFree. Diagnosed with COPD or another chronic lung disease? Join us to learn ways to better manage your illness while receiving support from others who share in your experiences.Stroke Survivor Support GroupSeptember 20 at 1 p.m.YMCA of Battle CreekOur stroke survivor support group is a place to share information, experiences and emotional support.bronsonhealth.comARE YOU AT RISK FOR HEART FAILURE?Are you among the five million Americans who have heart failure? This common, yet often undiagnosed condition occurs when a person’s heart muscles weaken. They slowly lose the ability to pump enough blood to the rest of the body. Heart failure causes more hospital stays than all forms of cancer combined. Every year, 670,000 new heart failure patients are diagnosed in the United States.Heart failure is a chronic disease that needs lifelong management. However, with treatment, a heart can become stronger. Symptoms of heart failure can also improve. The first line of treatment for heart failure consists of medicines taken daily, lifestyle changes and careful monitoring.How do I know if I am at risk for heart failure? Even one risk factor can result in heart failure. Having many risk factors only increases your chance. Risk factors include:• High blood pressure• Heart attack• Damage to the heart valves or history ofa heart murmur• Enlarged heart• Family history of enlarged heart • Diabetes• Lung disease• Infection of the heart muscle• Drinking too much alcoholWhat are the symptoms of heart failure? Heart failure usually develops slowly and is a chronic, long-term condi- tion. However, sometimes the symptoms can develop quickly. Some of the signs and symptoms are:• Breathing problems: shortness of breathfrom walking stairs or simple activities, trouble breathing when resting or lyingdown, waking up breathless, or needingmore than two pillows to sleep.• Fatigue/exercise problems: tiring easily,swelling of feet, ankles or legs, and gen-eral feeling of fatigue.• Coughing: frequent coughing, coughingthat produces mucus or blood, or dry, hacking cough when lying flat.When should I call my healthcare provider? Call your doctor right away if you have any of the signs or symptoms associated with heart failure. You should also call if your diagnosed heart failure symptoms change.Call 9-1-1 right away or go to the emergency room if you have any of the following problems:• Breathing problems• Chest pain, tightness or heaviness• Confusion or trouble thinking clearlyCaring for Your Heart – Bronson Heart & Vascular is a comprehensive, regional collaboration for the prevention, detection, diagnosis, and treatment of cardiovascular conditions. A multidisci- plinary team of adult and pediatric car- diovascular physicians, four hospitals and supporting services deliver an advanced, seamless continuum of care for patients throughout southwest and south central Michigan. Specialties include minimally invasive valve replacement, electrophys- iology, peripheral vascular procedures, thoracic procedures, and endovascular procedures.For information about heart care or to find a heart doctor, visit bronsonhealth. com/heart or call Bronson HealthAnswers at (269) 341-7723 or (800) 451-6310.Now accepting cardiology patients at Bronson Advanced Cardiac Healthcare at 363 Fremont St., Suite 200, in Battle Creek. For more information call (269) 373-1222.Brett J. Eliuk, DO, FACC, FACOI, is board certified in internal medicine. He sees patients in Battle Creek, Kalamazoo, Allegan, and Paw Paw.BATTLE CREEKTroy Pascoe, MD, Medical DirectorImpacting Dementia ByTreating Blood PressureResults recently presented at AAIC from a large, randomized clinical trial demonstrated a significant reduction in the risk for developing cognitive decline and dementia. The new research results show aggressive treatment of high blood pres- sure (targeting a systolic blood pressure goal of less than 120 mm Hg) resulted in fewer new cases of mild cognitive impair- ment (slight but noticeable and measur- able decline in cognitive abilities that is not severe enough to interfere with daily life) and dementia.The results announced at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC), also demonstrated that dementia is not just something thathappens at the end of life. Instead there are many factors throughout life that affect brain health and the risk of develop- ing dementia.While more research is needed onall causes of dementia, the new data from the SPRINT MIND trial is an exciting first in the understanding of how aggressively treating systolic blood pressure (especially for those older than the age of 50) can be part of a solution.The future of dementia prevention could be in treating the whole person with a combination of drugs and modifiable lifestyle changes.BICKFORD OF BATTLE CREEK3432 Capital Ave SW, Battle Creek, MI 49015 | (269) 599-5351 Bickford Cottage of Battle Creek

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