JOE ROBACH WARNS SENIORS ABOUT SEASONAL FLU

Joe Robach wants seniors to know that influenza is a serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death. Every flu season is different, and influenza infection can affect people differently. Even healthy people can get very sick from the flu and spread it to others. During a regular flu season, about 90 percent of deaths occur in people 65 years and older. The “seasonal flu season” in the United States can begin as early as October and last as late as May.

During this time, flu viruses (typically in October) are circulating in the population. An annual seasonal flu vaccine (either the flu shot or the nasal-spray flu vaccine) is the best way to reduce the chances that you will get seasonal flu and lessen the chance that you will spread it to others. When more people get vaccinated against the flu, less flu can spread through that community.

Flu vaccines (the flu shot and the nasal-spray flu vaccine (LAIV)) cause antibodies to develop in the body about two weeks after vaccination. These antibodies provide protection against infection with the viruses that are in the vaccine.

The seasonal flu vaccine protects against three influenza viruses that research indicates will be most common during the upcoming season. Three kinds of influenza viruses commonly circulate among people today: influenza B viruses, influenza A (H1N1) viruses, and influenza A (H3N2) viruses. Each year, one flu virus of each kind is used to produce seasonal influenza vaccine.

Locally, seniors can get the flu vaccine at most fire department clinics.  For more information on senior issues or where to get a flu shot locally, contact the office of Joe Robach.

JOE ROBACH HAS IMPORTANT MESSAGE FOR SENIOR WOMEN

On Saturday, October 13th, Joe Robach and WDKX will be hosting their Annual Women’s Wellness Fair at the Greece Ridge Mall.  Joe Robach’s event will provide an opportunity for organizations throughout the Rochester area to disperse a wide variety of information to women, and seniors, about their health, fitness and overall wellness.

This is the 5th year Joe Robach and his office have held this successful event for women and seniors in the community.  Some of the organizations who have participated in the past include the Breast Cancer Coalition, Unity Health, Erna’s Hope, Coalition to Prevent Lead Poisoning, Highland Breast Imaging, Alzheimer’s Association, Rochester Woman Magazine, Rochester Hearing and Speech Center, Unity Health System, Rochester General Health System and YMCA of Greater Rochester, Child Care Council and Perinatal Network of Monroe County.   Women, seniors and their families may obtain an array of free information and services including; free educational brochures, cholesterol screenings, massages, blood pressure checks, therapy demonstrations, body fat testing and more.

Joe Robach said, “I am happy to host my fifth Women’s Wellness Fair and partner with WDKX and local organizations to offer beneficial information for women, families and seniors in our community.  The resources available at the event will provide good information to the public on leading a health life.”

The fair will be held at The Mall at Greece Ridge, 271 Greece Ridge Center Dive, Rochester, 14626.  Visitors can enter in entrance #9 (located to the left of the main carousel/food court entrance).  If there are any questions or if you are a not-for-profit interested in becoming a vendor, contact the office of Joe Robach.

JOE ROBACH PROVIDES DEMENTIA WARNING SIGNS TO SENIORS

Joe Robach knows that one constant worry for seniors is loss of memory.  For this reason, Joe Robach wants seniors to be informed about warning signs of dementia.  Below are some common warning signs.

Memory loss that disrupts daily life:  One of the most common signs of Alzheimer’s is memory loss, especially forgetting recently learned information. Others include forgetting important dates or events; asking for the same information over and over; increasingly needing to rely on memory aides (e.g., reminder notes or electronic devices) or family members for things they used to handle on their own.

Difficulty completing familiar tasks at home, at work or at leisure:  People with Alzheimer’s often find it hard to complete daily tasks. Sometimes, people may have trouble driving to a familiar location, managing a budget at work or remembering the rules of a favorite game.

Confusion with time or place:  People with Alzheimer’s can lose track of dates, seasons and the passage of time. They may have trouble understanding something if it is not happening immediately. Sometimes they may forget where they are or how they got there.

Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships:  For some people, having vision problems is a sign of Alzheimer’s. They may have difficulty reading, judging distance and determining color or contrast, which may cause problems with driving.

New problems with words in speaking or writing:  People with Alzheimer’s may have trouble following or joining a conversation. They may stop in the middle of a conversation and have no idea how to continue or they may repeat themselves. They may struggle with vocabulary, have problems finding the right word or call things by the wrong name (e.g., calling a “watch” a “hand-clock”).

Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps:  A person with Alzheimer’s disease may put things in unusual places. They may lose things and be unable to go back over their steps to find them again. Sometimes, they may accuse others of stealing. This may occur more frequently over time.

Decreased or poor judgment:  People with Alzheimer’s may experience changes in judgment or decision-making. For example, they may use poor judgment when dealing with money, giving large amounts to telemarketers. They may pay less attention to grooming or keeping themselves clean.

Withdrawal from work or social activities:  A person with Alzheimer’s may start to remove themselves from hobbies, social activities, work projects or sports. They may have trouble keeping up with a favorite sports team or remembering how to complete a favorite hobby. They may also avoid being social because of the changes they have experienced.

Changes in mood and personality:  The mood and personalities of people with Alzheimer’s an change. They can become confused, suspicious, depressed, fearful or anxious. They may be easily upset at home, at work, with friends or in places where they are out of their comfort zone.

For more information, seniors should contact the office of Joe Robach.

JOE ROBACH PROVIDES INFORMATION TO SENIORS ON HIP PAIN

Joe Robach knows that hip pain is major complaint for our senior community.  For this reason Joe Robach wants seniors to be aware of the causes of hip pain and what to do about it if you have it (information provided by Web MD).

Whenever you use the hip (for example, by going for a run), a cushion of cartilage helps prevent friction as the hip bone moves in its socket.  Despite its durability, the hip joint isn’t indestructible. With age and use, the cartilage can wear down or become damaged. Muscles and tendons in the hip can get overused. The hip bone itself can be fractured during a fall or other injury. Any of these conditions can lead to hip pain. If your hips are sore, here is a rundown of what might be causing your discomfort and how to find hip pain relief.

Arthritis. Arthritic conditions such as osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis are among the most common causes of hip pain, especially in older adults. Arthritis leads to inflammation of the hip joint and the breakdown of the cartilage that normally cushions your hip bones. The pain gradually gets worse as the arthritis progresses. People with arthritis also feel stiffness and have reduced range of motion in the hip.

Hip fractures. Fractures of the hip are a particular problem in elderly people. With age, the bones can become weak and brittle. Weakened bones are more likely to fracture during a fall. Bursitis. Inflammation of the small, fluid-filled sacs (called bursae) that protect muscles and tendons is usually due to repetitive activities that overwork or irritate the hip joint.

Tendinitis. Tendons are the thick bands of tissue that attach bones to muscles. Tendinitis is inflammation or irritation of the tendons. It’s usually caused by repetitive stress from overuse. Muscle or tendon strain. Repeated activities can put strain on the muscles, tendons, and ligaments that support the hips. When these structures become inflamed from overuse, they can cause pain and prevent the hip from functioning normally.

Cancers. Tumors that start in the bone (bone cancer) or that spread to the bone can cause pain in the hips, as well as in other bones of the body. Avascular necrosis (also called osteonecrosis). This condition occurs when blood flow to the hip bone is reduced and the bone tissue dies as a result. Although it can affect other bones, avascular necrosis most often occurs in the hip. It can be caused by a hip fracture or dislocation, or from the long-term use of high-dose steroids (such as prednisone), among other causes.

If your hip pain is caused by a muscle or tendon strain, osteoarthritis, or tendinitis, you can usually relieve it with an over-the-counter pain medication such as acetaminophen (Tylenol) or a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug such as ibuprofen (Motrin) or naproxen (Aleve). Rheumatoid arthritis treatments also include prescription anti-inflammatory medications such as corticosteroids, or disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs) like methotrexate and sulfasalazine. Another way to relieve hip pain is by holding ice to the area for about 15 minutes a few times a day. Try to rest the affected joint as much as possible until you feel better. If you have arthritis, exercising the hip joint with low-impact exercises (swimming is a good non-impact exercise for arthritis), stretching, and resistance training can reduce pain and improve joint mobility. Physical therapy can also help increase your range of motion. When osteoarthritis becomes so severe that the pain is intense or the hip joint becomes deformed, a total hip replacement (arthroplasty) may be a consideration. People who fracture their hip sometimes need surgery to fix the fracture or replace the hip.

Call your doctor if your pain doesn’t go away, or if you notice swelling, redness, or warmth around the joint. Also call if you have hip pain at night or when you are resting. Get medical help right away if:

• The hip pain came on suddenly.

• A fall or other injury triggered the hip pain.

• Your joint looks deformed or is bleeding.

• You heard a popping noise in the joint when you injured it.

• The pain is intense. • You can’t put any weight on your hip.

For more information seniors should contact their doctor or the office of Joe Robach.