How do you know when it's time to have the "conversation" with aging parents?
Some signs to look for are depression, recent falls or injuries, long term illness, not being able to take care of activities of daily living (ADLs), weight loss, not taking medications, burning food or leaving on burners in the home.

What are the issues that should take priority?
A majority of seniors are now planning for the future and have discussed or planned their wills and finances. Health care usually takes the back seat to these items because this is an unknown for most seniors unless they have a serious health condition to begin with.

barWhat is the best way to approach the subject of moving to an assisted living facility?
Getting a calendar of activities as well as pictures of the well-appointed apartments can be helpful. It's important to emphasize that they will be moving to a "community" and not a "facility" where they can participate in activities and enjoy living with their peers.

What are some strategies for dealing with a parent who is resistant to change?
Remind the senior that they won't have to worry about their safety or being alone anymore. At Renaissance on Peachtree, there are licensed caregivers available to residents 24/7, and they always have someone to talk to and do activities with. Emphasize how nice it will be not to deal with housework or yard work, and stress the convenience of having someone else prepare their meals every day. We always encourage prospective residents to join us for a meal so they have an opportunity to try our food, meet our staff and mingle with our residents.

restaurantWhat are the most important things to look for when selecting an assisted
living facility for aging parents?

Go to these places unannounced and visit several so you get a feel for what the environment and staff is like. Are there residents in the lobby sleeping, or are they visiting and having fun? Taste the food and look at an activity calendar. Talk to current residents while taking the tour and note the odor and cleanliness of the community. Utilize the Internet to look for comments on the community, or check out the last state survey result. The family needs to feel that the staff and community will keep their loved one safe and well cared for.

Renaissance on Peachtree
3755 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30319 | (404) 237-2323

Debra Taylor is a Registered Nurse and serves as Corporate Health and Wellness Director at Leisure Care.
Crystal Spradley is a Registered Nurse and serves as Health and Wellness Director at The Renaissance on Peachtree.


Friday, 05 September 2014 15:22

What Men Need to Know

It is the most common form of cancer among American men, disproportionately affecting those over the age of 50. While nearly 200,000 men may be diagnosed with the disease in a given year, some may never suffer health problems as a result of it. Still, it remains the second most common cause of death for white, African-American and Hispanic men. We are talking about prostate cancer, which impacts the male reproductive system. The cause of this disease remains unclear. James Hamrick, M.D., chief of oncology and hematology for Kaiser Permanente of Georgia, says it's important for men to educate themselves about prostate health and talk with their doctor to determine if testing is right for them.

What is prostate cancer?
The prostate is a walnut-sized gland in men, located just below the bladder, which produces fluid found in semen. Men suffering from prostate cancer have an abnormal growth of cells in this gland. Cancerous cells in the prostate tend to grow slowly, which is why men who are diagnosed with prostate cancer often die from other causes. Still, early detection of the disease is key to providing treatment for more aggressive prostate cancers.

What are the symptoms of prostate cancer?
In the early stages of the disease, many men experience no symptoms. However, prostate cancer can cause urinary problems. Talk with your doctor if you experience the following symptoms:

  • Pain or burning sensation while urinating
  • Trouble starting or stopping the flow of urine
  • Inability to urinate
  • Frequent urination
  • Blood in your urine

How do I know if I have prostate cancer?
Prostate cancer is often found during a routine rectal exam and prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test. High levels of PSA in blood can mean that you have prostate cancer or other issues related to your prostate gland. As a result, your doctor may opt to take a sample of tissue from your prostate to determine if cancerous cells are present. You should talk with your doctor about whether prostate cancer screening is right for you.

Is treatment available for prostate cancer?
Yes. If the cancer is not aggressive, your doctor may choose to monitor its growth over time. However, radiation, hormone therapy and surgery are other treatment options.

Although the cause of prostate cancer is unknown, are there risk factors?
Age, family history and race can impact your chances of developing prostate cancer. Men who are over the age of 50, African-American, or have an immediate family member with prostate cancer are more likely to develop the disease.


James Hamrick, MD
Chief of Oncology and Hematology  |

Dr. James Hamrick is chief of oncology and hematology for Kaiser Permanente of Georgia, the state's largest not-for-profit health plan serving 260,000 members through 30 medical centers across metro Atlanta and in Athens.


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Wednesday, 03 September 2014 14:02

What is the best technique to brush your teeth?




Confusion over the best way to Brush your teeth

It can be terribly frustrating when the dentist tells you that you aren't brushing your teeth correctly, and it appears there are some mixed messages coming from the profession about the elusive 'perfect technique'.
A recent study by the UCL entitled"An analysis of methods of tooth brushing recommended by dental associations, toothpaste and toothbrush companies and in dental texts" has highlighted that six main methods have become prevalent, but we are no nearer to a correct answer.

If you, like the majority of US & Canada, simply shunt your toothbrush from side-to-side in frantic horizontal motions, you're using the aptly named 'Horizontal Scrub Technique'. This might give the sensation and appearance of cleanliness, but it can cause abrasion to your tooth enamel and gums, and it doesn't get into the gum line very well.Interestingly though, 5 experts in the study actually recommended this technique.




Many of you will have left the dentist with advice to use the 'Bass Cleaning Technique'.This is where you angle your brush down towards the gum line and make gentle brushing motions on each individual tooth.If you've ever suffered from gingivitis, you may have been advised to incorporate this method into your routine.The Modified Bass Technique (which incorporates other methods) was the most recommended method of brushing in the study with 19 devotees; 11 recommended the Bass Technique itself.



The 'Stillman Brushing Technique' resembles the Bass Method but with more focus on the cervical part of your tooth (where the gum meets the tooth).



The Charters Brushing Technique cleans those difficult vertical areas between teeth.Methods like Charters are often used to clean dentures, although the toothpaste and brush usually differ for prosthodontics. Polident cleaner is a well-known brand and has been specially developed for denture wearers and cleans teeth by removing tough stains and reducing odours.



The Fones Brushing Technique is popular amongst kids as it involves those broad circular motions of the toothbrush which dentists tend to impress upon young children.10 experts in the UCL study recommended the Fones Technique.It should be noted that kids will often tend to also use the 'Roll Stroke' which involves holding the brush high on the gum line and sweeping downwards towards the tooth.

There is no right answer in this study, and perhaps it's often best for dentists to be reactive rather than proactive to a patient's needs.Leading Dentist, Nigel Carter said:
"Dentists generally feel it is better to take a person's existing habits and modify them if necessary."

Dentists and specialists from the tooth care industry varied greatly in their recommendations, so perhaps you should leave it to your dentist to tell you which areas you're missing and amend your habits accordingly.

Methods in more detail:
Junior Dentists: Types of tooth brushing techniques
Canadian Denture Association: Dental Care