Written by on 9/2/2014 12:15:00 PM
Grief is a normal part of the emotional process of illness and loss. Whether it's a spouse, family member, friend or yourself, the most important thing to remember is that you're not alone in the grieving process and there are ways to cope.
- You are what you eat, so eat…and eat right.
- Learn all you can about the grief process. The more you know the more control you’ll have in your journey.
- Rest. Living with grief is exhausting and taxes your body. Nap, relax and take it easy.
- Allow yourself the ability to feel the raw pain. The more you can stay in the present, the easier your journey will be in the long run.
- Reach out when ready. Call a friend or accept a dinner invitation. continue reading ...
Written by on 8/21/2014 2:30:00 PM
Can't seem to remember where you parked you car as quickly as you once could? As you age, you can experience a decline in your memory and general brain health. But, a healthy lifestyle can help keep your brain sharp as you age, preventing cognitive decline.
Addressing other areas of your physical health is also important.
- Eat a healthy, balanced diet and maintain a healthy body weight.
- Get regular exercise, aiming for 30 minutes of exercise, at least five days per week.
- Join a club, play a sport, volunteer or visit frequently with friends.
- Read frequently, work puzzles and play memory games.
"It's imperative that you treat any sensory deficits, such as hearing or vision problems, as you grow older," said Dr. Azita Chehresa, geriatrician at Community Physician Network. "When your senses decline, it can have an adverse affect on your mental health." continue reading ...
Written by on 7/31/2014 11:00:00 AM
Dr. William J. Fisher is a board certified pediatrician with Community Physician Network. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Fisher, visit his physician profile.
With back-to-school season upon us, it's the perfect time to make sure children with food allergies are prepared for the lunchroom and class parties.
If you haven't already, speak to your child's doctor about what medications your child will need if they consume a food they are allergic to.
Most children who have serious allergic reactions will need an epinephrine pen at school and at home.
A child with a serious allergy should always have quick access to this life-saving medication. Epinephrine dosage varies dependent upon your child's size, so remember to confirm with your doctor that the dose your child is using is appropriate, and that your epinephrine pen is not expired. continue reading ...
Written by on 7/9/2014 7:00:00 PM
Summer is the perfect time to pack your bags and set off on a family adventure. But nothing is worse than getting sick while traveling.
Dr. Aaron Carlisle, family medicine physician at Community Physician Network, encourages families to take these precautions before traveling in order to avoid illness.
Vaccinate before going out of the country
It is important to plan ahead before traveling overseas, and to schedule an appointment with your physician.
"Your physician’s office may not have all of the vaccines in stock needed for your destination," said Dr. Carlisle. "By calling ahead they can be prepared and have all of the necessary vaccinations ready for you."
He also noted that malaria prophylaxis often has to be started two to three weeks prior to the departure date when traveling to malaria endemic areas of the world. continue reading ...
Written by on 7/5/2014 11:00:00 AM
There's no better way to cool off in the summer than with a dip in the water. Whether you're splashing in a pool or setting sail on a lake, here are some important water safety tips to remember.
- Swim in designated areas supervised by lifeguards.
- Always swim with a buddy; do not allow anyone to swim alone. Even at a public pool or a lifeguarded beach, use the buddy system! continue reading ...