Health and Wellness Briefs, Oct. 22, 2013

Get the basics about Alzheimer’s

Do you understand the difference between normal, age-related memory changes and more serious memory problems that should be evaluated by a medical professional? Learn common causes of memory loss, health risk factors, and the importance of an accurate diagnosis at a free educational seminar that starts 10 a.m. Wednesday at RSVP, 422 White Ave., in the lower level US Bank Building.

Alzheimer’s Regional Coordinator Teresa Black will discuss the impact an Alzheimer’s diagnosis can have on the patient and the patient’s family. Questions are always welcome. Seating is limited. Call (970) 243-9839 for reservations.

Homecare nurse DeVore honored

 

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice named Judi DeVore, an RN at Home Care of the Grand Valley, the Colorado Home Care & Hospice Nurse of the Year for 2013.

“She has a passion for lifelong learning that is important in today’s world of professional nursing and it sets her apart,” Home Care of the Grand Valley CEO Sue Brown said in a news release.

DeVore began her nursing career in the oncology unit at North Colorado Medical Center in Greeley about 38 years ago and went on to hold leadership positions in home health and hospice organizations around the state.

She moved to Grand Junction in 2002 to help establish Home Care of the Grand Valley, a not-for-profit organization named one of the top home care agencies in the country by Home Care Elite seven years in a row.

“I find home care so satisfying because it presents the challenge of meeting patients in their homes and making an impact on their lives,” DeVore said. “The most gratifying part of my job is helping patients learn to deal with a chronic disease or recover from a recent illness in the place where they feel most comfortable and safe.”

Local dentist praises awareness month

 

October is National Dental Hygiene Awareness Month, a great time to build awareness and stress the importance of making oral health hygiene a priority. 

“Prevention is key when it comes to oral health. Problems in the mouth typically happen gradually over time. Practicing prevention allows us to diagnose a potential problem and treat it before it ever causes a person pain,” Grand Junction dentist Gary Andreoletti said in a news release.

It’s important to have an oral health checkup and cleaning every six months, but prevention just doesn’t happen in the dental chair. “It’s just as important to keep up with your oral health daily while you’re at home. You need to brush, floss, rinse, and chew,” said Annette DiBenedetto, dental hygienist at Andreoletti’s practice.

Proper oral hygiene will not only keep oral health in check, but will also help decrease the need for dental work, saving money while retaining a pearly white smile for years to come, Andreoletti said.

For more information on National Dental Hygiene Awareness Month call (970) 858-4544.

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