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50 for your 50s

Nearing your 50s? Already crossed the half-century mark? This article is for you . . .

healthnetIf you’re entering your fifth decade this year — or you’re simply looking for a few ways to implement your New Year’s resolution to live healthier, here are 50 tips for your consideration.

1. Schedule a complete physical.
2. Get a colonoscopy.
3. Follow through with your mammogram or PSA test.
4. Map out all your moles. Have your spouse help with the areas that you cannot see yourself.
5. Make sure all your vaccines are up to date.
6. Get your ears tested.
7. Ask your physician if you need a bone density test.
8. Ask your physician if you should take a baby aspirin each day.
9. Get your eyes tested.
10. Don’t stop any medications without asking your physician.
11. Document family illnesses and pass the information on to your children.
12. Keep your medical information handy; carry a list of your medications and allergies with you.
13. In your phone contacts, indicate who to call “In Case of Emergency” (ICE).
14. Consider a living will.
15. Consider being an organ donor.
16. Keep a food diary and review it with your physician or a nutritionist.
17. Read nutrition labels.
18. Eat more fiber, fresh fruits and vegetables; avoid processed food.
19. Drink more water; replace sodas with water.
20. Eat smaller portions.
21. Eat slowly.
22. Replace simple carbohydrates with complex carbohydrates.
23. Brush your teeth softly in a circular manner.
24. Floss every day.
25. Wear sunscreen and sunglasses and get outside every day.
26. Ask your physician if you should have your vitamin D level checked.
27. Do aerobic exercises for at least 30 minutes, five times per week.
28. Do resistance training with simple weights, at least three times per week.
29. Take the stairs.
30. Park at the far end of a parking lot.
31. Get up from your desk and walk around every 90 minutes.
32. Wear a pedometer. The latest recommendation is 10,000 steps daily.
33. Keep a resistance band handy, and learn simple exercises you can do while you are sitting.
34. Swim if you have sore joints.
35. Wear comfortable shoes.
36. Do a crossword or Sudoku puzzle daily.
37. Try a simple video game on your mobile device.
38. Learn a new language.
39. Take ballroom dancing.
40. Have a teenager teach you how to use those apps on your smart phone.
41. Keep socially active.
42. Try to make a new friend at least once a month.
43. Reconnect with old friends.
44. Volunteer your time for a worthy cause.
45. Squeeze a stress ball.
46. Moisturize.
47. Listen to classical music.
48. Smile more.
49. Breathe in the fresh air; take the time to smell the roses.
50. Relax and enjoy being 50!

Susan Locke, MD, is Healthnetwork Foundation’s medical director.

Healthnetwork is a Legatus membership benefit, a healthcare “concierge service” that provides members and their families access to some of the most respected hospitals in the world. One Call Starts It All: (866) 968-2467 or (440) 893-0830. Email: help@healthnetworkfoundation.org

15 symptoms not to ignore

Here are some very helpful tips from our friends at Healthnetwork Foundation . . .

We often wonder whether symptoms will go away on their own or whether they should be attended to immediately. Here are some symptoms that require medical attention, some more urgently than others.

1. Chest pain. If the pain goes away with an antacid, it’s less likely to be related to the heart. Pain that is a dull, pressure-like sensation with or without pain running down the left arm should be evaluated immediately.

2. Shortness of breath. If you are unable to catch your breath or find yourself gasping and wheezing, these symptoms may need to be evaluated.

3. Sudden weakness, loss of vision or speech. These symptoms could be signs of a stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA) and should be evaluated immediately.

4. Severe headaches. These symptoms require medical attention: Sudden onset of a severe headache “like a clap of thunder,” headache accompanied by fever, stiff neck, rash, confusion or seizures — or a one-sided headache near the temple in a middle-aged person.

5. Abdominal pain. The characteristics of the pain are important: Is it related to eating? Where does it radiate? What makes it feel worse? Is it positional? Abdominal pain that persists more than a few hours warrants a call to your doctor.

6. Delirium. Sudden confusion and rapid changes in your mental state should be assessed quickly.

7. Flashes of light. These may indicate retinal detachment and treatment should be sought immediately.

8. Persistent or high fever. Temperatures over 102°F for three days or high fevers over 104°F require medical attention.

9. Hot, red, swollen joint. This could be a joint infection, which should be treated immediately. It could also be a sign of gout or arthritis.

10. Unexplained weight loss. A loss of 10% of your weight within six months unrelated to dieting should be discussed with a medical professional.

11. Unexplained change in bowel habits. The presence of these symptoms may require medical attention: blood, black or tarry stools, extended periods of constipation or diarrhea.

12. Bruising and bleeding. If you have spontaneous, recurrent bruising or unusual bleeding that will not stop, please seek medical attention.

13. New moles or change in appearance of old moles. Changes in color, shape or size could indicate a skin cancer.

14. Early satiety. Seek medical attention if you have feelings of being full after eating smaller portions than usual, especially if accompanied by nausea, vomiting or bloating.

15. Sadness/loss of interest in life. Depression is treatable and care may begin with your primary care physician.

If you’re experiencing symptoms that require immediate medical assistance, please go directly to the emergency room and/or call 911.

Susan Locke, MD, is Healthnetwork Foundation’s medical director.

Healthnetwork is a Legatus membership benefit, a health care “concierge service” that provides members and their families access to some of the most respected hospitals in the world. One Call Starts It All: (866) 968-2467 or (440) 893-0830. Email: help@healthnetworkfoundation.org

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A Legate says ‘Thank you’…

Charles LiMandri

Our experience with Healthnetwork and Scripps Health was excellent. My wife was in extreme pain when I called Healthnetwork for her. Through your efforts, Scripps got her in to see a top specialist in the field within hours. As a result, she is recovering nicely and is now practically pain free.

The service that Healthnetwork provided was truly exceptional. We could not have been more impressed with the treatment that we received. May God continue to bless you in your fine work!

Charles S. LiMandri
San Diego Chapter Member,
Legatus Board of Governors

Walk your way to health

Chairman Thomas Monaghan says encouraging your employees to walk has multiple benefits . . .

Thomas Monaghan

Thomas Monaghan

As Catholic business leaders, we all want what’s best for our employees and our business. As this year draws to a close and we prepare for a new calendar year, one thing that we’re all dealing with is health care.

I think we would all agree that a healthy employee is a better employee. Not only do healthier employees have less absenteeism and lower health costs, but they’re more energetic and usually more optimistic.

But how do we foster an environment in the workplace that promotes healthy living? There are numerous things we can do, but I want to share just one with you: promote walking. Yes, walking!

A couple of years ago, during my annual visit to Cooper Clinic in Dallas, the wellness staff did a presentation on the benefits of walking and gave us all pedometers. Dr. Cooper challenged us to get in at least 5,000 steps a day — and to try for 10,000! I like challenges, and I like tracking things I can measure. So I started writing down my number of steps per day. I decided never to have a day under 5,000 steps, and I’d try to average 10,000.

I was so convinced of the positive benefits that we had pedometers made with the Ave Maria University logo, and we gave them to all employees as a Christmas present.

We have a number of fun contests, all having to do with how many steps each person took during the previous month. There is an award for those who come in first, second and third in terms of the highest daily averages. But we also do other fun awards. For example, the names of those who beat my average go into a drawing, and we select a winner. We give out prizes at our monthly all-employee meetings and try to use the time to build esprit de corps.

The bottom line is that we try to make being healthy fun. And it’s working! If people have fun doing it, they’re more likely to keep doing it. Some walk with their colleagues during lunch breaks, and others walk with their spouses in the evening.

Promoting healthy living among our employees helps them to be healthier. It’s good for them, but it’s also good business. Walking is something I can do to stay healthy personally — and for Ave Maria University — one step at a time.

Thomas Monaghan is Legatus’ founder and chairman. He is a member of Legatus’ Naples Chapter.