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Physical Well-Being for Seniors By Dr. Elron Mighty

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Physical health for seniors encompasses more than just the absence of disease. It also involves maintaining an active lifestyle to improve physical and mental well-being. HealthCare Partners is committed to helping all of its patients lead healthy, active and fulfilling lives.

As we age, the level of care needed to stay healthy changes. Our providers recommend the following activities to help seniors stay in shape:

• Walk at least three days a week for 30 minutes per day. You can gradually work up to walking five days a week.
• Keep up with daily activities, such as gardening and cleaning.
• Set goals and visualize yourself reaching these goals to stay motivated and improve exercise performance.
• Exercise with a friend or family member to encourage each other to live a better lifestyle.
• Join an exercise group or try water aerobics at a local gym or recreation center. These venues provide an air conditioned place to stay out of the heat during the summer months.
• Strength train to help improve balance and strengthen the knees and back. This can assist in preventing falls by keeping your body strong.

In addition to helping seniors stay healthier longer, physical activity comes with several other benefits which include:
• Weight Control
• Reducing the risk of Cardiovascular Disease, Diabetes, and some Cancers
• Strengthening bones and muscles
• Improving the ability to do daily activities and maintain independence
• Lowering blood sugar and blood pressure
• Increasing chances of living longer

At any age, it is important to talk to your doctor before starting a new exercise or diet plan. The physicians and care coordinators at HealthCare Partners are available to create a routine that is specifically tailored to your needs. Talk to your health care provider today about how you can start increasing your physical activity.

You Said, We Did

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Many patients have provided feedback in surveys or focus groups on ways to improve our services provided to every one of our HealthCare Partners and we turned these into improvements for 2014. We are granting you with more ways to get involved with your own health care, understand your medical records and track your health; 2014 is about you! Here’s what’s in store for you in 2014: 

Make a Payment Online
Patients can now easily make a payment online! You can access our payment link on our website, hcpnv.com, or through our online patient portal, Follow My Health. We accept a variety of credit cards including Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express. When making a payment online your account number is required which is provided on your statement. The new online payment system is available 24/7 for your convenience.

PAL (Patient Access Line)
If you need to speak with someone from HealthCare Partners after hours or on week-ends or holidays, our new PAL is there to help. When you call your clinic phone number after hours, you will be greeted by a HealthCare Partners teammate specifically trained to assist you. You can change appointments or check on needed medication refills. Or, if you have a medical issue, we have trained, licensed Registered Nurses to answer any of your questions. These HealthCare Partners Nurses have full access to your Electronic Health Record and can walk you through most any question you need answered. 

Televox Appointment Reminders
Patients can now receive appointment reminders, treatment information and other important information regarding their account through our new Televox system. We’re now providing text alerts, courtesy calls and e-mails to patients that sign-up! Speak with a staff member to sign-up for Televox today! 

Urgent Care Certification
We know medical issues typically arise at the most inopportune moments. When an immediate medical need arises after clinic hours, HealthCare Partners Nevada is still here to help. With 15 convenient urgent care locations, we offer licensed and specialty trained providers for your immediate needs. All urgent care locations are open seven days a week and the Wynn Clinic is available 24 hours a day.

Follow My Health
Coming in the Summer of 2014, patients will have access to their medical records online through our new Follow My Health patient portal. Through this new patient portal, patients can now track their medications, review their allergies and recent immunizations, view test results, schedule appointments and much more, all within the convenience of your own home.

Open Houses
Visit your clinic for a special open house to meet your doctors and care team! We’ll be holding open houses at select clinics across the valley in 2014 allowing you to learn more about our Total Care Model. Patients will also receive information on how they can manage and track their care from home starting in 2014!

Allergy Tips & Awareness

SpringAllergies_ShutterPreventative medicine is at the core of HealthCare Partners’ Total Care Model. Each year, nearly 35 million Americans suffer from springtime allergies, with the most common trigger being pollen. Pollen consists of tiny grains released into the air by grasses, weeds and trees. It can also travel for miles, leaving in its path countless watery eyes, runny noses and scratchy throats.

Consider implementing the following tips to help you deal with springtime allergies:

  • Keeping pollen in check
    Quite often, Mother Nature greets Southern Nevadans with high winds. On those days, we recommend to stay indoors. The best time to go out, for those with allergies, is on calm days or after a rainstorm, which greatly reduces the amount of pollen in the air.
  • The cleaner, the better
    There are several ways to tame pollen within the household such as washing bedding once a week in hot water. Since pollen can accumulate in one’s hair, showering before bed is recommended. When possible, keep windows closed to prevent pollen from entering the house. Wash items that can collect pollen, such as towels and throw rugs, on a regular basis. And, vacuum at least twice a week.
  • When outdoors
    When pollen counts are high, it’s best to stay indoors. But when that’s not possible it’s best to delegate gardening chores or lawn mowing to avoid stirring up dust and pollen. Or, wear a mask when doing so. Remove clothing worn outside and shower to remove pollen from the skin. Monitor local media for each day’s pollen count and avoid outdoor activities in the early morning when pollen counts are highest.
  • The great indoors
    Keeping the air as clean as possible inside the home is key. It’s impossible to keep all allergy triggers from entering the home but they can be reduced. Use the air conditioner, and if possible, use high-efficiency filters and keep them maintained. Using a dehumidifier to help keep the air dry is also recommended.

Allergies affect everyone differently, which is why HealthCare Partners recommends consulting a physician to determine your best course of care. For someone with asthma, spring is often a difficult time to manage asthma symptoms. Grass and pollen from trees and flowers can trigger an asthma flare-up. Click here for a list of asthma triggers & tips:  Spring Focus on Asthma.