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22 TUESDAY, MAY 20- THURSDAY, MAY 22, 2014 HEALTH &amp; FITNESS cape Gazette May is Stroke Awareness Month By Abraham Scheer, M.D. Special to the Cape Gazette Beebe Healthcare and other advanced stroke centers around the country are diligently work- ing to decrease disabilities caused by stroke, by providing 24/7 neurological emergency stroke services. This past year alone, they have treated more than 395 stroke emergencies. This is only a small part in the fight against this debilitating disease. Stroke is the number four cause of death and a leading cause of serious, long-term disability in America; a staggering 425,000 women suffer from stroke each year. Stroke kills twice as many women as breast cancer every year. Although stroke affects more women than men, approxi- mately 370,000 men suffer from stroke each year. It occurs when a blood vessel bringing blood and oxygen to the brain gets blocked or ruptures and brain cells don't get the flow of blood that they need. Deprived of oxygen, nerve cells can't function and die with- in minutes. And when nerve cells don't function, the part of the body they control can't function either. The devastating effects of stroke are often permanent because dead brain cells can't be replaced. TIA, or transient ischemic attack, is a "mini stroke" that occurs when a blood clot blocks an artery for a short time. The symptoms of a TIA are the same as those of a stroke, but they usually last only a few minutes. About 15 percent of strokes are preceded by TIAs, so don't ig- nore a TIA. Call 9-1-1 or seek emergency medical attention immediately. There is good news about stroke; it's largely preventable. Research has shown that peo- ple can reduce stroke risk by living a healthy lifestyle - con- trolling high blood pressure; not smoking; eating a low-fat, low-cholesterol diet; being physically active; maintaining a healthy body weight; managing diabetes; drinking moderately or not at all, etc. The other good news is that more than 5.8 mil- lion people who have had strokes are alive today. And much is being done to fight strokes. For example, the FD2s approval of the clot-dissolving drug tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) to treat stroke is an advance be- cause tPA can stop a stroke in progress and reduce disability. But to be eligible for tPA, one must seek emergency treatment right away and have a clot-caused stroke. Everyone in the commu- nity should learn to recognize a stroke because time lost is brain lost. At Beebe Healthcare the stroke team understands "time is brain." Our neurologists and staff have an excellent diagnostic rate providing the correct diagnosis and treatment. Stroke symptoms include: Sudden numbness or weak- ness of face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or co- ordination Sudden severe headache with no known cause. Act fast and call 9-1-1 with any signs of stroke. Use FAST to re- member the warning signs: F-- Face: ask the person to smile. Does one side droop? A-- Arms: ask the person to raise both arms. Does one drift down? S-- Speech: asl< the person to repeat simple phrases. Is the speech slurred or strange? T-- Time: Time is brain; if you observe any of these symptoms, call 9-1-1 immediately. Note the time of the appear- ance of the first symptom. This information is important to the healthcare provider and can af- fect treatment decisions. Learn more about stroke by: Talking to one's doctor, nurse or other heaithcare professionals. Ask about other stroke topics. For more information about stroke, call the American Stroke Association at 1-888-4-STROKE; (1-888-478-7653) or go to Stroke- Association.org. If someone has had a stroke, call the American Stroke As- sociation's "Warmline" at 1-888-4-STROKE (1-888-478- 7653) and: Speak with other stroke sur- vivors and caregivers trained to answer questions and offer support. Get information on stroke support groups in the area. Sign up to get Stroke Connec- tion, a free magazine for stroke survivors and caregivers. Abraham Scheer, M.D, is medical director of Neurology & Stroke Services at Beebe Healthcare in Lewes. Easter Seals to offer Saturday Social for adults with disabilities Easter Seals and the Delaware Division of Developmental Dis- abilities Services are teaming up to bring Saturday Social to adults with intellectual disabilities one Saturday a month. Saturday Social sessions are for adults 18 and older and will be held in southern Delaware from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Easter Seals' Georgetown location at 22317 DuPont Highway. The monthly event gives adults with intellectual disabili- ties an opportunity to get out of the house and get together with friends while also giving their caregivers a break from caregiv- ing. Attending Saturday Social does not affect a family's annual re- spite allocation from DDDS. This service is only offered to those living at home with their family. "Easter Seals is offering Satur- day Social as a way to provide a fun environment for participants as well as giving a break from caregiving responsibilities for caregivers," said Jeanne Con- ners, Easter Seals DDS program director. For more information and a calendar of upcoming sessions, visit www.de.easterseals.com and look for Caregiver and Re- spite Services. Those interested can apply online or call Natasha Shrieves at 302-253-1100 for the Georgetown program. To learn more about how Easter Seals helps children and adults with disabilities, call 1-800-677- 3800 or go to www. de.easterseals.com. Walk-In.Care reopens Memorial Day weekend in Millville On Memorial Day weekend, Beebe Healthcare will reopen Walk-In Care in Millville for visi- tors and residents whose primary care physicians are unavailable. Walk-in Care will be open daily, seven days a week, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. throughout the sum- mer season. The Walk-In hours during September will be posted before Labor Day weekend. No appointments are necessary. Beebe Healthcare Walk-in Care is in Creekside Plaza on Route 26, just five miles west of Route 1. Located in the same shopping center are the follow- ing outpatient services: Beebe Imaging, Beebe Lab Express and Beebe Rehab (which offers physi- cal therapy, occupational therapy, and speech-language pathology). Walk-In Care allows patients to receive non-emergency and immediate care at a more af- fordable pri.ce. Examples of the illnesses and health problems that are appropriate for treat- ment in Walk-In Care include: Upper respiratory infections Bronchitis Laryngitis Strep throat/Sore throat Allergies Cough, cold, flu Sinus infections Ear infections Swimmer's ear Minor eye infections, pink eye, styes and abrasions Bladder infections Sprains and strains Minor burns, cuts and simple lacerations Uncomplicated neck and back pain Incision and drainage Simple splinting. The telephone number at Bee- be Healthcare Walk-In Care is 302-541-4175. In the event of a life-threat- ening illness or accident, call 9-1-1. This will allow the patient to receive immediate, emer- gency treatment by emergency responders and to be taken to the nearest suitable hospital emer- gency room. Professional counselor hopes to reduce wait times in Region Licensed professional counsel- or Cleveland Ray, LPCMH, NCC, has opened an office in Lewes af- ter learning that many residents seeking counseling services are being put on wait lists. "Clients, especially those in crisis, need mental health services immedi- ately," says Ray. Ray hopes to meet that need with expanded hours that in- clude evenings and Saturdays, as well as weekday appointments. Sliding scale is also available. "I believe in car- ing for each individual," he says of his treatment ap- proach. Ray, a national certified coun- selor, has had 10 years of Cleveland Ray counseling ex- perience. He provides treatment for adults and couples, and specializes in emotional and behavioral issues involving youth ages 12 to 18. He has had success in treating oppositional defiance, conduct disorder, attachment disorder, trauma, ADHD, anxiety, autism spectrum disorders, and depres- sion. Ray's office is located off Route 1 in Lewes across from Nassau Vineyards at 17527 Nas- sau Commons Blvd., Suite 101, Lewes. Most insurances are ac- cepted. Call 302-363-8835 or go to www.clevelandray.com. ALI00 PERSONAL CARE MEAL PREPARATION LIGHT HOUSEKEEPING ERRANDS 8: SHOPPING TRANSPORTATION COMPANIONSHIP RESPITE FOR FAMILIES Alzheirner's /Dernentia, Parkinson "s, Stroke Care Specialists From a few hours to 2417 core flmenca s Chozce in Homecare Ange LIVING ASSISTANCE SERVICES ,