4 | April 25, 2019 | 22nd Century Media Lady 22ndcenturymedia.com DuPage Medical Group gives tips on health screenings through the ages for women In today’s busy world, it’s more important than ever for women of all ages to take control of their health. Preventive care starts with understanding potential health risks and ensuring any recommended screenings at each stage in life are being met. Being in their 20s can be a fun time for women. It’s when most women are at or near their physical peak. Building healthy habits during this time will help set a path for better health long-term. Although there may not have be major health concerns right now, it’s still important to have regular check-ups to establish a health history. Monthly self-breast exams, an annual physical and vision screenings are all exams or screenings that women should have in your 20s. Pelvic exams, pap smears, blood sugar and cholesterol testing are also important to have every 2-3 years. Women in their 30s may not feel or look much different than they did in their 20s; however, the body is, in fact, changing. The risk of developing type 2 diabetes, cervical cancer and breast cancer is now higher, so it is even more important to continue preventive screenings. Some women may notice that their metabolism is slowing down, and that’s normal. Cleaning up eating habits now can help avoid health problems in future years. Women may also notice that seeking balance in their lives is becoming increasingly difficult. Women should remember to make time for themselves. Even a few minutes of yoga or reading can help relieve stress. A woman’s 40s are a major time of transition. She may begin to experience symptoms of perimenopause – or the transition to menopause – such as hot flashes, vaginal dryness and trouble sleeping. Those women experiencing any of these symptoms should be sure to talk with their primary care physician or gynecologist. They also may notice that they’re beginning to lose muscle mass, but don’t worry. By adding weight training to their workouts, women can help prevent muscle loss and osteoporosis. When they reach their 50s and beyond, women need to devote even more attention to their health. During this phase of their lives, the risk of developing heart disease, stroke and osteoporosis continues to increase. In addition to monthly and annual exams, a primary care provider may recommend bone density or blood sugar testing and/ or a colonoscopy. Women can also try to seek fun, low impact fitness activities, such as tennis, golf or yoga, and aim for at least seven-nine hours of sleep a night. Remember that to age gracefully, it is important for women to love their bodies. No matter what phase of life a woman is in, there are always measures she can take to maintain her health. With more than 20 family and internal medicine, obstetrics, and gynecology and pediatric locations, DuPage Medical Group offers the care a family needs, close to home. Du- Page Medical Group has south suburban locations in Blue Island, Chicago Ridge, Evergreen Park, Hazel Crest, Homer Glen, Joliet, Mokena, New Lenox, Oak Lawn, Palos Heights and Tinley Park. Submitted by DuPage Medical Group. For more information, visit dupage medicalgroup.com.
22ndcenturymedia.com lady 22nd Century Media | April 25, 2019 | 5 Unique approach to care offers daily joy Those caring for loved ones with Alzheimer’s, dementia or other types of memory loss are no longer alone. Evergreen Senior Living in Orland Park offers The Legacy: Memory Support. Its team of trained caregivers offers personalized care and a unique approach to caring for seniors with memory loss. “My mother knew that there was something going on with her short term memory,” said one resident’s daughter. “It’s hard to be a 24-hour caregiver. They [Evergreen Senior Living team] have learned to work with my mom and how to take care of her. My relationship with her is fabulous now.” At Evergreen Senior Living, Legacy Living means that the family is making sure that their loved one is cared for in the best way possible based on their needs. When people choose Legacy Living, those people’s promises to care for their loved one is fulfilled. “We have a great team of caregivers, of nurses, of staff that really love our residents,” said Evergreen Senior Living Wellness Coordinator Pauline McGrath. Each day gently unfolds At Evergreen Senior Living The Legacy: Memory Support, taking into account each senior’s preferences and comfort levels. The person-centered programming promotes socialization during a time that can feel incredibly isolating. The Legacy: Memory Support staff, who come in each day refreshed and revitalized, take care of the day-to-day tasks so families can go back to their favorite roles in their loved one’s life: family. “We are by no means taking anything away from the family or the resident themselves; we are just giving things back,” said Legacy: Memory Support Coordinator Kaylee Meyers. “Maintaining family contact is one of our biggest goals.“ This unique approach works in tandem with the facility’s unique campus, which has been created to strategically cater to residents with memory loss. Every detail at The Legacy: Memory Care has been designed with the clients’ loved ones in mind. Walking paths are designed in a continuous figure eight, so residents can always find their way to their destination. Customized memory boxes hang outside of apartments to help residents know they are home. Bathrooms are set at an angle in the apartments so that residents have a clear idea of how to enter and exit. Kitchen and dining areas are built for smaller groups to ensure less noise and interruptions, and more individualized attention. Evergreen Senior Living is a part of the Heritage Health family, one of Illinois’ leading senior healthcare providers. With 55 years of successful care for seniors, and 54 nursing home and assisted living centers across the state, Evergreen’s memory care expertise is extensive. Throughout the years, its taken the time to refine its approaches so seniors with memory care needs can be their best selves and families can have peace of mind. It calls its unique approach, “Life Unrehearsed.” Director Amanda Mauceri enjoys assisting families at Evergreen Senior Living in Orland Park. “I think, as a team, we support our families as they come in, and we want to make sure we’re right alongside with them,” Mauceri said. Evergreen Senior Living in Orland Park is a community where independence thrives and compassionate care is always present. Contact Evergreen Senior Living by calling (708) 479-1082 or visit the Evergreen Senior Living campus at 10820 183rd St. Orland Park, 60467. Learn more and schedule a tour online at evergreenslc. com/orlandpark. Submitted by Evergreen Senior Living, 10820 183rd St. in Orland Park. For more information. call (708) 479-1082, or visit ever greenslc.com/orlandpark. 427 7W,F ,Fra ranc ncis Rd. .New Leno nox. .IL. 6045 451 NEW SPRING DECOR 20% OFF YOUR ENTIRE PURCHASE Beautiful spring basket and Vera Bradley Raffles Spin the wheel for an extra deal Bring this ad in for an additional $5.00 off a purchase of $20.00 or more