KIDNEY STONES: THE HOTTER IT GETS THE MORE IT HURTS
Research released this past month from Children’s Hospital in Philadelphia has reported an increase in the number of individuals, including children, developing kidney stones. Although there are many factors that can contribute to kidney stone formation, the research showed that there was a direct relationship between the average daily temperatures and the risk of having a kidney stone. Also, after heat waves, medical visits for this stones peak about 3 days later. The researchers reported that if our average daily temperatures increase as most climatologists predict, we will continue to see more kidney stones. Currently there are 70% more kidney stone events than we had 20 years ago with approximately 1 in 10 adults suffering this painful condition.
Marion Syversen was in for this week’s Finance is Fun to talk about retirement and how are people getting ready for retirement, or already in retirement, how are they liking the decisions they made?
Bobbie Fowler was in from the Old Town Animal Orphanage with a furry friend for us to meet.
If you are interested in adopting a pet, the orphanage is open Monday through Friday 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
A neighborhood party is shaping up in Bangor – and even if you don’t live there, you’re invited.
Organizers are getting ready for the annual block party in Chapin Park Tuesday, July 29th.
On Monday’s I Love My Pet, meet Abby.
Abby belongs to Amy and John in Fairfield.
She is a 1 year old Chocolate Lab mix.
Abby is a rescue dog from Georgia…
Rob Crone, the Director of Nutrition and Auxiliary Services at Eastern Area Agency on Aging, was in to talk about their EZ Fix Minor Home Repair and cleaning service that Eastern Area Agency offers.
For this weeks Abby’s Kitchen Bytes, Abby Freethy, showed Wayne a delicious and quick twist on bruschetta. If you have any questions for Abby about this segment or you would like to know how to make the dish, you can email her at email@example.com.
Some up and coming musicians will be putting on a free concert in Bangor Monday. July 28th.
It’s the Summer Evening Musicale.
Members of the Young Artist Chamber Music Program at Kneisel Hall will be performing.
A blood drive in Bangor Monday, July 28th aims to boost the local supply.
The American Red Cross is organizing it at Hollywood Casino.
It’s in the Lancaster Room from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Captain Rick Gammon from the Civil Air Patrol was in the studio on Friday. He spoke to Wayne about some of the things the Civil Air Patrol does for the community, as well as how you can get involved, because, as he says in the interview, the air patrol is not only for those interested in military service.
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Dietician Mary Lavanway shares some fun foods for a camp activities.
2-3 tablespoons peanut butter or other nut butter
10-15 chocolate chips
2 tablespoons coconut or 2 tablespoons Kashi® Go Lean Crunch Cereal
To learn more about any of the topics discussed on this gardening segment, visit, windsweptgardens.com. If you have a topic you’d like to see discussed with Bob Bangs, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dietitian Mary Lavanway was in for this week’s Wellness Wednesday, making simple and healthy summer desserts.
The Chocolate Covered Strawberry Ice Cream recipe is below, and the Independence Clafouti recipe can be found at the following link, click here for recipe
Wayne was speaking to Lee Ohmart, a pharmacist with Miller Drug, on Wednesday for this week’s Senior Spotlight. He spoke to Wayne about the possible risks people are taking by trying to save money through use of off-shore medications.
By: Dr. Joan Pellegrini
Do you know or live near an elderly person who lives alone? Living alone offers the advantage of freedom but may have a unique challenge of limited resources for help when needed. The elderly are at particular risk because of medications and balance issues that can lead to slips and falls. As we get older we develop balance issues because of hearing, vision, and muscle loss and also degenerating nerves and bones. The falls are more likely to cause a broken bone because of osteoporosis. The elderly are frequently on blood thinning medications and this can cause serious bleeding with a simple fall.
Checking in on the elderly offers a support network that will allow them to stay in their home longer and safely. I have a provided a list of some concerns that you and your family or neighbors may want to discuss when discussing how to make sure the person of concern is safe and has a plan.
-) Do a home safety check to make sure rugs are secure and cords are safe, etc. A good reference is the website for Consumer Product Safety (www.cpsc.gov) which has a checklist for the older person’s home safety.
-) Advance planning and scheduling: who is going to check on the person and on what days and at what time? There are automated calling services available in some areas. If you live far away and cannot reach the person, who lives nearby that can be called? I would recommend at least a daily check to make sure they have not fallen or become ill in such a way they cannot call for help. It could be as simple as a daily test message that requires an answer in a certain amount of time before you or someone else goes over to check on the person.
-) Does this person need medication reminders? If so, will someone be able to check the pill counts? Does the person need an alarm to be set for medication reminding? Do they often forget if they took the pill/pills? Perhaps a check box on a calendar would work in that situation.
-) Is a medical alert system needed? These are companies that offer a bracelet or necklace with a button that can be pressed if the person has fallen or cannot otherwise call for help. A necklace may be a better option because a person having a stroke may not be able to move the arm that is necessary to press the button on the other arm.
-) Can this person afford a cell phone that can be used when they are not in their house? If not, there is a service through the Federal Communications Committee that will provide a low cost cellular phone for emergency calls only.
-) If there is bad weather (too hot or too cold) or the power is out then someone should check on this person to make sure they have what is needed.
-) If this person is your neighbor and you are going to a store, they may appreciate your offering to pick up a few things for them.
-) Should this person have an ID bracelet with emergency contact information? People who need this are the elderly with some memory or dementia issues.
-) Is this person safe to still be driving? If not, what can you offer to help them be able to give up their license and yet not suffer too much loss of freedom?
Each elderly person who lives alone has different needs. Some may need more frequent checking in and some may just need a number to call in case of emergency. Even without a formal plan in place, you may know someone who lives alone and could use a little bit of help or checking upon in times of bad weather, etc.