For the month of October, Orange Public Library has partnered with Fullerton Public Library to read Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird and brand new release, Go Set a Watchman. Join us in reading both books. We will also offer several programs to celebrate reading these books as a community. Programming will include book discussions, movie showings, a Southern cooking demonstration, a trivia contest, nostalgic games, music performances and more. There will also be an engaging speaking presentation called Law and Order: Atticus Finch by Constitutional Law expert and fellow literature fan, Dr. John Eastman of Chapman University. To Kill…
It seems as if not a month goes by where we read headlines proclaiming new medical breakthroughs. A recent headline and article in the AARP Bulletin caught my attention. In the article, Brave New Worlds in Diagnosing Diseases, several new promising diagnostic tests, including one about a new prostate cancer assay, were outlined. The test they discussed was captioned as a “less-guess” prostate test, the Oncotype Dx Prostate Cancer Assay test. While the AARP article implied that this was a brand new test, we’ve actually been using it at Pacific Coast Urology Medical Center for the past 6 months. We’ve…
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Medicare: A + B = ?

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Where does D come in?   You are not alone. I get these questions all the time.   Many of you attempt to read the giant piles of information that has or will be mailed to you about 4 months before you turn age 65. Also, many of you attend Medicare 101 meetings only to walk away sometimes a bit more overwhelmed. In today’s age, insurance companies need to stay compliant for government regulations and therefore must go over every little detail of benefits so as not to mislead a senior. But, there is an alternative. Did you know you…
Oct 09, 2015

Managing Arthritis

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Exercise and Bodywork Keep Joint Pain at Bay The word arthritis strikes fear in the hearts of older adults. It often signifies aging, pain, inactivity, and disability. However, new research shows moderate physical exercise can actually ease arthritis symptoms by decreasing pain and increasing a person’s likelihood of living a normal life. Understanding Arthritis: The most common form of arthritis-- osteoarthritis, or also known as degenerative arthritis--affects more than twenty million Americans. Osteoarthritis (literally meaning “bone-joint inflammation”) is caused by wear and tear on joint surfaces and most frequently involves the hips, knees, lower back, neck, and fingers. More than…
Benefits of Quality Medical Compression Garments The lymphatic system delivers nutrients to body tissues and removes waste products. It operates similarly to the circulatory system but is a separate system. While the circulatory system relies on the heart to pump blood around the body, the lymphatic system relies on routine movement of the muscles and joints to push lymph fluid through the body. If a section of the lymphatic system is blocked or damaged, normal drainage may be slowed or stopped, resulting in swelling or lymphedema. The word “lymphedema” means swelling (edema) that results from the pooling of too much…
Hearing Loss just does not affect your ability to understand speech, it affects all aspects of your life. Seniors with Untreated Hearing Loss are significantly more likely to develop Dementia over time than those who retain their hearing or treat their hearing loss early. Multiple studies indicate that hearing loss can be linked to the onset of Dementia and Alzheimers Disease. Dr. Lin, over a six-year study (JAMA Internal Medicine. Frank R. Lin, MD, PHD. Hearing loss and Cognitive Decline in Older Adults) observed 1,984 adults with an average age of 77.4 years. Over the course of the study, tracking…
Oct 09, 2015

Healthy Aging

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Socialization leads to a better quality of life for seniors No one wants to spend most of their days at home alone with a television or having limited interactions with others. Isolation and loneliness is becoming an increasing problem in our busy, fast paced world. Be Self Aware Pay attention to your daily schedule or that of the loved one you care for. Focus on the type of activities that actually fills the day, and with whom? Many studies are showing that isolation and a lack of socialization can lead to memory issues as well as depression for seniors. Senior…
When a person reaches the half-century mark, it is time to start planning the details of a comfortable retirement. One of the most important of these details is providing for your own long-term care. Hopefully you have been saving for retirement for many years before your 50th birthday. Your savings (and related investments) will be your primary source of funding for retirement income (usually augmented by Social Security, pension income, dividends, etc.), travel and other fun things, “rainy day” needs, your share of health care expenses, long-term care for you and your spouse, and your legacy that helps the kids…
In the theatre, the turning of these seasons can tell us a lot: about theatres and their directors, venues and their audiences, experiences and their reception. each theatre has its own procedures for sifting through all the possibilities for production, as well as its own unique set of criteria for selecting its season’s offerings – but there are similarities, too. The artistic director(s) and their creative team must consider whether a particular play will satisfy their audience. Does the combined season provide variety, fun and some deeper thinking challenges? Are they choosing plays that are possible to produce within the venue?…
A Story of Courage, Resilience and Family When her father, Richard Bentley, entered Hospice Care of the West, Karen Garber, felt the palpable 11th hour strike on his life until documentary filmmaker, Jay Gianukos, arrived. From behind the video camera, Jay asked questions to guide Mr. Bentley and his family on a tour of his life that will now live on for generations. From his Park Terrace home in Rancho Santa Margarita, Mr. Bentley relived his days serving as a pilot in World War II, prison camp and the aftermath of the war that reminds me of the “Unbroken” movie out…
Depression can affect us all no matter whether we’re living a life of luxury or have lost everything in the economic upheaval. Depression does not skip you because of your social standing, bank account, accomplishments, even if there’s nothing but happy moments around you, why then would you still feel depressed? Research has found that the brain out of balance and the lack of harmony between the lobes can cause imbalances that could possibly lead to disorders such as depression, anxiety, insomnia and more. Most of us turn to medications, but these same medications can possibly cause the afflictions we are…
An interview with Robert Pugach, MD - one of the most experienced HIFU surgeons in the United States According to the American Cancer Society, almost 250,000 prostate cancer cases will be diagnosed annually in the United States and will result in 29,000 deaths every year. These are frightening numbers. But, with prevention strategies and education about new treatment options, you can help do a lot to prevent becoming one ofthese statistics. Dr. Robert Pugach, Medical Director of Pacific Coast Urology Medical Center, answers questions about concerns regarding the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of prostate cancer and how HIFU (High Intensity…
Sep 05, 2015

Caring for Aging Parents

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Thanks to healthier lifestyles and advances in modern medicine, there are more Americans over the age of 65 than there have ever been. The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that by 2030, more than 20 percent of U.S. residents will be aged 65 and over, compared with 13 percent in 2010 and 9.8 percent in 1970. As our nation ages, many Americans are turning their attention to caring for aging parents. For many people, one of the most difficult conversations to have involves talking with an aging parent about extended medical care. The shifting of roles can be challenging, and emotions often…
IN AN EMERGENCY, SECONDS CAN MAKE ALL THE DIFFERENCE IN SAVING A LIFE. For almost two decades, our community has relied on Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center to provide emergency services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. As the area’s population has grown and matured, the hospital has experienced a steep rise in the demand for acute care. Over the past nine years, visits to the emergency room at Orange Coast Memorial have increased by more than 44 percent. They now treat over 32,000 ill and injured people a year in the same square footage that served emergency…
I live in Orange County and lots of us are still working even after the age of 65. Many people postpone enrolling into Medicare because they are still on their employer health insurance benefits or their spouses. Below is some information that may clear up a few mysteries... Q: What if I’m still working and on my employer group plan or my spouse’s employer plan? A: Typically Part A (hospital), is sent to you prior to your 65th birthday. You earned it through your taxes paid. Part B (doctors, specialist, those services outside the hospital), does not need to be…
Did you know that heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 730,000 Americans experience a heart attack annually. If you have diabetes, a poor diet, are overweight or don’t regularly exercise, you could be at risk for a heart attack or heart disease. Additionally, high LDL (bad) cholesterol, a waxy, fat-like substance that clogs your arteries may slow down the flow of blood to your heart and brain, and can lead to chest pain, heart attack, stroke or other health problems. So, what can you…
There are two propositions in California that may be of financial benefit to seniors when they sell their homes and downsize to a smaller residences. Proposition 60 is a constitutional amendment approved by the voters of California in 1986. It is codified in the Revenue & Taxation Code, and allows the transfer of an existing Proposition 13 base year value from a former residence to a replacement residence within the same county, if certain conditions are met. This benefit is open to homeowners who are at least 55-years old and are able to meet all qualifying conditions. Proposition 90, approved in…
When long-term care insurance came on the scene in the mid-1980s, the policies were comparatively simple, with only a few options. While there are lots of choices today, there are still some basics that are important to understand. How does ltc coverage finance the care? What LTC coverage does is create a “pool of money” or a dedicated “long-term care fund” which will be used to pay for covered care. The size of the pool or fund is one of the principle factors that determine the cost of the coverage. How is the amount of money in the pool or…
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Full Strands, Inc.

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It’s exceptionally rare to find hair artists who truly cares about their customers’ needs and are dedicated to finding the perfect solution – and have the skill and experience to actually make achieve your desired results. With years of experience in helping women who have fine and thinning hair challenges “feel beautiful again,” Debora Routhe and Carly Elliott are the go-to “dream team” behind the Mission Viejo-based Full Strands, Inc. – the go-to professionals for clients searching for non-surgical hair replacement options and hair extensions. Debora is an American Board Certified Haircolorist and cutting specialist while Carly is an extension expert…
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Senior living

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You Don’t Have to Dodge the Conversation Senior living can be a scary conversation for many people while in fact most don’t know where to start or even what options are available in their local community. Today, it’s still common for people to still use terms to describe senior living options as “The Home,” “Facility” or a “Room” while in actuality senior living communities offer stylish apartment type living with restaurant-style dining including many services such as entertainment, housekeeping and transportation. Today, there are a wide variety of options to meet any social or medical need spanning from true independent…

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