Free Skin Cancer Screenings

A Mobile exam room will visit 16 states this summer.

Men are more likely than women to get skin cancer, but everyone should get checked.

Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States, in an effort to educate people about skin cancer, the Skin Cancer Foundation is going on the road. Destination: Healthy Skin is traveling across the United States with 50 stops in 22 cities this summer. The group is educating people about skin cancer, ways to protect your body with sunscreen, and will offer free skin cancer screenings.

Monthly self-exams are recommended but it’s also very important for a doctor to examine your skin annually. According to the most recent data available from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2013, 71,942 people in the United States were diagnosed with melanomas of the skin. This is the deadliest form of skin cancer. When looking at the statistics, men are more likely to get melanoma than women. In 2013, 42,30 men were diagnosed and 29,513 women were diagnosed. It’s estimated that the cases of melanoma will increase by 14 percent between 2016 and 2015.

Detecting skin cancer early is key. Skin cancer found and removed early are almost always curable, according the the Skin Cancer Foundation. In 2013, despite this somewhat promising fact, 9,394 people died of melanoma but the fatality rate for men was nearly doubt that of a women (CDC).

Health experts and the CDC explained why skin cancer might be more common in men:

  • Men tend to wear their hair shorter than women, and it also thins earlier, exposing their scalp.
  • Men spend more time outside over their lifetimes than women.
  • Women’s personal care products, such as moisturizer and makeup, often contain sunscreen, while many products for men don’t.

The Skin Cancer Foundation selected its cities to stop by based on various lifestyles and include beach communities, mountain towns and urban, suburban and rural areas. The free screenings, which will be conducted in private exam rooms in a specially equipped RV, will take approximately 10 minutes. Doctors will screen your full body, including areas people commonly miss on self-screenings, such as behind your ears or the back of your neck, which can be hard to check in a mirror.

The RV tour kicked off June 5 in Cambridge, Mass., and continued to New York later that week.  Additional dates and locations include:

  • Morristown, N.J. – June 11
  • Philadelphia – June 13
  • Washington – June 15-16
  • Marietta, Ga. – June 20-21
  • Jacksonville, Fla. – June 24-25
  • Tomball, Texas – June 28-29
  • Magnolia, Texas – July 1
  • Waller, Texas – July 2
  • Phoenix, Ariz. – July 7-8
  • San Diego – July 11-12
  • Los Angeles – July 14-16
  • Sonoma/Napa, Calif. – July 19-21
  • Portland, Ore. – July 25-27
  • Seattle – July 29-30
  • Boulder, Colo. – Aug. 5
  • Denver – Aug. 6
  • Bentonville, Ark. – Aug. 11-12
  • Kansas City, Mo. – Aug. 17-18, Aug. 20
  • Evanston, Ill. – Aug. 22-23
  • Indianapolis – Aug. 26-27

Visit Destination: Healthy Skin for more information on screening locations.

Dermatologists recommend that you get a skin screening annually, but if you are at greater risk for skin cancer you should be checked every six months. And if you notice a change in a mole, see a dermatologist immediately.

By Kristina Mancino

‘Pink Noise’ A Deep Sleep and Memory Solution

‘Pink Noise’ A Deep Sleep and Memory Solution

It’s no surprise that as we age and get older our quality of sleep declines. As researchers look into the decline, they believe that lack of sleep can contribute to later-life memory loss. As new research emerges, a simple solution could be the answer to more restful sleep. The answer: “pink noise.”

Pink noise is defined as gentle, soothing sound whereby each octave possesses equal energy. A better explanation, pink noise is the background noise we hear in everyday life.

Researchers from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL, found that while older adults slept, if they synced up pink noise to their brain waves, the sound enhanced their quality of deep sleep and improve their memory. The findings were published in the journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, by senior author Dr. Phyllis Zee, a professor of neurology at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern.

In previous studies, throughout the years, the core of numerous studies highlighted the importance of sleep for memory consolidation. Which is, the brain’s ability to convert short-term memories into long-term memories. As we age, the quality of slow-wave sleep (SWS) decreases. Slow-wave sleep is commonly known as deep sleep which is part of the non-rapid eye movement (NREM) sleep cycle that is important for memory consolidation. Studies have shown that disruption of the NREM cycle can cause negative consequences for our memory.  

Previous research from Dr. Zee and team uncovered a link, in young adults, between acoustic stimulation of slow-wave brain activity during sleep and improved memory. For now, it’s noted that studies are lacking when it comes to using acoustic stimulation in older adults.

Acoustic simulations boost SWS, memory in later life

“To address this gap in research, Dr. Zee and colleagues enrolled 13 older adults, aged between 60 and 84 years, to their study.

All adults were subject to one night of sham stimulation and one night of acoustic stimulation, which were around 1 week apart. The acoustic stimulation incorporated pink noise that was synced to their brain waves as they slept.

For each session, the adults completed two memory recall tests – one before they went to sleep at night, and one after they woke up the following morning.

While memory recall improved under both conditions, the researchers found that the average improvement following acoustic stimulation was three times greater than with the sham stimulation.

The greater improvement in memory as a result of acoustic stimulation correlated with a greater increase in the quality of SWS, which the team says emphasizes how important deep sleep is for memory consolidation, even in later life.

Overall, the researchers believe that their findings indicate that acoustic stimulation may be an effective way to boost sleep quality and memory in older age.” – Medical News Today

“This is an innovative, simple, and safe non-medication approach that may help improve brain health. This is a potential tool for enhancing memory in older populations and attenuating normal age-related memory decline.”

Dr. Phyllis Zee

Further studies of involving a larger number of participants is needed before acoustic stimulation can be recommended.

by Kristina Mancino

AARP supports Family Caregivers Act

Caregivers photoAARP supports Family Caregivers Act

Special from PRNewsWire

WASHINGTON–AARP announced its support of the bipartisan Recognize, Assist, Include, Support and Engage Family Caregivers Act that would require the development of a national strategy to support family caregivers. The legislation (S. 1028) was introduced earlier this month in the U.S. Senate by Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI).   

“AARP appreciates the leadership of Senators Collins and Baldwin on the RAISE Family Caregivers Act and we urge Congress to get behind this commonsense, bipartisan step to recognize and support our nation’s more than 40 million family caregivers,” said AARP Chief Advocacy & Engagement Officer Nancy A. LeaMond. “Every day, these ordinary Americans take on extraordinary physical, emotional and financial challenges as they help their parents, spouses, children and adults with disabilities, and other loved ones live independently at home and in their communities —and out of costly nursing homes, saving taxpayer dollars.” 

The nation’s family caregivers provide help with eating, bathing, dressing, transportation, medical tasks, managing finances, and more—unpaid care that is valued at around $470 billion annually, more than the entire Medicaid program in 2013. “The RAISE Family Caregivers Act will help elevate the contributions of these unsung heroes, and identify support to help make their big responsibilities a little bit easier,” said LeaMond.

The legislation would create an advisory council of representatives from the private and public sectors, including family caregivers, older adults and people with disabilities, health care providers, employers, state and local officials, and others to make recommendations regarding the national strategy. The advisory council meetings would be open to the public with opportunities for public input. The strategy would identify specific actions that communities, health care providers, employers, government, and others can take to recognize and support family caregivers. 

By Anare Holmes

New House Health Plan Is Making More Waves

New House Health Plan Is Making More Waves

By Kristina Mancino

Last month, The American Health Care Act (AHCA) was shut down due to severe bipartisan opposition, even though the AHCA was heavily being pushed onto Americans by President Donald Trump. This week, the highly controversial American Health Care Act resurfaced with yet another arguable feature. The new installment would allow insurance companies to charge higher premiums for those who have preexisting conditions like cancer, diabetes, or heart disease.

This latest amendment, which helped the bill gain the support of a majority of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, shows a dramatic change from the current law that hinders insurers from discriminating against people with preexisting health conditions. However, not all are praising the new addition, it has raised concerns among Republican moderates, Democrats and consumer groups. This new bill future remains highly uncertain.

AARP released a statement saying that they “continue to oppose legislation that would impose an age tax, eliminate protections for preexisting conditions, weaken Medicare, erode seniors’ ability to live independently because of billions of dollars in Medicaid cuts, and give sweetheart deals to drug and insurance companies while doing nothing to lower the cost of health care or prescription drugs.”

On Wednesday, AARP sent a letter to each member of the House, reiterating its pledge to make sure all it’s 38 millions members know exactly how their representatives votes on this bill.

AARP stands by its members and making sure the House knows that allowing insurance companies to charge prohibitively high rates for people with prior health issues would hit especial hard for those older adults, most who are too young to qualify for Medicare. According to the AARP Public Policy Institute (PPI), 40 percent of Americans ages 50 to 64 a total of 25 millions people have a preexisting condition.

If you remember the last month’s version of the AHCA, the disputed age tax would have raised the limit for older Americans to pay five times for than a younger consumer. Under the current law, older consumers cannot be charged more than three time the amount of younger consumers, by insurers. This latest version eliminates the limit entirely, giving insurers the options to charge older Americans a much higher rate.

States that want to allow insurers to charge more for people with preexisting conditions would have to have a high-risk pool program or a reinsurance program. For any consumer who would have to buy coverage in a high-risk pool, AARP’s PPI projects the premium could reach as high as $25,700 a year in 2019, which is when this provision would go into effect if the House allows the bill to go through.

As we already know, the American Health Care Act (AHCA) was put on hold last month after the Congressional Budget Office claimed, over the next decade, 24 million American would lose coverage with the legislation. They also concluded there would be a hefty increase in premiums for people ages 50 to 64.

Medicare’s finances would worsen and the war on raising costs of prescriptions drugs would not be reduced. AARP said, “the legislation would provide a windfall for special interests in the healthcare industry, including insurers and drugmakers.”

If you would like to tell your congressional representatives to vote no, you can do so through a letter online.

Re-defining Home: Home Today, Home Tomorrow Design Competition and Home Renovation – AARP

“Walter Moody, a 54 year-old veteran can now welcome his mother and family members home. The Home Today, Home Tomorrow Design Challenge partners presented a newly renovated home, with universal design elements and features in Memphis, TN, to Mr. Moody. This project beautifully illustrates how residents and communities can develop housing designs and features that meet the needs of families at any life stage.”

by Kristina Mancino

Happy Easter From Us at Compass Senior Solutions!

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Spring Quinoa Bowl

Spring Quinoa Bowl

The Perfect Healthy Meal For Spring Time!

Yield: SERVES 1  

Prep time: 15 MINUTES

Total time: 15 MINUTES

INGREDIENTS:

For the Lemon Dressing:

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons golden or white balsamic vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • Pinch of salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

For the Quinoa Bowl:

  • 2 cups arugula
  • 1/2 cup cooked quinoa
  • 4 asparagus spears, cooked and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1/4 cup peas
  • 2 radishes, sliced
  • 1/2 avocado, sliced
  • 1 hard boiled egg, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons chopped Blue Diamond Whole Natural Almonds
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste

DIRECTIONS:

  1. In a small bowl or jar, whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice, vinegar, garlic, honey, salt, and pepper. Set aside.
  2. Place the arugula in a salad bowl. Top the arugula with the quinoa, asparagus, peas, radishes, avocado, egg slices, and almonds. Drizzle with dressing and season with salt and pepper, to taste. Serve immediately.

Note-you probably won’t use all of the dressing. Store leftover dressing in a jar in the refrigerator for up to one week. I usually make this salad when I have leftover asparagus, quinoa, and hard boiled eggs so it doesn’t take long to put together. You can cook everything the same day and it still won’t take too long. Make extra so you can eat it a few days in a row for lunch!

 

 

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