Newsletter Index -- 7/01/08
at Mt. View Relay for Life
Physicians Ob-Gyn received honors at the Mt. View Relay for Life event. We
organized a team for the second year in a row for
this American Cancer Society fundraiser and received an award for raising the
most funds with a grand total of $15,815.
Dr. Sutherland was the top individual fundraiser
at $5,826. We also had one or more
walkers on the track for the whole 24 hours, recognizing
that cancer never sleeps. And most
importantly, all the participants had fun, got a little
exercise, and paid their respects to survivors and caregivers.
Highlights included the opening ceremonies and survivor lap, and the
lighting of luminaria at dusk. We
want to thank all of our donors and walkers.
We couldn’t have done it without you!
A special thank-you goes to Jennifer Studley, an amazingly talented
opera singer who sang the Ave Maria for the luminaria ceremony to a standing ovation.
Overall, the Mt. View Relay showed great growth with a doubling of teams to
27, a doubling of walkers to over 300, and a doubling of fundraising to over $60,000. That can
go a long way for cancer research and education.
memory loss an inevitable part of aging?
invariably crosses your mind when you struggle to remember someone’s name or
what you were planning on getting at the grocery store.
You just chalk it up to all those birthdays.
But aging doesn’t automatically mean significant memory loss.
What may seem like forgetfulness is actually more of a slowing of your
ability to absorb, store and retrieve information.
can I remember how to drive a car (a skill learned many years ago) yet I can’t
remember where I left the car keys thirty minutes ago?
important to remember that memory involves many different parts of the brain.
The type of information you want to remember greatly influences where in
the brain this data gets stored.
And many brain
functions, like how to do things you’ve always done and do often, are
unaffected by normal aging.
can I do to cope with these expected memory changes?
do” lists, use calendars and other memory aids.
If you want to remember a
name or fact, try to mentally connect it to another meaningful thing.
stress, anxiety and depression since all these can increase your forgetfulness
--Try to focus
on one task at a time. Often
what we think of as forgetting is simply not paying attention.
Try to minimize distractions, like noisy surroundings.
with yourself. It may take you
somewhat longer to recall a name, word or fact than it used to.
it may take a little longer to learn something new, but that it can be done.
organized. Make it a habit to
routinely put your keys, glasses, bills etc. in the same place. If necessary, write down where things are (like where
you parked in the parking garage).
anything help improve memory?
We know now
that brain training and new learning can occur at any age. Moreover, the brain can make new cells at any age.
In fact, there
are many things we can do to keep our brains healthy and, as a result, improve
our memory and possibly even reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and other
This list is
discussed in more detail on the Alzheimer’s Asociation web page:
Maintain Your Brain (http://www.alz.org/we_can_help_brain_health_maintain_your_brain.asp)
mentally active. Brain cells, as
well as the connections between them, can be strengthened by doing mentally
stimulating activities such as puzzles or memory exercises, taking classes,
attending lectures or plays.
socially active. Travel, volunteer,
join clubs, stay active in the workplace.
physically active. This is helpful
in many ways, including decreasing your risk of disorders that lead to memory
loss, such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
brain-healthy diet – low fat, low cholesterol, anti-oxidant foods like dark
fruits and vegetables, no more than moderate alcohol consumption
sleep. This allows you to more
easily remember new facts and improves your concentration.
memory loss the first signs of something more serious like Alzheimer’s Disease
(AD) and other dementias?
Most of the
time, small lapses in memory are normal. Examples
would be: sometimes forgetting
names or appointments; sometimes having trouble finding the right word;
forgetting where you were going; temporarily misplacing keys or a wallet;
needing to use notes for reminders.
have more severe difficulties with reasoning, communicating, learning and
thinking that result in a negative impact on one’s family life, social
activities, work, or ability to care for oneself.
should I discuss my memory concerns with my doctor?
concerned that your memory changes are affecting your ability to function
normally or if you or your loved ones have noticed significant changes in your
personality or behavior, then you should let your doctor know.
reversible conditions that can decrease memory. These include: poor
nutrition, vitamin deficiency, bad reaction to medications, thyroid gland
dysfunction, a minor head injury, high fever or dehydration.
forget to consider hearing loss. After
all, if you can’t hear what people are saying, how can you remember it?
there anything positive about getting
older and memory?
will always envy the wisdom that comes from a lifetime of rich experiences.
And when tested for knowledge and vocabulary, older adults actually do as
well or better than younger people.
can I find more information?
like more information on memory loss, consider reading the recently published
book: Where Did I Leave My Glasses? The
What, Where and Why of Normal Memory Loss by Martha Weinman Lear.
It is well researched but also written with great skill and wit by this
respected health journalist. Here’s
a website link where you’ll find an excerpt from the book.
At this same website, you can also listen to an informative interview
with the author discussing her work.
Summer is the
best time to bring in your teenage daughter for an introduction to the world of
women’s health and wellness. We
recommend an appointment in the high school years to acquaint young ladies with
our office and let them know they can talk
about “private” matters in a confidential and supportive setting.
Most teens do not need a pelvic exam or pap smear.
If your daughter is going off to college this fall, make sure an
appointment is on the pre-college “to-do” list.
to look your best for all those school and family reunions?
Do you feel too young to have worry lines, crow’sfeet, and a wrinkled brow? Our
summer Botox® special is a great time to try it out if you’ve
never used Botox® before or to resume treatment if you’ve fallen
behind. For each site, we inject 20
Units which will last approximately 3 months.
For a limited time, we are offering treatments at $250 for the first site
and $195 for the second. Bring a
friend for an extra $20 off for each.
Summer is also
the time to get in shape. If
personal training doesn’t quite fit your budget, but you need an experienced,
certified, and motivating trainer to make the most progress, you may want to
consider the small group classes now being offered at 4 EverFit at their new Saratoga location right off Highway 85 and
Saratoga-Sunnyvale Road. Groups are
only 3 to 5 students with an ACE-certified personal trainer.
For more information, go to www.4everfit.org.
Everyone knows that we deliver babies and do annual
you know that the following conditions can be treated at our office?
sweating of the underarms, hands or feet
including frown lines, crow’s feet, or forehead lines
leakage with cough or sneeze using a sling procedure
menstrual bleeding using endometrial ablation
with a hysteroscopy procedure
Contraception with the
3-year Implanon insert
If any of these conditions are bothering you or someone you know, please
call our scheduling desk at 650-988-7550 or visit our web site at
www.elcaminoobgyn.com for more information.
Information on this website is for educational and reference purposes only and should not be interpreted as specific medical advice.
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