Worldwide, 55 million people live with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. Alzheimer’s is a degenerative brain disease and the most common form of dementia. This form is not a specific disease but an overall term that describes a group of symptoms. This June’s goal is to bring awareness to Alzheimer’s, so let’s think about this disease a little differently.
Watch this informative video for more information on this month’s observance and brain health.
I am a geriatric nurse practitioner, and I work with patients and families daily that are learning to live with Alzheimer’s. Additionally, I work with residents in long-term care memory units. I can attest to how the isolation during COVID-19 has affected cognition decline and increased isolation and loneliness. Residents with dementia cannot comprehend why their families could not visit.
We need to remember those that got lost in the COVID-19 shuffle. They are alone and suffering. Please remember our elderly community and make time to visit with them whenever possible. A thirty-minute visit can have a significant impact on their health.
My sister’s father-in-law passed away from Alzheimer’s. His wife hid his memory issues for a long time before the family realized what was happening. This is a common occurrence, especially in our stoic elderly population that doesn’t want to bother friends and family.
My daughter-in-law’s father also suffers from this disease. He resides in a long-term care facility. This situation is difficult, but it leaves the family asking questions about their future. The question is always in the back of your mind “Will I eventually succumb to Alzheimer’s Disease?”
The statistics sound daunting, but there is hope. Medications are available to help slow the disease, and research is ongoing. Resources are available to help conquer the burden for the caregiver. First and foremost, there is your family physician or practitioner. We can help direct you to these resources and find the best medication. Our social workers are also available to help. An array of Alzheimer’s Support groups also help with Alzheimer’s awareness.
Do not hesitate to reach out for help. We need to take care of your loved one with Alzheimer’s, but we also need to take care of you.
Rose Lorentz, APRN, A-GNP
Tri-County Health Care
How can physical therapy benefit moms? That is an excellent question, and Tri-County’s physical therapy team is here to answer it! Pregnancy is one of the toughest challenges a woman can face. It comes with many rewards, but it undeniably strains the body. Working with a dedicated team of physical therapists can make the journey to motherhood so much easier.
“Women’s Health physical therapy is focused on caring for you during both your pregnancy and post-partum journey. In physical therapy, we can help reduce pain, improve mobility, prevent injury, and keep you feeling strong during pregnancy and get you back to doing the things you love postpartum.” – Kayli Mollberg, DPT
For the expecting mother, we offer these services:
- Mobility maintenance
- Body mechanics training to reduce strain on the neck and lower back
- Pressure management to reduce the risk of urinary leakage or prolapse
- Core engagement to support a growing belly and improve recovery after giving birth
- Early education on postpartum precautions
- Proper breathing techniques
- Aquatic therapy for reduced pressure through joints
Our care doesn’t end after pregnancy. The body still has much healing to do, and physical therapy at Tri-County Health Care can assess and treat a wide range of issues stemming from pregnancy and delivery. Additionally, postpartum services include:
- Early postpartum mobility management
- Pelvic floor activation for improved strength and preventing incontinence and prolapse
- Postural education and body mechanics
- Reestablishing coordination of breath control and muscle activation
- Scar tissue mobility (grade 1-4 tearing)
Some mothers experience issues with bladder and bowel control during and after pregnancy. This is a problem that many find too difficult or embarrassing to discuss but should be addressed by the proper care team. Physical therapy is once again here to help. They have several techniques and exercises that can alleviate and, in some cases, completely stop the problem. Remember, incontinence is not a normal condition for any age group, so make sure to seek help from trained specialists if you suffer from these issues.
To better understand incontinence, please watch the video below. It provides valuable and fascinating information on how the human body processes waste.
How can physical therapy benefit moms? Of course, the answer is at Tri-County Health Care. For more information on physical therapy, please visit TCHC.org. For scheduling an appointment, please call 218-631-3510. Remember to follow Tri-County Health Care on social media for regular updates.
All parents worry about the development and growth of their child. For families, choosing a provider often stems from the quality of pediatric care.
Hugs and helping you grow!
Laura DuChene, M.D., always aspired to help children. Early in her training, she discovered her passion for pediatric care. “I found myself wondering how a baby was doing after the delivery and realized I wanted to be able to take care of them too,” said Dr. DuChene. For her, spending nine months with an expecting mother only builds anticipation for how that child will grow up. Dr. DuChene loves the hugs! Caring for little kids is a fun and exciting component of her career. Their excitement is infectious even during times of illness. They never fail to put a smile on Dr. DuChene’s face.
“I choose to work with pediatric patients because it’s what I love to do. They can always make a day brighter.”
Pediatric Care at Tri-County Health Care
Tri-County Health Care offers robust pediatric care, including:
- Well-child visits
- Car seat safety
- Pre-operative exams
- Sick visits
- Minor office procedures
- Speech therapy
- Physical therapy
- Occupation therapy
The value of regular visits
Don’t forget the well-child visits. These appointments are pivotal for monitoring the growth of young children. “Well-child visits are a time we can address their whole body and development. This is especially important during puberty and early childhood when the body is going through rapid periods of growth,” explained Dr. DuChene. Providers work with parents on milestones and these visits are a chance to review those milestones and see if further intervention is needed.
“Being a part of a patient’s birth is such a rewarding thing. When you are there taking care of them from the beginning, you know so many more aspects of that child’s life. I have been honored to watch a grandfather cry when meeting their grandson for the first time and learning they were named after him. I’ve watched parents struggle with infertility and know the joy that child brings them. All of this allows me to be a better doctor to your child because I know them, and I know you from the very start.”
According to Dr. DuChene, meeting with kids is a little different from appointments with adults. She goes out of her way to tailor each meeting and make things fun. To learn more about Dr. DuChene and the primary care team at Tri-County Health Care, view their videos at TCHC.org/primarycare.
About Dr. DuChene
Dr. DuChene has been helping families and children for nearly a decade at Tri-County Health Care. She is a Family Practice Provider and the Chief of Medical Staff. Dr. DuChene has always fostered a passion for medicine and dreamed of being a doctor during childhood. She loves the family-friendly atmosphere of Tri-County Health Care. Dr. Duchene is married with three children. She enjoys the outdoors and is an avid reader.