March Is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Posted by Adrian Savage on March 31, 2015 at 7:00 PM Comments comments (194)

Among cancers that affect both men and women, colorectal cancer (cancer of the colon or rectum) is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. Every year, about 140,000 Americans are diagnosed with colorectal cancer, and more than 50,000 people die from it. But this disease is highly preventable, by getting screened beginning at age 50.


What You Can Do

If you’re aged 50 to 75, get screened for colorectal cancer regularly. Screening tests help prevent colorectal cancer by finding precancerous polyps (abnormal growths) so they can be removed. Screening also finds this cancer early, when treatment can be most effective.

Be physically active.

Maintain a healthy weight.

Don’t drink too much alcohol.

Don’t smoke.

Fast Facts

Risk increases with age. More than 90% of colorectal cancers occur in people aged 50 and older.

Precancerous polyps and colorectal cancer don’t always cause symptoms, especially at first. You could have polyps or colorectal cancer and not know it. That is why having a screening test is so important. If you have symptoms, they may include—

Blood in or on the stool (bowel movement).

Stomach pain, aches, or cramps that do not go away.

Losing weight and you don’t know why.

These symptoms may be caused by something other than cancer. If you have any of them, see your doctor.

Some people are at a higher risk than others for developing colorectal cancer. If you think you may be at high risk, talk to your doctor about when and how often to get tested.

There are several screening test options. Talk with your doctor about which is right for you.

Colonoscopy (every 10 years).

High-sensitivity fecal occult blood test (FOBT), stool test, or fecal immunochemical test (FIT) (every year).

Sigmoidoscopy (every 5 years, with FOBT every three years).

Screen for Life: National Colorectal Cancer Action Campaign

CDC’s Screen for Life: National Colorectal Cancer Action Campaign offers resources for patients and health professionals, including print materials (fact sheets, brochures, and posters) and television and radio public service announcements.


Academy Award® winner Meryl Streep is just one of the many celebrities who have joined Screen for Life, appearing in public service announcements to urge men and women to get screened beginning at age 50.

Embracing Diversity in Senior Healthcare

Posted by Joe B. Nester on January 22, 2015 at 8:55 AM Comments comments (25)

The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization’s (NHPCO) most recent report reveals serious gaps in the number of African American patients who were served by hospice compared with Caucasian patients served during the same year. The disparity in care was evident both in South Carolina and on a National level. In South Carolina only 14.2 percent of African Americans utilized hospice services compared to 57.5 percent of Caucasian patients.

There are other reports showing these disparities are not just associated with hospice but extend into the general care of the African American elderly population. The overall health of our elderly population in America is improving, but African American elders have significantly less access to care and are less likely to receive even routine medical care.

Embracing diversity and taking steps to close gaps in care should be the policy of every healthcare provider. Out-reach and education is the key to solving the problem. Companies should endeavor to reach people where they are and provide solutions where they are needed.

In addition to community out-reach, healthcare companies should seek to understand the cultural and ethnic differences of the minority population they are trying to serve. Understanding cultural differences is a prerequisite for changing minds and attitudes if traditions run counter to proposed solutions.

Agapé Senior expanded its out-reach in 2014 by hiring two fulltime African American Community Liaison teams dedicated to identifying needs within underserved African Americans. These specific teams of employees within Agapé include social workers, chaplains, medical experts and educators who can be called on to support out-reach efforts.

For the last 15 years Agapé Senior has been working diligently to improve senior care for South Carolinians. In 2015 that commitment extended to working with African Methodist Episcopal Church (AME) leaders to coordinate education and improve access to healthcare resources in their congregations across the state.

Strength lies in our differences not our similarities.


Manning SSA hits the streets to begin Promotion of aid and Attendance seminar

Posted by P/truesdale on July 11, 2014 at 12:10 AM Comments comments (22)

Agape Hospice of Manning is announcing its Aid and Attendance Seminar on September 18th at the Council On Aging located in Manning. We will have our seminar at 3pm. Light refreshments will be served. This Seminar will provide information on funds available to veterans. You are invited to come if you are or know a veteran. This seminar will last approximately one hour, but the information you recieve will be invaluable. For questions please contact the Manning office at 803-433-1355.

Agape Hospice of Rock Hill Helps Bring Awareness to Men's Health Month

Posted by Nicole Taylor on July 2, 2014 at 4:45 PM Comments comments (315)

Tips for Men. When you get a preventive medical test, you're not just doing it for yourself. You're doing it for your family and loved ones.


It’s very exciting that our health — and our ability to stay strong and live longer — are not just a matter of our genes or our luck. Here are two things you can do to take charge of your health. You can take a quiz to see how much you know about men’s health, and you can also take some simple steps to support your health, your family, and your future.

  • Eat healthy. Nutritious foods give you energy and may lower your risk of certain diseases. Focus on fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat or fat-free milk products. Learn nutrition basics and how to read a food label.
  • Stay at a healthy weight. Being overweight or obese can raise your risk of diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke. Find out your body mass index, or BMI, to see if you're at risk. Eat healthy foods, control portion sizes, and be active to keep your weight in check.
  • Get moving. Regular exercise is one of the most important things you can do for your health. Find out how much physical activity you need.
  • Be smoke-free. Smoking is linked to many of the leading causes of death, including cancer, lung disease, and stroke. If you smoke, quit today! Also, avoid secondhand smoke.
  • Get routine exams and screenings. Ask your doctor how often you need to be examined. Ask about screening tests for certain diseases and conditions, including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, sexually transmitted infections, and certain types of cancer.
  • Take any medications you need. Thousands of deaths could be prevented each year by taking medications properly. Make sure to follow your doctor's instructions for all medications, including those that help control conditions like high blood pressure and diabetes. Learn about medication safety.
  • Avoid heavy drinking. Heavy drinking can lead to many problems, including high blood pressure, various cancers, psychological problems, and accidents. For men 65 and younger, drinking in moderation means no more than two drinks per day. Men older than 65 should have no more than one drink a day. Find out about drink serving sizes.
  • Manage stress. Balancing work and family obligations can be challenging. But it's important to protect your mental and physical health. Find healthy ways to cope with stress.
  • Get enough sleep. Not getting enough sleep can affect your mood and your health. Try certain changes that can improve your sleep. See your doctor if you think you have a serious problem. Sleep apnea, a common problem in which your breathing stops briefly, can increase the risk of accidents and certain health problems.
  • Know your risks. Learn how your lifestyle affects your risk of health problems. For example, people who work with certain chemicals need to take protective steps, and men who have sex with men should talk with their doctors about particular concerns. You also should keep track of your family medical history and share it with your doctor.
  • Stay safe. Safety means many things, like wearing seatbelts and helmets, having working smoke detectors, and following safety rules at work. It also means using condoms, washing your hands, taking care of your teeth, and wearing sunscreen. Take steps to protect yourself and others.



Healthy Juices at Pelion Senior Center

Posted by Amy Quenneville on June 30, 2014 at 6:35 PM Comments comments (25)

The seniors at Pelion Senior Center enjoyed sampling 6 different healthy juices from Good Life Café. We discussed the importance of hydration and a healthy diet. The juices assist with blood circulation, natural diuretic, liver cleanse, energy booster and many other health concerns to promote a healthy body. Go by and try these wonderful yummy juices and vegan / organic foods at Good Life Café located at 1614 Main Street, Suite A, Downtown Columbia, 803-726-2310.

Agape Physician's Care and Hammett Neurology, Dr. David H. Hammett, M.D., Northeast Columbia, SC

Posted by Catherine Fleeman on May 12, 2014 at 1:10 PM Comments comments (33)

David H. Hammett, M.D.


Dr. Hammett is a South Carolina native, originally from Spartanburg. He graduated summa cum laude from Wake Forest University, where he won Track & Field All-ACC academic team honors and was elected to the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa honor society as a junior. He finished medical school at the Bowman Gray School of Medicine of Wake Forest University.


Dr. Hammett did his residency training in Neurology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville. This was followed by a clinical fellowship in Vascular Neurology, also at Vanderbilt. In 2006, Dr. Hammett moved to Columbia to join the faculty at the USC School of Medicine as an Assistant Professor of Neurology. After four years in academics, he has been in private practice since 2010. He joined Agapé in the fall of 2013 as their first specialist physician.

Dr. Hammett’s particular clinical interests include comprehensive headache management, stroke, movement disorders, and a variety of procedure-based treatments, including medical/therapeutic uses of Botox. He lives in Columbia with his wife, Sarah, and their daughter, Caraway.


Agape Primary Care- Northeast Columbia

At Agapé Primary Care, we understand the importance of choosing the right primary care physician who can meet you and your family's needs now and in the future.That’s why our physicians’ practice is designed around the needs of today's patients with easy access for making appointments, obtaining medication re-fills, reviewing lab results, and more. Blythewood, Lugoff, Elgin, Camden, Ridgeway, Lake Wateree.




Fitness Tips for Senior's

Posted by Elizabeth Hasty on April 25, 2014 at 9:55 AM Comments comments (88)

It is common knowledge that anyone who exercises regularly gains physical, mental, and emotional benefits. This is especially true for our senior loved ones. Whether it is gardening, walking, or more intense activity such as water aerobics, regular exercise improved seniors’ well-being, especially when they work out with friends or family members.  Consider joining your loved one for a walk around the neighborhood or assisted living community.

According to the National Institute of Health (NIH), seniors who stay active:
·    Have more energy
·    Improve balance, which lowers risks for falls
·    Prevents hearts disease, diabetes, & serious heart health problems
·    Sustains joint health
·    Reduces their chance for depression
·    Allows independence longer due to maintainence of strength and mobility

Few Exercise Ideas:
·    Walking
·    Gardening
·    Climbing stairs or stepping on aerobic step boxes
·    Swimming or Water Aerobics classes
·    Yoga
·    Biking or stationary bike
·    Resistance Bands (*Great for post therapy)
·    Meditation
·    Leg lifts in chair or wheelchair
·    Light weight dumbbell  exercises (wheelchair friendly)



Agape Primary Care 12 Mile Creek Family Medicine, Dr. James O. WIlliams, Jr., M.D. Lexington, SC

Posted by Catherine Fleeman on April 24, 2014 at 4:30 PM Comments comments (235)

James O Williams, Jr., M.D.


With family always in mind at Agapé Primary Care, Dr. James O. Williams, Jr.’s specialty in Family Medicine brings an unprecedented focus to the family spirit that fuels patient relationships at Agapé. Additionally, Dr. Williams is an advocate for advancing technology to enhance the efficiency, quality, and access in sharing information to improve patient care.


Born and raised in West Columbia, Dr. Williams studied at the University of South Carolina and attended the USC School of Medicine where he would become Chief Resident President.

Still living in West Columbia, Dr. Williams enjoys playing handbells and attending church with his wife, Mindy and their daughters Hannah and Olivia.


AgapePrimary Care-Lexington, SC


At Agapé Primary Care, we understand the importance of choosing the right primary care physician who can meet you and your family's needs now and in the future.That’s why our physicians’ practice is designed around the needs of today's patients with easy access for making appointments, obtaining medication re-fills, reviewing lab results, and more. Lexington, West Columbia, Cayce, Gilbert, Pelion, Batesburg, Leesville, Irmo.




Healthy Choices now Available on Main Street Columbia SC

Posted by Joe B. Nester on April 3, 2014 at 7:10 AM Comments comments (22)

Sharon Wright hasn’t eaten meat in 23 years.

She gave it up “overnight,” she said, after watching her grandfather suffer from colon cancer. She adopted a macrobiotic diet, which relies on grains as the dietary staple and avoids most animal products. In the past 12 years, she’s transitioned to a completely meat-free, dairy-free, sugar-free, nearly completely raw style of eating.


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Walking in Columbia for the Health of it; health benefits for seniors

Posted by Joe B. Nester on March 11, 2014 at 3:35 PM Comments comments (57)

Swift flowing water swirling and plunging between banks that can barely contain its volume, bright lights and chic clothes in new outfitter store, quaint university inn with relaxing front porch, trees and plants primed to burst forth in color, glitzy outfits and teased hair on hundreds of competitive cheerleaders searching for lunch, well-groomed landscaping on residential tree lined streets and colorfully dressed churchgoers were just a few of the sights from my recent urban walk in Columbia on one of the most agreeable spring days of 2014.


I do not think anyone will dispute that there are benefits to getting outside and walking. There are numerous studies that show walking helps lower cholesterol levels, reduces risk of high blood pressure, helps with your immune system and has also been linked to avoiding brain shrinkage and memory loss associated with Dementia. Walking can help strengthen and shape your legs giving definition to calves and lifting your buttock muscles. It can also tone your abs and whittle away at your waist.


But besides all of the health benefits walking can just make you feel good. This feeling of well-being is no accident either and the science behind the feeling is caused by the increase of circulation which boosts oxygen levels throughout your whole body. Your body will be energized and alert after a brisk walk of just 30 minutes. Many studies have also indicated that moderate exercise like brisk walking is just as effective as antidepressant medication for cases of mild to moderate depression.


Walking is a perfect exercise for our senior population. The increased strength gained through the exercise should help with avoiding falls and injury which will allow the senior to maintain their independence much longer. So don't worry if you cannot run a 10K or do not have the flexibility to participate in high impact aerobics or whatever the latest exercise fad is. Get a comfortable pair of walking shoes and go out to discover a whole new world around you. Your body and mind will thank you for the effort.


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