Sumter SC First Responders Help Elderly through Ice Storm Power Outage

Posted by Joe B. Nester on February 28, 2014 at 10:40 AM Comments comments (0)

For most people, going without power for a day or two is unpleasant but not life threating. That is not the case for the elderly who maybe depending on power for medical devices such as oxygen, heat for their home, water from a pump, or because they are more susceptible to falling in a dark home. The cold snap that accompanied the recent ice storm would have plunged inside temperatures into the low 40’s in an older home if there was no heat available.

Jenny Dennis, Volunteer Coordinator for Agapé Hospice in Sumter was so thankful for the hard work and quick response from the Sumter Police Department. Agapé Hospice had several patients in the Sumter area that had lost power. One patient was a 103 year old former school teacher that had never been married and had no family to help her. Her caregivers had recently started to help her on a 24/7 basis and when it appeared the power would be off for days rather than hours Jenny made a call to the police for help.

Within an hour the police responded with warm blankets and a gas heater to help fend off the cold. The first responders were given a list of addresses for other hospice patients in the area and they agreed to check in on them also. Jenny had this to say about her experience with the Sumter Police, “Agapé Hospice in Sumter is lucky to have such dedicated first responders like the Sumter Police. To those who protect and put their lives in danger daily I say hats off.”


Brain Health for Seniors May be a Game

Posted by Joe B. Nester on February 20, 2014 at 10:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Kimberly Barnes

Kimberly, a North Carolina native, is a web and content marketing specialist who doubles as a kitchen chef in her free time. When not buried behind her laptop or whipping up some eats, Kimberly finds time to bowl, play volleyball, and travel. Most days you’ll find her drinking a non-coffee beverage on a couch in Starbucks. Otherwise, you can stalk follow her on LinkedIn or her website.

Staying Active Inside and Out

As we get older, one of the most important things we can do–for our bodies and our minds– is stay active. And while it’s easy to go for awalk or take an aerobics class, it can be harder to find ways to exercise the brain.

Something that may be able to help? Online games. It turns out that the Internet is good for a lot more than streaming movies and watching football. Not just for kids and teens, in fact, people of all ages are turning to online and video games to keep their minds sharp.

According to many researchers, online games really can help your brain stay fit. Gaming can help improve a range of mental functions, from critical thinking and decision-making to hand-eye coordination and memory.

In fact, gaming can actually change the physical structureof your brain, strengthening neural circuits much like exercise strengthens muscles.

And what’s really surprising? Almost any kind of online game can help improve mental cognition and functioning, whether it’s sports or science fiction. And game developers are responding to this research, putting out tonsof games designed to train your brain.

Here’s where you can find some of the best ones:

Lumosity: Lumosity is one of the best (and most popular) resources for online brain games and training. Lumosity’s many games are based on neuroscience, and they’re designed to train and improve memory, attention, flexibility, speed and problem solving.You can also set up a personalized training program and track your progress online.

Fit Brains Trainer: Fit Brain Trainer’s mobile app offers 10 sets of games to improve different areas of the brain, including concentration, problem solving, memory, visual and speed. Your scores in each area are combined into a Fit Brains Index score, and you can track your progress over time. You can also compare your score with others in your demographic.

Braingle: The Braingle app is full of brain teasers and riddles geared toward improving your logic and reasoning skills. With more than 15,000 exercises, Braingle covers tons of different categories, from cryptography to math to optical illusions. The only downside? Braingle doesn’t calculate your total scores, so it’s not your best bet if you’re looking to track your progress.

Try these online resources to help improve and maintain your brain functions. And for the best results, make sure you devote time each day to strengthening your mind as well as your body.


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Agape Hospice Sees Brighter Side of Ice Storm in Aiken SC

Posted by Bryan on February 18, 2014 at 5:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Aiken, SC wants to forget last week with the ice storm that hit our area.  But with all that aside, our team grew stronger and stood tall.  We were able to join up and provide added service to all of our patients and get those with oxygen needs the equipment and services they require.  Although the roads were shaky at best, we made it work and delivered the extra care they deserve.

We were able to go above and beyond to make the profound difference to our patients in a time that they needed our services most.  Due to this experience, we now have much more to discuss with possible patients on why we are much more than an ordinary hospice. If you are looking for hospice care in the Aiken area, please give us a call and let us show you why we are different.

Symptoms Experienced by Heart Failure Patients in Hospice Care

Posted by Joy on February 13, 2014 at 5:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Heart failure (HF) patients are a rapidly emerging hospice population. Although cancer patients still comprise the largest disease group in hospices, they account for less than 50% of patients, whereas a rapidly growing population is the group with heart disease. Cardiac disease is the second most prevalent medical diagnosis, accounting for 14% of hospice admissions nationwide, with HF being the most common designation. Patients with HF endure numerous physical and emotional symptoms. Research indicates that patients experience sustained symptoms of shortness of breath, edema, dry mouth, fatigue, pain, anxiety, sadness and depression that adversely impact quality of life. Importantly, depression is a common comorbidity among HF patients that is frequently overlooked.

Agape Primary Care Dr. Jonathan Liu, M.D. Rock Hill SC

Posted by Pam Marion on January 23, 2014 at 9:20 AM Comments comments (2)

Jonathan Liu, M.D.

I graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a minor in Chemistry. In 1999 I obtained my Doctor of Podiatric Medicine from the Dr. William Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine in Chicago. In 2004 I received my Doctor of Medicine from East Carolina University Brody School of Medicine in Greenville, NC.

I completed residency training as a Primary Podiatric Medical Resident (PPMR) at the Department of Veterans Administration Medical Center in 2000. I also was a resident at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center and completed the program in Family Medicine in 2008. For the next two years I served as a community family physician in Richburg, SC. I joined Agapé Primary Care in 2010.

In my spare time, I enjoy long walks, swimming, and reading. I am married and enjoy good times with our two children.

I am proud to be a member of the medical team of the Piedmont practice of Agapé Primary Care. I look forward to being a part of your family’s medical team.

AgapePrimary Care-Rock Hill, 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. Rock Hill, Fort Mill, York, Tega Cay, Lake Wyle, South Charlotte.




Baby Boomers not as Healthy as Previous Generation

Posted by Joe B. Nester on January 20, 2014 at 10:05 AM Comments comments (242)

It is an interesting phenomenon to note that the Baby Boom generation, which is considered to be persons born between1946 and 1964, has according to many reliable reports significantly more health issues when compared with the previous generation. This finding is somewhat surprising when you consider all of the healthy lifestyle choices that have been available for this generation.


According to one report, an info-graphic put together by Concordia University that used data from government sources showed significantly higher rates of many common diseases over the previous generation. In the report there was an increase in diabetes of 46%, an increase in hypertension of 38% and an increase in obesity of 10%.


The projection for healthcare providers in the near future shows that by the year 2020 there will be an additional 5.6 million healthcare jobs created as the Baby Boom generation moves through the aging process. Primary care doctors that are currently treating our senior population will be well equipped to handle this new wave of aging Boomers.


One of the challenges for anyone with health issues is having someone coordinate all of the care required when seeing multiple specialists during a disease or injury process.  A primary care doctor who has experience and knowledge about the aging process will be invaluable in helping with that overall care.


Coordination of care from the stand-point of viewing a patient as a whole person and not just someone with a particular problem should ultimately help the Baby Boom generation gain a higher level of satisfaction with the healthcare delivery process as they age.




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