February Health Notes

. February 3, 2017.
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Toledo Hospital named a top 50 heart hospital

ProMedica Toledo Hospital was named one of the top 50 cardiovascular hospitals by Truven Health Analytics, a subsidiary of IBM. Hospitals named to the top 50 have lower re-admission rates for heart attacks and heart failure, higher inpatient survival rates, fewer patients with complications, and shorter hospital stays.

Ability Center’s Equipment Loan Program

The Ability Center has a equipment loan program that enhances mobility for people in the area by loaning or gifting durable medical equipment. The Ability Center accepts donations of new and used pieces that make living comfortable for those that need it. They also host a database on their website for individuals seeking to buy or sell disability equipment. They accept crutches, canes, commode chairs, bath equipment, portable ramps, walkers and wheelchairs and other pieces. abiltycenter.org or 419-885-5733

Good News – Baby Boomers Less Likely to Have Strokes

According to Joel N. Swerdel, a Ph.D. candidate at the Rutgers University School of Public Health, over the past 20 years, the rate of stroke more than doubled in those 35-39, doubled in those 40-44 and increased in people 45 to 54 years. The rate of stroke declined in those 55 and older. Mr. Swerdel warns that people under 50 need to be aware of this increased stroke risk for young adults, as the outcomes of a stroke can be more destructive than a heart attack.

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Quarantined and Disconnected: COVID-19’s effects on those with disabilities

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HELPING OLDER ADULTS AVOID ISOLATION AND LONELINESS 

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