Pneumonia. What’s That?

During normal respiration, air travels through the nose, down the trachea, and into smaller and smaller airways called bronchi. The bronchi divide into bronchioles and finally into tiny grape-like clusters of thin, fragile sacs called alveoli. In the alveoli, oxygen is exchanged for carbon dioxide in the blood.

Pneumonia is a serious infection or inflammation of your lungs. The alveoli fill with pus and other liquid blocking oxygen from reaching your blood. If there is too little oxygen in your blood, your body’s cells can’t work properly.

Pneumonia affects your lungs in two ways. Lobar pneumonia affects a section (a lobe) of a lung. Bronchial pneumonia (or bronchopneumonia) affects patches throughout both lungs.

Pneumonia is not a single disease. It can have over 30 different causes. There are five main causes of pneumonia: 1) Bacteria, 2) Viruses, 3) Mycoplasmas, 4) Other infectious agents, such as fungi – including pneumocystis, 5) Various chemicals.

If you have symptoms of pneumonia call your doctor immediately. Even with the many effective antibiotics, early diagnosis and treatment are important.

Learn more about pneumonia.

Assisted Living Senior Prom: Behind the Scenes

On February 26, the high school students at Ocoee High School and East Ridge high school made the senior residents at Oak Park’s dream of having a ” Senior Prom” come true.

Every resident had a prom date from the high school. The residents were picked up at 5:30 p.m at their apartments, pinned with corsages and escorted to the photographer where prom pictures of the couples were taken. Following the photos the residents were escorted to the lobby where DJ Larry spun the tunes for the evening. I would like to share with you some of the ” behind-the-scenes-secrets” prior to and following the prom. [Read more...]

Pulmonary Embolism. What’s That?

The circulatory system carries blood throughout the body via an intricate network of arteries and veins.  The venous system is the section of the circulatory system that uses veins to return the used, or deoxygenated, blood to the heart and lungs.  Occasionally, irregularities in the wall of a vein (especially in areas of slow flow, such as the area surrounding a venous valve) can cause a blood clot, or thrombus, to form. Once formed, additional fibrin and red blood cell deposits cause the thrombus to grow inside the vein.

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Bridging the Generations: Assisted Living Senior Prom

Terri Glimcher, our contributing writer and assisted living activities expert has out-done herself again.

As she has written about before, her “Bridging the Generations” program has for years sought to connect the generations, sharing the unique lessons people learn and carry throughout their lives.

In late February, she added another wonderful event to what I believe is one of the most amazing activities programs in the country.  On February 27, The “Chinese New Year”-themed senior prom was held at Emeritus’ Summerville Oak Park in Clermont, Florida.

The Orlando Sentinel covered the event live.  I’d like to share that story and congratulate Terri for another fantastic job.  She’ll be back next week to share the “behind-the-scenes” details and photos with everyone.

Read the article

Note: I have been trying to convince Terri to start teaching her activity-planning techniques.  If you are at a community and would like more information, please contact me directly and I’ll make an introduction.

Radio Archive of Our Appearance on “Aging with Grace”

Many thanks to all of you who listened to our appearance on “Aging with Grace” earlier this week.  During this 30 minute interview, we had a great discussion with Patricia Grace, co-founder of Aging with Grace, on a variety of topics.  She’s a lot of fun and knows a lot about the industry.

The archive of the show is now available for those of you who missed it.

We had a great time! Hope you enjoy it.

Cardiff by the Sea: A New Belmont Village Community

Friday night, I was invited by the folks at Belmont Village to the open house of their new community in Cardiff by the Sea, California.  For those of you who don’t know, Cardiff is about 30 minutes north of San Diego and is, well, by the sea.  Cardiff holds a sweet spot in my heart, because it happens to the area where I grew up and where my mom had her stroke.  I drove by that spot hundreds of times over the years.

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