Monthly Archives: October 2014

Quiz: How Well Do You Know Your Kidneys?

Quiz: How Well Do You Know Your Kidneys?

Answers to Your Ebola Questions

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  1. Learn to care for yourself the way you care for others.
  2. Eat a healthy diet and maintain a normal weight.
    • Follow a balanced diet containing the main food groups (fruits, vegetables, grains, dairy and protein)
    • Eat whole grain foods such as whole wheat flour, oatmeal and brown rice
    • Take a daily multivitamin
    • Limit alcohol intake
    • Limit saturated and trans fat intake
  3. Examine the stress in your life and find ways to reduce them, if possible, with activities such as meditation, yoga or exercise.
  4. Perform monthly breast self-exams and have an annual physical exam.
  5. Get an annual mammogram beginning at age 40, or earlier if there is family history.

What Does Your Pancreas Do, Exactly?

QUIZ (click on the word QUIZ)

Can you live without your pancreas? What role does it play in type 1 diabetes? Is it possible to get a transplant? Get the facts.

Workouts You Can Do at Home

Diabetes and Oral Health Problems

Diabetes and Oral Health Problems

The more severe form of gum disease is called periodontitis. When you reach this stage, your gums begin to pull away from your teeth. Pockets form between your teeth and gums. These fill with germs and pus, and deepen. When this happens, you may need gum surgery to save your teeth. If nothing is done, the infection goes on to destroy the bone around your teeth. The teeth may start to move or get loose. Your teeth may fall out or need to be pulled.

Is There an Association Between Gum Disease and Diabetes?

For the nearly 30 million Americans who have diabetes, many may be surprised to learn about an unexpected complication associated with this condition. Research shows that there is an increased prevalence of gum disease among those with diabetes, adding serious gum disease to the list of other complications associated with diabetes, such as heart disease, stroke and kidney disease.

Is There a Two-Way Street?

Emerging research also suggests that the relationship between serious gum disease and diabetes is two-way. Not only are people with diabetes more susceptible to serious gum disease, but serious gum disease may have the potential to affect blood glucose control and contribute to the progression of diabetes. Research suggests that people with diabetes are at higher risk for oral health problems, such as gingivitis (an early stage of gum disease) and periodontitis (serious gum disease). People with diabetes are at an increased risk for serious gum disease because they are generally more susceptible to bacterial infection, and have a decreased ability to fight bacteria that invade the gums.

The Surgeon General’s Report on Oral Health states that good oral health is integral to general health. So be sure to brush and floss properly and see your dentist for regular checkups.

If I Have Diabetes, am I at Risk for Dental Problems?

If your blood glucose levels are poorly controlled, you are more likely to develop serious gum disease and lose more teeth than non-diabetics. Like all infections, serious gum disease may be a factor in causing blood sugar to rise and may make diabetes harder to control.

Other oral problems associated to diabetes include: thrush, an infection caused by fungus that grows in the mouth, and dry mouth which can cause soreness, ulcers, infections and cavities.

How Can I Help Prevent Dental Problems Associated with Diabetes?

First and foremost, control your blood glucose level. Then, take good care of your teeth and gums, along with regular checkups every six months. To control thrush, a fungal infection, maintain good diabetic control, avoid smoking and, if you wear them, remove and clean dentures daily. Good blood glucose control can also help prevent or relieve dry mouth caused by diabetes.

What Can I Expect at My Checkup? Should I Tell My Dental Professional About My Diabetes?

People with diabetes have special needs and your dentist and hygienist are equipped to meet those needs—with your help. Keep your dentist and hygienist informed of any changes in your condition and any medication you might be taking. Postpone any non-emergency dental procedures if your blood sugar is not in good control.

  • Last Reviewed: September 18, 2012
  • Last Edited: October 10, 2014

Prediabetes: 7 Steps to Take Now

What to do to stop prediabetes from becoming diabetes.

By Winnie Yu
WebMD Feature

Getting diagnosed with prediabetes is a serious wake-up call, but it doesn’t have to mean you will definitely get diabetes. There is still time to turn things around.

“It’s an opportunity to initiate lifestyle changes or treatments, and potentially retard progression to diabetes or even prevent diabetes,” says Gregg Gerety, MD, chief of endocrinology at St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany, N.Y.

Making these seven changes in your daily habits is a good way to start.

1. Move More

Becoming more active is one of the best things you can do to make diabetes less likely.

 If it’s been a while since you exercised, start by building more activity into your routine by taking the stairs or doing some stretching during TV commercials, says Patti Geil, MS, RD, author of What Do I Eat Now?

“Physical activity is an essential part of the treatment plan for prediabetes because it lowers blood glucose levels and decreases body fat,” Geil says.

Ideally, you should exercise at least 30 minutes a day, five days a week. Let your doctor know about your exercise plans and ask if you have any limitations.

2. Lower Your Weight

If you’re overweight, you might not have to lose as much as you think to make a difference.

In one study, people who had prediabetes did 30 minutes a day of moderate exercise and lost 5% to 7% of their body weight (just 10-14 pounds in someone who weights 200 pounds) cut their chances of getting diabetes by 58%.

3. See Your Doctor More Often

See your doctor every three to six months, Gerety says.

If you’re doing well, you can get positive reinforcement from your doctor. If it’s not going so well, your doctor can help you get back on track.

“Patients like some tangible evidence of success or failure,” Gerety says.

4. Eat Better

  • Load up on fruits and vegetables, especially the less-starchy kinds such as spinach, broccoli, carrots, and green beans.
  • Add more high-fiber foods into your day.
  • Choose whole-grain foods instead of processed grains — for example, brown rice instead of white rice.

Also, swap out high-calorie foods. “Drink skim milk rather than whole milk, diet soda rather than regular soda,” Geil says. “Choose lower-fat versions of cheese, yogurt, and salad dressings.”

Instead of snacking on high-fat, high-calorie chips and desserts, choose fresh fruit, or whole wheat crackers with peanut butter or low-fat cheese, Geil says.

5. Make Sleep a Priority

Not getting enough sleep  regularly makes losing weight harder, says Theresa Garnero, author of Your First Year With Diabetes.

A sleep shortfall also makes it harder for your body to use insulin effectively and may make type 2 diabetes more likely.

Set good sleep habits. Go to bed and wake up at the same time every day. Relax before you turn out the lights. Don’t watch TV or use your computer or smartphone when you’re trying to fall asleep. Avoid caffeine after lunch if you have trouble sleeping.

Steps to a World Without AD Alzheimer’s Association

Steps to a World Without AD
The Alzheimer’s Association Walk To End Alzheimer’s® is right around the corner. Walk to End
Kenny and his granddaughter at the 2013 Walk to End Alzheimer’s.

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Walkers fundraise for Walk to End Alzheimer’s® to fuel our mission-related initiatives of care, support and research. In addition, your actions, both through fundraising and participating in the event, help to change the level of Alzheimer’s awareness in your community. At a Walk event, you can learn more about Alzheimer’s disease and the support programs and services offered by your local chapter.

Fundraising for Walk to End Alzheimer's®
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Take the first step to a world without Alzheimer’s by  finding a Walk near you. Once you register, you will have access to a wide range of tools and support through your Participant Center, ensuring a successful and fulfilling experience.
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Reporting Abuse, Voting Rights, Physical Restraints


If You See Abuse, Report It

If You Don’t, Who Will?

If you see abuse of a child or a vulnerable adult, report it.   Don’t overthink it.  Don’t second guess yourself.   Don’t try to do an investigation yourself.  Simply call the abuse hotline at 1-800-962-2873.   You do not even have to provide your own name to make a report.  Call the hotline at 1-800-962-2873 and a Hotline counselor will interview you.  It is the counselor’s job to decide if your report needs to be investigated.  The Hotline has counselors available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  If you have a loved one in a facility or group home, talk to them about abuse and give them this number.  They can report abuse too.

If you already made an abuse report, and you see abuse again, report it again.  Unfortunately, some people and/ or organizations are reported many times.
For example, Carlton Palms, a residential facility for persons with disabilities, has received 140 abuse / neglect reports, and counting.

Everyone, including professionally mandatory reporters, should contact the Florida Abuse Hotline when they know or have reasonable cause to suspect that a child or a vulnerable adult has been abused, abandoned, neglected, or exploited. The Abuse Hotline Counselor will determine if the information provided meets legal requirements to accept a report for investigation.  All reports are confidential.   You do not have to give your name in order to make a report. Florida Abuse Hotline Counselors will not acknowledge the existence of any report, will not acknowledge that they have previously spoken to a particular caller, nor will they release any information provided by a caller or any information contained in a report.

To make a report you can:
– Report online at
– Call 1-800-962-2873
– Use 711 for Florida Relay Services
– Fax your report to 1-800-914-0004

Upcoming Events:

– 6th Annual SportsAbility October 3-4, 2014. (Flyer)

– October 6, 2014 Deadline to Register to Vote

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Most Persons With Disabilities Have The Right To Vote

Persons with disabilities have been ignored too long.  The 20,000 person wait list for services is too long.  Many of the hoops people need to jump through to get services are unnecessary. Group homes are allowed to stay open after multiple abuse / neglect reports.    There is one proven way to make change.  Vote. Vote and be counted.

This will be an interesting election year for Florida. Both Charlie Crist & Rick Scott have had their chance in office. Hopefully people will remember what each has done at the BEGINNING of their term, and not just the sweet stuff at the end. Everyone needs to vote this year. Remember, people with disabilities have the right to vote (unless taken away in court). Vote! These elections are extremely close every year and you WILL make a difference if you vote.
If you want your legislators to listen to your concerns, get registered to vote, then get in line to vote!  Voting helps to determine which laws will be passed.  Politicians look at which communities are active in the political process and will address their needs first compared to those who aren’t registered and who don’t vote. It is a right and a privilege to vote.

People who have a disability almost always have the right to vote. The only exception is if that right is taken away in a court of law. There are only two ways you can lose your right to vote under Florida law:

  1. 1) A judge can take away your right to vote if the judge finds that you are mentally incapacitated with respect to voting.
  2. 2) A person who has been convicted of a felony and whose civil rights have been suspended, may not vote unless the right to vote has been restored.

Only a court can take away your right to vote. No one else-  not a guardian advocate, not an election official, not a caregiver, not a family member or anyone else, has the legal authority to prevent you from voting.
Having a disability does not disqualify you from voting.

If you have any issue with voting or registering to vote due to a disability, please contact our Voting Rights Hotline at1-800-342-0823 extension 6000.

Monday, October 6, 2014 is the last day to register to vote if you plan on voting in the 2014 General Election.  Election day is November 4th.
If you live in Florida, you can check HERE to see if you are already registered to vote. 
To Vote in Florida:

  • You must be a resident of Florida
  • You must be a United States Citizen
  • You must be at least 18 years old on or before Election Day
  • You must be registered to vote.

Need help with voting? This nonpartisan web site was created by state election officials to help eligible voters figure out how and where to go vote.


Restraint in Developmental Disability Facilities

Including group homes, Developmental Disability Centers (DDC), and the Comprehensive Transitional Education Program (CTEP or “Carlton Palms”)

In Florida, an individual who has a developmental disability (DD) can only be restrained to control behaviors that create an emergency or crisis situation. Restraint is not to be used as punishment, to compensate for inadequate staffing or for the convenience of staff.  Each facility or provider must have policies and procedures related to the use of restraints that follow the standards outlined in the Florida Administrative Code (F.A.C.) 65G-8. Florida law has specific requirements about who can provide restraints and what training they require; how long the restraints can be used; and what circumstances call for the use of restraints. READ MORE