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May is stroke awareness month.

An easy way to remember the signs of a stroke is to remember F.A.S.T.

FACE DROOPING: Does one side of the face droop or is it numb? Ask the person to smile.

ARM WEAKNESS: Is one arm weak or numb? Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?

SPEECH DIFFICUTLY: Is speech slurred, are they unable to speak, or are they hard to understand? Ask the person to repeat a sentence, like "the sky is blue." Is the sentence repeated correctly?

TIME TO CALL 9-1-1: If the person shows any of these symptoms, even if the symptoms go away, call 9-1-1 and get them to the hospital immediately.

DO NOT DRIVE YOURSELF to the emergency room if you suspect your are having a stroke.

Bones muscles and joints work together like an intricate rhythm to create "Poetry in Motion®".

Parrish Medical Group's newest board-certified orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Mosley, will discuss and answer your questions about surgical and non-surgical treatment options for joint and back pain and whether a total joint replacement procedure is right for you.

Tuesday, February 7 │ 12:30‒2 p.m.
Parrish Health & Fitness Center, Titusville

Refreshments will be served.

Thursday, February 16 │ 10-11:30 a.m.
Parrish Healthcare Center, Port St. John

Refreshments will be served.

To reserve your space, visit our website at http://bit.ly/2jWjTcW or call 321-268-6110.

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Age-Related Declines Evident Before 60

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MONDAY, Aug. 1, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Age-related physical decline might begin earlier than thought, a new study indicates.

Researchers from Duke University Health System in Durham, N.C., found that signs of physical decline can be seen in people in their 50s.

The results suggest that regimens to maintain basic strength and endurance should begin before age 50 in order to keep people mobile and independent later in life, according to the study researchers.

"The good news is, with proper attention and effort, the ability to function independently can often be preserved with regular exercise," said lead author Katherine Hall, an assistant professor of medicine.

"Our research reinforces a life span approach to maintaining physical ability -- don't wait until you are 80 years old and cannot get out of a chair," Hall said in a Duke news release.

The researchers assessed 775 adults ranging in age from their 30s to over 100. The participants had to perform simple physical tasks such as walking, standing on one leg and rising from a chair repeatedly.

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SOURCE: Duke University, news release, July 21, 2016

7 Steps to Healthy Aging

A look at what the happiest and healthiest seniors have in common--and how to improve your own odds.

What’s the secret to healthy aging? Is there any way to stay vigorous, alert and happy into our 70s, 80s and beyond? A recent study into the habits of healthy older Americans answers with a resounding yes. In fact, the remarkable study outlines seven crucial elements that go into successful aging. And most of them are under your control.

Our bones support us and keep us on the move, and yet we often take them for granted. Because bones naturally weaken as we age, we must fight against osteoporosis to prevent breaks. No matter what your age, here are three steps you can take to help safeguard the health of your bones, according to the National Institutes of Health.

Good: Eat a diet rich in calcium as well as vitamin D, which helps your bones absorb calcium. Consider supplements if you have trouble getting your daily dose—1,000 milligrams for adults between 19 and 49 and 1,200 milligrams for those 50 and older.

Better: In addition to getting your calcium, add weight-bearing workouts to your regimen. They are the best kind of exercise for your bones, and strength training is a great option. You also can walk, jog, climb or hike your way to better bone health.

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