Summary of the Updates for Women Seminar
May 2, 2018
Our “Updates for Women” Program on May 2nd at Robson Ranch Clubhouse sponsored by the Living Well Committee imparted timely information. It was a program in three parts: 1) Updates on wellness and prevention measures, 2) Osteoporosis for women, and 3) Diagnostic testing for maintenance of cardiac health. Remember to always discuss and follow the advice of your own doctor.
Tracy Cook and Mary Sherwood led off the program. They are both certified nurse practitioners who practice with Adult Health Services which operates at Robson Ranch and in the local area. The program coordinator asked them to address changes that should be made in our care as we age and how is that addressed by Medicare.
General screening tests:
Our second speaker was Dr. Jason Siegel , with Health Services of North Texas, speaking about osteoporosis. Although not just a problem for women it is a more common condition to women. He pointed out that the bones of our skeleton are living tissue or scaffold that supports the muscles of our body. Bones are at peak mass at the age of 21. After that age the mass begins to decline and the risk to increase. Weak bones increase the risk of a fall and the risk of a break and are slower to heal.
Ounce of prevention:
Third, we had a short presentation from an exercise physiologist about diagnostic testing that can be done by the company Frontera in conjunction with your own doctor. A CMET (Cardiac Metabolic Test) is the “Cadillac” of stress tests combining an EKG and pulmonary function test with cardiopulmonary exercise test. It is a test that can point out early problems giving one a chance to start lifestyle changes to delay or prevent additional problems down the road.
DATCU credit union provided refreshments and door prizes at the event. Living Well seminars are free and open to Robson Ranch residents with advance registration. For more information please view the Living Well website, www.rrlwc.com.
Note: We learned at our Medicare program in March that new Medicare cards will be sent out to all Medicare patients over the next year, between April 2018 and April 2019. The major change will be to assign a new Medicare Number that is NOT the same as the Social Security Number. Be on the watch for these so it is not accidentally overlooked and thrown away. Make sure your mailing address is up to date so you get your new card.