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PROGRAM BY PHONE: DIET & ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE: HOW CAN WE REDUCE OUR RISK?

Research has shown that the Mediterranean diet can reduce one’s risk for Alzheimer’s disease. What is the Mediterranean diet, and what dietary changes can we make quickly and easily? Join us to learn more about this diet and how it supports brain health. Presented by Registered Dietician Emmaline Rasmussen of the Continue reading PROGRAM BY PHONE: DIET & ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE: HOW CAN WE REDUCE OUR RISK?

Beshear: New Medicare Card coming in the Mail, Don’t Fall Victim to Scammers

Andy Beshear

Ahead of the federal government mailing more than 900,000 Kentucky Medicare recipients new I.D. cards, Attorney General Andy Beshear is warning enrollees to be on the lookout for scams.

The mailing of the new cards, which are designed to help minimize fraud by replacing the members’ Social Security numbers with 11-digit I.D. numbers, are triggering scam warnings across the nation. Kentuckians are expected to start receiving the cards in their mailbox starting soon. Continue reading Beshear: New Medicare Card coming in the Mail, Don’t Fall Victim to Scammers

Beshear Calls on Federal Lawmakers to Increase Penalties on Irresponsible Drug Manufacturers

Andy Beshear

As part of his ongoing fight against the pipeline of opioids flooding Kentucky, Attorney General Andy Beshear is calling on federal lawmakers to pass legislation that significantly increases the size of fines levied against irresponsible drug manufacturers.

The legislation would increase the civil penalty from $10,000 to $100,000 per violation and doubles the maximum criminal penalty from $250,000 to $500,000 per violation for drug manufacturers who fail to legally report suspiciously large volumes of their drugs to state and federal authorities. Continue reading Beshear Calls on Federal Lawmakers to Increase Penalties on Irresponsible Drug Manufacturers

Acting DPH Commissioner to Discuss Hepatitis A

The Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) is hosting a Facebook LIVE discussion on the Hepatitis A outbreak today at 11 a.m. (EDT). Go to the CHFS Facebook page: (https://www.facebook.com/kychfs/ ) to watch. Acting Commissioner for the Department for Public Health (DPH), Dr. Jeffrey Howard, will provide useful data for the general public and answer questions about Hepatitis A.

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Eastern State Hospital Long Term Care Facility to Close

The Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) announced today the Eastern State Hospital Long Term Care Facility will be closed due to state budget constraints. The facility currently serves 14 residents with acquired brain injuries (ABI) or geriatric residents with long-term care needs.

Eastern State Hospital, a state-owned psychiatric facility, is managed by UK HealthCare and primarily serves patients with acute mental health needs. The current action impacts only the long-term care facility, and all other services will remain intact. Continue reading Eastern State Hospital Long Term Care Facility to Close

Tick Season Underway Across Kentucky

With spring now in full swing, people are taking advantage of the warmer weather and spending more time outside.

This also is the time when tick activity increases across Kentucky.

The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources and the Kentucky Department for Public Health are reminding people to take precautions against tick bites, which can transmit serious and potentially deadly illnesses. Continue reading Tick Season Underway Across Kentucky

HOW YOU SAY IT: MAKING MATTERS WORSE (OR BETTER) BY HOW YOU COMMUNICATE

Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias cause changes in the person’s ability to communicate. Understanding these challenges and adjusting our communication patterns can make all the difference in the world for both caregivers and those with dementia. Dial in to learn some simple rules from social worker Kathy Rhoads of how to communicate more effectively, both verbally and nonverbally. Continue reading HOW YOU SAY IT: MAKING MATTERS WORSE (OR BETTER) BY HOW YOU COMMUNICATE

Eat, Move, Live: How Food & Movement Protect Memory

Join us as HealthwoRx Dietician & Director Teresa Smith and Grant Gensheimer, HealthwoRx Exercise Physiologist talk about how foods and movement can protect memory. This class will cover ways to live well and take control of your health and wellness if you’ve been diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment or a mild dementia. Loved ones or caregivers are welcome to attend. Continue reading Eat, Move, Live: How Food & Movement Protect Memory

Legal and Financial Considerations for Alzheimer’s disease: What You Need to Know Right Now

Families caring for someone with dementia often deal with a host of unknowns. Planning ahead can help to reduce those unknowns. In this webinar, we will learn about proactive steps to take in legal and financial planning from experienced elder law attorney Claire Lewis. Continue reading Legal and Financial Considerations for Alzheimer’s disease: What You Need to Know Right Now

Helping Recovering Addicts Get Back to Work

Mitch McConnell

Substance abuse is the public health crisis of this generation. It’s claiming lives in Kentucky and across the nation at an unprecedented rate. Like nearly half of all Americans, you or your family probably know someone whose life has been torn apart because of drug addiction.

But as a leader in Kentucky’s business community recently noted, this problem isn’t only devastating families and communities. It’s also a workforce emergency. That’s why, after close consultation with constituents, officials with local substance abuse treatment centers, and Kentucky business groups, I Continue reading Helping Recovering Addicts Get Back to Work

Women at Increased Risk for Stroke

May marks National Stroke Awareness Month, a time dedicated to reducing the incidence of stroke by helping raise awareness of the disease, which is the leading cause of serious, long-term disability in the United States. Each year, more than 800,000 people in the U.S. experience a stroke, and more than 133,000 Americans die from the disease. During this Continue reading Women at Increased Risk for Stroke