Healthy & Happy
January, 2016 - Issue #135
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There's still Time to Donate Soup to a Senior
"There are many seniors who are barely able to make ends meet - then something unexpected happens where they need extra money that month. Their utility bills are higher. They may have new a medication that insurance doesn't cover. They must choose to pay the rent or buy food. Buy that new medication or buy food. The choice usually is not to buy the food. Community donations help to alleviate this problem. Through the Senior Center they can be discretely given food until their next Social Security check arrives. The people receiving this kind of help are extremely grateful. The Senior Center is also very thankful for the generous donations that are given from the community," says SuzAnne Nelson, director of Supportive Services for the SCV Senior Center.

Soup is a warm and nutritious meal that is easy for seniors to prepare. Visiting Angels is collecting donations of soup that will be donated to seniors who access services of the Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center. Soup donations can be dropped off at the Visiting Angels office Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm at their offices at 24001 Newhall Ranch Road. Donations will be accepted through January 15.
Visiting Angels 263-2273

Healthy Hearing Means a Happier life
by Nola Aronson

For 30 years, I've been committed to helping people have the healthiest hearing possible, because I've seen the positive difference it makes in their lives. Healthy hearing has a huge impact on mood and quality of life. Untreated hearing loss can lead to a number of health problems including depression and anxiety, and can also affect the progression of diseases such as Alzheimer's and dementia. However, healthy hearing can have a positive effect in slowing the progression of those problems.

Caring for your hearing health is an investment in your quality of life. It's vital to care for your ears. Scheduling a hearing screening with a trusted audiologist to identify potential risks and discuss treatment is a good first step. Whether you're simply dealing with ear wax buildup or require a hearing aid, there are a variety of treatment possibilities.

Another thing I'm excited about this year is the new HyperSound speaker system we now offer. Its patented speakers deliver clear audio only to those sitting in their path. The system works with your existing TV speakers so others can watch TV at a volume appropriate for them. Schedule a demonstration with us and find out that hearing really is believing. Hearing loss is not untreatable. Caring for your hearing health is a step toward a happier life.
Nola Aronson, MA, CCC-A, is owner of Advanced Audiology. 425-9330

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Neuromas: What they are and How to Treat
A neuroma is a thickening or enlargement of nerve tissue most commonly found on the ball of the foot. This is generally due to excess pressure and compression, causing irritation of the nerve. General symptoms are tingling, burning, or numbness and pain similar to stepping on a needle or pebble.

Treatment options include padding to reduce pressure on the ball of the foot; icing; orthotics to support the foot properly and reduce pressure on the ball of the foot; activity modifications to prevent putting repetitive pressure on the neuroma; choosing shoes with a wide toe box; anti-inflammatory drugs like Advil to help reduce the pain and inflammation; physical therapy; injection therapy of either cortisone or dehydrated alcohol shots; radiofrequency ablation, using radio waves to produce heat and destroy the nerve.

Surgery may be considered in patients who have not received adequate relief from other treatments. Generally, there are two surgical approaches to treating a neuroma. The first is dissection and removal of the nerve. The second is release of the intermetatarsal ligament, which eliminates compression of the nerve. Remember, early diagnosis of a neuroma greatly lessens the need for more invasive treatments and can prevent surgery.
Valencia Foot & Ankle Center 288-2321

Don't let Post Menopausal Symptoms Bring You Down
Dryness, discomfort and disinterest can be treated with ThermiVa, a non-surgical, non-hormonal, pain-free treatment that doesn't require any numbing or down time.

Excessive stretching of the vaginal muscles is a common occurrence after vaginal birth or due to aging. Damage can diminish sensation during romantic activity, reduce satisfaction and change the relationship between partners. ThermiVa treatments use radiofrequency energy to gently heat intimate tissue to reclaim, restore and revive feminine wellness - without discomfort or downtime.

ThermiVa uses a special wand applicator which may be applied externally to labia and vulvar tissues to restore normal tissue tone and function. The specially-designed handpiece may also deliver radiofrequency energy inside the canal to revive atrophic tissue and other structures.

If you feel more "loose" than you'd like, or feel dry during intimacy, this treatment can help. Patients also report increased improvement in bladder control, with less "leaks" when they sneeze, cough or exercise. Also reported: improved, easier physiological release during intimacy.

"Many women sadly report that their intimate relationships change after menopause, resulting in a loss of self confidence and desire," says Dr. Courtenay Poucher of Aesthetic Center or Santa Clarita. Now available in Dr. Poucher's practice, ThermiVa's comfortable, no-anesthesia treatment can change lives in only three 30-minute sessions scheduled one month apart. Patients note a noticeable change after the first or second session and are able to resume intimate relations the same day of treatment.
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