Healthy & Happy
November, 2016 - Issue #145
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Premium Cataract Surgery is Available in Santa Clarita
Cataracts gradually rob you of important visual details in life. Sometimes they seem to occur suddenly and other times they progress so gradually that one doesn't realize what he or she has been missing. Today, cataract surgery can provide better uncorrected vision than what was had before the cataracts developed.

In order to offer the best results in cataract surgery today, an ophthalmologist needs to be experienced with implanting premium lenses and also be an experienced laser vision correction surgeon. Today's lens implants offer the ability to correct near-sightedness, far-sightedness or astigmatism. Commonly, a person is either near-sighted or far-sighted and has astigmatism as well. Multifocal lens implants such as the ReSTor lens allow one to have both distance vision and reading vision without glasses. Astigmatism can be corrected with lens implants or with a corneal astigmatism relaxing procedure.

Higher degrees of astigmatism may need to be corrected with laser vision correction in addition to cataract surgery. It is important that your surgeon discuss the full range of options available to you. If you're considering cataract surgery, you can reduce or eliminate your dependence on glasses. Imagine being able to wear non-prescription sunglasses for a change or being able to hike or cycle without glasses. Helm Vision Group has a state-of-the-art surgery center and a state-of-the-art laser for laser vision correction in the same building; they are the only center in Santa Clarita to offer these services.
Helm Vision Group 259-3937
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Improve Intimacy with Non-surgical Treatment for Post-menopausal Symptoms
Dryness, discomfort and disinterest can be treated with ThermiVa, a non-surgical, non-hormonal, pain-free treatment that doesn't require 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 vulva 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. 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.
Aesthetic Center of Santa Clarita 312-0497

Don't Miss!
Final Opportunities to Benefit the Sheila R. Veloz Breast Center in October

Your participation in the events listed will help fund state-of-the-art equipment and ensure women in our community have access to superior technology for breast cancer detection.

Pink Ribbon Month
Pink ribbon lapel pins can be purchased from Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital's gift shop, the Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital Foundation offices and the Sheila R. Veloz Breast Center. The pins are available for $5.

Cobblestone Cottage Brighton Breast Cancer Awareness Jewelry
Cobblestone Cottage features special Brighton Power of Pink jewelry to promote Breast Cancer Awareness. A portion from each piece sold will be donated to the Sheila R. Veloz Breast Center.

Ma Maison Breast Cancer Awareness Mugs
Purchase a Breast Cancer Awareness mug (hot or cold) during the month of October and Ma Maison in Old Town Newhall will donate a portion of the proceeds to the Sheila R. Veloz Breast Center.

The Carole Hunt Memorial "Bingo or Bust" on October 26
Enjoy a night of Bingo and great appetizers during this special fundraiser from 6 to 9:30pm. The event will be held at Henry Mayo Education Center on the hospital campus. Buy-in is only $35 prepaid and $45 at the door and includes two cards and refreshments. Additional cards are $5 each or three for $10. In addition to helping a great cause, the night provides multiple chances for winning great prizes. For reservations, register online at via the calendar at the bottom of the page.
Sheila R. Veloz Breast Center 200-1099
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Understanding Hearing Loss and Hearing Screenings
Around 37 million people suffer from hearing loss - and that number grows yearly. Common kinds of hearing losses are nerve damage, ear drum damage, fluid or wax in the middle ear, or even a broken bone. A complimentary hearing evaluation is the first step to finding out if it is a hearing loss or just wax. If the problem is medically treatable, your audiologist can make a proper recommendation to your physician. If it is not medically treatable can provide you with the proper solution for your individual situation.

Getting a hearing test early is more important than ever. If you wait too long to find out, other medical issues may come into play. Dementia and Alzheimer's have even been linked to hearing loss. There are different ways to test hearing and determine if there is hearing loss through screenings and through audiological evaluations. Advanced Audiology helps their community by giving free hearing screenings; the screening is a pass/fail test where you are tested with different tones. If you don't respond at a certain level, it means you do have a certain degree of hearing loss and you would fail the hearing screening. An audiologist will do a full diagnostic evaluation if you fail the screening to determine whether it is a permanent loss or a medically-treatable issue. The full, complete test allows you and your hearing team to see how you understand speech in quiet and noise and whether it has to be amplified for you to hear it. An Exact Match Hearing Process tm distinct to Advanced Audiology, can partner you with a hearing solution that matches your hearing needs, lifestyle and budget.
Nola Aronson's Advanced Audiology 425-9330

You're Never too Old to Exercise
You've likely heard it from your parents: "I'm way too old to exercise." Well, here's your response: "Oh no you're not!" In fact, exercise for seniors is vital. Research shows that regular exercise can ward off "silent strokes," prevent falls, manage incontinence and even improve memory. At Home Instead Senior Care, their goal is to keep their clients moving in any way that's possible and enjoyable for them, because exercise - or movement in general - should be ongoing, effective, challenging and fun. So, what are they used to in terms of hobbies or recreation? What would they like that would be both mentally and physically stimulating? If the client is social, then helping them take a regular, low-impact exercise class can be healthy and emotionally uplifting. If they prefer more solitary activities, then slow, quiet walks in a lovely environment, or just around the block, can keep muscles moving and distract from depression. Sustained motivation is the key and it's the goal of their caregivers with each and every client.
Home Instead Senior Care for Santa Clarita and Antelope Valleys 254-8701

The Key to Good Health in Old Age: Just Keep Moving
Many older people attribute their good health to this philosophy: "Just keep moving." Here's how Visiting Angels helps senior clients stay active while dealing with the effects of aging. You can use the same tips with your aging loved ones, or arrange for a caregiver who can provide families with the confidence that their loved one is being well cared for when they can't be there themselves.
accompany seniors on walks transport them to activities and classes like swim therapy and events at the senior center assist with an exercise program as recommended by their physical therapist or physician encourage engagement in activities at home like gardening.
Visiting Angels 263-CARE

Eye Strain, Headache and Blurred Vision could be Computer Vision Syndrome
Any amount of screen time requires focusing at what is called an "intermediate distance." Sustaining focus at this distance to accomplish detailed tasks strains our focusing muscles and can eventually result in symptoms of Computer Vision Syndrome. A comprehensive eye exam can help diagnose this condition. Even just updating your prescription and scheduling regular breaks from your screen can greatly reduce eye strain. But if that does not bring enough relief, you might want to consider computer glasses. Customized computer glasses can help reduce the amount of focusing power (accommodation) required to view screens. This will help your eyes comfortably focus for longer periods of time. Specialized coatings and tints can also help reduce glare and potentially-harmful short-wavelength or "blue" light from screens.
Helm Vision Group 259-3937

Saturday | November 5, 2016
Six Flags Magic Mountain Hosts Step Out Walk to Stop Diabetes

Get ready to walk in the 2016 Step Out Walk to Stop Diabetes benefiting the American Diabetes Association! This one-day signature fundraising walk provides an opportunity for employees, friends and family to come together for a fun, healthy activity. This also marks a rare opportunity for walkers to traverse the park prior to opening and have the option of walking with their canine friends. Raise $100 or more and receive an event t-shirt and a free ticket to Six Flags Magic Mountain to be used the day of the event. Every dollar raised through Step Out plays an important role in supporting the Association's mission to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. Register online.
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