Healthy & Happy
June, 2018 - Issue #165
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Remember, You're Never too Old
Did you know that May is Older Americans Month? That's right, those ages 55 or older get a month to celebrate themselves, thanks to the US Administration on Aging. Take a look at the OAM website: It's filled with activities and resources to help people age and engage gracefully and joyfully! What a great way to start this summer - taking part in activities with friends and family or online, that promote both physical and mental wellbeing for everyone. Share your selfies, walk with friends (In hot weather, choose the mall!), take a class at the senior center, join the Y, or volunteer through the Senior Corps to work with RSVP or the Senior Companion Program. This year's OAM theme, "Engage at Every Age," emphasizes the importance of being active and involved, no matter where or when you are in life. Remember, you are never too old to make a difference in your own life, or in the lives of others.
Home Instead Senior Care for Santa Clarita and Antelope Valleys 254-8701

Maria de Leon, MD, is Bringing Quality Cancer Care to Local Communities
As a surgeon and gynecologic oncologist at the City of Hope community practice sites in the Antelope Valley, Santa Clarita and Mission Hills, Maria de Leon, MD, has a job that meshes perfectly with her lifelong ambition - providing medical care where it's most needed.
"When I joined City of Hope, their mission was to take their quality of care to the community," she said, and some of the areas they serve are relatively impoverished. "The patients are so appreciative of what we do for them, because if we weren't there, I don't think many of them would get the kind of service we're able to provide."
De Leon has an easy charm, punctuated frequently by a delightful laugh, so it's no surprise to learn that she's a people person, someone for whom relationships are an important part of medicine - and what's unique about being both a gynecological oncologist and a surgeon is that she is with her patients thorough every phase of their cancer journey.
"Often you have a medical and surgical physician managing a patient. But a gynecologic oncologist is trained to do both, and this makes our subspecialty unique," she said. "You're there from diagnosis to surgery to chemotherapy, so you build a relationship with those patients and with their families as well. Being a part of that is amazing," de Leon continued. "I'm so grateful that I get the opportunity to do this work."
City Of Hope 799-1999
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Celebrating Women's Health & Better Hearing & Communication Months
May serves as an opportunity for awareness and advocacy for two important issues: women's health and better hearing and communication. Women, often perceived by themselves and others as the primary caregivers, sometimes struggle with making their health a priority. If you, or someone you love, seems to be dealing with hearing loss, remember: free baseline hearing check ups are available! This is especially important for women who may have undergone chemotherapy, as hearing loss can be a side effect. Understanding that hearing health exams and maintenance are just as important as the others people so easily schedule for themselves each year - like dental cleanings, physicals and the like - is the first step in reducing or eliminating the possible negative implications of hearing loss, like increased likelihood of depression, as well as a reduction in compensation in the workplace. Hearing loss is the third most common public health issue in the US; education about the topic is key to your overall health. Your local audiologist can be an essential resource.
Nola Aronson's Advanced Audiology 425-9330

Start a New Healthcare Career in just 10 Weeks
Are you thinking of changing careers? Do you want a roadmap that puts you on the fast-track to a rewarding job, in an industry that's always in high demand? Dental assisting could be your ticket! The US Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the job outlook for Dental Assisting from 2012 to 2022 is 25 percent. That's a lot faster than the 11-percent average growth rate for all occupations. What's more, most dentists, dental hygienists, treatment coordinators and office managers begin their careers as dental assistants.
If you're looking for a school that provides hands-on training in a real state-of-the- art dental office, look no further than the Santa Clarita School of Dental Assisting (SCSDA). Located at 27450 Tourney Road, Suite 250 in Valencia, the school offers a 10-week intensive and highly-interactive course that won't interfere with your current job. As an SCSDA graduate, you will receive your Dental Assisting Certification, California State Dental Radiology Certification and Medical CPR License. Other courses offered include Coronal Polishing, Pit and Fissure and Radiology.
"My experience at SCSDA was amazing," says Jenna Kelly, an SCSDA graduate who is currently attending the USC School of Dentistry and is now on her way to becoming a dentist. "My instructors were all intelligent and energetic, and they made me excited to go to class. Out of my entire academic career, SCSDA is by far my favorite."
Interested? Their next open house is May 24.Classes begin June 2.
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