Your Health Matters: What’d You Say?

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Meet Jean Kuszajewski, Senior Health Clinic Manager

Washington Regional Senior Health Clinic is happy to announce that Ms. Jean Kuszajewski has joined our team as the Clinic Manager. She is currently pursuing her MBA from the University of Phoenix.

Jean was born in the grand state of Michigan (Go Blue!), in the cold month of January. She was blessed to have grown up on a large inland lake just a few miles from Lake Huron. She started her career in healthcare in 2002 working in mid-Michigan for a community health center.

Five years later, Jean accepted a job at Saint Luke’s Health System in Kansas City, Mo., as a business supervisor for internal medicine. She later transitioned into the role of a practice manager over urology clinics. She fell in love with BBQ, jazz, and the culture of the city.

After six years, Jean had the opportunity to advance her career, so she packed up and traveled to southern Indiana where she worked as a practice administrator overseeing OB/GYN clinics for St. Mary’s Health Center, which is part of the Ascension Health System. If she had waited one more month, she could have attended the World Series and watched the Kansas City Royals win!

After two years, Jean missed the city she fell in love with. She accepted a position as a practice manager overseeing family medical clinics at St. Joseph Medical Center, owned by Prime Healthcare, and once again packed up and moved back to Kansas City.

While living in Kansas City, Jean attended Razorback games with friends and soon found she enjoyed all the outdoor activities NWA has to offer. As much as she loved Kansas City, she also fell in love with NWA. One day, while talking to a girlfriend/colleague who grew up in Fayetteville, Jean realized this would be a fantastic place to work and play. Her friend told her about Washington Regional, and after looking at their career section, she applied for a position at the Senior Clinic. She received a call to schedule a phone interview. After that interview, she knew this was her calling. She had the pleasure of doing a second onsite interview with some of the physicians and administrative leaders. She was very impressed with the warm southern welcoming of both the facility and those with which she interviewed. She left that day with a great feeling that this is where she wanted to plant her feet and become part of a health system that truly meets the needs of the community.

In her spare time, Jean enjoys traveling and spending time with family and friends.

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12 Summer Safety Tips for Seniors

By Gillian Kruse to Featured Articles at

Stay Hydrated

Seniors are more susceptible to dehydration because they lose their ability to conserve water as they age. They can also become less aware of their thirst and have difficulty adjusting to temperature changes. Drink water often!

Talk to Your Doctor 

Check with your doctor to make sure medications won’t be affected by higher temperatures — especially if you don’t have air conditioning in your home. Some medications are less effective if stored at temperatures higher than 78 degrees Fahrenheit.

Keep Your Cool

Even small increases in temperature can shorten the life expectancy for seniors who are coping with chronic medical conditions. Contact your local Area Agency on Aging to inquire if there are programs to assist seniors with fewer resources to get air conditioners.

Stay in Touch

Seniors should let friends and family know if they plan to spend an extended period of time outdoors. “Caregivers should check on the health and welfare of their loved ones at least twice a day,” suggests Dr. Javed of HealthCare Partners Medical Group.

Meet Your Neighbors

Seniors may want to ask if a younger neighbor can come by and check on them occasionally.

Know Who to Call

Prepare a list of emergency phone numbers and place them in an easy to access area. This way, help can be called quickly, preventing medical problems from getting worse.

Wear the Right Stuff

When it’s warm out, some people find natural fabrics to be cooler than synthetic fibers. Stock your summer wardrobe with light-colored and loose-fitting clothes.

Protect Your Eyes

Too much exposure to the sun can irritate eyes and cause eye damage. Wearing sunglasses can protect your eyes from harmful UV rays.

Know the Risks of Hyperthermia

Heat stroke is an advanced form of hyperthermia that can be life-threatening. Get medical attention immediately if you or anyone you know is experiencing these symptoms:

  • Body temperature greater than 104 degrees
  • A change in behavior
  • Dry, flushed skino Nausea and vomiting
  • Headacheo Heavy breathing or rapid pulse
  • Not sweating, even if it’s hot out
  • Fainting

Sunscreen and Hats

Seniors should wear sunscreen when outdoors. Hats are also a great idea, especially for those with light colored or thinning hair.

Apply Bug Spray

Seniors are particularly prone to West Nile Virus and encephalitis. If you live in areas where there are a lot of mosquitoes and where West Nile Virus is present, and if you spend a lot of time outdoors, use mosquito repellent to help reduce the risk of getting bit by a mosquito carrying this virus.

Exercise Smart

Consider getting outdoor exercise earlier in the morning or later in the evening when the sun is not at its peak.

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Caregiver Stress: How to Minimize Its Effects


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About Arthritis: what does it mean and how is it treated?

Aug 2015 Arthritis

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Cardiac Rehab Support Group Monthly Meetings

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Whole-Wheat Blueberry Muffins

Many fruit muffins gain their sweetness from added sugar and have only a small amount of real fruit. Plus they are typically made with all-purpose flour. By switching from all-purpose flour to whole-wheat flour and adding lots of fruit to these muffins, you end up with 3 grams of fiber in each serving. Additionally, the recipe relies on the natural sweetness of fruit, thus eliminating the need for much added sugar.

Simple Swap: Buttermilk actually contains no butter, as it is basically the sour milk that results from the curdling of the milk proteins. Buttermilk is used frequently in baking. Rather than buying buttermilk, make your own. Simply mix together one cup of low-fat milk and one tablespoon of white vinegar. Let it sit for about 3 to 5 minutes, and the proteins will begin to curdle.

Nonstick cooking spray or 12 paper cupcake liners, for greasing or lining the muffin tin
2 cups whole-wheat flour
½ cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
¾ cup low-fat milk plus 1 tablespoon white vinegar (buttermilk)
2 large egg whites
2 tablespoons melted unsalted margarine (such as Earth Balance Natural Buttery Spread) or butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups frozen or fresh blueberries

1. Preheat the oven to 400°F.
2. Coat the wells of a 12-cup muffin tin with the cooking spray or line the wells with the paper cupcake liners.
3. In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt and mix well.
4. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture. Add the buttermilk, egg whites, margarine and vanilla extract, and stir until well combined.
5. Fold in the blueberries.
6. Spoon the batter into the wells of the prepared muffin tin, so that each well is about two-thirds full.
7. Bake for 20 to 23 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle of a muffin comes out clean.

Makes: 12 muffins

Nutrition (per serving): 130 calories, 2 grams fat, 0 grams saturated fat, 0 grams trans fat, 0 milligrams cholesterol, 410 milligrams sodium,28 grams carbohydrates, 3 grams fiber, 12 grams sugar, 4 grams protein

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