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Health

  • Families discuss reservations, realizations of starting hospice care

    This is the third in a series about Hospice of Nelson County, a look at those who are dying and the individuals who care for them in those final moments.

    Sarah Jean Carrico spent her life caring for others. A widow for nearly 40 years, she cared for her six children, her community and her parents. Two years ago, when Carrico’s health continued to decline after a cancer diagnosis, Dr. Matthew Stiles approached the family about hospice care.

  • Winter weather can increase risk of heart-related illness

    Flaget Memorial Hospital, part of KentuckyOne Health, is encouraging the public to educate themselves about heart health for the winter months.

    Due to physical and environmental factors, Americans are more than 30 percent more likely to suffer a heart attack during the winter, which is why it is important to protect your heart as temperatures drop.

  • AGING MATTERS: Advice from aging experts

    Preparing for the aging issues adults face takes time and thought. Even family members have a lot to consider when preparing to give care.

    For seniors, we need answers to: Have I saved enough? Who will take care of me? How do I remain healthy? Is it possible to avoid isolation? Where can I find support? These are just a few, but it’s a good place to begin.

  • ‘I never thought I’d do hospice’

    This is the second in a series about Hospice of Nelson County, a look at those who are dying and the individuals who care for them in those final moments.

     

    For many who go into the medical field, work is about saving lives. But for those who work in hospice care, it’s about improving them to the very last moment.

  • ‘Adding life to their days’

    This is the first in a series about Hospice of Nelson County, a look at those who are dying and the individuals who care for them in those final moments.

    Though their call sometimes means a person is approaching his final moments, hospice care is about living as much as it is about dying. That is what staff at Hospice of Nelson County have learned over the years as they work to help terminally ill patients find closure in a terminal diagnosis.

  • New year, new reach

    Low-income residents have been able to receive prescription assistance from the Nelson County Community Clinic for the past few years, but now they will have access to free over-the-counter medications and other supplies as well.

    In November, the clinic partnered with Feeding America Kentucky’s Heartland to receive a monthly delivery of various health-related items.

    “They do this with their Elizabethtown clinic,” said NCCC director Paula Travis. “They suggested us.”

  • Anterior hip replacement offers faster recovery

    By Dr. Mark Duber

    Whether you have osteoporosis or an injury of the hip joint, you may be dealing with pain that makes even the simple task of walking difficult. Each year in the United States, more than 300,000 people have hip replacement surgery to ease their hip pain. In most cases, patients feel better almost immediately.

    While there are a variety of treatment options for patients to choose from when it comes to having surgery, anterior hip replacement may offer some advantages.

  • Tips to avoid the flu

    By Carol Marak

    The flu season is here, and family caregivers are susceptible to the nasty viral infection because they don’t prepare as they should to keep aging loved ones and themselves flu-free.

  • NARFE officials dicuss changes to 2017 health care
  • Bardstown approves syringe exchange

    Nelson County’s syringe exchange for heroin addicts and other intravenous drug users should be operational by this summer, public health officials said after the Bardstown City Council passed a resolution supporting it.