• AGING MATTERS: Meeting senior concerns and needs

    By Carol Marak

    Senior living and housing expenses are significant concerns for older individuals when aging alone, and topics like affordable shelter, transportation, isolation, and lack of connections hold anxiety.

  • ‘Spirituality plays a significant part in recovery’

    Mark LaPalme hopes Chaplin’s old school will help him offer drug addicts a new lease on life.

    LaPalme, a former addict himself, is the founder and chief executive officer of Isaiah House, a substance abuse rehabilitation program in Willisburg, which is in the process of buying The Golden Leaf Center, formerly the Chaplin School, from owner Charles Howard to be the home of two licensed and accredited short-term residential treatment centers.

    They would serve as tributaries for Isaiah House’s long-term treatment program.

  • ‘Mobile clinic’ proposed for Nelson County Schools

    If a contract with Communicare is approved at the district’s July 18 board meeting, Nelson County Schools could soon have access to health services to benefit students, staff and families.

    The proposal was made for a physical health services agreement at the July 6 working session and was well received by the board.

    “This is really going to be providing that additional level of service to our students,” board member Damon Jackey said.

  • Breast cancer fundraiser brings survivors together

    Ellen Lydian has struggled with cancer since 1997. Over the past two decades, she has gone through a double mastectomy, chemotherapy, radiation and stem cell treatments. Now, she’s cancer-free.

    But others continue to live with breast cancer, so Lydian sourced donations from local businesses and held a fundraiser at St. Monica Church Saturday afternoon. It included a silent auction, a bra decorating station and a table with candles for those who had lost their own battles.

  • Summer safety encouraged

    With summer upon us, KentuckyOne Health is encouraging all Kentuckians to stay safe while enjoying outdoor activities. Many people often think of the dangers associated with swimming during summer months, but everyday activities such as gardening, mowing the lawn, grilling, and riding a bicycle or skateboard can also be dangerous — especially for children. Following safety guidelines can help avoid traumatic injury while enjoying time outdoors.

    Gardening/mowing the lawn

  • AGING MATTERS: Financial paperwork elderly parents should have on hand

    Carol Marak

    Aging Advocate, Editor at SeniorCare.com

    Your elderly parents need help keeping their financial paperwork in order. You want to help, but you don’t know what information you need to have and where to keep it.

    To help us understand how to help elderly parents with their financial paperwork, we contacted Dr. Cathleen V. Carr. She holds a doctorate in regenerative medicine, is a lawyer, lifetime caregiver, and the founder and Executive Director of CertifiedCare.com.

  • Urgent care center coming to Bardstown

    First Care Clinics will soon offer another option for those who need to see a doctor on short notice.

    The company, based in Nashville, is quickly spreading its footprint in Kentucky, where it opened its first clinic two and a half years ago, and currently has four under construction, including the one being built in Bardstown on John Rowan Boulevard in front of Kroger.

    Rob Pantoja, founder and CEO of First Care Clinics, and Dr. Jill Obremsky, chief medical officer, visited the Bardstown construction site Thursday.

  • Smoking has a negative impact on bone health

    Dr. Mark Duber

    Kentucky One Health

    By now, most people are aware of the negative effects of smoking. From increased risk of cancer, stroke, heart disease, emphysema, asthma and more, smoking’s ill health effects are known by many. But did you know that smoking also has negative effects when it comes to your bones and muscles? Smoking slows bone healing, both in the short term and the long term, because it restricts circulation and lowers blood oxygen levels, and also leads to a number of other musculoskeletal problems.

  • Patients with mental disorders get half of all opioid prescriptions

    By Vickie Connor

    Kaiser Health News

    Adults with a mental illness receive more than 50 percent of the 115 million opioid prescriptions in the United States annually, according to a study released Monday. The results prompted researchers to suggest that improving pain management for people with mental health problems “is critical to reduce national dependency on opioids.”

    People with mental health disorders represent 16 percent of the U.S. population.

  • Don’t let summer strain your back


    Summer is the time when everyone dives into yard work and takes family vacations. But all that time spent bending, lifting and traveling can strain your back, spine experts say.

    An estimated 3.7 million Americans sought care for back pain and injuries at doctors’ offices in the summer of 2014, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

    “Many back injuries occur from sudden movements during daily activities such as bending, lifting and twisting,” said Dr. Afshin Razi, a spokesperson for the academy.