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Delnor offers rehabilitation services program

Appointments can now be made for new memory, behavior clinic

Memory complaints are a common problem. Although memory complaints can affect people of all ages, they are more common in older individuals. With the aging of the population, memory problems will become an increasingly important clinical issue.

Early diagnosis and treatment is essential for effective management.

Delnor’s Memory and Behavior Clinic is a specialized service for people who are experiencing memory loss and related functional changes.

What causes memory loss?
People do experience normal age-related changes in memory as they get older. It is not normal, however, to experience such significant impairment of memory that independent function is impaired or safety is compromised, nor is it normal to experience significant changes in mood, personality or behavior.

Abnormal memory loss may be due to treatable conditions such as depression, infection, nutritional deficiency and medication interaction. With proper diagnosis and treatment, such a condition can improve. Memory loss may also be due to a progressive illness like Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia (a series of small strokes), Parkinson’s disease or another related condition.

Delnor’s approach to memory care
Delnor’s approach to memory care is a collaborative effort between Delnor Psychological Services and Suburban Neurology Group, LLC. It allows the patient with memory-related symptoms and behaviors to receive a comprehensive evaluation by a multidisciplinary team of specialists in one convenient location. Test results are available in a timely manner, which enables the team to develop an individualized plan of high quality care for the patient.

On clinic days, patients and their families or caregivers can schedule appointments with a team of specialists that include a board-certified neurologist, a clinical neuropsychologist, a physician’s assistant and a nurse navigator. The need for additional testing (i.e. blood work, CT scan, MRI, neuropsychological testing) is determined at that time and scheduled accordingly. When all testing is complete, the patient and family meet with the team to discuss findings, recommendations and treatment options.

How to schedule an appointment
Appointments are now being taken for the first clinic day on Thursday, June 11. Call (630) 524-5845. Clinics will be held on a monthly basis. For intake packets, please call (630) 524-5845 or visit www.delnor.com under the Psychological Services/Services Provided page.

Schedule an appointment today for
Thursday, June 11, call (630) 524-5845
Clinics will be held on a monthly basis
For intake packets, please call (630) 524-5845
or visit www.delnor.com

Delnor will host Cancer Survivor’s Day celebration

National Cancer Survivors Day is an annual, worldwide event celebrating life after a cancer diagnosis. The National Cancer Survivors Day Foundation defines a “survivor” as anyone living with a history of cancer-from the moment of diagnosis onward.

If you are a cancer survivor, the Cancer Care Team at Delnor Community Hospital in Geneva invites you to join them on Sunday, June 7, at Elfstrom Stadium in Geneva, the home of the Kane County Cougars to enjoy a free lunch and a day at the ballpark. The Kane County Cougars will take on the Peoria Chiefs. Lunch is at 11:00 a.m., and the game starts at 1 p.m.

Seats are limited. Call to reserve your seats at (630) 208-3993.

Never fail a ‘get fit’ resolution again

by Gwen Allen

            Many Americans will resolve to be healthy and fit in the New Year, some will succeed, but unfortunately more will fail. The problem is this resolution requires many small changes to achieve a much larger goal.

            Erick Dodendorf, who is a personal trainer and co-owner with Brian Monaghan of Fitness Together in Geneva, said the biggest mistake made by those who vow to “lose weight” or “get fit” are, “They jump in the deep end without knowing how to swim.”

            “Another problem is there is a lot of pressure with new year resolutions, people tend to be too hard on themselves and do too much too quick, so they are more likely to fail,” Dodendorf said. “This is a lifestyle change (not a quick fix), so with a little education first, they are more likely to stick with it and see results.”

            Before starting an exercise plan, he said people should consult a professional or at least do some research. Then set a plan that includes many small goals, or benchmarks, to achieve the bigger goal. An example is a small goal to exercise just 10 minutes every other day, eventually leading up to five days a week.

            It is also important to understand that exercise is a part of life that needs to happen every day, in one way or another. Whether it’s in the form of jogging, playing outdoors with the kids, shoveling the driveway or going to the gym.

            Dodendorf recommends alternating three and a half hours of aerobic activity and an hour and half of anaerobic (muscle toning) exercise a week just to maintain fitness.

            “The trick is to keep challenging yourself, while staying within your limits,” Dodendorf said. “If you stay realistic and are accountable for yourself, then you will be successful.”

            Though exercise is a key component in a healthy lifestyle, it alone cannot fulfill a New Year’s resolution to lose weight or become fit. Nutrition is important, too.

            Sandi Hunter, a registered dietitian for Delnor Community Hospital in Geneva, said people fail with diets in much the same way that they fail with a fitness program, because they try to do too much too quickly.

            Hunter said people jump into fad diets, and while they may work temporarily, they do not offer permanent results. So she said it is best to forget the word “diet” altogether and focus on nutrition.

            What does this mean? Good nutrition comes from all five food groups, with just a little tweaking. Instead of their unhealthy alternatives, opt for whole wheat, lean cuts of meat, healthy fats (olive, canola oil or fish oils), low-fat dairy, fruits and vegetables. Try to stay away from trans and saturated fats.

            “Don’t think of it as something restrictive, just think of it as being more healthy,” Hunter said. “It’s really about making better choices.”

            And don’t worry about an occasional cookie or brownie; Hunter said a healthy diet allows for a splurge here and there. Once you have achieved your ideal weight, she said a good rule of thumb is to make good choices 80 percent of the time while making moderate choices 20 percent of the time.

            If it is difficult to remember your choices, keep a journal. Record your eating and exercise habits and remember that in the end, it boils down to a simple math problem.

            Eat more than you burn off and you will gain weight, eat less then you burn off and you will lose weight.

            So instead of a resolution that vows to lose weight, set one to get healthy, remain optimistic and unpack those skinny jeans, because you may need them again.