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OREGON HEARING SOLUTIONS - Scott JohnsonCould heart disease and hearing loss be linked?

In a word, yes. A growing body of research suggests that cardiovascular health and hearing health are frequently connected, according to the Better Hearing Institute.

Although the jury is still out on why there is a link between hearing health and your cardiovascular system (your heart, arteries, and veins), studies have shown that inadequate blood flow caused by cardiovascular disease can contribute to hearing loss.

Perhaps even more alarmingly, it has been suggested that patients with low-frequency hearing loss are at an elevated risk for cardiovascular events like heart disease or stroke.

Low-frequency hearing loss can go unidentified by afflicted patients because its symptoms are less noticeable than other types of hearing loss. Patients may struggle to hear in noisy rooms or in group settings, but information derived from sounds in the middle and high frequencies can mask low frequency hearing loss.

That’s why it’s important for anyone, especially those age 40 and older, to have routine, comprehensive hearing evaluations performed at Oregon Hearing Solutions.

In addition to heart disease, hearing loss is frequently associated with other physical, mental, and emotional health conditions. Patients who address their hearing loss better their quality of life, improving everything from their job performance to their professional and interpersonal relationships.

If you or a loved one are showing signs of hearing loss, call us today or visit www.oregonhearing.com/ to set up a comprehensive hearing evaluation; we’ll help you enjoy more of the years ahead.

Oregon Hearing Solutions

21323 SW Sherwood Blvd.

Sherwood, OR 97140

503-625-4111

www.oregonhearing.com/

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GENTOG - Marcie JonesDo you know someone living with Parkinson’s Disease?

My dad is currently dealing with life at the later stages of this complex, frustrating condition. When I asked him what someone could do to brighten his day, he had this advice:

“Come visit me. I crave company. Sitting in a chair or lying in bed all day can be pretty boring. Having someone to talk to is a welcome distraction. So come visit.

Please understand that my body does not always respond to my brain. Sometimes I really cannot move. Be patient with me when that happens.

If I start to not make sense, remember that sometimes my brain gets foggy. Even if I carried on a great conversation this morning, this afternoon I may not recognize where I am or remember what we’re doing. I hate this fog. Please understand when it happens.

If you’re so inclined, feel free to touch my shoulder, shake my hand, give me a hug. Being touched is something every human craves, and that need does not go away when a disease takes over.

If we’ve been friends for years, and you knew me when I was healthy and strong, please remember that version of me. Don’t pity me. I’m trying to live proudly with Parkinson’s. Treat me like you always have. Talk to me like you used to. I’d love to hear about your most recent project, or your grandkids or your fishing trip. Help me to feel like the old me for a few minutes. That gift is priceless.”

If someone you love is living with advanced Parkinson’s Disease, Gentog offers a safe, fun place to spend time with people who know and understand. Call us today at 503-639-2600.

Gentog

11535 SW Durham Rd #C5

Tigard, OR 97224

503-639-2600

www.gentog.com/

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OREGON HEARING SOLUTIONS - Dr. Scott JohnsonDo you suspect you might have hearing loss? Curious about the benefits of hearing devices? Long-time hearing aid user, but need to upgrade? This special opportunity is just for you.

As an audiologist, I’m always researching the latest products, trends, and innovations in hearing devices. But more than anything, I’m interested in how these hearing aids function in the real world.

With that in mind, I’m excited to announce a special promotion I’m offering exclusively through this column. For a limited time, I’ll be offering hearing screenings and loaning out the latest in hearing aid technology — absolutely free!

If you qualify, you’ll receive a complimentary hearing evaluation and custom-programmed, state-of-the-art hearing devices for a one-month trial period. The trial includes weekly check-up appointments where we’ll discuss how the hearing aids are performing and overall satisfaction with the product. Each volunteer will fill out a few brief questionnaires, and of course, all users of loaned devices accept financial responsibility in case of loss or damage.

That’s it! All I need is your honest opinion and feedback concerning your experience using the latest in hearing aid technology.

Why would I offer this program free of charge? Simple. I’m committed to providing the best solutions for hearing loss that work in real life. Guaranteed.

This program will only be available for a limited time, so don’t delay. Give us a call and take advantage of this exciting opportunity today.

Oregon Hearing Solutions

2123 SW Sherwood Blvd.

Sherwood, OR 97140

503-625-4111

www.oregonhearing.com/

Brought to you by Marcie Jones, Gentog - Senior Daytime Respite Care INSIDER -


GENTOG - Marcie JonesI believe that we should spend time every day with people that are NOT our own age. At Gentog, I’m blessed to do that. Here are some things I’ve learned that can be helpful to Family Caregivers:

Student, Age 5: When grandma gets mad at me, I giggle. If I giggle, she’ll giggle too (and forget that she is mad).

Volunteer, Age 15: “If I speak softly and politely, people smile and listen. If I’m too loud, things don’t go so well.”

Employee, Age 25: “Pitching in to help before they get frustrated keeps the day peaceful.”

Parent, Age 35: “It DOES take a village to raise my child and all I have to do is ask for help – someone will be there.”

Employee, Age 45: “You look great. I’ve been praying for you.” Simple words that immediately ease the tension in someone’s face.

Client’s daughter, Age 55: “Just knowing there will be relief when I bring her here on Monday helps me get through the weekend.”

Employee, Age 65: “Just being here, helping people, gives me purpose. I need this.”

Client, Age 75: “Good food, good music, good friends. Who could ask for more?”

Client, Age 85: “Hello, friend. I’ve been waiting for you.” Words that bring a smile every time.

Client, Age 95: “Sometimes you just have to get in and have a little fun.”

Step out of your comfort zone this week. Talk to someone that is NOT your own age. You’ll be surprised what you can learn!

Gentog

11535 SW Durham Rd. No. C5

Tigard, OR 97224

503-639-2600

www.gentog.com/

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GENTOG - Marcie JonesWe all need a little inspiration. I’ve found that it is helpful to have a book or two on the bedside table that I can reach for when my spirits need a lift. Today I have 3 book suggestions for family caregivers.

Creating Moments of Joy by Jolene Brackey, encourages us to look beyond the challenges of Alzheimer's disease and focus more of our energy on creating moments of joy. We can’t always create a perfect day with someone who has dementia, but it is absolutely attainable to create some wonderful moments. This is an easy to read book, full of ideas and inspiration.

Color Yourself Happy was created by local artist Tara Reed. It is a coloring book for grown-ups who want to focus on being happy. Every picture has the word "Happy" in it. Just like in life, sometimes it is large and easy to spot and other times it's small and hidden. This book features 50 happy illustrations - 25 sayings and 25 designs. Coloring can be very therapeutic!

Bring Back the Fun by Marcie Jones is a compilation of ideas from my personal experience as the primary caregiver for my Gram, as well as the ideas that are used successfully every day at Gentog. The reading of this book is intended to be fun as well...it is written from the perspective of the person with dementia...mostly in the voice of my feisty Gram. You are sure to find several ideas that you can put to use right away. 

All of these titles can be purchased through Amazon.com. Life as a caregiver really can include the words Joy, Happy and Fun…find out how with these books.

Gentog

11535 SW Durham Rd #C5, Tigard, OR 97224

(503) 639-2600

www.gentog.com

Brought to you by Dr. Scott Johnson - Oregon Hearing Solutions - HEARING INSIDER -


OREGON HEARING SOLUTIONS - Dr. Scott JohnsonDo you suspect you might have hearing loss? Curious about the benefits of hearing devices? Long-time hearing aid user, but need to upgrade? This special opportunity is just for you.

As an audiologist, I’m always researching the latest products, trends, and innovations in hearing devices. But more than anything, I’m interested in how these hearing aids function in the real world.

With that in mind, I’m excited to announce a special promotion I’m offering exclusively through this column. For a limited time, I’ll be offering hearing screenings and loaning out the latest in hearing aid technology—absolutely free!

If you qualify, you’ll receive a complimentary hearing evaluation and custom programmed, state-of-the-art hearing devices for a one month trial period. The trial includes weekly check-up appointments where we’ll discuss how the hearing aids are performing and overall satisfaction with the product. Each volunteer will fill out a few brief questionnaires, and of course, all users of loaned devices accept financial responsibility in case of loss or damage.

That’s it! All I need is your honest opinion and feedback concerning your experience using the latest in hearing aid technology.

Why would I offer this program free of charge? Simple. I’m committed to providing the best solutions for hearing loss that work in real life. Guaranteed.

This program will only be available for a limited time, so don’t delay. Give us a call and take advantage of this exciting opportunity today!

Oregon Hearing Solutions

21323 SW Sherwood Blvd, Sherwood, Oregon 97140

(503) 625-4111

www.oregonhearing.com

Brought to you by Marcie Jones - Gentog - SENIOR DAYTIME RESPITE CARE INSIDER -


GENTOG - Marcie JonesProviding care to your spouse is an act of love and sacrifice. It does not, however, need to be 24 hours per day, every day, to be a true act of love. You can—and should—find time to replenish your soul.

If you never take time for you, there will be nothing left of you to give. Your tenderness, your kindness and your love will begin to lose the battle to impatience and resentment. Without intending to, you’ll stop providing loving care and begin to feel burdened. And he will sense that. Neither of you will be happy.

Finding an alternative for even a few hours a week will make a difference. Studies show that caregivers need at LEAST four hours per week to do something that they enjoy—that will truly replenish their spirit—in order to stay healthy. So how can you find that time? Get creative!

Start with family. Ask your children to come visit Dad so you can get away for a few hours. They might surprise you and say yes!

Ask your friends. Maybe your best friend’s husband would enjoy visiting with your husband while the two of you go to a movie.

Find a professional. In-home care agencies abound. Find one that you trust and make arrangements for a regular caregiver to come in and allow you to go out.

Find an adult day program. While you enjoy your time out, your spouse can actually enjoy making new friends, participating in meaningful activities, exercising and lunching with pals. Imagine that—BOTH of you could enjoy a few hours apart. Imagine how pleasant the evening could be after a day like that.

If you’re looking for a great place for your loved one to spend time while you take time for you…check out the program at Gentog. We’re here for you!

Gentog

11535 SW Durham Rd #C5, Tigard, OR 97224

(503) 639-2600

www.gentog.com

Brought to you by Dr. Scott Johnson - Oregon Hearing Solutions - HEARING CARE INSIDER -


OREGON HEARING SOLUTIONS - Dr. Scott JohnsonThe repercussions of poor decision-making reverberate far longer than our actions. This can be especially hard for younger folks to understand.

This message hits home after learning that Brian Johnson, lead singer of iconic rock-and-roll group AC/DC, can no longer perform with his band.

Johnson recently told CNN that he risked “total deafness” if he continued to perform in large stadiums and arenas. In a statement, he said that he already has difficulty hearing the guitars and other musicians on stage.

Johnson called his new diagnosis his “darkest day.” It’s a poignant reminder that we often don’t appreciate what we have until it’s gone.

The culprit? Sensorineural hearing loss. Damage to the inner ear caused by overexposure to loud noises is usually permanent and cannot be repaired, either by surgery or medication. But, like all forms of noise-induced hearing loss, it is entirely preventable.

Preventing sensorineural hearing loss costs as little as a pair of foam ear plugs. If you or a loved one are routinely exposed to constant loud noise over 85 decibels (about as loud as a vacuum cleaner), make sure to dampen those sounds or leave the area.

The good news? If you have already been diagnosed or suspect you may suffer from noise-induced hearing loss, there are excellent options and technology available to help you regain the sounds you’ve been missing. Give us a call to learn more about sensorineural hearing loss, how it can be prevented, or what to do after being diagnosed.

Oregon Hearing Solutions

21323 SW Sherwood Blvd, Sherwood, Oregon 97140

(503) 625-4111

www.oregonhearing.com

Brought to you by Dr. Scott Johnson - Oregon Hearing Solutions - HEARING CARE INSIDER -


OREGON HEARING SOLUTIONS - Dr. Scott JohnsonMay is Better Hearing & Speech Month, and Dr. Scott Johnson of Oregon Hearing Solutions is partnering with the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association to help educate the general public and promote safe listening habits.

In honor of the month-long advocacy campaign, Dr. Johnson will also offer hearing aid product demonstrations absolutely free of charge. If you’ve considered buying a hearing aid before, or want to experience the quality and clarity of today’s personal sound-amplifying devices, now is the time to visit.

Of special concern to Dr. Johnson is the increasing danger faced by the world’s young people. A new study released by the World Health Organization reports that 1.1 billion children risk hearing loss due to unsafe listening habits.

Noise-induced hearing loss is entirely preventable—but it’s also irreversible. Parents can help prevent hearing loss by limiting headphone usage to one or two hours a day, enforcing “listening breaks,” keeping the volume on MP3 players below the halfway point and modeling good listening behaviors themselves.

“Parents who have any concern about their child’s hearing should schedule a hearing evaluation immediately,” Dr. Johnson says. “Early treatment can help prevent or mitigate many of the negative repercussions from hearing loss, so it is critical that parents not delay.”

Concerned parents can find more information online at www.identifythesigns.org. To schedule a hearing test appointment or for a free product demo, call or stop by Oregon Hearing Solutions today!

Oregon Hearing Solutions

21323 SW Sherwood Blvd, Sherwood, Oregon 97140

(503) 625-4111

www.oregonhearing.com

Brought to you by Marcie Jones - Gentog - SENIOR DAYTIME RESPITE CARE INSIDER -


GENTOG - Marcie JonesWhen you are caring for someone with dementia, they will sometimes react in an angry or aggressive way. As their caregivers, it’s up to us to figure out the trigger for the behavior in order to make things better.

Much like when infants cry, first think about the obvious. Are they in pain or physically uncomfortable (wet/soiled)? Are they uncomfortable with the noise level, the temperature or the amount of activity going on right now? Fix the problem, and hopefully the mood will shift.

But what if they are reacting to how they perceive you? An angry tone or even a stern face can trigger aggression in someone with dementia.

National expert on dementia care Teepa Snow teaches that caregivers need to practice five simple phrases that will acknowledge the person with dementia, accept responsibility, diffuse the situation and restore positive energy.

I’m sorry. I was trying to help.

I’m sorry. I made you upset.

I’m sorry the way I spoke made you feel bad.

I’m sorry that happened!

I’m sorry. This is HARD.

Any of these, spoken in a soft, kind voice, can do the trick. Next time you’re faced with anger from your loved one, take a deep breath and try one of these phrases. “I’m sorry” may be just the magic phrase that you need!!

To read more about dementia care, check out my blog at www.gentog.com.

Gentog

11535 SW Durham Rd #C5, Tigard, OR 97224

(503) 639-2600

www.gentog.com

Brought to you by Marcie Jones - Gentog - SENIOR DAYTIME RESPITE CARE INSIDER -


GENTOG - Marcie JonesOne of the ways I have navigated the care for my parents without feeling alone is by using Facebook. You may think of Facebook as just a silly program on the computer that kids use to gossip and overshare. I recognized the true value of Facebook as I reflected on two separate incidents with my parents.

Twelve years ago, my father had an accident that nearly killed him. That day, as I stood by my mom and worried that my dad would die from his injuries, I desperately needed to reach out to my siblings. They all live far away – and in three very different time zones (California, Virginia and Germany). Getting in touch with each of them and re-telling the story each time, was emotionally draining. They worried and wanted to be updated often, and that was not easy with poor cell reception and odd hours. I felt scared and disconnected, and I felt like all of the responsibility of care rested on my shoulders.

Two years ago my mother was diagnosed with lymphoma. I remember the dread that I felt and that intense need to connect with my siblings immediately. This time I was able to type in the news quickly –just once – and within minutes everyone knew what was happening and began supporting each other. Research began, and was shared. Calendars were checked, travel plans were made. Everyone knew who was flying in to help. Throughout the months of care, we all stay connected daily. Whoever was caring for the folks, kept the others updated. We faced the challenge together as a family, and we used Facebook messaging as our main avenue of communication.

The crisis is past (mom is in remission), but we continue to stay connected daily through Facebook. We share news of kids and grandkids, jobs and health challenges. We share family photos and funny quotes and ideas of all kinds. Sometimes we share publicly so all of our friends can see…sometimes we cry together in private discussions. That’s the beauty of Facebook – so many ways to communicate using just one tool.

As a caregiver, you are often isolated. Facebook is one way to stay connected with the people that you love…and that can make all the difference in the world.

"To read about other ways to use social media as a caregiver, check out my blog at www.gentog.com."

Gentog

11535 SW Durham Rd #C5, Tigard, OR 97224

(503) 639-2600

www.gentog.com

Brought to you by Dr. Scott Johnson - Oregon Hearing Solutions - HEARING INSIDER -


OREGON HEARING SOLUTIONS - Dr. Scott JohnsonHearing loss—the third most common physical ailment after arthritis and heart disease—affects over 48 million Americans. By age 65, more than a third of us experience some form of auditory impairment.

But despite its widespread presence, far too many hearing loss cases go untreated. In fact, more than two-thirds of those with hearing loss do not currently use a hearing aid. A new study, however, warns that untreated hearing loss may increase the risk of developing dementia.

Dr. Frank Lin, an otologist at Johns Hopkins University, released a study this January showing that the mental abilities of seniors with hearing loss degrade 30 to 40 percent faster than those with normal hearing.

The study tracked 2,000 men and women age 75 to 84 for six years. Those with hearing loss experienced increased difficulty with their memory and concentration.

Let’s be clear: just because you have hearing loss doesn’t mean you’re automatically going to develop dementia. In fact, there’s no direct evidence that hearing loss causes dementia, just that the two are connected.

But as an audiologist, I have seen firsthand how auditory impairment isolates individuals, breaking down the lines of communication between co-workers, family, and friends. Numerous other studies correlate loneliness and disengagement with dementia as well.

This is one of the many reasons why it’s more important than ever to treat hearing loss. Visit me at Oregon Hearing Solutions for your professional consultation today.

Oregon Hearing Solutions

21323 SW Sherwood Blvd, Sherwood, Oregon 97140

(503) 625-4111

www.oregonhearing.com


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