5 tips from the Falls Fair

5 tips from UK HealthCare’s Falls Fair

Last week, UK HealthCare hosted the Falls Fair, an event that provided educational resources to older members of our community and their caregivers and highlighted the risks and dangers of falling.

We had a great turnout from the community as well as support from local businesses and groups. Organizations like the YMCA of Central Kentucky, Kentucky Arthritis Foundation, Lexington’s chapter of the Taoist Tai Chi Society and more were on hand to share the importance of physical activity to help improve balance and coordination, build strength, and reduce the likelihood and severity of falls.

Other organizations like Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital, gave out information about its Skilled Rehabilitation Program, and Safe Kids Fayette County offered tips about how grandparents can keep children safe while in their care.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, 2.5 million older people are treated in emergency departments for fall injuries each year.

Amanda Rist, RN, BSN, is a registered nurse and is the Injury Prevention Coordinator for the Trauma Program Office here at UK HealthCare. Rist organized the Falls Fair event and said older adults who have fallen or are afraid of falling should speak with their doctor.

“If you have fallen and you have not told anyone, then you need to talk to your doctor,” she said. “There are things we can do to help you gain independence back.”

Here are our five top tips to help prevent falls:

  • Know your limitations and risk. Talk to your doctor.
  • If you are on multiple medications, make sure to manage them well and talk to your doctor and pharmacist.
  • Stay active. Get into an exercise program. Exercise improves strength, balance and coordination.
  • Get your eyes checked regularly
  • Make sure your house and stairways are clutter-free and well lit.

Next steps: To schedule an appointment with a UK HealthCare doctor, visit our Appointment website.

We look forward to seeing you at the next Falls Fair!

Learn how to prevent falls at the Falls Fair!

As we get older, falling can cause significant health issues. One out of every three adults age 65 or older falls each year, but fewer than half discuss it with their health care
provider.

Come to the Falls Fair for free information, demonstrations and activities that can help you prevent falls in your home.

UK HealthCare experts will be at the fair offering:Join UK HealthCare for the Falls Fair on Sept. 17
• Free blood pressure checks.
• Free gait/balance testing.
• Free on-site exercise demonstration.
• Free medicine checks.
• Information on how to fall-proof your home.
• On-site community resources.
• Raffle prizes, including items to help fall-proof your home, medication organizers, and UK merchandise such as T-shirts and tumblers.

Parking and transportation
The event is free and open to the public. Attendees can park in the UK HealthCare Garage, 110 Transcript Ave., (directly across S. Limestone from the hospital) and walk across the concourse bridge at Level C of the garage. Participants can also be dropped off in front of Pavilion A, where they will be greeted by volunteers who will take them to the event. Senior citizen centers shuttling participants can also drop off attendees in front of Pavilion A.

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Help a UK HealthCare pharmacy tech win a $1,000 honorarium

Ashley Ackerman, a technician in the UK Specialty Pharmacy who helps multiple sclerosis and rheumatology patients manage their medications, has been named one of the eight best pharmacy techs in the nation. We are so proud of her!

Ashley Ackerman

Ashley Ackerman

Ackerman is one of eight finalists for the Certified Pharmacy Technician of the Year award from the Pharmacy Technicians Certification Board (PTCB). The award focuses on individual work towards innovation and safety in patient care and providing an excellent level of service for patients.

The winner will be chosen by popular vote and will receive a $1,000 honorarium along with travel and accommodations to attend a special evening event on Oct. 27 in Washington D.C. to recognize the CPhT of the Year for leadership, innovation, and excellence in patient safety.

Voting is open to the public and ends on Friday, Sept. 18. To vote for Ackerman, visit the PTCB voting page. For more information about the award, visit UKnow.

Good luck Ashley!

 

 

Drs. Evers, Smyth discuss personalized medicine

The past decade, Dr. Mark Evers says, has been a revolution.

Thanks to advances in personalized medicine over the past 10 years, Evers says patients today receive treatments that are better tailored to their genetic makeup and specific medical history. Evers, the director of the UK Markey Cancer Center, along with Dr. Susan Smyth, director of the Gill Heart Institute, appeared Sunday on KET’s One to One to discuss personalized medicine.

“Really it has been the last 10 years, I would say, that the revolution has occurred,” Evers said. “I’ve been in this business treating patients for 20 years and now is such an exciting time to be practicing medicine, to be doing research.”

In a wide-ranging conversation with KET’s Bill Goodman, Evers and Smyth discussed how personalized medicine is changing the landscape of cancer and cardiovascular treatments.

Check out some highlights from the interview and be sure to watch full video below.

Smyth on defining personalized medicine

Personalized or precision medicine really means taking as much information about one individual as possible to be able to tailor specific treatments or preventative strategies toward them. So it’s taking their genetic information, taking information from environmental exposures they may have had and putting all of that together in a package that really chooses for that one particular person a best treatment or preventive strategy.

Evers on the pace of personalized treatment advances

I’ve been in this business treating patients for 20 years and now is such an exciting time to be practicing medicine, to be doing research. Because 20 years ago, if a 35-year-old lady came in with colon cancer, she’d be treated the same way as an 85-year-old gentleman. We were very limited in terms of drugs, but it’s only been within the last 10 years, I would say, that there’s been an explosion of techniques, technologies that really have allowed us to … identify biomarkers to be able to treat patients differently.

Drs. Mark Evers, Susan Smyth set to appear on KET on Sunday

UK HealthCare’s Dr. Mark Evers and Dr. Susan Smyth will appear on KET’s One To One with Bill Goodman on Sunday afternoon.

Evers, the director of the Markey Cancer Center, and Smyth, the director of the Gill Heart Institute, will discuss personalized medicine using genomics.

Tune in at 1 p.m. on Sunday, and check back here on Monday for a recap.