SC Aging Help for the Aging
Aging is a complicated issue, but the Lieutenant Governor’s Office on Aging (LGOA) is here to help. The LGOA partners with a network of regional and local organizations to enhance the quality of life for seniors and vulnerable adults.
Working with the LGOA, Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) divide the state into ten regions, each having staff members who assist with various programs, including home-delivered meals; group dining sites; transportation; home care services; respite; family caregiver support; disease prevention and health promotion; and information and referral services.
To further assist, the LGOA recently launched a new website, www.getcaresc.com, which connects seniors, caregivers, and family members with resources (searchable by ZIP code) available in their communities. If we may be of assistance to you or someone you know, visit our site or contact us at 1-800-868-9095, and ask to be connected to your local Area Agency on Aging.
"Know Your Numbers!"
I am writing to bring attention to the fact that you need to KNOW YOU NUMBERS! In order to take better care of ourselves, we need to regularly check and know our blood pressure, glucose, cholesterol, A1C, and BMI.
We have to at least go see our primary care provider once a year (more often if necessary) and get routine physical exams done. Find a good primary care provider that you like and feel comfortable with so you can KNOW YOUR NUMBERS! Find out what your blood pressure reading are and make sure they are in a good range. Manage your blood sugars and cholesterol values. Control your weight and stay active. God gave us all one body to take care of.
Furthermore, if at all possible know your family history and get clues as to what situations you should be mindful to monitor. Ask your parents and siblings and grandparents, etc about health issues. This information is of tremendous value to your primary care provider to guide him or her to best care for you. Don't be bashful, ask your family about their medical problems and get screenings done routinely with blood work, mammograms, colonoscopy, and annual physicals.
After all, who's going to care more about your health than you?
KNOW YOUR NUMBERS!
Conigliaro Jones, MD, FAAFP
President/CEO TLM Medical Services, LLC
2701 Middleburg Drive
Columbia, SC 29204
(803) 376-8875 phone
(803) 376-8004 fax
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