Finding Wellness Newsletter

October 2017
Senior Support Program of the Tri-Valley 
Finding Wellness Newsletter
“Educate Yourself to Advocate for Yourself”
5353 Sunol Boulevard, Pleasanton, CA 94566                  Main: 925-931-5379      Fax: 925-931-3499
Your October News & Updates
Welcome to the October edition of our Finding Wellness newsletter.  Your health and well-being are our number one priority so let’s make 2017 our healthiest year ever!
In health and happiness,
The Finding Wellness Team
Amy, Nancy, Cheryl and Katie
Senior Support Program of the Tri-Valley
925-931-5393

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OCTOBER

Finding Wellness Classes    

Join us for free, fun, interactive, and educational classes that meet weekly.
 
To attend a Finding Wellness class series or to learn more, 
give us a call at 

925-931-5393 or visit our calendar online at 

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FINDING WELLNESS SERIES 1:
Heritage Park
TUESDAYS from 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Remaining Classes:
Oct. 3, 10 17
Brookdale
2860 Country Rd / Fremont
WEDNESDAYS from 1:30 – 3:00
Remaining Classes:
Oct. 4, 11, 25
 (No class Oct. 18th)
Nov. 1, 8
TAUGHT IN MANDARIN:
Wisteria Place
WEDNESDAYs from 10:00 am – 11:15 am
Oct. 4, 11, 18, 25
Nov. 1 
FINDING WELLNESS SERIES 2:
San Leandro Senior Center
TUESDAYs from 1:30 – 2:30
October 24, 31
November 7, 14
Here are some Healthy Fun Facts:
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Food for Thought from Katie
Vitamin K and Blood Thinners
Anticoagulant medications commonly referred to as blood thinners are prescribed to prevent and treat stroke, heart attack, deep vein thrombosis, and high blood pressure. It may also be prescribed prior to surgery to prevent complications. Medications like Warfarin/Coumadin prevent blood from clotting.  The metabolism of Coumadin, Vitamin K, and dependent clotting factors takes place in the liver.  Coumadin prevents the production of Vitamin K dependent clotting factors.  As a result, clotting occurs at a slower rate.  Coumadin and Vitamin K have opposite functions in the body. Vitamin K promotes blood clotting and Coumadin prevents it.
Does eating foods high in Vitamin K make blood thinners less effective?  It could. The most important thing to do is to maintain a balance between the amount of Vitamin K in your body and the amount of Coumadin prescribed. It is also important to be honest with your doctor and to be consistent.
1.  If you eat a spinach salad for lunch every day, continue to do so and tell your doctor. They will prescribe the appropriate dosage of Coumadin based on your dietary habits.

2.  If you are already taking Coumadin or another blood thinner and you start a new, healthy habit of replacing your daily sausage and egg breakfast with a green smoothie, for example, tell your doctor. They may increase your dosage.

3.  Tell your doctor if you are taking a multivitamin that contains Vitamin K.

Foods high in Vitamin K include: leafy green vegetables like spinach, kale, lettuce and broccoli.
Foods low in Vitamin K include: apples, bananas, cantaloupe, mango, orange, carrot, squash, potatoes and mushrooms.

Katie is Senior Support’s Healthy Lifestyles Program Nutrition Educator

Alcohol and your Health
Alcohol use is something people don’t want to discuss with their health care professionals, yet it affects older adults more than you may realize.  Alcohol or drug issues may actually mimic symptoms of other medical or mental health disorders, such as diabetes, dementia or depression.  This makes it easy for doctors who encounter an older patient to chalk up declining mental or physical health simply to “old age.”  Dr. Richard A. Friedman, professor of clinical psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York encountered this scenario

“Not long ago, a medical colleague referred a 67-year-old woman to me with mild depression, weakness and complaints of short-term memory loss. Her physician told her there was no clear medical explanation for her symptoms, given that her physical exam, exhaustive lab tests and brain M.R.I. were all normal.  

The problem, I soon discovered, was that her alcohol consumption had tripled since the death of her husband a year earlier. She did disclose to her internist that she drank but minimized the amount. She had turned to alcohol, self-medicating her grief, but it only worsened her mood and impaired her memory, typical of alcohol’s effects on the brain.”
 
There are several other factors that could contribute to someone turning to substance abuse later in life. These could be health-related issues or life-changing events that take an emotional toll:
  • Retirement
  • Death of a family member, spouse, pet or close friend
  • Loss of income or financial strain
  • Relocation or placement in a nursing home
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Family conflict
  • Mental or physical health decline (depression, memory loss, major surgeries, etc.)

Senior Support Program offers free in-home counseling to those who may be questioning their current drinking habits.  For more information, contact Michele Moore, LMFT at

925-918-0868.
Thank you for being a participant in our Finding Wellness Program! 
Sincerely,
The Finding Wellness Team