Grossmont Healthcare District awards scholarships to high school students
The Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD), a public agency that supports various health-related community programs and services in San Diego’s East County region, recently awarded $85,500 in scholarships to 38 high school students who have expressed interest in a career as a healthcare professional.
The students from 19 high schools in the East County were selected by school administrators for their academic excellence, outstanding citizenship and a desire to improve our world in the healthcare field. Two students from each high school will receive a GHD scholarship of either $3,000 or $1,500. Students will receive checks from GHD at the end of their first semester of college contingent on completing at least nine units with a grade point average of 2.0 or better, according to GHD 2015 board president Robert “Bob” Ayres.
“We applaud these specially selected students who have demonstrated great potential in leading the next generation and shaping the future of healthcare,” said Ayres. “We are proud to invest in America’s youth and encourage these young adults as they continue their studies in the healthcare field with the goal of serving in the workforce of tomorrow. We look forward to following their successes through college and beyond.”
The students included (name of the high school follows the students’ names): Martin LaRue, Julia Genovese, Chaparral; Deanna Taylor, Joseph Birouty, Christian; Jesery Mendez, Mustafa Haleem, El Cajon Valley; Leslye Santiago, Torie Rogers, El Capitan; Makeda Day, Justin Christensen, Foothills Christian; Joshua Kurtz, Holly Benoit, Granite Hills; Kaitlyn Moreno, Sean Dawson, Grossmont; Ryan Zentmyer, Ivan Jebrael Grossmont Middle College; Vivian Kimberly Hua, Jennifer Lee Sung, Helix Charter; Alissa Correa, Abram Mansoor, Liberty Charter; Cinthya Gonzalez, Cierra Conwright, Mount Miguel; Cierra Johnson, Diana Gonzalez, Monte Vista; Sara Cook, Evan Henderson, Mountain Empire; Andria Montgomery, Aurora Espinoza, Patrick Henry; Taylor Volkman, Kaya White, River Valley Charter; Kayla Hayes, Samantha Pazo, Santana; Linh Cook, Brandon Sanchez, Steele Canyon Charter; Madelyn Dow, Noemi Barragan, Valhalla; Ioana Vestemean, Jules Hinderliter, West Hills.
The scholarships were presented by GHD at its March 20 board meeting. GHD has honored local high school students interested in a healthcare career with scholarship grants since 1999. Over the years, hundreds of local high school students have received individual scholarships totaling $962,000.
The Grossmont Healthcare District, formed in 1952 to build and operate Grossmont Hospital, serves as landlord of Sharp Grossmont Hospital, including ownership of the property and buildings on behalf of East County taxpayers. The District is governed by a five-member board of directors, each elected to four-year terms, who represent more than 500,000 people residing within the District’s 750 square miles in San Diego’s East County.
For more information about GHD, visit www.grossmonthealthcare.org.
CountySupervisors step up fight against Alzheimer's epidemic
The county Board of Supervisors on Tuesday ramped up the region’s fight against Alzheimer’s disease as evidence mounts over the growing toll of the disease on families and taxpayers.
Supervisors unanimously approved a detailed, multi-year plan to speed up the search for a cure and boost services for those afflicted and their caregivers. The plan was developed by participants in The Alzheimer’s Project, a regional initiative launched in 2014 and led by Supervisor Dianne Jacob and Supervisor Dave Roberts.
"Last year we approved a promising blueprint for attacking Alzheimer’s. Today we moved to deliver on that promise," Jacob said. "Alzheimer’s and other dementias are reaching epidemic levels and will overwhelm more and more families, along with health care providers and taxpayers, if we don’t act."
Tuesday’s vote comes on the heels of two new county reports that provide the most detailed snapshot yet on the escalating impact of Alzheimer’s and other dementias across the county. About 60,000 residents have the disease, now the region’s third leading cause of death.
"I am so pleased by the progress we’re making on The Alzheimer’s Project and the depth of the new reports," said Supervisor Dave Roberts, vice chairman of the board. "The findings validate our efforts in addressing this serious, public health issue."
One of the reports, "The Economic Burden of Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias in San Diego County," examines the financial toll. It estimates the annual cost to hospitalize local dementia patients will roughly double by 2030, to upwards of $1.5 billion.
By that same year, the expected lifetime cost of caring for all those with dementia will range from $21 billion to $42 billion, adding to the tremendous financial strain on households, hospitals and the community.
The second report, "Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias in San Diego County," looks at the prevalence of Alzheimer’s and the role of caregivers. It estimates the number of older residents with dementia will increase 56 percent by 2030.
The reports were released Friday by the county’s Health and Human Services Agency. County senior epidemiologist Leslie Ray spearheaded the studies.
A broad coalition of community leaders and experts are participating in The Alzheimer’s Project, including San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, philanthropist Darlene Shiley, Sheriff Bill Gore, Alzheimer’s Association President/CEO Mary Ball, along with physicians, residential care facility owners and world-class researchers.
"The Alzheimer’s Project is breaking new ground in addressing this epidemic," Ball said. "The level of collaboration is unprecedented and bodes well for the challenges ahead."
With Tuesday’s vote, the Board of Supervisors adopted a multi-front plan of attack on Alzheimer’s, along with a timetable. The key initiatives include:
• Launching an effort to raise $7 million over five years to bolster drug discovery research in San Diego to cure the disease. The Alzheimer’s Association is overseeing the fund, called Collaboration 4 Cure, and is seeking donations. The first round of research awards may be granted within a few months.
• Allowing online registration for families that want to enroll a relative in the Sheriff Department’s Take Me Home Program. The program assists those with dementia and others who may be prone to wander.
• Boosting training starting this year for those who work with Alzheimer’s patients and expand services and support for those with the disease and their caregivers. The Alzheimer’s Project is working with local institutions and others to pursue grants to help fund these efforts, which will include improving physician awareness of existing services.
• Developing the region’s first clinical standards for the screening, diagnosis and management of Alzheimer’s and other dementias. A team of doctors and health care system executives are already working on an initial draft of the standards.
Neurosurgeon recommends building muscle as best protection against 'the Disease of aging'
Offers 5 exercises for a solid strength-building regime
If you want good health, a long life and to feel your best well into old age, the No. 1 most important thing you can do is strength-training, says Dr. Brett Osborn, author of "Get Serious, A Neurosurgeon’s Guide to Optimal Health and Fitness," www.drbrettosborn.com
"Our ability to fight off disease resides in our muscles," Dr. Osborn says. "The greatest thing you can do for your body is to build muscle."
He cites a large, long-term study of nearly 9,000 men ages 20 to 80. After nearly 19 years, the men still living were those with the most muscular strength. (BMJ, formerly British Medical Journal, 2008).
Muscle is all protein – "nothing but good for you," Dr. Osborn says.
Fat, however, is an endocrine organ, meaning it releases hormones and other chemicals. When a person has excess fat, he or she also a disrupted flow of excess biochemicals, which can increase insulin resistance and boost risk factors for stroke and high blood pressure, among other problems.
"Increased cytokines, an immune system chemical, for example, are associated with increased risk for cardiovascular disease," Dr. Osborn says. "You’re only as old as your arteries!"
Strength-training has health benefits for everyone, he adds, no matter their size.
"Some fat is visceral fat – it’s stored around the organs and it’s even more dangerous than the fat you can see," he says. "People who look thin may actually be carrying around a lot of visceral fat."
So, what’s the workout Dr. Osborn recommends?
"Back to basics," he says. "These five exercises are the pillars of a solid training regime."
• The squat is a full-body exercise; it’s the basic movement around which all training should be centered. Heavy squats generate a robust hormonal response as numerous muscular structures are traumatized during the movement (even your biceps). Standing erect with a heavy load on your back and then repeatedly squatting down will stress your body inordinately – in a good way -- forcing it to grow more muscle.
• The overhead press primarily activates the shoulders, arm extenders and chest. Lower body musculature is also activated as it counters the downward force of the dumbbell supported by the trainee. From the planted feet into the hands, force is transmitted through the skeletal system, stabilized by numerous muscular structures, most importantly the lower back.
• The deadlift centers on the hamstrings, buttocks, lumbar extensors and quadriceps, essentially the large muscles of your backside and the front of your thighs. As power is transferred from the lower body into the bar through the upper body conduit, upper back muscles are also stressed, contrasting with the squat, which is supported by the hands. Deadlifts are considered by some to be the most complete training exercise.
• The bench press mostly targets the chest, shoulders and triceps; it’s the most popular among weightlifters, and it’s very simple – trainees push the barbell off the lower chest until the arms are straight. This motion stresses not only the entire upper body, but also the lower body, which serves a stabilizing function. This provides a big hormonal response and plenty of bang for your buck.
• The pull-up / chin-up stress upper body musculature into the body. A pull-up is done when hands gripping over the bar; a chin-up is where hands are gripping under the bar. Nine out of 10 people cannot do this exercise because most simply haven’t put in the effort. It’s also been called a "man’s exercise, which is nonsense," he says. There are no gender-specific exercises. Women, too, should aspire to enjoy the health benefits entailed with this pillar.
"There are no secrets to a strong and healthier body; hard work is required for the body that will remain vital and strong at any age," Osborn says. "Always practice proper form and safety. Otherwise, the result will be the opposite of your goal, an injury."
Brett Osborn is a New York University-trained, board-certified neurological surgeon with a secondary certification in anti-aging and regenerative medicine, Diplomate; American Bard of Neurological Surgery, Diplomate; American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine. He holds a CSCS honorarium from the National Strength and Conditioning Association.
Dr. Osborn specializes in scientifically based nutrition and exercise as a means to achieve optimal health and preventing disease. He is the author "Get Serious, A Neurosurgeon’s Guide to Optimal Health and Fitness," www.drbrettosborn.com.
Sharp Grossmont Hospital Senior Resource Programs
MAY 2015 PROGRAMS
The Senior Resource Center at Sharp Grossmont Hospital offers free educational programs and health screenings each month. The Senior Resource Center also provides information and assistance for health information and community resources. For more information, call 619-740-4214. For other programs, call 1-800-827-4277 or visit our web site at www.sharp.com.
STROKE IS A BRAIN ATTACK: STROKE EDUCATION & SCREENING
Sherry Braheny, M.D, a neurologist, will discuss emergency treatment for stroke and ways to prevent a stroke. Registered nurses from the Sharp Grossmont Stroke Center will conduct a personal health interview with blood pressure & pulse checks. Stroke screenings are offered before and after the lecture. Thursday, May 7. The lecture is from 12 to 1 p.m. The stroke screenings are from 10:30 to 12 and 1 to 2 p.m. at the Grossmont HealthCare District Conference Center, 9001 Wakarusa St., La Mesa. Registration required for lecture and screening. Call 1-800-827-4277 or register online at www.sharp.com
RESOURCES & TOOLS FOR FAMILY CAREGIVERS Are you helping a loved one with socialization, finances, transportation, meals or other activities? Find out about resources for family caregivers, placement options, support groups and more from Andrea Holmberg, Program Coordinator of the Sharp Grossmont Senior Resource Center. This free class also covers emotional issues about caring for a loved one. Thursday, May 21 from 3 to 5 p.m.
at the Sharp Grossmont Hospital’s Brier Patch Campus, 9000 Wakarusa St., Classroom 15, La Mesa. Reservation required. Call 1-800-827-4277 or register online at www.sharp.com
Aging Conference: Right Choices at the Right Time
The “golden years” may be full of pitfalls and unknowns. Be more prepared to make the right choices at the right time with this free conference. Learn how to plan and communicate for your future health care, financial and physical needs. Hear from the experts and meet with representatives from a variety of community agencies. Continental breakfast and lunch provided. Thursday, May 28, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the La Mesa Community Center, 4975 Memorial Dr., La Mesa.
Registration required. Call 1-800-827-4277 or register online at www.sharp.com
FREE BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENING
No appointment necessary. Open to the public. For information, call 619-740-4214.
Sharp Grossmont Hospital Senior Resource Center, 9000 Wakarusa, La Mesa, Tuesday, June 2, 9:30 to 11 a.m. College Avenue Senior Center, 4855 College Ave., San Diego, Tuesday, June 16, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
La Mesa Adult Enrichment Center, 8450 La Mesa Blvd., Friday, June 19 9:30 to 11 a.m.
PROJECT C.A.R.E. COMMUNITY ACTION TO REACH THE ELDERLY
This free program helps people who live alone by offering a phone call each day. It there’s no answer, someone is called to check on you. Other Project C.A.R.E. services include Vial of Life, friendly visitor from the Retired Senior Volunteer Patrol and more. East county residents may call the Sharp Grossmont Hospital Senior Resource Center at 619-740-4214. Seniors in other zip codes may call
1-800-510-2020 for locations throughout San Diego County.
Event Saturday to help "Knights of the Blind"
Ninety years ago, Helen Keller addressed the Lions International Convention in Cedar Point, Ohio: “I appeal to you Lions, you who have your sight, your hearing, you who are strong and brave and kind. Will you not constitute yourselves Knights of the Blind in this crusade against darkness?”
Ever since that day in 1925, Lions Clubs have answered this challenge with countless projects aimed at helping those with visual impairments.
Helen Keller also considered deafness to be an even greater affliction. “Deafness is a much worse misfortune,” she said, “for it means the loss of the most vital stimulus — the sound of the voice that brings language, sets thoughts astir and keeps us in the intellectual company of man.”
Let’s show the world that after 90 years, Lions are still the Knights of the Blind! Let’s all be Knights of the Blind and donate your old glasses this Saturday, March 28 at the San Diego Center for the Blind from 9 a.m. til 3 p.m.
District 4-L6 Lions Club is hosting a kick-off event for their upcoming 100th year anniversary in 2017 at the Blind Center, 5922 El Cajon Boulevard, San Diego and at 1385 Bonair Road, Vista from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. This event ‘Eyes Across California,’ will focus on eyesight.
Along with collecting used glasses and hearing aids, there will be free screenings for vision, blood pressure and blood sugar. There will also be free flu and Tetanus shots available.
Ask your friends and family if they have eye glasses or hearing aids they are no longer using, These donations will provide sight and/or hearing to those who cannot afford to buy them.
This is a free event and the public is invited to participate.
Join the “Knights of the Blind” and give the gift of sight!
If you would like more information on the event or how to get involved, contact Mercy B. Walters firstname.lastname@example.org or call (619) 465-6258.