What is a Geriatrician?

A geriatrician is a physician who is specifically trained to deal with the health needs of the elderly. As we age, the number of chronic medical problems we face tends to increase. There may be one or several conditions present at the same time. As the number of chronic medical conditions increases, so will the number of medications required to treat them. At the same time the body’s ability to handle medications decreases with age. A further complication is that medicines may interact in ways that compromise their effectiveness. Geriatric training emphasizes the risks and potential for adverse reactions associated with the use of the multiple medications specific to the elderly. With each new patient I see, we review the medical history and, after a full physical exam, we consider how best to proceed. The difference between a general internist and a geriatrician is the additional care taken with the investigation of cognitive function, gait and balance disorder, as well as the psychological and social problems that often arise in the elderly population. Care is taken to involve the family, as well as the patient, in all discussions. The stronger the support system, and the better all are informed, the better the outcome. The goal is to help each patient maintain a safe and healthy independence. Article provided by Dr. Stern,... read more

ONEgeneration NAEYC Accreditation

Here at ONEgeneration we just had our NAEYC visit!  Our daily goal is to strive for and maintain NAEYC standards. We also have spent tireless and endless hours documenting and organizing our programs to meet NAEYC criteria. To be more exact, each classroom has a portfolio with over 417 documentation of criteria that relates to the following standards:  teachers, teaching, assessment, relationships, curriculum, physical, environment, health, leadership, families and communities. Nationwide, less than 9% of the preschools are NAEYC accredited. One of the reasons behind this low accreditation rate is the fact that many preschools do not meet the NAEYC standards which are much higher than state licensing standards. An example of these higher standards are teacher qualifications.  NAEYC requires teachers to have a minimum of an Associate of Arts Degree in Child Development, (the requirements change to a Bachelor’s of Art Degree in Child Development by 2020) while the minimum requirement to become a teacher in the state of California is only 12 core child development units. NAEYC requires a 1:3 teacher to student ratio for the infants while the State of California only requires a 1:4 teacher to student.  Starting at the age of two the teacher to student ratio for NAEYC approval is 1:6 while that for the State of California is 1:12.  It is clear to see that the standards set by NAEYC set the stage for high quality care which every child needs and deserves and which is also our mission at ONEgeneration. We eagerly await the results of our NAEYC accreditation visit and will update you in our September... read more

Dr. Stern – July Article

The average life expectancy for an American male is 76 years; women tend to live longer. It may surprise you to learn that there are more than 50,000 people who are over 100 years of age in the U.S.. In order to lead a long and healthy life, we should: Maintain physical activity throughout life, regular exercise of 30 minutes, 5 days of the week, is recommended. Exercise the mind as well as the body. Maintain social and intellectual connections. Diet is important. Limit saturated fats. Diets rich in omega-3 fish oils are recommended. Maximize intake of fish, fruits, and vegetables. Minimize meat intake. Do not smoke. Cigarette smoke damages our DNA. It is the leading cause of cancer and death from cancer. It is responsible for cancers of the lung, esophagus, larynx, mouth, as well as bladder and pancreas. We cannot depend only upon our genes, exercise, and diet for a long and healthy life. We must avoid bad choices. Monthly article provided by Dr. David H. Stern, Stern... read more

Put the Squeeze on Joint Pain

by Lori Michiel, NASM-CPT   Sep 1, 2015 Stay active – isometric exercises can help, even during painful flares When I wake up some mornings, I can feel my hip or knee starting to talk to me; and the conversation doesn’t go very well. Of course the voice is louder and more irritating on cold, damp days but even when the weather is fine, I know there is still that underlying voice. I need to get moving and not let the discomfort get the best of me. It’s no secret that including strength training in your regular exercise routine can help manage arthritis symptoms – and you don’t need weights to do it. Isometric exercises can build strength with less pain. Isometric exercises allow you to contract certain muscles without moving a joint as we do in strength exercises using weights or bands. Since isometric exercises don’t apply pressure on joints, they are safe options for people with severe arthritis or those experiencing a flare up. These small motions can still deliver big results. According to a review of 35 studies published in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases, at-home isometric quadriceps exercises were just as effective as walking workouts in easing pain in people with knee osteoarthritis. Another study, published in the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, showed that arthritis patients who did isometric exercises three times a week experienced similar improvements in their range of motion, and function as those who performed traditional strength training. The “isometric group had greater reduction in pain,” says lead author Robert Topp, Ph.D., Associate Dean of Research at Marquette University College. Example for your... read more

Thank you to The John Gogian Family Foundation

The John Gogian Family Foundation has generously contributed funds to assist in the sustainability of our programs, as well as providing matching funds in support of our updating our technology department to better serve our senior community.

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