Alzheimer’s Awareness: Are You Aware?

Not as many people are aware, but every one of us is impacted by Alzheimer’s disease. Maybe the disease affects somebody we know – we’re all just a few degrees of separation away from someone suffering from the disease. We are all indirectly paying the bill as Alzheimer’s will cost our government $277 billion by the end of 2018, and that does not reflect informal care. Nationally, 5.5 million Americans have Alzheimer’s, every 66 seconds

Conflict & Family Caregivers – What You Need to Know

Conflict is a normal, natural part of everyone’s life. Factors that can exacerbate conflict include the well-known things to avoid in polite conversation: religion, politics and money. For families, these big three topics quickly trigger emotions that can be difficult to defuse and when things go awry the aftermath can be felt for decades. According to a May 2018 AARP article “Millennials: The Emerging Generation of Family Caregivers,” there are 40 million family caregivers in

Your Brain and Hearing Loss

Hearing loss – the subject can invoke a wide spectrum of reactions. From “selective hearing” jokes to a real burden on relationships, working in the Hearing Healthcare field exposes you to them all. But how serious is hearing loss and how important is the need to treat it? There is more and more research being done in this area, and the results are coming in. The results show a direct link between hearing health and

What Are You Doing For Your Stress?

Oh we’ve all heard it, STRESS can kill. It can also create or contribute to health concerns everything from high blood pressure, digestive issues, migraines, skin irritations, depression, weight, sleep disorders, food and environmental allergies, and much more.  Some stress can be good stress: weddings, birthdays, new jobs.   Things we think of as bad stress: family conflict, pressure at work, dealing with family addictions, and health concerns. So what do you do about it?  Some

Dealing with Depression

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, more than 6.5 million Americans aged 65 or older are affected by depression. While some adults with depression may have been managing the disease for a number of years, others experience depression for the first time later in life. Symptoms of depression in people older than age 65 include: Social withdrawal Loss of appetite Confusion Loss of interest in activities Feelings of guilt and/or worthlessness Feelings of

Valley-Wide Health Systems – Looking Back, Moving Forward

We aim to keep our communities healthy and provide family medicine services at clinics across the San Luis Valley, Arkansas Valley, and Cañon City. Primary Care Services Our clinics provide services for all, treating both acute and chronic conditions. Dental Services Spread across eight clinics in Southern Colorado, Valley-Wide offers excellent dental services for the entire family. Our dentists and dental hygienists provide preventative education to adults and children both in our clinics and through