Science Care News

A Letter to Science Care – Why I Joined the Donor Registry

I lost a member of our cancer support group 2 weeks ago and she was my rock. She was the most giving person I know. Suzanne inspired us all to help others. I and another member were talking and we decided it was the right thing to do. I discussed it with my husband and he agreed that he would do it too. You see, I had a cavernous angioma in my brain 10 years ago causing severe headaches. They found it because I was having headaches and my neurologist did a MRI to see what was going on. The ventricles of the brain were enlarged and contained abnormal amounts of fluid. The neurosurgeon put a shunt in – a week later I got meningitis. I ended up in the hospital for a month after they removed the shunt. Later they put it in my heart. A year later I was found to have breast cancer. I had a double mastectomy and then started the process or tissue expanders and chemotherapy.

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Senior Living – Shopping for a Retirement Community

Thinking about selling the old homestead and moving into a retirement community? Now may be as good a time as any to start looking. With home prices slowly on the rise, more seniors are able to sell their existing homes and move on to the greener pastures of a retirement community. Occupancy rates at these communities are steadily increasing and developers are once again doing what they do best – develop. Fortunately for those looking to buy, the rebound in the real estate market doesn’t exactly mirror the Oklahoma Land Rush of 1889. There are still deals and incentives to be had depending on where you plan to live.

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Exercise and Physical Activity in an Aging Population

By: Karie Wilson, Doctor of Physical Therapy

Like most people, you’ve probably heard that physical activity, including exercise, is good for you. However, many people fear exercise, especially when they get older, believing it will cause pain or injuries. There are many different ways to be physically active and exercise; you just have to find what works the best for you.

So why is physical activity so important? Being physically active can help you continue to do the things you enjoy and stay independent as you age. Regular physical activity over long periods of time can produce long-term health benefits. Regular exercise and physical activity can reduce the risk of developing some diseases and disabilities that develop as people grow older. Now don’t worry if you already have health problems, exercise can still help you. Exercise can play an important role in the treatment of many chronic conditions such as: arthritis, heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes.

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Science Care Meets up with Meals on Wheels of Broward County!

Meals on Wheels of Broward County FL has partnered with Science Care to distribute flyers with their meals each week to 1,000 low income recipients in the Broward County community service area.

If you are not familiar yet with Meals on Wheels, you should be. The Meals on Wheels Association of America is a national organization which supports a network of more than 5,000 Senior Nutrition Programs that operate in all 50 states and U.S. territories. Each of these programs combine to deliver more than one million meals a day to senior centers as well as directly to the homes of seniors in need.

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Tips For Keeping Your Brain Sharp

As we age, so too does our brain. Everyone knows that physical exercise helps keep the bones and muscles in shape, but did you know that exercising your brain can help keep it in shape also? Some studies suggest that regular brain exercise can help keep your mind sharp which could potentially help to lessen the severity of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

Brain exercise is all about challenging your brain to think beyond your normal every-day routines and activities. In other words, doing something your brain isn’t used to doing, like changing hands to do certain tasks (if you are right handed, use your left hand), or getting dressed in the dark (just make sure you put everything on correctly when you turn on the lights!). This helps the brain to form new neural connections. Exercising your brain is said to also induce more blood flow to the brain which can be beneficial as well.

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Attitude of Gratitude

This month we give heartfelt thanks to all the donors and families over the last 14 years that have given of themselves to help others. Donating your body to science is such a tremendous gift and without it many of the medical advances that we all take for granted would not have been possible.

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Giving Thanks

It’s that time of year once again when we all sit around the Thanksgiving table surrounded by friends and family, giving thanks for all our blessings. One thing we here at Science Care are thankful for is how far the practices and advancements in medicine have come since the Victorian Era. In the overall grand scheme of things, the 19th century wasn’t that long ago, but from a medical perspective, it might as well have been the dark ages. In the Victorian era (pre-modern medicine), often the treatments did more to kill patients than the disease itself. Medical education was limited and although the medical field was beginning to get a better understanding of cells and viruses, most often doctors had no idea what caused many of the diseases and inflictions of the time.

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A Letter to Science Care…

Every so often, we recieve a note from a Science Care registered donor which truly exemplifies everything we strive to do…

“I joined Science Care after learning about their program from a family friend. It was explained to me how several other family members had been a part of the Registry due to the high cancer rate the family has. By donating the whole body to Science Care, it gives scientists the opportunity to study how the disease may affect people in different ways, while hopefully acting as an educational experience for those doing research in finding a cure and medical treatments. Also, I believe Science Care acts as a financial saver when it comes to end of life expenses many families simply cannot afford these days. Rather than the deceased’s body being buried and lost forever to the natural decaying process, it can be studied and used to help save the lives of those still searching for hope to live. By donating my remains I am not only contributing to research and possibly saving lives, I am also alleviating the huge financial burden my family would have by trying to pay for funeral expenses.

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Donate Your Used Cell Phones to Benefit Soldiers!

Did you know that Science Care participates in the Cell Phones For Soldiers Program? Just stop by any Science Care facility and drop off your old cell phone!

Cell Phones for Soldiers is a national non-profit serving troops and veterans with free communication services and emergency funding. Founded in 2004 by Robbie and Brittany Bergquist, then 12 and 13 years old, Cell Phones For Soldiers relies on generous cash contributions and donations of gently-used cell phones to provide a lifeline for America’s bravest!

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