Home Health
Rep. Ujvagi visits Unison Behavioral Health Group
Written by Press Staff Writer   
Thursday, 10 December 2009 16:11

In an effort to develop a better understanding of services for the severely and


Rep. Peter Ujvagi (center) pictured with Unison’s Board President,
Bridgett Root (left) and Unison’s Chief Operating Officer, Courtney

persistently mentally ill in the community, Ohio State Rep. Peter Ujvagi visited with Unison Behavioral Health Group staff, clients and board representatives Dec. 7 at the East Woodruff Avenue location,  where individuals who suffer from a variety of mental illnesses – such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and severe depression – are served.

Ujvagi heard voices and other sounds – known as auditory hallucinations – through a CD on a headset while trying to accomplish simple tasks, such as reading, playing a game and answering questions. Following the auditory exercise, Ujvagi spent time speaking with Unison clients who currently experience auditory hallucinations.

Get physical to stave off winter weight
Written by Gerald F. Joseph, Jr, MD   
Thursday, 10 December 2009 16:09

Starting or maintaining a fitness plan can be a challenge during the winter months. Harsh weather conditions and fewer hours of sunlight can cause a person’s dedication to drop faster than the temperatures. But please don’t pack away your sneakers until the spring!

Regular physical activity can reduce your risk of heart disease, stroke, some cancers, Type II diabetes, osteoporosis, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. It can improve your ability to perform daily tasks, keep you mentally sharp, and help you avoid injuries. Exercise during the winter can also help you:

Boost immunity. During cold and flu season, exercise can help you dodge the seasonal sniffles. Regular activity appears to boost the immune system, making it easier for your body to handle wintertime bugs. Flu vaccination and frequent hand- washing can also help keep you healthy.

Stave off holiday spread. Weight gain is a reality for many Americans during the holiday season. Over the years, those extra pounds can add up, often contributing to the 20–30 pounds that most Americans gain during adulthood. Exercise can help you balance the number of calories that you eat with the number of calories that you burn, so you can enjoy some treats without the negative consequences.

Don’t forget – free memory screenings offered Nov. 17
Written by Press Staff Writer   
Thursday, 05 November 2009 18:14

Local residents who want a status check on their memory can take advantage of free, confidential screenings Nov. 17 as part of National Memory Screening Day, an annual initiative of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) designed to promote proper detection of memory problems and strategies for successful aging.

Memory screenings are a significant first step toward finding out if a person may have a memory problem, which can be caused by Alzheimer’s disease or other medical conditions.

Now in its seventh year, AFA’s National Memory Screening Day coincides with National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month, which takes place during November. Sites across the country will be participating.

On Nov. 17, Wood County Committee on Aging will hold memory screenings at 305 N. Main St., from 1-3 p.m. It will also offer hands on memory enhancement games. For more information, call 419-353-5661.

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