More than a third of adults aren’t getting enough sleep, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Medical research shows a lack of sleep affects your physical health, safety (think driving while drowsy), and mental health.
“Adding geriatric services allows us to better serve the needs of our aging communities,” says Dr. Patricia Hayes, Legacy’s Director of Family Medicine. “It’s a pressing need and another way for us to drive healthy change in our communities.”
“We’re all addicted to something,” Felicia Sexton said. “It could be food, negative thinking, overworking or drugs and alcohol. Because I’ve overcome addiction, and have been able to restore my health and body, I now want to help patients at Legacy do the same.”
Each time she prepares for a fitness class, Legacy volunteer Jennafer Hamilton looks out into the crowd of eager school-aged children and parents who renew her commitment to volunteer. “The smiles. It’s really just about the smiles,” she says.
At least once a week a new patient will respond, “I’m bipolar” when asked about their symptoms and the reason for their visit. They usually describe a history of being happy one minute then sad or angry the next. In everyday conversations, having mood swings is often equated with being bipolar, but bipolar disorder is more complex than just mood swings.
Maintaining your teeth isn’t only about looking good. As Legacy’s Director of Dental Care Dr. Mark DeAnda explains, poor dental hygiene can lead to problems bigger than an unpleasant smile. Tooth decay and gum disease can affect other parts of your body, including your heart.
The event will honor the clinic’s roots in Houston’s AIDS crisis of the 1980s and outline next steps the city must take to end the HIV epidemic.
Untreated and/or uncontrolled diabetes can cause blindness, amputation, kidney failure, heart attack and more. The disease affects almost 10 percent of all Americans, according to the American Diabetes Association.
As we enter full-force into the holiday season, it’s a great time to focus on your diabetes self-care and also remind yourself that there are many things that you can do to prevent or delay diabetes symptoms.
For the first time, on the week of Nov. 27, END HIV Houston (END) will be leading a local advocacy week to bring more urgency to ending the HIV epidemic in Houston.